Sports & Co-curricular

 

The school is known for its co-curricular and extra-curricular activities, holistic education and good discipline. Many co-curricular and extra-curricular activities are available for students to participate throughout the academic year. Our co-curricular and extra-curricular activities include quiz, recitation, elocution, debate, short story writing, art & craft, making charts and models, mental mathematics, music, dance, drama, sports, gym, swimming, games, charity work, organization of exhibitions, celebration of festivals, etc. These activities cater to the cultural, social and aesthetic development of students.

The huge Palada Campus of 150 acres has a stadium with a 400metres track and a gallery for spectators. The school has provided facilities to the students for playing Golf, Tennis, Shuttle Badminton, Squash, Basketball, Football, Volleyball, Table Tennis, Hockey, Cricket and Chess. Students also actively participate in Rifle Shooting, Horse riding, Mountaineering, Swimming, Gymnastics, Yoga, Art, Sea Cadet Corps, Athletics and International Award for Young People.

Co-Curricular Amenities

Golf Course

A full fledged nine hole golf course with a full-time coach provides unique opportunities for students to pursue this sport.

Rifle shooting

The students have training in rifle shooting three days a week, and the club takes part in the inter-school, district and state championships. A qualified instructor gives training. The club is equipped with standard weapons and a rifle range.

Riding

The school has a riding club with 30 riding horses with connected infrastructure like stables, practice ring, jump show facilities, riding instructors and the like.

Photography

The School has a photography club equipped with a processing room. Interested students are taught photography and the developing, fixing and printing process. The evolving field of digital designing is also incorporated in the curriculum.

Bands

The school has separate and independent Brass and Pipe Bands and they steal the limelight during the Founder's Day celebrations and other important state functions in the district. These units are administered and trained by professional band masters who have retired from the Defence Services. The students learn to play these instruments from Class IV.

Music

Music is an important co-curricular activity at GSIS. The Music Department of GSIS has a number of programmes scheduled for all students and offers a wide variety of music study instructions in both Western and Indian categories. We are well aware that the magic of music has enormous impact on the imagination of young minds. Our music teachers regularly take music classes and students are trained in a wide variety of Indian and Western musical instruments such as the sitar, tabla, dholak, flute, tambourine, ghatam, veena, mridangam, violin, viola, recorder, cello, classical & plectrum guitar, drum kit, snare drum, djembe drum, piano, baritone, bugle, clarinet, french horn, keyboard, trumpet, euphonium, xylophone and saxophone. There are opportunities for several recitals as well as performance during the year with the school musical groups at various venues. Our students appear every year for the Trinity College London Theory & Practical Music Examinations. The school has junior and senior Brass & Pipe Bands. All the students of the school are taught at least one musical instrument. Competitions and programmes are organized often to showcase the training imparted.

Dance

Students are taught the diverse forms of the classical Bharatha Natyam and also the various folk forms that flourish in different parts of India with distinct cultural and aesthetic appeals.

We aim to bring together classically-trained dancers and at the same time encourage the rich folk culture of our country. The students are exposed to several classical dance forms in the inter-house dance competitions conducted for the Middle School, High School and Higher Secondary School. The students performed Kathak, Kuchipudi, Bharatnatyam and Mohiniyattam to name a few.

Dance as a subject in IB not only mainstreamed Arts into the regular academics, but also witnessed students enthusiastically taking up the subject at the Higher Levels and researching deeply on Dance for their Extended Essays.

Swimming

We have one centrally heated swimming pool in the senior campus and one international standard swimming pool with all modern facilities in the junior campus.  Each student is allotted ninety minutes of training per week. Qualified staff impart training to the students and maintain operational facilities. We do have a separate lady / a gent staff member to teach the girls and boys.

Mountaineering

The Mountaineering Institute, the only one of its kind in South India, has been set up at the school, and technical training is imparted to the students from Std IV to XI. The training is given by instructors from the Nehru Institute of Mountaineering, Uttarkashi.

Campus Publications

Selected members of staff and students of senior classes work each year as Members of the Editorial Board to help bring out the School’s many publications, each with a different focus, but all of which mirror the life on campus.

THE SHEPHERDIAN, the school magazine, is the yearbook of the school, while THE BLEAT is a term newsletter published in December every year. The Alumni Association of the school brings out The Flock, an annual publication with an obvious focus on the activities of the Old Shepherdians’ Association (OSA) and news about Old Shepherdians. It is the news bulletin of the Old Shepherdians. THE LAMB, a students’ magazine, publishes poems, stories, news, activities in school, puzzles, maths tricks & games, articles on different topics, humour, great quotes, photographs and works of art of our students. This annual publication is an endeavour of our students and teachers to showcase the talent of our students. The Shepherd’s Voice is a monthly newsletter to inform parents, guardians, students and staff about things of interest, upcoming events and all other activities in the school.