Don Bosco Way
Don Bosco, the icon behind every Don Bosco Institution, categorically said, “In every young person a point of goodness is accessible and it is the primary duty of the educator to discover that spot, that sensitive cord of the heart, so as to draw out the best in every young person.” These words of the founder make us believe that the education is an ‘art of growing’ with the young with a purpose, day by day.
Don Bosco School of Excellence focuses on a student-centred educational system which generates expressive youngsters who cultivate meaningfulness and happiness wherever they are. The focus of the entire educational endeavor of the school – the syllabus, the staff, the environment, the building, the playground, the facilities, the visuals – are planned and executed with a view to the holistic development of the student for whom and in whose name it has begun.
The school recognizes that early childhood education should be a journey, not a race. Each child will travel in his own pace according to his individual background of prior experience as well as current and future needs. Our goal is to help develop the whole personality of each child through motor, sensory and intellectual learning situations. This will be done through our developmentally appropriate activities and exciting experiences in the curriculum.
Features of Holistic Education at Don Bosco School of Excellence
Don Bosco School of Excellence is affiliated to CBSE and follows the mandates of the Central Board of Secondary Education. Our school is divided into the following units: Kindergarten (Pre KG, Jr KG and Sr. KG), Primary (1st Grade to 5th Grade) and Secondary (6th Grade to 10 Grade).
The Faculty utilizes various strategies to teach students of all ability levels and we ensure continuity from one Grade level to the next. To help further diversity in teaching techniques and to implement curriculum and CCE guidelines in letter and spirit, the faculty participates in in-service workshops and external teacher empowerment programs.
The learning methods and content for Kindergarten students is developed by Sapience Publications. Sapience books and educational material assist the tiny tots to grow in wisdom, observe nature, acquire knowledge and thereby enable the holistic development. Sapience Syllabus is enhance into a software. The software is installed in school computers and a Sapience mobile app is used as a facilitator for the parents and kids.
The school adopts curriculum developed by Oxford Advantage for primary sections, which adheres to the NCERT syllabus. Oxford Advantage is an integrated learning solution with comprehensive suite of educational materials and services.
The programme includes learning materials; assessments; digital resources; mobile apps for students, teachers and parents.
Teaching resources; continuous professional development and implementation support visits The Oxford Advantage programme is designed to utilize the existing knowledge of the learner while providing simple interesting and innovative ways of acquiring knowledge integrated learning approach changes a passive classroom into a proactive learning zone.
The secondary section (Grade VI to X) curriculum is enhanced by Leonard Technologies with Learning Management System (LMS). We create eLearning content (lessons), organise it into courses and deliver the content interactively through a smart classroom environment and through mobile apps in a home environment. There is a comprehensive monitoring and assessing system in place.
To instil values in children from a young age onwards Don Bosco School of Excellence will be laying a lot of emphasis on Value based education among students.
It is essential for students to study moral science which will help in their overall development. Considering the materialistic outlook the current generation has, the significance of the subject increases all the more. Moral Science classes are required for each student, and are an integral part of the curriculum at every grade level.
Our school provides instruction in Mathematics within a supportive learning environment. The teachers present math concepts and practice math-related skills with a focus on the acquisition and mastery of basic skills, and integrate the use of technology beginning in Kindergarten. Recognizing the importance of learning along a continuum, the faculty implements group activities using manipulatives. The use of real-life experiences and authentic assessments in the math curriculum provides opportunities for problem solving, logical reasoning and critical thinking.
|English||Interactive English integrates reading, grammar, spelling, penmanship, vocabulary and oral presentations. It is used across the curriculum at every grade level. Our program strives to instil a love of reading and develop good writing skills from the prosaic to the creative and imaginative. All the major types of writing styles are taught; Narrative, Persuasive, Cause/Effect, Expository and Descriptive. Creative multimedia projects support and reinforce language art skills. Oral presentations begin in Kindergarten with Show and Tell to more formal presentations required at the higher-grade levels.|
|Tamil||All students must be equipped with the ability to speak, read and write the regional language. Hence Tamil is a compulsory language up to Grade 8. Children at the Kindergarten level are introduced to the language through casual conversation, rhymes, stories and pictures, and flashcards of alphabets. From Grade 1 level onwards the higher language skills of reading, vocabulary, spelling and writing are introduced.|
|Hindi||Hindi is taught as one of the languages upto 8th Grade. Thereafter they have the option of choosing between Hindi, Tamil and French as their second language. Children are introduced to the language at the Kindergarten level through rhymes, pictures and flashcards of alphabets and storytelling sessions. This would help ease them into the subject when they reach Grade 1 and are introduced to the intricacies of language learning.|
|World Languages - French||A world language is introduced as a second language option to students from Grade 3 level onwards with an emphasis on basic grammar and culture. World language is taught for the purpose of communication and heightening students’ linguistic and cultural awareness of their local, state and world community.|
Our students study Life Science, Earth Science and Physical Science throughout all grade levels. Through experimentation, our students use scientific inquiry and the scientific method to make observations and inferences. Students recognize relationships, predict outcomes, use variables, interpret data, draw conclusions and record them. Language arts are integrated into Science through journaling, lab reports and research paper/projects in the upper grades.
|Social Studies||The study of families and neighbourhoods is introduced in the primary grades. It later expands to include the study of local, state and national communities. Current events and good citizenship are introduced in Kindergarten and are developed throughout each grade level.|
|Physical Education||The Physical Education Program strives to enhance individual and team skills as well as each student’s level of physical fitness through a variety of age-appropriate sports and activities. Personal responsibility for fitness and individual skill development is encouraged in every student. Health education is incorporated into our program, including such topics as nutrition, CPR, first aid and drug awareness.|
|Technology||Our technology curriculum is integrated into our students’ entire educational experience. They learn to use a variety of applications, educationally designed software and online learning tools that creates an avenue for collaborative learning and Interactive Whiteboards have enhanced the curriculum through interactive leaning as well as the addition of mobile computing using laptops and Net books.|
Don Bosco provides great interest in sports and various club activities. The school organises various sports coaching on Wednesdays and special coaching after school hours. State of the art sports fields have established in school.
The group experience gives ample opportunities to students to interact and get to know different personalities among peers. Various clubs have been formed to improve the talents and gifts of each child. On all Fridays, children engage in various club activities which enhance the social abilities.