Brief History Of Daffodils English School Association

The greatest achievement was at first and for a time a dream. The oak sleeps in the acorn, the bird waits in the egg, and in the highest vision of the soul a waking angel stirs. Dreams are the seedlings of realities.

James Allen

It was in 1978 that our Founder and Mentor, in fulfilment of his dream to provide meaningful and affordable education to the less well-off sections of Sanjaynagar and its adjacent areas, founded our school, the Daffodils English School. Like Lao Tzu said “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step” , Daffodils English School was built brick by brick and today the accomplishments of the school and the laurels it has won, has earned the acclaim of the various Academic Boards that the school is affiliated to.

With Mahatma Gandhi, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru and Field Marshal Cariappa as role models and with a desire of providing our children with value based education, our founder ensured that the school has always nurtured the students’ talents not only in excelling in academics but also in sports and various co-curricular and extra-curricular activities and provided the students with an all round value based education in keeping with the ancient and cultural traditions of our country.

The inherent wisdom that he had, has made him do the following things:

He had a compassionate nature.The decisions that he has made and the help that he has given to students, both materially and financially show that he had a heart, which is filled with the milk of human kindness. As the head of the School’s Management, he has nurtured the School Governing Council with love and care.

Sound decision making is a constant process of staying current, of perceiving how new information can alter old decisions and keeping in mind how these decisions can affect the future. Many executives are too dependent on old conventions, or still basing their decisions on what worked twenty years ago. He has shown his farsightedness in all the decisions he has taken.


Daffodils English school was first started as Saraswathi Vidyashala in a house at Sanjaynagar in 1978 with nine students, Ms Sequeira as teacher and Ms. Gowrama as the ayah. The school was shifted to the present location in 1979. Today, Saraswathi Vidyashala, renamed as Daffodils English School in June 1983, stands on a two acre plot, an edifice that symbolises the determination and hard work that our Late Mentor and his family have put in to make the school, one of the best in Bengaluru.

The first Cultural Annual Day was celebrated in 1981 with the then Education Minister of Karnataka Ms. Nagamma Keshavamurthy as the Chief Guest, and thereafter this, the Cultural Shows were held biannually with many well known dignitaries as Chief Guests – to name a few, Late Field Marshal Carriappa, Late Jeevaraj Alva, the then DDPI- Mr. KK Veerappa, former Principal of Stella Maris- Sr Humblene, former Mayor of Bangalore- Ms. Prema Carriappa, former Cricketer- Mr. Brijesh Patel, Olympian- Mr. M.P. Ganesh, former Commissioner of Police- Mr. H.T.Sangliana, former Principal of Mount Carmel College- Sr. Albina, International sports stars like- Mr. Arjun Devaiah, Ms. Reeth Abraham, Mr. Jude Felix, Mr. Rohan Bopanna and International paralympic athlete- Lance Naik Anandan. The school’s House System was introduced in 1983. Iris, Lily, Poppy and Tulip are the four houses in Daffodils. All activities are carried out with friendly house-wise competition among the students of the school.

The Management ensured that the school’s expansion took place step by step but continually. Along with the expansion of the building, classes were added to the school, one class at a time. Till 1996, Daffodils had classes only up to the Seventh Standard. Eventually Daffodils became a fully fledged High School. The first batch of the State Board Standard X students passed out of the school in 1999.

The ICSE Wing of the school was started in 2001. The first batch of students in this stream passed out in 2004. The permanent affiliation to the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) was granted to the school in 2016.

The Principals and Headmasters/Headmistress past and present who guided the school through the School’s formative years are

Name Year
Late Mr. P.K.Bheemaiah 1978 -1994
Mrs. Nirmala Bai1994 - 2002
Mrs Vimala2000-2002
Mrs Vanaja Laxman2002-2006
Mrs. Shashikala H.M (Senior HM-State Board)2002 – 2012
Mrs Usha Ravi 2007 - 2010
Mrs Radhakrishna Murthy2010 - 2013
Mrs Sujatha Girish (Junior Wing H.M.) 2012 -2016
Mrs Tejaswini Sankeswar 2013 - 2016
Mrs Apparna Ramasheshaih (DES Principal) 2016 onwards

The greatest achievement was at first and for a time a dream. The oak sleeps in the acorn, the bird waits in the egg, and in the highest vision of the soul a waking angel stirs. Dreams are the seedlings of realities.

James Allen