Holistic Development of students can't be achieved just by imparting academics. Extra Curricular Activities play a very significant role in inculcating diverse values amongst the students.The school is known for its co-curricular and extra-curricular activities, holistic education and good discipline. Many co-curricular and extra-curricular activities are available for students to participate throughout the academic year. Our activities include quiz, recitation, elocution, debate, short story writing, art & craft, making charts and models, mental mathematics, music, dance, drama, sports, gym, swimming, games, charity work, organization of exhibitions, celebration of festivals, etc. These activities cater to the cultural, social and aesthetic development of students. These activities make the students fit for the future through developing a sense of competitive spirit, co-operation, leadership, diligence, punctuality, team-spirit as well as providing them a befitting platform for the development of their creative talents.
Music is a language that is understood everywhere in the world. It serves as an audio-aesthetic experience which involves the mind in a pleasing way. Music is considered as an important part of curriculum, for the crucial role that it plays in understanding different cultures. The Music faculty has a myriad of innovativeprogrammes scheduled for all students and offers a wide variety of music study instructions in both Western and Indian categories. We are well aware that the magic of music has enormous impact on the imagination of young minds. Our music teachers regularly take music classes and students are trained in a wide variety of Indian and Western musical instruments such as sitar, tabla, dholak, flute, violin, , classical & plectrum guitar, drum kit, piano etc. There are opportunities for several recitals as well as performance during the year with the school musical groups at various venues. All the students of the school are taught at least one musical instrument. Competitions and programmes are organized often to showcase the training imparted.
Dance is one of the most well-known ways to express emotions.
Students are taught the diverse forms of the classical Bharatnatyam and also the various folk forms that flourish in different parts of India with distinct cultural and aesthetic appeals.
We aim to bring together classically-trained dancers and at the same time encourage the rich folk culture of our country. The students are exposed to several classical dance forms in the inter-house dance competitions conducted for the Middle School, High School and Higher Secondary School. The students performed Kathak, Kuchipudi, Bharatnatyam and Mohiniattam to name a few.
Education is the quest to find the truth and to develop the ability to express it. Theatre and Performing Arts comprises the means and provide avenues to express the same. Verbal expression is the first miracle of creative expression and it is also the most intimate of all. When students develop the confidence and vision to express their mind verbally, the quest to find the truth becomes deeper and richer. The key is for students to learn that true expression is not repetition from memory but feeling, thinking and perceiving the nuances, and then crafting the same into their own original words and in their own unique ways of speaking and communicating.
If it is written creativity, be it poetry, fiction, drama, song or speech, words hold the key to the search for truth and bring forth its fulfillment. If a student is exposed to the richest spoken and written communication in the early years of education, they will internally realize the potential of those words and this will reflect when the student begins to express inner feelings verbally. They will be inspired, guided, and challenged by the words they have absorbed in those early years.
We at GDGPSJ not only provide our students with a platform to perform and incorporate their individual skills of acting, but also give themopportunities to witness plays/ performances by renowned artists, organized by groups such as 'Spic Macay'.
It's been proven that early exposure to visual art, music or drama promotes activity in the brain. Art nurtures innovative mind as it engages children in a process that aids in the development of self-esteem, self-discipline, cooperation, and self-motivation.
Participating in art activities help children gain the necessary tools for understanding human experience, adapting to and respecting other ways of working and thinking, developing creative and problem solving skills and communication thoughts and ideas in a variety of ways.
The school building is equipped with a well maintained & vibrant room for art & craft for the students. Children portray their imagination on paper in the form of modern art: figurative drawing and landscape. The splendor of splashing colors has always been a visual feast to all our students. The young artists excel in playing with colors from all the sorts ranging from crayons to oil paints.
It benefits the students in their intellectual, personal and social development. Art connects us with our surroundings. Art plays an important role in almost all aspects of education, from creativity to interpretation to discussion to understanding design. Our faculties are well equipped to unleash each child's natural talent, guiding them through various techniques and helping children to achieve their aspirations. Our children make beautiful craft creations from waste and recyclable materials. To develop a well-rounded personality the school offers the students an array of activities to suit their individual interest:
- Oil Painting
- Acrylic Painting on canvas
- Glass Painting
- Best out of waste workshops
- Creative Painting
Skills-based learning provides classroom environments where independence, thinking skills, collaboration and active learning are developed at the same time as knowledge is acquired. Like any form of education or training, it is best if Skill based education starts early in school. The appreciation for amassing skills alongside knowledge must be developed in the formative years. Hence we have introduced Pottery for the students because we strive to focus equally on knowledge and skills. It helps to induce a shift from ' Telling what I know' to ' Showing what I can do'.
TRIPS AND EXCURSIONS
India's topography, flora and fauna provide unparalleled resources for the expeditions and field visits which enhance students' learning by providing the opportunities for students to participate in curriculum-related activities outside the normal school routine. School excursions are well-planned curriculum-related activities that aim to maximize students' learning experiences.
Educational and adventure camps are part of the annual calendar and students from Grade 2 onwards go to explore, appreciate and connect with nature. This strengthens the bonds of interdependence and helps our students understand and value natural resources. It also teaches them adaptability and conservation.
It involves international travel for activities including, but not limited to: curriculum related activity, language immersion programs, sporting exchange/activity or a sister school agreement.
The trips are organized with the help of certified tour operators and complete care is taken to ensure well being and safety of students and their escorting teachers.
The integration of work and study is the key element in GDGPSJ. All the students gain hands on experience in the course of their academic education by joining various clubs. These clubs open up interaction channels for students of different classes. Club activities supplement academics and give the students practical training which they require in day to day life.
The main aim of Eco club is to sensitize students towards Eco – Awareness, maintenance of greenery around the school by various Plantation drive programmes, making best out of waste etc. Eco Club is actively involved in promoting environment related issues such as judicial use of paper and Planting trees. We celebrate Earth week religiously wherein our students go on plantation drives and have also adopted plants.
In this club children learn mathematics in a practical manner and the main aim is to sharpen their mental aptitude using puzzles, quiz, mathematical solutions, Rangometry etc.
Science club offers children the chance to do science-related activities that extend and enhance the practical understanding of science they experience in the classroom. Our Science club also provides an opportunity to students to explore areas of science not covered by the curriculum.
English club creates interest among children for reading and writing. The activities of this club include reading short stories of different authors, discussions on plot and characterization and also encouraging them to write short stories, poems etc. This club also involves activities that inspire students to present their view points. Various activities like debates, group discussion are conducted throughout the year which enhance their speaking as well as listening skills
"The purpose of life is not to be happy alone - but to matter, to be productive, to be useful, to have it make some difference that you have lived at all." — Leo Rosten
More and more, middle and high school students around the country are being required to perform community service hours as part of their learning experience.
If students can get involved in giving back to a cause or helping their community in a way that matters to them, the lasting benefits can be far-reaching. As anyone who has ever volunteered knows, the satisfaction and pride that comes from helping others can be life changing.
Students who participate in community service learning tend to do better in school. It's believed that community service is somewhat of a missing link for students, giving them the chance to apply what they've learned in the classroom to real human needs. Students are given every opportunity to share their affections and joys with other sections of the society, be it the orphans, slum-dwellers or those who might be suffering from visual, mental, hearingor speech impairments. The students might organize fun-filled educational and recreational activities or offer donations of educational material, clothes, toys, food items etc.