Art forms encompasses Visual, Literary and the Performing arts. Art, in its broadest meaning is the expression of creativity and imagination. Our school believes in the vital role played by preservation and promotion of different art forms.
Integration of Visual Arts along with Scholastics subjects is very important. It helps students to bring out their creativity as well as develop their personality. Students learn important skills like observation, self-expression, focus, discipline, perseverance, self confidence and collaboration through art education.
Students who are visual learners, learn faster through the practice of art and craft. They develop aesthetic sense, understand and appreciate good art work. The school has age appropriate activities which are integrated with the curriculum to broaden the students’ thought process and creativity.
We believe in holistic development, freedom of expression and creativity in the field of the students choice. For the primary years, exposure to the different forms of performing arts like dance, theatre and music where they learn the basics is very important. When they come to the middle and higher grades they are given a choice to explore the skills further, in the area of their choice.
Each art form helps the child to open up and gain stage confidence, to be able to speak out without any inhibitions and also participate in cultural activities boldly. This also promotes the Multiple Intelligence and opens up doors to their future prospects and probabilities.
Dance is an expression of joy through body movement and rhythm. Through dance students learn team work, focus and improvisational skills. Dance is a wonderful physical activity and provides rigour for healthy life style. Students are exposed to various dance forms and regularly participate in competitions.
To enable our students to be good orators and confident speakers, we offer theater as regular co-scholastic activity. This enhances the freedom of expression and stage confidence. Our in-house theater experts train our students in voice modulation, voice throwing, facial expressions and body language.
It is a research fact that Music helps plants grow better, calms and soothens the human mind. Plato once said that music is a more potent instrument than any other form of education. It offers the growth of the child’s brain academically, emotionally, physically and spiritually. Our students are trained in western vocals and Indian music. The school choir functions as the base group for all school events.
The importance of sports and games in school encompasses more than just the benefit of physical activity. Sports increase self-confidence, team spirit and mental alertness. This makes school sports and games necessary for every age group.
At primary, the school offers Specialized Sports Programme SPEED to help develop sports skills and create health awareness. Exposure to team and individual sports encourage a sense of team spirit, and individual effort and accomplishment. It includes free play and organized sports activities. The students physical progress is documented and reported.
For the Middle, Secondary and Senior Secondary, the school is associated with a professional sports provider – Trugame, a grassroot level sports development organization for professional, regular sports training and after school sports programme. This programme, gives the students an opportunity to learn, build the skills and awareness of their favorite game.
The school has the facility and offers the following games:
- Table Tennis
Along with professional guidance on sports, Trugame also includes nutritious diet guidance, access to tournaments and leagues, international academies and coaches, strength and conditioning programmes and sport travel programmes. The progress of the student is monitored, recorded and reported
After School Sports Programme
The school provides a 90-minute session, 5 days a week after school sports programme for a period of 5 months which includes healthy snack. The student can choose one game to be professionally trained in and enables young athletes to set the foundations in their respective sports along with improving fitness levels.
The school is associated with Kerala Blasters, a National Football League Championship. The school has hosted football matches for the same.
Birla Open Minds understands the importance of honing the skills of the students in the areas of their interest and passion. Therefore students from Grades 5 to 12 are given an opportunity to participate and be a member of one of the clubs offered in the school. Clubs are integrated in the regular timetable.
The clubs offered are as following:
- Master Chefs – Cuisine
- The World of Words – Literary
- Artisans – Arts, Crafts, Sewing and Stitching
- Cyberites – Computer Science
- Inheritors – Citizenship
- Theatre- Drama
- Melody – Music
- Eco-warriors – Ecology
- Rotary Club – Social
The culmination of club activities at the end of the academic year is a celebration where all stake-holders of the school come together.
"Field trips provide authentic, hands-on, experiential learning opportunities where students connect to what they are learning in the classroom, in a real-world context" - Stephanie Smith Budhai
K1 and K2 Nehru Zoological park
As part of the Fun Forest theme culmination, a field trip was organised for our Preprimary children to Nehru Zoological Park Zoo. Our young learners experienced real forest animals, had fun filled train ride, visited aquarium and enjoyed nature walk. They were able to relate to the theme and made real life connections.
Birla Science Museum
"Field trips provide authentic, hands-on, experiential learning opportunities where students connect to what they are learning in the classroom, in a real-world context" _ Stephnie Smith Budhai Absolutely!! As part of field trips, our CAIE grades 5-7 visited Birla Museum, and grades 8-10 visited the NIPHM(National institute of plant health management). It's amazing to see the excitement and engagement when they are on the field!
G1 and G2 Nehru Zoological park
“It takes nothing away from a human to be kind to an animal”
Zoo visits enable children to learn about animals effectively, foster cognitive development and promote empathy and compassion. Our young explorers of Grade 1 and 2 visited this beautiful world of animals at Nehru Zoological Park and learnt a lot about various animals, their behaviour, habitat and food habits. Observing and discussing animals created an interest in conservation and the realization that animals too have feelings and emotions.
Ramoji Film City Field Trip
School days are the most cherished part of one’s life and to make it a memorable one, students of Grade 10 & 12 took a day out and made wonderful memoirs at Ramoji Film City as a part of Fun Trip organized on 26th November 2022. The gleaming faces, the chuckle of laughter, the adventure taken made perfect life-long reminiscences for them to remember, that are vivid and heart- warming.
Kandlakoya oxygen park
Field trips provide authentic, hands-on, experiential learning opportunities where students connect to what they are learning in the classroom, in a real-world context _ Stephnie Smith Budha Absolutely!! As part of field trips, our CAIE grades 5-6 visited Kandlakoya oxygen park. Students experienced the nature walk alongside the games and activities based on the life cycle of seeds. They thoroughly enjoyed the activities seed-pod race, seedy twist and seed-pod music.
Gandipet Landscape Park
“Roots of understanding grow deep when curious minds are nourished in nature “ As part of our theme “Famous Flowers “the Kindergarten kids visited "Gandipet Landscape Park" .The park was surrounded by widespread trees, flowering plants and creepers were a feast for the eyes. The students walked around the enclosures and were fascinated by various flowers, also caught glimpses of birds and a small lake. They played group games in the well-leveled green area.
Masqati Dairy Farm
Every moment is a fresh beginning! Passionate learning is just an extension of a child's everyday world. Our learners have a million questions as they wonder, discover, and explore. Learning is not something that happens within the four walls of a school, our curious learners of Birla Open Minds International School explored the Masqati Dairy Farm as an educational trip as every corner is a new curiosity.
The fieldtrip to Golconda Fort was truly an enriching and learning experience. The architectural marvel of this fort such as the well-planned water system, ventilation systems and underground passages have captivated the attention of our young learners. It also helped students' bond efficiently as they discussed and shared their reflections with each other.
“Nothing beats an exciting hands-on experience to deepen learning. The magic of field trips isn’t just the subject. It’s the break in routine and adventure that opens up children’s minds to new things”.
Our enthusiastic and excited children of Grade 1&2 visited “Shilparamam-My Village “as part of their educational field trip. The children experienced village culture and heritage. They observed different stalls that displayed the art and crafts of India, huts that showcased rural and tribal lifestyle, sculptures, and pottery.
As part of experiential learning, Birla Open Minds International School, Hyderabad has organized Field Trip to IKEA, Hyderabad for the students who successfully completed their Summer Internship Program-2022. 24 students from grades 9 th to 12 th (CBSE and CAIE) have participated in the field trip. The induction was conducted by various departments of IKEA, like Safety and Security, HR, Interior Designing, Graphic Designing, Visual Merchandise and Marketing Department. Students learnt about backend operations of IKEA and how they manage the largest retail outlet in India. It was an amazing learning outcome for the students as they had wonderful interaction sessions with the extremely professional and experts of the field. They also had an opportunity to meet and interact with the Leadership Team of IKEA from Sweden, Canada and Belgium. Students explained them about our summer internship program and the IKEA team was really impressed with our students’ learning outcomes and they applauded our school for providing these kinds of opportunities to our students. Post induction students were taken to the store tour and were briefed with each department and their operations in live. Students had great fun and a wonderful learning experience with this field trip.
Learning is a process and it never stops. The students of CAIE Grade 8 had an exuberating experience when they visited the Hyderabad University and explored their skills of being an RJ at the University Radio Studio, 'Bol Hyderabad'. They were also exposed to the various equipment at the Jiva Rehab center and gained insight as to how patients with PTSD require healing. On the whole, it was an enriching experience and the young learners were complimented for their active participation at both venues.
Mrugaveni National Park
Our little observers were taken for the field trip to Mrugaveni National Park and didn't miss a single minute of enjoyment and learning as they sang rhymes and played the Word Antakshari while they travelled from school to the park. They keenly observed the plants, trees and animal habitats and connected them to their learning from the unit ‘Plant and Animals Habitat’. The articles displayed at the National Park gave an insight into the birds, reptiles and animals that were habitants of the park. It was indeed a fruitful experience for them.
Nature Trip to Prashanth Vanam
CAIE students of Grades 6 and 7 went on a nature trip to Prashanth Vanam, at Jeedimetla to witness and admire the lush green beauty of nature. The visit sparked great excitement and students were engaged in making artefacts using leaves and twigs, and understood the harmony between nature and humanity. An active participation from all the learners made the trip enjoyable and memorable.
Nursery at Pragati Resort
A visit to the Nursery at Pragati Resort was a real time experience for the students of Grade 2. The feel and the smell of various herbal, medicinal and spice plants like Sugandha, Peppermint Tulasi, Maruvam, Alpinia, Ajwain, Lemon grass, Insulin etc. fuelled their curiosity to know more about them.
This experiential and hand-on-learning was facilitated by Dr S V Rama Rao, the Plant Scientist at Pragati Resort and the young inquirers returned with immeasurable excitement, contentment, ample learning and a few leaves with them.
Nehru Centenary Tribal Museum
Our young explorers went on a learning expedition to the Nehru Centenary Tribal Museum. They observed and understood the diversity of tribal cultures of Telangana. The audio-visuals of folk dances of the Gussadi, Lambadi and Koya tribes were amazing and our explorers appreciated their culture and efforts. The young minds also understood the hardships faced by the tribes in maintaining and promoting their culture. Our students applauded the tribal ethnicity.
School field trips provide every student with real-world experiences. Students of Grade 1 visited different ‘Neighborhoods’ like Petrol Bunk, Railway Station, Railway Police Station, Bank and Super Market and learned about the topic in a more hands-on and immersive way as they got an opportunity to interact with the Station Master, Railway Inspector and Bank Manager.
Exploring the Historical Heritage
Learning should be joyful and exciting and what could be a better way than an Educational Tour. Our students of Grade 9-12 embarked upon a remarkable Experiential Learning- an Educational Tour to Goa and visited the historical Portuguese Forts and Cathedrals, Spice Plantation and the Naval Museum. It was a great way to engage the students in learning outside the classroom. The students engaged themselves in meaningful conversations with their peers which helped them in developing their social skills, self - reliance and confidence.
The Adventure Trip
Epic adventures unfolded when our incredible young explorers from Grades 6-8 embarked on an unforgettable journey to Jaipur-Ranthambore!
Jaipur's cultural treasures were revealed as they marvelled at the astronomical wonders of Jantar Mantar, basked in the opulence of Amber Palace, and conquered the majestic heights of Jaigarh Fort. At the enchanting City Palace, history sprang to life, and lively DJ sessions wrapped up each day with memories to cherish.
Next, they ventured into the wild for an exhilarating Ranthambore Safari. Witnessing the king of the jungle and other wildlife in their natural habitat was a remarkable experience. These moments enriched their knowledge, ignited curiosity, and fostered a deep appreciation for history, culture, and wildlife.