Environmental Management Programmes
At Arsha we are proud that we lay great importance in developing a deep awareness among our school community towards our natural environment, ecosystems and their sensitive balances. The approach towards these themes is taught as learnings on how to synthesise various principles about our environment keeping ‘Sustainability’ as the goal. High quality presentations and learning experiences from external mentors, ably supported by a team of enthusiastic teachers at school are the classroom sessions that students experience. Equally, a lot of experiential learning happens on the School Farm where students spend quality time in practice of Organic farming principles.
Garbology, Waste Management Programme
The school is proud to mention that we lay a lot of emphasis towards managing waste that is generated in the school campus. Through an engaging curriculum called Garbology, the principles of management of all resources and handling waste are taught to the students. Equally the school practices the segregation of waste into eight categories and continuously strives to live by the values that one has imbibed through this programme as an all school community commitment.
One Book All Read Programme
The school is proud to mention that every year the School Heads choose an interesting book for each class of the high and higher secondary classes to read. The themes that are suggested are ones whose contents have had a specific impact or contribution in society. We encourage the students to read the book independently and during the course of the year the author of the book is invited to the school to interact and engage with the students directly.
Gita for Children
Class – IX students having interaction with Ms. Roopa Pai author of the book ‘Gita for children’ under One book all read program via Google hangout
At Arsha, we lay great emphasis in the culture of Debate and Thinking Skills. Our students are encouraged to constantly read a lot and keep themselves abreast with matters across the world. Our students are encouraged to express their views and opinions freely on various topics at the same time constantly developing an objective attitude wherein they frame their responses through research and well designed arguments. Through this programme our students develop the skills to research, analyse, critically review information and develop new perspectives. These are higher order skills of thinking which would certainly hold our students in good stead in all areas of their curricular learnings. The school also plays a very significant role in co-ordinating with other schools in Chennai for the World Schools Debating Championships. Every year a Team from India chosen from amongst the various schools represents our country at this prestigious competition.
Movement Education Programme
At Arsha Vidya Mandir our goal of Movement Education is to develop Fitness. We believe that fitness is a manifestation of positive health. Our goal through this programme is not directed to the making of athletes, (which although could occur incidentally) but rather to enable the student to recognise the need to remain fit. Insights into various themes in biology, basic mechanics, and physiology are pointed out by linking these subjects. Our objective is to recognise and appreciate the Movement of the physical body against the context of the physiological forms within the body.
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Through our physical education programme our aim is that students are given an introduction to exercises that can be carried on outside of the school and adopted gradually into adult life. The school has also introduced exercises such as stretches, core exercises and breathing exercises through our Yoga classes. Our Movement education programme like all our other basic components of education is to draw out the potential and complete the personality profile of the student.
Optional Sports and Team Games
In order to also develop Team and Large Group Sport activities the school has organised for various coaches to come and train our students in various team games after school hours. These sports include training in football, volleyball, table tennis and cricket. Experienced coaches who have trained students to develop the skills and abilities to participate in inter school competitions come in to train the students.