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Rockwell International School, Hyderabad

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Promoted by a trio of US-returned engineers in 2008, Rockwell International School, Hyderabad which celebrated its third anniversary last December, is earning plaudits from the city’s parent and academic communities

Rockwell International School, HyderabadSited in Hyderabad’s tony suburb of Jubilee Hills, a stone’s throw from HITEC (Hyderabad Information Technology & Engineering Consultancy) City, Rockwell International School (RIS) celebrated its third anniversary last December with a spate of celebratory cultural programmes. A co-ed day school which admitted its first batch of six children in June 2009, RIS now hosts 300 students in kindergarten-class VII mentored by 50 teachers, and is affiliated with the Cambridge International Examinations (CIE), UK. A new entrant in the booming international schools scenario in Hyderabad, RIS is earning plaudits from the academic and parents’ communities for its progressive in-service teacher training programmes, experiential curriculum, ICT-enabled learning, and state-of-the-art infrastructure.

“The objective of RIS is to provide our students world-class ICT-driven education delivered through experiential, exploratory and interactive pedagogies, with strong focus on personality development and multiple intelligences. Through our dedicated faculty — most of whom have international teaching experience — we are committed to producing caring, tolerant, and enterprising 21st century global leaders,” says Manija Subrahmanyam, principal of RIS. An alumna of Mumbai University and the Institute of Advanced Studies in Education (Rajasthan), Subrahmanyam acquired professional experience in the city’s reputed DRS International School, prior to signing up as founder-principal of RIS in 2009.

Rockwell International School, Hyderabad is promoted by the Rockwell Educational Society, an education trust constituted in 2008 by social entrepreneurs Subash Boda, Srikanth Ramaraju and Murali Bukkapatnam — all professional engineers with Masters degrees from American universities who gave up their 15-year NRI status and returned to India in 2008. “On my return I began working with Jayaprakash Rao, former principal of Rishi Valley, Chittoor — India’s top-ranked boarding school according to EducationWorld — who helped me develop a curriculum which allows children the creative freedom to explore and think deeply,” says Boda, an alumnus of Manipal and West Virginia universities. “Modern facilities apart, our focus is on recruiting excellent teachers and providing them with continuous in-service training in contemporary pedagogies and best teaching-learning practices,” he adds.

Manija Subrahmanyam, Rockwell International School, HyderabadTo provide well-grounded education to preschool and primary students, the Rockwell International School, Hyderabad management has invested generously in academic and sports facilities. The school’s wi-fi enabled three-storeyed academic building hosts the pre-primary, primary and secondary blocks spread over 30,000 sq. ft, and offers 20 ICT-enabled air-conditioned classrooms; computer, science, math and language laboratories; multimedia, music, art and yoga rooms. While class libraries are also encouraged, the main school library hosts 4,000 volumes with 20 journal subscriptions. A fleet of 14 air-conditioned buses equipped with safety and speed tracking systems transport children to and from school.

According to Subrahmanyam, there’s a strategic focus on sports education  for which the school has roped in the Bangalore-based EduSports Pvt. Ltd to design and deliver structured physical education and sports programmes. This is supplemented by specialised coaching in tennis, basketball, cricket, gymnastics, karate and taekwondo. RIS’ sports infrastructure spread across a 3-acre plot, a km from the academic building, comprises basketball and tennis courts, a cricket pitch, an athletics track, and outdoor play areas designated for physical education, water games, and adventure. Indoor facilities for table tennis, badminton, taekwondo, karate and gymnastics have also been provided.

Subash Boda, Rockwell International School, HyderabadPerforming arts is given adequate importance with opportunities for western and classical dance, art and crafts, vocal and instrumental music, dramatics, and community service readily available. “We recently organised a first-of-its-kind exhibition in the city’s popular State Gallery of Art which showcased our students’ artwork. Community service is also an important thrust area with the school organising field trips to orphanages and schools or autistic children. An education experience   which integrates academics with sports, co-curricular and community service activities helps develop children into healthy and level-headed individuals,” says Subrahmanyam.

With Rockwell International School, Hyderabad having got off to a good start and steadily attracting student enrolments (installed capacity: 550), the management is drawing up expansion plans. “The encouraging response we’ve received from Hyderabad’s parents’ community has encouraged us to roll out the Rockwell model. Our intent is to promote our second campus in the city next year, and open two preschools within a 15-km radius of the existing RIS campus in the academic year 2013-14. Given the high importance we accord to teacher training, we have also finalised plans to establish an independent teacher training institute which will offer continuous training and certificate programmes,” enthuses Boda.

Quite obviously this well-engineered school has got off to a smooth start. 

Admission and fees

Rockwell International School, Hyderabad, is a co-educational K-VII school affiliated with the Cambridge International Examinations, UK. Every year a new class will be added (until class XII). The deadline for submitting applications (forms available online) into all classes (K-class VII) is April 15.

Tuition fees (per year): Rs.54,500-75,000; Admission fee: Rs.45,000

For further information contact Rockwell International, Plot No. 727, Road No. 36, Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad 500 033. Tel: 040-66224400; e-mail: info@rockwellinternational school.com; website: www.rockwell internationalschool.com

 Paromita Sengupta

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