OIS offers Nursery, Junior and Senior Kindergarten (JKG and SKG). Our curriculum is child-centred, and our pedagogical approach is activity-based. A wide spectrum of inputs is provided to the children covering cognitive, reading and writing skills. They are taught through the play-way method and the process of learning is full of fun. The embellishment of the little ones, begin at the tender age of two and a half to three years in the nursery class. Every progressive movement and action of the little one is thoughtfully designed by the teachers. Our teachers try to set an example which can be emulated by the students. “Classrooms” of the Kindergarten are more of playrooms. At a petite age, a child is bestowed with a variety of artwork. Apart from the recitation and learning skills, the puny minds are enriched with the basics of Indian traditional classics. Saunters in the campus parks and close by jaunts are the pleasures offered during the learning period. The K.G. realm is often stocked with giggles and playful spirits which veritably entice the passers-by to peek into the wonderland.
Our Primary School covers a period of 6 years (Classes 1 to 6) wherein the scope and depth of learning increases gradually, while opportunities for play and creative expression continue to complement learning. The teaching-learning processes during this phase are joyful and foster the learning quality with special emphasis on curiosity and questioning. The emphasis in the first two years (Classes 1 and 2) is on languages and the second language is introduced. The focus is also on development of the mathematical and logical domain of the children by introducing appropriate games, puzzles and problems in discussion form within the classroom. Children are also sensitized to the environment and neighbourhood by guiding them to observe and discover the innumerable simple and awesome natural phenomena around us.
This stage of development is a fascinating voyage where a child tends to absorb the world. She gathers the maximum information to attain the learning objectives. Stimulating and enriching activities such as performing arts, handicraft, music, sports and public speaking are a part and parcel of the school curriculum. The school timetable provides mandatory exposure to all children of the primary school to these basic multiple intelligences. Most of the students being on residence children relish their stay immensely. The house-mothers and house-parents play an active and parental role in understanding and provide the right ambiance to the boarders so that each child has space for himself. ‘Home-sickness’ is a word that is heard or thought of only for a short while when the students have just joined the school. Morality, integrity and righteousness are imbibed in the tender minds to the extent that these values emerge in the children quite naturally.
MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL
Classes 7 to 8 are tuned towards the curriculum of ICSE so that children could have an easy transition into the demands of the ICSE curriculum and test patterns. Attention is given to the requisite level in each subject by defining standards. Collaborated learning is a regular feature at this stage, as children learn to work together, as well as independently. Children learn to set goals and have long term objectives. Responsible and upright behaviour is an expression of the School culture. The hormonal changes and consequential growing up issues are crucial for the school at this stage. Hence, the middle years’ teachers are usually ones who understand the nature of emotional changes children at this stage undergo. A foundation course leading to full fledged coaching in Classes 11 and 12 was started in July 2018.
The knowledge and skills gained during the Middle School years equip students with a firm academic foundation to pursue a variety of educational options in the future. Throughout the curriculum, students are presented with opportunities to research, solve problems and come to their own conclusions and make decisions. Students in the Senior Secondary become more specialized in academics and focused on their eventual career choices. OIS offers a range of specialized subjects to equip students for higher education and the professional world. This is the plus 2 stage in the Indian pattern of 10+2 pattern of education, leading to the ISC examination conducted by the Council for the Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (CISCE), New Delhi, or HSC of Maharashtra board. Full fledged coaching for entrance examination of Engineering colleges will be started from April 2019.
The most crucial and vital stage of adolescence! Boys and girls of this age group are warily managed. Their requirements are comprehended and well attended to. Teachers involved with these students are contemplated as close companions rather than superiors. Students learn to be self-reliant, self-attained, self-confident and selfless. The teens of OIS are scornful towards being spoon-fed, which is believed to be a virtuous quality. Personality development and public speaking skills are pursuits emphasized upon. Various techniques are utilized to ameliorate every pupil’s aptitude. Vigorous discussions and debates are a part of the curriculum where the expertise of an individual can effortlessly be scrutinized. Students enjoy field trips, sports’ activities, elocutions and various projects relevant to the subjects. Fervour towards academics, sports and arts is the doctrine one acquires in Orchid.
Fundamental values amongst the students are regularly watched by the teachers. Children are contemplative in scientific and technical areas. Science exhibitions have generated a sense of contrivance and creativity in the young minds. A verve of dignified and refined language style radiated all over the academic block during the specialized ‘Literature in Action’ programme. Ingenious traits of the students are exposed through such enticing and productive exhibits. The fanaticism of grade twelve students unmasked when they devised a discipline-based project called ‘SEBO’, the most unique structure of upgrading mannerisms. The students were given the liberty and were well guided in every innovative step taken by them. The entire scheme was accurately drawn and followed. It was a team work inclusive of a great deal of creative minds, active participation of every student of grade twelve, teachers’ support and immense hard work. In this process the children’s enthusiasm reached the apex. What made their effort praiseworthy was, the balanced maintained between the activity and academics. Grade twelve students being the senior most in the school, were instinctively followed and respected by the younger ones.
SUBJECT CHOICES OFFERED IN ICSE - CLASS 9 and 10
Some children are required to struggle beyond reasonable limits to understand and perform to the minimum acceptable levels in subjects like Mathematics and Sciences. The council for ICSE (as well as other progressive educational frameworks) provides such children with the possibility of taking up subjects which are learnt more easily or more naturally by them. One distinct possibility is for children to drop Mathematics and Science in Class 9 and 10 after the ability and aptitude are assessed carefully. A close and sensitive view needs to be taken by the school, teachers and parents together so that children receive appropriate guidance to make a responsible choice of subjects keeping the long and short-term requirements of life in mind.
FIRST, SECOND AND THIRD LANGUAGE
It has been observed and determined by educators that the more languages a person learns and uses the wider is his horizon. Being in India we are fortunate that a minimum of two languages are learnt by most citizens of our country. Our school uses English as the medium of education and hence the first language is English. Students have a choice of between Hindi and Marathi for second language and it is compulsory that a student completes the coursework successfully at the ICSE level. The choice for third language is between Sanskrit and Marathi and the course work is to be completed successfully at the annual examination of class 8. Offer of second and third languages will be governed by the following factors:
- In case the child is from Hindi background and has Hindi as second language already he or she continues with Hindi as second language.
- In case the child is from Marathi background and good in English but did not have Hindi as second language he or she takes Marathi as second language