High School - Class VIII, IX and X

Our high school curriculum takes a holistic approach. It is designed to be application-oriented and tailored to the learning needs of every student. We want our students to be able to apply their knowledge rather than memorise it from books and class notes. Our curriculum is based on the CBSE standards, and we offer English, mathematics (both basic and standard for Class X), science, social science, languages (second and third), computers, and art. Economics is introduced as a separate subject beginning in Class IX. Students take practical classes in well-equipped laboratories for physics, chemistry, and biology as prescribed by the curriculum. A multidisciplinary approach is used, and art integrated learning is an important component of the curriculum.

Students may choose to take up Hindi, Kannada, Sanskrit, French, or German as second languages up to Class X. The same languages are also offered in Class VIII as third languages.

Class VII

  • Language II - Hindi / Kannada / Sanskrit / French / German
  • Language III - Hindi / Kannada / Sanskrit / French

Class IX and X

  • Language II - Hindi / Kannada / Sanskrit / French / German

We assess our students not only at the end of the term but also throughout the academic year using a variety of criteria. This ensures that students strive to learn and grow throughout the year rather than relying on rote learning just before a big exam. We have devised a strategy for identifying each student's progress while also determining where they need to improve. The goal is for students to gain a thorough understanding of each subject.

The following is a brief overview of the various aspects of our assessment process:

Periodic Tests

These tests, which take the form of individual worksheets, are developed to identify learning gaps and reveal each student's understanding of a subject or topic. Throughout the academic year, they are scheduled at least once per term. Students are also able to identify where they stand in terms of learning and preparedness.

Summative Examinations

These exams are held twice a year, at the end of each term. This assesses the application and comprehensive skills of students while also encouraging them to retain and recall concepts learned throughout the year. The syllabus components are gradually increased to teach them how to manage larger portions. They provide clear information on students’ knowledge, skills, and proficiency.

Multiple Assessments

Four such assessments, two each term, are undertaken every year  including class work, homework, and detailed assessments. Role play, group discussions, quizzes, concepts, map work, debates, and recitation are some of the methods employed to make these assessments.

Projects

Students submit projects twice a year (once each term). Projects are completed by gathering information and data, comprehending it, and presenting it. This promotes a deeper understanding of a subject because students use their classroom learning to complete these projects.

Enrichment Activities

This includes practical work, speaking and listening activities, and art-integrated projects that are held twice a year (once per term). This is yet another opportunity for them to apply what they learn in the classroom to real-life situations. It also allows them to retain concepts more easily and develop a stronger understanding of the subject.

Portfolio

Students maintain a record of their work and choose the best and worst pages from their notebooks, as well as a sample of their best and worst answers. This is a process that enables students to assess their own strengths and weaknesses. They submit their samples along with reflections on their work.

Library

Every week, students in Classes VIII through X have a dedicated period to visit the library. Our two-storey library, which houses over 13,000 hand-picked books and subscribes to over 20 magazines and periodicals, is a book lover's paradise. It provides an ideal environment for students to read for pleasure or carry out reference work for academic purposes. The aesthetic space was created to encourage reading and to provide a calm and quiet environment in which to do so. Students, teachers, and the librarian can all make suggestions for the types of books that will be housed in the library. A computerised system makes it easy for students to locate books for reading. Subject-related books catering to the needs of students from various streams, such as science, commerce, and humanities, are constantly updated. Entrance exam, activity-based, fiction and nonfiction, ecology, personality development, career, and health and wellness books are all kept current.

A list of magazines that can be found in the school library:

  • Civil Services Chronicles
  • Down to Earth
  • National Geographic and
  • Entrepreneur

The library also serves as a place for a range of activities that supplement the students' learning of academics, general knowledge, and even current affairs.

The following activities are conducted in the library:

  • Book reviews and talks by authors
  • Clipping newspapers
  • Information retrieval using specified reference books and the internet
  • Abstracting journal articles
  • Short story analysis

Information and Communication Technology (ICT)

Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is a subset of information technology that our students are taught. Given the importance of technology in all aspects of what we do, we felt it was essential to include this subject in our curriculum. Whether or not they pursue this as a career, it teaches our students the fundamentals upon which they can build in the future. The school's curriculum emphasises programming and graphic design concepts while ensuring students get enough practical experience through projects. Students use a variety of applications and software that can be used regardless of their chosen profession. HTML, Spreadsheet, Visual Basic, graphic design software GIMP, and the C programming language are all part of the ICT curriculum.

In addition, Artificial Intelligence programme has been introduced. The objective is to develop students' skills toward artificial intelligence, and its applications. By incorporating problem-solving, creative thinking, and data analysis, the programme aims for inclusive and progressive development. This course was created in-house and is taught by the computer teachers at our school. Seats are limited, and students are selected through an aptitude test. AI applications, the three AI domains, and basic AI programming are covered as part of the programme.

Life Skills

Together with Arpitha Associates, we conduct a life skills programme called EQUBE. EQUBE stands for Enabling Evolutionary Excellence and is designed to meet the needs of children in their formative years — from Class VI to X. In 24 sessions from June to February, the programme equips our students with the tools to reflect, introspect, and learn from life experiences.

The programme's goal for Class VIII and IX students is anchored in dealing with the 'VISION' formulation. Students learn to distinguish between goals, missions, and vision. Real-life examples and reflection exercises are used to demonstrate the power of vision. The distinction between being a 'victim of circumstance’ and a ‘master of circumstance' is emphasised. The children complete a VVI (Vision-Value Instrument) assessment to determine the degree of imbalance in their vision-value alignment. Students in Class IX learn five critical orientations for achieving excellence: achievement, sociability, leadership, learning, and integrity orientation. The students are introduced to the feedback process through the use of an assessment known as LOI (Sampath, 2016).

Class X is the culmination of the EQUBE programme, which helps connect students' classroom learning to social organisation and social entrepreneurship. The sessions are supplemented with a project management and leadership module called SAP (Social Action Project), which aids in the internalisation of programme learning and provides innovative cross-linking among various families, schools, and communities. They present their project and submit written reports as part of this. The experience teaches students how to have a vision, work towards it, and make a difference in the world. They exit the 'I, Me, Myself' micro mode and examine the macro view. Students of the Sri Kumaran Children's Home have completed over 3,000 SAP projects in the last few years, impacting over 30,000 lives. We are honoured that our students have been chosen to give TEDx Talks, participate in the Ashoka Young Entrepreneurs Programme, and serve as representatives of the Global Young Entrepreneur Program at Boston University and All India forums.

Math Lab

Math Lab activities help to reinforce concepts, improve psychomotor skills, and cause a paradigm shift in how math is perceived and learned. It assists students in conquering their "fear of math”. Mathematical activities are linked to the concepts taught at each level. These activities are innovative and are updated on a regular basis. Students are encouraged to work in groups for some activities, fostering teamwork and peer learning. Pupils engage in activities such as paper folding and cutting, origami, measuring 2D and 3D objects with a thread, plotting points, and drawing and interpreting graphs. They take measurements of buildings and trees. They collect and analyse data in order to interpret real-life situations, such as a favourite ice cream flavour or the statistics of a favourite sports star. Overall, these activities help to break the monotony of learning, enrich the learning experience, and help students imbibe values in a fun and cheerful environment. Practical learning allows students to engage with the subject more deeply and inspires them to pursue it in higher education.

Financial Education

Being financially aware is an expertise that can be extremely beneficial as an adult. It gives students the tools they need to make important financial decisions in the future, such as investing and budgeting. Financial education is taught as part of co-curricular activities. It is essential for understanding how society functions. Students learn at their own pace as age-appropriate online modules are made available to them. They are taught the fundamentals of finance, banking, and investing. The programme is provided in collaboration with Prep My Skills and was created by professionals with extensive experience in the talent and management fields. Students in Classes VIII, IX, and X learn about indulgence vs need, credit and debit cards, banking instruments, the importance of saving, wealth creation, and inflation.

Hobby Clubs

In today's world, where our lives are entirely goal-oriented and fast-paced, it is critical that we do something that we enjoy. As a necessary consequence, we hold hobby classes for Class VIII students to enhance their skills in an area of special interest. Every Thursday for one hour, the special hobby classes are held during school hours. We invite experts who have turned their passions into careers to facilitate our students’ honing their skills. Students are taught by both external resource personnel and teachers who are part of the school staff. Our hobby classes include ship modelling, aero modelling, cooking, theatre, art, gratitude journaling, and quiz club. Students have a lot of fun in these classes while trying new skills. Working in groups allows our students to interact with their friends in a different setting.

Language Lab (German)

Our school began offering German as a second language in 2010, in collaboration with the Goethe Institute. More than 200 students from the Sri Kumaran Children's Home Mallasandra have graduated with German as a second language from the school to date. Learning a language that one does not speak can be challenging. As a result, it is taught in a way that facilitates easy learning. The teaching method has been designed to enable learning through games and interactive activities in class, such as outdoor games, board games, role play, singing, dancing, songs, movies, workshops, and camps. This helps students learn the theoretical rules of grammar while also expanding their German vocabulary. The programme equips our students to speak German fluently and confidently.

The Goethe Institute's exams are based on the Common European Framework of Reference. This is an international standard for language proficiency that has six levels. Language certificates are given to students. This helps demonstrate their language skills and is useful when working or studying in Germany. Learning a new language opens up new opportunities for students by providing them with the skills required to study or work abroad.

The following are the basic levels:

  • A: Elementary language use
  • B: Independent language use
  • C: Competent language use

They are further divided into six levels of language proficiency:

  • A1 - Beginner
  • A2 - Basic knowledge
  • B1 - Advanced use of the language
  • B2 - Independent language use
  • C1 - Expert language skills
  • C2 - Nearly native language skills

In addition to the German language course, the Goethe Institute facilitates an exchange programme between our school and a German school. To further expose our students to a new culture, the Sri Kumaran Children's Home Mallasandra has partnered with the Goethe Institute in Bangalore for the Indo-German Students' Exchange Programme. This is yet another opportunity for students to put their German speaking skills to use while also learning how students in other countries think, learn, and live. These are the kinds of experiences that students remember for the rest of their lives. The exchange programme began in 2010 between Sri Kumaran Children's Home in Mallasandra and Peutinger Gymnasium in Augsburg, Germany. Weconducted ten successful exchange programmes since then. Participants learn about German culture through homestays, cultural activities, language skills, and community service. As part of the annual programme, students coordinate and collaborate on various social and cultural projects. The success of the programme has contributed to children learning German as a second language as well.

External Examinations

The school offers pupils the opportunity to take several external examinations. While the ASSET assessment is used to measure learning and is taken by all students, the Olympiads and Green Olympiads are optional. The school also administers the National Genius Search Examination (NGSE) and the National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) to pupils in order for them to evaluate themselves at the national level. Taking these exams allows both teachers and students to assess pupils' learning levels and highlight areas for development. It prepares the student for key exams like the boards or other competitive exams to perform with confidence.

International Award for Young People (IAYP)

The IAYP award was initially presented in the United Kingdom as the Duke of Edinburgh Award in 1956. This award is a youth empowerment initiative for young people between the ages of 14 and 25. It is a non-competitive programme that promotes self-discovery, self-reliance, and community service. It encourages students to learn new skills, embark on new adventures, and meet new friends. It allows enterprising students to receive an award without adding to their already demanding schedules. Participants establish personally challenging goals for themselves with the help of mentors and work hard to achieve them. To ensure balanced personal growth, the curriculum is divided into four sections: Service, Adventure, Skill, and Physical Activity. This Award Programme is divided into three levels: bronze, silver, and gold. At the Sri Kumaran Group of Institutions, we begin this programme in Class IX. All Class IX students must complete the Bronze level. The other levels are optional.

Wellbeing

Yoga

Yoga is an ancient practice that is not just for adults. A large body of research now shows that yoga is beneficial to children from the very early years. As part of our curriculum, we hold yoga classes once a week to help our students develop holistically. Students perform asanas, pranayama, yoga nidra, flow yoga, chair yoga, and other types of yoga. This allows students to take a break from their academic studies and relax their minds and bodies. Our students benefit from yoga by staying healthy, improving focus and concentration, becoming more calm and patient, and avoiding negative thoughts. This, in turn, helps them perform better academically.

Physical Training / Games

Our weekly physical training classes provide students with yet another opportunity to strengthen their bodies and minds. Students gain physical fitness as well as teamwork and social skills through the various activities in these classes. Regular physical activity can help them improve their cognitive abilities, focus, and reduce stress, among other benefits. Physical education teachers teach march past, display exercises, football, tennis, handball, kho-kho, volleyball, badminton, and basketball.

Class VIII students have an extra weekly period where they learn to play a sport of their choice. This is part of the co-scholastic curriculum. They are taught not only the techniques of the sports, but also the history and theory behind them. Some of the games taught during this period are handball, tennis, volleyball, and kho-kho.

After-School Sports

Students who wish to pursue a particular sport or are chosen for the school sports teams, are trained after school. They receive training under professional experts to hone their skills. Basketball, volleyball, handball athletics, football, tennis, badminton and swimming are some of the sports classes that the school offers after school hours.

Creativity

Literary Fest

The annual literary festival provides students with a fun opportunity to participate in various competitions and activities. The festival is attended by all students from the Sri Kumaran Children's Home, including primary, middle, high school, and senior secondary. Creative writing, drama, dance, vocal and instrumental music, debate, t-shirt designing, nail art, costume designing, floral arrangement, web designing, mehendi, face painting, and quizzes are among the events and competitions that are held during the Literary Fest. Students from the school's four houses compete with one another. Points are awarded to winning teams. The two-day competitions are overseen by external judges. This is a learning experience as our students imbibe the spirit of healthy competition. Prize winners are given certificates and gift vouchers.

School Day

School Day is held every two years in November and is a special occasion for both students and teachers. It is an event where students can channel their creative abilities, hone their skills under the supervision of teachers and trained experts, and then showcase them in front of a large audience of the students' parents and families. More than 700 of our students take part in this grand event. Teachers encourage everyone to participate. Each time, an overarching theme for the event is chosen. The school band is specially trained for the event by a professional team. Teachers train students for dance, drama, tableau, mime, shadow play, and fashion shows. Teachers write the script for the drama and choose songs and music for it as well. This is an event that brings together the entire school community.

Special Assembly

Special assemblies are held to mark significant days such as World Environment Day, Kannada Rajyotsava Day, Hindi Diwas, French Independence Day, and World Yoga Day. Special assemblies are also held to recognise student accomplishments. Each house is given the opportunity to perform on the chosen theme. They make speeches and give presentations to help their peers know and understand the importance of each day. For example, on World Environment Day, those creating the presentation emphasise the importance of protecting the environment in which we live through sustainable growth and living. Composting, water conservation, and environmentally friendly festival celebrations are all addressed.

Bulletin Boards

The walls of the Sri Kumaran Children's Home are covered with colourful bulletin boards that are updated and maintained on a regular basis by teachers and students. Each house is allotted a board, and the house wardens choose the topics each month. Students decorate the board based on the theme, which includes current events, important dates, and significant events. The winning artwork of the literary fest’s competitions is displayed on the boards. For their efforts, the winning house or team receives points. The bulletin boards are informative and displays the students' artistic abilities. The activity supplements classroom learning by teaching students how to apply concepts in real-world contexts and how to work in groups.

Cover Page

The cover page of the notebooks, in-house workbooks and the school diary issued to the students carries the artwork submitted by students. A theme-based drawing competition is held and the best artworks are selected to be the cover page of the school magazine Gnanamanthanam as well as in-house stationery such as drawing books, notebooks, school diaries, and teachers' diaries. Captions or quotes are added to make them meaningful and interesting.

School Magazine

Our school magazine, Gnanamanthanam, is also a source of pride and joy for us. Every year, the Students Editorial Entity of Kumaran's, or SEEK, a committee of high school students, is in charge of publishing the magazine. All the students contribute articles, poetry, photographs, and artwork to the magazine. Students who are team players and have outstanding skills in writing, design, art, and technology are chosen by teachers to be a part of this team. The selected students are in charge of designing and compiling all of the material, and publishing the magazine. They do this under the mentorship of teachers. A position in the SEEK team is highly sought after. Students find that taking on and successfully completing a project of this magnitude greatly improves their leadership and decision-making skills.

Sustainability

The Sri Kumaran Group of Institutes is acutely aware of its own carbon footprint and strives to operate in a sustainable manner. This is an ethos that we hope to instil in our students. The importance of environmental protection and resource conservation is inculcated in students through daily practice.

The school separates all waste generated and starts at the source. Colour-coded bins in corridors and classrooms assist students, teachers, and other support staff in sorting and disposing of waste in the appropriate bin. Wet waste is composted inside the school. Dry and reject waste are disposed of by Hasirudala, a nonprofit organisation dedicated to responsible waste disposal.

Students are also taught not to waste food at school. The student council's efforts have significantly reduced food waste during breakfast and lunch. Student Council members are responsible for ensuring that no one throws away even a morsel of food. The amount of food going to waste each day is recorded on the canteen board. The recording process aims to show students how much food is discarded. This has led to a positive shift in students' attitudes toward food waste.

We strive to introduce our students to the rich diversity of flora and fauna on our campus through our eco hub activities. Lectures, DIY projects, and art classes provide students with varied learning opportunities. Students go on nature, walks where they learn about their surroundings. Students are required to complete ecology projects, with the best ones being uploaded to the school's information management system.

Sri Kumaran Children's Home works with Reap Benefit, a non-profit organisation that works with local communities to solve civic and environmental problems. Working on projects such as these expose students to a variety of difficulties that local communities face and encourages them to find solutions by mobilising the community. Energy audits are conducted in schools and at homes to determine how much electricity is being used and how much can be saved. They work on projects that assist public schools manage waste, water, and energy. This allows them to collaborate with local governments on civic issues. Students who are interested in working on social issues are also mentored.

Exploratory Learning

German Exchange Programme

The German exchange programme provides our students with a one-of-a-kind opportunity to learn about a new country, including its culture and landscape, while teaching students from the country about our own traditions and culture. The programme, run in collaboration with the Goethe Institute in Bangalore, entails hosting German students at our school. Every year in April, students from the Sri Kumaran Children's Home travel to Germany as part of the programme.

The German students who come every year are hosted in their homes by selected students from our school. They attend classes in our school. The host students take them to places of interest over the weekend. When our students travel to Germany, they have a similar experience. They are hosted by a family in Germany and take part in activities such as helping with household chores and going on picnics and trips.

The exchange programme exposes students to new life experiences and learning opportunities that they would not have otherwise. It is a thrilling opportunity that is entirely voluntary. The programme has been a huge success because students share their culture with international students.

Photography

Photography classes allow our students to learn the craft and decide whether they want to pursue it as a hobby or as a career in the future. Macro photography subjects such as feathers, water droplets, wild berries, bugs, toad skin, fungi, and caterpillars are incorporated into the classes. Architectural photography sessions focus on the exterior and interior of the school building, as well as the courtyard spaces, making it a fascinating subject. We compile the best photographs of flora and fauna in and around the campus to publish a coffee table book.

Bird Watching

Students who are interested in bird watching can participate in the activity because there are over ninety different species of birds on our campus. This is a popular activity among our nature-loving students, and it is yet another way for our students to learn through exploration. It teaches them how to identify the birds in their neighbourhood, as well as their characteristics and habits. Rosy Starlings, Yellow Wagtails, and Asian Paradise Flycatchers, to name a few winter visitors, have been spotted on campus in recent years. Regular visitors include the Wire-tailed Swallow, Drongo, Shikra, Kite, Flowerpecker, and Silverbill. A butterfly garden that has been jointly set up by the teachers and students of the Eco-Hub, just outside the senior library, attracts a variety of birds and butterflies to the area.

Beyond Classroom

Art

We provide numerous opportunities like art classes to help students develop their skills, and provide an outlet for them to express themselves creatively. The high school art curriculum at Sri Kumaran Children's Home includes both practical and theoretical learning in aspects of Indian and Western art. As part of their practical learning, students create sculptures, paintings, art installations, and live art (performance art). The theory section teaches students how to read and observe a piece of artwork in order to deduce its meaning. Documentaries help them learn about the history and evolution of art forms. The curriculum emphasises not only the skills required to create a specific type of art, such as paintings or sculptures but also the ability to think creatively in order to conceptualise an art piece.

KMUN- Kumaran Model United Nations

Students organise themselves into committees and subcommittees modelled after the United Nations. They operate as diplomats for a specific country and attend mock United Nations sessions such as the General Assembly, Security Council, or any other committee. This event is organised by alumni of the Sri Kumaran Group of Institutions. It exposes children to how critical decisions are made, builds confidence in public speaking, and fosters critical thinking and decision-making skills. It enables them to be aware of current international affairs, and comprehend different countries' foreign policies, and their diplomatic ties with one another. It's an exciting way of learning while having fun.

Social Service

Our 'Founder Mother,' Smt. R. Anasuya Devi, and former director or 'Mother,' Smt. Meenakshi Balakrishnan, both emphasised the importance of service toward others. By giving back to society, the Sri Kumaran Group of Institutions hopes to carry on their legacy and keep their ideologies alive.

'Service to man is service to God,' was Mother's motto. As a consequence, on October 1st, we commemorate her death anniversary as Seva Day. Students clean their own classrooms, and student representatives serve food to school support staff to learn and practice the importance of giving back to others.

On January 8th, we celebrate Founder's Day to commemorate the Founder Mother's death anniversary. High school students and representatives undertake multiple acts of service, such as visiting an old age home. After taking the residents to the temple, the children serve them lunch in school, play games, and spend the day with them. This is a welcome change for both the students and the elderly residents.

Donation Drive

At the end of the school year, our students are encouraged to donate their textbooks to the junior classes. They also donate notebooks and stationery. To facilitate the drive, cartons are placed inside classrooms.

Visits to Orphanages and Old Age Homes

As part of their social services, student council members and volunteers visit orphanages and nursing homes. They spend time with the residents of these facilities and engage in various activities with them. This raises students' awareness of and appreciation for the privileges they have in their own lives. It also instils in them the importance of assisting those in need.

Celebrations

Sports Day

All schools in the Sri Kumaran Group of Institutions celebrate Sports Day with tremendous zeal and excitement. Students practice for weeks with considerable passion and anticipation for the big day. On Sports Day, the atmosphere is charged with high energy as students from various houses compete with one another and go to great lengths to express support and provide inspiration for their teams. To boost team spirit, students paint their faces with team colours, while house teachers match them by dressing in house colours. The mood is lively as the competitions approach a high-pitched intensity, which can be felt in the commotion and cheering that ring across the school grounds.

The games start with the lighting of the torch, which represents the sporting spirit. A wide range of sports is played, allowing all pupils to demonstrate their sporting skills and abilities. The events are organised and coordinated by all of the Physical Education Department employees from the Sri Kumaran Group of Institutions' schools. While matches for various sports are held throughout the year, the finals for these tournaments are played between the house teams on Sports Day.

The day concludes with the awarding of prizes. The victors of the matches are announced in the presence of a chief guest, who is usually a well-known sports figure. Students who have brought honour to the Kumaran's by representing the schools in external competitions, as well as those who excel in certain sports, are recognised for their efforts. The report on the entire year's sporting activities and accomplishments is proudly read. With parents being invited to distribute the prizes, the ceremony becomes a sentimental occasion and a moment of pride.

Hobby Day

Hobby Day is usually celebrated on the third Saturday of February on the school grounds. It is an exciting time as the school opens its doors to our student's parents and families. It is the culmination of all of the Hobby Classes that children attend throughout the school year. Students from Classes VI and VIII demonstrate the talents and skills they developed during the year in their hobby classes. The cookery club usually draws the most visitors, who gather to sample the delicious food cooked by the students. Parents of students who choose aeroplane modelling enjoy flying planes on the handball court. The auditorium is usually crowded with happy parents who come to see the show put on by the theatre group. This crowd is then replaced by parents of dance club students cheering on their performance. Parents enjoy answering challenging questions during quizzes held by the quiz club. Parents, grandparents and siblings enjoy and appreciate the wonderful achievements of the students.

Graduation Day

Students of Classes X and XII are bid a fond farewell on Graduation Day which marks the culmination of their long academic journey. The gathering is a bittersweet occasion in which both teachers and students celebrate their accomplishments while also saying farewell to one another. The Sri Kumaran Group of Institutions wishes them well as they continue to reach greater milestones and carry the ideals instilled in them by the school over the years. The ceremonial event is grand, with students being recognised for years of learning and self-development. The farewell ceremony takes place in the open-air amphitheatre. The graduating students dress up in their finest formal attire to commemorate the end of an era.

The principal lights the lamp to begin the ceremony. As the lamp is symbolically passed on to each student amidst the resounding chant of Vedas chanted by our teachers, the ritual embodies the school motto 'Lead Kindly Light.' As the celebration unfolds, students are called to the dais to share their school experiences and favourite memories. It is a time when students who achieve in areas such as academics, sports, and co-curricular activities are recognised and rewarded. The events culminate with the selection of the finest outgoing students for Classes X and XII. The day comes to an end with an address by the principal of the school. Students also enjoy a dinner hosted by the school.

Sadhanam: Kumaran’s Resource Centre

The Sri Kumaran Group of Institutes is proud to be one of the first in Bangalore to have resource rooms to cater to the needs of students with learning difficulties. Sadhanam, the resource room at Kumarans, was the brainchild of our former director, Smt. Meenakshi Balakrishnan. The initiative continues under the guidance of our current director, Smt. Deepa Sridhar. The resource room helps students from Class I to VI with specific learning difficulties to cope with the challenges of learning. Based on teacher feedback and an informal screening by the resource room's special educators, students are referred to the resource room. The screening results are reviewed with the parents, and approval is obtained for their inclusion in the resource room. Specially trained educators help bridge the learning gaps in our students. Aside from academic help through individual attention, the special educators also help the students with behavioural or emotional struggles that may hinder their learning. The students are supported in the areas of reading, spelling, comprehension, study skills, reasoning skills, organisational skills, and behaviour management. The students attend the resource room one period per day during one of their leisure periods, like art or music.

Parent-Teacher Interactions

The school conducts parent-teacher meetings to provide an opportunity for parents to meet their children's class teachers and subject teachers. It enables the teachers and parents to work together to review the student’s academic progress and also identify areas that need improvement. It also allows parents to share concerns about their child's performance, offering a forum for both the parents and instructors. These meetings are essential for the growth of all our students.

During the school year, there are three parent-teacher interactions where parents and their children can meet the subject teachers. Parents are also welcome to meet with the subject coordinator and the principal as needed, with advance notice through email. The school encourages parents to meet with their children's teachers on a regular basis for feedback. Frequent inputs from teachers allow parents to focus on particular areas that need improvement in the upcoming academic year cycle.

Counselling and Career Counselling

School counsellors are crucial in every school. Our school has a team of qualified and trained counsellors who work to ensure our student's mental and emotional well-being. They focus on increasing students' awareness, strength, and ability to seek assistance when needed. The school’s health and wellness initiative aims to promote holistic development that helps students appropriately respond to real-life challenges. Class discussions on resilience, screen time, study skills, and creative expression are held on a regular basis. Counselling services are available to assist students in making adjustments, adapting, developing self-esteem, healthy emotional expression, and interpersonal communication skills. Individual or group counselling is available to all our students. When necessary, the school and parents collaborate with the counsellor to meet the counselling needs of the students.

Career counselling is an important part of high school as it helps students discover their potential and aptitude and define their career goals. To administer the aptitude exam, the school collaborates with The Promise Foundation, a pioneer in career and life planning and research. Career Day is an event organised by the school in which students interact directly with various professionals to learn about various occupations such as defence, aviation, clinical psychology, biotechnology, law, wildlife, and journalism and media.

Gender Sensitisation workshops are held for senior secondary students as part of the Breaking Barriers Campaign to foster inclusiveness, breaking gender stereotypes, understanding of gender identity, and sexual orientation. Expert workshops are provided on a regular basis for parents and students to obtain fresh insights on communication, parenting styles, and dealing with unexpected challenges such as the Covid-19 pandemic. Teacher workshops are held regularly to promote sensitivity and awareness. The counsellors are members of the school's Child Protection Committee.