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Governance

Bangalore Steiner School is an independent, co-educational school. It is a not-for-profit organization, recognized by the Government of Karnataka.

Board of Trustees

The school's financial and legal matters are guided by the Board of Trustees in consultation with a distributed leadership group of teachers, many of whom are also parents at the school. The current active Trustees are:

Gopa Bose

Gopa is currently a class teacher in our school. In addition she is also a teacher trainer and will be involved in all aspects of the pedagogy. Gopa has done her M.A.(English) B.Ed. and has 19 years teaching experience in mainstream schools as class teacher as well as teaching English, for the High school, Lower and Middle school. She has taught at Loreto (Kolkata), The Frank Anthony Public schools (Kolkata and Bangalore ), Bishop Cotton Boys’ School and Sophia High School for Girls (Bangalore).

From 1990 to 1991 she volunteered with the Child Life Programme at the Paediatrics Department of the University of Massachusetts Hospital, U.S.A to support families of terminally ill children and help children with schoolwork, play with them, and be part of the child study programmes. Gopa has a deep belief in Waldorf education and has been attending and participating in Steiner workshops in Bangalore & Hyderabad.

Gopa's Motivation for Bangalore Steiner School:

"I believe in Steiner’s philosophy and his views on education. Bangalore Steiner School is the fulfilment of a wish that I have that education should meet the needs of a child. I also have a larger vision of starting a curative unit within the school for children with special needs and those with learning difficulties."


G. Manivannan

G. Manivannan is in addition to being a Trustee, a teacher trainer and is also involved in parent education. Passionate about Steiner education he spends considerable time in research and training for the same. He did his early schooling from the Sri Kumaran Children's Home, under graduation in science at the National College and graduation in Arts from the Mysore University, specialising in English and Sanskrit literature. He later did an MBA from the AMC College. After mainstream education, he started attending workshops in theatre, filmmaking and therapeutic courses for special needs' children. He then did his RCI (Rehabilitation Council of India) qualified course in special education and later a three year course in the art of curative education and socio-therapy.

His greatest joy is pursuing teaching as a spiritual task by directly involving himself in classroom observation and mentoring and offering hands-on help with the children in front of him. As an educationist he is also a teacher trainer inspiring in them an inner attitude to work and help them explore their creative best with the children and also help them deal with children with different temperaments and behaviours. His other interests include counselling, art & theatre and music. He also has a great passion for curative education for special needs children.

Mani's Motivation for Bangalore Steiner School:

" I was searching in life for something that I thought I knew. My destiny brought me to where I think I belong.”

V.Bindhu

A homemaker, whose goal since the time she was in college, was to contribute towards a more creative and meaningful education for children. Having gone through the grind of the mainstream education in India, Bindhu was convinced that she wanted something different for her children and for other children as well.

Bindhu met Steiner education when her eldest child was 3yrs old. She took a very active role in helping start a Waldorf Kindergarten, along with Mr. Manivannan. This kindergarten, named Kingdom of Childhood, came into existence in 2007. As an active Parent, Bindhu attended many workshops and seminars on Steiner education, to inform herself and to understand the magic of Waldorf education. She also attended the one year Foundation course offered in Bangalore, as part of her path of learning.

Being completely aligned with Steiner philosophy and feeling the need to grow the Kindergarten to a Grade school, Bindhu actively participated in the creation of Bangalore Steiner School. Her child was among the first 11 children who helped start this school.

Today, Bindhu has 3 children in Bangalore Steiner School. After coming on board as a parent, Bindhu soon grew her commitment to the school by taking on the responsibility of a Handwork teacher in 2012. Having been a part of a joint family, Bindhu brings the unique strength of building a community around herself. Her experience of having been deeply involved in her family business, gives Bindhu the financial acumen required to run an organization.

Bindhu is most inspired by the following words of Khalil Gibran on children:

" You are the bows from which
your children
as living arrows are sent forth.
The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite,
and He bends you with His might
that His arrows may go swift and far.
Let your bending in the archer's hand be for gladness;
For even as He loves the arrow that flies,
so He loves also the bow that is stable”