INDUS INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, BANGALORE
To create global citizens and leads of tomorrow though traditional values of love, empathy, discipline and respect – 21st century citizens who think globally and act locally.
To create thoughtful leaders through, holistic education and lifelong learning.
INDUS INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, BANGALORE
At Indus, We believe in the holistic growth of our students where each child is provided opportunities to achieve success in the field of academics and whole education. Our aim is to develop core competencies, such as compassion, critical thinking, communication, collaboration and creativity in every student. The Leadership Program is designed to unlock the potential of each student in our care and this is done through workshops on goal setting and persuasive communication (TED program).
We also encourage our students to pursue service projects within the community, either in a group or in an individual capacity. Students are also part of a House (Hercules, Orion, Pegasus and Phoenix). Each House’s Vision is aimed towards improving the lives of the less privileged in the surrounding community. Majority of student projects are carried out at the Indus Community School.
CREATING LEADERS OF TOMORROW
At Indus, we have an established and thriving boarding community which believes that all students can be successful in an environment which is caring, respectful, encouraging and optimistic.
The boarding team works closely with the teaching faculty in the school’s pursuit of ensuring our students are life-long learners where they explore opportunities for personal and social development
Indus offers either full or weekly boarding, where all staff share the responsibility for ensuring students are safe and that their welfare is promoted. Key figures of boarders’ welfare are the House parents, Head of Boarding, Head of Pastoral Care, an in-house Medical Officer and resident teachers appointed as Mentors.
The boarding program is well structured and ensures to incorporate academic support, whole education activities and leadership and student well-being programs, both during the week and over the weekends.
The Wellness Program at the school includes Mindfulness as part of the curriculum. Further, regular (age specific) sensitization workshops are conducted for our students. Topics include mindful breathing, mindful listening, substance abuse, gender sensitization and bullying.
The Boarding Program is well balanced and ensures the routine in place provides opportunities for every boarder to explore in the field of academic and whole education. Academic support is provided to our boarders after school and over the weekends. Study hour is supervised by resident teaching faculty. Our Sports Program is run through the week where students are provided intensive training by experienced coaches in a range of team and individual sports which Indus has on offer. These include, cricket, football, badminton, basketball, horse riding, tennis, swimming, athletics, table tennis and karate.
Our Performing Arts team provides after school lessons to boarders. These include learning to or further developing one’s skill at playing an instrument as well as singing, dance and drama lessons. The weekend program is well structured and includes activities aimed at both learning and relaxation for our boarders. These include trips to nearby destinations that have historical and cultural learning to offer, story-telling sessions and visits to the theater & cinema.
The history of Indus
Because every great story has a beginning.
The flagship Indus International School was founded on the ethos of ‘In Omnia Paratus – Prepared For All Challenges’. At Indus, this preparation is accomplished through nurturing multiple intelligence and endowing children with the ability to learn and adapt to change. Indus International School, Bangalore, was established by the Indus Trust on July 14, 2003, at Sarjapur, Bangalore, on a 40-acre site within the IT corridor. Since then, the Trust has established two more international schools, in Pune and Hyderabad, respectively.
The Indus International School, Bangalore, began its first academic year in 2003, with 135 students. Based on a conscious decision to ensure quality learning, the School graduated from Grade 9 to Grade 12 over a span of three years. Today, the School has over 1000 students from 31 countries, with 25 percent of the students living on campus.
The functioning of the School is overseen by a CEO and a team of Directors. The Directors combine their vision, energy and expertise, to determine long-range policies that benefit both staff and students. The School is run by the Indus Trust, comprising members who represent the IT sector, real estate development and business investment.
Presently, the School provides the International Baccalaureate’s (IB) Primary Years Program (Prep to Grade 5); Indus Middle School Program (Grades 6 to 8), culminating in the IGCSE Certification (Grades 9 and 1 O); and the IB Diploma Program (Grades 11 and 12). Students from Grade 5 onward have laptops and can access the internet anywhere, anytime.
The Indus International School, Bangalore, is an International Baccalaureate (18) school situated on a 40-acre campus at Sarjapur, Bangalore. The School fosters an interactive learning environment for the leaders of tomorrow. With student enrollment from across the world, state-of-the-art facilities within the campus, and a teacher : student ratio of 1 : 9, with a maximum of 25 students per class, Indus offers a truly international experience.
Location & Environment
Located at an altitude of 3,000 feet in Bangalore, India’s Silicon Valley, the Indus campus offers a pollution-free environment in a city known for its cool climate all year round, a cosmopolitan society, and its fusion of modern and traditional cultures, as well as its stimulating academic and multi-cultural environment.
Bangalore, being India’s largest IT Hub, attracts knowledge workers to its biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and cutting-edge private and government run scientific and research institutes.
Creating the leaders of tomorrow.
One student at a time.
At Indus International School, Bangalore, we demonstrate the difference between investing ‘for’ your child and investing ‘in’ your child. We do this by helping your child discover and nurture the leader within. We draw out the innate multiple intelligences every child is endowed with, to help them realise their potential. We ensure that every child grows into a confident, well-rounded individual, with a love for learning, empathy for others, and an ability to think globally and act locally. In essence, your child will not just grow, but will grow to become a leader.
The Indus Leadership Initiative
To create leaders of tomorrow, Indus begins with the first step of providing an education which focuses on the holistic development of the child.
The Indus School of Leadership
Set-up on the outskirts of Bangalore, in the picturesque Yellagiri Hills, Tamil Nadu, the Indus School of Leadership (ISL) imparts experiential leadership training to students. Children from all grades attend outward bound sessions in decision
making, problem-solving, risk-taking and innovation. The ISL runs training sessions on campus for Grades 1 and 2, and at Yellagiri for students from Grade 3-12. The overall theme for the sessions is “Reconnect with Nature, Self and Community.”
The Leadership Curriculum
The Leadership Curriculum at Indus focuses on self-actualization of the students, helping them value their talent to ultimately unlock their potential. Knowledge acquired from the classroomsto a large extent augment practical understanding. But, to go beyond that, and become the knowledge itself is what the main agenda of the leadership curriculum is; connecting the child to the society, to the environment and most importantly to the self are the major outcomes.
TED-Ed sessions leading to I-Lead talks, where every child is encouraged to come with an original idea or a story that can inspire his immediate and proximate surroundings form part of the leadership curriculum from PYP through DP. The sessions while focusing on communication skills of students, on a larger note, aims at preparing the student with the critical competencies of the 21st century, like, creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, etc.
Regular sessions on Mindfulness help students connect with themselves, and live the moment happily. When they understand what true happiness is, they become the change agents of creating happiness for themselves and for others. By being Mindful, students understand the core values of ‘love’, ‘respect’, ’empathy’ and ‘discipline’ with more clarity. Community service also form context to the leadership curriculum; students, through their house visions work toward giving back to the society that they are directly and indirectly part of.
Community Service is an important step towards making our students world citizens with a high spiritual and emotional quotient.
So at Indus, being aware that not every one is privileged with the opportunities that our students enjoy, we lend a helping hand to the underprivileged by involving students, parents and staff in projects aimed at the betterment of the community as a whole.
These projects include:
- Low-cost health care for rural dwellers
- Computer literacy and Communicative English for unemployed youth
- An Equal Opportunity school for underprivileged children
- Supporting a local Muslim orphanage in Bangalore with 150 orphans
Social & Emotional Environment
Indus attempts to communicate the School’s core values of love, empathy, discipline and respect with experiential learning through community service, teachers’ positive role-modeling, ageappropriate code of conduct, and close interaction with parents and guardians. This nurtures high self-esteem, which ensures academic excellence and personal growth in students.
Indus Teaching and Research Institute (ITARI)
The vision of ITARI is to facilitate institutional capacity building and promote a professional learning community for international education and leadership.
To this end ITARI conducts:
- Post Graduate Diploma in International Education in collaboration with Birmingham City University, UK.
- ITARI is also a Study Centre for M.A. in Education and IB Educator Certificate in association with University of Bath.
- Cambridge International Diploma for teachers and trainers
- Pre-service and in-service training in international education
- Applied research in human learning
- An annual quality evaluation of Indus schools
This enables our faculty to evolve into better educators, facilitators and role models for students.
Parent Advisory Committee
A well-structured parental participation programme supports the School, strengthens families and increases student achievement and success. The Parent Advisory Committee provides an opportunity to Indus parents to share their ideas and concerns, provide on-going communication between parents and the management, and collaborate on school initiatives.
Mentoring is another powerful leadership development tool used extensively at Indus. All students from Grade 6 and above are assigned teacher-mentors who conduct mentoring sessions once a week. In addition, nominated teachers are mentored personally by the CEO and the Principal.
The Student Council comprises students from all grades who are nominated to the Council for a term of one year. Under the leadership of a Head Boy and Head Girl, the Student Council appointees receive hands-on experience in leadership and organising events. The Student Council is an avenue for students’ voices to be heard.
Sports and Games
Realising that a disciplined approach towards maintaining physical fitness is an important facet of leadership and overall well-being, Indus provides the following sports facilities:
- An indoor sports complex
- A 6-lane 400-metre field track
- A 6-lane Swimming Pool with a splash and paddle pool for pre-primary students
- Courts for Tennis, Squash, Basketball, Volleyball, Table Tennis and Throw Ball
- Fields for Football, Hockey and Cricket
- Yoga classes to keep students healthy & stress-free
- A well-equipped Gymnasium
- Horse Riding
Pastoral care at Indus is designed to provide a nurturing environment for students to enable them to achieve academic excellence as well as cope with various emotional experiences. A mentor mentee system is followed to ensure the emotional and psychological well -being of the students. Each boarder is assigned a residential staff as a mentor. Outstanding and effective support is also being provided by house parents as well as Head of Pastoral Care. The mentor is in touch with the students on a daily basis to enquire about their well- being, academic performance, extra-curricular activities and any other emotional concerns. They regularly co-ordinate with the parents & teachers as well.
Career Guidance is organised centrally by a dedicated counsellor, an expert in this field, who specialises in student support, career guidance, college and university placement for every student. This process begins ideally in Grade 9, but can also start as late as Grade 11. It involves multiple one-to-one meetings with each student, group workshops, and regular exchange of information with parents. The Career Guidance Cell also organises coaching classes for students who wish to take the Scholastic Aptitude Tests (SATs).
Indus students have gained admission to MIT, Columbia, University of Pennsylvania, Boston University, University of Southern California, Emory, UC Berkley, Claremont McKenna in USA; London School of Economics, Imperial, Warwick, Bristol and Kings in UK; McMasters and Waterloo in Canada.
Indus International Schools, under the able leadership of the CEO, Lt. Gen (Retd) Arjun Ray and the Principal, Mrs Sarojini Rao, continue to organize structured Leadership Training for Faculty Members and Heads of various Indus Institutions regularly. Leadership is the central philosophy of Indus International Schools and Leadership Training is organized in a systematic manner from Basic to Advanced level conferences and interactive retreats focusing on various aspects of self-development imperative for professional development, streamlined through Track 1 to Track 3 level. Considerable investment on all fronts is made by the Senior Management in organizing these training programmes for several years and have been highly productive for faculty and institutional growth.
Leadership Track 1 retreats, are foundational programmes, compulsory for all Indus faculty members as well as ITARI trainee-teachers and address aspects of key responsibility areas (KRA’s), school vision, school mission, goal setting, self-development plans, resilience, emotional quotient, happiness quotient, time-management and work-life balance. The Leadership Track 2 training programmes are offered for interested faculty members and administrators. Several Indus faculty opt for further advancement in understanding and implementing aspects of whole education, leadership styles, systems and processes, mentoring, crucible experiences, servant leadership, community welfare projects, and personal SWOT analysis, conducted in-depth through the Track 2 interactive workshops. The Leadership Track 1 and Track 2 programmes (3 day workshops) are city specific, and organized in Indus Bangalore, Pune and Hyderabad biannually.
The Indus Trust was established in 2003, at Bangalore in order to set up and manage a full spectrum of International Schools affiliated to the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO).
Within 8 years, the Indus Trust had established three K-12 international schools. Alongside the schools-. the Indus Trust has, also set up the Indus School of Leadership, Indus Training and Research Institute, Indus International Community School, Indus Early Leaning Centres and Indus Junior Schools.
Indus International Schools were founded on the ethos “In Omnia Paratus” Prepared for all challenges by nurturing the individual’s multiple intelligences and endowing them with the ability to learn and adapt to change.
Preparation for Life
Indus believes that “Preparation for Life is the purpose of ,education. Students need to be equipped with competencies such as innovation, critical thinking, life-long !earning which will enable them to cope with a future which is increasingly volatile, uncertain and complex. Presently schools do not enable effective !earning of these cognitive and emotional competencies within our classrooms.
At Indus “Preparation for Life.” encompasses four priorities: Academic excellence, whole-education but not at the cost of academic rigour, core competencies, like creativity, critical thinking, communication and collaboration and processes for unlocking the potential of each student.
Leadership for Tomorrow is the central idea of the school. At Indus, leadership is defined as the ability to first lead yourself and then others (through service). As, at the end of the day, leadership is experiential.
At Indus, we have a leadership curriculum that is taught formally from grades one to twelve. The leadership curriculum has both a theory as well as an experiential component.
Theoretical Aspect: Under this aspect of the leadership curriculum, students are taught the art of reflection which enables them to identify their strengths and weaknesses. Based on this reflection, students arrive at personal, professional and community service goals. The goals and action plans to realize the goals are documented in a Leadership Journal. Persuasive Communication is another aspect of the leadership curriculum. Students are trained on various nuances of communication, thus enabling then to be good communicators. The “Leadership Summit” event is a culmination of the entire learning process. Students will showcase their learning (with respect to the different aspects of the leadership curriculum) on this day.
Experiential Aspect: At Indus, focus is on an round development of the child (Whole-Education), without compromising on academic excellence. Latent talent in children is developed and nurtured by special emphasis on art and music. Excellent sports facilities and emphasis on games, aids in development of a disciplined approach towards physical fitness. The Indus School of Leadership is a unique school which imparts experiential leadership training to students. Children attend outward bound sessions in decision- making, problem – solving, risk-taking and innovation.
At Indus we do not measure academic rigour based on the number of marks scored by the student in each subject. Academic rigour aims at unlocking the child’s potential make him/her a critical thinker, an innovator and one who transforms his knowledge into practical applications.
Indus International School teachers serve as positive role models and high emphasis is placed on personal and professional development of teachers. Leadership Training is organized in a systematic manner from Basic to Advanced level conferences and interactive retreats focusing on various aspects of self-development imperative for professional development, streamlined through Track 1 to Track 3 level. Considerable investment on all fronts is made by the Senior Management in organizing these training program for several year and have been highly productive for faculty and institutional growth.
Indus Bangalore at a Glance
- Exclusive Leadership Curriculum
- Indus is probably the only school in India which facilitates development of leadership competencies through outbound training programs conducted at the Indus School of Leadership
- High emphasis on personal & professional development of teachers. Indus is one of the few institutes in India which has it’s own training and research institute (ITARI) dedicated solely for the professional development of teachers
- Indus International Community School (IICS) is an equal opportunity school which provides high quality education to the underprivileged section of society. IICS adopts an integrated approach to learning with emphasis on empowering students through leadership development, proficiency in English and technology. Students from Indus Bangalore regularly carry out community service projects at IICS. These projects sensitize students and make them aware of local needs which in turn attunes them to global issues
- World-class infrastructure with academic blocks, residential centres, integrated sports complex, modern labs and libraries
- Wi-Fi Campus with a laptop for each student from grade 5 onward
- Options for day schooling, week boarding and term boarding
- Air-conditioned school buses with GPS
- An infirmary with a doctor, nurses and an ambulance on call 24 hours
- Open, spacious and well ventilated classrooms
- Lush green lawns with botanical plants & Greco-Roman architecture for inspiring and enhancing imaginative thinking
- An exclusive cultural block with facilities for Indian / Western music lessons and learning dance / drama
- Top class sporting facilities which include an indoor sports complex, field track, swimming pool, volleyball court, table-tennis and horse-riding
Programs offered at Indus
- The IB Primary Years Programme for Prep to Grade V emphasises on trans-disciplinary and inquiry based learning
- The Indus Middle School Programme emphasises on transdisciplinary and project-based learning. These being the bridging years, focus is on building study habits in order to prepare students for the challenges of secondary school
- The International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) is a balanced international curriculum conducted by Cambridge International Examinations
- The IB Diploma Programme (IB DP) is a challenging two-year curriculum for grades 11 and 12 and it prepares students for University
A Day in the life of a Boarder at Indus Bangalore
6:00 to 6.30 am Morning Activities
7:30 to 8.00 am Breakfast
8:30 to 3.15 pm Academic Work with 10 Min. Juice Break & 40 Min. Lunch Break
3:30 to 4.45 pm Sports/ Support Classes
4:45 to 6.00 pm Break Time
6.00 to 7.30 pm Study Hour
7:30 to 8.00 pm Dinner
8:45 to 10.00 pm Second Study Hour
10.00 pm Lights out
Lt. General (Retd.) Arjun Ray, PVSM, VSM I CEO, Indus Trust
Lt. General Arjun Ray a soldier-scholar of the Indian Army has been honoured with the highest award in the Armed Forces for Distinguished Service – the Param Vishishta Seva Medal. He provides vision and strategic direction to all Indus International Schools and Institutions. He is responsible for long term perspective planning, leadership training and teacher development programmes. IB World has recently acclaimed the General as one of the six IB worlds school leaders on rethinking education, especially by making quality education affordable to the poor.
Mrs. Sarojini Rao I Principal
Mrs. Sarojini Rao, Principal of Indus International School, Bangalore since July 2005, has excellent academic credentials. She has triple Master’s degrees in Education, Economics and Management, having been placed first in Economics from University of Pune. Trained in all the three IB programs (PYP, MYP and DP). Mrs. Rao is also a graduate of the Principal’s Training Centre for International School Leadership, USA. She is the Managing Trustee of Indus International Community School, Bangalore. Mrs. Rao has been instrumental in planning the curriculum and inter-curricular strategy, defining academic and non-academic objectives for the school, and in training teachers. She has played a pivotal role in formulating the Leadership Curriculum, Instructional supervision and Evaluation model for the school. Under her leadership, inspired students are indeed set to take on the challenges ahead, as leaders of the future. Her emphasis on whole education (without compromising on academic excellence and rigour) has been the highlight of her conviction and drive and has resulted in Indus being ranked the top International School in India for five successive years. A structured leadership curriculum that involves every child has instilled not only confidence in the students but has also enabled students of all ages to set realistic goals and devise plans to achieve them. Mrs. Rao is a role model for the core values of the school: love, empathy, discipline and respect. This reflects in our students being sensitized to the needs of the less privileged in society and being armed to contribute through service.