Outside the Classroom
Music is a required course for every student at Sancta Maria International School, from preschool through grade 12. We hold a strong conviction that musical experiences provide tremendous self-development benefits. At Sancta Maria International School, each student chooses a musical instrument for specialization from grade 4 upwards and will learn to play that musical instrument all through that year. Students have the choice of mastering the synthesizer, guitar or violin, for which they will receive certification from the Trinity College of Music, London, UK.
Dance is a vehicle of cultural expression for any human being. It is expected that all students of Sancta Maria International School in the primary years should have opportunities to develop a practical understanding of Classical Indian and Western dance styles. Students are expected to develop skills, knowledge and understanding of the special character of dance and various dance forms as they have evolved and developed in India and over the world. They are also trained in the appreciation of the form and function of dance.
Drama at Sancta Maria provides students with a wide range of opportunities to pursue their interest in acting, stage directing or technical stage skills. We have an open-air amphitheatre with a capacity of 1500 and other excellent facilities for training in drama. The dramatic arts are specifically used to help students overcome reticence and shyness, and to develop the ability to overcome stage fright and fear of interacting with strangers. Drama also helps students understand and analyse human gestures, character and behaviour, and explore their own selves through role-play.
- Art and Craft
- Best Out of Waste
The first three months are aimed at giving a taste of these activities to the students. These include aerobics, yoga, dance, community service, etiquette and manners, music, debate and theatre. A specially designed activity lesson is a reserved slot in an academic day to balance and integrate play and studies. The activities planned for the current year are:
- Words-Worth: This activity helps children build their vocabulary in a fun and exciting way.
- News Views: This activity inculcates the habit of newspaper reading among students and develops critical thinking through an understanding and analysis of the impact of news on us.
- Culinary Bustle: This activity translates the human appetite for food into an innovative language arts learning game.
- Fitness Frolic: This is a general fitness regime to energise and rejuvenate the body and prepare the mind for learning.
- Scratch Coding: This activity helps the students enhance their game development and animation skills.
- Young Authors/World of Orators/Dramatics: As part of this activity, the language skills of students are strengthened through role-playing performances.
- Kathak: Kathak goes beyond mudras and postures. It gives freedom to express not just through body, but also through one’s eyes and face. This dance form also aids in experiencing emotions and serves as a tonic for the mind and soul apart from being a good source of exercise for the body.
- Jazz Dance: Jazz dance is a form of exercise, an artistic expression, and also a stress reliever. This fast-paced form of dancing engages students’ stamina, balance and focus. The complex moves, twists and sequences push a dancer’s physical and mental boundaries.
- Strokes of compassion: Strokes of compassion focuses on developing students’creativity through colours as they work on ‘art for a cause’.
- Parasailing: This activity is conducted at safe locales under the supervision of trained instructors and gives students a refreshing break from their routine academic schedule.
- Robotics: Robotics helps students develop the skills of robot conceptualization and design.
- Entrepreneurship: This activity session equips students with critical thinking, problem-solving, teamwork and presentation skills.