Heads of School:
Kyle Edwards, Bhavna Tandon &
Near Eldeco Mansionz
Sohna Road, Sector 48
Gurgaon, Haryana 122018 IND
Vega Schools, India's first school to become an Alliance member, is a premium Nursery through Class XII private school located in Gurgaon, India. In 2012, Dr. Steven Edwards and Sandy Hooda met and decided to co-found a school in India. Dr. Edwards mobilized leading experts in education: Andrew Raynor; David Price, OBE; and Carl Jarvis to mentor and share inspiration with Vega's founding team. Vega's raison d’être is to discover the star within each child - finding, triggering, and nurturing the passion in its students to encourage them to learn.
Vega believes that the traditional schools with their students in rows and a teacher at a chalkboard teaching to the bell is history and the way forward is with immersive learning experiences within a 21st century curriculum and flexible learning spaces. Creating an immersive learning experience engages the learner and improves concentration and the ability to perservere. Aligning learning activities to the child's passions and interests creates student driven learning, developing the notion of intrinsic discipline from an early age.
Likewise, memorization and studying to the test is a thing of the past. The environment children will enter upon leaving school will demand a different type of 21st century skills and Vega strives to teach them how to suceed in the real world and their future work environment. From primary school onwards, leadership, team work, communication, problem solving, analytical, technical, computer, inititiave, and strong work ethic skills are embedded into the curriculum through its immersive learning practices and techniques.
Vega understands that children differ in the manner and pace at which they learn. This necessitates a personalized learning plan for each child to meet the learning objectives in a timely and well thought out manner. Personal plans not only apply to academics, but also track all aspects of a child's development including higher order thinking skills and social and emotional intelligence.
Vega's standard is based on immersive learning, which includes five important aspects:
Immersive environments are created to enrich a child's experience by promoting the stimulation of senses. Consequently, through connecting children to a real world experience, deeper learning takes place. Vega has a variety of flexible learning spaces empowering children to decide how and where they would like to learn, engaging them further.
Child-centered learning starts with the needs of the child - the curriculum is the destination rather than the origin. Teaching and learning in Vega is simply the journey between these two points, touching what is relevant, engaging and has "real world" outcomes. Creatively bridging the learning interests of the child to the outcomes of the curriculum reverses the traditional planning process, making it child-centric.
Immersive challenge learning is an interdisciplinary approach that calls for co-teaching and peer learning, developing questioning skills to broaden and deepen subject matter knowledge, taking action, and developing presentation skills to explain the problem and demonstrate the solution. Immersive challenges encourage learners to leverage commonplace resources to solve "real world" problems. Children are empowered to make their own choices to solve the challenge presented to them, enabling them to acquire and develop real world problem solving skills.
Authentic projects are an exciting and motivational opportunity for young learners to demonstrate the knowledge and skills acquired while solving an immersive challenge. The results are presented to the community at large, an authentic audience that is effected by the solution, inspiring and passing on valuable critiques to the learners.
Critique is embedded within the Vega culture. Three main rules of critiquing others - be kind, be helpful, and be specific - encourage children to complete multiple drafts of work to ensure the highest quality possible and experience pride of genuine accomplishment.
Research shows that the design of learning spaces is a significant contributing factor to learning outcomes and progressive schools are already factoring in different learning styles, but are constrained by traditional classroom layouts. Vega's new primary campus and building have a unique design that supports personalized education and immersive learning. The facility has flexible learning layouts to accommodate individual quiet zones for study and play, one-on-one discussion areas, small group spaces for team learning, and large group activity zones. The design seamlessly fuses the work and play areas and lets the indoors flow fluidly into outdoor nature learning areas. Interest zones and activity clusters are spaced throughout in a manner that allows constant monitoring. Younger children can be enthralled in a story-telling zone, develop their motor skills in a manipulative zone, sharpen their intellect in a cognitive zone, perform an activity in a drama zone, or just play in a toy zone. The learning spaces for older children include learning studios, technology zones, collaboration areas, and activity centers.
The primary school opened for academic session for Nursery through Class 4 in April 2016.
Heads of School
Kyle Edwards has been a member of Vega since its inception. He is an expert in Project Based Learning (PBL) and the iLEAD process that Vega embeds within it's pedagogy. He leads Learning Leader training in understanding and implementing of PBL. With a Bachelors of Science Degree in Excercise Physiology, Kyle also heads the Vega SPEED (Physical Education) program.
Kyle started his professional career working in civic engagement and Youth Leadership in Korogocho and Mathare slums in Nairobi, as well as the facilitator of the iLEAD program at Ngunyumu Primary School, Korogocho. He was also on the board of Ignitus Worldwide (Youth Leadership NGO), where he networked youth leadership programs across the world, primarily in 19 African nations. His work took him to the UN African Headquarters, UN Safer Cities Programe, as well as USAID Nairobi. After his experiences at UN, he knew that teaching and coaching leadership education was something he wanted to be connected with at a more profound level.
He then moved on to teach and coach at St. Gilgen International School, one of the top tier boarding IB schools in Europe, in Sankt Gilgen, Austria. Through his growth in learning and coaching, Kyle moved on to Tauranga, New Zealand to live out his dream as an International Rugby player and as a strength & conditioning coach. He has also worked throughout his professional career as a consultant for Edwards Education Services in teacher training and facilitation of the iLEAD leadership curriculum. This consultancy has taken him to both public and private schools, as well as educational leadership programs around the world.
Kyle knows that the best trait for a teacher is to be a student. He firmly believes that throughout his experiences he has learned far more from the people he has met and the surrounding environment. One of his favourite experiences has been working as a Alligator ‘relocator’ in South Carolina, USA. He goes on to say that "Working with alligators, is a lot like being with children. They can sense your emotions without even saying a word, so you have to be patient, relaxed, and most importantly respectful."
Having lived on four continents and travelled extensively to more than 36 countries around the world. Kyle is now proud to call India his home. He is fascinated with Indian culture and history, studied Hindi and coaches the Delhi Hurricanes Rugby Men's senior team. He aspires to write a book on his life and experiences, as well as continue to pursue his studies in cultural anthropology. Kyle is extremely passionate about Vega, what it stands for, and wants to do his part in making Vega the most innovative school in the World.
Bhavna Tandon has been a member of Vega since its inception. Passionate about knowledge and learning, she has been an educator for the past 19 years. Bhavna has a Bachelor’s degree in Child Development and a Master’s in English language and currently leads Academics at Vega. She has been trained in educational philosophies like Reggio Emilia, Project Spectrum by Howard Gardner and CIPP (Cambridge International Programme). According to her, the common thread through these popular ideologies is the seamless learning that happens all the time at home and at school that fashions a child's mind. Bhavna derives her inspiration from philosophers like Jiddu Krishnamurthy and Sri Aurobindo.
Throughout her teaching journey, she has imparted learning at CBSE, IGCSE, and IB curriculum-led schools. This varied understanding of curricula solidifies her ability to craft a fluid curriculum that supports real-life learning. She has lead teams of Learning Leaders, conceived and conducted Learning Leader training workshops and created and contributed to academic processes of curriculum and teaching-learning modules based on different curriculum requirements.
When she first started teaching, she could not ascertain the enormous impact a Learning Leader makes on the mind of a young child. But today, as a mother of two young children and being with her Learners, this realization drives her to sculpt every young mind she comes across with profound sensitivity. As an Educator, Bhavna really treasures the idea that teaching is not just about delivering content or being a sage on the stage but to tread on the path of learning along with the Learners. What led her to Vega was the common belief that education needs to be reimagined and there has to be a considerable amount of risk-taking that is required to better prepare our Learners for challenges of the 21st century. She looks forward to making learning more real life and contemporary, yet keeping our Learners grounded in our rich cultural values and ancestral wisdom. She dreams of seeing her Vega Learners applying for ‘patents’ for various innovations.
She has a strong penchant for reading and enjoys traveling. She is a very spiritual person who likes to travel to hill stations and beaches to connect to nature and do some soul searching. She takes pleasure in reading books on spirituality which helps her to introspect and connect with the world around her. Spending time with family and friends is her priority during the weekends and she relishes listening to Ted Talks during her free time.
Ruchi Rehan has been leading People & Culture at Vega Schools since 2016. As an HR professional, she has 16 years of extensive cross cultural experience in all the functional aspects of Human Resources Management including HRM Strategy, Talent Acquisition, Training & Development, Organisation Development, Performance Management and Compensation Planning. Patient listening is one of her strengths that helps her to connect with and lead people across levels and geographies. She has worked with organisations such as DCM Shriram, General Motors and Tecnova Global. During her career, she has collaborated with consultants like McKinsey, Accenture and PWC in organisational restructuring and ERP (SAP, Peoplesoft and Taleo) implementation.
She has a Bachelor's degree in Chemistry from K C College, Mumbai and an MBA in Human Resources Management from KJ Somaiya Institute of Management Studies & Research (SIMSR), Mumbai. She is a Certified Assessor in Competency Based HRM and a Certified NLP Practitioner. She is skilled in using Psychometric Analysis (MBTI, FIRO B, 16 PF, DISC, Thomas Personal Profile Analysis etc) for selecting and developing talent.
A mother of two young children, Ruchi firmly believes that educational institutions should facilitate personal learning experiences for every Learner and mentor them to adapt to the emerging knowledge economy. She is passionate about creating such learning spaces and enabling Teachers to become Learning Leaders. As a person what she has in common with education is her core strength to understand and relate with people. As she steps into the world of learning and crafting young minds, she realises the magnitude of impact that a good Learning Leader can have on shaping the future of a child. She is instrumental in facilitating and fostering a culture of hiring and developing Learnign Leaders who want to be educators for a purpose and passion.
With a compassionate heart and skills of HRM, blended with a strong intent to be a part of this innovative journey at Vega, she is proud to be associated with the school’s multidisciplinary and research oriented Project Based Learning pedagogy.