Our school not only encourages those students who excel in sports and academics but also in other co-curricular activities like the National Cadet Corps [NCC] training. NCC was established to train youngsters by inculcating in them qualities like discipline, patriotism, courage and punctuality. In our school the students of classes eight and nine can become NCC cadets.
The NCC, being a part of the second line of defence in India, teaches its cadre marching, moral qualities, operation of arms and also helps in strengthening of the body and mind of the cadets. The NCC also teaches its cadre service. The successful NCC cadets who do well in academics get cash award too, which acts as another great incentive to the students.
Learning is not restricted to the classroom. Many of the educational goals cannot be realized exclusively in the classroom. Co-curricular activities complement the academic programme and allow opportunities for the all-round development of the students. We at Kumarans aim at the integration of the Curricular and Co-curricular activities for the holistic development of self-esteem and talent potential in students.
The various C.C.A. clubs are Dance, Aerobics, Karate, Home Science, Craft, Theatre, Chess, Music, Calligraphy and Pottery.
Children from class VI to class IX are allowed to opt for any one of these clubs. Professionals visit the school once in a week and train children in their respective fields.
SEEK, an acronym for Students Editorial Entity of Kumarans, took its inception in 1990. The SEEK committee, which is nominated every year, is a carefully chosen amalgam of the best minds of Class X and the Associates who assist them are from Class IX.
The work of the committee is two-fold:
Inter-stream literary and cultural competitions are held every year under the aegis of SEEK.
SEEK’s objective is also to bring out the yearly magazine 'Gnanamanthanam'.
- Children are the most creative and resilient community and 'Gnanamanthanam' which in Sanskrit means the churning of true knowledge, is an earnest attempt to churn out the imaginative best from them.
The magazine brings out the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings and provides a palpable platform to all the students across classes. It is the culmination for an engaging mix of diverse literary genres that include stories, poems, cartoons, puzzles and various other exciting reading experiences.
A cover page design contest is thrown open to all the students and the best entry is chosen as the cover page of the magazine for that year.
Gnanamanthanam is also a ready reckoner of the calendar of events, both curricular and co-curricular, for the academic year. It is also a record of all the victorious moments (both academic and co-curricular) that the students have pursued and achieved in various categories.
In short, Gnanamanthanam paves the way to induce students to break the existing weave of patterns and evolve themselves into their individual best.
“The most difficult times [sic] in the lives of young people are the years of transition between adolescent and adult. This is precisely the period the Award Scheme is meant to cover. It is for this reason that the chosen age range is between 14 and 25….” –
- Founder HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
In a quest to match the mission of the school, the London-based International Award Foundation was just apt for the students of Sri Kumaran Children's Home. Formerly called The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme, in India, it is called as The International Award for Young People [www.indianaward.com]. It offers a balanced, non-competitive programme of voluntary activities, which encourage personal discovery and growth, self-reliance, perseverance, responsibility to themselves and service to their community. This has been a challenging curriculum for the teenagers of the school for four years.
The students of Class 9 and above pursue their chosen form of activities under adult supervision. The school identifies various orphanages and old age home where students volunteer their services once a week. They also enhance their practical skills in dance, pottery, aeromodelling, glasswork and other activities. There is also considerable involvement and progress in sports such as basketball, football, and wall climbing. To understand the purpose of teamwork and environment-protection and to develop the essence of adventure and discovery, the award aspirants undertake expeditions and explorations.
To provide a rewarding experience, the school has involved students in many domestic youth exchange programmes. Each year, the young adults participate in exchange programmes between schools in Chennai, Cochin, Hyderabad, Delhi, Calcutta and Mauritius.
Many students have brought glory to themselves and the school by achieving Bronze and Silver awards in this prestigious scheme. Their resume is complete with this award. Thus, the award has recognized the productive leisure activity undertaken by the student. With such international achievement, the student stands to gain further eligibility in claiming international scholarships and above all have an unparalleled edge over other students.
Computer Science has made rapid advances and is evolving constantly.
The curriculum includes learning software tools, cyber safety, thinking- out –of- the -box activities, team activities. The cover page of the school magazine is designed by students.
- High school curriculum that has been developed in house is designed to make the student more proficient in technology that can be applied to academics. Software like Photoshop which is useful for editing images and other professional artwork is taught in Class 8.
- Learning Visual Basic enforces logical thinking and programming in students of Class 9.
- Flash, which aids in creating superior animation is offered to students in Class 10.
FreshThe computer curriculum is systematic and is instrumental in honing thinking and organizational skills in students. There is a gradual assimilation and application of concepts learnt in lower classes as students move to higher classes.