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Orchid International School - OIS

Nashik, Maharashtra

Premier Co-educational, Residential cum Day School
1. Where is the school located?
The school is located about 25 kms from Nashik on the road towards Trimbakeshwar and about 6 kms short of the temple.
2. Isn’t the distance a little too far to travel for children? Especially pre-primary?
Yes, it is. Parents need to choose the school depending on how fragile and frail the child is and consequently how well the child will be able to travel by bus.
3. Which Board does the school follow?
The school follows an ICSE syllabus up to class X and is affiliated to the Maharashtra State Board for Secondary and Higher secondary education, for classes XI and XII. We also offer ISC – Commerce for Classes XI and XII. The council prescribes curriculum only for Classes 9 onwards and hence school has space to design and implement rich and innovative curricula. The school designs its curriculum keeping in mind the fact that children learn better through activities and hands on exposure to various concepts of mathematics and sciences.
4. What is the difference between ICSE & CBSE Board?
Both are national boards and CBSE affiliated schools are found in the remotest parts of the country. ICSE schools are generally found in the towns and cities of the country. The syllabus of ICSE is more detailed and requires the students to study in depth concepts and also it’s applications as compared to CBSE.
5. How is ICSE more preferred and why?
ICSE is preferred by some people who say that it fosters thinking skills to a better extent.
6. Will the child from a state board back ground cope with the ICSE set-up?
Certainly, provided the child is basically inquisitive and is not yet completely in the mould of rote learning. The ease of changeover also depends on the dexterity of the child in English language. OIS can assess this and counsel the parent appropriately, keeping the interest of the child in mind.
7. Does the school intend to venture in IB or IGCSE?
Yes, we may take up IB Diploma at some point of time in future. No timetable has yet been prepared for this.
8. Being a residential school, what are the extra benefits offered to the students, even if they opt for day boarding?
• Closer academic supervision and support.
• Physical education in the morning.
• Games, athletics and sports in the evening.
• Weekend Kalaprakash.
• Sunday special art classes.
• Special extended games sessions on Sundays.
• Morning nature walks and treks.
• Better exposure to teachers from different backgrounds and interests.
• Astronomy club and star gazing.
• Post dinner walks.
• Learning to share and live with children of different cultures.
• Development of Peer learning.
9. How do you justify your fees?
We don’t need to justify. We are a school involved in providing world class, holistic education to school going children. We have a very good infrastructure and distinguished teachers from all parts of the country to provide a rarely pluralistic and encouraging ambiance to the children. We have been rated as the 12th best residential school in the country.
10. What are the timings? Isn’t 7:30 too early?
We design the timetable to provide the students a sensitive and robust outlook in life with a rich and intense exposure. The timetable is normally quite demanding in any good residential school. Children do learn to enjoy the same if parents do not come in the way.
11. Are the faculty member’s locals?
No, most of our faculty members are from far and wide. We have teachers from almost all parts of the country and hence we are able to provide a diverse exposure to our students.
12. Student-teacher ratio?
For about 300 students we have about 56 teachers, including four sports and games coaches. The student to teacher ratio in any teaching class varies from about 12:1 to about 27:1.
13. What teaching techniques are used in the classrooms?
Progressive, activity and learning oriented teaching-learning processes are used in our classrooms by most of our teachers. The children normally enjoy their classes. The school is intensively working upon teacher learning and development programs so that the children learn through discovery oriented approaches more and more.
14. What extra-curricular activities do you offer? Are the Day boarders benefitting equally?
We offer a range of extra-curricular activities right from games like cricket, football, handball, volleyball, basketball, swimming etc. To athletics, Day scholars do not benefit as much as the residential scholars. The school makes effort to expose the day scholars to the maximum feasible during the daily timetable. The school provides opportunity for the children to learn to climb trees too!
15. Boarding facilities? Teacher-student ratio?
The hostels are provided with facilities like hot water, smaller dormitories with a maximum of eight children per room and the minimum of four children per room. All the hostels have indoor games like carom, chess, word puzzles. The hostels are provided newspaper and some magazines. There is a common room with TV and DVD player but children have access to it only during specified hours during the weekend. The ratio of house parent/mother to students varies ranges from 11:1 to about 20:1. Obviously, the smaller children have a smaller ratio.
16. How many students are accommodated in one room?
About four to eight students are accommodated in each room.
17. Aren’t the hostels air-conditioned? Why?
Hostels are not air-conditioned and they will not be. The school would like a certain kind of austerity to be built in so that children experience childhood more naturally with appropriate exposure to the elements.
18. What extra-help is offered to weak Students?
Due to the academic level based vertical grouping in few subjects of the junior school, children of the about the same academic proficiency are together and hence the hesitation reduces. There are two supervised homework slots per day for the residential students. The school makes an attempt that different subject teachers are available for supervising on different days of the week. This provides adequate scope for the weak children to clarify doubts. We also take extra classes for very weak students during the games classes to bring these students up to minimum learning level.
In a residential school like ours it is not possible to provide one-to-one tuition to children. We also want the children to learn to become independent minded over a period of time and a child needs to be taught to persistently take charge of his or her academics and seek clarifications necessary from teachers. Parents need to understand this change of approach otherwise the intent of a residential school is not served. And if this change of becoming more and more responsible for oneself is enabled in children sustainable development and growth can be expected.
19. Are the Calendar holidays different for day and yearly boarding?
For the day scholars and residential students, the same pattern of holidays is applicable. A calendar is prepared and given to each child.
20. What kind of sports is offered to the pre-primary children?
We have a jungle gymnasium, sand pit, park type play implements outdoors. Indoors we have little toys of different kinds to nurture better motor skills and coordination skills.
21. If not toilet-trained, are there helpers to cater to such needs of the children?
We require children to be toilet trained and the staff available is only for attending emergencies.
22. What are the features of the mess? How many times do they have non-veg served?
Is the Jain food section separate and carefully prepared?
We provide vegetarian food with eggs served for breakfast. We currently do not serve Jain food regularly. Yes, there is segregation of the cooking zones to cater to the requirement of each segment of students and teachers.
23. Are students allowed to have pocket money?
We are a completely cash- less school. We provide to the children, whatever is required during their stay here and the amount can be debited from their Imprest accounts, maintained with the school. At the same time, we request our parents to provide them the items as mentioned on the belonging list at the beginnings of the term.
24. Is there is a laundry service on campus?
Yes, the school offers a laundry service on campus. The students’ clothes are sent to the laundry as per a pre-determined schedule.
25. Does the school provide uniforms?
Yes, the school currently provides a regular school and a sports uniform to students, to be worn as per the schedule decided at the beginning of the year.
26. Are students allowed to take holidays between term breaks?
We do not encourage students to take holidays during the term. Leave is sanctioned only on in case of an emergency.
27. Are students allowed to keep snacks with them?
No, the school provides them with evening snacks daily. .
28. Are students allowed to keep personal religious items?
Yes, we allow students to have a few personal religious items.
29. Can students possess personal cell phones?
No, the school allows fortnightly calls from parents to the students. On alternate weekends, students are encouraged to write letters.
30. If a student has a certain medical condition (For eg: Asthma) that requires medication to be taken daily, what is the procedure?
The medications can be provided to the child and the house parent can be informed. We also would like to have a copy of all medical reports to be submitted to the residential medical officer on campus. The school also has a health care centre where primary ailments and immediate first aid can be provided in case of exigencies.
31. Will students be provided with the necessary study material? (For eg: notebooks, textbooks, stationary)
Yes, the school shall provide the necessary study material to the students. Any costs for the same shall be billed to the imprest account maintained with the school.
32. How often can parents meet their child?

The school arranges PTMs’ and other curricular activities where the parents are invited to witness. Parents may meet the students on these occasions. The school also allows the parents to visit the campus on their ward’s birthday, and have lunch on the campus premises with the child.

The calendar for these events is handed over at the beginning of the year.

33. When can parents meet the school teachers about the progress of their child?
Parents can meet the school teachers about the progress of their child during the PTMs. In case of any exigencies, the parents may meet the teachers by taking a prior appointment through the school office. These appointments are generally scheduled after the school hours.
34. How do parents receive updates on their child’s progress?
The school shares regular feedbacks on their child’s progress through emails, letters and also through PTMs and other meetings.
35. Why are chocolates not allowed in the school?
Chocolates being sticky remain in between the teeth or along the gum, which over a period of time lead to their decay. Even if children brush their teeth twice a day, viz. morning and evening, as we cannot remove all of the sticky part it leads to decay over a period of time. The incidence of dental caries and problems is much higher. We would like our children to learn to care for their teeth.
36. What are the benefits of a residential school?
Generally speaking the residential schools are far away from the cities and towns. This makes it easier for school to provide to the children a safeguarded and carefully designed educational space.
37. How do you help the ‘weaker’ children to improve in academics?
We have a detailed class review meeting once a quarter, typically after the outcome of the quarterly tests is known. Each child is discussed in all respects of development so that appropriate guidance, counsel, inputs are provided so that the child understands the subject better and performs better. We have incorporated a few supervised and guided homework periods within the timetable to help the day scholars to understand the subject better. The residential students have this provision as well as the evening supervised studies in which our teachers are available. With these and many other steps, we are able to ensure that the children who do not have any kind of learning challenges eventually progress very well and perform well in the tests and examinations.
38. Do you arrange educational excursions?
Yes, we do. We arrange periodic visits around our school, to the places in and around Nasik and out station visits for our students. There are many different levels and types of field visits, day excursions and educational excursions of longer durations. In the year 2017-18, our students went to Dudhwa National Park in Uttarakhand and in the year 2018-19 they will visit the sand dunes in Rajasthan apart from visiting other places in and around Jaisalmer.
39. For who is Orchid International School most suited?
Orchid is most suited for the parents who would like their children to be oriented and rooted in the ancient Indian values and develop a scientific temper. An attitude which is enquiry based, willing to test and willing to experiment. The school seeks to provide the environment of simplicity only in which learning and understanding can possibly dawn. We focus on content rather than on form and hence parents who would like their children to be substantive and deeply confident would benefit rather than those who would like their children to be able to present and project. To work with Orchid and for their children to benefit the most, parents and the teachers of the school would have to be respectful, understanding and cooperative with each other. Parents who are arrogant, uncouth, disrespectful and non-cooperative would not benefit much till the right attitude is developed. The school endeavors to understand what internationalism of intellect, world-view, culture, education, life style means and parents who are seeking the deeper understanding of internationalism will benefit the most.
40. Which type of parents would not find Orchid suitable?
Parents who are seeking to provide to their children a luxurious, air-conditioned environment and a completely attended life would not find it conducive because the school expects the children to learn to take care of themselves in the basic tasks. We might introduce certain types of community participation like students cleaning their classrooms, hostel rooms, undergarments etc. We would like the students to experience thirst and hunger in a limited way and hence the outdoor programs may involve certain hardships and exhaustion. The school does not foster aggression or energetic competition amongst students and hence parents who are too ambitious may not understand the deeper and subtler educational intent of the school. We would encourage the parents to think over what they look forward for their children from a school.

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