The quest for excellence is not only in academics, but also in all aspects of school life. All students participate in a multi-dimensional curriculum.
The Academic Programme provides intellectual stimulation and curiosity, rational thought and maturity of mind. Students are taught the value and equality of all subjects, and encouraged to pursue a mix of the sciences and arts.
M.R. Citi is a strong believer in the value of Pre-School education and has built up a very attractive Nursery Department that caters for children from age three to five years. The school has adopted its own curriculum and methodology, whereby children learn through the play way method, with no formal instruction or text books.
The Junior school comprises of eight classes, Nursery, LKG and UKG being the non-formal classes, called the kindergarten, and Standard I to V known as the primary classes. Formal teaching begins at Class I.
The entry point is the Nursery class.
At the Nursery level, the main objective is to socialise the child so that he/she may feel at ease while inter-acting with peers and adults. It is this feeling of being at ease with one's self and the others which helps the child to achieve the other objectives, scholastic and non scholastic. The five basic skills, the language skill, the mathematical skill, the creative skill, the social skill and the scientific skill are developed through non-formal approach i.e. the play way method.
Children are encouraged to speak, sing, dance, act, appreciate, play, exercise, draw, paint, do craft, predict, analyse, draw conclusions, measure, classify and record. They are exposed to the pre-reading and pre-writing skills. Ample opportunities are provided for honing these skills, which cut right through the Kindergarten and the primary curriculum. Excursions and out door activity form a major part of the Kindergarten activities.
Class and house assemblies give children a platform to display their talents. Cultural Evenings, Annual Day and Sports Festival are some of the Annual functions to which parents are invited. The themes of the items presented are value based.
At the Junior School, the approach followed for the teaching-learning process is the Environmental Studies approach, which is child centred and activity based, whereby subjects are not taught in isolation but in an integrated way through various topics. Evaluation is a continuous process based on day-to-day observation.
DETAILED STRUCTURE AND CURRICULUM OF THE SCHOOL
Std VI, VII, VIII
The curriculum and syllabus is designed to help students take one more step forward and to develop creative ideas and thought. The Middle School poses more demands on the students, but the integrated courses prepare them to meet the challenges.
Basic core of academic subjects: English (the medium of instruction), Mathematics, Hindi, Social Studies, Science and Punjabi.
Additional Subject : IT (Computer)
Creative arts: dance, music, art and craft.
Physical education is compulsory.
Work experience is a conscious effort to bridge the gap between manual and intellectual work.
There are written and oral tests each term.
Physical education is compulsory, and comprises of athletics, gymnastics and team games.
Education for all: each student becomes a member of the literacy campaign, and makes one individual literate each year.
Co-curricular activities encourage personality development and draw out creativity and talents, and provide opportunities for leadership and character building, with the idea of ‘EVERY CHILD A PERSONALITY’,. Literary, cultural and artistic competitions are held regularly, and the school participates in a wide of competitions and workshops held in the city. A variety of clubs operate within the school.
Computer Education has made rapid strides and both the schools have impressive computer departments equipped with the best Pentium computers and computer peripherals. All students from class three upwards have computer education as an integral part of the curriculum. The department has a team of professionally qualified teaching staff, and is in the process of providing training to all its subject teachers to become computer literate, so as to introduce computer-aided learning in all subjects.
Physical Culture at Springdales develops the spirit of sportsmanship, cooperation, team spirit and courage. The emphasis is on SPORTS FOR ALL with the slogan "DO YOUR BEST- WINNING IS NOT EVERYTHING." Sports facilities include basketball, football, basketball, athletics, and cricket, skating, gymnastics. The school organises an Annual Sports Meet.
The performing and visual arts develop the aesthetic senses and appreciation of our national and world heritage. Folk dancing and choral singing, drama and street plays are organised to provide opportunities for students to express their ideas, talent and creativity. No function is complete without the sets and ……. produced in the art rooms. Wall magazines on all sorts of subjects decorate the corridors of the school.
Socially Useful Productive Work
Socially useful productive work assures the learning of manual skills, appreciating the dignity of labour and the value of the working people, resulting in articles of utility and beauty.
Community Service and Social Work
Community service and social awareness programmes involve students' participation in linkages with the community. Literacy campaigns, and work and slums, sensitise them to the life of the community around them, to the deprivations suffered by others, and the need to contribute to the building of a more egalitarian and socially just society, and for the eradication of illiteracy. Students prepare plays on social issues, to bring about social consciousness, help as Teacher's
aides in the Nursery classes, and help maintain the school premises. They also carry out various duties on a rota basis in the school, manning the reception, office and library. Students keep a record of their work, and are evaluated four times a year.
Value Education does not form a separate dimension of the curriculum but is integrally interwoven into the entire fabric of the curriculum. Stress is always laid on developing a self disciplined approach to life and work; to have a discriminating mind, the courage to tread new paths, and to follow the dictates of one's own conscience even if it means being different.