Thursday, March 17, 2011

Little hands trying to raise a devastated Japan from the dead

Students in Bangalore don’t want to be left behind when the entire world is opening up their hearts and coffers to aid Japan in its hour of worst crisis. They want to do their bit for the country that has been battling earthquake, tsunami and a nuclear threat. Many city schools have come up with initiatives to chip in and do their bit for the victims and survivors.

At Trio World School, the students are working on a fundraiser. They intend to make the best use of Holi, which they are celebrating on Friday, by selling water guns and other products, the proceeds of which will go to the Red Cross to support their work there. A bake sale will also be organised to facilitate the purpose.

St. Joseph’s Boys’ High School, conducted a prayer service and is also encouraging students to donate money. “We will be collecting the funds till the end of the month, after which it will be sent to the victims,” said Father Celestine Sera, principal of the school.

Once the students of Army Public School are back from their short break after the exams, principal of the school, Manjula Raman, says that they will be encouraged to write letters to the victims. “At this point, more than clothes or any other donation, they require emotional support,” she said. Poems, cards with a flower or two attached, personal notes are some gestures that will help them smile in bad times, she said. It will be handed over to the Japanese Embassy to be given to the victims.

Students of Classes IX to XII from CBSE-affiliated schools are chosen to attend a short-term invitation programme in Japan. The programme, which is usually held during May-June, 2011 and is arranged by Japan International Cooperation Centre (JICE) under the Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youth programme (JENESYS), will provide an opportunity for the students to help the victims.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Beginner's Guide to Cambridge IGCSE syllabus | IGCSE Schools Bangalore

The International General Certificate of Secondary Education (abbreviated IGCSE ) is an internationally recognized qualification for school students, typically in the 15-16 age group. It is similar to the GCSE in England, Wales & Northern Ireland, Standard Grade in Scotland or Junior Certificate in the Republic of Ireland.
The International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) is a globally recognized qualification, conducted at the Class 10 level, similar to the Class 10 examinations of the CBSE and ICSE or the middle years programme of the IB. IGCSE, formed in 1988, is a comprehensive two-year programme, spread over Class 9 and 10, and leads to the final examinations offered every year in May and November.
A wide range of international schools offer high quality International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) programme’s to students. IGCSE is one of the most sort-after and recognized qualifications in the world.
Cambridge IGCSE provides a broad study program and covers subjects from a variety of areas: Languages, Humanities, Social Sciences, Mathematics, Creative, Technical and Vocational. This is designed to make IGCSE suitable for students with varying levels of ability. Cambridge IGCSE allows teaching to be placed in a localized context, making it relevant in different regions. It is intended to be suitable for students whose first language may not be English and this is acknowledged throughout the examination process. The IGCSE has been introduced in the school for selected students of Std.8 in June 2007.
In 2009, Cambridge IGCSE papers in more than 70 subjects were taken by students in over 120 countries worldwide, including the United Kingdom, Malaysia, Egypt, Kuwait, Hong Kong, India, Bahrain, Peru, UAE, New Zealand ,Vietnam, Thailand and Costa Rica.
IGCSE caters for different levels of ability with a choice between core and extended papers in many subjects. The resulting qualification provides a foundation for higher level courses, such as the International Baccalaureate, A and AS Levels, the Advanced International Certificate of Education and the North American Advanced Placement programme.
The core curriculum is based on an overview of the subject and is suitable for students expected to achieve grades C to G. The extended curriculum is more challenging and designed for students who are expected to achieve grades A* to C. Grades achieved through either route have the same values.
IGCSE offers a flexible course of study that gives candidates the freedom to choose subjects that are right for them, while providing them with a broad knowledge base and lifelong skills.


The International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) is a globally recognised qualification, conducted at the Class 10 level, similar to the Class 10 examinations of the CBSE and ICSE or the middle years Programme of the IB. IGCSE assessment is conducted by Cambridge International Examinations (CIE). The Cambridge IGCSE was developed by University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) in 1988.
The final qualification provides a foundation for higher level courses, like A and AS Levels, the North American Advanced Placement programme, the Advanced International Certificate of Education and the International Baccalaureate (IB). It is recognized by academic institutions and employers around the world. In entrance to U.K. higher education, UCAS(Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) recognizes it as equivalent to 2 U.K. GCSE's.
IGCSE is a high profile qualification. It has an excellent reputation amongst international schools worldwide. IGCSEs are recognised as a reliable record of attainment which counts towards entry to universities and colleges around the world.

Eligibility Criteria-

More than the assessment body, parents need to think about which school is better for their child. IGCSE is designed to be taught as a two year course for students aged 14 to 17 years.
In most subjects there is a choice between core and extended curricula, making IGCSE suitable for a wide range of abilities. Students can enter for the level that is most appropriate for them and this need not be the same across all subjects.

Cambridge Checkpoint Examination-

The Cambridge Checkpoint is a standardized diagnostic test in English, Mathematics and Science conducted by IGCSE students at the end of Grade 8. Students of IGCSE class of Grade 8 will appear for the Checkpoint examination in April-May. IGCSE courses take two years to complete and exams are taken at the end of that period.

Subjects and the IGCSE curriculum-

Most IGCSE subjects offer a choice of Core or Extended papers (in Cambridge), and foundation or higher papers (in Edexcel). There are currently 38 IGCSE subject qualifications available in the new IGCSE from 2009 suite - an increase from 22 IGCSE subjects in the legacy suite. Double awards are available for science.
At school, students are encouraged to study a wide range of subjects at IGCSE level, at the same time, in order to follow a broad and balanced curriculum, many students take courses from each of the IGCSE groups particularly if they’re aiming to go on to further education.
The course differs for each subject, but throughout there will be a mix of assessment methods, including coursework, practical exercises, oral and listening tests, projects and written examinations. Cambridge ICE is the group award of the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) and requires the study of subjects drawn from the five different IGCSE subject groups. It gives schools the opportunity to benefit from offering a broad and balanced curriculum by recognizing the achievements of students who pass examinations in at least seven subjects, including two languages, and one subject from each of the other subject groups.
There are five Subject Groups in IGCSE with several subjects to choose from, in each group:
  • Group 1:  Languages (First Language, Second Language, Foreign Language, etc)
  • Group 2:  Humanities and Social Sciences (Geography, English Literature, History, etc)
  • Group 3:  Sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, etc)
  • Group 4:  Mathematics (Mathematics, Additional Mathematics, etc)
  • Group 5:  Creative, Technical & Vocational (Accounting, Business Studies, Computer Studies, Music, etc)
For each subject, the certificate merely indicates the grades scored, and not pass or fail.
Five scores of 'C' or higher indicates a students readiness to pursue +2 level qualifications, like the Class 12 CBSE,ISC, IB Diploma, Advanced Placement Diploma (US), etc.
Selection from five curriculum areas:
  • Candidates hoping to gain the Cambridge ICE group award must enter and sit for at least seven subjects selected from the five IGCSE curriculum areas.
  • The subjects selected must include two (different) languages from Group I (i.e. English; Hindi/French) and
  • One subject from each of Groups II, III, IV and V. The seventh and eighth subjects can be opted from any of the subject groups II-V.
  • A subject opted by less than 10 students may not be offered.
IGCSE Assessment -
  • IGCSEs are 100% externally assessed. This allows schools to offer an IGCSE qualification, even if teachers are not coursework specialists. Some IGCSEs contain a coursework option so that centre’s that do have the experience and expertise can offer coursework.
  • IGCSEs are graded in the same way as GCSEs (A* to G). For tiered subjects, Foundation tier papers are targeted at grades C to G, and Higher tier papers are targeted at grades A* to D. This allows students of all abilities the opportunity to gain good results.
                Parents Concerns: Why should one choose IGCSE curriculum for their children 

1. IGCSE is one of the most sought-after and recognised qualifications in the world. It develops and encourages vital educational skills, including oral skills, investigative skills, problem solving, team work, recall of knowledge, and initiative.
2. The IGCSE programme has worldwide status and credibility. In India, the course is delivered in over 130 schools with the number expected to touch 600 soon. It is recognised by the Association of Indian Universities (AIU) as being at par with CBSE, ICSE, etc.
3. Worldwide, it is delivered in schools in over 140 countries and is recognised by colleges and universities everywhere, more so in the UK and other Commonwealth countries.
4. The IGCSE curriculum is balanced and lends an international perspective to studies. It also takes account of differing abilities of students.
5. IGCSE students can take advantage of the Cambridge Checkpoint, a diagnostic service comprising of standardised tests, that pin-points a student's strengths and weaknesses in key curriculum areas.

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Saturday, November 27, 2010

High Level Hong Kong Delegation Visit

Trio World School greeted a number of high level dignitaries from Hong Kong today when they arrived to visit the Premier British International School in Bangalore.
Waving small Hong Kong flags the pupils who range in age from 2 ½ years to 18 were met by big smiles from the visitors who then went on to be introduced to the Headmaster and members of staff.
The group visited the school to discuss education opportunities in Hong Kong, with senior Trio students.
Two pupils, Oliver Vickers and Rutuja Pattanshetti then acted as their guides showing the visitors around the school
Dr Catherine K. K. Chan, Deputy Secretary of Education made her opening remarks to the students on Education in Hong Kong and then each of the tertiary institution representatives spoke with smaller groups of interested parents & students about what their specific University or Polytechnic could offer.
Parents and students were also able to take part in a Question & Answer session before the delegation left the school for refreshments at The Chairman’s Club and Resort, also part of Trio World School.
Headmaster declared “the visit has been a splendid success, the more students know about the wider opportunities available to them, the better equipped they are to make vital decisions about their future and educational choices”.
The delegation will be returning to Hong Kong later this week.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

How to select preschool / playschool / Kindergarten Schools in Bangalore

Best Preschool in Bangalore

India is a land where family bonding is quite strong and a child begins his first years of education perpetually from home. Why? Because it is believed what parents and grand-parents can teach, none else can. But with time, this trend is slowly changing and play schools are gaining popularity. Especially so, in the cities where joint families are giving way to nuclear families and where both parents are working. Play Schools or Preschools  come as a boon to working parents. Now, parents are eager to send their toddlers to schools as soon as they turn two. Not only because they feel these pre nursery schools are safe but also because toddlers seem to learn faster when they interact with children of their own age. And play schools in India are definitely witnessing a boom as leading international preschool chains choose various cities in India to set up their operations.
A Preschool initiative by Trio World School Bangalore We at Tots believe that learning takes place best when a child is immersed in activities and experiences the process that stands for a concept – having gone through the process the child has achieved all the levels of learning – from identifying, observing, watching the change take place and finally having reached the outcome – she/he understands the cause and effect relationship. Feeling successful is intoxicating – as a child begins to feel successful at the attempts she/he makes – there is no looking back and we have created a learner for life!
 Trio Tots - A Preschool chain launched by Trio World School in 2014. Tots is the most spacious Preschool in Bangalore. Playschools in India usually consist of four grades; Playgroup, nursery, lower kindergarten (LKG) and upper kindergarten (UKG). Some have after school care centers too. Children can be retained in care center after the school hours. Such playschools are a boon to working mothers.   
To enquire about tots preschool call: 9008211330 / 40611222


Benefits of joining Play schools in India 

The main benefit of play school is that it helps children fight separation anxiety. In nuclear families where the child is totally dependent on parents, it helps in a way when the child moves out of home into a preschool and start spending a couple of hours there. All the parents shower children with toys but play schools give the children the right kind of toys to play with, those toys which have a learning value attached to it. So, a preschool does a lot of value-addition as far as a child's preliminary education is concerned. Indian play schools prepare the children for bigger schools. Once a child starts going to a pre nursery school, then a kind of lenient routine sets in to his life, which will stay with him and help him further as he starts going to a proper school. In fact, in a play school a child is taught various things that will help him adjust in a proper school without any difficulty. Preschools in India allow a child to become confident and independent- allow a child to become part of the fast-advancing hi-tech world that he will soon be brushing shoulders with.

 How to select a Play School?

As pre nursery schools in Bangalore India gain popularity, everyone seems to be jumping at the idea of opening a pre nursery school. So, it comes as no wonder that pre nursery schools seem to spring up from everywhere. So while choosing a play school for your child you need to pay attention to the following points:
  • First check on its authenticity- whether it is run by a trained professional. If a good play school has a positive impact on a child, then a bad play school is bound to have a negative impact. So first verify that the person running it as well as the teachers teaching have all taken proper training in childcare.
  • Next check out the concept behind the play school. Find out why the person is running a play school and how he chooses to be different from other pre nursery schools.
  • Next check if the play school is following the correct student - teacher ratio. It is ideally 1: 10.
  • Take a round of the school and to see if the rooms are big and spacious and if they are well ventilated.
  • Check if they have proper maids who can handle the children when they have to go to the washroom.
  • Finally, ensure that the distance to the pre nursery school is not too much from your home.
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Monday, October 11, 2010

How to choose a right international school for your child ?

International School in Bangalore

It is true to say that choosing the best school for your child is all about finding the school which offers the best fit for their needs. While every school is unique, making comparisons between schools can be difficult.
Big international schools are not always superior and the quality of teaching and learning is not always amplified. However, in today’s world it is fashionable to pay high prices for schooling under the long term assumption that the needs of a child will be met through large scale commercialized education.
So should parents choose a school based on the size of a sports field or on the activities that happen on the field? For some parents – the size of the building is more important than what is actually happening inside its closed doors or on its manicured sports fields.

Some schools market their facilities in the same way unprincipled carpet sellers ply their wares under the concept of ‘forget the quality feel the width’!  Just because a school has 10 science rooms and 100 classrooms does not mean that they are all in use or if they are, that each classroom is not overcrowded.

Clearly parents can, and often do, pay top dollar for fashionable education but it is not always a perfect fit nor do they get the personal attention and consistency that some of the smaller schools offer.

Most parents assume incorrectly that the bigger schools are in existence for a positive reason – and that it must be because of teaching style or maybe the school is progressive or there are some special courses.  It is possible, however, that this is because bigger schools are owned corporations keen on cutting costs and making money.

Like most mothers, mine taught me that, when purchasing any item, it is important to take a closer look before buying - test out the waters before you jump in and don’t pay over the odds just for a name.

Your children are the most valuable gift you have been entrusted with, so time should be spent ensuring that the school you are placing them with is both accountable for their well-being and safety as well as responsible for their education and future development.

Possibly parents should be looking for more than a pretty campus and tennis courts or being told that a school is the best but without exploring the schools core.

Many parents are now sick of excuses when it comes down to the big international schools– teachers who don’t know or can’t be bothered to learn their student’s names, duplicated grade reports for every student and ill mannered and dismissive administration.

Advice for parents comes in many forms but before you visit the school, check the website to see if it is both up-to-date and well written and contains all the information that you would require including a transparent fee structure, bus schedules, teaching faculty and a current cafeteria menu. Armed with this information visit the school, but remember however to be discerning, school websites are after all ‘advertising’ and their intention is to “sell’ the school. 

Parents can hardly go wrong if during a visit you look for happy children, a welcoming knowledgeable staff, approachable administration and up-to-date website. 

Check to see what happens after hours – try ringing the school one hour after it closes and see if anyone is around. This might be very important if an emergency arises. Is the school a caring community? Can parents get hold of the head teacher if they need to and does that person have an open door policy?

Does the school have a policy on homework and if so does that fit what you have in mind for your child.  What does the school feel like? What do you sense at the school? Is there positive, energy?  Is the atmosphere a place you want your children to be?  If in doubt go with your gut instincts. 

Many parents assume wrongly that selecting a private school is like shopping for a house and the more they pay, then the more they get.

Paying the highest prices doesn’t always guarantee best quality or services.  Some may argue the opposite when it comes to education, where elitism, bullying and rejection can also be the price you pay.

The right school is something which you and your child have to agree on. Have that discussion with your child and shop around, spend the day or two days visiting schools.

Choosing the best school is all about finding that one special school where your child will be happy. Of course you want them to have the opportunity of getting into a good university. But the truth is that they won't get into any university unless they succeed in high school. And they won't succeed in high school unless they are respected and appreciated, enjoy the time and benefit from their experience.

Your child's happiness is not experimental and it has nothing to do with test scores and all those other unquantifiable benchmarks that we teachers like to measure. Both you and your child's happiness has everything to do with getting the fit right and that is what choosing the best school is all about.

TRIO follows Cambridge , ICSE curriculum Cambridge (CIE) and IB ( international baccalaureate )