Oakridge School Mohali gets int’l no-textbook curriculum approval

  • Milanpreet Kaur, Hindustan Times, SAS Nagar
  • Updated: Dec 12, 2015 10:35 IST
Teachers and other staff members of Oakridge International School posing for photograph during a function in SAS Nagar on Friday. (Gurminder Singh/HT)

Oakridge International School, SAS Nagar, has got the International Baccalaureate (IB) World School recognition, a no-textbook programme authorisation, becoming the first school in the primary section to do so in the tricity and Punjab.

The school on Friday organised an event to celebrate the recognition.

The International Baccalaurate Primary Years Programme (IBPYP) is a programme offered by the International Baccalaurate (IB) based in Geneva, Switzerland. The primary years programme is an educational programme managed by the IB for students aged 3 to 12.

The international curriculum helps children develop critical thinking, reasoning, logic, creativity and innovation. The pedagogy is backed by world-class facility for co-curricular and extra-curricular activities.

The event was anchored by Anju Malhotra, a teacher at Oakridge. Throwing light at the school’s outlook, she said, “The school’s philosophy is to inspire a quest for learning in the child.”

The open-air arena was decorated with colourful balloons. The programme began with a dance performance by students of Class 4.

Geeta Vasudeva, the IBPYP coordinator of the school, shared highlights of the programme.

“Oakridge tries to make the students global citizens with a broad outlook in all spheres of life. Three years ago, the school embarked on a journey with an aim to become a truly international school authorised by IB for its primary years programme,” she said.

“PYP is an enquiry-based curriculum which does not prescribe any defined textbook and has a student-centric approach. It works on the premise that every child is unique and has different abilities and interests. This is a widely used system in many developed countries as part of their academic curriculum,” she added. The IBPYP logo was unravelled by school director Abhishek Sharma and principal Ramanjit Ghuman.

“We introduced the PYP curriculum three years ago, adhered to all the guidelines and now our hard work and dedication have paid off,” Abhishek Sharma said.

About the advantages of studying in an IB school, Sharma said, “The IB education works on the overall development of a child where he is taught to question the teachers at every level. The teachers adopt an interactive methodology which ultimately makes higher education easier for the children.”

“The assessment is done through projects, portfolios, commentaries and participation in community service,” he added. Sharma also announced further expansion of the school infrastructure in terms of new classrooms, labs and sports facilities in the coming academic year.

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