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Sri aurobindo memorial school, bengaluru

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Sri Aurobindo Memorial School is a school in Bengaluru, India. It was established in 1962 and today is located in the Banashankari locality of south Bangalore.[1]

Sri Aurobindo Memorial School offers CBSE curriculum from the 1st to the 10th grade, and it also offers the Karnataka Secondary Education Examination Board SSLC curriculum from the 8th grade.[2] It also offers nursery, lower and upper kindergarten education.

Sri Aurobindo Memorial School was founded in 1962 and, like many institutions of that time, has undergone many alterations to reach its present state. It began as "The New School" in January 1962 and soon after changed to "The New English School". The school was initially located in multiple locations in-and-around the residential locality of Jayanagar. Some locations include Ashoka Pillar, close to Lalbagh in Jayanagar 1st Block, as well as multiple buildings in Jayanagar 4th Block.

The original founders of the school were Nathaniel and Espoir Pearson, devotees of the Mother and Sri Aurobindo, and the school received the Mother's blessings upon its foundation. Espoir Pearson was the founding principal of the school, and Nathaniel Pearson was director of studies. It was originally a primary school, having classes up to Standard 7 until the early 1970s when the Pearsons left Bangalore for Australia. The initial focus and principal objective of the school was that it should be an English Medium School. The Pearsons had a vision for excellence in English learning and teaching in Bangalore, and they saw a need for a good quality English school in what was then the new settlement of Jayanagar.

Between 1964 and 1966, the Pearsons took leave without pay from the school to live briefly in the United Kingdom, and in order to ensure the continuity of the School, Espoir Pearson's father, Dr. Santoshananda, managed the day-to-day running of the School as interim principal. Upon their return from the UK, Espoir Pearson resumed her duties as school principal, Nathaniel Pearson assisted in curriculum development and teaching English to students, and his wife's younger sister, Shashi Sharma assisted with various teaching duties. Early teachers at the New School/New English School included Mr. Balakrishnan and Shanta Issac.

Following the Pearsons' departure to Australia in 1971, Espoir Pearson's brother, Sri Kumar Vasishtha, was appointed principal of the school. Sri Kumar managed the school until 1975, following which his younger brother, Raj Vasishtha, was appointed administrator and his younger sister, Aditi Vasishtha, was appointed principal. Shortly after these appointments were made, the name of the school was changed again, this time to 'Sri Aurobindo Memorial School', its present name.

The school emphasises prayer and meditation. School days start and end with prayer. The morning prayer is Sri Aurobindo's Gayatri Mantra. It is different from the Gayatri Mantra of the Rigveda. In the middle school, different morning prayers are sung on different days of the week. A lunch prayer, "Annapurna Sadaapurne", is sung before the students go for lunch and all the students sing a "Thank You God" prayer at the end of the school day. In the evenings, "Make of us the hero warriors" is sung.

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