Every morning, our day begins at School with a gathering together of children and teachers in large, small or intimate class groups. We are also frequently joined by parents and grandparents who either stay on after dropping their children or otherwise join us on special occasions and events.
For children in the Elementary, this is always an exciting time full of surprises! The week begins with ‘Monday Magic’ as part of which teachers conduct an interesting experiment or demonstrate an intriguing scientific marvel. Followed by Tall Tales, Nature Connect and Circle Time, each morning gathering offers our little Ankurs and Pallavs the chance to let their imaginations soar, smell the earth and ‘meet’ their friends and the world, as they touch, feel, explore and share.
For children in grades I-XII, community sharing and bonding are encouraged in an even wider variety of ways. While the entire school community meets together once a week on Fridays, the Junior and Senior Teams meet twice a week for smaller group Team Assemblies. With innovative performances by children across the school to mark a special occasion or celebration, talks and addresses by visiting thought leaders or by our very own young researchers, a sharing of community news and thrilling applause for each other’s efforts and achievements, assemblies never fail to speak the VOICE of our community.
And since at NiBS, it is an integral part of our culture to respect and hear all voices, once a week our community gathers together in complete silence for a Quiet Assembly. Encouraging us to retreat from the humdrum din of the everyday, the Quiet assembly enables us to experience stillness and silence, allowing us to hear not just from our ears but also from our hearts – our inner voices, the unspoken, unheard voices of the more reticent among us and the sounds of the birds and the wind that fall on our ears but often remain unheard.
It is the music of the maestros that welcomes children and teachers to school every morning at NiBS. Shruti or the wakeful hearing of a melodious sound, we believe, both calms and energises them, preparing them well to embrace the responsibilities and commitments of the day.
The end of a busy and active day is once again a time reserved for reflective Shruti. Beginning with TAP that brings us together to Think and Ponder inspirational words, a good thought or a good read shared over the public address system, our dispersal ritual soon becomes a confluence of steps and swara as the sounds of music are once again heard, this time leading children and teachers to their buses and waiting vehicles.
This is a time during which children gather together in a circle and share their thoughts and ideas on topics that are meaningful and significant to them. Having the freedom to express their feelings in a safe environment in the presence of their friends and teachers helps improve their self-esteem and communication skills, and encourages deep and genuine bonding.
CARE (Collaborate, Ask, Reflect and Explore) Time
Scheduled appropriately towards the end of the day, CARE is a time for students to pause, reflect upon and discuss their concerns and experiences of the day. During this time, children either ask questions and clarify their doubts, reflect, review and reinforce the day’s learning or explore and go beyond to grapple with topics of greater complexity and challenge. The flexibility to make their own choices in this way, encourages them to take ownership of their learning and become independent, lifelong learners.