Tuesday, April 2, 2019

How to know if a school is parent-friendly


As a parent, one is concerned about many aspects of a school, before choosing one for their child. Curriculum, cost, timings, proximity, student performance, scholarships etc. are all factors that one must consider before selecting a school. While a lot of emphasis has been made on how student-friendly a school is, it is equally important to understand how schools relate to the child’s family.
A great school understands the importance of parents and family in the education of a child, and keeps this front and centre, while making any policy. When the family is involved deeply in a child’s education, the child benefits in many ways.


How to know if a school is parent / family friendly?


  •         School’s first response to your visit / call: Were you met with politeness and helpfulness when you reached out to the school for the first time? A friendly school will have a cheerful and welcoming atmosphere. Staff will go out of their way to attend to visitors, new and returning.  They will make you feel at home, give you the attention you deserve and assist you with what you were looking for.
  •        Tone of correspondence: Calls, emails, brochures, and handbooks received from the school use a polite and friendly tone, as opposed a harsh and cold one. Conflict is handled in a professional and fair manner.
  •         Diversity and inclusivity: An international school caters to students and their families from different parts of the globe. Trio has the privilege of providing the best international education to students from more than 55+ countries till date. When cultures interact, and young minds are involved, good educators, will go to great lengths to inculcate healthy interactions between the students and their families. People who do not understand the local language(s) / English are treated respectfully and are given due assistance. A school that treats individuals from all walks of life, including those outside the school community, with respect, is a safe place to learn.
  •         Communication: In a great school environment, communication happens both ways and you feel heard. If you or your child requires any additional assistance, the school staff of a parent-friendly school will listen to you, help you to the best extent they can and will be clear and polite about any limitations. PTAs and other interactions are handled professionally. The school will clearly communicate about the syllabus, board, assessments, performance and discuss about concerns unique to your child. The school will maintain adequate confidentiality of any personal information.

Parent – friendly initiatives at Trio

Trio World Academy, Bangalore, offers a highly inclusive curriculum and welcomes families from all backgrounds. Trio celebrates festivals and important days in the calendar, across cultural backgrounds, religions, caste and nationality. We make children aware of their importance, keeping cultural sensibilities in mind. Our security system comprises of 130 CCTV cameras, secure IDs, and constant monitoring by vigilance officers, to ensure complete safety of children, parents, visitors and staff alike.


At Trio, every member of the school is responsible for building a relationship with the families. Parent teacher communication is open and parents can approach the school at any point for support. One of the unique characteristics of Trio, is it’s organic and closely knit community. We work hard to create and maintain a cheerful and safe atmosphere for our students. All the effort that goes into creating a parent-friendly school is worth it.

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How to make a school more eco-friendly


Schools are under constant pressure to give their students the best standards of education, while making efficient use of their resources. Taking measures to save energy and reduce wastage of material resources is not only economically sound, but will also make a positive environmental impact. In the process, we can teach students healthy habits and sustainability practices, that can set them on the course for being a lifelong friend of the environment.

A school typically consumes a lot of energy: lighting systems, fans, air-conditioning, computers and servers demand electricity. Schools also tend to produce waste, from both indoors as well as outdoors, in the form of paper, plastic, organic waste, glass and e-waste.


Simple measures to save the environment


Schools can follow simple measures to keep their use of resources low, reducing the amount of energy consumed and minimising waste output:

  •         Encouraging students to report any wastage of water, or electricity. They can turn off taps, switch off lights, computers and devices that are not in use by anyone.
  •         Encouraging students to perform an audit of the waste produced by the school eg. A kitchen waste audit or classroom paper waste. They can even be asked to team up to come up with creative waste management solutions.
  •         Installing marked waste bins in all areas of the campus, and encouraging the correct use of these bins will discourage littering and enable proper disposal and processing of waste.
  •         Educating staff and students about wastage of food and ingredients in the kitchens and cafeteria. The ingredients for the menu could be sourced responsibly, by selecting seasonal produce from local farmers.
  •         Teaching for environment sustainability and creating awareness in the classroom from an early age.
  •         Checking if any of the school stationery can be done away with or replaced with more environmentally friendly alternatives eg. Recycled notebooks and folders, eco-friendly art supplies and so on.
  •         Welcoming parents to join your mission. Encourage them to send children to school by the school transport or help carpool many students.

Sustainability initiatives at Trio
 

Trio continues to undertake measures, both small and large scale, to leave behind a cleaner, safer and healthier environment for the current and future generations. Trio has implemented rainwater harvesting in key areas of the campus. We have incorporated natural light and ventilation into the design of our buildings. We have a stringent waste segregation and management plan in place. This includes segregation of dry and wet waste, kitchen waste management, and responsible disposal of e-wastes. Trio also holds the Limca Book Award for the highest quantity of e-wastes collected. To know more about Trio, visit us at https://trioworldacademy.com, or drop into our international school campus at Sahakarnagar, Bangalore


Thursday, February 28, 2019

10 reasons why Bengaluru is the perfect educational destination for Thai students



Moving to any new country to pursue your education can seem like a daunting task. If you are a Thai student who is planning to expand your horizons by studying in Bengaluru, India, there are plenty of reasons for you to choose that path.

Why study in India?

1.       India is the world’s largest democracy. It has a booming economy among the developing nations, with the industry body Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) forecasting that India will sustain a GDP growth of around 7.5 per cent in 2019. It also has a varied and fascinating culture, with innumerable languages, traditions, customs and festivals. The world has always turned towards India for its highly evolved political, spiritual, and philosophical treatises dating back several centuries.

Quality education at a reasonable cost

2.       The Indian education system is adapting to technological advancements and global educational trends like never before. A student’s development is approached holistically, with emphasis on their individual strengths, interests and challenges. Experiential learning, scientifically designed curricula, sports and meaningful extra-curricular activities are incorporated into the schooling process. It is well placed to provide for students coming in from Thailand.

3.       Existing colleges offer a very high quality of education in multiple streams including arts, commerce, law, medicine, engineering, pure sciences and more. These institutions are respected all over the world. There are several emerging institutions for higher education, which will further heighten the bar for quality. Premier Indian colleges offer degrees at a much more reasonable cost than popular educational destinations.

Advantage Bengaluru

4.       The City Momentum Index by Jones Lang LaSalle’s (JLL) ranked Bengaluru as the second in the world in short term momentum (Economic Output, Air connectivity, FDI etc.)

5.       Bengaluru is one of the most cost effective cities for expats to live in. It has an existing and thriving expat community of people from over 80 countries. Bengaluru has been known as a welcoming and cosmopolitan city.

6.       English is spoken by a large part of the population and is the common language for business and trade. Many people speak multiple languages.

7.       Bengaluru has a pleasant climate throughout the year, with an overall average of 23.6-degree C, that is loved by many people.

8.       Bengaluru is very easily accessible from Bangkok via direct flights from Indigo, Air India and Thai airways, with a flight duration of 3 hours and 50 minutes approx. Bengaluru is extremely well connected through Bengaluru Metro rail and 24/7 cab services. International Airport connectivity is unparalleled. Railway stations and bus stands are centrally located. It is also a hub for the finest cuisine from all over the world.

9.       Bangalore has some of the best colleges in the country for science, commerce, law, engineering, arts and more: Indian Institute of Science, MS Ramaiah College of Arts, Science and Commerce, NLSIU, St. Joseph's College of Commerce, Indian Institute of Management, Mount Carmel College, CMRIT, RV College of Engineering, Christ University, Jain University, PES Institute of Technology, BMS College of Engineering, Bangalore Medical College, Kempegowda Institute of Medical Sciences, M.E.S College, UVCE, National Degree College, Dayananda Sagar University, and many more.

10.   Bengaluru is a thriving hub of industry and IT. It is a preferred destination for job seekers and a great place to build your career. It is home to established companies as well as a hub for start-ups. Cisco, Oracle, IBM, Wipro, Microsoft, Accenture, Infosys, SAP, Samsung, Amazon, Dell, Robert Bosch, Intel, Adobe, Goldman Sachs, Huawei, Nokia, EY, AMD, VMWare, JP Morgan, Mercedes-Benz, NetApp, Target, GE, ABB, Philips and more.

Education at TRIO

TRIO World School is an award-winning international school, highly ranked among the schools in Bengaluru and Karnataka. With more than 11 years of carefully cultivated expertise in international education, it has established a strong presence in the education sphere. TRIO is a harmonious community, that has served students from 55+ countries and teachers from all over the world! Trio welcomes every student, including those from Thailand, as one of its own, into its multicultural and inclusive family.

Internationally respected curricula International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme (PYP), Cambridge Secondary 1, IGCSE and IB Diploma Programme (DP) are offered with university placement support. We provide flexibility and support for our students to ensure that they learn best.



Facilities provided to expat students:

·         English as a Second Language (ESL) Support

·         Support for getting settled in the city

·         iPad programme

·         Multiple cuisines, including Thai, Chinese, Continental and Indian served daily.

·         Comfortable Air Conditioned Boarding facilities with 2 to 3 sharing.

·         Ice cold water provided

·         Both Vegetarian and Non-Vegetarian food are provided.

·         Refrigerator provided

·         Weekly mobile phone usage

·         Airport pickup and drop

·         Sport and extra-curricular activities taught by highly trained professionals.



INTEGRATED SUMMER CLASSROOM PROGRAM (ISCP)

The TRIO Integrated Summer Classroom Program (ISCP), is a summer only designed for students from outside India. It is a unique opportunity to undergo the full-fledged international school experience in a short period of time. It lets you experience the Indian culture, languages and lifestyle like never before. As a student, you will be a part of the regular schooling schedule, and cutting edge sporting programmes. You will also be provided with extra ESL support and local educational tours. Food and AC accommodation will be provided.



The programme is from 1 April 2019 to 31 May 2019. For more details, get in touch with us.

To know more about our programmes visit us at www.trioworldacademy.com

Sources:

http://cities-research.jll.com/cities-research/city-momentum

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chennai/chennai-costs-expats-more-than-bengaluru-survey/articleshow/64754922.cms

https://www.businesstoday.in/current/economy-politics/india-robust-economic-growth-to-continue-in-2019-cii/story/305389.html