A rolling stone gathers no moss. The most effective method to sharpen ones abilities is to try out new things. The clubs and societies that DeeSians are part of from grade I – X ensure that students do, learn and enjoy skills useful in everyday life. Hands on learning encourages them to find simple solutions to problems, create and perfect pieces of art and revel in their creations , perform enthusiastically in music and dance to strike the right chord between melody, rhythm, synchrony and coordination. It sparks the right balance between thought and actions.
All classes have a club assigned so as to develop sense of teamwork and satiate thirst for knowledge beyond textbooks. The societies offer options to students to choose an activity that fires their imagination and inspires them to discover its nuances. Visual and performing Arts help in building and retaining love for instrumental music, Indian and Western dance and opens up another career option.
Children are not things to be moulded, but people to be unfolded
– Jess Lair
Delhi School of Excellence is a beautiful place where the DeeSians are provided with the skills and experience to fulfill their potential and exhibit uniqueness in work.
The significant objective of Work Education is to develop feelings of respect for workers and dignity of labour among students. To ace up learning, DeeSians are enthused with the needs of self, their family and society. It also gives students a platform to build on, during their studies empowering them with creativity. It is a hive of Creativity and Research. Take a look at the snapshots of these activities and events.
Master Chef: A learning hub to quench the inquisitive knowledge among children who love to explore the kitchen. Each DeeSian turns out to be a Master Chef by learning to knead, toss, pour, smell, cut, and feel food. They develop the knowledge of different ingredients and their nutritional values in a healthy cooking. They are also trained to present their dishes aesthically to complement the taste of the dish. The hands on experience provided develops a zeal towards future healthy and enjoyable cooking.
Krafty Kidz: A creative exposure towards arts and crafts to tap the creativity aspect in children and have fun. At DSE, imagination is explored and creativity is adorned which helps them to strengthen their academics through different artistic pursuits. It enhances their understanding and enables them to sharpen their listening skill.
Clay Modelling: The tactics involved in making an amazing model sitting at the potter’s wheel is worth watching at DSE. The children display enthusiasm when they place their wet hands on slowly spinning clay which is poked, pinched, twisted and rolled. The pride experienced on seeing the finished product is worth a mention: the children hold and cradle their work, smoothing their fingers over the now colourfully glazed surface as they turn it around for inspection. This also helps in the development of major motor skills.
Decoupage: To channelize the leisure time of the children and enhance the aesthetic skills towards the art of decorating objects using paper cut outs, from small household items like trinket boxes and vases to large pieces of furniture. Decoupage, derived from the French word ‘découper’, means “to cut up,” and is a fun and easy way to embellish just about any object. The new product that the children make here is worth exhibiting thus creating a sense of satisfaction and enthusiasm.
Photography: An extraordinary combination of art, history, and digital awareness into one. In the world of photography, children are exposed to the world of photography by clicking pictures of their choice, and composing any subject or idea that comes to mind, letting their artistic sides run wild. Photography not only teaches the children, creative skills but also leads them to choose a career in the performing arts, or as a professional artist or photographer.
Textile Designing: To develop innovative and synergetic approaches towards designing. The most engaging and gripping session on textile fibres, weave structure, surface design, dyeing techniques, printing methods, sewing techniques, constructed textiles and basic inputs in garment design develops zeal and enthusiasm among children.
Teach for India and Sewa: Service to man is service to God. “Seva, Teamwork, Integrity,Respect and Humility, Resourcefulness, Excellence, Sense of Possibility, and Reflectionare important values imbibed in all children at DSE under Social Empowerment through Work and Action. The core goal is to impart basic literacy to the less privileged and to the sub staff of the school and in the neighbourhood apart from learning basic skills such as traffic rules, legal literacy, computer literacy etc.
Pottery:Pottery is the skill of molding clay into different shapes. It is enthusiastically attended by the students of DSE. Students are trained from the basics of pottery wherein they are learning to mix the clay and make it ready for the potter’s wheel to practice the art of making shapes out of clay. The students are trained to make shapes with hands and then they are taught the art of colouring the items made of clay. The skill of pottery requires focus and concentration thereby enhancing these qualities amongst them. Overall the students are exposed to the different qualities and skills required to accomplish the task of making clay wares using the potter’s wheel. The skill of pottery will enable the students to enhance fine motor skills along with eye and hand coordination.
Wealth out of Waste and Designing:Making the best out of waste has been a part of human life since the early ages. It was the human creative mind that gave birth to this extraordinary idea of using unwanted material in a useful way. This habit of getting the best out of waste should be instilled in kids from an early age, not only to teach them about recycling but also to encourage their creativity.In today’s world recycling has a very important place. We at DSE teach students to utilize the best from unwanted things to make way for a greener future.
Meal Planning: Meal planning is one of the easiest things you can do to set yourself up for healthy eating success. At DSE we plan meals a few days at a time. A huge benefit of Meal Planning is that we can make all of our eating decisions at once, in a calm, focused manner. It’s easier to avoid shopping for pizza when you know the ingredients for your favorite meal are waiting for you at home.
Meal planning is to take a few moments to think about what you have going on in the week ahead. At DSE a quick inventory of everyone’s plans to get a rough idea of how many meals you’ll need is being done at the Meal Planning Club. A sample list might be: six breakfasts for everyone, five family dinners, one kids-and-sitter dinner, four solo lunches and one brunch. This helps young students to prepare for the process and be proactive inculcating healthy eating habits.
We, at Delhi School of Excellence believe that effective learning does not always take place exclusively in the classroom. The integration of club curriculum within classroom learning enables the children to connect with the outside world. The activities create an environment to bloom and broaden learning horizons as well as provide enriching activities. They help to foster creativity and achieve more learning –by- doing in a child. Our showcase events each year include Annual Club Cultural Fiesta, Beyond Academics’ Exhibition and Grand Sports Event.
Craft and Drawing : To provide an opportunity to practice and develop many skills such as concentration, fine motor and coordination for early writing skills and correct finger grip. The activities conducted give the experience of creativity, colour awareness and develop a sense of achievement. They also attempt to whet the student’s creativity, analysing, interpreting, expressing and thinking skills, collaborating with others and thereby building confidence.
Quiz: To give a unique and exciting approach to motivate, inspire, encourage and reward children in their quest for knowledge. It provides them with the opportunity to contest and participate at higher levels like Inter-School Competitions etc., which reinforce team work, boost confidence, encourage strategic thinking and light the fire for knowledge. Inter House Competitions include Math Quiz, Science Quiz, Heritage Quiz, General Quiz, Literary Quiz etc.
Speech & Drama: It aims at the personality development amongst the children and enables them to be the centre of attraction through public speaking. They are exposed to interactive and exciting activities that are geared to make the child self-confident and outspoken shedding inhibitions. A few activities such as Declamation, Extempore, JAM Session, Mono Acting, Role Play etc., add spice to learning.
Pottery: Pottery is the skill of molding clay into different shapes. The pottery club is enthusiastically attended by the students of DSE. Students are trained from the basics of pottery wherein they are learning to mix the clay and make it ready for the potter’s wheel to practice the art of making shapes out of clay. The students are trained to make shapes with hands and then they are taught the art of colouring the items made of clay. The skill of pottery requires focus and concentration thereby enhancing these qualities amongst them. Overall the students are exposed to the different qualities and skills required to accomplish the task of making clay wares using the potter’s wheel. The skill of pottery will enable the students to enhance fine motor skills along with eye and hand coordination.
Science : The aim of this club is to develop the scientific temper among the children as well as the ability to relate theoretical knowledge in science to real life. The activities planned in this club ignite the curiosity and kindle the young minds to think about the natural phenomenon taking place in the surroundings. They are: Simple Experiments, Enjoying Life the Healthy Way, Debate on Steroids and Addiction, Black Holes etc.
Heritage : It aims at enabling students to be active seekers of knowledge by throwing light on the multiplicity of history and cultural experiences that exist in India. It also attempts to whet a student’s appetite for historical enquiry. Discussions, class presentations and project work are a few activities taken up to enhance the understanding of a child to progress towards an ideal society. Apart from this, students are also given the opportunity to express themselves for the heritage journal published by INTACH (Indian National Trust for Art & Cultural Heritage).
MUN: It gives an opportunity to explore different avenues of learning, to step into the shoes of leaders in the real world and to come up with own solutions to global issues. Children learn about current international affairs and develop various skills such as public speaking, active listening, negotiating and many more. They also come up with resolutions on sustainability, cyber security, disarmament, international peace and security etc.
Literary and Scrabble: Its aim is to inculcate among children a fondness for language and enhance their literary skills. Activities like debating, speech, drama and journalism contribute to personal enrichment and better understanding of the world. The cognitive and literary abilities of the children are developed through the scrabble game and the knowledge of vocabulary enables them to be good communicators.
Computer: It is a great way to arm kids with skills that provide lifelong benefit for higher education and beyond. Not only kids develop technical skills, they also gain an understanding of computer science concepts. This knowledge is powerful as it develops soft skills that are key for success in the 21st century. DeeSians enhance their animation and programming skills through this club.
Mental Math: Math is still one of the most horrifying subjects in a student’s life. What could the possible reasons be? Numbers? Formulae? Conceptual understanding? Or simply the name itself?
Well, here at DSE Math is a best friend of all students because we have Mental Math that helps in boosting the confidence in a child towards the subject. Mental Math refers to the practice of doing calculations mentally. It is a basic tool for school students. Without the ability to do Mental Math, it can be difficult to complete ordinary daily tasks.
Mental math can not only help the child develop confidence in the subject but also serve as an essential life skill, which is what DSE aims to achieve.
The objectives of these sessions at school are to promote oral discussion, emphasize how answers are arrived at, allow students to see that there are various ways to reach to a solution of any problem and build up dense web connections between numbers and number facts.
To arouse and develop the latent intelligence of children, Delhi School of Excellence encourages the parallel curriculum of Visual and Performing Arts. It integrates art, music, dance and drama so that students can discover personal creativity, satisfaction and pleasure for lifelong enjoyment. In short- involvement with the Visual and Performing Arts allow students’ multiple intelligence to be acknowledged, developed and appreciated.
Delhi School of Excellence offers various prospects to choose from under Visual and Performing Arts. Students can learn creative ways to express themselves and widen critical faculties to assess their own work and artistry of others.
Expressions – Expressions is a hugely beneficial, enjoyable and creative avenue of learning. It works on students to polish and equip them with the necessary techniques to speak clearly and eloquently and to explore the importance of articulation, diction and clarity.
The main aim and objectives of “Expressions” are:
- to develop confident speakers and performers
- to encourage an appreciation and love of literature and a variety of dramatic genre
- to develop an understanding of stagecraft
- to provide regular performance opportunities
Students will have the opportunity to develop public speaking, effective reading, critical listening through prose, poetry and drama improvisation, mime, voice production (articulation, projection etc.).
Students at Expressions use their senses, perception, feeling and values to communicate ideas, emotions and experiences.
Through Expressions class important concepts-such as eye contact, turn taking, verbal and non verbal communication, social skills, interpersonal skills are discreetly assessed, and areas of need are again subtly targeted.
“It enables every child to become empowered by fostering confidence development, clarity of expression and communication”
Western Dance– The classes are structured around the physical and motor abilities of the students. It is the best way to channel students’ seemingly boundless energy. It helps a child to increase flexibility, range of motion, physical strength and stamina.
Students are encouraged to develop their dance skills and performance qualities to the maximum. Throughout the graded syllabus students are introduced to ‘Free Movement’ and ‘Character’. They learn the correct posture and technique as well as foster a great sense of enjoyment.
Classes are structured with a ‘Recreational Focus’. Hence ‘fun’ and ‘imagination’ are the essential elements of the syllabus.
Instrumental Music (Keyboard) – There’s little doubt that learning to play a musical instrument is great for developing the brain. Delhi School of Excellence provides a platform to nurture talents of every child and ensures that they are fully developed according to their potential.
Rigorous practice to play keyboard is given. Children are exposed to classical music that they may otherwise never hear. In addition, the skills and knowledge they learn in keyboard help them easily to pick up other musical instruments later.
Students reap the innumerable benefits that come with music. It is an activity that would help students to become more disciplined and confident. Learning to play a musical instrument gives immense sense of achievement that can help a student to accomplish more in other areas of life.
From an early stage, correct technical foundations are carefully laid alongside continuous development of the child’s musical intelligence. Most importantly, the ability to read and write music notation is developed. Therefore, students play with a much deeper sense of understanding and musicality.
Art and Craft– Arts and crafts engage multiple brain areas simultaneously. This process improves and accelerates bilateral coordination between the left and right sides of the brain leading to immediate and future cognitive development like understanding emotions and developing language skills.
Delhi School of Excellence offers a wide variety of activities such as card making, origami, paper craft, quilling, scrape booking, sketching and many more.
Children derive many important benefits from the opportunity of working with art and crafts projects, making creative activities worthwhile. Crafts such as coloring, drawing, cutting, all require your child to use both of their hands together. This skill is important in other areas of their lives as they continue to grow, such as writing, tying shoes, typing and so much more!
Completing the crafts successfully gives them a great sense of accomplishment and pride.
Kids love doing a variety of arts and crafts as an outlet to be creative and have some fun! Little do they know that it is so good for their development as well!