The school gives primary importance and lot of emphasis to Value education and Value inculcation. Moral development and building a sterling character go hand in hand with academic excellence. We believe that values cannot be taught in isolation and merely by preaching. For this purpose, we have interwoven our curriculum & activities with core values in such a way that right from the day a toddler enters our school, till the day he leaves the school as a sensitive teenager, he experiences and imbibes values each day. Eventually, these values form a part of his character and existence. The general ambience of the school is very conducive to learning the desirable virtues.
Value education is being carried out in our school in the following four broad formats:
(1) Special Project
(2) Story telling, puppetry & role-play
(3) Awakened Citizen Programme
(4) Co-curricular Activities
(5) Divinity Society
How do children learn Moral Values? The School has pioneered a Special Value Inculcation Project and simplified values to come down to the perception of the children. One value in each month is taken up to be drilled and engraved till it becomes intrinsic part of students’ upbringing. From reception to bulletin boards, corridors and even inside the classrooms, the props of the value are displayed everywhere to constantly remind its importance. Everyday, the chosen value is highlighted in the morning assembly by narratives and special talks by students and teachers. It is obligatory for each class to discuss and write how this virtue has helped them towards their moral development.
Story Telling, Puppetry & Role play
In primary classes, puppetry and story telling have been successfully used for putting an idea across the mind of the children and moulding their behaviour. It is a very effective & enjoyable method of teaching and learning and has borne very exciting results. The children try to emulate these characters in their real life too. Value based story telling is also a part of the curriculum. The moral inputs come from the stories and ingrained in the mind. Once the students have heard, seen or enacted these values, they record them in their value education notebooks. Besides this the students also write one good deed they do every day.
AWAKENED CITIZEN PROGRAMME ( Rama Krishna Mission)
Under the aegis of Ramakrishna Mission, the school has started ‘Awakened Citizen Programme’ for the students of VII Std. It is a comprehensive three year graded programme which has been developed by Ramakrishna Mission as part of Swami Vivekananda’s 150th Birth Anniversary Celebrations. It is based on Swamiji’s message of infinite potential in every individual, which can be manifested as excellence in every walk of life. The aim of the programme is to empower students in a real and tangible way and help them develop as enlightened citizens enabling them to stand on their own feet.
There has been a very enthusiastic response from the students. They have imbibed the stirring messages of strength, courage and compassion and started implementing it in life.
Co-curricular activities are so designed that children learn to appreciate the positive features of our own composite culture and have faith in their rich heritage. The high ideals we preach are not in words but in action also. The children are sensitized to the need of the old, the underprivileged and the distressed. Visits are planned and they participate wholeheartedly to provide help & relief to the needy. Eco club of the school has been actively working to create a love for animals and birds and care for environment. The children are taught to live in harmony with Mother Nature. Talks, seminars and orientation programmes are organized for teachers also to enable them to develop required skills and competencies to train the children. The first Friday of each month is for beautification drive. The children clean up their bags, classroom, school & surroundings.
Divinity Society has a comprehensive programme of imparting spiritual values through the singing of devotional songs, interpretation of prayers and scriptures, celebration of religious festivals, Nagar Kirtan, teaching of divinity and spiritual talks. The students learn to have regard & tolerance for all religions. This approach has brought about a positive change.
In fact, we can say that developing desirable attitudes and inculcating values, permeate the entire teaching learning process.