Choosing the right school is one of the toughest tasks any parent will face. Just ask GIIS parents Dinish and Jubi, whose children are currently enrolled in the brand-new SMART campus and GIIS Mountbatten campus, who have been through the process of school search. For them, GIIS ticked all the right boxes when it came to curriculum, campus and teaching approach. HoneyKids recently had a chat with the Kurup family on what they love most about GIIS, and here’s what they had to say:
Tell us about the children you have attending the school
Our son has been with GIIS for 7 years. He started in K1 and is currently in Grade 5 at the SMART Campus, while our daughter is in K1 at the GIIS Mountbatten campus.
What were the most important factors for you in selecting a school?
We believe that children should develop holistically. Academic knowledge is not enough, they should also be actively involved in extracurricular activities. The education they receive should help them to be confident and ready for challenges and at the same time promote strong values and humility.
How has the school lived up to your expectations?
As parents, we are pleased to say that our children enjoy it and are quite excited to go to school every day. They always look forward to Mondays. Both of them, especially our son, take part in many extracurricular activities, and are performing well, along with their academic studies. Our son’s leadership skills are also well nurtured. Above all, my kids enjoy what they are doing.
What do your children like most about attending this school?
The children particularly like activity-based learning. There is a good mix of co-curricular and extracurricular activities each day, along with the subjects they learn. There are no dull days at school!
Our daughter is particularly fond of the ambience of the school and loves the caring teachers. She is very excited about all the things she learns and takes her learning very seriously. For instance, the school has adopted a Green Curriculum to make children aware of the importance of the environment, and now she has stopped using plastic straws and disposables!
What sort of curriculum does this school offer?
The school offers multiple curricula like the Global Montessori Plus for kindergarten, the Global International Primary Programme (GIPP) and the CBSE for Grades 1-5. For Grades 6-8, students can choose between the CBSE and the Cambridge Lower Secondary (CLS). For Grades 9 – 10 the students can choose between the IGCSE and the CBSE, and for Grades 11 – 12, the choice has to be made between the CBSE and IB Diploma.
What advice would you give other parents trying to choose a school?
There is no such thing as the perfect school. Everyone has different priorities to be realised regarding the education of their children. In this regard, one should list and prioritise the key points and assess the options ahead. If the happiness of your child along with a holistic education is your priority, GIIS will be the right choice!
What do you value most about the school?
Firstly, we love that the teachers are very supportive and caring. They constantly update us on the progress of our children. We also appreciate how they nurture leadership skills and how they are able to create a great balance between academics and extra-curricular activities. Finally, we love the vibrant environment and the state-of-the-art infrastructure.
What has your experience of the school bus service been like?
We have had a mixed experience with the school’s bus service. It had some issues before, but for the last three years the school bus service has been streamlined. After shifting to the SMART Campus, the transport has improved for the better.
Are you satisfied with the level of communication you receive from the school and how they engage parents?
By and large it is satisfactory, with scope for improvement in certain areas.
How much homework is expected of your children?
The homework given is within the comfortable limit of students. On an average, the workload is quite reasonable and manageable.