Students are naturally and intrinsically curious and enthusiastic learners, who want to find out and know. As per our tradition s/he is a jignasu! Orchid International School aims to instil in its students this deep sense of natural curiosity driven enquiry. Accordingly, the life of students has been carefully dovetailed into different domains of learning and experiencing. The scope for learning available to the day scholars and to the residential scholars is quite different although the affection and care remains the same, for both./p>
The life of each of these categories of students is quite different from the other. The day scholars get to live with their parents and other loved ones at home. They are in school only during the school hours and hence do not have the opportunity to learn on a scale the other category of students can. They do not get to live with their friends and “have fun” as such. The residential scholars on the other hand have a very wide-ranging canvas of learning but they are away from their parents while the school is in session!/p>
At Orchid, an earnest attempt is made to provide to the day scholars as much exposure as is provided to the residential scholars within the constraints and possibilities of the time table. The gap still remains quite significant. Education takes on a broad meaning at boarding schools. Residential schools, like ours, have an explicit mission to help students become better-rounded individuals. Our residential students derive the following benefits to a more significant extent compared to the day scholars. /p>
- Residential school teachers usually have advanced degrees in their field and are typically passionate about their subject and love to teach it to children. Students on campus get to interact with such teachers in leisurely settings.
- Boarders get to participate in the preparations of all the school functions providing them with opportunities to work in different types of teams and on different types of projects.
- Boarders get better opportunities for assembly presentations and participation.
- The good sports facilities can only be used if enough time is available and hence the boarders have better and wider possibilities.
- Better and richer exposure to the arts, crafts and other aesthetic activities, including participation in the Sunday special art classes.
- Scope for expressing one’s talents during the fortnightly “Kala Prakash,” which is a platform for children to make mistakes and thereby learn better!
- Getting to live away from home! It's never easy to leave the nest and be in the watchful eye of qualified teachers and mentors rather than of parents who love us but may not be able to provide the right educational inputs.
- Learning to be responsible for one self. Taking a lot of little steps towards maturity is one of the intangibles of going to boarding school. We learn to get along with others because it is a community. We learn to be responsible for our actions because we are bound by an honour or discipline code of some kind. The lessons in life learned in boarding school will lay a solid foundation for adulthood.
- Residential school students generally make friends for life. Most boarding school graduates look back at their years in school as a time when lasting friendships were established. Coupled with that is the building of a network of friends and acquaintances who know us and care about us. Isn't that what life is really all about? Being surrounded by people who understand us and care about us is affirming and encouraging.
- Over a period of time residential school students become self-motivated and reduce their dependence on external motivation.
- The students learn to share with their friends and begin to care for them.