Archive for Best Boarding School in India

Points to consider before choosing best boarding schools in India

best boarding schools in India

It seems that no matter how much you prepare or do research for best boarding schools in India, it is not enough. There are always some doubts in parents’ mind about choosing a desired school for their ward. It is the most important decision as a parent to find the right school for your child. While considering a school, parents must ensure that the school not only places emphasis on academics, but also places particular emphasis on students’ overall growth and development.

In order to choose the right boarding school, parents must consider some basic elements. The school should not only provide quality education butit should also focus on improving student’s personality, inculcating discipline to create the independent and mature citizens of tomorrow who can effectively contribute to society. A good boarding school will encourage students to think and share their concerns and observations and help them actively participate in extra-curricular activities.

When it comes to choosing the best boarding schools in India, the list is huge. However, you can consider the following points before selecting a boarding school for your child:

1. Curriculum: The curriculum of the school plays an important role in your child’s development. Knowing which board the school is affiliated with and whether it offers a well – rounded education system for the holistic growth of students is always important.

2. Faculty: The school faculty is very important in finding the right boarding school for the child. You can research and find out the details about faculty. It is very crucial that the school should have quality faculty as faculties often live inside the campus and act as mentors for the students. Good faculties have a massive impact on the quality of a student’s education. So, cross-checking the faculty’s education and experience is important.

3. Extra-curricular activities: In order to grow and develop as a child it is very important that extra-curricular activities such as music, dance, sports, photography, creative arts etc. becomes a major part of school activities. A good boarding school provides such dedicated facilities at all times and encourages a student to be involved.

4. Mission of the school: The mission of the school can help you decide if what the school offers lines up with your educational goals. A school’s mission must be academically focused and high on ethos and philosophy. Plan a meeting with the school principal and teachers to understand what they could offer for overall growth and development of your child.

5. Infrastructure: Consider the school’s size at all times. Find out what kind of facilities are available on campus and do they organize activities to expose children to the surrounding environment? What kinds of dormitories are there, how far the medical center or other emergency services are located and so on. Pay a visit to the campus to get a better understanding of the infrastructure.

It is most important that a child develops interest to the foreign living environment. Therefore, as a parent you must always discuss the new experiences that a child is going to experience in a boarding school. You should encourage your child in building his expectations and tell him that you are always there for him. Involve your child in the whole process and consider his interests, likes and dislikes.A child blends in an atmosphere more effortlessly when he get to do activities that interest him.

How boarding schools in Uttarakhand are good for students

best boarding schools in Uttarakhand

Uttarakhand is one of the most beautiful places that has always attracted people from different parts across India. Not only travelers but being home to many boarding schools, Uttarakhand has welcomed many travelers with wide open arms. You must be wondering how the boarding schools in Uttarakhand are good for students. As a parent, you would always want the best for your child and definitely, you need to go through these points to ensure that you choose from the best boarding schools in Uttarakhand for your child.

Check out for the non-negotiable factors
Yes! When it is said non-negotiable then it is definitely non-negotiable. There are few points which you need to consider. Adequate safety is one of the major concerns. As the children can face a lot of problems, it is important to pay attention to the safety provided at a school. Moreover, security of the child, the standard of health and hygiene, enough space for games and sports can be another major issue of concern. You need to make a well-informed decision based on honest opinions.

Know more about the faculty
It is very essential to understand the teachers. As your child is going to spend their most of the time with the teachers, it is important to understand the teacher-student bonding. Besides academic qualifications, the teacher should have a friendly perspective towards the child so that they feel comfortable when the teacher is around.

Evaluate the process of teaching
The process of teaching varies from person to person and it has been often criticized. You have to visit from school to school to analyze their teaching methodology and ensure if it is best for your child or not. Most of the schools have a healthy student-teacher ratio and can invest in empowering the teachers. They work hard towards improving the learning ambiance in the classrooms.

Extra-curricular activities
If the school is not into teaching extra-curricular activities, then it is not worth getting enrolled in. Yes, for the development of the child, it is important to get the student into some physical or mental involvement. Activities such as drawing, singing, playing indoor and outdoor games and other such things can help a student grab a hobby to look forward to. Studies are not only essential, but extra-curricular activities are also equally important for the development of the child. On the contrary, the school should not include too many co-curricular activities in the syllabus to overburden them. Too much of it might leave no room for the kids to enjoy free time.

Visiting the schools
Before choosing any particular boarding schools in Uttarakhand, it is advisable to visit the school in person. Visiting the school is a great way to judge the schools’ capability and understand if it can cater to the overall development of the child or not. By simply walking in and looking around, you can understand about the security level offered and whether the school buildings are well maintained or not, the school appears to be clean or not. These small observations can make a big impact on the decision you make.

Points to consider before choosing best boarding schools in India

No amount of preparation or research can be sufficient when it comes to choosing a boarding school for your child. The primary question in any parent’s mind is not about choosing a school but about choosing the desired upbringing for the child. Selecting a boarding school is all the more difficult because a parent will be leaving a child behind to be looked after by someone else on a daily basis. They want to ensure that the child learns positive assessment, reasoning, sense of judgement, social affluence, etc. Parents want to ensure that the child is able to seek and develop their interests and hobbies like sports, singing, dancing, sketching, and more.

The most important aspect of sending a child to a foreign living environment is developing their interest in it. Parents must always talk with the child about the new experiences that they shall have. Help them build expectations and tell them that you are always around for them. Involve them in the process and take their interests into considerations. Children usually blend in more effortlessly when they get to do activities that interest them.

Some of the important points to consider when searching for a boarding school of your child are:
1. Identify the schools that are in the region and search through their webpages. Write down names and narrow down your list on the basis of school background like, is it co-educational, boys, girls, military, etc. Learn about what they have to offer and how much do they cost. Note the names that suit your expectations. You can search through internet for the school ratings and comments from present or pas students or parents for getting an overview about the school environment.

2. Visit the school to get a better understanding of the school atmosphere. Check if the school offers activities that interest your child. Discuss with your child and tell them about the options you like. Learn about the security features of the school and how do they handle emergency situations.

3. Finalize more than one school and understand what do the schools expect from their students. Apply to the schools at the earliest because most schools open admissions on availability in each class and conduct admissions through lengthy process. Prepare the child for the entrance process.

4. Entrance test is a general norm in schools across India. While some schools may take admission on the past academic performance of the child, others conduct standardized admission test that may include simple questions from previous classes, essays and general aptitude. Schools tend to interview the child before admitting, them so encourage the child to speak freely in front of the interviewer.

5. Pay the admission fees and complete the formalities as soon as possible. Schools wait for only a limited time before handing over the seat to another candidate. Most of the schools offer various scholarships and parents can apply for them during the application process.

SelaQui Hosts BBCI Camp

SelaQui International School, among the best residential and CBSE boarding schools in the country, boasts of excellent ground facilities.

The school cricket ground was chosen by Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) as the venue for the Uttarakhand State Women’s Cricket Camp! The same began on the 15th of November and the selections will conclude on 28th November.
The selected women will be the part of Uttarakhand Cricket team.

SelaQui Cross Country 2018

Cross Country: No half times, no time outs, no substitutions. It must be the only true sport”.

It was that time of the year again! The entire school was out in the crisp morning air, SeQuins were trying to gather whatever warmth they could and failing spectacularly at it. However, the cold could not dampen the spirit of the SeQuins and the enthu-siasm that surrounded the Inter-House Cross Country. The values and traits that cross country running inculcates in athletes stay with them long after they have crossed the finish line.

Cross country running is a unique test of endurance because it puts emphasis on conquering the course rather than beating fellow runners and consequently fosters camaraderie. The parking lot was filled with excited chatter as the senior boys lined up at the starting point. The Headmaster flagged off the race and the SeQuins bolted. Rapturous cheering kept egging us on throughout the 5 km course.

When the dust settled, Kabir Kapur emerged as the winner in the Senior Boys’ category followed by Shaurya Veer Singh and Bharat Tokas in the second and third position respectively.

The course for the juniors and girls was 3.2 km long and Kalyani Singh put up a remarkable performance to earn the top spot in the Girls’ category while Inaiyat Kohli secured the second position and Praanjal Wason was the second runners-up. In the Junior Boys’ category, Vansh Singhal fought off some determined competition to bag the first position while Debi Prasad secured the second position fol-lowed by Advait Datar who came third.

– Shaurya Veer Singh

First Science Jeopardy Quiz

On 4th August all the science geeks came out of their dazzling world of books to represent their houses in the First Science Jeopardy Quiz. Despite burning the night oil for days, they were shocked out of their wits when they saw the questions as they felt underprepared. Mr. Soham Roy and Mr. Sahil Bhardwaj succeeded in proving it to the contestants and the members of the audience that science was not just about books, it has a lot more to it.

The quiz had two rounds and while the first was the regular jeopardy (that the students were familiar with) and equal marks were awarded and deducted for every correct and incorrect answer respectively. What shocked the players were the rules for the second round! The players were informed that they would be getting double points for every correct answer but that they would still lose four times the score upon giving an incorrect answer. The quadruple loss made even the simple answers considerably tough (and undoubtedly risky) for the participants to answer. As a result, Jal House emerged as the only team with a positive score (i.e. more than zero points) while all other teams scored in negatives. The runners-up were the Akashians, followed by Agnians and Prithvites. The event was a smash hit as it not only added to our knowledge but also managed to do so while entertaining. We await the next edition of the same.

SIS Hosts University of Canterbury

The school hosted a group of delegates from the University of Canterbury on Thursday, 23rd August. They addressed grade XI and XII students and introduced them to the University culture, departments and the courses they offer. They also discussed the opportunities in New Zealand for the students after graduating and the friendly immigration rules to support the international students. A competition called “ACE THE CASE” was organized for grade XII students by the University. Students were asked to identify one local/national problem, analyze it and work on the framework that can provide a solution to the problem. They were also asked to participate in an essay writing competition on the prompts provided by them. Students get two weeks to submit the same online. Five winners of this competition will be awarded the Dean Award Scholarship by them to study a course of their choice at the University.

The event witnessed an overwhelming and enthusiastic participation from the students. Burning issues like Women safety, Sexual Health, Environment Degradation and Poverty were addressed by them. Students were judged on their problem-solving abilities, communication skills, and teamwork.
Winners of the Dean Award Scholarship will be announced on 10th September 2018.

Hina Sharif Khan

Chasing the Dream

The most widely played sport on the planet; ‘the beautiful game’ as it was called by Pele is truly unparalleled in absolute reach and drama. Football is the largest religion in the world and one which commands startling levels of devotion from its followers. Since the inception of the progenitor of football in 476 B.C. to the invention of the modern game in England and the fiercely contested World Cup in Russia, football has never failed to amaze and fascinate spectators and players alike.

The contemporary history of the world’s favorite game spans more than 100 years. It all began in 1863 in England when rugby football and association football branched off on their different courses and the Football Association in England was formed – becoming the sport’s first governing body. The very earliest form of the game for which there is scientific evidence was an exercise from a military manual dating back to the second and third centuries BC in China.

This year’s world cup perfectly captured this gamut of emotions and threw up surprises along the way that left everyone bewildered. From the pitiable state of Messi’s Argentina to Neymar’s Oscar-worthy theatrics, there was a dash of the unexpected around every corner. The tournament also unearthed some of football’s young gems, who missed no opportunity to showcase that they were ready to relieve the old sentinels of their duties. In that sense, the competition signaled the end of an era and ushered in a new generation of players to adorn bedroom walls and dreams in the years to come.

Closer home, the run-up to our very own Invitational Soccer Tournament had its fair share of excitement and fervor. The exploits of last year’s team-a dominating run to the final culminating in a climax that saw them settle for silver after a spirited show-undoubtedly whetted the appetite for more intense and edge of the seat action this year. Even the heavens seemed to have high hopes from the teams this year and, along with a truly remarkable pitch, provided a magical setting for this year’s tournament. All of this, coupled with the gritty determination and undying resolve possessed by all the participating promised to create a truly sumptuous week of football action.

True to the promise, St. George’s kick-started their campaign in grand fashion, sailing past Pinegrove School 6-0. Alas, the hosts themselves could not emulate the heroics of last year, going down rather meekly to Pinegrove School in their opening fixture. Although they showcased undeniable fight and determination against St. George’s, it proved to be insufficient in overcoming a single goal deficit and our challenge came to an end in the group stage itself as we succumbed to a 1-0 defeat.

Once we entered the business end of the tournament, though, after having witnessed a fair share of lopsided and well-fought contests alike, only two teams remained. As Kasiga School and Wynberg-Allen took to the field, each player undoubtedly thinking of scripting a triumph; the heavens opened up, perhaps just to test the caliber of every playing soul and to make sure that at the end, the trophy was truly earned. The first half beyond ordinary saw Kasiga grabbing the lead through two exceptional efforts, a late surge by the Alwynians did little to repair the damage, though, as Kasiga School ultimately triumphed to emerge as the champions of The 5th SelaQui Invitational Soccer Tournament.

— Shaurya Veer Singh

ARE WE FUTURE READY?

Today, we live in exponential times, where products and services often become obsolete overnight and one is competing with innovations and startups by 15-year-olds and the likes of Tanmay Bakshis who are getting hired at the wise age of ’13’ by Google with 66 lakh pay package! Welcome to the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Fourth Industrial Revolution is a digital revolution that brings together digital, physical and biological systems. The interplay between fields like nanotechnology, 3D Printing, coding, computing, Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and Augmented Reality will create realities that were previously unthinkable. Data and technology will overwhelm us. This will bring change at a speed, scale, and force, unlike anything we have experienced before. It will affect the very essence of our human existence. The predic-tion of five million jobs lost to technology by 2020 is serious.

The First Industrial Revolution brought mechanical innovations like the steam engine, cotton-spinning and railroads. With the Second Industrial Revolution came mass production through assembly lines and electrification. The third Industrial Revolution brought mainframe computers, personal computing and the internet to the fore. Now, at the onset of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, the questions we need to ask ourselves are ‘What do we need to know to prepare ourselves for jobs that don’t yet exist? How can college prepare you to thrive in an uncertain future? How are we going to deal with this disruption, joblessness, and uncer-tainty?’

Be that as it may, the fourth Industrial Revolution calls for a paradigm shift in the approach to career planning. Gone are the days when you ask a child what they will be when they grow up. It is time to ask them what they enjoy doing. World Economic Forum has compiled a list of ten ‘skills’ which will help in facing the challenges thrown by the new technology. As Artificial Intelligence begins to impact the workforce and automa-tion replaces some existing jobs, there is an increased need for skills like creativity, curiosity, adaptability, emotional intelligence, critical thinking and communicating ef-fectively for a smooth transition. The top ten in-demand jobs in 2010 did not even exist in 2004. One must strive for developing skills for the jobs that have not been created yet, for technologies that have not been invented, to solve problems that have not yet been anticipated. We have to create a space which enables people to think creatively, to come up with divergent ideas and be innovative. Ken Robinson, in his famous Ted Talk on education, has remarked that “creativity is as important as literacy”

As they say, every cloud has a silver lining. While new technology may cause the disruption of some jobs, it will also create many new jobs, some of which we can’t even imagine today. While technology may wipe out many jobs as predicted, it will end up opening new avenues too. If automation and computers have replaced humans, they have also increased the demand for computer-based work and created new jobs related to developing, coding, and programming computers. If we prepare ourselves well and embrace the changes, it will open up infinite opportunities for us. The extent of these opportunities could not have been fathomed two or three decades ago.

So to answer the question: what is coming around the bend?

You have W.B. Yeats, whispering to you
Surely some revelation is at hand;
Surely the Second Coming is at hand

Is It?

— Hina Sharif Khan

The Great SeQuin Kick-off Season

One of the greatest coincidences in the history of our school,
would be football season kicking off with the FIFA World Cup
with the Inter-house Soccer Tournament. With the fever hitting
anyone and everyone on campus, the symptoms would include:
a. Not leaving your dorms without a pair of studs and stockings
(Even during the academic hours).
b. Being crazy enough to play in the rain with water up to your knees and then
going on to visit the infirmary later that night.
c. An increased sense of house spirit (With some losing their voice and others the ability to walk without a limp).
d. Repeating steps a. through c.

Dedication of the teams was showcased in their early morning sessions. Ignorant of the dark or the rain, we witnessed dedication that moves mountains. Dribbling all the way, showing their skills, passing, running, building up their stamina, the players geared up to give the school a show of a lifetime (and indeed they did!).

All the players worked hard to win the Inter-house soccer trophy. Won by The Agnians last year, the four houses, claws sharp and teeth bared set to snatch all the glory. There was a lot of action and surprises throughout the event. At the end of the competition, The Prithviites in a claim to their former glory emerged as the winners.

— Kartikeya Puri and Arsalan Shamim Imam