Co-Curricular Activities

Beyond Academics/Extra Co-Curricular Activities

Only a healthy child can learn effectively and good health leads to better learning. Many activities are necessary for development of the affective and psychomotor domain. The activities like games and sport, art and music, craft work etc. are termed as co-scholastic activities. The term co-scholastic activities is used for both cognitive and non-cognitive development that can take place by exposing the child to the scholastic and non-scholastic subjects. Art Education including local art, craft, literature and skills ,Health and Physical Education, Yoga, traditional games, indigenous sports, NCC, Scouts and Guides, Martial Arts etc. are integral parts of the curriculum and to be included in the routine of the schools for the holistic development of children

VPS believes that International learning and knowledge propels students towards acceptance and understanding of an array of different cultural and community perspectives. It creates awareness and adoption of alternative, multi-faceted approaches to learning. It gives analytical and problem solving skills to the International students by initiating International Culture Exchange . VPS is committed to enhance the interest of its students in global issues as well as a broader general knowledge. It helps the students in self-development and awareness leading to enhanced self-confidence and self-esteem.. Student’s integration into another family and school as well as the development of life-long friendships, foster an appreciation of home and family.

Competition

The approach to education at VPS is holistic, where excellence in academics seamlessly merges with excellence in co-curricular activities and sports, thereby developing well-rounded and wholesome personalities. Participation in sports and cultural events is an integral part of the school curriculum. The school activity calendar is a judiciously planned mix of literary, cultural and sports events. At the pre primary level competitions are discouraged and instead, festivals are organised. The tiny tots are encouraged to participate in various cultural and sporting events, without the pressure of winning and losing.

The true fighting spirit gradually gets introduced from class 1 onwards - when all the competitions are held at an inter-house level.

Be it inter-house sporting competitions, literary weeks, or music and dance competitions, students strive hard to better the position of their house and hence the competitive spirit which comes to the fore in these contests, builds up and eventually the child becomes sturdy to face all competitions that he will be meted out in everyday situations in the future. In addition to these calendar events, special school assemblies are organised to mark important festivals and national occasions like the Independence Day, Janmashtami, Dussehra, Diwali, Republic Day and the like. Participation in these national red-letter calendar events inculcates a sense of Indianans and an appreciation of the Indian culture and tradition with special music compositions and dance choreographies, children are inculcated with a special sense of pride and uniqueness towards their culture. In short the school world at VPS reverberates with the sounds of sports, the melodies of music and the rhythm of dance. The atmosphere provided to the student is conducive to his physical, mental and emotional development.

Performing Art

Music

The Music Program at VPS is designed to create and deepen students’ understanding of and love for the music through knowledge of music, self-discipline, and continued performance.

The music faculty in our curriculum development team recognizes that the final outcome, the performance, is unique and must be balanced well between the technical requirement of one’s craft and the artistic vision and persistence of the performer.

The students can be involved in music in a variety of ways like in band, orchestra, choir, Indian music or western music.

Our School is known for the strength and depth of our music programmes. We try to make it possible to provide expert individual instruction for piano, strings, brass, woodwind, percussion, voice, classical guitar and Indian classical instruments.

The Indian music programme includes not only instrumental instruction, but also traditional singing. Frequent and ongoing recitals and concerts are the key to encourage performance from an early stage.

Essential performance-based programs introduce small groups of students to a discipline that they may go on to study in individual music instruction. The basics of music theory are taught in the initial courses. Individual music instruction is offered at all levels of study. Through discipline and technical development, teachers and instructors seek to provide the skills necessary for students to participate in ensembles so as to allow students achieve their individual goals.

Arts & Crafts

As VPS we believe that the skills for visual expression are best developed and honed when students approach their work with joy, curiosity, creativity and discipline. We believe that the students discover their own artistic potential in many ways – sometimes through basic arts workshops and painting and drawing classes and other times while working on an academic project. As the students learn about the basic techniques needed to give artistic form to an idea or a concept, they learn to understand art and craft with respect to other disciplines, i.e. mathematics, science, history, geography, literature, technology, or even music.

Irrespective of the artistic inclination, interest or abilities, we provide all the students opportunity to experience, recognize, and appreciate the beauty of a line, the power of a brushstroke, and the harmony inherent in a well-formed earthen bowl.

We focus on various forms of art ranging from ceramic applications and sculptural techniques to woodworking, drawing and painting and even using technology in the form of multimedia, animation film making etc.

Drama

At VPS drama is an integral part of Performing Arts and we consider it is an important life skill. From early years, we provide a stage to all our students. Such an exposure gives our students’ self-confidence and develops the skills related to self-expression and communication. We provide such opportunities to all our students, including those with little or no experience. We expose students to a variety of theatrical styles and techniques.

In early years, we focus on creativity, imagination, expression and collaboration. This is achieved through concentration on physical and vocal exercises, improvisation techniques, storytelling, and fundamental approaches to scene study.

For higher classes, we shift our focus on history of theatre, text interpretation and performance and also to adjoining fields of playwriting and design. In our annual function, the performance of students is commendable. Our students literally ‘take over the stage’ and come out with their own unique script and performance including the sound, light effects. Even the make-up and props are finalised by the students.

Students at VPS are not just actors, they work as technical specialists, sound engineers, light specialists, stage managers, set and costume designers etc.

Besides the annual function, there are various school-plays, house-plays and other plays held on special occasions or even in interschool or intra school competitions.