Curriculum

 

ACADEMICS

Affiliation:

MGD is affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education, New Delhi (CBSE) and offers education to girls from class I to XII. It prepares students for the All India Secondary and Senior School Certificate Examinations, for the purpose of which the school has an excellent team of well-qualified and trained staff. The medium of instruction is English. No student is eligible to take the examination (Home & Board) unless she completes 75% of attendance up to 31st January.

Primary

Our primary school curriculum is aimed at the holistic development of the girls.  We provide a stimulating and challenging environment through a plethora of activities to channelize their innate curiosity and desire to learn into a structured growth. Apart from the syllabi as prescribed by CBSE, a normal school day comprises of music, dance, games, computer, art and craft. Students are encouraged to read books through reading week and Dear programme, activities such as mask making, card making , poetry and storytelling, circle time, show and tell etc enhance their personality. Experiential learning through events like Airport Day, Monsoon bonanza, Market Day etc where simulation of actual places and activities takes place further promotes learning in a fun way. Exhibitions, Annual Day and Sports day brings out the latent potential to the fore. Sports is outsourced to an organization which works on a structured physical programme aimed at cultivating basic skills, strength, agility and speed. Teachers take extra care to inculcate etiquettes and values and respect for the school. Even during online classes teachers connected with the students through special assembly by sharing positive thoughts and good practices reinforcing values of honesty, courage and compassion.  

Middle –

Middle school is the transformational phase when girls start discovering their own identity, forming opinions and having a voice. The need for a supportive curriculum is fulfilled by teaching strategies where they are encouraged to become independent learners, venture out to research based projects and find expressions through various projects, journals, power point presentations etc. The students can choose between French or Sanskrit. Art Integrated Projects (AIP) have been introduced which further enhance their creativity and imagination.

Senior-

The senior students need a more focused, rigorous and constantly evolving academic domain. The approach  in senior classes is in sync with the New Education Policy 2020 which is experiential, socratic and  research based with  more avenues to become  independent lifelong  self-learners.    

In class IX the student may choose between Hindi, Sanskrit or French as the Second Language.

In Class X Vocational subjects are introduced such as Tourism, Apparel, Food Production, Introduction to Financial Markets, Media and Information Technology.  

In class XI and XII  three subject streams are offered. In addition to compulsory Core or Elective English, a student has to opt for four other subjects:

1. Humanities- History, Geography, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Fine Art (Painting / Dance / Music- vocal and instrumental), Commercial Art, Economics, Home Science, Physical Education, Hindi, Sanskrit core

2. Commerce- Business Studies, Accountancy, Economics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Informatics Practice, Entrepreneurship.

3. Science- Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Biotechnology, Mathematics, Computer Science, Informatics Practice.

Almost 30 different subject combinations across each stream are offered depending on the number of girls in a batch opting for the subject.

We observe subject weeks dedicated to each subject such as English week, Social Studies week, Sanskrit week etc.  to bring out the importance, relevance and connection of the subject content in our daily lives.

A Theme for the year is our guiding star for the yearly planning and execution of various activities. Theme of the week has activities structured around it to reinforce values which the girls imbibe for life such as honesty, care and share, respect, punctuality, patriotism, environment sustainability etc. 

ACTIVITIES –

Literary activities-e-literature fest comprising of different forms of public speaking such as debates, extempore, poem recitation, read-a thon, hosting IPSC lit fest “Sijan”, essay and poem writing etc help give exposure to the girls to further hone their speaking and writing skills along with boosting their confidence and out of box thinking. Other Curricular Activities- Exhibitions, cleanliness drives, Gandhi Jayanti tableau, Treasure Hunt keep up the enthusiasm and vibrancy of the learning atmosphere of the campus.   

Sports-

“Do you know what my favourite part of the game is? The opportunity to play- Mike Singletary, football player.”

Sports is important not just for physical fitness and fun but also to build personality and character. We aim at inculcating values of sportsmanship, resilience and team spirit through sports. MGD offers a range of sport activities such as Hockey, Cricket, Kho kho, Basketball, Volleyball, Taekwondo, swimming, yoga, horse riding, Tennis, Skating, Badminton, Table Tennis, Athletics and cross country. There are inter house matches, Athletic meet as well as Inter school matches. Our girls have been playing at IPSC, District and national level as also in open tournaments and bringing laurels to school. NCC is offered to girls as a subject option. MGDians have been regularly getting adjudged as Best Cadet in Rajasthan.

  Visual Arts “There is no doubt that creativity is the most important human resource of all. Without creativity, there would be no progress, and we would be forever repeating the same patterns.” —Edward de Bono 

Painting, sketching, sculpture, blue pottery, tie and dye and other diverse forms of art are practiced by our girls to bring out the artist in them.  Inter House Art fest and Inter school competitions are held regularly. On campus beautification has been taken up by girls through different art forms .

  Performing Arts-

 “And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.”   Friedrich Nietzsche

Bharatnatyam, Kathak, folk and contemporary dance, Instrumental (Violin, table, guitar, synthesizer, drums, sitar) and vocal music and dramatics help girls develop a passion towards performing arts as well as learn to appreciate it.

MUN-Model United Nation Conferences have been a major catalyst in acquiring skills like research analysis, debate and collaboration besides gaining knowledge and awareness about world events. MGD hosts Inter school MUN and also Intra House MUN every year besides organizing MUN orientation workshops for the new girls.

 Community Service- MGD has always been at the forefront of giving back to the community in the form of service as well as materials. Girls have been associated with the Jagriti group working for slum children, mobilizing contribution during disasters such as the Kerala floods and Uttarakhand earthquake, reaching out to the under privileged ‘Doosra nivala’ providing food for the poor and working with Childline and IDF and many other such activities.  

Educational Tours, Exchange programme and Internationalism-

The school organizes regular tours to various interesting places within the country so that girls learn more about their own people culture and its history.

Adventure programmes are also taken up to instill resilience survival skills and testing ones’s endurance. First ever All Girls White Water River Rafting trip of 100 kms. was organised to commemorate centenary celebrations of Rajmata Gayatri Devi.

Trips are  organised to countries abroad also and exchange programmes offered to widen their horizons and raise their awareness levels. It helps in understanding oneself better when one experiences different cultures and perspectives, including new traditions and customs and meeting new people.

Student Led Initiatives-

A very important part of our curriculum is to give more and more opportunities to students to exercise their initiatives, implement their ideas, plan, organize and execute events. And that is why we have Event Coordinators in our student council called the Cabinet. The Cabinet organizes a three-day fest called Fuchsia which includes about 30 different types of events and competitions for all age groups. This is a completely student led fest. They also organize Fuchsia Fundraiser to help donate to the various NGOs working for various social causes. Girls have taken initiative to start TED Talks and BOOK DRIVE called “School to School” where they collect books, notebooks, stationary items and other items and give it to the schools who may be in need of it.  

Environment- Tree plantation drive is taken up during Monsoon, Clean the Campus drive, putting up bird bath and bird houses all over the campus, campus walks to introduce the girls to the variety of tree cover and animals on campus and projects and posters on climate change and our role, workshops on sustainable practices such as reducing the use of plastics, garbage collection etc are some practices to inculcate a sense of responsibility towards environment protection.  

Career counselling-

A full time Counsellor along with holding workshops/talks/interactive sessions with professionals etc give insight to the students to make informed choices. The school organizes Aptitude, Interest and Personality Tests followed by one-on-one counselling with the student and her parents and resource person, regularly hosts ICTRC Career counselling seminar inviting other school students as well, organises Workshops for almost all fields of career and interactive talk sessions  covering topics such as   Study/Training   Courses/ Undergraduate Courses/ College and Institutions/ Employment avenues etc  

 Personal / Emotional/Social Counselling-

For times immemorial teachers as well as parents have been struggling hard to find a solution to behaviour problems in children. However, in recent times the nature and gravity of behaviour problems have reached such a height that they have almost given up their fight. In this scenario the role of School Counsellor has become very crucial. Students go through sessions  on time management,  how to handle Stress,  Peer Pressure, Study Skills, Memorising Techniques etc.

Parental Counselling

 Parents can take a prior appointment with the school counsellor (Dr Rachna Vyas) either through e-mail or telephone. They can send their queries on counsellor@mgdschooljaipur.com /  counsellormgd@gmail.com

Personality development and leadership

To achieve the vision of Maharani Gayatri Devi of making our pupils cultured and useful members of society, personality development workshops and activities are organized to instill confidence and self-esteem, improve communication skills, enhance emotional strength and chisel their social interactive abilities.

INFRASTRUCTURE

The school is situated on Sawai Ram Singh Road, in the heart of the city and sprawls over 26 acres. Today it has over 2700 students from all parts of India of which 300 are resident on campus, studying from Classes I to XII. The campus consists of various buildings such as Main school building, Art Cottage, Dance and Music Department, Primary wing, House of Science, Maharaja Jagat Singh wing, six boarding houses, teachers’ residence - Nivedita House, Principal's and Administrative officer's residence, Dining Hall, Guest rooms, gardens, lawns, sports fields, Meditation Hall, Infirmary, MGD Guild office, stationary shop , salon, tennis courts, basketball courts, Cricket field, open air gym, a stadium cum auditorium and a swimming pool. It is home to about sixty varieties of trees and bushes which attract a large number of birds. Peacocks further enhance the beauty of the campus. Regular tree plantation is carried out during monsoon season.

 Boarding and Hostel life

A warm, caring and safe environment which will help develop a child’s personality is what MGD offers to our boarders. The senior girls lovingly called “jija” (elder sister) creates an instant rapport and bonding with each other.   

The girls are divided in six hostels.

Grade 1 to 6 girls are housed in Lilian Hurst named after the founder principal, Ms. LG Lutter.

Grade 7 and 8 girls are in Deepshikha hostel while grade 8 to 12 are housed in different hostels as per their Houses. 

Madame Curie House girls are in Aashiana hostel,

Florence Nightingale House girls in Vidya Devi Bhavan ground floor, Helen Keller House girls in Vidya Devi Bhavan first floor and

 Sarojini Naidu House girls in Maharani Indira Devi Bhavan hostel.

        The school has a big dining hall with a capacity of serving 400 girls and teachers with best quality food at a time. Vegetarian as well as non-vegetarian meals are served. Due care is taken to keep the menu tasty as well as nutritious. A mess committee comprising of student representatives from all hostels, meets every three months to decide and deliberate on the menu to be served, dining hall rules and etiquettes.   

Personality development workshops are organized focusing on confidence building, public speaking, time management, interpersonal skills and general grooming in sync with the vision of our founder. Boarders celebrate all festivals, have cooking days when a group of senior girls prepare meals for the rest of the boarders. On Republic Day the senior girls serve food to the entire juniors and the class IV employees. Gandhi Jayanti is celebrated by cleanliness drives. The girls wash their own utensils on Sundays to give much needed support to the maids. Such traditions set in the life of a boarder, inculcates value systems such as empathy, care and compassion. The school has also provided the facility of on campus salon to the girls of higher classes as it believes in the overall grooming of students. The seniors girls are given responsibility to organize activities and clubs giving opportunities to take initiative and responsibility. Morning PT and evening sport is a must for every boarder. Outings and field trips as well as visit to orphanages further help them to expand their horizons.

Boarding life helps young girls to develop a well rounded personality and prepares them to face the future with confidence, resilience and fortitude.

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