Research shows that the brain actually lights up after a short episode of movement, and neural pathways become more speedy and efficient. Our learning centres allow movement and in depth understanding of concepts through all modalities of learning. The safe, secure and stimulus – rich environment is responsive to the child’s learning needs.
Our Curriculum Methodology
One size doesn’t fit all, it is important to accommodate all individual learners, providing them opportunities to grow at their own pace and optimise their inherent potential.
Our instructional design and subject matter experts in the field of neuroscience maintain that as we enter the 21st century, our learner pattern needs to be dynamic and evolving, incorporating the needs of the society and the learner.
Field Trips & Guest Lectures
Children learn best through direct experiences as they connect their learning to the ‘real world’.
Field trip and guest lectures are linked to concepts across all subjects.
We help learners learn more effectively by creating episodic memories; taking theoretical concepts out of learning centres to observe and experience its application in the surroundings or guest lectures by experts in individual fields to provide an infight into the practical worlds of the disciplines learnt in the classrooms.
Special events showcase and extend children’s learning. These provide an opportunity for parental involvement and are a critical tool for creating ‘episodic memory’ – memory created through sights, sounds, smells, tastes, touch, location and emotions.
Role of teacher/facilitator
Facilitators provide opportunities for students to learn key concepts and discover the tools that they need for learning so that they can become life – long learners. Being creators of productive classroom environments they engage, lead, inspire, & encourage the students.
We believe that values cannot be ‘taught’ to children. Explicit and formal curriculum consist of activities and worksheets that teach knowledge and skills to children. Our plans and worksheets include implicit academic, social and cultural messages for children which are captured as an integrated element in regular academics. Reflection is an integral component in Literature worksheets as this subject develops one’s perspective to look at things deeply and intensely.
Home extension tasks develop ‘Habits of Success’.
- Time Management
- Responsibility Independence
- Having an internal locus of control for learning
Developing sensitivity towards the environment and its protection and appreciating the cultural, ethnic, and religious diversity that marks our world are some of the major goals and core needs of Education today. Inculcating essential human values and developing core life skills among children right from early classes through a curriculum designed suitably within and across subjects is by far the best methodology schools can adopt to achieve this goal. Although the CISCE has since the last year, reworked its curriculum to mandate this integration and inter-disciplinary approach of subjects to make the learning experience more meaningful, long-lasting and engaging for the child, Billabong’s curriculum has been preparing children in just this manner right from its inception.
This is in complete sync with Billabong High’s vision and mission.
The Teaching methodology followed across High School, prepares learners to take the onus for their academic performance with teachers acting as facilitators in the truest sense of the term. Both the ICSE and ISC empower the child to be fluent in communication skills which match the world demand for proficiency in English while the choice of electives offered at the +2 level opens up multiple avenues for the students in universities both in India and abroad.
The academic environment provided by Billabong is unparalleled precisely on account of the small class size or the teacher-student ratio. Faculty being experts in their own subjects have an additional stamp of experience after having been selected as Assistant Examiners to check the ISC Board papers. Rather than the cut-throat competition and one-upmanship which marks top schools, the environment facilitates the sharing of knowledge and notes. A student eager to improve his/her grades has the option to approach the teachers at any time to clarify his/her doubts; in many cases peer-learning and mentoring is also encouraged.
Students aspiring for top-notch or Ivy League universities are allowed to chart their courses with parents, teachers, and the School Management supporting and collaborating for the benefit of the child.
A keen and personal interest taken in each student by each member encourages students to develop a rapport with teachers which is limited neither by time nor distance nor the perimeters of the school. Teachers are sensitive and sensible such that they are attuned to the behaviour and attitude of their students; while students are assured of confidentiality even in cases where they divulge information which is impacting their emotional well-being.
Billabong stands apart from most other schools in the manner in which it grooms students to take up the mantle of responsibility by offering them opportunities to stage, participate and manage events. SUPW and Community Service is compulsory according to the norms of the CISCE with students being graded in the same at the end of ISC (Grade 12). Billabong’s tie-up with YUVA/YI – the school-based initiative of the CII and their voluntary association with local NGOs including Parvarish and Arushi allows students to engage with the deprived and underprivileged sections of the society and give back to the community.