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Hostel life Vs Home Life: A students guide to boarding schools

There are many things to consider before selecting the right school for your child. Here are a few points one must consider when debating between day schools and boarding schools.

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Shivneri Boarding School

Key points from the article:-

  • Food
  • Freedom
  • Experience
  • Fewer distractions and more time for themselves.
  • Inclusiveness

When deciding which school to best pick for your child you must also think of the living situation. If you decide to enroll your child in a day school then they’ll be staying with their parents and or guardians. However, if you decide to enroll your child in a boarding school such as Shivneri boarding school, then students must live on campus along with other students their age in dorms. At Shivneri boarding school we have separate dorms for girls and boys. Listed below are some of the major differences between students living in a hostel vs living at home which parents must consider before enrolling their child in school.

  • Food

One of the major differences between hostel life and home life is the food. While nothing will ever compare to our loved “ghar ka khana” we at Shivneri boarding school work our best to provide our students with nutritious, hygienic and tasty food. Our mess menu is designed and changed fortnightly. The average meal includes pickle, papad, salad, roti, sabji, curry, dal, rice and something sweet. It’s mandatory for students to eat all vegetables. Our kitchen mess is well equipped and is washed after every meal. All the staff working in the kitchen take the utmost care and give priority to the cleanliness and hygiene of the dining and kitchen premises.

Child eating healthy food such as broccoli
  • FREEDOM:-

Another major difference between hostel life and home life is the freedom or the joy of living an independent life. At home, parents try their best to remove any and all obstacles children may face whereas in a hostel, even though you have aayas and teachers students have the freedom to learn and take decisions of their own. At home, parents usually keep asking their kids to finish their homework whereas when studying in a boarding school, students are allotted a specific time during the night to finish up their homework along with their friends and or study. In a hostel, many students almost of the same age live together who are studying almost in the same class or year. Thus, students of same nature develop great intimacy among themselves while they get their freedom and develop a sense of self-responsibility. Studying and living together develop a great sense of oneness among them and grows a spirit of co-operation and fellow-feeling among them. They help one another in case of need. Apart from general basic rules which every student must adhere to at Shivneri boarding school, students have the freedom to decide how to spend their free and available time. Students are also taught some basic life skills such as managing their own finances, banking, cooking, and gardening. Learning these life skills at a young age is very helpful for students in the outside world.

Shivneri Boarding School playground.
  • EXPERIENCE

“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.”

The things you learn in school stay with you for life. The countless memories you make with your friends are the ones you’ll cherish for the rest of your life. The best experience any parent can give his child is to experience and life his/her life on their own terms. To learn from their mistakes and the willingness to do better. We at Shivneri boarding school want our students to get the best of experiences. Our students can learn the Japanese language. We have also tied up with the Japanese government and arrange for student exchange programs. Apart from that Shivneri boarding school is home to the official Ted-ED Club which hosts sessions for students who are passionate about making a change and sharing great ideas with the world. We also have MUN or the Model United Nations Club which gives our students hands-on experiences of simulating the proceedings of the UNO, through discussion and deliberation. Students learn the Rules of Procedure in a practical way and engage with issues of global concern. Mock MUNs also prepare them to tackle MUNs at the school level. With opportunities like these, boarding schools are perfect for students to gain experience and knowledge for kids.

Children enjoying at a school picnic.
  • Fewer distractions and more time for themselves.

When students live at home, there are distractions around them constantly. Apart from gadgets and electronics, children tend to get more occupied with domestic duties and their life at home. When studying in a boarding school, students are focused solely on their studies and their life here in school. At Shivneri boarding school students are given ample of free time in which they can learn hobbies and do the things they like doing. Students can join multiple clubs and leagues and focus on themselves and their growth and not get distracted by electronics and home. We at Shivneri boarding school have allotted a specific time during which students are allowed to use their cellphones, laptops or watch television thus eliminating distractions during the day.

  • Inclusiveness

Since students in a boarding school live and study together, they become very close. They are more open and accepting as they live with kids from different backgrounds from a very young age. There is a sense of oneness, and they believe in helping each other as family members and as friends. Students can study together in groups, eat their meals together, and join clubs together. Living alone with your friends in a hostel can be a huge learning opportunity for students. Here they learn how to live together, co-exist and adjust when required these are some life skills which when learnt at an early age gives students an edge over others.

Diverse kids playing together.

There’s a huge difference between staying at home and staying in a hostel. Both have their own advantages and disadvantages. Moving into a hostel can be a huge deal for children if they’re not mentally prepared. We at Shivneri boarding school urge parents to talk to their children and make sure that they’re mentally prepared to live and study in a board school. We also urge parents and students to come visit our school, talk to the teachers and see the level of education we provide our students with.

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