Balsam Academy is a unit of Balaram Memorial Trust established in 2004 - the brainchild of a small group of people who recognised that mainstream schools were finding it extremely difficult to deliver adequate services to the whole school community due to diversity of students, low income and issues based on belief, language and behavioural difficulties. The name Balsam is close to the nature of the school in every aspect.
Having a database of qualified and passionate facilitators who work at Balsam, the Governing Body is in a position to offer
and assist students in achieving far reaching positive implications not only for the school but for the family and the broader
Going forward – the future plan of the Governing Body - finding pathways for young people seeking entry into the workplace, collaboration with organisations which are offering imaginative solutions for young people and which compliment the school ethos, seeking imaginative educational ideas for parents, children and schools and providing a resource for all new community initiatives.
|Mrs. Saroja Balaram||Managing Trustee|
|Ms. Anitha Rajendran||Secretary|
|Ms.Asha Rani Balaram||Trustee|
|Mrs. Shubhadaini Joshi||Appointed Executive Director|
|Mrs. Chitra Madhavan||Honorary Advisor|
The School Managing Committee (SMC) is an officially constituted body approved by the Board of Trustees of the school.
SMC is accountable to the school and to the school community, responsible for doing what is in the best interest of the school and what is in the best interest of all students collectively. SMC is accountable to their board and responsible for following the bylaws of the board.
The School Managing Committee comprises of the following members:
The School Managing Committee shall have the following powers/functions:
|Smt. Starlet Solomon Vincent||Ex officio Secretary|
|Ms. Anitha R||Member Trustee|
|Dr. Vikram Balu||Member nominated by the Board|
|Ms. Ramya||Member nominated by the Board|
|Mr. Sunil U Naidu||Member nominated by the Board|
|Mrs. Santhana Lakshmi||Educationist|
|Mr. Srinivasan K||Educationist|
|Mrs. Sangeetha M S||Educationist|
|Mrs. Divya Jothi J||Educationist|
|Mr. Hariprasad.H||Parent representative-Sr.School|
|Mr. Thirulogachandar.U||Parent representative-Jr.School|
|Mrs. Kaveri Priya K R||In house member|
|Mrs. Jamuna N G||In house member|
The school core committee governs and guides, decides and implements policies recommended or ratified by the managing committee and over sees day-to-day running of the school. It is an officially constituted body approved by the Board of Trustees. All role-holders are members of this committee.
SCC makes, modifies, recommends all policies related to school – in terms of micro and meso level operations.
This committee supervises the activity of the school for its smooth functioning. It works in accordance with the specific directions given by the Board regarding all school policy matters. It acts as bridge between the Board, Managing committee and the School.
The School Core Committee comprises of various sub-committees as listed below. They are appointed by the Board to govern one aspect of the school. Each Sub-Committee comprises of members appointed by the appointed members. ALL members hold office for a year and can be reappointed based on their performances.
|Sub Committee||Objective||Appointed Member|
|Community Outreach||Sensitize and engage students in community requirements||Vice-Principal|
|Disaster Management||Build skills to prepare, plan and manage disasters of all kinds|
|Student Alumni||Upkeep and cherish the contributions of Balsamites|
|Student Welfare||Ensure emotional and intellectual well-being of children|
|Beyond Academics||Blend in activities to foster holistic development||Beyond Academics Coordinator|
|Health and Wellness||Campaign and sensitize citizens about health issues|
|Fitness and sports||Encourage healthy lifestyle through exercise and nutrition|
|Life Skills and Work||Empower students with alternative|
|Education||vocations and skills|
|Academics||Extend support to students and teachers in teaching-learning methods and mentoring||Academic Coordinator|
|STEM||Inculcate the scientific temperament to build critical thinking skills|
|Learning Lab||Support students with learning disabilities|
|Staff Welfare||Enhance skills and confidence of staff to enable maximum contribution||Head of Operations and Facility Manager|
|Admissions||Ensure fair practices in admissions process|
|Data Management||Collect and analyze data to aid in Whole School Improvement Program|
|Safety, Security, Transport||Ensure safety and security both on-campus and off-campus|
Each sub-committee shall meet on the dates marked on the school calendar and collectively once every month and be chaired by the President and strictly adhere to the Committee meeting calendar. Every member of the sub-committee must be present and if one is unable to attend a meeting, prior notice and apology must be sent on their behalf. The minutes of each meeting must be recorded properly and submitted to the chair at the end of the meeting.
All the meetings are expected to be open to the school community. There may be times when the meeting or a part of the meeting needs to be closed to protect confidentiality or privacy or for any other valid reason. Should this occur the committee will need to approve a recommendation to hold a closed session.
In absence of the President (School Head) at the time of a meeting, the Vice-President (Deputy Head) must chair the SCC meeting. If neither the president nor the deputy head is present, the members may elect one of themselves to chair the meeting and the minutes should be forwarded to the President after the meeting is adjourned.
The agenda will be established by the President. The agenda and associated documents will be distributed whenever possible prior to the day of the meeting.
Members may request additional items added to the agenda in advance of the meeting. Committee may agree at the meeting, that a new item is of sufficient urgency to require immediate attention.
The chairperson may reorder the agenda to deal with important items first, although all the items must be discussed.
The President will chair the meeting and facilitate discussion. To do this appropriately and impartially the President would normally refrain from taking part in the discussions. If the President wants to get involved in a discussion on an issue it is common for her/him to allow the Deputy Head to chair the meeting.
The President shall see to that the meeting operates such that:
All other members will assist the President and the Committee by
While the sub-committees function under the President, the collective report of all the sub-committees shall be generated and presented to the school community and the Board Members on the first Saturday of every month by the President of SCC.
Based on the guidelines of Tamil Nadu Government regarding `School Transport Committee' Balsam Academy has formalized the School Transport Committee.
|BALSAM ACADEMY - SCHOOL TRANSPORT COMMITTEE MEMBERS 2018 - 2019|
|Ms. Starlet Solomon Vincent||Principal / Chairperson||NA|
|Mr.U.Kishore Kumar||Member Secretary / Transport Manager||NA|
|Mr.P.Rengaraj||Parent representative||Arcot Zone|
|Mr.R.Vinoth Kumar||Parent representative||Sipcot Zone|
|Mr.J.Elayaraja||Parent representative||Walaja Zone|
|Mr.S.Anandan||Parent representative||Ranipet Zone|
|Mrs.V.Geetha||Parent representative||Walaja Zone|
|Mrs.V.Thamarai Selvi||Parent representative||Arcot Zone|
|Mrs.T.Mythili||Parent representative||Ranipet Zone|
|Mrs.T.Chitra||Parent representative||Sipcot Zone|
|Mrs.K.Sudha||Teacher representative||Arcot Zone|
|Mrs.M.Subashini||Teacher representative||Arcot Zone|
|Mrs.N.A.Bargavi||Teacher representative||Ranipet Zone|
|Mrs.S.Revathi||Teacher representative||Ranipet Zone|
|Ms.M.Latha||Teacher representative||Sipcot Zone|
|Ms.V.Vanaja||Teacher representative||Sipcot Zone|
|Mrs.S. Shanmuga Priya||Teacher representative||Walaja Zone|
|Ms. Ameerunisha||Teacher representative||Walaja Zone|
Parent Teacher Council(PTC) of Balsam Academy is a non-profit, non-political and non-sectarian organisation comprising of Home Room Teachers and parents who work to support the school in a wide variety of ways. The function of PTC is not only to help/support the School in the development of students but also to provide help/support in the improvement and development of the School.
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES:
The aims and objectives of the council shall be:
|BALSAM ACADEMY – PARENT TEACHER COUNCIL MEMBERS 2018 - 2019|
|Grade 1 A||Mr.V.Saravanan|
|Grade 1 B||Mrs.Josalin Kirubanandham|
|Grade 1 C||Mr.P.Muruganandham|
|Grade 2 A||Mrs.M.Gayathri|
|Grade 2 B||Mr.N.K.Ganesh|
|Grade 2 C||Mrs.S.Indhumathi|
|Grade 3 A||Mr.D.Achuthan|
|Grade 3 B||Mrs.P.Pradheepa|
|Grade 4 A||Mr.S.Malik|
|Grade 4 B||Mrs.V.Tamilselvi|
|Grade 5 A||Mrs.B.Devi|
|Grade 5 B||Mr.M.Dhanacheziyan|
|Grade 6 A||Mrs.V.K.Vjayalakshmi|
|Grade 6 B||Mr.V.Stephen Durai Raj|
|Grade 6 C||Mrs.R.Rajini|
|Grade 7 A||Mr.K.R.Amarnath|
|Grade 7 B||Mr.V.S.Surendar|
|Grade 8A||Mrs.S.Uma Maheswari|
|Grade 8 B||Mr.M.G.Ramesh|
|Grade 10 A||Mrs.Sujatha Malini|
|Grade 10 B||Mr.R.Mahendran|
Balsam Academy Student Council is a student-based civic organization designed to help promote school spirit and leadership among students.
Students participating in all levels of the Council will maintain a high standard of personal conduct. Council members will demonstrate leadership qualities by serving as good examples of behavior through their words and actions.
All Council members will be expected to participate in approved activities, which will serve to enhance the quality of both the physical and behavior environment of the school.
The objective of our student council is:
|Mr. Damodiran.P.||Head of SCB|
|Ms. Komal Grover||Faculty Advisor – The House of Alpines|
|Ms. Jamuna.N.G.||Faculty Advisor – The House of Grands|
|Ms. Shobana.K.||Faculty Advisor – The House of Himalayans|
|Ms. Bharathi.P.||Faculty Advisor – The House of Tylers|
|Swathee.K.||Beyond Academics Captain|
|Karunya Lakshmi.H.||Alpines House Captain|
|Sivaranjini.S.||Alpines House Vice-Captain|
|Samyuktha Sakthi.S.||Grands House Captain|
|Vandhana.V.M.||Grands House Vice-Captain|
|Vishal Ram.K.N.||Himalayans House Captain|
|Thrina Soni.R.||Himalayans House Vice-Captain|
|Tharan Vijay.V.||Tylers House Captain|
|Drisha.P.||Tylers House Vice-Captain|
The objective of the Grievance Cell is to develop a responsive and accountable attitude among all the stakeholders to maintain a harmonious educational atmosphere in the school. A Grievance Cell has been constituted for the Redressal of the problems reported by the Students, Staff and Parents of the school with the following objectives:
The students are the main stakeholders in any institution imparting education, and it’s our endeavour to make all efforts to ensure transparency in all the activities at different stages. Taking this spirit in consideration the school have the set mechanism for students for Redressal of their grievances as under:
The Grievances may broadly include the following complaints of the aggrieved students
It is good to air a grievance rather than to keep it bottled up. Protection of human rights is essential for all round development of an individual’s personality to realize the primary needs of the students and staff and secure civil liberties for everybody, a grievance redressal cell has been constituted. The cell is indented to find solutions for problems like sexual harassment –any kind of physical or mental harassment, complaints regarding class room teaching-class room management, completion of syllabus, teaching methods etc., when they arise. The grievance redressal cell convenes meetings periodically and takes steps to redress the grievance.
The grievance Redressal cell shall not entertain the following issues:
|Name of the redressal officer||Ms. Rajamani.B.|
|Phone number||+91 7397775880|
The objective is to effectively enforce gender equality and guarantee against sexual harassment and abuse. The committee develops guidelines to combat sexual harassment, deals with cases of discrimination, and recommends actions against guilty to management, in a time bound manner.
The employees approach committee regarding complains such as:
Enquiry begins once the complainant fills in the required form and submits a detailed statement of incidents/ allegations. The statement of allegation will be shared with the accused. Both parties shall be given opportunities to defend their case while maintaining confidentiality. Fair process shall be adopted to arrive at the decision. The process of enquiry and delivery of decisions shall not exceed 30 days.
If it is determined that harassment has occurred; prompt action shall be taken. The committee members will communicate the investigation details to management. The disciplinary action may include transfer, demotion or termination.
Committee includes Principal, Prevention against Sexual Harassment and Abuse Officer, Social worker