At Indus International Primary School Chennai - the focus is on holistic development of the child and we include as a part of learning experiences that ensure the all round development of the child. These experiences are integrated into the regular learning and deliver to the students an enriched learning package
Junior Entrepreneur Programme
The Junior Entrepreneur Programme develops in the student a new life skill. Students are introduced to the concept of business and financial literacy in this module. It will give them an idea about what happens in the real world. They will get to understand how the value of goods and services are created and how skill, talent and creativity can create more than the sum of their parts in an entrepreneurial enterprise. Students will be given a first hand experience on the end to end process of a business right from Developing a product Idea to making the product a reality . This programme ensure that the students are instilled with the leadership skill of discipline - which is key in any business endeavour
Tikun Olam is another initiative we have introduced to the students. A phrase that has been adopted from Hebrew, it translates to Healing the World. Students are given an opportunity to work on kindness projects that they believe will make an impact in healing the world around them of its maladies. Students are involved in mini heal projects that may start of with causing a small ripple. But many small ripples will eventually create a huge wave of impact. Tikun Olam is a project that has been adopted to instill in the students the leadership traits of love, empathy and respect.
Classroom without Borders
Classroom without borders is our online exchange programme for students to interact with their peers from another part of the globe. Taking teaching beyond the four walls and beyond the plasma screens too. Students meet online and exchange ideas, thoughts and information about their schools, homes and countries they live in. This gives the children great exposure and also opens up the horizons for them
The recent occurrence of the pandemic has brought to front and centre the burning issue of respecting Mother Nature and it’s resources. We at school endeavour to instil in the students a sense of respect for all living beings as well as the other gifts of nature. Toward this we are happy to be associated with Planet Protector Academy for this project. The Planet Protector Academy trains kids as superheroes of environmental protection! Through story, music, interactive media and live theatre, the programme creates inclusive, meaningful, and full-throttle experiences that children adore and that instil positive environmental values in their hearts – and in their actions.
The Junkyard Model is an endeavour to bring about an aura of innovation and creativity in the school environment. With a highly volatile and dynamic world, creativity and innovation are the tools that will help individuals withstand the tides of change. Through our Junkyard Model we hope to instil in the students the skills of invention and originality that will go towards shaping them into future leaders.
Indus is one of the few schools that go beyond academics, catering to students’ signature strengths. Here arts, crafts, music, dance, drama, and sports are given as much importance as academics. The Leadership Curriculum, unique to Indus, allows students to set skill-based goals in several areas. We believe that skill development is absolutely essential to prepare students for life.
All of these aspects provide for Whole Education. The Leadership Curriculum, Indus Orchestra, House Visions, Community Service Projects, inter-school tournaments, inter-house competitions are just some of the opportunities provided to students. Through these features we aim to teach skills that would prepare students for the VUCA (volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity) world that lies ahead of them. Indus is also the only school that reports Whole Education, placing it at par with academics.
We firmly believe in providing whole education, but not at the cost of academics.
The Leadership Curriculum at Indus focuses on self-actualization of the students, helping them value their talent to ultimately unlock their potential. Knowledge acquired from the classrooms to a large extent augment practical understanding. The main agenda of the leadership curriculum is go beyond that. It is to connect the children to the society, to the environment, and most importantly to their self.
Leadership is experiential and transformational. However, experiences are quite meaningless unless one reflects upon them and learn something from them. Reflection is an art and a science. At Indus School of Leadership, students are trained in reflection through outbound activities during their annual leadership camp.
At Indus, TED-Ed sessions featuring I-Lead talks are held, where each child is encouraged to come with an original idea or a story,
inspired by their immediate and proximate surroundings. This is part of the Leadership Curriculum from PYP through DP. The sessions while focusing on communication skills, also aim at developing critical competencies such as creativity, critical thinking, and collaboration among others in our students.
Regular sessions on ‘Mindfulness’ help students connect with themselves and make the most of their time. When they understand what true happiness is, they become the change agents to create happiness for themselves and others. By being mindful, students understand the core values of love, respect, empathy, and discipline with more clarity. Community service is an important part of the Leadership Curriculum. Students, through their house visions, work towards giving back to the society.
Indus Training and Research Institute (ITARI)
At Indus, we believe that the aptitude of teachers is critical. Thus, Indus Training and Research Institute (ITARI) was set up with a specific mission to ensure capacity building of all our firmaments. ITARI was inaugurated on 1 December 2009, by Mr Gavin Newsom, Mayor of San Francisco, California, U.S.A. ITARI expeditiously strives towards developing the intellectual acumen of individuals and develops their expertise across learners of all age groups, nationalities, and subject areas, through the International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum.
ITARI is the first training institute in India to offer postgraduate level professional teacher certification programmes in International Education, exclusively customised to meet the requirement of international and progressive schools. ITARI’s higher education programmes are offered in affiliation with reputed Universities (University of Bath, Birmingham City University, and University of Glasgow) and are recognised in 140 countries. All our postgraduate courses meet high academic standards with a focus on IB training for teachers, mentoring, and professional competencies equivalent to the National Teachers Standards stipulated in England. Over a short span of 8 years, ITARI has registered 890 teachers on various courses. The qualifying teachers were recruited by leading international schools across the country and abroad.
Placements and Counselling Services
The Indus institutions help students build upon their positive experiences to gain admission into colleges and universities all over the world. Applying to colleges and universities is an exciting and revealing experience which gives you a chance to look at who you are, what you value, and what you might want to do with your life. It can also be a complicated, demanding, and time-consuming process. Indus counsellors help guide, support, and counsel students and parents as you research schools, make choices, select and visit universities, and complete applications. To assist with the university selection and application process, Indus’s college counsellors have developed an almost “bulletproof” guide that helps our students navigate this arduous process of college/ university applications. Our comprehensive counselling programme guides and supports students throughout the university application process, beginning in Grade 10 and continuing throughout Grade 12.
The Parent Advisory Committee (PAC)
Indus is one of the few top IB schools that follow an open-door communication policy with parents as we believe that they are our partners in their child’s education. This partnership is unique in the sense that it creates a nurturing environment for the kids where we ensure that the best possible decisions are taken with a common goal in mind - to educate our students with the right skills to succeed in life. In view of this, we value parental feedback which helps us rectify, reinvent, and raise our benchmark of success on a continuous basis.
To facilitate this, we have the Parental Advisory Committee (PAC). It was formed to give parents a platform to share any feedback they have on any aspect of school life. The PAC is of the parents, by the parents, and for the students. The PAC is led by a Chairperson and Co-Chairperson who are ably supported by their team who oversees curriculum, co-curricular, communication, sports, boarding, and facilities areas. Further, there are grade wise Yahoo Groups created by the PAC for parents to interact and discuss with each other on matters pertinent to school and their child’s grade-specific concerns. Each group is moderated by a parent moderator. This unique approach to education is what makes Indus one of the best schools in the country.