KVK strives to work in partnership with parents and the community to offer a thriving and dynamic learning environment that will help develop individual potential and stimulate learning.
Board of Trustees
The Kirk View Foundation Trustees comprises of eminent personalities in the sphere of education and holistic child development.
Mrs Manjulika Chatterjee, founder principal of Kirk View Kindergarten, has 37 years of experience dealing with pre-schoolers and in the setting up and running a school. She 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 has the unique distinction of having completed her Montessori training under Professor Justin – the personal representative of Maria Montessori in Kolkata in 1974.
Mrs Ranu Banerjee, the chairperson of the Foundation has a degree in M.S. in Education from the Purdue University, USA. Her stint as Instructor for Education for the Developmentally Young (EDY) at the Manchester University, UK gives her an edge. 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, the founder secretary has been anchoring the growth of the Kirk View Foundation. Prabuddha brings with him several years of experience in leading time bound television projects when he worked with Derek O’Brien and Associates. He has a keen eye for detail and has been pivotal in dovetailing the much needed match of conventional teaching methods with IT teaching aids into Kirk View’s syllabus.
Maj Gen (Retd) SN Mukherjee, the Treasurer is the former Vice Chancellor of the Lakshmibai National Institute of Physical Education (LNIPE) Gwalior. An extremely dedicated, highly motivated and professionally competent officer of the Indian Army, he is both post-graduate in Engineering, Management and holds an M Phil in management. Mr Mukherjee has
Foundation Trustees include Mr Arun Bhattacharjee, RP Chatterjee and Dr Reena Sen
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 has been working in the FMCG sector for the past 25 years. Apart from working with leading MNCs like Nestle, Cadbury and PZ Cussons he has contributed to non-conventional energy projects in Nigeria. His work with MNCs provided him with a glance of the importance of corporate social responsibility.
Dr Reena Sen, is the Executive Director of the Indian Institute of Cerebral Palsy, Kolkata. Armed with a PG Diploma and Masters in the Institute of Education and a PhD in ‘Reading: Factors Associated with Progress’ from the University of London, she specializes in literacy learning and intervention for specific difficulties in reading, writing, spelling and handwriting.
She provides support in 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 in the Rehabilitation Council of India and other academic bodies.
Message from ‘Founding Principal’
We set up Kirk View Kindergarten in 1982, with a simple goal - to bring to Gaya, the place of my husband’s birth and early education, an institution that would provide quality educational to young children. With a modest beginning from ‘Kirk View’, the School today has a sprawling campus in the heart of Gaya. From the playschool ‘reception’ that welcomed children as young as three years old, today the school in the city has grown to Class VII.
Living up to the motto of the founder Director ‘Learn to Play, Play to learn’, has been a wonderful journey as the school has taken on qualified staff and children have moved into higher classes. Keeping pace with changing times, Kirk View Kindergarten has added hands on activity rooms and has affiliated computer classes. Children are aided through smart classes which is a digital learning eco- system which makes the end to end process of teaching and learning more engaging and easy. At the core of smart class is rich multimedia based, pedagogically appropriate content mapped to school curriculum.
Today Kirk View Kindergarten boasts of one of the best playschools in Gaya. It has the ideal environment for toddlers, abundant space surrounded with greenery and pets. Children are taught with appropriate teaching tools according to their age group almost always learning by doing. All classes have big well ventilated class rooms with a teacher student ratio of 1:20. More than 20 class rooms. Spread over 17,000 square feet, the City school has play grounds, computer laboratories and a library.
To think that all this began in the British styled bungalow named Kirk View, which faces a church lending it its name “Kirk” meaning church in Scottish, only emphasizes the vision of the founders of the school that Gaya, needed to make the wonderful space for generations to come.
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.
Kirk View Kindergarten has over the past 32 years focused on preparing children to meet the challenges of a new school. It is now time for us to take the next logical step – expansion and affiliation. Kirk View Kindergarten’s recognition within the City, and the growing clamour from parents that they would like their children to continue in Kirk View’s premises has had the founders of the school think about taking the leap of faith.
In the next few years, the Kirk View School will open its Rajpura campus with Classes I to Class X. Keeping in view the growing need for the right environment for quality education, the Rajpura Kirk View School’s campus will be equipped with games complex and infrastructure including science laboratories, computer labs to meet the needs of higher education.
Education, we believe, should be child centered. The focus of the school will 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 will work to give the student an edge over their counterparts in higher studies. Children will 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 will be part of the team. The focus will be on using interactive method of teaching with the teacher being more a facilitator rather than an instructor.
The aim of the school will be to provide quality teaching supported by a spirited environment which will encourage 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 will build on its knowledge to give the children of Gaya a completely new experience.
Chairperson Kirk View School