The Religion Department at Collegiate Schools seeks to offer courses that are broad in scope and often inter-disciplinary in approach, yet also deep and personal.
Our courses try to honour the same balance of rigorous intellectual inquiry and existentially urgent self-discovery that informed the school's curriculum over the last 100s of years. Additionally, we are eager to respond creatively to the dynamic, pluralistic school of today, where almost the whole spectrum of religious traditions and practices can be encountered and explored. Drawing whenever possible upon this unique environment, we hope to ask questions that will linger in the minds of our students well beyond their time at Collegiate School.
Thus, our offerings include courses in particular religions and sacred texts, theology, philosophy and ethics, sociology of religion, religion and the arts, science and religion, etc. Questions of personal identity, in all their complexity, are central to our work.
Of course, we recognize that helping students explore views of the world that are explicitly not secular may be foreign to some. While we seek to be personal, we do not seek to be creedal. Some of us are people of faith; others are not. But as scholars, we have come to recognize that some of civilization's most ancient questions and responses continue to animate modernity, and we believe a Collegiate education can only be complete if it offers students some perspective on such questions.
We at Collegiate Schools recognise that religion is clearly an important political and ideological phenomenon and can appreciate the potential value of a serious academic subject that teaches a variety of worldviews, including ethics.
Legally, if a parent or guardian requests it, pupils can be withdrawn from our courses on Religion. However, in Collegiate Schools where instruction on religion can become cross curricular and creep into other subjects such as Geography and History, withdrawal is impractical.
A school of online learners
The creative integration of ICT technologies supports Collegiate Schools' strong academic program and impressive results.
At Collegiate Schools, ICT fosters independent thinking, problem solving and collaborative learning and allows students (and faculty) to actively engage in their learning, at home, at school, and anywhere in the world.
From interactive whiteboards and lego robotics in our primary school, to laptops, tablets, digital media, and other electronic resources in our secondary and higher secondary school, our digital environment takes students into new worlds of curriculum possibilities.
Our ICT programs are part of a philosophy which values life-long learning. They enable our student and teacher community to develop essential knowledge, skills, practices and attitudes.
Collegiate Schools' laptop program
Students from Kindergarten to Class V have access to computer laboratories, and all students from Class VI to Class XII are encouraged to use school-owned laptops in class and at home, to develop digital literacy, enable research, and improve their creative, logical and lateral thinking.
The laptop program includes wireless connectivity, insurance and warranty, along with IT support, software and maintenance.
Collegiate Schools has been amongst the first schools globally to introduce a laptop program, in 1995, and remains at the forefront of providing digital learning opportunities for our students.
The 'global' Collegiate Schools Portal
While the public website is open to all visitors, Collegiate Schools' password-protected Portal, for parents, staff and students, provides secure, remote access to helpful information for our community.
Parents can keep in touch about school events, while staff and students have access to key resources from any web-enabled computer in the world.
The Portal is a dynamic tool which streamlines tasks and improves communication and planning.
Collegiate Schools' online environment allows teachers to customise students' learning. Teachers can ask students to cast a vote, express an opinion, answer a question, respond to a survey, or participate in lively real-time, online class discussions.
Integral to the planning and implementation of Collegiate Schools' ICT program are:
Debating is an important co-curricular extension activity for students in secondary and higher secondary classes. All students are encouraged to participate. Debating provides a unique opportunity for students to develop skills in structured argument, reasoning and persuasion. Debating also calls for strong teamwork, listening and research skills. Debaters develop the ability to think critically and articulate their views about philosophical, ethical and moral issues and current affairs.
Collegiate Schools debaters receive ongoing training in debating. Our debaters participate in training days run by debaters from leading Universities. In addition to the School competitions and Debating Network (DN) competitions, Collegiate School debaters compete against a variety of schools in the region in debating contests.
Collegiate School students are also active participants in public speaking competition. Collegiate School students of all ages enjoy extending their writing skills by participating in creative writing workshops. They also enter a range of internal and external competitions, in the region and nationally.
Broadly, in Design & Technology (D&T), Collegiate Schools aim to develop a way of working in which students investigate or research a given situation or brief and use their findings, understanding, knowledge and skills to design and make a solution. D&T draws on knowledge and skills from many areas of the curriculum. At Collegiate Schools, the principal subjects taught within the Department are Food Technology, Product Design (which encompasses Resistant Materials, Electronics, Graphics, Systems and Control) and Textiles Technology. Design & Technology intervention is for the pupils between class VII and class X.
Food: All students undertake the Food Technology 'Basic Skills' course.
Product: Introduction to the materials required to design and make well constructed and effective products.
Textiles: Design and make a decorative cushion by using a sewing machine and embellishment techniques.
Food: All students undertake 'intermediate' skills and 'Design and Make' a loaf of bread. They also learn how to use four major pieces of equipment.
Product: Students analyse existing products and markets which enables students to design and produce desirable products such as jewellery and related marketing materials.
Textile: Design and make nightwear, drafting paper pattern and constructing the garment.
Food: The main focus is on Nutrition and Healthy eating, design and make savoury food products which could be sold as 'Food on the move' as a part of the project.
Product: Applying the design and make skills learned in Class VII and VIII to design and create potentially marketable products.
Textiles: 'Design and Make' a bag at the end of the project. Students make own choices regarding style, fabric and embellishments.
Class X onwards, all subjects offered use international curriculum specifications. These are Food Technology, Product Design, Textiles Technology and Product Design (Textiles Technology).
Food: A large proportion of the international syllabus, including a decorative fruit cake project, extended basic skills, Nutrition, Cooking and Preservation.
Product Design: A series of design and make projects which examine methods of production, CAD/CAM techniques, the history of design movements, marketing and packaging, and graphic representation of ideas.
Textiles Design and development, Industrial practices and mass production, practical skills, mini project â€“ students design and make a product taking inspiration from a culture of their choice.