View from the schools’ summit
Bench mark Noida’s best schools combine innovative teaching methods with state-of-the-art infrastructuredelhi Updated: Sep 21, 2010 03:00 IST
4. Where each student gets individual care
Lotus Valley International School’s 12.5-acre campus has state-of-the-art infrastructure that includes eight playgrounds.
The school believes in treating every student as an individual with unique abilities. The motto of the school is ‘arise, awake and stop not till the goal is reached’, taken from the clarion call of Swami Vivekananda to the youth of the nation.
“Apart from individual care, the emotional needs of each child is taken care of,” said principal Madhu Chandra. “The school believes that communicating with the child is extremely important, and that is why we constantly focus on the same and also try to inculcate the right values and culture in children.”
The school lays stress on extra-curricular activities and sports, with students doing well in state, national and international competitions.
Clubs, workshops make campus alive
Apeejay Noida, which opened in 1981, was one of the first schools of the region. Since then, it has pursued both academic and non-academic excellence. Built on 16 acres of land, Apeejay has a 1,200-seater auditorium and a well-stocked library with more than 20,000 books.
The school has several clubs and societies, such as robotics club, literary club and hospitality club that make the campus an interesting place. Regular life-skills workshops and career counselling sessions are conducted throughout the year for students.
Principal N.N. Nayyar believes that education “acts as a spark” to enrich the individual. The school strives to live up to its motto — “Soaring high is my nature”.
The school also runs ‘enrichment programmes’ for its teachers to update their skills.
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Kothari International School, run under the aegis of the Sharda Mansukhlal Kothari Charitable Trust, was started in 2005. Each class at the school is designed to hold not more than 25 children — this ensures that the class size is small and constant.
“We want our children to be the custodians of their own spiritual and individual well-being and try our best to inculcate tolerance among them, something, which is greatly amiss these days,” said principal Nidhi Sirohi.
The school focuses on sensitising students to the needs of others and they are often taken on field trips.
Its students have recently bagged awards in cricket, skating and swimming. “Our school is the only one in this region to have a daily 40-minute games period,” said Sirohi.
Teachers at Kothari undergo regular in-house training.
Eco-awareness, book reading for students
Somerville School, Noida was established in 1987. The school lays a great deal of stress on academic excellence, which can be seen from the results of the Class 10 and class 12 CBSE exams. Somerville students take part in a host of co-curricular activities to enable each child to discover and hone his or her talent.
The school has well-equipped laboratories, which include computer and art labs.
Students representing the school have consistently put up a good performance and won accolades for the institution.
Apart from academics, Somerville has a good extra-curricular programme. Book weeks and environment awareness programmes are regularly held and students are encouraged to take part in community service. As part of holiday homework, students are asked to read a number of novels, which are then discussed in class.
Smart classes for smart children
Started in 1989 with about 600 students, Vishwa Bharati today has a strength of almost 3,500 students. The school has an aesthetically laid out campus with imposing buildings supporting a hi-tech infrastructure including ‘smart’ classes.
The school is reputed for its excellent results each year at the Board exams. Students have won honours for their school in basketball, football and skating. “Not only do we focus on the all-round development of our children, we also lay great emphasis on value-based education and try to instil in our children, the core Indian values and teach them to respect their cultural heritage,” principal Sujata Dewan said.
Making students responsible citizens
Among the older schools in Noida, Cambridge School aims at creating responsible citizens out of its students through constant interaction with the community they live in.
The school has well-equipped science and other laboratories. An attractive feature of its general science lab is a three-dimensional periodic table that has a collection of almost all the elements in the form of their respective ores, to enable better understanding.
Cambridge has a strong teacher-training programme, with regular workshops held in important fields, such as adolescent empowerment and leadership.
The school has a dedicated counselling centre, with organised guidance to students understand their personal strengths, and relate them to their educational and vocational choices. Five counsellors help students with their personal problems.
Parents are part of the solution here
Khaitan Public School believes that a close synergy between parents, students and teachers is crucial for the overall development and well-being of a child. The school conducts regular parent-teacher meetings, orientation programmes and career counselling sessions.
Khaitan Public School has an innovative approach to learning, involving a mix of classroom teaching with audio-visual aids and co-curricular activities for students according to their age.
An average of 34 students in each class ensures individual attention and close supervision. Academics are a strong point, too: About 23 per cent students scored more than 90 per cent in the Class 10 boards this year.
Teachers regularly attend workshops, seminars and in-service training programmes to remain updated on the latest developments and changes in teaching strategies and curriculum.
Creating a niche for themselves
Ryan International has widespread interest in the sphere of quality education, with a stated commitment to excellence, providing opportunities to enable young people to realise their potential. The group says it was among the first to introduce comprehensive education on environmental issues, personality development and computer education, which have now been accepted by various state and private educational boards. The school is also against examination and homework.
Mayoor School was set up in 2003 in collaboration with the General Council of Mayo College, Ajmer. To imbibe the culture, traditions and ethos of Mayo College, Mayoor School has an ongoing exchange programme with it. With a teacher-student ratio of 1:16, equal attention and care are accorded to each child.
Millennium School uses audio, visual and kinaesthetic learning techniques in order to make education effective. The school focuses on building communication between the learner and the facilitator, and on building its students' intellectual, creative, physical, mental and social abilities.
Fr. Agnel School, Noida was established in 2001. Its students are trained to be socially concerned that includes regard for the needs of the underprivileged. Children are trained in the conservation of the environment. Teacher training workshops are also held regularly.
Billabong high school
Billabong High International School is located on a seven-acre green campus. Its mission is to create an educational system that caters to every need of the child. The school also has a centre for children with learning difficulties.