Mia Raksha Talia & Tasha are Inventure Academy’s four legged therapy specialists! Pet Therapy was introduced at school keeping in mind the many positives of having dogs on campus. Our four Golden Retrievers have been trained in Pet Therapy since they were two months old and provide social & emotional support & comfort to students & faculty. They help lower anxiety levels and increase mental stimulation, cognitive & emotional functioning. Having our goldies around has increased the happiness quotient of an already happy Inventure and students & faculty look forward to seeing them every day.
Co-curricular Activities SportsWe equip our students with a whole medley of tools to build on their strengths and be the best they can to manage the challenges of the outside world. Sports is one of the most fun, joyous and effective of these tools. It teaches children to respect their bodies, make decisions, be positive and work with others. We know that the healthy, physically active student is more likely to be academically motivated, balanced, alert, and successful. So a daily dose of sports is compulsory for all our students upto Grade 4. Grades 5 & 6 have four periods per week and Grades 7 to 12 have 3 sports periods per week. Children must put back their own equipment, inculcating responsibility and discipline. Being ‘prepared for life’ is part of our vision; and our comprehensive and outstanding sports programme, taught by a highly qualified Sports Department, (supplemented by sports equipment, fields and spaces that are superlative in quality and quantity), incorporates global best practices. Our sports programme is structured like this:
- Kindergarten to Grade 4: Exploring and discovering basic locomotor movement skills, gross movement patterns, and the fundamental skills of team and individual sports. Also, sports day activities for kindergarten.
- Middle School: Building upon fundamental skills and learning sports and rules.
- High School: Learning strategies and skills for competitive play. Specializing in at least 2 sports which students can play competitively.
- Athletics (Track and Field)
- Table Tennis
- Ultimate Frisbee
- Six Tennis Courts (4 clay + 2 hard courts)
- Three Basketball Courts
- Table Tennis tables
- Cricket pitch + practice nets
- Artificial Soccer turf
- Athletics track
- A large Sand Pit play area
- Swimming pool
- Adventure (obstacle) Course, including a climbing wall.
Striving for the highest standards we partner with the world class tennis coaching facility, ZATA, headed by former Indian Davis Cup champion and the current Indian coach, Zeeshan Ali. ZATA@Inventure is prepares our young tennis enthusiasts for competitive play beyond school and inter-school tournaments.www.zeeshanalitennisacademy.com
In primary and pre-primary school, children have music, art and dance as an integral part of their curriculum. Besides these, KG- Grade 5 have PODs which include acting, gymnastics and more as electives. PODs, from the idea of ‘peas in a pod’ means students and teachers work together on non- academic activities they are both interested in, which encourage and sharpen skills in the areas of performance and visual arts.
From Grade 6, children can choose music, art, drama , dance, video editing, photography, fashion designing and marketing as PODs, which then feed into the Annual Musical Production at the end of the year, which is a culmination of all this creative learning and output. Children absorb and germinate life skills like cooperative learning, roleplay, and inner reflection and are given a chance to explore their unique talent and potential to shine.
Our visual arts curriculum teaches students how to see, compose and design – and how to manipulate various media in a compelling, original and personally meaningful manner. Art is a co-curricular subject for the younger classes, part of an integrated curriculum that gives students the fundamentals of the visual arts through fun activities. In middle school it becomes an option under Beyond Academics, called Art POD and provides intensive mentoring for students who opt to be part of the Art Crew for the school’s annual stage production. It becomes an elective as Art and Design for the IGCSE and ICSE levels. At our well-equipped, airy and funky art studio, students explore 2D and 3D art: they draw, paint, design, take photographs, make prints and explore the digital arts, video & animation, clay modelling, study art history, and more. They are exposed to art forms and processes, indigenous crafts and techniques as well artists from India and all over the world, both new and established. Our alumni are now pursuing higher degrees at some of the world’s best art and design schools.
In our bright dance studio, we focus on ‘Dance Active’ – crossover dance styles that include Indo-jazz, hip-hop and contemporary. Primary School children develop confidence, self-awareness, teamwork, coordination, isolation, spatial awareness, body-mind connection and the basics of technique, as well as understanding terminology and the history of dance. By Grade 5, the students develop a sense of rhythm and musicality and of the basic principles of choreography.
We encourage all our students, from Kindergarten onwards to create, perform and respond to music. The music curriculum balances an understanding of the fundamentals of music for the younger Grades, a good exposure of styles and genres for music appreciation and having the students play their hearts out in their ‘Class Jams’. With our music partner TAAQ Academy and a vibrant music studio, students are trained to sing and play, solo and in groups. Our studio is equipped with an exciting array of musical instruments that students can experiment with. Music is an integral part of all our school events, from assembly to special functions, and of course, the Annual Musical Production.
Annual Musical Production
Every year, this entertaining event brings together the skills and talents of a different section of our gifted and industrious students. The children conceptualise and execute a musical production based on an issue or cause they feel must be communicated, one they may have come across during their community outreach work. On stage, music, dance and drama predominate. However, there are many other interests and talents at play behind the scenes. Art students create backdrops and props, digital art students design the LED screens that light up the performers, Maker Space students create automated props, and cooking students plan and make snacks for the day. This fun, vibrant production besides showcasing talents, also imparts a host of life lessons and skills like discipline, hard work, commitment, team-work, decision making, and organisation. The PODs feed into this, as do the community outreach modules, and our Core Purpose of creating ‘socially responsible citizens’.
Primary students are introduced to Yogic Science and its importance. Students learn the correlation of Yoga and mindfulness, values, Yamas (Don’t’s) & Niyamas (Do’s) through stories, compassion and and personality development. Students are introduced to Asanas (physical postures) and meditation by the time they finish Grade 5.
SUPW stands for Socially Useful Productive Work. Students in Primary School work in groups to learn activities like gardening, cooking, painting, knitting, embroidery etc.These sessions help students to work in teams and develop crucial life skills like precision, critical thinking, creative thinking, etc. Any proceeds from the sale of these products are contributed to our community service project.
Tournament of Minds
At Inventure, effective collaboration is as crucial as individual brilliance. Both are showcased at the inter-house literary and cultural events called the Tournaments of Minds. Students participate in Music, Dance, Speech and Drama, Art and Craft, challenging themselves and their peers. The events are held throughout the school year, and the winners contribute to the House points. The Student Council manages the trials, selections and final rounds with the help of faculty. Healthy competition and enthusiastic participation from students make this an exciting and much anticipated event at Inventure.