Feedback from a father on Hindustan International School at Guindy in Chennai

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Chennai911 2018-12-09 11:46:58

 

While I saw online mixed reviews (€˜each to their own€™) about the school (HIS Guindy), I thought as a father of a 9+ years old who is studying in the school since 2015 (as far as I remember, they started this school back in 2014 and hence my child was in the 2nd batch), let me share my feedback too.

If I have to sum up our overall experience and put it in one sentence, the same would be: €œwe are really happy with the way the school is turning out to be and we believe that there is going to be a future for our daughter as long as she continues with the school, while we also admit that the school took some time to bring in the required competencies and develop necessary infrastructure€.  

What we liked so far:

1.       parent-teacher meetings take place regularly.

2.       approachability of principal and teachers; while it is true that some of the faculty members (including Principals) resigned in last few years, however on overall basis we had observed that most of the faculty members were/are extremely approachable, ready to spend time with parents outside PTMs (as long as patents are ready to spend time with teachers inquiring and sharing their thoughts about their child (ren) on proactive manner) .

3.       physical infrastructure is good; They had started operating from the 2nd building recently (next to the original one) for the higher Grades. Classrooms and school transport are air-conditioned. School buses always have lady attendants (from security perspective), are GPS-enabled, and Speed Barrier enabled. 

4.       lots of interactions happen between all the 3 schools under HIS management in Chennai. Students attend programs being conducted by others.

5.       being an International Board and considering the infrastructure available, fees-wise, I found them in mid-segment  (after comparing with other international schools in Chennai). But, if we compare with Indian Boards, definitely expensive.

6.       students from the school take part in external exams, like, SpellBee, Olympiad, NELSA etc.

7.       continued focus towards knowledge based project work with a global outlook (very much in line with other well-known international schools) that develops a child€™s overall potential, which got seriously accentuated after current Principal Ms Sunmita Shinde Arun joined the school during the current academic year.  Apart from being extremely approachable, some of the things that she had already done within a very short time are as follows:

a.       shifting the focus completely from €˜book-based rote learning€™ to €˜knowledge-based learning process€™ by concentrating on pre-defined specific topics across various grades under each subject so that the knowledge gathering could become completely seamless (teachers are indeed spending time in interlinking different subjects for the pre-defined topics within a particular grade, so students are learning to correlate whatever they are learning say, in English with say, in Science.) while students at each class is expected to research about the topic chosen and expand their knowledge as they grow older.

While it is true that, it is a major €˜change€™ from students€™ and parents€™ perspective, however we have already observed the positive changes in our child in the way she approaches a problem or a question (both in real life and in school curriculum). Our child too is taking time to get accustomed to the new learning approach, but we feel it is better she learns it now, rather than pushing herself at later stages of her educational career.

In the beginning, it is imperative that parents have to spend some extra time with their child (ren) so that they are ready to face these changes, but over a period of time, we feel they would be ready to study on their own without looking for external support including help from private tutors.  Another important aspect is, if due to whatsoever reason, we need to leave Chennai again, it would be easier for our child to get admitted in other International schools relatively easily, especially to IB schools.

b.      brought in the concept where students have started writing stories, poems on their own (could not believe my eyes when I saw some of the riddles and kennings 4th grade students  had written; or the other day when some classmates of my child planned to €˜write stories€™ as a €˜game€™!!). We had definitely seen the interest level of our child in language classes have gone up a lot. We too feel happy when she writes something and feels so happy about it.

c.       arranging a €œStudent-led Conference€ (yes, the child(ren), as small as 5 / 6 years old were part of it) where they not only prepared different models and exhibited the same, they also took initiative to explain the same to their parents as well as parents of other children and all this was done under an out and out professional atmosphere. We found the same being a big motivating factor for our child as well as €˜a confidence booster€™, and the child (ren) also realized how to schedule, and run a program as big as this while coordinating with their partner(s), and also learnt to manage real-life challenges that we as parent, face while we work within our professional sphere. We hope, this conference is going to be a precursor to many such programs which will help the child (ren) to communicate efficiently and effectively.

d.      acquainting students to senior executives from well-known corporate who, apart from visiting the school, are also spending time with the child (ren) talking about different career options available and skill sets that one requires to face the €˜new world€™ where technology would be the deciding factor. These sessions also help them to improve their body language and communication skills.

e.      introducing a subject like, €˜Global Perspective€™ (without an accompanying book) where child (ren) are obtaining knowledge about how real life issues that we face in the world are affecting (or going to affect) us, and what needs to be done to prevent the same, and learning about how different organizations across the world are working towards preventing the same and negating the impact.

f.        getting child (ren) ready to be part of €˜Model United Nations€™ which will surely foster better leadership, critical thinking, negotiation, writing, and communication skills.

g.       continued focus towards music, and dance

h.      and the impact of the above is being seen when the school was being awarded at International School Award by British Council, Best International Day Boarding School from Education Today at India School Merit Awards and similar award from Education World amongst others.

What we look forward to see:

a.       beginning with XI-XII (possibly with IBDP)

b.      involving interested parents to be part of developing the evolving curriculum while the child (ren) goes/go through the €˜transformational changes€™, so parents become aware and part of whatever changes are happening €" in fact creating a Google Group and/or setting up a Council might help dispelling doubts/reservations about the changes. Additionally, different topics, based on which faculty is planning to evolve the curriculum across different Grades, could be shared with parents.

c.       a full-fledged in-premises Science Lab in the school where students could experiment (be it Robotics, be it something else). This would eventually take the loads of the parents while ensuring that proper models are getting prepared by students for future conferences and exhibitions.

d.      bringing in a €˜Student Counselor€™

e.      focus on leadership development skills and life-saving skills from early stages of academics 

f.        a proper sports ground  (in-premises space is too little, too less)

g.       more interactions with industry executives, especially for students from senior Grades, arranging TED-Ed sessions in the school.

h.      arranging interactions with child achievers from different spheres of life so that students could relate to them

i.         organizing visits to different support organizations (e.g., police station, fire station, post office, municipal offices etc) in smaller batches so that child (ren) could understand nuances of each occupation and each of them get opportunity to interact with concerned officers

j.        additional serious focus on Theatre, Literary Club, and Arts & Crafts as part of MAG activities. Students, who are interested, could be encouraged further to take part in different programs outside school with technical support from school teachers.

k.       proper water drainage system outside school premises 

kumarangopi 2018-12-09 21:32:35

 

How do you find time to write this much big review?
 

Chennai911 2018-12-10 13:41:43

 

Simple...
I had that extra 10 minutes to think, and another 10 minutes to write! Also as I meet the faculty too to discuss about my child, it did not take much time to think!!. 

Wanted to share the positive  things I observed about the school management. 
If we feel negative about anything, don't we go ahead and start sharing. So, why not sharing something about the positive things too. 
 

kumarangopi 2018-12-10 16:05:21

 

Hmm I was surprised to see that much long review. Never saw similar one in Parent tree
 


Chennai911 2018-12-10 22:26:35

 

You are absolutely right! When I started, I too did not think it would be so longŸ™'. However, the school is undergoing lots of transformational changes of late, and as a parent, I feel we also have a stake to it. Hence, I thought of sharing a detailed feedback and hope, school management will take note of some of the points I had raised (hope, some of them might end up reading the long noteŸ™') as part of future initiatives (apart from the positive points that I had shared based on past and present experience!!). While I do not know whether you have your child (ren) in the school, but otherwise too appreciate you taking time out to read and respond. Would be happy to see, if other parents too would be open to share their thoughts. We could agree or agree to disagree on different points, however this is a forum to share experience and thoughts. Best,
 

1234sen 2019-01-27 13:45:34

 

Sir I am Dr.K.Senthil Kumar staying in west mambalam.I am planning to put my daughter in prekg in Hindustan International school guindy.Will it be a good decision from our side to put her in this school sir
 

1234sen 2019-01-27 13:46:45

 

Good review sir
 

1234sen 2019-01-27 13:47:15

 

Sir I am Dr.K.Senthil Kumar staying in west mambalam.I am planning to put my daughter in prekg in Hindustan International school guindy.Will it be a good decision from our side to put her in this school sir
 


07aviayu 2019-02-01 17:49:36

 

Hi, today i visited the school. I have visited the school earlier also but today i saw the new building too. I am seeking admission to ukg. What i want to know from u is do they really teach extra curricular like karate and skating? I liked the communication skills of the kids. Loved the campus and the classrooms. I believe in overall education.. Not just book knowledge like cbse boards. Since my daughter is only 4 year old. I want her base education to be strong. Plz suggest.. Cbse or igcse? From your personal point of view. Eagerly waiting for your reply.
 

07aviayu 2019-02-02 08:46:05

 

Hi, yesterday i visited the school. I have visited the school earlier also but today i saw the new building too. I am seeking admission to ukg. What i want to know from u is do they really teach extra curricular like karate and skating? I liked the communication skills of the kids. Loved the campus and the classrooms. I believe in overall education.. Not just book knowledge like cbse boards. Since my daughter is only 4 year old. I want her base education to be strong. Plz suggest.. Cbse or igcse? From your personal point of view. Eagerly waiting for your reply.
 

Chennai911 2019-02-02 17:15:20

 

Dear Sir, We could only share our individual feedback based on what we were expecting vis-a-vis what we had experienced. On overall basis, we are happy with the current situation however, we feel there are few areas that could be improved and we hope the same would be done in near future. I wish your daughter a bright future in her education. While I am in no way associated with the school management, I could see that number of Pre-Kg students have definitely increased in the school in the recent past.
 

Chennai911 2019-02-02 17:48:42

 

Hello, Yes, they have MAG activities on different days during school-hours, like, Dance (Hip-hop and B'boying), Guitar, Art & Craft, Yoga, Archery, Literary Club, Dramatics, Chess, Martial Arts. Students can pick and choose. During after school-hours, they teach robotics, basketball, skating (there might be few more, I am not sure). Again, it all depends on no of students in each grade and their interest level in individual MAG activity. At individual level, I see lots of interest in sports activities, guitar, and dance (again my individual.perception), would have been happier to see some additional interest in literary club, dramatics related areas too!! As your daughter is only 4years old, for the time being, she would surely have limited options on MAG activities. But as she grows up, guess you could surely expect HIS Guindy to provide more extra curricular activities related options. Regarding IGCSE or CBSE, it is an individual call. I am aware of quite a few CBSE schools across our country taking a global outlook and students doing extremely well, however with due consideration to what we are expecting our children to learn during her school days (yes, working on different projects from real world issues are surely part of it) and subsequently how she would lead her life as well as how her higher education would shape up once she grows up, we chose IGCSE. All in all, it boils down to the experience and outlook of teachers and management of the school and we are optimistic about this IGCSE Board school with its present state of affairs.
 

Chennai911 2019-02-02 17:50:56

 

Thank you, Sir.
 

07aviayu 2019-02-03 07:35:18

 

Thanks a lot.
 

nyc2018 2019-03-25 22:37:49

 

Sir, I hav enrolled both my kids in HIS. Feeling good reading your review. Thanks for taking your time to write. This review helped me in narrowing down and choose this school.
Can you tell me when the academic year starts?
 

ashumom 2020-02-15 13:17:01

 

Sir,Iam looking for admission 2020-2021 for grade 6 for my son. would he helpful if you could share the current review about the school please.
My concern is about a review that teachers are constantly changing. Are the teacher's standard good ?
 

Anandk88 2020-08-05 04:01:59

 

Hi Sir : can you please share the feedback structure+any donations for Prekg addmission into HIS...also does HIS guindy have classes until 12th std. Would be highly greatful for your response
 

 

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