Harvest International School, Ludhiana is a co-educational day-cum-boarding school affiliated with the Cambridge Assessment International Education (CAIE), UK and offers education to students from pre-nursery to A-level (XII). Founded in 2008, Harvest International School is amongst the earliest residential (as well as day) schools in the region to incorporate the Cambridge Assessment and International Education system wholly into its teaching and mentoring philosophy.
Riding on the strength of the bedrock of belief of its Canada-based founder-president Harvinder Singh Saran, an eminent man of action, it lives up to the principle of ‘Consilio et Animis’ (by wisdom and courage) in letter and spirit, endeavoring to make schooling a joyful experience, where students in their mid-teens have clarity of perception that makes them courageous to lead a life beyond survival. The institution aims to create globally conscious critical thinkers with an undying passion for their own community and culture.
Set on a sprawling 15-acre campus in the congenial environs away from the city, Harvest International School, Ludhiana is well equipped with world-class infrastructure and facilities to groom and nurture learners from the age of three years and above thereby ensuring the holistic development of its students.
The school boasts 40 classrooms full equipped with ICT teaching-learning facilities. HIS also houses laboratories for physics, chemistry, biology, two ICT labs, a general science lab and a proposed maths lab.
Bolstered by equally capable sports facilities, it has earned the reputation of producing not only global leaders in education but also sportspersons of mettle. The school provides sports facilities for cricket, football, basketball, swimming, lawn tennis, badminton, athletics, chess, table tennis, hockey and skating.
Harvest International School, Ludhiana is affiliated with the Cambridge Assessment International Education and follows the CAIE curriculum. The school’s educational philosophy commits to the notion of a holistic, rounded education, which cherishes the arts and sports as well as academics essential to each student’s education.
School pupils produce excellent results annually in the Cambridge International’s board assessment as well as the school-based assessment conducted round the academic session. Key points of focus on the teaching process include student-centred, linguistic, musical, bodily-kinesthetic, naturalist, inter- and intra-personal and project-based learning.
Teachers are invested in improving classroom practice by identifying what currently works well, and then building on these existing skills and traditions. Key aspects to the pedagogy of HIS include object-led planning, active learning, assessment for learning, the provision of high-quality feedback, language use and quality learner talk and the employment of digital technology.
At HIS, implementing the curriculum with Cambridge guide is one of the cornerstones of the educational plan. The distinguished features of the education imparted by HIS are reinforced by the clarity of a teacher in clarifying the purpose and learning goals, providing explicit criteria on how students can be successful and presenting models/examples for teaching when beginning a new unit of study with students.
Classroom discussion comprises an important aspect in the teaching-learning process, enabling teachers to formatively assess (through observation) how well students are grasping new content and concepts and allowing students to learn from each other. Classroom participation and efficient learning is ensured through the use of visual aids effectively, group/team work, explicit instruction, emphasis on metacognition, modelling and scaffolding and personalized learning.
The school offers a wide-ranging programme that provides for the all-round development of a student’s personality through many avenues. Extra-curricular activities provided by the school include music classes and instrument-learning, dance, dramatics, various inter-house/inter-school competitions such as elocution, debates, one-act plays, environmental projects, folk dances, painting, general quiz, Math Quiz, etc. and staging public shows on the occasion of various cultural events. The wide range of extra-curriculars at HIS aims to enhances students’ capabilities to build self-confidence, promote self-esteem, support social ability and develop creative thinking and new study techniques
Pupils at HIS also have access to state-of-the-art facilities, premium gears and equipment and qualified coaches and are given the choice among a vast selection of the following sports- cricket, football, basketball, swimming, lawn tennis, badminton, athletics, chess, table tennis, hockey and skating. Sports at HIS helps pupils identify individual skills and expertise and enable them to achieve perfection through experience, participation and perseverance and develop hallmarks of sportsmanship, leadership, confidence and teamwork.
HIS also boasts an efficient student-council structure to develop the leadership qualities of pupils.
Jay Sharma (principal)
Most students commence their studies at the beginning of the academic year in April; however, new registrations may be accepted throughout the academic year. Admission at times, other than the start of the year, will be solely at the discretion of the school management. Admission will be based on the availability of space in the particular grade for which admission is sought, and the assessment of the student’s ability to cope with the rigor of academic and co-curricular programmes and activities.
The time required to process an admission application varies from a few days to a few weeks depending on the documentation required/provided, necessary assessments and approvals. Students and parents of the kindergarten and primary division (grade-1-5) and parents of grade 6 and above are required to meet with the Vice-Principal and Principal respectively to assess the child’s eligibility for admission to HIS and the extent to which the child is prepared.
The student information forms are an integral part of this process and must be completed prior to the interview. A review of the child’s performance in his/her previous school will be undertaken, if necessary. Students entering grade 1 and onwards are required to sit for a diagnostic test.
Age Criteria: As students join Harvest International School from different countries and educational systems around the world, the exact age requirements for each year group varies. The final decision regarding the year group/grade level of a student who will join would depend on previous school records and the admission test/interview at the time of application. As a general rule, students at Harvest International School fall in the following age groups at the start of the school year as on 1st April of the year of application:
|Grade||Minimum age as on April 1||Grade||Minimum age as on April 1|
|Pre-primary||2.5 -6||5||9.5 -10.5|
|1||5.5 -6.5||6||10.5 – 11.5|
|2||6.5 -7.5||7||11.5 -12.5|
|3||7.5 – 8.5||8||12.5 -13.5|
|4||8.5 – 9.5||9||13.5 -14.5|
Students joining the kindergarten must be at least 2.5 years old and toilet trained by 1st April of that current academic year, before they enter school.
• The AITA Super Series U/16 & U/18 tournaments were successfully hosted by the Harvest team and were also declared winners and runner-ups of the tournament respectively. Sarah Dev of grade 9 was the Indian representative for Junior Wimbledon.
• At the Indo- Nepal Tournament held in Pokhara, Nepal from 26th–28th September, Harvest football players in the junior U-19 category and Harvest basketball players in the U-16 category won gold medals.
• Inter district lawn tennis team of players bagged first prize in U-14 and U-17 (Boys) and U-17 (Boys) during the Tournament held in Mohali. U-19 Boys: Dipin Wadhwa, Ishan Sethi, Suraj, and Sarang Garg were selected for State championship.
• Girls U-14/17/19: Odrija Sandilya, Ishita Dahutia, Simran Vudathu, Rittika Bhatti, Sarah Dev, and Riya Uboveja were also selected for state championship. U-14 Boys secured the 3rd position in the inter-district table tennis tournament held in BCM School, Ludhiana.
• Dalwinder Singh of Harvest became the first national champion in tennis from Punjab in 2017.
Harvest International School, Ludhiana provides three hostels on campus- two for boys and one for girls. The total number of hostel boarders are 210.