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.

Creativity

School Magazine
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

Bulletin Boards
  • Bulletin boards are the potpourri of Kumarans. They are informative, entertaining, value based and thus have a holistic approach to the development of children.
  • The house bulletin boards not only enhance the knowledge of children but also bring awareness about significant international days such as world zoo day, friendship day and youth power.
  • Maintaining the Bulletin boards is an enriching experience for both teachers and students as the activities are challenging, develop healthy competitive and team spirit, and motivate contributors to give the best.
  • House bulletin boards play a pivotal role by inculcating in children space and time management as they have to display the matter in the given space and allotted time.
  • Bulletin boards not only add to the décor of the school but also become the measuring rod of achievement and excellence of everyone who is a part of the school. They also stand proudly as an index of school vision.

Guest Lectures

What exercise is to the body, knowledge is to the mind. Just as variety and festivity adds spice to our routines, guest lecturers give a new dimension to a Kumaranites hands-on learning experience.

Guest lectures serve a two-fold purpose. They supplement information and at the same time, break monotony. Frequent guest lectures are conducted by experts in various fields ranging from personality and culture enrichment, adolescent education, career counseling, and academic subjects. These guest lectures expose children to the outside world and their interactive nature equips them to face the challenges of the dynamic environment. To highlight some, we have had lectures on nutrition from a dietitian, dental hygiene from a dentist and real time trading in the stock-market from a hard-core investor. These sessions have transformed text book matter into real life experiences.

Many of our guest lecturers are from our parent community. This enriches the bonding between the school, students and parents to a greater extent.

Cover Page Design


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 XII 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.

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Fitness

Yoga
Education should integrate and harmonize body,mind and soul. Yoga practices are ideally suited to achieve this integration and harmony resulting in a whole brain and a holistic mind approach. They make the brain very efficient; memory and concentration become sharper, grasping power and ability to recall facts and figures increases.
Each class is so organized that the yoga practices takes care of all facets of our personality. For example, we use asana for the body, pranayama for the mind and Yoganidra meditation for the spirit. This leaves the child’s body/mind complex in a state of equilibrium enabling him or her to function better.
For concentration of mind- In order to improve the capacity of the brain and the process of intelligence, the practice of meditation is employed involving concentration of mind on one object/point without allowing the child to think of other objects/thoughts. This makes the mind strong. This practice should however not last more than 5 – 10 minutes.
Breath and the Brain – This involves pranayama to balance their physical and mental energies. This practice should not last more than 5 – 7 minutes.
Relaxation and Visualization – This refers to 5 – 10 minute of Yoga Nidra and visualization of 15 or 20 pleasant objects. This helps in developing memory power of inner vision. Thus practitioners are able to see their thoughts in their mind space.

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Beyond Classroom

After School Sports
Team Coaching – The school has an interesting after school program in sports. This coaching programme is to identify children who are good in various sports and provide them opportunities to be part of the school team. Coaches within and outside the school train the students for various sports and they represent the school in various inter- school games, CBSE cluster meets.
Sports identified for school teams coaching

  • Volley ball for both boys and girls
  • Football for boys
  • Basketball for both boys and girls
  • Throw ball for girls

Team coaching is offered to students from classes 5 to 12.Basketball, volley ball and football is taught thrice a week. A well-equipped gymnasium is available for students who are selected for team coaching.
Optional Sports activities
We have sports coaching after school hours for children who cannot be part of the school teams. This is open to children from V to IX only. These sporting activities help children build their endurance and skills required of the game. These activities are available two days a week for some sports and five days a week for some sports.

  • Athletics
  • Tennis
  • Swimming
  • Cricket
Skill Enhancement

The school has partnered with resource people from various organizations to impart additional skills to students. These activities are offered to students who stay back according to the schedule chalked out by the school.
Some of the activities are:
Invention Club
The school has partnered with Cloud Mentor to kindle scientific temper in students. Cloud Mentor conducts practical, real life application oriented workshops based on science, technology and engineering for children.
Eco literacy Programme
An eco literacy programme that focuses on sustainable development activities at Kumarans for students of classes 6 to 12 is conducted by Reap Benefit, an organization that closely works with organizations to promote innovation in eco literacy. There are different programmes offered by Reap Benefit.Problem solving,hands on experience,coding are part of the sessions.The sessions are conducted after school hours or during Saturdays.Students who are passionate about knowing more about environment sustainability voluntarily participate in this activity.
Robotics
TICK (Technology, Innovation and Concepts for Kids) Academy focuses on innovative thinking, reasoning and problem solving ability which develop fundamental concepts students learn in class. Students have access to a live lab and an online account for developing a digital portfolio.
Verbattle
Verbattle Club is an association of students in a school sharing common views, objectives and values, aimed at achieving higher goals. Verbattle, an intellectual and leadership platform for children and youth, organizes a unique activity called “Verbattle Club”.
Quiz Club
Nexus Consulting, a unique consulting firm in the space of knowledge dissemination and audience engagement has created a “quiz clubs and mentoring” offering for schools with the objective of engaging children in multiple age groups through the medium of quizzing with appropriate and age-group-relevant information

Excursions

Field trips and excursions are conducted for classes I to XII. Primary school children are generally taken to nearby places. Students of the Middle school are taken to amusement parks or Nature trips .Students of class 7 are taken out on field trips that are enjoyable and informative as part of the club activity.
High school children are taken to Art museums as part of art appreciation. Class X students go out on excursions with teachers. Students of classes 11 and 12 visit nearby places like Belur, Halebid for collecting information relevant to the projects they undertake as part of the academic learning.
Outward Bound is about taking on challenges, meeting the unknown but more importantly it is about learning; learning about yourself and most of all about one’s potential. Children engage in hiking, camping, skiing, mountaineering, wildlife trips, rope courses, aqua sports, caving, jungle craft, cycling and Himalayan safaris.
Outward bound activities are optional for children to participate. These activities are arranged during weekends and school holidays for the children to participate. Activities are designed for children from Class I to X.

Eco Hub

Data on the rich biodiversity of the school campus and studies related to the data is made available to interested students across classes through the Eco Hub.
Creating awareness about our natural resources, socially responsible conservation action and to supplement class room learning is the purpose of the Eco Hub. Inspired by the student, teacher and support staff community, Eco Hub, involves in continuous data collection, off field & on field, experiential learning activities and interaction with like minded people.

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Exhibition

Students learn best by doing what they have learnt. Investigatory projects, scientific recording of observations,interactive science projects are some of the activities displayed during the science exhibition.

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Celebrations

School Day
Varied themes, diverse talents, planning and execution of events, performing on stage in front of a huge audience are just some of the highlights of the school day celebration. Identifying talents in students and giving an opportunity to perform on stage is a challenging task. Teachers work tirelessly with the students and ensure enthusiastic participation in this gala celebration.

Graduation Ceremony

The graduation ceremony refers to receiving a formal degree in the academic career. In Kumarans, graduation ceremony is celebrated when class X students step into class XI as class X is considered to be a significant milestone in the students’ academic journey. Class XII students leave school for different destinations, to pursue their chosen ambition. Class X and class XII students bid farewell in an elaborate ceremony marked by special and solemn moments, as they ‘graduate’ to the next level.

Installation Ceremony

School Prefects, Head boy, Head girl, Captains and Vice captains of the four different houses are elected by students through online voting. The students are formally introduced to the school during the installation ceremony. Pinning of badges, followed by taking oaths make the leaders aware of the responsibility they have taken up for tenure of one year. During this ceremony, the members of the SEEK (Students Editorial Entity of Kumarans) are also introduced by the teachers. Leaders and SEEK members wear their special badges throughout the academic year.

Literary Fest

In the beginning of every academic year, all the students are encouraged to participate in the “Literary Fest”. Events and competitions include writing, debating, visual arts and fine arts. This caters to all skills and interests that children possess. Based on the performances and preferences, students are encouraged to participate in similar events offered during inter school fests.

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External Examinations

NTSE

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,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.

ASSET

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. ASSET measures gives a detailed feedback on the performance,skill-wise feedback highlighting strengths and weaknesses.

Olympiad

The Science Olympiad Foundation conducts examinations in various subjects. Performance analysis reports, certificates and scholarships are offered to students. The following examinations are conducted in the school for Classes IV to XII

  • National Cyber Olympiad
  • National Science Olympiad
  • International Mathematics Olympiad
  • International English Olympiad
  • The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) conducts ‘GREEN Olympiad’ project in India and abroad for students of classes VIII to X since 1999 which addresses the need for networking among the schools.
    This exam is conducted by ‘Educating Youth for Sustainable Development Division’ of TERI. Participation in the ‘GREEN Olympiad’ is an excellent opportunity for students to put to test their Environmental Quotient.
    Silver Zone Foundation is an International platform that is associated with over 3000 schools.In Kumarans, the French Language and Akhila Bhartiya Hindi Olympiad examinations are conducted.

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