Co-curricular activities and programs are very crucial for proper development of children. With this in view the school conceptualizes and designs a multi-layered program which provides opportunities of the following kinds to the children.
- Individual expression and performance
- Small group-based performance as class or dormitory
- Large group performance as section or hostel
- Vertically grouped performance across classes
- Large group performance for the school
We believe that the school needs to provide an excellent platform for children to explore, enjoy and learn. They should be allowed to make ‘errors’ of different kinds because they are doing things for the first time. Should we judge co-curricular events of children at all? What happens to children when everything they do is evaluated and assessed? What are the educational possibilities that emerge when schools and teachers refrain from judging children at least in the co-curricular domains of schooling? After all, who has set the definitions and these benchmarks? On what basis have these benchmarks been made? Why should we adults judge children based on these definitions and standards? What rights have we to de-motivate the children from further and future exploration and trials by judging performance on adult defined norms? These are the types of questions OIS bears in mind while conceiving and designing the general and co-curricular activities. The following are the platforms children have for expressing and developing their co-curricular dimensions with the active involvement and guidance of teachers.
- Class Assemblies
- Special festival assemblies
- Special small group assemblies
- Kalaprakash-Fortnightly variety programs
Learning comes alive when students from Grade 3 to 12 participate in Kalaprakash programs in our school which is the stage to explore talents. Our children prepare themselves, a variety of every alternative Saturdays during the Kalaprakash.
Kalaprakash is an ongoing process, which has been in vogue for the last eight years. On one occasion the program consisted of a simple melodious prayer, without any accompaniment, that was really pleasing to the ears. Small children recited poems fluently, and narrated interesting stories with a lot of emotion. It was an admirable performance and the children learnt from each other. The teachers stunned the audience by singing popular songs in their mellifluous voice. Jugalbandi, Provoking debate, PPT presentations aroused the curiosity of the children to explore more and discover about themselves.
Kalaprakash offers comprehensive support to the children, including opportunities to learn, to develop and express their hidden talent and creativity. It also enables the child to explore and build relationships with caring peers, to gain work experience and to develop their leadership capacity.
- Special occasion programs
- Talks and presentations
- Annual day function-Orchid Festival usually celebrated in December
We also offer the following co-curricular activities, and interest-based activities, as a hobby/club or on a regular basis. This enables the students to learn about their potential talents and abilities. In case a child is with us for about five years it will be quite possible that he or she has got at least a basic exposure to many of these.
- Drama Club
- Pottery Club
- Science Club
- Ornithology and Ecology
- Literary and creative writing
- Chess Club
- Glass Painting
- Hindi Club
- Debates and Extempore Speaking
- Drama Club
- Mathematics Club
- Water colours
- Crayon colouring
- Needle work and embroidery
- Clay modelling
- Rangoli decoration
- Paper cutting and model making
- Toy and model making using basic principles of science and mathematics
The following outdoor activities are offered by our school.
- Subject based field visits
- Nature Walks
- Ornithology and Ecology visits to near and far away places
- Other long distance, annual excursions once a year