Mr. Rodney Briggs’ visit to Maple Bear, Sahastradhara and Dalanwala, Dehradun
The winter sun was at its brightest, when Mr. Rodney Briggs arrived at our school on the afternoon of November 18, 2015. He was accompanied by his beautiful wife, Ms. Robin Pascoe and ever charming Mrs. Shalini Jaiswal.
The guests were welcomed by the school owners Harender and Rajni Juneja and the senior staff of the schools. The young students of the school traditionally welcomed the guests with a ‘tikka’ and garlanding.
Mr. Briggs was delighted as he walked through the spacious playground and then through the classrooms. In each class he was introduced to the staff members handling the particular grades in both the branches. The Jr. K.G. students presented a welcome card to Mr. Briggs and he was pleased to receive a bunch of hand-made flowers from the student of Sr. K.G. Ms. Robin was never too tired capturing these memorable moments on her camera.
The parents had been looking forward to have an interactive session with Mr. Briggs, and he didn’t want them to wait any longer. The guests took their seats at the dais. They were enchanted with two lovely songs sung by the melodious students of the school, accompanied by the music teacher on the keyboard.
Mr. Briggs was introduced to the gathering and invited to the podium. As Mr. Briggs addressed the audience, the parents could understand that they were listening to a person with such vast experience and a global vision. With permission of Mr. Briggs, the house was opened to questions by the audience. Mr. Briggs also shared the organizations’ plans of K-12 schools as he patiently and convincingly answered the questions put up by the parents.
The guests were presented with mementos by the Principal and senior staff of the school.
Towards the end, the guests and parents were invited for high tea. There was another round of lively discussions over sandwiches, croissants, brownies and hot tea, as Mr. Briggs interacted with the staff of the school.
All these unforgettable moments were captured by the school photographer and by ‘full of life’ Ms. Robin. Albeit short, but indeed such a pleasant time spent with the pioneers of Maple Bear.