School is a microcosm of a broader world and in the informal atmosphere of a dorm children have the freedom and leisure to observe themselves, time to listen to others and a space to inquire about their own temperament and tendencies arising in the context of relationships and life situations. Under the gentle care and guidance of a teacher who maintains regular contact through individual and group meetings an atmosphere of trust, care and goodwill is created to awaken a sense of self-awareness and sensitivity, rather than rely on quick fix measures or punitive actions.
Festivals and Clubs
Over the years, several ‘festivals’ and ‘clubs’ have been created and nurtured at Sahyadri School, linked to the academic disciplines have been held in school with the intention of taking learning beyond the classroom. These not just enliven the climate of learning in the school but also serve as seedbeds for innovative ideas and a great opportunity for colleagues and students to experience a kind of free-spirited working together in a creative adventure!
By temporarily redefining the kind of learning that tends to happen in the classroom and widening the scope of student participation, the festivals bring a breath of fresh air into the school. Festivals draw students and teachers out of the classrooms, often into the outdoor spaces in the school campus.
Maths & Science Fest
The Maths Fest and the Science Fest pose novel challenges through experiments and problem solving. Attempt is to create the ground for scientific enquiry.Various themes related to Science and Maths are explored through making of static and live models, analytical games, puzzles and tracing the historical growth.
Art, Literature & Language Fest
The Art Fest, the Lit Fest and the Bhasha (Language) Fest engage in creative ways that enhance aesthetic experience or evoke deeply felt responses to Art, Literature and to Theatre.
School undertakes farming on about 10 acres land. The Farm Fest brings the community on the campus closer to the land, to traditional seeds, to traditional and natural agricultural practices and to the ties that bind man to the seasons and nature.
The Fusion Fest, initiated a few years ago is organized primarily by the senior students of the school. Students (singly or in small groups) take up a topic in an interdisciplinary area of study, identify the relevant resources (books, articles, videos) and make a presentation in school after adequate research and preparation. Topics include Photography & Political Expression, Nanotechnology, Behavioral Economics, Film & Poetry, Food Facade , Controversial Historical Personalities , Music & Psychology, Magic & Psychology amongst others.
In any holistic vision of education, it is essential for the head, heart, hand and body to be nurtured in children throughout their growing years. In many ways, the clubs extend and amplify this holistic intention of the school.
The Math Club is currently open to students of classes 8 and 9. The approach is problem-based. Often problems that are posed in the problem corner (on the notice board) are taken up. Occasionally, short video clips on mathematical topics are screened. Some of the topics include the method of differences to understand number sequences, combinatorics – the science of counting, elementary number theory, Euclidean geometry and graph theory.l challenges through experiments and problem solving.
Book Tasting Club
The Book Tasting Club explores talking about books and literature, and to give a taste of a book or a poem one has read and enjoyed. Sometimes book hunts are planned and, on occasion, the meeting takes place on the school land by the Bhima river.
The Physics Club instills a passion for physics amongst junior students. Each session is a combination of an experiment and a rigorous discussion of its principles to encourage analytical thinking and application possibilities. Some of the practical projects have included building of the Rube Goldberg machine and a pin-hole camera.
Weekly screenings of carefully curated films are followed by a discussion exploring philosophical questions in the areas of epistemology, memory, personal identity, gender, ethics, politics and religion. Questions about self-knowledge, the implications of identification with our beliefs and feelings, the limitations of human knowing, and the nature and limits of our moral judgment, are often discussed with great passion.
In addition to providing an intellectual challenge to students, the primary intention of this club is to nurture student interest and skill in thoughtful, dialogue based inquiry.
The Writers’ Bloc
This club is intended for the aspiring writer. Participating students and teachers write a 500-word short story or essay every week and share their work with club members. Students are encouraged to read books written by well-known writers on writing and the writer’s life.
Money Matters club is held on the weekend mainly for class 11 and 12 commerce students. It deals with topics covered in class and attempts to give a bigger picture to the students so that they understand the topics better.
The Nature Club explores, observe, study, and learn about birds, insects, other creatures, and their homes and habitats. On Sunday mornings, students go out with the anchoring teacher for nature walks to observe plants and learn about them, or go bird-watching.
The Astronomy Club was started with an aim to inspire students to explore beyond the skies. From stargazing in spring and viewing the solar eclipse, to videos and presentations in school assemblies, the club explores all topics under the sun. The School has a radio telescope for serious amateur astronomers to explore.
The intent of the Theatre Club is to help youngsters explore various facets of theatre together and enable them to express themselves in the most versatile manner. A lot of time is spent on performing various improvisation acts, based on a certain premise given by the facilitator, which could involve monologues, miming, short skits and, occasionally, scripted plays.
The Sketching Club was started for classes 9 to 12 to help them improve hand movements and develop a sense of composition and proportion. The members engage in sketching exercises for development of hand movements, free sketching, and sketching of live human figures.