After a drive of about three kilometers off Kanakapura road, the winding road leads to the pristine environs of the Kumarans Mallasandra Campus. The ICSE Campus lies at the far end;The background of greenery etched with brown streaks of tree trunks rising on the hills that loom up beyond the campus provides an impressive backdrop.
The area around is a forest that abounds in flora and fauna.
A beautiful lake lies beyond the thick woods that undulate till they rim
the water in perfection. Many a trek has been organized by the nature club into the woods to the glittering lake. All around, as far as the eye can see,are rolling hills gently fading into the horizon. The layout of the campus has been designed using the natural landscape to the optimum to create a flow between spaces that converge and diverge effortlessly. Many trees and shrubs have been planted all over the campus. Each tree has a board that offers information about its habitat and scientific name.
The ICSE building is U shaped and the green space in the centre is used as the Assembly grounds as well as for sports.
There are four levels in the building that are based on the natural contours of the landscape .The classrooms and staffrooms are painted in a pleasant taupe and white combination. The classrooms are airy and spacious and have huge windows that allow easy movement of fresh air and bright light even on rainy days. Each classroom has a magnificent view of the all pervading greenery and opens into a spacious corridor.
The corridors have bulletin boards where children put up charts and posters. Inspiring quotes displayed prominently in the corridors unconsciously permeate into the mind of children reinforcing positive thinking. Positioned at regular intervals are dustbins that encourage the practice of waste segregation.
Some of the classrooms open into little courtyards and open spaces that serve as activity centres and play areas. Some classrooms open into spaces that have ample scope for activity based learning that incorporates teamwork. Some spaces are creative and generate appreciation for art. There is a mural depicting aquatic life and every nook and corner of the campus offers something unique that enlightens and uplifts.The ample space makes for an environment conducive to learning.
Large rooms devoid of furniture serve as large group rooms for activities like yoga and dramatics.
There are two well equipped computer labs withstate of the art systems. The adjoining rooms serve as classrooms where theory classes are conducted.
Each staffroom is equipped with a system that is shared by the teachers of that staffroom. Use of paper is minimized as most communication is by email. Students and teachers use the internet for information and use technology to prepare lessons and projects.
The Library is a full-fledged, open access system. It boasts of a wide and varied collection of more than ten thousand books.The junior library is on level one while the senior library is on level two. Colourful furniture, bright reading spaces and an array of attractive books make the library a favourite haunt. It is a hub of activity. ‘World Reading Day’ is an event looked forward to by students and teachers alike. Activities like ‘Never Ending Stories’, a game of solving a puzzle and completing a story, for children of primary classes enrich their vocabulary, phonetic skills, increasing their capacity for sentence formation and creative skills.
Books can be borrowed by all children and are issued online. Book reviews are given by the students when the books are returned by them, motivating others to read the books. Book reviews based on books borrowed from the library are also evaluated as projects for languages.Other than stocking books, the library is now a repository and access point for maps, prints, other documents and works of art on various storage media such as audio tapes, CDs, videotapes, and DVDs. Teachers frequent the library for ready information from newspapers, periodicals, and books.
Book fairs provide exposure to a range of literature and help the students to choose age appropriate titles. Various competitions are conducted for students of all classes – ranging from Book-Mark Making, Designing a Book Cover, Drawing and Painting on selected topics to the annual Writing Awards Competition in the categories of short story writing and non-fiction prose in English.
There are two art rooms: one for the primary and one for the middle and high school children. The art rooms are a hub of creative activity. The students find expression in art and learn techniques of painting in different media and craft work. The work in progress is a visual treat as there is a riot of colourswhile children create a splash on their chosen canvas.
The furniture in the pottery rooms is designed to be cleaned with ease and children do not fear getting their hands messy while they experiment with clay modelling. Children are exposed to all the processes involved in creating an object of art. At the end of class children make a beeline for the washbasins conveniently positioned and get clean again.The creative process is facilitated smoothly without much fuss and bother. At the end of the year all artwork, clay models and handicrafts are displayed during the festive Hobby Club Day.
A healthy mind resides in a healthy body. At Kumarans sports is given as much importance as academics. Students are encouraged to participate in sports during and after school hours. Students get opportunities to participate in a variety of games at all levels. Students make use of the concrete basketball court and football court at every given opportunity. A volleyball court at the front of the building and a field that serves as a play area as well as the assembly ground has students playing with energy and vigour. There is a full size football clay field and a standard 200 m track for athletics, which serves as the venue for the Annual sports day.
Classes 3,4 and 5 have swimming as a compulsory activity. Coaching by experts takes place in the 25 metre swimming pool conforming to global standards. There is a separate shallow pool for toddlers.
Two tennis courts classified as Category 4 medium fast court by the International Tennis Federation are designed for the tennis enthusiasts.The synthetic grass and long lasting surface of the tennis courts requires no maintenance and can be used on rainy days as well.
Indoor sports are given importance too. Students interested in table tennis, chess and carom boards can play indoors. The indoor badminton court is expected to be ready by 2014.
The amphitheatre is a semi-circular space that has a broad platform at the centre and levels of broad steps rising gradually to a considerable height. It can seat about 800 people. It is the venue of celebrations like the Independence Day and The Investiture. Plays and performances are sometimes staged here in the evenings.
The air conditioned auditorium can accommodate 450 people. Theacoustics, sound and light system are impressive adding superlative effects to any programme. The auditorium is used to host formal functions like the Farewell Party for Standard X students, special guest lectures and cultural events like SEEK and Kalakumbh.
Scientific inquiry is the primary process by which scientific knowledge is gained. It involves the basic skills of questioning, prediction, qualitative and quantitative observation, classification, inference and communication. The test of all knowledge is experiment. Studies indicate that for improved learning, students must actively confront difficult concepts. The laboratory at Kumarans has an excellent environment for active learning.
The Physics, Chemistry and Biology laboratories are positioned above the reception area. The laboratories are well equipped with apparatus for scientific experimentation and observation. Laboratory work is related to material taught in the classroom. The ‘hands-on’ laboratory time is part of a wider process of learning. Students are prepared for their time in the laboratory as well as follow-up activities. Together, these enrich and enhance the whole laboratory experience, and enable it to contribute more effectively to the overall learning of students.The activities designed for various levels work in tandem with their respective curricula, making learning an enriching experience.
There are two dining areas. The canteen serves nutritious breakfast and wholesome lunch. The students have to use coupons and different meal plans have been designed to suit the needs of children. The use of cash is not allowed. There is a tuck shop that stocks fruit juice, sandwiches, candy, savouries and pastries. The food is prepared from the freshest and choicest ingredients in the adjoining pantry and served under hygienic conditions. The meals are well balanced and the portions are generous.
The menu is prepared in advance and published on Pupilpod. There are boards put up in the canteen urging children not to waste food. Furniture in the cafeteria is designed suitably to meet the needs of the primary school children as well as the older children and is easy to clean. Many rows of wash basins make cleanliness a habit among children.
The school has a first aid centre. Children who are unwell are sent to the Health Centre and basic medication and first aid is given. There are beds in the medical room where children who are injured or taken ill can rest. A nurse is always on call on all working days.
An annual medical checkup is done for children at school and parents are informed if further medical investigation is required.