General Information

LOCATION INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL MEDITATION ACADEMICS LIBRARY BOARDING HEALTH & CARE TREATMENTS SCHOOL TERM EXCURSIONS CATERING TUCK SHOP HOUSE SYSTEM MENTORS VIDEO ACADEMIC REPORT CARDS COMPUTER & INTERNET

LOCATION

The school is situated at Talnoo, Dharamshala, a beautiful spot situated in the lap of the Himalayan ranges called Dhaulagiri . Dhaulagiri means the pure, white and sacred mountain. The school is surrounded by breath-taking views of snow-capped mountains on one side and panoramic vistas of far-below valleys on the other, which not only gives a sense of the protective hand of the Divine, but also enhances the beauty of the school buildings.

Shri Mataji visited Talnoo in March 1985. In a speech which She gave at the site of the school, She said:

'The Himalayas are the Sahasrara that Mother Earth has created for you. This Sahasrara is to be worshipped. This Sahasrara is very great. I don't know if you can see vibrations emitting from it. I am completely engulfed by their vibrations that I cannot see anything else. There are only vibrations and vibrations. Nothing else. Those who are residing here are swimming in vibrations and seem like fish swimming in the ocean of vibrations. You cannot distinguish one from the other. I cannot describe in words the splendour of the beautiful vibrations that are spread here. This is indeed the blessings of the Himalayas .

The Himalayas are the Sahasrara of the whole Universe. They have given the whole Universe so much comfort and joy after which there is nothing more to be attained. With the help of this Sahasrara, I have opened your Sahasrara .'

Shri Mataji has provided young Sahaja Yogis from all over the world with, not only a unique education, but the opportunity to get drenched in those heavenly vibrations, so that the peace and timelessness of the Himalayas settles in them and its greatness penetrates their character. International Sahaja Public School is the concrete form of Her vision.

Talnoo is at a altitude of 2500 m and is 16 km above Dharamshala by road. The area is one of the most beautiful of the Himalayan foothills, and is a well-known tourist centre of Himachal Pradesh, famous for trekking. With its high altitude, Talnoo is cool and pleasant at all times of the year.

HISTORY

The International Sahaja Public School was started in 1990 with twenty children from Europe, India and Australia. This was in response to the desire of the children and their parents for an education in an atmosphere of purity away from the increasing turbulence of modern society. Over the years the three main buildings of the school were constructed and at present the school has nearly 250 full-time residential students with demand for places outstripping availability.

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INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

At present the school has children from more than 30 countries. 

>> Up to class 1 and 2, we can accept children from non-English speaking backgrounds who have limited ability in English language. 

>> From Class 3 onwards, it is essential that all children arriving new at the school already have a good command of spoken English. Parents should ensure that children who are weak in English come equipped with a pocket dictionary of their language into and out of English. 

>> An entry-level language test will be set for all new pupils joining the school. Admission tests will be taken in Mathematics, English and Science for new students joining the senior section.

The school prepares students for the Class 10 Indian Certificate of Secondary Education [ICSE]. The ICSE examination is administered by the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations: a board set up in India in 1956 to administer University of Cambridge Local Syndicate Examinations .

The Class 10 ICSE Board Examination is a public board examination for students in India at the end of Class 10 (equivalent to GCSE or the first two years of a 4-year High School program.) Seven subjects are taken, of which four are compulsory and three are chosen from different groups of subjects. A syllabus from the board is available for anyone wishing to see it.

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MEDITATION

Meditation is the corner-stone of Sahaj culture, and the children not only meditate but learn through practice how to lead meditations, to generate vibrations and how to clear our subtle systems. The children are all taught Indian music which enables them to sing the Bhajans and devotional songs, not only with blissful vibrations, but also with some technical proficiency. The meditations, havans and Pujas we perform are joyous occasions. Puja is performed on Sunday mornings, with more elaborate preparations when Shri Mataji is holding an international Puja. The children and art teachers paint backdrops and decorations for the Meditation Room.

All children have times for foot-soaking and clearing apart from meditation times.

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ACADEMICS

The school is affiliated with the Council for the Indian Certificate School Examinations (I.C.S.E.) bearing the number H.P: 016.

This curriculum was chosen by Shri Mataji as having a high academic standard, while still being quite practical and not too methodological.

Medium of Instruction - ENGLISH

Subjects studied at ISPS

Junior School - Class 1 to 4

English, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Hindi, Sahaja Yoga, Computer.

Senior School - Class 5 to 10

English, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, History and Civics, Geography, Computer, Hindi, Environmental Studies and Sahaja Yoga.

Co-curricular subjects and activities include:

Music - Vocal and Instrumental. Tabla/ Harmonium/ Indian classical Music and Bhajans

Dance - Classical and Folk dance; Mime

Woodwork - Wood-carving, toy-making, structural woodwork

Art and Craft - Drawing, Painting, Paper work

Clay Work - Modelling, pottery.

Sports - A range of sports and games are taught, such as Basketball, Soccer, Badminton, Chess, Khokho, etc.

Class 10 Study at ISPS

It is assumed that pupils entering the senior school at ISPS will in due course be sitting the ICSE Board exam, which is held in March. This means that pupils completing Class 10 would stay on in India after the end of the term in December, for a further 2 months exam preparation, before appearing the Board exam in March. 

>> Pupils must be registered for the exam whilst in Class 9, and the Board does not accept late registrations. Because of this, admission to ISPS cannot normally be granted for new students into Class 10. 

>> Further information on the ICSE syllabus and the Class 10 exam is available from the school.

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LIBRARY

The school has at present a general library with around 3000 books. With the completion of the new academic block this will be developed further.

There is also an extensive library of Sahaja books and Shri Mataji's audio and video cassettes.

We have a video-cassette / CD / DVD library of academic aids, documentaries and general films considered suitable for young minds. There is a recreation hall where celebrations are held and students watch films.

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BOARDING

As a Residential School , food and lodging are provided for all students, teachers, administration and caring staff. There are 18 dormitories for the students, with a ratio of one caring staff per 8 children. The dormitory-in-charge takes care of all the disciplines of the daily routine: hygiene, laundry, Sahaj clearing, etc. overseeing their families as a parent would.

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HEALTH AND CARE

There is a full-time doctor resident in the school who holds daily surgeries, and has qualified members of the caring staff to help run the Sick Room. When necessary, children are taken to the Dharamshala hospital for treatment.

The dentist comes to the school for check-ups, and those requiring treatment attend the surgery in Dharamshala. The surgery also has a regular orthodontic specialist.

Braces: Parents must state on the enrolment form if their child wears braces and include the necessary documentation for their maintenance. The school is at present not undertaking to make arrangements to issue braces to children. This should be done by the parents before they come to the school. The maintenance of braces is done by an orthodontic specialist in Dharamshala.

Glasses: Parents should state on the enrolment form if their child wears glasses and include documentation for their maintenance and, if necessary, replacement. All children with glasses should come to the school with at least three pairs. In the case of juniors, these will be kept by the school nurses.

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TREATMENTS

We have a room for Sahaj Treatments, where we have daily sessions for Juniors and Seniors. Students with vibrational difficulties or behavioural problems come for a week at a time, and usually do not need to continue, although they often like to. We stress that this is supposed to be enjoyable and not a punishment.

As well as Sahaja treatments for students who fall ill, we use Ayurvedic medicines, which in general have proved to be effective and do not have any side effects. Antibiotics are only given as a last resort. Please inform the school if you do not wish your child to be given antibiotics.

For obvious reason parents are requested not to give their children medicines of any kind to be taken by them on their own. All medicines must be handed over to the school nurses and the details of health problems stated on the enrolment form. In cases where it is absolutely necessary for a child to carry his or her own medicines (serious asthma for example) the school authorities must be informed in writing.

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SCHOOL TERM

The school has only one term which starts around March 23rd and ends in the second half of December.
 
During the school year we hold 4 tests - 2 unit tests; a half-yearly examination and the End of Year examination. The annual report of the student is based on all these tests together, with some allocation for class-work and projects undertaken.

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EXCURSIONS

The school undertakes several excursions throughout the year. Some are treks which are taken by the senior children from the school to places in the surrounding mountains. These trips usually involve one or two nights out in hostels. The Junior children generally camp down by the river on these weekends.

We also make outings to water-parks, museums and places of local interest. Occasionally the children attend Sahaja Yoga programs in near-by towns and villages. Normally we send a delegation to the Indian National Yuva Shakti Seminar.

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CATERING

The food provided by our kitchen is a mixture of Indian and Continental cuisine. Our trained catering staff consider the balance and nutritional value of the food daily. There is always a choice of main dish.

The school has its own bakery where fresh bread, buns, cakes, etc. are produced.

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TUCK SHOP

The school provides a 'Tuck shop' for the children to spend their pocket money. For things the children want mostly sweets, chips and ice creams - but with a few healthier options like fruitbars and nuts. This is open at certain times at weekends.

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HOUSE SYSTEM

The school is divided into 3 houses: SAT, CHIT and ANANDA

All Senior and Junior children as well as staff members belong to one of the houses. Each house has weekly duties including organizing Sunday Puja and there are inter-house competitions for sports and other activities throughout the year.

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ACADEMIC REPORT CARDS

Children who show persistent poor classroom behaviour are put on a Report Card. This requires a signature from teaching staff at the end of each lesson. Report Cards are discussed with the student at the end of the week. Parents are informed when their child is on a Report Card for more than two weeks running.

Reasons for being put on a Report Card include: Habitual lateness, failing to bring books, pens etc. to class, not doing homework, poor classroom behaviour, etc.

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MENTORS

For children new to the ISPS family, there is a mentoring system. All new children are given to the charge of an adult as well as a senior student, who help them to settle into the school. In addition to this: 

>> All members of Staff live on site and are available at any time to help the children and counsel them. 

>> The child carries a report card. The counsellor daily goes through it to help the children see their progress as well as the parents.

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VIDEO

One video per week is normally screened for juniors and one for seniors at weekends.

The choice of films is made by a group of students and an adult member of staff.

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COMPUTERS AND INTERNET

Internet access is available for one hour per week per class in the senior section, as an afternoon activity.

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