The Children’s Parks, Kuensel Phodrang Park, Botanical Garden and so on are what we all have seen, heard and visited in the capital. This time around Santa Barbara Park is joining the club.
Santa Barbara Park was constructed by some 20 students of Rinchen Higher Secondary School in just two days. These students built the parl as punishment after they were found drinking ‘Santa Barbara’ wine which gave birth to the new park and also its name as ‘Santa Barbara Park’.
On May 2, teachers’ day two captains were caught drunk. These students were suspended for some time and in the process of interrogation 18 others were also caught through them.
The principal of the school says that the school has certain code of conduct which has five categories of offenses such as A, B, C, D and E, meaning offense under A is the most serious and under E the least.
The students fell under B category, next to the major one.
The school authority did not suspend the students but came up with the project that reminds one of correction and reform.
The principal says the idea sounds a little funny, but it was in place of corporal punishment and positive disciplining. “The sight of the park will make the children realize their own mistakes unlike in other schools where children are suspended,” he said.
The school authority however notified the parents of the students about their punishment.
“Any offense in the school will not be tolerated,” said the principal. “Every little offense will have consequences.”
“Though Santa Barbara is considered to be wine, no matter how light it is alcohol, alcohol is alcohol”, says the principal.
However, one of the teachers said the students took the punishment positively and they have a sense of pride that they have done something for the school.
“It can be taken as an example that one should not do such thing and if not they have to go through the same thing”, he added.
Some students, said that the Park has benefitted the Arts students since it is constructed near their academic block.
Muna Karel from XI arts said till now her recess period were spent in corridors and verandas, but now she comes and sits in the park. “Now we can bask in the sun when we feel cold”.
One of the commerce students said that the Park has beautified the school campus though he doesn’t visit it since his classroom is at the other side of the Park. “However, I am happy to see students can make use of it,” he said.
The Principal also said that students admired the Park. The other side of the charm is the name itself ‘Santa Barbara’.
However, he said that making a park is not the objective, “If we had, we have enough students to do that and make a greater park. But the only thing is to make the students realize,” he added.
Displaying appreciation for the park, a student laments that “a bigger one would have been better”.