Students learn all regular subjects through school. The school sees that all subjects are essentially interrelated and that the division of knowledge into subjects serves reasons of practicality. In learning each student must begin from where he or she is and not conform to a standard expectation; and it is for the teacher to nurture this growth in learning. All learning at school attempts to build the student’s understanding of the subject and its relation to life.
The students of Classes 1 to 7 learn in mixed age groups at Junior School and Middle School. These learning groups are changed every year. The students of Classes 8 to 10 learn in same age groups as do students of Classes 11 and 12 who study different combinations of subjects.
The medium of instruction is English. The students learn both Gujarati and Hindi as examination subjects till Class 10.
The school understands that students learn in different ways and at different paces and adopts a variety of teaching-learning processes that allow students to approach learning with understanding. These processes are discussed among staff and reviewed and modified from time to time.
Students of all classes have field studies through day trips in junior school and three to ten-day trips in middle and High school. These move from nature walks and neighborhood studies to historical and geographical studies to participating in the work of people in different parts of the country.
Culture Classes and Discussions
Teachers and students hold discussions on themes relating to life – on subjects of fear, pleasure, hurt, ambition, co-operation, and responsibility at various levels of understanding. The everyday experiences of the children in the peer group, in class, at home, and from the media, form contexts for such explorations. These discussions are vital to the growth of the child.
Classes 11 and 12 have a General Studies course that examines contemporary issues of social, psychological, economic and environmental significance. This involves critical reading, watching documentaries, thinking, and discussion.
Students at all levels meet together to learn about safety. These sessions include being aware of one’s emotions, respect for each other and care, and questions around media and peer influence, the internet, and social media platforms and personal safety.
Physical Activity is fundamental to education at The School.
The course enables each student to engage with his or her capacity, joys and fears involved in physical expression, and to find the ability to face the immediate responses that the activity itself brings out. It demands that in addition to developing skills and techniques, learnt or intuitive to oneself, the student learns to engage with the task or game in a group setting. The student is under no pressure to perform to represent the school in competitive arenas and we hope that each student matures to face the demands of a task or game rigorously and to the best of his or her ability.
The physical activity programme at school includes activities that stimulate sensorial and motor development, cooperative games, pre-participation tasks to develop specific skills, and organized games like basketball, football, volleyball, cricket, and soft ball. Assemblies at school and field trips support the physical activity programme and reflect our concern for a healthy physical culture for a growing individual.
The school is concerned that students experience specific aspects of being – quietness, playing together and individual reflection – and use the sports programme as a ground for this. The students are encouraged to think and talk about the various contemporary issues related to sport – food, clothing, equipment, glamour, entertainment and money.