We offer a well-structured sports programme in partnership with Sportz Village, an international sports education organisation. Professionally trained coaches deliver age appropriate structured curriculum mapped to Cambridge Physical Education curriculum framework. The objective is to invoke real interest in sports through a wide variety of activities and games and specialised training in iCricket, Football, Lawn Tennis, Badminton, Volleyball and Basketball.
International Award For Young People (IAYP – Duke Of Edinburgh’s International Award in India)
We complement the rigour of our academic programme with wider learning experiences through the internationally recognised Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award for young people over 13.5 years. Our school is a licensed Youth Engagement Society (YES) centre with International Award for Young People (IAYP) which offers the Award in India. The Award also provides an excellent platform to encourage students to participate in Community Service. Students have the opportunity to apply for age-appropriate level of the Award – Bronze/ Silver/ Gold – and in the process gain valuable experience in 4 specific areas: Physical recreation; Skills; Community Service; Adventurous Journey. For Gold level students have to complete a Residential Project in addition to participating in these four areas. Our teachers have been trained by IAYP as Award Leaders to support students in their pursuit of the Award.
Sancta Maria Student Council is the voice of the student community. We firmly believe that every student’s opinions and ideas need to be heard, valued and responded to as they can provide fresh and different perspectives. The Student Council consists of representatives across the divisions including the Primary division. The members of the Council are elected at the beginning of the academic year. The Student Council is the friendly yet professional bridge between students and teaching community and suggests changes for the improvement of the school at large. The Council also takes on important responsibilities for key events and plays a significant role in working groups within the school.
Mindspark Math is AI powered adaptive learning programme in mathematics developed by Educational Initiatives and reviewed by researchers at Harvard, MIT and Stanford. The assessments adapt to each student’s individual learning pace and adjust questions to answer patterns. We offer Mindspark to students in Grades 3-8. Mindspark adapts itself to every student’s learning level and progressively questions students for a particular concept. If the student responds correctly, the following question is slightly difficult compared to the previous one which enables the student to self-learn the concept gradually and thoroughly.
However, if the student’s answer is incorrect, Mindspark offers a step by step explanation and then begins questioning further from that level onwards, encouraging students to think and respond at every step. (Source: https://www.ei-india.com/mindspark-maths)
Events and celebrations
From Indian and international festivals to World Days and thematic assemblies, our students enthusiastically participate in a range of events and celebrations spread across the year. We welcome parents and grandparents to school to join us for special assemblies and events. Sleepover in School (also known as Night Out) is one of the most awaited annual events where students from Grade 4 onwards have a camp-like experience within the safety of the school. Annual Days, Sports Day, Graduation and Step-up Ceremony are some of the other key events of the school which bring together the entire school community in a spirit of celebration and collaboration.
Clubs are an integral part of our extended curriculum. Through club activities thrice in a week, students get the opportunity to participate and develop their interests and passions in a range of areas including Model United Nations, Literature Appreciation, Debating, Board Games, Community Service, Music, Dance, Theatre, Environment Conservation, etc. Most of these clubs are managed by students themselves with teachers as guides or observers. Students are encouraged to choose any one club for a term and move to a different club in the new term to get an exposure to a variety of club activities. At the end of each term, clubs are expected to showcase what they have done throughout the term.
We firmly believe that students need in-house support for their emotional, psychological and varied learning needs as well as for making critical decisions related to choice of subjects in high School, future education and careers. We have full time School Counsellors with expertise in these areas. We have a qualified College and Career Counsellor and are in the process of developing other teachers in this area so that students have access to wider resources within the school. We also work in close partnership with Sheldon Brown, an independent College Consultant who provides consultancy support to students especially for US University admissions.