No formal examinations are conducted till grade V, however teachers diligently conduct end of unit assessments and ensure that each child’s progress is closely monitored on a continuous basis. The focus in these years is more on formative means of assessment and written worksheets are ably supplemented by projects, debates, experiments and quizzes.
Formal examinations are introduced at the grade VI level and a balance in consonance with CBSE requirements, is maintained between formative and summative methods.
5. Do the children go on trips and visits?
Field trips are planned frequently for students in order to support class room activities and provide a context and relevance to their learning. In addition to these trips, once a year, all children from class III onwards go on an out-station trip and learn the vital life-skills of being independent and responsible for their belongings and behaviour.
6. How does your school encourage student participation in co-curricular activities?
As a school that values both, the holistic, all round development of every child, and that each child’s unique individual talents are discovered and developed, the co-curricular (Visual and Performing Arts, Sports and PE, Hobby clubs and Information Technology) are an integral and core part of our learning programme.
At the Junior level our focus is on providing exposure to the entire breadth and range of the co-curricular. At the Middle and Senior levels we encourage children to specialise and excel in their chosen areas of art, sport or club.
Children are also given various opportunities to participate in several inter-class, inter-house and inter school activities.
7. What is the extent of parental involvement?
For us at NiBS, reaching out to work together and partner with parents is a foundational commitment.
We believe that unless we work together in a spirit of mutual trust and openness, we cannot hope to ‘know’ and understand our students fully. Thus, it is not just the usual Parent Teacher Meetings that mark the parental participation calendar at NiBS, rather it encompasses a wide variety of programmes, such as our comprensive parent orientation programme, curriculum walks, meetings with subject experts and also informal sharing meets and community events and initiatives, all intensively planned by our dedicated Family Resource Centre, Nirmal Chhaya. Parents are also often invited in to address children and share with them insights relating to a particular area of professional expertise, or simply to teach them a hobby or skill.
8. How do you ensure that teachers are in tune with the Nirmal Bhartia vision and teaching methodology?
Every teacher at NiBS is encouraged to be a life-long learner, and towards this end, our learning environment has been carefully planned to include best practices and mentoring not just for students, but for teachers as well. Every new teacher is taken through an intensive orientation programme and a regular and active schedule of professional development sessions, planning and reflection meets fills our annual calendar. Teachers are also encouraged to engage in action research, share best practices and offer each other peer-feedback.