Indus is one of the few schools that goes 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, during their annual leadership camp, students are trained in reflection through outbound activities.
TED-Ed sessions featuring to 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 preparing the students with 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 for 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 that they are directly and indirectly a part of.
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 1st 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. Since its inception in 2009, 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.
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 a nurturing environment for the kids to be nurtured well 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] which was formed to give parents a platform to share feedback that 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, 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 thebest schools in the country.