The curriculum across the Pre-Primary, Primary and Secondary Sections is inter-connected and designed to ensure the holistic development of students. This integrated curriculum is supplemented by numerous activities, field trips and class projects.
Diamond Jubilee High School for Girls (DJG) follows a learner-centred pedagogy using Howard Gardner's Theory of Multiple Intelligences. This integrated learning approach caters to every child's learning style and strengths. DJG is also affiliated with the Maharashtra State Board, offering the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) programme to students from Grades 1 to 10.
The school aligns with the seven Aga Khan Education Services Global Quality Standards for Schools, which are School Leadership, Teaching, Curriculum, School Ethos and Values, Family and Community Engagement, Human Resources and Operation and Infrastructure.
Research shows that high quality experiences in the early years are linked to positive outcomes associated with health, social and economic wellbeing as adults and that 90% of brain development occurs during the first five years of a child's life. DJG's pre-primary programme provide ongoing training and support for teachers to facilitate the provision of safe, stimulating, and nurturing early learning environments for young children.
DJG's pre-primary programme promotes holistic learning through a progressive, well-researched methodology of Shishu Pahel Padhati (SPP). SPP is a child-centred pedagogy and means ‘child first'. It encourages children to plan and construct their own learning thus retaining their natural self-confidence, and to develop knowledge, skills, values and attitudes for their current and future needs. SPP focuses on experiential learning through hands-on activities that include opportunities to explore, experience, practice, reflect and share learnings. Our teachers plan and implement an engaging curriculum based on this theory to meet meaningful goals, while also being mindful of differentiation and diversity. The preschool follows a teacher-student ratio of 1:15.
Our qualified and experienced multi-lingual staff nurture and provide care to the students. DJG has spacious classrooms with abundant natural light, outdoor play areas and a well-stocked library. A happy, safe and engaging learning space has been designed to provide an enriching environment for young learners that includes:
DJG's Primary Section provides a high-quality curriculum that embraces intellectual, social, physical, artistic and emotional learning, underpinned by moral values and at an affordable fee. The natural curiosity and creativity of a child is nurtured through application-based learning methods. The syllabus is planned to facilitate learning where each child is given the best learning experience. Our teachers plan and design Curriculum Webs to ensure that every topic in the curriculum is integrated with other subjects.
At the Secondary level, the Maharashtra state-prescribed curriculum is taught using innovative methods and activities. Lessons are supplemented with a variety of extra-curricular activities, field trips and class projects. Students also participate in a number of inter-school activities such as elocution competitions, debates, science exhibitions, creative writing and the arts. Our students learn through collective reflections shared with peers and facilitators and group discussions.
To support student engagement and holistic development, the school offers a wide range of learning opportunities. DJG ensures that all students are able to utilise the available resources to help them to achieve their academic potential, desires and aspirations. The indoor and outdoor co-curricular activities are well-planned to engage all students in a variety of activities. Indoor activities include student council, science exhibitions, language and debate competitions, dance, drama and arts and crafts. Outdoor activities include karate, skating, visual and performing arts, yoga and student parades.
The Physical Education (PE) department works all year round to provide opportunities for students to practice sports and participate in competitions. Our students have regular Games and PE periods throughout the week where they practice yoga, sport and other exercises. Students also learn about the rules of various sports. Sports include throwball, football, volleyball, kho-kho, kabbadi, table tennis and badminton. They also work on their cognitive skills through playing carom and chess. Our students participate in many interschool competitions for different sports.
Students are introduced to music from an early age at DJG. They enjoy their music corners in the Pre-Primary Section and dedicated music classes in the Primary Section. They learn to sing and appreciate different genres of music.
Students participate in aerobics and Zumba and various national and international dance forms.
Art is taught in conjunction with other subjects such as Social Sciences, Science and Mathematics. Our secondary students are encouraged to compete in interschool art competitions. They are also guided to take elementary and intermediate art exams.
Drama and Theatre
Drama is introduced from Grade 1 with the help of hands-on-activities and games. Students learn the art of observation, body language, expression, gestures and voice modulation.
Our Primary and Secondary students eagerly look forward to DJG's annual plays, from The Wizard of Oz and Aladdin to Romeo and Juliet and Hamlet. The plays are scripted and adapted by our teachers and every part of the production is managed by our talented teachers, parents and students.
This weekly event brings Primary and Secondary students together, promoting a sense of oneness and family.
DJG seeks to boost our students' knowledge by learning about and celebrating special days. Navratri, Eid, Christmas, World Environment Day and even No Bag Day are some of the days we celebrate. Days such as Hindi Divas are celebrated with plays and inter-house competitions, with the aim of appreciating our national languages.
Picnics at theme parks, resorts and water parks are organised for the students annually.
The preschool runs the Aga Khan Foundation's Reading for Children (RfC) programme to support access to quality reading materials and enjoyable reading opportunities. Parents are invited for a workshop on reading where teachers demonstrate and share tips on quality reading time, and encourage them to read at home to promote literacy and a love of reading from an early age. Books in local languages are available. Children can select and borrow books to read at home and exchange them on weekly basis.