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The Beginning

The Kirk View School, Gaya now affiliated to the Council for The Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) was set up in Gaya in 1982, by the founder principal Manjulika Chatterjee as a Montessori based kindergarten. Since then, the school has grown to add primary and secondary levels.  

The Founding Director and Founding Principal’s Guiding Light

The founding Director Mr. Debrabrata Chatterjee believed that holistic education laid the foundation to our future. It was with this vision that he founded the Kirk View Kindergarten in 1982. Mrs Manjulika Chatterjee, founding principal of Kirk View Kindergarten, had 37 years of experience dealing with pre-schoolers and in the setting up and running a school. She had worked as a teacher in Msingi Bora Kindergarten, Nairobi Kenya from 1976 to 1981, before she returned to India to set up Kirk View Kindergarten. She was trained in Montessori methods under Professor Justin – the personal representative of Maria Montessori in Kolkata in 1974.

Ranu Banerjee

Chairperson, Kirk View Foundation

Message from The Chairperson

All great ideas begin with a commitment to the future. Late Mr. Debrabrata Chatterjee believed that holistic education laid the foundation to our future. It was with this vision that he founded the Kirk View Kindergarten in 1981. He also believed that education, besides gaining knowledge, must also imbibe ethical and moral values in life. 2017 was an important year for the Kirk View Trust, as The Kirk View School was awarded Council for The Indian School Certificate Examinations affiliation. This move focused on preparing children in Gaya to meet the challenges of the modern world. Education, we believe, should be child centered. The focus of the school will continue be on needs of the children, freedom to experiment with new ideas and practices, trust and fair play, diversity and plurality, striving for excellence. The school works to give students an edge over their counterparts in higher studies. Children have access to a third language (from Class V to Class VIII), art, socially useful productive work and community service, physical education and moral and spiritual education and socially useful productive work and community service. ‘A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instill a love of learning’ (Brad Henry). Experienced teachers skilled in guiding children at the pre primary, primary and senior school level are part of the team. The focus is on using interactive method of teaching with the teacher being more a facilitator rather than an instructor. The aim of the school continues to be to provide quality teaching supported by a spirited environment which encourages students to ask questions, debate and discuss freely with an open mind, thereby helping them build confidence in their own abilities. This will enable independent thinking and learning. In today’s competitive world, the team at Kirk View School builds on its knowledge to give the children of Gaya a completely new experience.

Ranu Banerjee

Chairperson, Kirk View Foundation

Prabuddha Chatterjee

Message from The Principal

This is a very exciting time for The Kirk View School. In 2020, the second batch of Class X students appeared for the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE). The Kirk View School is the only CISCE affiliated school in the Magadh region that consists of Gaya, Nawada, Aurangabad, Jehanabad and Arwal). This national level, private, Board of School education in India conducts the Indian Certificate of Secondary Education a (ICSE) and the Indian School examinations for Class X and Class XII respectively. Established in 1958 the ICSE exams are internationally recognized due to the reputed United Kingdom-inspired syllabus (by the Cambridge University). This board has several premium advantages – like being the only Internationally-apt syllabus board in India. In 2020 The Kirk View School will be able to introduce a Commerce Stream in Class IX, alongside the Science stream. This will help children who aspire to be in the financial world to focus on commerce two years ahead of their choice of subjects for Class IX. The functional Eco Club at the school is now managed and run by students, who run a ‘Say: No to plastic’ campaign, advocate for waste segregation and monitor on campus composting activities. Indeed, students of The Kirk View School are walking the path of the founders and are growing to be models of respected citizens as envisioned by the CISCE!

Management Board of Trustees

The Kirk View Foundation Trustees comprises of eminent personalities in the sphere of education and holistic child development.

Mrs Ranu Banerjee

The chairperson of the Kirk View Foundation has a degree in M.S. in Education from the Purdue University, USA and was an Instructor for Education for the Developmentally Young (EDY) at the Manchester University, UK. A recipient of the Rotary Foundation Scholarship for Teacher of the Handicapped, she is the mentor of several community based projects in West Bengal and is a trusted evaluator for educational projects.

Prabuddha Chatterjee

Director The Kirk View School

and the founding trustee of the Kirk View Foundation has spearheaded the school’s affiliation to the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations in 2017. Bringing with him several years of experience in leading time bound television projects when he worked with Derek O’Brien and Associates, since 2007 Prabuddha has been leading the Kirk View School into the 21 century, dovetailing the much needed match of conventional teaching methods with Information Technology teaching aids.

Major General (Retd) SN Mukherjee

The Treasurer of the Kirk View Foundation, Major General (Retd) SN Mukherjee was the former Vice Chancellor of the Lakshmibai National Institute of Physical Education (LNIPE), Gwalior. An extremely dedicated and highly motivated former officer of the Indian Army, he has post-graduate degrees in Engineering and Management and holds an M.Phil in Management. Gen Mukherjee has held the posts of President, Indian Geotechnical Society (IGS); Colonel Commandant, NCC; and Member Executive Council, Banaras Hindu University. In addition to his association with the Kirk View Foundation, he is also associated with the Chairman Peer Team NAAC, Accreditation/ Reaccreditation of Universities/ Colleges. He is the president of the Madhya Pradesh Football Association, president West Bengal Target Ball Association, vice president Society for Welfare of Children, president Armed Forces Ex officers’ association.

He is also the visiting Professor at the Jadavpur University/Teaching Management, University paper setter /examiner on subjects of Management, Member in the Personality Test and final interview  Boards for assessing candidates who have qualified in the main Civil Services Examination of the UPSC, Member in the Personality Test and final interview Boards for assessing candidates who have qualified in the Indian Engineering Service Examination & also Scientist Group “ D” of the UPSC, External Expert Member of Recruitment Assessment Board, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) for promotion of Scientist at various levels.

Foundation Trustees

Arun Kr.Bhattacharjee

who served with the United Nations Environment Programme and in the Office of the Executive Director, UN Centre for Human Settlements in Nairobi, Kenya, has also held eminent positions such as the Assistant Director Press Institute of India, Joint Director, Centre for Science and Environment, Delhi and Ex-Fellow Institute of Defence Studies and Analysis. He has many publications to his credit and has been the Bureau Chief of leading media outlets.

RP Chatterjee

Currently based in the United Kingdom

Works to ensure value in delivering quality in the hospitality/service industry. With a career in the fast moving consumer goods sector for over 25 years, he also continues to work on solar projects in Nigeria where he had earlier contributed to non-conventional energy projects. Apart from working with leading MNCs like Nestle, Cadbury and PZ Cussons.

Dr Reena Sen

Retired as the Executive Director of the Indian Institute of Cerebral Palsy, Kolkata. She has a PG Diploma and Masters from the Institute of Education, University of London and the PhD is from Faculty of Education, University of London in ‘Reading: Factors Associated with Progress’. Dr Reena Sen specializes in literacy learning and intervention for specific difficulties in reading, writing, spelling and handwriting.

She provides support to Kolkata schools for academic, emotional and behavioral problems through direct assessment, guidance for parents and teacher training. She has published several papers and received prestigious awards. She also teaches in the Calcutta University Teachers Training Certificate programme offered by the Modern Academy of Continuing Education, and provides consultancy inputs to a range of academic bodies.

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