SMART INFRASTRUCTURE FOR SMARTER LEARNING
Smart Schooling Technology has changed the way teaching-learning happens and school administration functions. Smarter ways have made teaching-learning more innovative, productive, motivating, and interesting. We at SAI International Residential School (SIRS) believe that smart schooling technology ensures holistic development of the students, besides ensuring their safety. Our green-campus aims to make environmental awareness and action an intrinsic part of the life and ethos of the children. The initiative mirrors the principles of green-schools and endeavors to extend learning and develop responsible attitudes and commitment to the environment at the school, at home and in the wider community.
SAI International Residential School, firmly believes in a comprehensive approach to digital education for a seamless progression between learning at school, home, work and play. The concept of smart class education is indeed a blessing for the students of the 21st century, as they face the increasing impact of technology in the present age. Highly interactive and visually attractive modules are used to make learning more interesting.
A magnificent auditorium, equipped with modern lighting, digital sound and ample seating is specially designed for the benefit of the children in the school. It serves as a popular facility for community group or organisation. This multi-purpose auditorium can be used, by various school groups and classes for Celebrations, Assemblies, Seminars, Drama, Choir, Orchestra and a host of other activities.
The school library is essential to learning and plays a key role as a place for encouraging innovation, curiosity, and problem solving. School libraries make a difference to students’ understanding and achievement and provide support for teaching and learning throughout the school. To enrich the knowledge base of students, a well stocked library within the campus, catering to the needs and likes of all the students, has been developed. From daily newspapers, magazines, course related books, autobiographies, encyclopedias, to story books, novels, bestsellers; the library is an organized collection of documented information from across the globe. It provides over 10,000 resources including, books, music CDs, audio CDs, magazines and a range of online resources, all easily accessible. There is also a suite of computer systems, Wi-Fi and printing facilities for the use of the students.
The IT centre consists of over 300 computers along with a Multimedia kit. The IT Centre also helps the students in finding information on various topics, for different activities, competitions, and projects Every student has his/her own separate account and can only use the computer for specific hours. Invigilators and faculty members look after the maintenance and discipline of the students.
The resource centre helps incorporate computers into teaching, and in particular to make the best use of the school network. Still and video digital images are prepared, and work produced in various software programs for mentors to use in their teaching. The centre advises and assists in the construction of departmental web-sites. These web-sites make available a rapidly-increasing amount of material through computers, including basic information about syllabus and exam requirements, material for revision, ideas for extension beyond examined work, and selected links to useful internet sites. The computer-based resources department organizes the provision of video/data projectors for school rooms, allowing material on computers to be displayed and used in teaching.
SAI International Residential School has several well equipped, highly specialized laboratories for physics, chemistry, biology, robotics, digital math, astronomy, international language, music, art, dance, sports, entrepreneurship etc. housed in the academic area of the school campus. The labs are manned by a team of well qualified trainers and technicians, who ably assist the students. Safety is a major concern in modern teaching learning practices; hence all the staff and faculty have received appropriate safety training and are well acquainted with a wide range of safety-related equipment and measures, for use, if required.
Robotics lab: Robotics is that branch of technology which deals with innovation, design, construction and operation of robots. This lab has been developed to bring the students closer to Science, Research and Engineering. As the technological advances continue, it becomes imperative to keep the young generation in sync with the processes of the present that are largely futuristic.
Sports and Games
SAI Sports & Games Academy brings a new and innovative approach to the delivery of sporting qualifications and the ethos at SIRS is to provide a level of excellence in both the theoretical and practical knowledge of sports education. Interested students with a flair and aptitude for sports are trained under able trainers and coaches, who enable them to excel in their chosen field. Each of the programs is developed to improve the student’s performance through a variety of advanced and unmatched training methodologies. Whether as a student-athlete, camp participant, collegiate or professional athlete looking to maintain that competitive edge, the school helps discover the strengths in every SAIoneer. Each student is motivated to select a physical activity to ensure mental and physical fitness. The training imparted to the students fundamentally gives an insight into the elementary skills. SAI Sports Academy courses are ideal for anyone who has a desire to succeed in the field of sports whether at the beginning of the career, retraining or adding additional qualifications to continue personal development. The teams of trained coaches, who are strict yet friendly, help in the attainment of personal and team goals.
The activity rooms have students experience multiple activities and interactions in small groups. Games, arts/crafts and story sacks are made available as it’s vital for children to experience small group work as well as individual and large group work. This quiet extension provides them the ideal opportunity. The simplest and most obvious activity is to create a list of body movements which increase blood flow throughout the body. The physical education teacher is available to assist where required.
Kitchen & Cafeteria
SIRS serves food for students, cooked in a hygienic kitchen, by an outsourced professional catering service. The menu includes a variety of dishes – North Indian, South Indian, Continental and Chinese cuisines, and sumptuous snacks. The well-lit, ventilated, spacious and insect free dining hall caters to all students and the staff. Faculty members dine with students and supervise their eating habits along with table etiquettes.
SIRS A Green Campus
SAI International Residential School green-campus aims to make environmental awareness and action an intrinsic part of the life and ethos of the children. The initiative mirrors the principles of green-schools and endeavors to extend learning and develop responsible attitudes and commitment to the environment at the school, at home and in the wider community.
The SIRS building is one that is in harmony with natural features and resources. Enhanced ventilation in classrooms not only reduces health issues (minimizing respiratory and other environmental illnesses) but also improves high indoor air quality. Adequate number of windows allow natural light and interiors in light colors provide a soothing environment. Daylight improves students’ concentration and performance, enhancing the overall learning environment. This reduces use of artificial light thus reducing energy cost.
SIRS uses low emitting materials such as dust free chalks and eco friendly house keeping materials. Safe cycling paths and sidewalks facilitate green transportation. Use of eco friendly vehicles reduces carbon-dioxide emissions.
Waste water management- we use dual plumbing that recycles water and water conserving attachments like low flush toilets and low flow shower heads in order to save water.
Rain water harvesting: SIRS believes in the accumulation and deposition of rainwater for reuse in the premises.
Electricity- Natural light is supplemented with LED and solar panels used both for lighting as well as heating water.
At the SIRS campus we have tried to conserve the green belt. Medicinal plants and vegetable garden, using natural manure, is maintained with the involvement of the teachers and students. This leads to a greener community.
Food and Cooking
The school kitchen is carefully planned with different sections for cooking, storage, washing. Adequate safety measures like raised platform for cooking, fire proof material, proper ventilation, drainage and waste disposal have been taken care of. Fuel conservation practices in cooking are adhered to while ensuring the safety, security and storage of ingredients, fuel and cooking devices. Adequate nutrition is carefully planned through the school menu and hygienic and nutrition preserving cooking practices are followed. The kitchen waste is composted and used in the gardens of the premises.
Good acoustical design enhances sound clarity and limits background noise to protect the speech quality for both students and teachers. At SIRS improved acoustics create a more productive learning environment for children and allows teachers to be heard without straining their voices.
SIRS believes in conserving the biodiversity through various means. The school has conserved the natural wealth around the premises and actively involves students in working towards enhancing the abundance of nature around us. We have installed recycling bins at multiple strategic points to segregate materials such as glass, paper, cans and plastic. Students enjoy the nature trail and believe in being aware of and caring towards the natural environment they are surrounded with.