The Bahrain Indian School (BIS) has received its accreditation for the secondary level education, making it one of the leading schools in the region that is focused upon creating a strong balance between academic excellence and co-curricular activities.
This means around 50 per cent weightage is given to promoting co-curricular activities, sports, and games as well as emphasising critical thinking.
The school dedicates almost 45 minutes every day to non-academic activities.
School director Ritu Verma said BIS remains one of the pioneer institutions when it comes to grooming a child in all aspects of life.
“Our objective is to allow a child to showcase their skills and personality in a confident manner,” she said.
“It is the overall development of a pupil that matters to this school.”
The students’ body is actively involved in many programmes and initiatives, which include sports events, story telling, debates, contributing to the school’s magazine and actively taking part in the Youth Leadership Programme, she added.
From its modest beginning in April 2014, the school has been able to achieve the status of being one of the premier institutions among the schools of Bahrain.
With its highly qualified, experienced and hardworking teachers, the students are taught to face the problems through various challenging and interesting programmes, thereby giving a personal touch to the educational formalities.
One of its more notable initiatives that have been known to create significant results when it comes to providing an excellent platform to the student that goes beyond the curriculum is the school’s ‘no homework’ policy until grade four.
“There’s a key difference between giving homework and encouraging self-practice,” added Ms Verma.
“We know parents have bestowed their children upon us with utmost confidence and we aim not to disappoint them.
“We aim to provide learning experiences for every child through a creative and caring environment, enabling the child to cope with the ever-growing challenges of life and this we do so by not adding pressure of memorising lessons and encourage them to spend time at home in other activities that groom their personality.”
The school’s teaching mechanism is very well-adapted to the technological era, as they have implemented a ‘digital campus’ system which allows parents as well as teachers and the school management to remain fully integrated and updated on the lessons and study plans for each class on a weekly basis.
“All classrooms are well-equipped with visual audio facilities, having projectors and interactive boards,” she added.
“The accessibility to parents allows them to know the progress of their child, as well as having accessibility to all that is being taught in case a child is absent.”
“We have also launched a mobile app, making it extremely easy for parents to access whatever is needed for their child’s progress and communicate with the teachers when needed.”
The app, probably the first of its kind to have launched in the educational system of Bahrain, also integrates security measures, informing parents when their child has arrived and left the school building, as well as notifying of any circulars to parents.
Developing an aesthetic awareness and enabling every student to identify and nurture their specific interests and skills, the school encourages students to take part in national competitions including sports competitions and games.
Many students have brought great honour to the school.
One of these students even earned Bahraini citizenship after representing Bahrain at the Table Tennis championship at a global level.
The student bodies are also involved in many charity programmes, which include fundraising initiatives and even conducting breast cancer awareness week.
“Today we are living in the world of science.
“The dreams of yesterday are the realities of today.
“It is undoubtedly true that the world today has become a global village and here emerges the concept of a global child and that is the vision of the Bahrain Indian School.”