Junior school comprises of seven classes, Nursery and Prep being
the non-formal classes, called the kindergarten, and Standard I
to V known as the primary classes. Formal teaching begins at Class
entry point is the Nursery class.
the Nursery level, the main objective is to socialise the child
so that he/she may feel at ease while inter-acting with peers and
adults. It is this feeling of being at ease with one's self and
the others which helps the child to achieve the other objectives,
scholastic and non scholastic. The five basic skills, the language
skill, the mathematical skill, the creative skill, the social skill
and the scientific skill are developed through non-formal approach
i.e. the play way method.
are encouraged to speak, sing, dance, act, appreciate, play, exercise,
draw, paint, do craft, predict, analyse, draw conclusions, measure,
classify and record. They are exposed to the pre-reading and pre-writing
skills. Ample opportunities are provided for honing these skills,
which cut right through the Kindergarten and the primary curriculum.
Excursions and out door activity form a major part of the Kindergarten
activities. There is no regimentation and hence no uniform for Nursery
and Prop children.
Sabhas, class and house assemblies give children a platform to display
their talents. Cultural Evenings, Annual Day and Sports Festival
are some of the Annual functions to which parents are invited. The
themes of the items presented are value based.
the Junior School, the approach followed for the teaching-learning
process is the Environmental Studies approach, which is child centred
and activity based, whereby subjects are not taught in isolation
but in an integrated way through various topics. There are no formal
exams or tests. Evaluation is a continuous process based on day-to-day
STRUCTURE AND CURRICULUM OF THE SCHOOL
VI, VII, VIII
The curriculum and syllabus
is designed to help students take one more step forward and to develop
creative ideas and thought. The Middle School poses more demands
on the students, but the integrated courses prepare them to meet
Basic core of academic subjects: English (the medium of instruction),
Mathematics, Hindi, Social Studies and Science.
Third language - choice of any one of the following: Russian, German,
Spanish, Tamil, Urdu, Sanskrit.
Creative arts: dance, music, art and craft.
Physical education is compulsory, and sports may also be conducted
before or after school hours.
Work experience is a conscious effort to bridge the gap between
manual and intellectual work.
There are written and oral tests each term. Evaluation is based
purely on internal assessments. Promotion to the higher class is
based on the average of three terms.
Std IX and
The curriculum is laid down according to the 10+2 pattern of education
adopted by the CBSE. Within the given framework, a broad approach
has been introduced, to provide opportunities to broaden the horizon
of knowledge and to develop skills.
The basic core subjects: English, Hindi, Mathematics, Science (Physics,
Chemistry, Life Sciences), Social Sciences (History, Geography,
Optional: continuation of Russian, French or German language.
Art Education: choice of any one of the following: music, dance
or fine arts.
Physical education is compulsory, and comprises of athletics, gymnastics,
rhythmics, callisthenics and team games.
Work experience: choice of any one of the following options for
socially useful productive work- commercial art, interior design,
tie and dye, batik, photography, sculpture, electronics, meal planning
or computer science.
Education for all: each student becomes a member of the literacy
campaign, and makes one individual literate each year.
Internal assessment as well as written examinations at the end of
each term determines the promotion.
Std XI and
The curriculum is based on the CBSE's 10+2 pattern of education.
a) Non-Medical group: Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Computer
Science and Economics.
b) Medical Group: Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics, Computer
Science and Home Science.
c) Commerce Group: Business Studies, Accountancy, Economics, Mathematics.
d) Humanities Group: (four of the following) History, Geography,
Political Science, Economics, Sociology, Home Science, Fine Arts,
Physical Education, Vocal Music.
*English, Physical Education, General Studies and Community Service
are compulsory for all groups.
Community Service options: theatre craft, hospital service, non-formal
education classes, farm work experience, health education for slum
dwellers and work in adopted community areas.
Education for all: Each student becomes a member of the literacy
campaign, and makes one individual literate each year.
Internal assessment as well as written examinations at the end of
each term determines the promotion.
Springdales school has a host of clubs with high enrolments and active participation, covering different interests and skills. The following are some of them.
Following an inspiring speech by Mrs. Agnes Msimaing about the condition of the people of South Africa, Springdales started the Africa Club in 1971, as an expression of Springdalian solidarity with the suffering of fellow brethren. ANC's representatives have kept the club members abreast with information since then. The members have never been mere spectators. They have organised signature campaigns, petitions and marches in support of the African people.
After release from prison, Mr Nelson Mandela visited India, and the Africa Club members had
the opportunity to sing for him at the Taj Palace Hotel in Delhi. In recent years the club has
looked towards the development of South Africa as a free nation. Africa Week is a regular annual
celebration in Springdales, creating awareness and strengthening support. In 1999, six student
members, accompanied by Principal Mrs Jyoti Bose and staff member Mrs Kusum Verma, visited South Africa, met Dr Nelson Mandela and visited Robben Island.
Vasundhara and Vasuvrishti
Both these clubs encourage youth to love nature and to think green and clean. They are all set to take up grassroots
campaigns for environmental change. Their members have participated in the Millennium Young People's Congress at
Hawaii, interacting with 700 other youngsters from 103 countries, to formulate youth priorities and solutions for the new
millennium. Among other activities is the observation of wildlife week, interaction with junior students on environmental
issues, campaigns on the banning of fire crackers, planting of trees, supply of waste paper to paper recycling plants and sale of recycled paper products at Springdales' annual winter carnival.
The Energy Club at Springdales is part of Vasundhara. This section of the club
endeavours to become a channel of awareness and information, to stop the wasteful
expenditure of energy and to motivate youth to conserve energy. The Energy Club
works hand-in hand with Worldwide Fund for Nature in India towards protecting the
environment. Club meetings disseminate important information on conservation. The club has undertaken an integrated campaign for air pollution mitigation in Delhi. Members have conducted surveys, recorded data, identified fossil fuels, learnt to conserve
energy at home and designed energy-efficient house plans. They have also won laurels in various WWF competitions creating energy writers, artists, debaters and architects. Intra-school activities include activities for students of the middle school.
The Interact Club is part of the Rotary Club, Chanakyapuri, and is run by the Social Work department of Springdales School. It aims at sensitising youth to social issues, so that they may fulfil their social responsibilities. Regular annual activities include the blood donation camp, collection of donations and fund-raising during national calamities, and the sale of products made by
mentally and physically challenged people. Seminars are organised by the club on topics
such as career guidance, growing problems, and AIDS awareness. Through workshops and
picnics, members of all ages are exposed to less fortunate youth, interacting with spastic students, and
the hearing impaired. Literacy related work includes adult education, and students bring their adult domestic help to these programmes. A
textbooks-uniforms-toy bank makes distributions to slum dwellers. Along with Shramik Vidyapeet, a sewing center is run in the school premises, as a vocational centre. To promote health and hygiene, the interactors design posters for display in bastis.
The Gorky club dates back some twenty years, attempting to enrich and deepen the students'
knowledge of the Russian language and to maintain Indo-Russian ties. Russian films, traditions, food
festivals etc help the members of this club to appreciate another culture
the country. In 2001, a team from Springdales attended the International Olympiad of Russian Language and
Literature, and returned loaded with medals. Some
future plans include the Gorky library and the staging of Russian plays.
For the past eight years, the UNESCO club has made its efforts towards promoting peace, tolerance and international understanding, respect for other cultures and respect for human rights. It has been involved in world related events. Guided by the Confederation of UNESCO Clubs and Associations of India, the members become aware of the UN's contributions to the world. Peace marches, debates, workshops and special assemblies for international days are some of the regular activities of the club. The Peace March of 2000 in Delhi was lead by Springdalians carrying eye-catching placards A special award was presented to this club for outstanding promotion of International Understanding. The school's Principal and a member of the staff were sent to attend a World Education Conference in Tokyo last year.
This club helps Springdalians to remain aware of the rich heritage and values of our own country. Regular activities increase the students' knowledge and understanding of our diverse culture, ignite the senses to the aesthetic beauty of our traditions, highlight the relevance of these in present-day life, and instil patriotism and a love for the motherland. A variety of methods - poetry, dance, music, lectures, demonstrations, competitions and displays help achieve the goals of the club.
Metlink Club: Crosswinds
This club, the first of its kind in India, was initiated by Mr Colin Prouse, a visiting teacher, Head of Geography from Bedales School, UK. It is part of a worldwide network of schools involved in studying global weather patterns. Started in 1999, the club enrols students of the Senior school, who are interested in Geography. Crosswinds has participated in two Weather data collection projects organised by Metlink International Royal Met Society, UK, monitoring temperature, humidity, pressure, and wind speed and direction. In 2000, the club joined the weather data collection school project with NASA, where the observations made are used to validate the observations made by the NASA satellite, an integral part of the research done by CERES (Cloud and Earth's Radiant Energy System) team at Langley Research Centre, Hampton, VA., USA.
The club has a membership of 70 students and includes activities like educational tours, informative wall magazines and Neem plantation. The club looks forward to more global interaction.
You can get in touch with Crosswinds at the following e-mail address:
The Astronomy club members keep a close watch on the heavenly bodies. Comets, stars and the night sky are their canvas. The members have attended workshops conducted by the Astronomer's Association of Delhi. Their wall magazines keep the student body closely watching the events in the skies, well informed and aware.
This club popularises science and helps develop a scientific temperament in students and infuse the spirit of discovery. Their activities help members keep abreast with the latest advances of science and their effect on human life. They also participate in Science Olympiads.
This club was formally inaugurated by Dr Dinesh Singh, a renowned mathematician, in February 1999. The main objective of the club is to spread the love of mathematics and to make the learning of this subject enjoyable. The yearlong activities help students to be creative, innovative and logical in their approach to life. Quizzing, time-bound tests, symposia, guest lectures and displays of the work of renowned personalities in the field are some of the club's many activities. Particularly eye-catching is the club's wall magazine posing interesting mathematical solutions and problems. The club prides itself on the high student membership and the popularity of the club.
ACES - Association of Computer Enthusiasts of Springdales, the computer club, has in mind, the need of the times. Since 1999 it has tried to cultivate the knowledge of computers and related fields among students. It gives opportunities to students with talent, and exposes them beyond the curriculum. Students prepare presentations, compete in computer-based competitions, quiz on the subject, and dabble in web designing. The Junior school has a separate Computer club.
This club was instituted in the year 2000, with the sole aim of increasing nutrition awareness amongst young people. However, the activities of the club also focus on the development of healthy individuals. The club organises Poster competitions, salad making competitions, nutrition quiz and such activities, to achieve its aims. The club also proposes to have one week in the year devoted to nutrition, and to formalise its membership for students of standards IX upward.
The Quiz club is a recent addition to a long line of clubs at Springdales. It hopes to inculcate intelligent curiosity and a thirst for knowledge among students. The name itself signifies the electric impulses generated at the nerve-ends, when messages and thoughts are transferred in the human body, thereby symbolising the sharp intellectual activity that takes place while quizzing. Intra-school and inter-school activities are being planned.
Das Memorial Declamation Contest
This prestigious annual event brings together students from various
schools of Delhi. It is a true test of intelligence and awareness,
when the topics for declamation are given only 30 minutes prior
to the commencement of the competition. Topics range from moral
issues to women's empowerment, to topical matters.
Every year one week is dedicated to the love of books. All activities
and subjects are linked with the joy of reading. From book jacket
designs to cartoon making, all competitions and projects find their
place at the Book Week exhibition on the final day, when major publishing
houses display their latest books.
Springdales was the first school to give over the reins of the school
to its students to run the organisation on September 5th, the birthday
of the nation's eminent Teacher and philosopher Dr Radhakrishnan,
President of India, and named as Teachers Day by the Govt of India.
This has been an annual feature from 1969 to the present.
Since 1999, Springdales has hosted this annual event in the memory
of India's first foreign secretary, who concretised and implemented
Pandit Nehru's vision for International Understanding. It gives
students the opportunity to express their opinion
on issues of national and international concern.
These are held every year for both senior and junior students, when
they read papers and prepare special projects on a variety of topics.
Renowned personalities in the field of art and science judge the
A great day for Springdalians -past and present, to meet, the Winter
Carnival sees the artistic creations of students and staff at all
counters. It is also a day for team effort and new ideas.
Since the eighties, the school has been organising the International
Children's Festival in the theme of friendship and peace. Every
year the children from different embassies in New Delhi come together
for an evening of music, dance and painting.
Wilson Memorial Book Discussion
This event is held every year in the memory of the former Head of
the English Department. A variety of interesting books have
been discussed each year.
Rai Memorial Contest
This annual event is an inter-school competition for investigatory
projects in Mathematics. The competition aims at fostering, in young
people, "a sense of exploration of new possibilities", a pedagogic
principle innovated by the late Mr Niamat Rai, a renowned mathematician
and long associate of Springdales school.
and Farewell ceremony
This is a touching ceremony for the passing batch of Class twelve,
when they take an oath with lighted candles, before a colossal globe,
to pass on the light of knowledge they have gained, to other people
in the world, and to use their education for the betterment of the
world they live in.
Song Competition, Sports Day, the Joint Swimming Meet, the Investiture
Ceremony for new prefects, the School's Birthday, Hiroshima Day,
International Literacy Day and National Days, are all occasions
that are special and impressive at Springdales.
The school also regularly
hosts lecture demonstrations under the auspices of Spic Macay, a
non-profit organisation that aims to promote cultural literacy among
OF ANNUAL DAY FUNCTION
The school has always valued the performing and plastic arts. It is believed that through art and culture the school's philosophy could come alive and make a big impact on the minds of its pupils. In 1965 the first Mega Dance Drama MAN THROUGH THE AGES was staged with a cast of 800 students in the school premises with the active support of Mr Alkazi, Director of the National School of Drama. It had deep social content and the script and tape of the Dance Drama was used by the NCERT as an educational aid in Social Studies. In successive years a variety of subjects have been dealt with - The World of the Child, The Story of Delhi, The Gift of the Ganga, The World of Sport, The Song of India, The Seasons of Life and India Alive, are some of the impressive shows that have received great appreciation. It is also a time to display the skill and talent of the Art, Music and Dance departments of the school.