At GIIS, we believe that a happy class is a productive class, and more happy classes make for a highly productive school. No matter how brilliant the curriculum might otherwise be, children need to be happy to engage and learn.
So what does it mean to be happy within the context of a school? It means knowing, believing in, and loving what you’re doing. With happiness as the cornerstone of everything we do at GIIS, our students learn to love not only school, but also lifelong learning.
While happiness may be both relative and subjective, it’s not unquantifiable. Because we strive to ensure optimal happiness at GIIS, we measure it according to the following factors:
- A questionnaire through which the happiness index is computed
- Feedback from children
- Testimonials from parents
- Regular attendance
- Positive referrals and sibling admissions
- High academic performance
- High level of participation in school activities
Is it working? An upward trend over the past three years among the indicators above affirms that GIIS students are organically engaged and thereby happy. In nurturing this engagement and happiness, we’re nurturing learning.
Cultivating an environment which maximizes both development and delight among students is an overarching learning outcome at GIIS. It involves three distinct yet interrelated factors:
1. Physical Environment
GIIS offers a warm, secure and comfortable setting for students leaving the familiarity of their homes. Bright colors, open spaces, green lawns, and well-lit classrooms are conducive to individual instruction as well as group work and peer teaching. Classrooms also have locker facilities to save children from carrying books back and forth.
While every outstanding school has a comprehensive and meaningful curriculum, our internationally renowned GIIS Nine Gems model elevates learning to another level. In addition to carefully constructed syllabi, we also offer enrichment opportunities, including self-learning, peer-learning and group learning, to further engage students.
The adults who interact with the students are a key differentiator within any schooling system. At GIIS, our teachers are the medium through which we nurture happiness in our students. Because we believe that each must understand our unique philosophy, all candidates undergo a rigorous recruitment process which factors in not only academic qualifications and experience, but also attitude. Our staff members have the desire to teach, but they also have the desire to learn -- not only from other adults, but from the students, too.