As a Department of English, we educate students to become better readers, writers, listeners, and speakers. We teach students to read for an investigative comprehension of essays, stories, novels, plays, and poems. We encourage students not merely to read for literal meaning, but to think critically and interpretatively about an author's audience, premises, purposes, and rhetorical strategies. Our students learn to take pleasure in the construction of a writer's imagination. Our students learn to write not only by adhering to conventions of rhetoric, spelling, grammar, and paragraph structure, but also by finding and displaying their emerging voices in compositions that express clear, distinctive ideas. We teach our students to proofread, edit, and revise their work. Our students learn the principles of research: how to actively weigh the quality of sources and accurately document those sources. We shape our classroom into seminars where relatively small groups of students pay close attention to texts, learn to make perceptive contributions to class discussion, and listen to each other while inquisitively sharing responses to literature. In a climate of collaboration and respect, our students learn how to think, write, and speak independently with logic, conviction, and imagination.
The English Society
The English Society meets several times each academic year in order to expand the literary horizons of our students by introducing them to the work of writers 'on the scene' in today's literary world. Visiting authors and poets visit the school throughout the year, delivering workshops and feature readings.
The experience of English literature is inevitably one which we wish to nurture beyond the syllabus, and whilst Collegiate Schools students will be guided to the highest grades, each member of the Department strives to ensure that reading becomes an enjoyable fascination for our students. Thanks to the masterful organisation and endeavour of our faculty, each year features a range of Theatre Trips to the nearest location and beyond. And so, alongside such events the department also organizes a weekend spent attending talks by some of the finest living exponents of literature
Access to a foreign language brings personal and intellectual satisfaction. It opens up opportunities for meeting people of other nations, experiencing different environments and cultures and taking up residence and work in another area of the world.
At a basic level, language is a means of communicating and receiving messages, of allowing individuals to meet and form friendships and associations. Language enables people to pursue their talents and skills to express their thoughts, ideas and feelings. It also satisfies the intellectual needs of creating order and sense, of the use of memory and reasoning. At another level, the creative use of the imagination can be satisfied, for example in the appreciation of literature.
Every nation values its identity and its language and wishes to preserve and continue its traditions. Knowledge of another people's language makes their existence as real as our own and so we come to evaluate ourselves in comparison with other individuals, social groups and systems.
As a Language Department, we have clear aims and a duty to encourage our students to use their languages for personal and social satisfaction, for use in commercial and diplomatic contexts and for entry into other nations' work forces. With a good working knowledge of other languages our students can become true Indians and global citizens.
All pupils in the middle and secondary schools at Collegiate Schools study modern foreign languages - students are expected to study at least one of the following foreign language, many take two languages:
Students who speak other languages are encouraged to take a formal qualification in these languages and assistance for private tuition for this can be arranged where required. Languages commonly taken include Italian, Russian, Chinese and Japanese.
Beyond The Classroom
Modern Languages Society
The Modern Languages Society meets two or three times a term for presentations from outside speakers on a variety of topics.
Overseas Language Trips
There are annual homestay trips to towns in France, Germany, Spain and China. All students are encouraged to spend at least two weeks at some stage in the country whose language they choose to study.
Geography is the only academic discipline to pursue an understanding of mankind's place in the physical environment and, as such, the remit of the geographer is wide. On the one hand, for example, he might impinge on the territory of the astrophysicist, analysing the influence of cycles in the orbit of the earth on climatic change while, on the other, he might trespass on the stamping ground of the economist and the politician, analysing patterns of inner urban deprivation.
In no other subject is such diversity encountered and the breadth of experience gained by students at Collegiate Schools
Not only does such unparalleled diversity inform, there is a skills bonus too. Geography graduates are literate (they write essays and dissertations), they are numerate (they carry out statistical analysis) and have good computer skills. In addition, field trips bring the subject to life and add a social dimension to the pursuit of knowledge and understanding. As such, a geography education is second to none.
Beyond the Classroom
Few subjects offer greater potential for out of classroom and internet research based learning than Geography. For our first year students, we run an annual trip to various sites important for from the academics perspective in Geography. The focus of these trips is to experience different landscapes, climates and cultures and to thus deepen students' understanding of and therefore interest in the geography lessons they are studying in class.
A large number of Collegiate Schools graduates go on to study Geography or related subjects at leading universities.
Recent international incidents such as those in Afghanistan, Iraq, Egypt and Syria, all have their roots in the history of those regions, making history arguably more important than ever for anybody seeking to understand the world around them.
History is a core subject studied by all middle and secondary school students at Collegiate Schools, and it has a consistently strong take-up at CBSE or ISCE too. The History department aims to ensure that students develop a genuine enjoyment of the subject, while at the same time acquiring key skills; the ability to read historical sources with discernment, and to construct balanced and articulate arguments. Such skills provide invaluable training for the mind, and the study of history gives our pupils a powerful tool for understanding both the past and the present.
Beyond The Classroom
The Department runs help and advice sessions for all students on Monday or Friday pursuits periods throughout the year. All members of the department assist with this on a rotational basis. These classes are expanded in the run-up to examinations to provide focussed revision classes for each year group.
The History Society holds talks by visiting academics and members of the common room for both middle and secondary school students throughout the year. The society publishes an annual magazine, written and edited by members.
Each year in the holidays, the department runs a very popular trip to the historical sites and monuments across India.
Students with a real talent for history are encouraged to enter any of a number of history essay-writing competitions that are held each year both for middle and secondary school students.
The central goal of the Collegiate Schools Mathematics Department is that all of our students appreciate and understand mathematics: the beauty, the structure and the usefulness. Problem solving (analysis, description, decision-making, prediction) is the key to a solid mathematical foundation, and we prepare our students by developing number sense, algebraic and geometric fluency, estimation skills, and the ability to predict and then analyze results. Setting-up and solving real world problems and communicating solutions in written, oral and graphical form is the bedrock to the learning and enjoyment of mathematics. It is our hope that all of our students will thereby find areas of mathematics which they admire and can put to use in their lives.
The Mathematics department aims to show something of the structural coherence and intrinsic beauty of Mathematics and to point towards its applications to a diverse range of phenomena in the scientific and human worlds. There is a coursework task, which help to exemplify ways in which Mathematics is actually used. Our teaching style is a blend of the best traditional and modern practices; pupils are encouraged to use the appropriate tools for each problem - a computer, a calculator or the back of an envelope! Computing software regularly used include spreadsheets, graph plotters and dynamic geometry packages. Members of the Department are involved with all our schools in syllabus development at all levels.
Beyond the Classroom
The Department runs "help and advice" sessions every Monday and Friday pursuits period. All members of the department assist with this on a rotational basis. These surgeries also provide revision at different times of the year.
Maths Competitions and Olympiads
The top 30 or so mathematicians in each year enter the National Mathematics Contests. Those who do well qualify for the follow-up Olympiad competitions, targeted at the top 500 pupils in each year across the country.
The Science Department provides a K-12 program which stimulates enthusiasm for the subject, creates a community of students and scholars, and builds a solid foundation for the life-long appreciation of science. The curriculum emphasizes problem solving, using methodical approaches and through intuitive reasoning, and the development of scientific literacy. Our goals include teaching students through hands-on, inquiry-based learning and through evaluating evidence and information. The department stresses the importance of research skills and quantitative reasoning using various methods of investigation including observation, comparison, experimentation, and interpretation of data. Our overarching objective throughout the curriculum is to foster students' critical thinking skills, such as drawing conclusions, inferring relationships, solving problems and making predictions about the natural world. Ultimately, the Science Department is committed to showing students that science is interdisciplinary, has practical applications, and has to be understood in a larger cultural and societal context.
The Science Department at Collegiate Schools aims to provide a scientific education that is enjoyable, interesting and intellectually challenging.
Whilst the skills developed through the study of the sciences are similar, there are significant differences between the three main branches, and so all pupils are taught by specialists within each department.
Studying science is more than just learning a collection of facts and understanding ideas which may seem unrelated to modern life: it is rather a way of thinking. Pupils are taught to understand scientific principles and are then encouraged to apply them in new situations.
The courses offered include a considerable amount of practical work: this is to develop experience of the scientific method by evaluating explanations through experimental evidence. Pupils normally perform practical work or see demonstrations at least once per week.
We also want our pupils to be scientifically literate in the widest sense, and so we emphasise the social importance of scientific developments, and the factors that influence them. Historical and modern developments are studied so that pupils have an understanding of the role of scientific discovery in different cultures and of its moral, ethical and financial limitations.
The mission of the Computer Science Department at Collegiate Schools is to educate students, faculty and staff to effectively use technology in a rapidly changing society. We focus on fostering in our students a lifelong affinity for using information technology to enhance their learning and enrich their lives.
Upon graduating from Collegiate Schools, students should be able to use modern technological tools to research, synthesize, and communicate information and ideas creatively; understand how to build and utilize online communities to create their own personal learning networks; communicate and work collaboratively; discern accurate and legitimate online information from that which is erroneous or questionable; utilize technology appropriately, responsibly, and ethically, while encouraging others to do the same.
Beyond the classroom
Staff are available to help with Information and communication technology or general computing issues from 8.30am-1pm Monday to Friday.
Links with other departments
The Computer Science Department has many links with other departments. Most departments will obviously make use of Information and Communication Technology, (Spreadsheet in Economics, Data logging in Science, Composition Software in Music or CAD in Design, for example).
Social science is, in its widest sense, the study of society and the manner in which people and organisations behave and impact on the world around us.
The Social Science Department covers three separate subjects and currently courses in Economics, Politics and Business Studies. The content of all three subjects is fluid - it can change every day and often does! These are subjects then that particularly appeal to students who are engaged with the world around them and who are interested in current affairs.
Our courses are popular throughout the ability range but especially with those that appreciate discussion. There are few 'right answers' in these subjects and students able to provide strong justifiable opinions, who can also appreciate alternative arguments, inevitably perform well. As a result, students often combine these subjects with a variety of humanities subjects such as History, English, Foreign Languages and Geography, although for many they sit comfortably with Mathematics and Science.
A Social Science Society - which meets once per quarter - attracts many high profile public figures and leaders from the world of business, economics and politics as visiting speakers.