School Life

The Objective of Education Is Learning, Not Teaching

In the educational process, students should be offered a wide variety of ways to learn, among which they could choose or with which they could experiment. They do not have to learn different things the same way. They should learn at a very early stage of "schooling" that learning how to learn is largely their responsibility -- with the help they seek but that is not imposed on them.

Traditional education focuses on teaching, not learning. It incorrectly assumes that for every ounce of teaching there is an ounce of learning by those who are taught. This is the trap of a Teaching Environment. It is a focus on content and its delivery to learners. The model is based on the concept of modernism, a belief that knowledge resides in a specific location and is shared or transferred from the one who "knows" to the one who does not.

In order to encourage learners to leave this imitation-as-goal perspective, the Learning Environment was given form, partly because of learning research relating to the computational mind theory, partly as a response to postmodernist theories. The focus of a learning environment is on the development of concepts, patterns, and relationships. It is based on the theory that knowledge is not shared, but rather constructed within each individual through either inductive or deductive reasoning. In a Learning Environment, the presentation of content is not as important as the discovery of the underlying patterns and concepts that constructed the content. An IB classroom is a student centered learning environment. Activities are designed to stimulate intellectual curiosity and to equip students with the skills to become independent learners. Structured inquiry, critical thinking, activities in which students may learn through experience are used in the classroom. The teacher is a facilitator of the learning process.

Dance improves the flexibility and helps with a much better posture and improves muscle tone. The lack of physical activity and consequent obesity problem amongst children can be offset by dance. Dancing helps to relax, reducing stress and tension. We can undoubtedly say that dancing is tantamount to children's well-rounded education, personality development and overall well-being.

I guess that’s probably the reason why Friedrich Nietzsche once quoted “Dancing in all its forms cannot be excluded from the curriculum of all noble education: dancing with the feet, with ideas, with words, and, need I add that, one must also be able to dance with the pen?"

We offer learning in both Indian classical and western dances as an integral part of the curriculum.

 

Admission

Procedure

We normally encourage prospective parents to visit the school prior to making an application.

Register Form

Applicants may complete and return the form to school office either by post or in-person along with any required additional documentation and payments.


Prospectus

We are pleased to share with you our prospectus.

Eligibility Criteria

A student seeking admission to any class in TIPS should satisfy the requirements of age limits (minimum and maximum) as determined by the local State/U.T Government.

Arts and Music

Arts

TIPS students work in a wide range of 2D and 3D media, including painting, drawing, collage, and computer graphics. There is an emphasis in student artwork on individuality and creativity in response to research as well as in response to spontaneous art activity as part of the academic curriculum.

Early & Primary School offers an engaging, challenging and active experience of the creative process. Classes are designed to encourage students to explore the world around them through the creation, and appreciation of art.

Middle School builds on this 'aesthetic enthusiasm' teaching the processes and techniques to further refine skills using a more complex range of models and concepts.

High School students will be able to demonstrate a variety of modes of analytical and perceptive thinking and independently create a high calibre of imaginative and creative work.

Music

We all love watching little children dance around the room with little or no inhibition, singing along with their favorite songs in a voice that’s clear and strong, though maybe a little out of tune. Music is an obvious outlet for self-expression and creativity. But far beyond providing an opportunity to sing and dance, researchers have shown that a strong musical education provides so much more. Music, for example, develops self-discipline. The child who allots time for practicing each day is known to develop similar habits in conjunction with other subjects as well. Organizational skills increase & the child learns what it takes to be good at something.

Ensemble experience also builds teamwork. Band members learn the importance of being a reliable member of a group and are educated as to the importance of being a team player and not necessarily always "the star."

Scientists have also discovered that learning to read music or play a musical instrument develops higher thinking skills. The child who is skilled at music excels at problem-solving, evaluation, and analysis. Music reading uses the same portion of the brain that’s used in mathematical thinking.

We believe that it is essential that music must be taught throughout the curriculum, and not just in separate areas such as orchestra and tuitions. That is one way we can assure opportunities for all students to develop their capacities more fully. Students from Kindergarten through Senior School are involved in learning Indian Classical music and Instruments.

Leadership Camps

We are partnered with the National Adventure and Leadership School (NALS) to integrate Leadership Camps into our curriculum, held at their facility in the Western Ghat Mountains.

The main objectives of these camps are:

  • Improved punctuality, Self-Discipline and Self Control
  • Building Self-confidence, attitude and self-belief
  • Enable awareness of team spirit
  • Enhance communication and inter personal skills
  • Enable problem solving skills and decision making through consensus
  • Improved leadership and Survival skills
  • Ability to face adversities and challenges head on
  • Improved risk taking ability
  • Intra and Inter group dynamics
  • Cooperation, Coordination to create synergy
  • Trust building and bonding
  • Retrospective Analysis
  • Enhanced awareness of environment and social issues
  • Improved humility and concern for fellow human beings

Why Adventure is required for developing leadership and survival skills?

Leadership and survival skills are innate in every human being based on one's DNA and experiences after birth. The hidden skills are triggered for various factors, some internal and some external. For triggering or rekindling leadership and survival skills, one must experience a higher intensity of emotional conflict over a certain period of time.

From the experiences of the armed forces we can say for sure that training programs have to be tough and of long duration to groom leadership skills. While one cannot put ordinary citizens through the training programs of the armed forces, one can provide similar intensity through adventure.

Ensemble experience also builds teamwork. Band members learn the importance of being a reliable member of a group and are educated as to the importance of being a team player and not necessarily always "the star."

Further, adventure attracts all human beings as it is challenging and exhilarating. It is important to note that floor level training programs trigger mental activity like problem solving and logic, but they are not sufficient enough to trigger natural instincts buried inside individual DNA.

Hence, NALS delivers program objectives through exciting adventure activity in addition to floor level activities.

Commute

Welcome to the TIPS Transportation Department – working with families to transport their children safely and efficiently between home and school in new generation vehicles.

Vehicles are fitted with speed governors for safety and are staffed with a helper on-board to ensure care during the travel. Because we understand the many challenges facing both local and relocating families, the TIPS Transportation Department will make every effort to arrange busing for your children from their first day of school.

In order to ensure the process runs efficiently, we would appreciate your assistance by informing us of your home address as soon as possible. Please note that requests received after March may not be processed in time for the start of the school year. However, rest assured that all steps will be taken to complete your busing requests with speed and efficiency.

Dance

Historically, dancing has been a part of our established society since the days of the primitive man. In the old civilizations, dance was always a signal that proves for something important had happened, will happen or is happening. There have been dances that thanked the universe for bountiful harvests while there have also been dances that sought respite from drought and famine. Dances were also used to prepare warriors for battle, to crown Kings and to celebrate marriages. Since times immemorial, dance has been the expression of our lives.

Essentially, dancing has been and is important because it is part of us as humans, we live, we love, we laugh and we dance. Dancing contributes immensely to the personal improvement of the child and thereby enhances all types of skills that are required for better education. Research has shown that dancing boosts child’s self-esteem and enhances confidence in them.

Dancing requires memorization and so helps children improve their overall memory when trying to remember steps. Dancing improves listening skills in children, whether it is for the instructions or for the beats. Dancing imbibes social skills in children and teaches them how to interact with their peers in a positive and a non-competitive manner. By participating in dance events, they experience what it is to participate in pure cooperative and collaborative group endeavors. They best learn to be supportive, to truly work as a team and to compromise. Dancing, in any form is an enjoyable and a wonderful form of exercise. Dancing helps the body’s circulatory system and improves cardiovascular health.

Dance improves the flexibility and helps with a much better posture and improves muscle tone. The lack of physical activity and consequent obesity problem amongst children can be offset by dance. Dancing helps to relax, reducing stress and tension. We can undoubtedly say that dancing is tantamount to children's well-rounded education, personality development and overall well-being.

I guess that’s probably the reason why Friedrich Nietzsche once quoted “Dancing in all its forms cannot be excluded from the curriculum of all noble education: dancing with the feet, with ideas, with words, and, need I add that, one must also be able to dance with the pen?"

We offer learning in both Indian classical and western dances as an integral part of the curriculum.

Residential Facility

Welcome to our 'home away from home' where unity and cultural diversity are celebrated in equal measure.

The TIPS residences are an integral part of the school community, offering separate-wing accommodation for boys and girls.

In our diverse but shrinking world society, the Residence provides a relaxed, friendly home for students from a wealth of cultures. We actively celebrate the cultural diversity of our student body, and promote internationalism as an intrinsic part of boarding life.

We aim to make every student aware that they are important individuals, and encourage them to develop into mature and responsible global citizens. We also believe that the boarding experience should encourage positive involvement, with students engaged in a wide variety of extracurricular activities.

The Residences have live-in teacher supervisors who are each assigned a group of students to support, plus school counsellors, and a campus nurse. It is vital to recognise that, in conjunction with parents, the Residence, and its highly trained staff serve the needs of the whole student - academic, physical, personal, and emotional.

Many friendships made here will endure a lifetime, and all will widen a student's understanding and appreciation of world cultures and customs. This is a special experience, and the more a student puts into the programme, the more he or she will gain from it.

The Facilities

Students have use of the Internet, Library, games rooms, and a boarders-only dining hall for breakfast and dinner. At lunch students use the purpose-built dining complex which serves up a healthy and nutritionally-balanced diet that fully embraces the multicultural diversity of our student body.

Fine Dining

The Catering Department at TIPS, enabling us to employ and train all our own chefs. We take great pride in our autonomy as it allows us to produce the type of creative, fresh and nutritious food that appeals to our multicultural community.

Here at TIPS we source only fresh ingredients from nominated and approved suppliers. Most of our daily deliveries of vegetables, fruit, dairy and meat come from local producers, meaning we can literally trace each meal from 'farm to fork'.

We keep our menus seasonal, change them regularly, and embrace the School nutritional guidelines. Your ideas and recipe suggestions are always welcome. We hope you take full advantage of our fantastic catering facilities, and look forward to serving you soon.

STEM

STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. STEM education not only addresses the demand for scientists and engineers but also is a key component of responsible, global citizenship.

The STEM education begins in early childhood when children are curious and creative and continues through college.

All children, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, or learning style, can excel in STEM disciplines and can aspire to STEM careers.

Effective teaching at all levels utilizes hands-on, minds-on inquiry into the natural world.

TIPS Learning Center offers comprehensive STEM education for P-16 market (preschool through college) using a Guided Discovery Approach.

The goal of TIPS Center for Learning is to change the world, one child at a time. We believe that true learning takes place when a student has an opportunity to discover on their own through a hands-on, experiential, learning model. By allowing children to be engaged in a learning process that excites, energizes, and exposes them to a wide variety of skills and concepts, they will discover a path that will enable them to have a more productive education.

In addition to our renowned robotics program, TIPS Center for learning center offers programs in the following areas:

  • Bio mimicry
  • Hands-on Algebra
  • Sustainable design
  • Computer Aided Design (for middle school/high school level students) with rapid prototyping
  • Principles of engineering (high school students)
  • Green Technologies
  • Regenerative Studies
  • Renewable Energy

A New Way of Thinking

IPS offers a unique curriculum that helps students 'connect the dots' between what they learn in their traditional math science classes and their 'hand-on' learning with robots This learning model helps them to internalize the concepts and understand them more effectively.

Why Robotics?

Robotics is a multi-disciplinary field, which combines mechanical, and electronics engineering, computers, math and science. You will discover breakthrough technologies in Robotics. Immerse yourself in the most forward-looking discipline of our time. The structure and content of the camp is based on models successfully implemented throughout the country.

A unique way to explore the world of robotics exactly as it is taught at the top institutions in the world.

  • Makes learning fun, engaging, and inspiring
  • Provides highly practical hands-on experience
  • Gives a head-start in preparing for high school and college
  • Develops critical thinking skills and problem solving strategies
  • Enables learner to develop and express creativity
  • Develops the ability to work collaboratively in teams
  • Help your student develop an intuitive understanding of physical concepts in science and math
  • Helps to excel in math and science and choose a career in science and technology
  • Enables learner to appreciate and realize technology
  • Build confidence and self-esteem
  • Prepare your student for the fast-paced competitive world.

Weekend Leisure

The residential children have the option of enjoying age appropriate movies from a vast library of movies under various categories like, science fiction, comedy, action etc. Movies are screened on Saturday evenings.

An exceptional sports programme

Welcome to TIPS, where we offer an energetic and diverse sports programme. We aim 'to promote and teach the values associated with healthy living, encouraging a lifelong enjoyment of physical activity', thereby making a major contribution to the overall education of our students.

We pride ourselves on the high level of student involvement in sports, and believe that participation in purposeful, competitive interscholastic athletics will help our student’s lead full and valuable adult lives. Our competitive edge is balanced by a commitment to a 'student first, winning second' principle, and our enthusiastic and experienced coaches encourage everybody to take part.

In the mandatory school programme, comprising soccer, basketball, cricket, badminton, table tennis, volley ball, swimming and track & field, is complemented by the Youth Sports Programme (YSP). This programme takes place on Saturday mornings or after school hours from Monday to Friday, when there is coaching in a variety of sports including soccer, basketball, cricket, badminton, swimming.

If your child joins TIPS, we hope that he or she will become an integral part of the school's sporting life, not only gaining valuable athletic experience, but also building strong friendships along the way.

Field Trips

Learning in New Environments

The boredom of the classroom may lead some kids to lose interest in a particular subject. This is especially true for difficult subjects, but it can happen with pretty much anything. New environment can provide challenges that allow for more individual learning, while classroom teaching is often generalized and many times targeted to the slowest learners in the group. Through these luring field trips, kids have a chance to go the extra step and take on as much information as they want and can.

Having Fun

Field trips are a great way to break out of a rut, end a boring subject or bring life into something that seems particularly difficult. It also gives kids a chance to get to know each other and interact in a more relaxed environment, without the pressure of grades or the constraints of classrooms and grades.

Other Events

Supporting academic excellence with a well-rounded programme.

TIPS encourages every student to engage in a rich and diverse student life. From Pre-K to 12th Grade, across day & boarding, our schools support a comprehensive range of academic, extracurricular, sports, field trip, community service, expeditions and leadership camps that aim to stimulate as well as inspire student participation.

  • Children’s Day
  • Christmas
  • Independence Day
  • Lamp Festival
  • Pongal
  • Student Led Parent Conference
  • Teachers Day
  • TIPS Placement Cell

    The joy of finishing school is often subdued by the anxiety and apprehension over what is to be done next. Students and parents find themselves fretting over an endless array of career options, best institutes and popular courses, even before the child enters 9th grade.

    It is imperative for students to identify their aptitudes, interests, career goals and aspirations in order to make well-informed decisions concerning higher education.

    The school not only aims at preparing students academically but also in guiding them towards a rewarding and satisfying higher education and career. Hence, the school has commissioned TIPS Placement Cell for the sole purpose of guiding and counseling students for higher studies leading to their career choice. The main objective of the Placement Cell is:

    • Working towards developing clarity of purpose in the student’s mind about their academic goals and professional choices.
    • Facilitating and motivating the students to shortlist good - fit colleges, universities and institutions for higher studies in India and abroad.
    • Providing updated and latest information on changes in International and National application process, SAT exams, application deadlines and guidelines for college applications.
    • Guiding students with the nuances of writing effective College Essays, Personal Statements (Statement of Purpose) and also coordinating with teachers and students for recommendation letters as per the college requirements.
    • Counseling and guiding the students to link their career choices backwards to their higher education plans and further, to their subjects/streams after Grade VIII for IGCSE and Grade X (for CBSE and IB Diploma).
    • Organizing student development workshops, University Road Shows, College Fairs, University Visits and talks by eminent persons so as to expand the horizon of opportunities.
    • Reviewing all college applications and personal resume and achieve the strongest possible application.
    • Creating and maintaining a network of TIPS Alumni to extend our connection beyond school and for the statistics of the placements after their Grade 12.

    TIPS has proudly partnered with Univariety – a Singapore based organization that mentors students and ensures that they have multiple higher study options (both domestic and international) to choose from. Univariety provides a support system to the school counselor to manage all the senior students in a systematic manner. Additionally, our students and parents can also interact with the Univariety team of experts continuously through an online system linked to the school website.