A healthy body alone can house a healthy mind. With this idea in mind, the school encourages children to take part in a variety of sporting activities.
And life is not about academics alone. It takes various facets to make a complete person. At Kumarans, the emphasis is not only on a single side of the children, but on identifying, nurturing and honing every skill, noticeable or otherwise, and encouraging it to the ultimate goal of participation, and the possible heady feeling of success. To that end, the school provides opportunities for various sports activities like football, volleyball, table tennis, badminton, throw ball, cricket, chess, swimming and others. Children of class V have swimming sessions twice a week. Many of our children take part at different levels, state, national and sometimes even international and come up trumps.
Yoga, derived from Sanskrit word “YUJ”, means ‘union’ between the mind, body and spirit. It involves the practice of physical postures and poses, referred to as ‘asana’ in Sanskrit. The ultimate aim of practising Yoga is to create a balance between the body and the mind and to attain self-enlightenment. Yoga classes are conducted for class IV to class X students by a professional yoga teacher. The use of different movements, breathing exercises, relaxation techniques and meditations are taught giving a new definition for a healthy, peaceful and fulfilling lifestyle.
AFTER SCHOOL SPORTS
Sporting excellence is not confined to the four walls of the school. It needs constant effort, supervision and encouragement by professionals to reach the pinnacle of success. Therefore, the P.E. teachers guide the students interested in different sporting areas even after school hours so that they can win laurels in fields of their choice.
The term “Career counseling” is an often heard one today. It is a concept that is relevant perhaps to the urban context.
Junior Achievers’ Club
With millions of engineers and other professionals being churned out every year, the pie that is available is shrinking in size. Parents are also at a loss to decide what course their wards should take after school. To give a fresh perspective and a different twist to their thinking, the school has joined hands with this club. The club is run by professionals who are passionate about changing the existing mindset of both parents and children to think beyond the trodden path and do some introspection about what they could become if only they keep their eyes fixed beyond the traditional and time-tested options for professional choices. Children are encouraged to think out of the boxes and decide on a profession that might interest them. Then they are taken to actual working places to expose them to the opportunities that are lying in wait outside the oft-considered ones.
Next comes the practical aspect of the club. Students who come up with innovative ideas that can change the society in critical areas and also open the door for an entrepreneurial venture get help from professionals from HP to put their ideas into workable solutions. A contest is held at the national level and the winner, along with the school, gets attractive prizes.
The Promise Foundation
The career counselling program is carried out through a workshop during which the students of Std X understood the process of career development and all the factors that influence career decision making. As a part of the program, the students took up an Aptitude test, conducted by the Promise Foundation and received reports with recommendations to make career choices they are most likely to excel in.
TREKS AND EXCURSIONS
As an extension of classroom learning, students across classes are taken for trips, treks and excursions. Primary school children are taken to nearby places on a one-day tour, while the children of middle and high school go to a resort or places where they can appreciate nature or places of adventure. The outgoing children of X standard children go on longer trip with their children so that they carry the memories with them even after they leave the Alma Mater.
The ASSET questions have been widely recognized for their ability to trigger the thinking process in children and to expose them to a fresh and unique way to check their own understanding of key concepts covered in the school curriculum. The ASSET Question-A-Day (AQAD) is a set of thought provoking questions that aim to make students more accustomed to skill-based questions on a regular basis.
The school receives questions for classes 3 to 9 on different subjects and topics. The questions will be put on the notice board and the students get it clarified by the concerned teachers.
Enrichment Activities give a spurt to the learning skills of a child. The child steps into an area of their interest, where creativity is unfettered. Enrichment activities throw open plenty of opportunities for the students, as a natural extension to their scholastic pursuits. It is this interest that sustains the enthusiasm of students to put their best foot forward, academics or otherwise.
Every year, the Students Editorial Entity of Kumarans (SEEK) brings out a magazine called “Gnanamanthanam”. Students across classes are encouraged to submit original works of art, creative writing which include poems and stories, reports .The articles in the magazine also cover all the activities that happened in the school, in that particular year. SEEK team members work closely with the faculty members and bring out an interesting edition at the end of the academic year. Students strive to put in their best efforts and use technology tools to a great extent. “Gnanamanthanam” makes a pleasurable read for all Kumaranites.
The cover page design competition is conducted for children of all classes. A panel of Judges selects the best entries and the best designs are used for the cover page of the school magazine.
Cover Page Design Competitions
“The brain – is wider than the sky” – Emily Dickinson
The Kumarans bulletin board is an extension of this quote. Children of all classes bring out their creative skills through pictures, write-ups, and informative material, in keeping with the important events that are happening. Children vie with one another to make their contributions as creative as possible.
Enrichment activities give a spurt to the learning skills of a child. The child steps into an area of their interest, where creativity is unfettered. Enrichment activities throw open plenty of opportunities for the students, as a natural extension to their scholastic pursuits. It is this interest that sustains the enthusiasm of students to put their best foot forward, academics or otherwise.
The school encourages and provides opportunities to children to hone their creative talents. Apart from the art and craft classes and sending them for various activities outside school, the school believes in encouraging the artistic talents of children. Each year, we have a cover page design competition where children right from Class I to X can give collages, pencil sketches or colour sketches for the notebooks and workbooks. We try to choose design across classes and they appear in the books ordered for the next academic year. Children genuinely feel thrilled and elated to see their drawings on the notebooks used by their friends.
Even the front page designs for the school magazine are done by the students and the designers’ names are published in the magazine to motivate their creativity and give them an incentive to think creatively and differently.
It is in man’s nature to show off what he has and bask in the glory of his achievements. Were it not for that, he would have remained as primitive as when he began. Children are no exception, and they too require appreciation and positive feedback. To provide this platform, the school organizes annual fairs on different subjects.
We have IT Fairs and Science /Social Fairs. Children participate in them with great enthusiasm and they are awarded prizes for the best exhibits which in turn add an extra incentive to produce more interesting, innovative and ingenious projects. Each year, the fairs are given different names based on the themes they follow. Children have to work within the area of the topics given. These fairs are occasions to give a free rein to the children’s creativity and ability to think out of the box.
National talent Search Examination (NTSE) is held both at State and National Levels at Class X. The examination is conducted in two parts, GMAT (General Mental Ability Tests) and SAT (Scholastic Ability Tests). Candidates who have qualified at the State level receive a scholarship for a period of two years from Karnataka State Students Welfare Fund. Students who qualify at the National Level receive a regular scholarship throughout their education and as a value addition; we provide them training taking the help of teachers and other professionals in the field. Each year we have good number of students qualifying at national level and receiving regular scholarships. Participation in this exam is not mandatory.
International Assessments for Indian Schools (IAIS)
International Assessments for Indian Schools, unlike other tests, do not emphasise on marks that lead to examination – oriented learning. IAIS provides students with an opportunity to demonstrate their potential. The assessments cover a wide range of skills in the subjects of English, Mathematics, Science and Computer skills. IAIS diagnostic reports help students to plan and modify their learning strategies.
Assessment of Scholastic Skills through Educational Testing (ASSET) is conducted by Educational Initiatives across schools in the country.
ASSET is a diagnostic test which helps students improve their academic performance. Unlike regular tests which try only to find out how much a child knows (or has memorized), ASSET measures how well a student has understood concepts and gives detailed feedback on the same, to help them improve. Thus ASSET helps each student know whether he/she has actually understood a concept or not early on so that immediate action can be taken. Often students have conceptual gaps which increase as they progress and when they reach the higher classes, they develop a “phobia” for the subject.
Salient Features of ASSET
- Based on the Indian curriculum (CBSE, ICSE and state boards)
- Detailed Skill-wise feedback with customized letter for every student
- Conducted in the school during school hours
ASSET is unlike other tests in many different ways. It…
- has interesting questions that require thinking, not simply recall
- provides detailed skill-wise feedback highlighting strengths and weaknesses
- provides a benchmark of the student’s performance with peers all over the country
Further, ASSET does not have many of the disadvantages associated with other tests.
It does not
- require preparation or create pressure on students before the test
- expect children to write long answers or essays
- leave students after the test without any guidelines on how to improve
Thus, ASSET focuses on IMPROVEMENT rather than comparison or grading. It also reduces the stress of exams by checking UNDERSTANDING rather than FACTS.
School offers it to its entire student population from Class IV to Class X. More information is also available at EI’s website – www.ei-india.com
Today’s India is vastly different from the days of old-even as a couple of decades ago. The burgeoning prosperous middle class has managed to put a sizable population of the middle class much above the poverty line while also pushing down an equal number of people , if not more, below it. So it has become the need of the hour to educate the younger generation about the predicament of the other sections of society. Therefore, the school has constituted a club with the acronym KARE-which essentially means Kumaran Association for Relation and Empathy, as a part of the social wing. The group visits orphanages, old-age homes and places where the less fortunate live and render service in whichever way possible. This activity makes the children realize how fortunate they are and helps them to get out of the ‘more is less’ syndrome this generation of children suffer from.