School FacilitiesNovember 19, 2023 2024-01-25 2:18
Galileo said –
I think that the discussion of natural problems we ought to begin not with the scriptures, but with experiments, and demonstrations
In Abacus, the Physics Lab is designed for practical work by children. They are taught through live demonstrations and experiments conducted by them. The children are trained well and monitored by qualified faculty and experiments are ably supervised.
August Kekule said –
Let us learn to dream, gentlemen, and then perhaps we shall learn the truth.
When Kekule started his research the common belief was that molecular structure was unknowable. He had a “waking dream” while riding on a bus and saw atoms grouping themselves in space.
A student of science always makes an inquisitive enquiry into processes, changes and action. The chemistry lab is the place where lots of unanswered questions find answers. In Abacus these are practically demonstrated to the children and all chemistry experiments are conducted in the most hygienic and safe manner.
The Abacus Biology Lab is a most interesting place for any student who would like to spend his time exploring the mysteries of life. It is equipped with all the apparatus needed to deal with enquiries on biological creation and experimentation, and it answers questions related to the Morphology of plants, animals and microorganisms, Cytology and Animal life structure.
We have the necessary facilities to perform investigatory projects for the students of higher classes.
Benjamin Franklin said –
Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.
The computer lab is well equipped to teach Computer Science and Applications. The environment supports children to work independently at their own pace and also invites them to share their strategies, bring in new ideas and develop their own program or software. The students are also encouraged to search for information for their assignments and projects under adult supervision.
All labs meet the requirements of the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations to prepare children for the ISCE and ISC examinations.
The Abacus kitchen is a well-ventilated place for children to get together and cook. It has burners for cooking and is equipped with ovens, blenders, knives and cutting boards. Cutlery and crockery and utensils of various sizes suit the requirements of children of different age groups. A first aid kit and a fire extinguisher are at hand to attend to small accidents or injuries while in the kitchen. The kitchen is a child friendly area where the work areas are not too high to enable younger children to work comfortably.
The school Library is an open access library that provides an inviting environment for children to explore the world of books. Children are free to come in to do research, browse or read. Each class is also scheduled time in the Library during which books are read aloud, stories narrated and activities around books are conducted. Children are given the freedom to choose books from our curated and diverse collection that they can borrow to read at home. The library has a vast collection of fiction and non-fiction as well as reference books. The adult library has a rich collection of books and reading material for teachers and parents, largely contributed by the late Mr Manjoo Menon, former Trustee of Abacus Trust.
The art room at Abacus with its two large pentagon shaped work spaces as well as the terrace space for specific sessions on outdoor and nature study cater to the secondary school who have chosen art as a subject. This art space is equipped with adjustable drafting tables, a computer with scanner, spot lights, spacious paper racks and a large collection of books and objects used for still-life arrangements. There is good cross ventilation and hand wash facility in all these art spaces. This lends itself naturally to a comfortable working studio where children explore various media and techniques.
Every year there is an exhibition in school of the ICSE and ISC Board projects done by children following which most of them are on permanent display around the school.
The Music Room is equipped with drums, piano, harmonium, sruti box, mridangam and recorder.
All the children have a weekly class offering different activities around rhythm and singing aiming at an annual performance.
The Physical Education room is equipped for football, basketball, cricket, hockey and all track and field events. It also has indoor games equipment for badminton, table tennis, chess and carom. Children from Classes 2 to 12 use the equipment. Abacus also boasts of a small football field, basketball court, playgrounds, and courtyard cum open auditorium.
Counselling & Learning Support
Counselling services are offered across the three sections of the school. Individual services are available for children through their own interest, or arising from a teacher’s or parent’s concern. The children receiving counselling services will be aware of the nature and purpose of their consultation and what to look for as well as the limits to confidentiality as part of these interactions. In the secondary section, counselling services are also offered as Group Work where children select their own groups for discussion on issues chosen by them. The counsellor will seek parental cooperation if required as working collaboratively with families is integral to the well-being of the child and the school community.
Special Educators offer support for children with mild learning difficulties.