Established in 2008, the Stonehill International School is ranked No 15 in the Education world – C fore survey of the Most Admired International Schools in India 2012. The school is located on 33 acres of peaceful countryside near Bangalore. The learning at the school is an exciting journey of discovery guided by the dynamic, inquiry based approach of the International Baccalaureate (IB).
The Stonehill curriculum is designed to provide students with a broad programme that extends learning beyond the academic to the social, ethical, physical, creative and emotional development of each child. The school emphasizes on the inter-relatedness of subjects and helps students to relate between different areas of knowledge, thus developing in them the ability to be uniquely reflective about their learning.
Spread over 33 acres of peaceful countryside, Stonehill offers a campus that is spacious, purpose-built, safe and highly conducive to learning. The school is conveniently located 5 kms from National Highway 7 which connects Bangalore city to the new international airport in north Bangalore. The campus provides the space and ambience needed to effectively implement educational programmes and to comfortably accommodate over 800 students with a full faculty and administration. The early childhood and primary school classrooms, each 75sqm in area, are arranged in clusters to encourage collaborative work.
The playgrounds have equipment from Europe of the highest safety standards and the multipurpose hall has a climbing wall as well as performance facilities.
The outdoor sports facilities include a full-sized football pitch, a field house with changing rooms, three synthetic surface tennis courts, a basketball court, swimming pool and a shallow pool.
Stonehill has installed state-of-the-art networks and hardware and software systems to support all areas of education and communication. All systems from telephones, public address systems and security cameras to the computer and wireless networks are IP based and open to students, teachers and eventually parents, for daily use.
Stonehill offers the full benefit of the IB by gaining authorisation for all three of its programmes – the IB Primary Years Programme, leading into the IB Middle Years Programme and culminating in the IB Diploma. Together, they provide a dynamic curriculum framework which enriches the development of students and creates life-long learners.
Stonehill's Early Childhood Centre provides an environment that encourages the natural curiosity andfearless sense of inquiry of children between the ages of3and 6 within safe and secure spaces.
The school places importance in preserving the innate curiosity of early childhood throughout the primary years. The curriculum for students aged 6 to 11, provides a framework for the school to build its own, unique curriculum with concept-driven units of inquiry. Traditional academic subjects of mathematics and language arts are taught throughout the primary grades using programmes developed externally, as well as through units of inquiry.
Through the Middle Years Programme, designed for students aged 11 to 16, teachers extend the academic teaching by helping students develop critical thinking, solve 'real-life' problems, develop knowledge of local and global issues, communicate ideas, engage in public debate and express creativity through action.
At Stonehill, the High School is the term used to describe DP1 and DP2, the last two years of the secondary programme (grades XI and XII during which the IB Diploma Programme (DP) is implemented.
The school provides a range of extracurricular activities to meet the varying interests and needs of students. These programmes are designed to enhance the curriculum and build interests and hobbies. The school offers horse riding, golf, rock climbing, football, cricket, basketball, tennis, swimming, cross country running, Model United Nations, Destination Imagination, robotics, pottery, arts and crafts and ultimate frisbee among other choices for its students. Stonehill is extremely fortunate to be located next to one of India's top equestrian facilities and riding features as an activity four afternoons a week.
Dr. Beverly Sortland
Stonehill invites applications from students aged 4 to 17 years (Pre-Kg through to grade XII). All students are eligible for admission if it is believed that the school can provide an educational programme that can meet their particular needs. The school is staffed to provide learning support to a limited number of students with mild to moderate learning disabilities. Children with native language other than English may be required to take oral and written English examinations. Admission may be conditional on the child receiving extra assistance through the English as a Second Language programme.
For admissions the application form can be downloaded from the website. The student health questionnaire and policies and guidelines needs to be downloaded too. For more information regarding admissions and clarifications, enquiries can be emailed to [email protected]
Fees: The fee ranges from Rs 4 lakhs to 12 lakhs depending on the grades. There is also a refundable deposit fee and one time admission fee and technology fee.
The Stonehill curriculum is designed to provide students with a broad programme that extends learning beyond the academic to the social, ethical, physical, creative and emotional development of each child.
Stonehill is a day school and therefore hostel facility is not available.
Stonehill International School commemorates 11th founder’s day with a 10k marathon
Stonehill International School recently organized a 1OK marathon commemorating its 11th founder’s day. Held in the campus of the school, the run saw close to 700 participants across different categories. It included a half marathon, 10K, corporate relay (men/women/mixed), open relay (mixed) as well as a non-competitive 5K run.
The run, which celebrates the legacy of the school gave corporate professionals a platform to meet and interact with their colleagues in a competitive environment. Mr. Jitu Virwani, founder of Stonehill International School and Chairman & Managing Director of Embassy Group, flagged off the event and attended the prize distribution ceremony along with Mr. Brian Brumsickle, Head of Stonehill International School.
Speaking about the occasion, Virwani said, “Founded in 2008, Stonehill International School was born out of the need of an education system that prepares students to be successful in a constantly evolving and competitive environment. We at Stonehill are extremely delighted to have accomplished 11 years of nurturing students to become resilient global citizens.”
The winner in the half marathon men’s category was Sanjay Negi, with a timing of 01:21:13 and Ashwini Bhat from the women’s category with a span of 02:00:28 minutes. In the corporate relay, Toyota Kirloskar won the men’s category, Samsung from the women’s category and Infosys from the mixed category.
Brumsickle said, “At Stonehill, we encourage our students to live a balanced and healthy life and we were delighted to host the Stonehill Founder’s Day Run. It was an excellent opportunity for the community to come together and participate in this wonderful event.”
City girls shine in STEM Education
Diya Gopinath (Grade 11), Maya Saldanha (Grade 11) and Jayati Gupta (Grade 12) students of Stonehill International School, Bangalore, have been accepted into The Junior Academy, an initiative of the New York Academy of Sciences’ Global STEM Alliance (GSA).
The Global STEM Alliance consists of a variety of STEM education programmes, including The Junior Academy, which is a global talent identification and cultivation network with more than 300 partners in over 100 countries. Its purpose is to prepare the next generation of innovators through three key programme areas: mentorship, innovation challenges, and career and college readiness.
As members of The Junior Academy, Diya, Maya, and Jayati will have the opportunity to collaborate with nearly 3,000 students from 94 countries on virtual challenges sponsored by industry-leading companies and hosted on the Academy’s innovation platform, Launchpad. Students will tackle the Intelligent Homes and Health Challenge, where they will design innovative ways to transform home life and healthcare and the Space Challenge, where students will explore space colonization.