The 2020-2021 pandemic has carved out a place for itself in our future history books and will likely be referred to as BC and AC – Before Corona and After Corona, and while it has thrown the world into chaos, it has taught us many lessons.
With multiple shutdowns, schools and offices closed, the world has been forced to consider alternative methods to keep life going. Similarly, Bangalore International School (BIS) took on this challenge boldly and learned that “adaptation” not only solves problems, but creates new learning opportunities and facilitates a whole new approach to education.
With schools physically closed around the world, each institution has come up with different ways to defeat this pandemic. Similarly, the Bangalore International School in India’s Silicon Valley was no exception, and BIS staff had to graciously embrace the online teaching model. The transmission of education was imperative to ensure that students continued to learn. In addition to learning, emotional and mental support from the community, encompassing students, teachers and parents, was essential.
Given the unexpected changes, teachers have managed to have minimal lead time to adapt to the new, relatively unfamiliar mode of online learning. Despite the challenges that online learning presents, BIS teachers have proven that it is not a barrier. Online classes are delivered every day of the week, following a regular school day schedule to maintain a semblance of being in school on a daily basis.
This helped the students to continue learning despite the situation. Online courses were not only modes of delivering academic content, but they also motivated, coached, and mentored throughout this period. Even the youngest, primary and early childhood students had regular lessons every day, except in this case, BIS made a slight modification to their schedule to accommodate the children’s sitting tolerance and give them breaks frequent in front of the camera.
The school entertained its high school students on campus for a time to help them prepare for their exams. BIS maintained all required protocols and ensured students had a safe experience on campus. They also organized events for the students like football matches and a karaoke night, which provided much needed social interaction.
Younger students participated in campus picnics that included activities such as art, music, games, and some of BIS’ most beloved and missed meals! This social interaction is an essential aspect of life that everyone has missed in these trying times.
Despite the circumstances, BIS boasts of the particularly outstanding results of its students. Since all classes were virtual with minimal in-person interaction with teachers, BIS students performed exceptionally well in Cambridge IGCSE and AS/A level exams. The school now has 100% results, with students passing exams with flying colors.
At IGCSE level, 73% of the total ratings given were Aces and A*, with the best Gautam Krishna Belur and Kunyang Kim scoring 8A* each. In a cohort of 26, there were 145 A* and A grades, and not a single D or E. In AS levels, 50% of the total grades awarded were A, which is the highest grade obtainable; In truth, topper Geonyeong Kim proudly holds 5A. In the case of A-Levels, 53% of the total grades awarded were As and A*. Shoshanna Sunil Attavar and Dhanush Katam Reddy finished their batch with 4A* and 1A each. A phenomenal 89% of grades awarded at AS and A levels were C and above.
BIS is also known for offering an IB program in grades 11 and 12, where top Karan Vellor Jayakumar scored a perfect 45 out of 45 IB points, with 40% of the class scoring 40 points or more. The IBDP class of 2021 had an average of 39.13 points. This is an exemplary achievement that even exceeds the previous highest average by more than 4 points.
In addition to excelling in academia, BIS also prioritizes the mental well-being of its students, thus conducting several workshops with internal advisors and external stakeholders to motivate, help and be there for the whole community. student. The program included students, teachers and parents and covered different topics ranging from anxiety to stress given the circumstances. Lines were open between counselors and students and parents to meet their needs.
BIS continues to pursue its primary goal of ensuring that all students learn inside and outside the classroom, thereby promoting and practicing holistic learning and adhering to its motto of being a connected community. and benevolent.