Although every parent wants their child to live and study at home during their school years, sending the child to a school always remains a tough decision. A residential school provides an intellectual environment for the holistic development of the child. Be it in academics, sports or overall development, it prepares them for a rapidly changing socio-economic environment. The residential school provides an independent environment helping the children to be leaders, better decision-makers and responsible citizens. One such global residential school is Jain International Residential School (JIRS). It is a co-educational, international residential school that sets the highest standards of academic achievement, intellectual growth, ethical awareness, behavior, sportsmanship and other good qualities to the students.
As a child goes to a boarding school homesickness is a normal phase that is faced by almost every child. They find it difficult to adjust to the new environment and overcome their feelings of loneliness. Thus in JIRS, it is made sure that every child is nurtured and all their needs are taken care of. To create a conducive environment for the children one aspect that is emphasized in JIRS is creating and fostering a strong relationship between teachers and students. As students stay away from their home, it is important that they find the comfort and solace within their teachers.
The relationship between teachers and students can have a lasting impact on the development of a child’s mental and emotional growth. Teachers who have strong bonds with their students deliver effectiveness in their teaching roles and this results in higher levels of academic success among students.
In JIRS teachers and students share a special bond; the teachers are readily available, helpful and friendly towards the students, at the same time encourage the students to be independent individuals. Growth encompasses many different areas and this may include emotional growth, academic growth, physical growth, and spiritual growth. Unfortunately, many schools focus only on academic growth, but in JIRS teachers take the time to build a stronger relationship with their students, to understand each individual needs and bring out their potential. By doing this, teachers help the students to adapt better with life in residential school enabling them to grow beyond academics.
Positive teacher-student relationships promote a sense of school belongingness and encourage students to participate in all activities. Students develop the confidence to experiment and apply the various concepts they have learned to succeed without the fear of failure. Teachers are able to assist s the students with motivation and goal setting that is seen in the outstanding performance of students in JIRS. The children in JIRS are taught by highly trained, experienced, motivated teachers who are aware of the impact they have – not just on the child’s test scores, but also on their overall development that goes beyond the classroom.