The green ecology of the school campus inspires children, facilitators and parents to build direct connections with nature in many different ways.
For every group, one or more themes are organized around the group name. Theme work allows children to sing songs, write poems, read historical contexts, research old and new thoughts, construct stories, explore mathematics, science and social science – in the context of their group name. A child enrolled in Playgroup or Nursery has the opportunity of visiting each group name/element every five years at least three times in their school life at Shikshantar.
Q. What are our groups called?
Playgroup: Dewdrops, Raindrops, Boond
Nursery: Pawan, Vayu, Purvayi, Anila, Avir
Kindergarten: Bhoomi, Dhara, Vasundhara, Avani, Ardhi
Class I: Ambar, Aasmaan, Neelambar, Aakaash, Anant
Class II: Agni, Pavak, Surya, Aagun, Enya
Class III: Neer, Megha, Varsha, Brishti, Aab
Class IV: Luft, Purva, Fiza, Wara, Breeze
Class V: Earth, Prithvi, Pritha, Terra, Zemya
Class VI: Space, Ether, Cosmos, Himmel
Class VII: Aapi, Afroz, Azia, Pyros
Class VIII: Aqua, Tarang, Zarya, Wasser
Class IX: Zephyr, Amun, Aeolus
Class X: Talamh, Jord
Class XI: Vyom, Emyprean
Class XII: Ignis, Hydan
For new parents, the key experiences include reflection about why and how Shikshantar will support the development of their child; understanding the school’s philosophy and educational approaches through a school tour and school counselling sessions and familiarisation sessions with the children who are expected to be enrolled in the school.With enrolled parents, the following experiences encourage involvement and participation
• Parent Orientation Session for new parents before start of school year
• Interactive Parent Open-House Interactions for each class three times a year
• Parent-Facilitator Meetings held twice during the school year to share and reflect upon the progress of each child
• Progress review meetings at the end of each semester for every child
• Parent-Teacher Association Meetings to share institutional progress, concerns and suggestions
• Parent representation and involvement in the School Managing Committee
• Parent volunteers to support field trips and school events such as Hamara Manch and Hamara Mela
• Parent representation for talks and workshops for students on specific areas of expertise
• Parent representatives work with school committees on specific areas that include transport management outside the school during arrival and departure, and recommendations for safety and security of children
• Parent volunteers for substitution during long absence of teachers
• Parents are invited to be a part of their child’s birthday celebration in schoolParent Open-House Interactions
Open-House interactions are facilitated for parents in each class three times a year. The purpose of these interactions is to enable a stronger connect between the home and school, and for parents to reflect upon their evolving parenting roles. Each session is organised as a workshop to understand and learn from multiple perspectives and experiences.
• Children at the main gate as well as in the group are received and welcomed by Supervisors /Coordinators /Teachers
• Security guards are stationed at designated places across the entire school campus.
• Security guards monitor the entry and exit of visitors and parents who walk in for enquiry/ birthday celebrations/ early pick up
• Parent/guardian of any child who has to leave the school campus before dispersal time needs to furnish a gate pass signed by supervisor of the respective block
• At ‘dispersal time’, parent is allowed to take the child only after showing of pick-up card to the security guard.
• Dispersal–coordinator/ Supervisor stationed at main gate to ensure safety regulations are being followed by teachers and children.
• All team members are guided to be vigilant and look out for any strangers or unfamiliar faces in the school premises.
• Housekeeping staff stationed in designated areas and discouraged from loitering elsewhere on campus
• In house training programme for housekeeping & other staff
• Sharing guidelines with the school team to ensure personal dignity and wellbeing of each child.
• Children with special needs move around the school premises supervised at all times.
• Regular maintenance of fire extinguishers.
• Ongoing training sessions for all security and other auxiliary staff members.
• Continuous monitoring of the cleanliness of the school surroundings.
• Evacuation drill and fire drills conducted twice in the school year.
• Fumigation and sanitization of surroundings is done on regular basis.
• Antecedents of all Auxiliary staff verified.
• CCTVs have been installed in the entire School campus for strict vigilance.Transport:
• Bus children are always accompanied by teachers and dropped to their respective bus routes
• A responsible adult (teacher, parent or school representative) is present on each bus route.Toilets:
• For pre-primary children – helper didis accompany children for toilet visits
• We have only female housekeeping staff stationed to clean the toilets in Preprimary and primary school.
• Housekeeping staff not to enter the washrooms when children are inside.
• Regular check & supervision of campus cleanliness, horticulture & toilets
• Trained nurses in all three blocks of the school.
• Sensitively orienting children, teachers and parents whenever there is an outbreak of a disease or illness ( Such as measles, chicken-pox, dengue)
• Annual Health checkup for Annual Health checkup for all children by child specialist from Fortis Hospital.
• Tie up with Fortis Hospital to handle medical emergencies.
• First aid training for teachers and administrative staff, conducted by Fortis Hospital
• Regular sampling of the school lunch and surprise visit to the caterer’s kitchen to ensure food quality
• Dedicated housekeeping staff to maintain hygiene standards in the lunch room
• PTA members encouraged to visit the lunch room without prior intimation