Several new co-scholastic initiatives have been introduced in the academic session 2019-20. All students from Grades 3-9 have time set aside in the Timetable to pursue an activity of their choice. In addition to music (vocal and instrumental), dance, art and craft and cookery, a host of new activities have been introduced like Mime and Theatre, Quizzing, Pottery and Photography.
Our Robotics programme in collaboration with Kidotronics has been introduced for all the students of Grades 3-5 and is embedded in the Timetable. The curriculum reinforces STEM ( Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) concepts coupled with new age technology.
This programme instils hands on engineering concepts at a very young age, providing a fun and practical approach to modern education. It also helps to develop skills such as logical thinking and spatial reasoning.
Community Outreach Programme
In order to inculcate a sense of compassion and a spirit of giving to the less fortunate, we have entered into partnerships with ‘Ektara’ (an NGO located in Topsia ) and Samaritan Help Mission ( located in Tikiapara). Students of Ektara visit Indus Valley World School every week for sports and activities. We are working with Samaritan Help Mission to enhance their teacher development programme. We are planning to further extend and enhance our community service programme.
Music and Dance
“A school without music is like a body without soul”, said the great educator Don Bosco. Acknowledging the validity of this statement IVWS has facilitated learning opportunities of both western and Indian music. Dance and Music has always remained inseparable and so we wish to encourage children to pick up both Indian Classical dance forms as well as the western steps. The aura of our music and dance room projects our vision. It is built with 3D illustrations and figures of famous musicians and dancers from both the East and the West.
IVWS has introduced piano classes from August 2013 guidance of renowned pianist and musician. Students are undergoing piano classes on Saturdays. The school has provided them with five grand pianos.
In the highly competitive world of today children need to learn to be better communicators. Introducing them to public speaking from an early age gives them an advantage. Here they learn the art of expressing opinions on a series of topics, so as to tone their oral language skills through diction, voice modulation etc. in addition, other similar activities can also be taken up side by side to make them even better communicators. Some such activities are:
Scouts and Guide Programme
At Indus Valley World it has been our constant endeavor to make way for holistic growth in our students. We understand that life poses myriad challenges which children need to cope with. The call of the time is such that one needs to develop different perspectives of looking at life and living. In keeping with this, we have introduced training under Bharat Scouts and Guides at IVWS for classes V, VI and VII (scout for class V and Scouts and Guides both for classes VI and VII).
Bharat Scouts and Guides has been serving the youth of West Bengal for over 100 years and have helped millions of young people not only prepare for challenges of life but also reach their full potential as a human being.
Bringing Bharat Scouts and Guides to IVWS is another step towards aiding our students in developing and nurturing skills like time management, team work, planning, communication and leadership. Cultural awareness and service to community also form an integral part of this programme. We at IVWS are glad to have opened doors for life lessons..
Art and Craft
It gives the children yet another venue to broaden their horizons. Our skilled teachers will provide guidance, direction and opportunity in engaging themselves in a number of fun filled, interesting activities
As a great writer once said, “Somewhere in the educational scheme there must be encouragement for the dreams and the imagination of youth. His shy fancies should be drawn out of him for the good of his soul”. We plan to have our childrens’ creative juices flowing by introducing them to the playful world of creative writing. Language teachers will develop a curriculum to help the students to become more proficient writers while having fun and using their imagination.
To bring awareness in the young minds about the environment and our surroundings, the school is giving adequate emphasis on gardening. The school is also maintaining a kitchen garden.
School social workers are a vital part of the total education team. Working in collaboration with other groups also trains the child on the importance of working in teams. It helps him connect with others to understand their problems. It teaches him to be committed to the pursuit of social justice. In addition to our students, we also hope, parents will come forward to help out in our social work projects.
Cultural Training and Stage Performance
To keep the students grounded to their roots and uphold the strong cultural tradition, regular and well organized cultural activities form an integral part of the schooling system. It inculcates leadership and confidence in each and every student
Today’s fast-paced world has not only stressed its adults but has also included children in its fold. Grades, homework, peer pressure, teasing and insufficient attention from working parents in nuclear families have taken a toll on the tender minds of our children.
Keeping in mind this rising crisis the teachers of Indus Valley World School, have created innovative and tranquil peace corners in their respective classrooms to assist children to manage stress and resolve conflicts among peers. The same arrangement in form of a ‘Peace table’ has been set up for senior/middle school students too.Their goal is to guide a child to be alone or with a friend in a safe, structured, peaceful place, introspecting and experimenting with strategies to acquire calmness of mind and settle disagreements.
Every classroom has been equipped with inspirational charts projecting the various steps to achieve calmness of mind and thought- provoking posters projecting quotations and ideas on peace and friendship. Busts of the Buddha have been displayed to add serenity, plants have been kept to bring positive energy and freshness, calming jars, books and beads to divert the mind from restlessness, activity boxes with colouring books and crayons to relieve stress, scrap books to give vent to pent up emotions and a peace book to pen down conflicts and the resolutions achieved. Comfortable chairs and mats have been provided to make the corners cosy and a few creative teachers have hung soothing dupattas to reduce sunlight and enhance calmness.
The endeavour of the teachers will definitely provide students an opportunity to learn to explore the corner, use the resources effectively and help themselves lead a stress-free life through reflection and mindfulness