SENIOR WING 9TH—12TH (CBSE)
STRUCTURE AND FACILITIES
The senior school is housed in a separate complex of buildings. The facilities include a separate, well-stocked library, various specific subject rooms, an audio-visual room, separate laboratories for Physics, Chemistry and Biology and a computer room. An open visitor’s lounge, a work space for teachers and a large staff-room are also part of the main senior school building.
LEARNING ATMOPSHERE AND CURRICULUM UPTO CLASS 10
Moving into class 9 in the senior school entails a longer working day, and more organized study time for students, who, at this stage, are expected to become more independent in their learning; however, a close and supportive relationship continues to exist between students and teachers. To ensure continuity between teachers and students, teachers take students up from class 9th to class 12th in many subjects.
In the senior school the educational programme shifts in its emphasis towards preparation of students in the syllabus for the CBSE (at the end of class 12) examinations. Students take an internally administered cumulative exam for the first time at the end of class 9.
The academic curriculum is balanced by arts and crafts, dramatics, sports and participation in a variety of clubs ranging from journalism, to astronomy and chess. Participation in other work of the centre such as afforestation, rural health, and rural education is also encouraged and organized. Students are also encouraged to research topics of their interest and present these at morning assemblies. Assemblies, student-council meetings and specially convened staff-student meetings are forums where discussion and debate over issues of concern in the school community or in the world are encouraged. Culture classes – intended to extend intellectual and emotional horizons of the students – remain an integral part of the timetable, right until class 12.
THE ‘PLUS TWO’ PROGRAMME
The last two years at MVS – classes 11 and 12 – form a separate programme for which admissions are open and students of class 10 need to apply a new as candidates. Each student in the ‘plus two’ course selects four subjects in addition to English. These elective subjects are studied intensively for two years. The subject combinations are broadly divided between Science, Humanities and Business Studies. Subjects offered are Mathematics Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Computer Science; English Literature, History, Geography, Economics, Commerce, Accountancy, Environmental Studies, Music in the Hindustani style, Fine Arts, Hindi.
A General Studies Programme broadly focusing on environmental crisis, and its impact on human societies on food security and issues of poverty have been specially designed for this stage in students’ education.
Students in the ‘plus two’ programme are seen as ‘young adults’ and greater responsibility is expected of them in terms of understanding and sustaining the ethos of the school. They are encouraged to take on responsibilities, help in organization of events and participate constructively in discussions of school policies related to student life
EVALUATION IN THE SENIOR SCHOOL
Evaluation for all students in the senior school is based on a series of written assignments and tests, apart from project work and classroom observations. The reports contain comments and suggestions on formatted report forms, along with a qualitative achievement grade. The principal’s and house-parent’s reports also give an overall profile of the student’s growth, interests and involvements in life at school.
OTHER FACILITIES AND ACTIVITIES FOR STUDENTS
The school’s location in a serene and beautiful valley creates a natural, pollution-free environment for children to grow up in.
Bird-watching is a regular activity for interested students. The school houses an institute for bird studies and natural history that runs a correspondence course that is well-known all over the country.
Sports and Games facilities include three leveled fields and several courts. Major field games like cricket and football, as well as throwball, basketball, tennis and badminton are taught and played. Regular physical exercise is conducted in the morning, and an annual athletics meet provides a focus for the development of athletic prowess and talent. Though we do not take part in any organized competitive sports, plenty of challenge is provided through coaching camps and invitations to outside teams for matches in various games. We also send a few teams to other schools for friendly matches.
The Arts and Crafts department is large, with facilities for teaching drawing and painting, batik and needlework, pottery and carpentry, design and construction of toys and models. Interaction between subject areas is actively fostered. Whereas all students have ample time for arts and crafts, fine art is also is a popular choice as a subject of study for the CBSE examinations.
Music and Dance are offered for interested and talented students. Vocal music in the Hindustani style, Veena, Violin and Mridangam lessons are given by well-qualified teachers. Bharatnatyam dance is taught along with folk dances of India. A piano teacher visits the school every fortnight to coach a limited number of students with the talent and the drive to work independently.