When was BGS established?
BGS was started in 1997 with strength of about 41 students from classes 1 to 9. By the end of the first year the strength increased to 108. The school was formally inaugurated in January 2000 by the then Prime Minister Sri Vajapayee. The first batch of standard ten students were sent for the CBSE Board exams in 1998-1999. In the academic year 2001-2002, the first batch of II year Pre University college students passed out of our junior college.
What is the present strength of the school?
We have 500 students out of which 170 are boarders, from all parts of India including foreign students from USA, Thailand, Korea, Indonesia, Australia, Nepal, Kenya, South Africa, Bangladesh, UAE and Dubai.
What is the strength of each class?
Each class has 25 to 30 students.
What is the strength of the teaching staff of the school?
We have fifty-six teachers from Pre-school (Preparatory, Junior one) to II year Pre- University College.
What is the profile of your teachers?
Our teachers are highly qualified and experienced, having worked for some of the best schools in India and Bangalore.
Why is your school called ‘International’?
BGS is a prestigious residential school in South India which has students from all over the world, like USA, Germany, Europe, Dubai, UAE, Nepal, Thailand, Indonesia and Bangladesh. This is a home away from home for the NRIs who trust the school with their wards to give them the culture and Indian upbringing that they cannot in a foreign land.
How is your school different from other schools?
Our school is located in the outskirts of Bangalore, away from polluting atmosphere with a huge area for games and other activities. Our classrooms are spacious and airy, with only 20-25 students in each class. Interpersonal relations between students and teachers are therefore more effective. We give equal importance to academics and extra curricular activities of students, and attempt at all-round, holistic development of young minds. As a result, our students develop a well-rounded personality, equipped to deal with life much more confidently.
What are your extra curricular activities?
The school has Yoga, Swimming, Martial Art and Games like Cricket, Football, Tennis, Table Tennis, Badminton, Throw Ball, Basketball, Volleyball, Hockey, Art & Craft, Music & Dance and Computer Education as PART OF THE CURRICULUM, and are compulsory for all students. We also have personality development courses and NIE (Newspaper In Education) programmes for some classes. Apart from these there will be several inter school cultural and literary competitions for which students will be trained as and when required.
What about the meals provided in the school?
Wholesome vegetarian and non vegitarian food is provided for both day scholars and boarders in the school. Day scholars avail of breakfast, lunch and snacks everyday in the premises. Students are not allowed to bring their own snacks and meals to school.
How do day scholars come to school, and what are the timings?
Day scholars are picked up from all over Bangalore in nine buses that reach the farthest part of the city. Depending on the area, a child will have to leave home between 7 and 7.30 every morning, and shall reach home between 4.30 and 5 every evening.
What are the school’s activities on Saturdays?
Except for the second, fourth and fifth saturdays of the month, the school functions on all saturdays as per the timetable given in the diary. Ist and 3rd saturdays are working days with regular classes. Thereafter, activities are conducted for students in outdoor and indoor games, besides activities in Adventure, Art & Craft, Music & Dance.
When can the boarders be taken home? How do we keep in touch with our wards?
Parents/guardians can visit/call their wards only during weekends. They can keep in touch through email facility provided by the school. Boarders are allowed to be taken home by their guardians once a month. During long holidays like the midterm holidays during October-November and summer break during April and May, no boarder is allowed to stay back in school.
When can parents meet the class teachers?
Certain days of the year are earmarked for Parent-Teachers meeting during which there can be a one-to-one interaction with the teachers. Apart from this, parents may feel free to call/visit the teacher with prior appointment.
What are the languages offered in your school?
The school offers Hindi, Kannada, French and Sanskrit for the II and III language options. Students are required to opt for a third language between classes five and eight. Students can also change over from the CBSE to the SSLC Board from eighth standard onwards.
What is the load of homework on students?
Students are necessarily given Maths, English and one subject homework everyday. Even this will not be so much as to burden the students.
Will marks scored in unit tests be included in the final examinations every year?
The School follows a continuous evaluation System. The marks Scored in the Unit test will be reflected in the FACT (Focus On Achievement – the progress report of the student is given twice every academic year).
What is the promotion policy for students?
Our promotion policy is a grading system and cumulative performance of the students till IX standard thus reducing their stress levels. However in IX standard the student has to score a minimum of 45% marks to be promoted to X standard. Also the performance in class X, XI and XII should be consistently good in school as well as Pre-Board Examination to be eligible for appearing in the ensuring board examination.