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
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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 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”.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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
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.