National Public School, Indiranagar
|National Public School, Indiranagar|
Reach Out, Reach High, Reach Beyond!
|Bangalore, Karnataka, India|
|Principal||Mrs. Shantha Chandran|
|Number of students||LKG – 12 (CBSE)|
The National Public School, Indiranagar, is a private school located in Indiranagar, Bangalore, India. It is a sister institution of the National Public School Rajajinagar. It was started in 1982 by Dr. K.P. Gopalakrishna, chairman of the National Educational Trust. In 2007, the school celebrated its 25th anniversary (Silver jubilee). The students of the school are informally called NPSites.
The school is an English medium co-educational school affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), government of India and follows the 10+2 educational pattern.
The four buildings are:
- Main block - houses classes 5 to 10, the computer and science labs, the library, the main office and the principal's and vice principal's offices,
- Old kindergarten block - houses classes 2 to 4, the art room, the theatre workshop and the auditorium,
- Senior secondary block - houses classes 11 and 12, the maths lab and the OHP room,
- New kindergarten block - inaugurated in 2011, houses the Montessori and kindergarten sections and class 1.
The school runs two early learning programs, the Montessori and Kindergarten systems. At the senior secondary level (Class 11 onwards), students are study either Science (PCMB or PCMCs) or Commerce (with the option of Mathematics or History). Each grade level has three sections, each comprising no more than 40 students (although this is variable from Class 11 as usually more students take up Science than Commerce). However from 2009 onwards, the number of Class 1 sections was increased to four, which would lead to the increase in the number of sections in the higher classes to four when those students get promoted to the higher class. In the year 2011-2012, the classes 4 to 9 got four sections. Currently classes 1 to 10 have four sections.
The school mandates the study of Hindi from Class 1 as a 2nd language, while Sanskrit is taught from Class 5 as a 3rd language. In Class 9, students study either Hindi or Sanskrit as their 2nd language. Kannada is not part of the curriculum at any stage.
- An auditorium.
- Science and maths laboratories.
- Computer laboratory with computing facilities for eighty students.
- Audio visual rooms.
- Smartboard room.
- Resource room.
- Stage where extracurricular activities are performed.
- Concrete basketball court.
The Physical Education department is responsible for the enforcement of health and safety regulations on the school campus. First-aid is administered for minor maladies; or the person is transferred to hospital via ambulance. The school conducts fire drills, and the district fire brigade visits the school each year in order to educate students in matters of fire safety.
Students are admitted to one of the four houses in Class 1. They are (with colour, motto and symbol):
- Challengers - maroon - To strive, to seek, to find, but not to yield - Stallion.
- Explorers - purple - Endeavour to reach beyond,- Lighted torch -
- Pioneers - orange - The spark that always glows; the light that always shows - Eagle -
- Voyagers - blue - Vigour, Valour, Victory - The Majestic Warship -
At the end of the academic year, the house with the most points is awarded the House Cup, which is based upon the house members' performance in events such as quiz, music, dance, creative writing, programming, and theatre. The Sports Cup, based on the performance of the house in athletics, is given at the end of the academic year.
The school organises four inter-school events:
- Engenius (English fest)
- Mathtrix (Maths fest)
- Innowaves (Commerce fest)
- Scientifica (Science fest)
Usually the students of the school are not allowed to participate in their own fests, but are involved in their organisation and volunteering. However they take part in Scientifica, but not in the competitions. These fests draw large numbers of participants from schools and PU colleges across Bangalore.
The school organises three intra-school events:
- Tarang (Annual Day)
- Heats n Feats (Sports Day)
- Landmarks (Social Science Exhibition)
During the last week of June each year, the Investiture ceremony is held where the School Prefect and Vice Prefect, the Sports Captain and Vice Captain, the house captains and vice captains and the presidents and secretaries of the associations in the school are nominated.
Towards the end of the academic year, the Flag Handing Over Ceremony is held where the prefect and the captains hand over charge to their deputies for the rest of the academic year. The house cup is given to the winning house during the ceremony, except during the year when Sports Day is held, when the House and Sports Cups are given.
There are also events for Teachers' Day, Children's Day, and Independence Day.
A Graduation Day event is organised in January every year for the passing out batch of class 12.
The school follows the CBSE syllabus. The school has Autonomous Status from the CBSE. Autonomous Status implies that the school is free to frame its own curriculum till Class 9.
Admission to Class 11 in the school is given on the basis of the overall percentage in Classes 8, 9, and 10. Only a student who secures 60% or above in the mentioned criteria is eligible to continue into the senior secondary level in the school.
In Class 10, students appear for the AISSE (All India Secondary School Examination) and in Class 12, students appear for the AISSCE (All India Senior School Certificate Examination), the board exams conducted by the CBSE.
Apart from core subjects and languages, subjects like Work Experience (Computer Science till Class 10), Environmental Education, General Studies, Socially Useful Productive Work (SUPW), Theatre and Art are taught.
Volleyball, basketball and throwball are the permitted outdoor sports. For them, inter house and inter school matches are conducted annually. However, the school permits only boys to play volleyball and girls to play throwball.
Originally the school song was sung by the graduating students during Graduation Day. From 2003 onwards, the school song is sung every Friday during the morning assembly and at the end of important events. It is an adapted version of Shine, Jesus, Shine.
Lord help us to reach out to others
In the midst of our darkness shining
Let the light of our alma mater shine on us
Set us free from the shackles of ignorance
Shine on us (2)
Shine let it shine
Fill our school with honour and glory
Blaze spirit blaze
Set our hearts on fire
Flow river flow
Flood our nation with peace and harmony
Help us reach out, reach high and reach beyond!
Lord help us to reach high above us
Keep our feet ever firm on the ground
Lord we come to your mighty presence
From our shadow into your radiance
Shine on us (2)
(Shine let it shine)
Lord help us to reach beyond horizons
Show us a vision that's filled with your wisdom
Mirrored here may we shine an endeavour
To glorify the name of NPS forever
Shine on us (2)
(Shine let it shine)
The school has constantly been among the top 10 schools not only in Bangalore, but in the entire country, as per media surveys. As of 2012, the school is ranked 8th in India and 2nd in Bangalore.
The school produces 100% distinction results in the AISSE and AISSCE examinations, with the highest aggregates often crossing 98%. Students enter the Indian Institutes of Technology, Birla Institute of Technology and Science-Pilani, National Institutes of Technology, NLSIU, GNLU Shri Ram College of Commerce and St. Stephen's College each year. An increasing number of students are entering institutes of higher education overseas. Students have entered MIT, Princeton University, Cornell University, University of California at Berkeley, California Institute of Technology, University of Columbia, the London School of Economics, Nanyang Technological University, UPenn and the National University of Singapore amongst others.A few "NPSites" have won international awards in environmental sciences, neurological sciences, and international olympiads. Students consistently excel in quizzing, debating, creative writing events etc. in inter school fests at the city, state, national and international level. Students of the school also secure the NTSE and KVPY scholarships every year.
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