Monday, September 28, 2009

Admissions update

I have just returned to the office having spent a week on field trip with a group of 19 students – mostly 11th and 12th graders. It was a great experience. We stayed at BASIL (the academic wing of ISKCON, Bangalore's rural development program), a one hour’s drive from Mysore. I learnt what I could absorb (not so easy being back in the classroom!) about organic and biodynamic farming practices and had the opportunity to interact with some of our students. Field trips are an important component of both the KIS and IB diploma programs, giving our students the opportunity to learn in the field at a practical level and open themselves to ideas and situations unexplored before. I was impressed by the commitment the students on this trip had to listening to alternative methods of caring for our planet and even putting some of these methods into practice – dirty hands help make a cleaner environment! We had several discussions when subjects such as industrialization / globalization versus traditional / local aspects of agriculture, the environment and ourselves were debated. Kodai kids are thinkers and problem solvers.

Extra-curricular activities continue for some of our students this coming weekend as the hiking program heads off on the 40 and 80 mile treks. Others staying in Kodai for long weekend will be kept busy on and around our campuses: boating, cycling, lake walks, bonfires and barbeques. Those lucky enough to be going home will enjoy several days with family.

The Admissions office is gearing up for busier times. Statistics for the second semester are looking good. We have 6 students re-enrolled as they return from their German exchange, 3 newly enrolled, 6 in accept and 4 staff children joining. There are a further 4 applicants at the enquiry stage. Although we don’t recommend a January admission, we’re always happy to consider an application as there can be numerous reasons why families are looking for a school in, what for KIS, is the middle of the academic year.

We’re in positive mode for the 2010 - 2011 academic year: enrolled = 2, accepted = 5 and to date 20 possibilities. Enquiries continue to come in and the diary is filling up.

To further encourage prospective families to pursue the KIS experience for their children, Pacific Rim and / or within India information receptions are in the initial stages of planning. As parents of current students, you are the ones to help get our message across – we appreciate your advocacy.

Helen Hauesler
Admissions Coordinator