Monday, June 16, 2014

Integrating Extra-curricular activities into the curriculum

In most schools extra-curricular activities run hand-in-hand with academics these days. What started out tentatively as one odd dance or music or theatre class conducted after school hours has now been integrated into the school time table in very many schools. However one thing has still not changed. By and large schools still consider such activities as ‘extra-curricular’ in nature. True they are extra-curricular, but our experience in Trio World School is that they accrue tremendous benefits to the emotional well-being and growth of the student which ultimately is what education is all about.

Any activity that fosters a sense of team spirit, mutual respect, emotional maturity, emotional strength, humility, right values, emotional growth and the ability to transcend and overcome challenges is after all the ultimate goal of education. These are the essential soft skills that students will take forward in their lives. This will be the basis of their persona – what they project to the outside world and the basis of their lives. Class room teaching no matter how advanced or how inclusive, cannot only be the basis of knowledge dispersal. Learning must happen through various sources in unexpected places – like the football ground, when the student least expects!

At Trio World School we have seen how theatre has helped very many children develop emotional stability and growth. Through specialised theatre games, a deeper sense of harmony, bonding, better confidence, improved communication skills, reduced stress levels and a better self-esteem in participants is visible. The theatre has achieved much because it evokes the child-like state in participants and addresses deep rooted issues through play. Very many institutions today have theatre as an extra-curricular activity but don’t probably realize that for many students it is a potential life-saver. For most, it is only a hobby that students can pursue, but for the avid participant it can be his universe.

To validate our point about how extra-curricular activities can go hand-in-hand with academics we looked outside our institution and spoke to Shonali Acharya who is passionate about the choir and a class XII student of a leading school in Bangalore. In her school, like in other schools, the choir for instance is an independent extra-curricular activity. What Shonali shared was an eye-opener, “Being a member of a choir is the highest form of social interaction. This is because every member must have effective communication In order to produce the perfect harmony. With respect to timing and tone production each and every person works together. Also, the frequent meetings to practice enable exchange of information, news about each other and one and other. This makes it a highly charged social atmosphere.”

When asked about how the experience has specifically been for her, she continues “I have been a part of my school choir since the 1st standard. Being part of the choir has been very rewarding. It helped me grow as a person and gave me confidence and made me feel very good about myself. Its inclusiveness is incomparable and when I was in the tenth standard the thought of losing that scared me. Not being part of the choir? Join another choir? Blasphemy! So I decided to continue in my school for my 11th & 12th and continue to be a part of the choir. That was the best decision ever!”

So what has she learnt from that experience? “I miss choir now that I am passing out of school, but it made me a better person. It taught me about hard work and responsibility and how that eventually pays off in the end. It taught me to maintain a balance between fun and seriousness. Being a part of the choir also proved that if you do what you love somehow it will work out for you and if you are passionate about your work it will show and people will recognize it.” She is misty-eyed as she signs off.

Finding a common deeper co-relation in the outcomes of two diverse forms like theatre and choir singing is particularly fascinating. What is even more fascinating is when the institution can bring them as an added aid in education and not leave them to their own devices. Can that be done? Of course it can and that is what we at Trio World School have been aiming at. To illustrate with an example we take you to our football field. Now P.E Education is just an extra-curricular activity everywhere else, but not at Trio.

Avinash Kumar the Head of our P.E department has a work experience of eleven years. Avinash believes that the corner stone of physical education is ‘skill, fitness and life skills’. Life-skills? Let him explain.

“Sports develop trust, honesty, the need to follow rules and regulations...It is a medium where we learn life skills along with sports skills. Students learn discipline. They learn how to cope with situations. It brings out the fighting spirit in students and they also learn to help each other. Take any sport, for instance football. Without any of these skills, one cannot be a good football player” he avers.

Avinash shares one specific example where Physical Education class go hand in hand with academics to make a difference to a student. He gives the example of a student who had severe behavioural issues. When this was noticed, the teacher tried to address the issue in the classroom. When it was found that different approaches had their limitations, she tried to understand the student’s areas of interest. It was found that the student had a keen interest in football. Keeping this in mind, the teacher consulted with Avinash about the best re-course to deal with this situation. Avinash’s approach was a two-pronged strategy. One was to counsel the student and to devise a sports based approach to help the child deal with situations. He found that the child was facing personal issues at home and was unable to cope with it leading to behavioural challenges in school. He then devised a sports-based strategy which focused on developing life-skills to cope with the child’s personal challenges.

Corrective approaches were built into the sports approach. If aggression was exhibited on the sports field, a time-out was given to enable the student to reflect on the behaviour. Thus with a guided approach in a span of three – five months the student was better able to deal with personal issues. Needless to say the student turned out to be a well-balanced and mature individual with no residue of the previous disturbing behaviour.

At Trio World School similarly Physical Education classes have been used to help deal with conditions like dyslexia, ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Syndrome) and Autism. In all these cases, sports have played a remarkable role in developing life skills in students.

In a fast paced world with numerous challenges, we need all the help we can to make education truly work. It is the need of the hour to use extra-curricular activities in schools not only as an add-on but to be able to be integrated well with education. When done so, it can complement educational, emotional, and psycho-social needs of children.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Typical Day at Trio World Academy Bangalore - Video

Trio World Academy and Trio World School) are  highly reputed schools in Bangalore following Cambridge, ICSE and IB curriculum . Many parents have been asking to know and understand more about our school for which we invite them for a school tour or coffee Morning.

Then, we came up with the idea of a video to show a typical day at TRIO. Here's the video - and get in touch for a school visit today.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Trio World Academy Student Interviewed on Satyamev Jayate with Amir Khan

We are rightly proud of this young person and their achievements and we would recommend that you take the time to listen to this interview.
As a school we see it as our role to assist those who wish to live a fulfilling life, and in this case we have been rewarded by an inspirational student who is independent, hard working and has a focus that we would all be proud of.

Every day she can be seen overcoming her situation, sitting reading, learning and forming friendships, it’s a pleasure to watch and makes our approach of providing an inclusive school environment to this student and her family a wonderful decision.

 On Saturday 10th of June one of our students, a young person of whom we are incredibly proud was interviewed by Aamir Khan on his very popular TV programme Satyamev Jayate.  The conversation was about the young girl’s life, her ability to deal with adversity and the amazing story of courage that she exhibits every day at home and here in Trio World School.

Nisha's Story -

David Lobo's Interview -

Alma Lobo's Interview-

TRIO is sure that any parent who was able to see this would have been deeply moved as we were.  Thank you to the courage of our student who has allowed her life to be seen across the country.

Trio World School would also wish to offer our thanks to Aamir Khan for his quest to present these types of positive and inspiring stories to the community.  We are assailed every day by negativism and he brings a balance to how the world is that is greatly appreciated by us.  The celebration of joy, wonder, hard work and empowerment are vital in a balanced and healthy society.

May, 2015, Nisha is writing her IGCSE exams at our school.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Trio World Academy Brings Fun To Everyone on Fun Day

Trio World Academy added a “Fun Day” to its annual calendar this week and brought its students, parents and teachers laughing and out of breath into a new and enjoyable world of experiences.  Fun was experienced by a large and very happy crowd encompassing our entire community on a sunny day here in Bangalore.

If the definition of fun is “a group or community expressing joy and happiness together” then there is no doubt that the TWA Fun Day held on Friday the 30th of March is without a doubt a “defined” moment in the life of our school.

The intention of the day was clearly to have our various groups from inside and outside the school come together, to experience team, competition and mutual support while achieving various goals.  Alongside this there was a more serious reason, the raising of funds for the Mathru School for the Blind, a local project which the school has taken on in a spirit of caring and social responsibility.

From athletics to IT quiz’s, the small stalls arranged by our students that sold everything from sweets, art, information on Brazil and wonderful food, every moment was planned to maximise excitement and effort while adding a surfeit of fun.

This was truly a fitting way to complete a Term, a chance to clear the mind, exercise the brain, stretch the legs and of course open our hearts and pockets.

As a TWA community day of fun, this was a wonderful success and for everyone involved a chance to see the hard work of planning and preparation come to fruition.  Now we look forward to the Easter/Spring Break and then a return to enjoy new challenges of mind and body in the form of tests, exams and further chances for fun and laughter.

Sports day at International Trio World School, Bangalore

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Trio World Academy celebrates Spring Fest and Art Exhibition

“Spring has sprung, the grass has ris” (Anon), “we all know where Trio World School is”
This seemed like an excellent way to start to speak of the Trio World Academy Spring Fest and Primary Art Exhibition.  This was an event attended by many of the parents of the school and it proved unequivocally that our parents do know where we are and that their enthusiastic response supported our belief that they are happy to be here, to be part of our renaissance, our “spring”.
 One day in spring, a woman came
In my lonely woods,
In the lovely form of the Beloved.
Came, to give to my songs, melodies,
To give to my dreams, sweetness.
Suddenly a wild wave
Broke over my heart's shores
And drowned all language.

With these words Rabindranath Tagore evoked spring in his poem “One Day in Spring” and for Trio World School Spring Fest 2012 was the “Came, to give to my songs, melodies. To give to my dreams, sweetness.”  Spring is the new beginning, a time of growth, freshness and joy and this was so evident on the faces of our Primary School children and within the audience.
The sounds of laughter and singing, the happy smiling faces brought enthusiastic responses from all.
With Ugadi  also being celebrated around this time and meaning “the beginning of a new age” this also seemed a fitting celebration, a celebration of song, dance and art, the epitome of India and of the creative nature that lies within Trio World School Bangalore.

The hour long concert and exhibition of art and sculpture is a credit to the school’s Primary Music and Art departments and is a chance for them to showcase the many budding talents of our children.
By the end “spring had definitely sprung’ and the level of joy and happiness had “ris”

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Trio World Academy Receives Best International School Award in Bangalore

Best International School in Bangalore

Trio World Academy (TWA) is the recipient of the Education Excellence Award as the Best International School in Bangalore. Head of the School Mr. Vinod Singh said, “this is recognition for all the hard work from our staff, students, our incredibly supportive parents and local community who have sustained and encouraged TWA over the last twelve month”. “We are very proud of our school and look forward to another exciting year”.

TRIO is a reputed international school with students from over 28 countries, and a growing reputation for excellence. TRIO has recently announced to open another state of art International campus in North Bangalore which is a fulfillment of their intention to move the school always forward.

TRIO is ranked among the top 10 International Schools in India.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Trio World Academy Physics Teacher Wins Award at Treasure TroveEducation Conference

Ms. Lakshmi Priya, a Physics Teacher at Trio World Academy (TWA) has received an award for BEST Paper on Innovation and Best Practice in Teaching, which included a trophy and a cash prize of Rs. 10,000/-.  This competition is called Treasure Trove organised by Garden City College in Bangalore to give educationalists an opportunity to be recognised and rewarded for their academic excellence.  Lakshmi Priya was selected from 400 participants for this award.  The award ceremony took place in Bangalore on Saturday, the 12th of October 2011. Head of the School of Trio World School congratulated Ms Priya and said "this is testament to the quality of teacher that TWA has in its Faculty".  Trio World  Academyis proud of Ms Priya’s recognition through this award.