At St. Andrews, we aim to prepare students to be technologically proficient for a globally competitive environment. The Computer Studies Department at school has designed a curriculum that is challenging and enjoyable at the same time. Children learn to use a host of software applications to complete tasks that range from creating images and animations to coding and designing web pages. St. Andrews takes pride in the fact that the Computer Studies curriculum is age appropriate and trains students on both basic and advanced skills according to their capacity and understanding. Students are exposed to computers right from when they enter kindergarten.
When students enter lower kindergarten they attend computer classes once a week and are shown how to operate a computer, how to use a mouse and how they are to sit in a computer lab. Learning to use the mouse enhances these students’ hand to eye coordination which in turn improves their overall growth. As students progress to upper kindergarten, they are not only learning to use the keyboard and type simple words, such as their name, class and section, but they are also being exposed to their first software application. Once students enter primary school they are taught the different keyboard functions and can access a variety of games and puzzles. Over the years, students learn to manipulate commands to create images. Students also learn to type using the correct finger placement.
In Middle School, the applications and operations they learn become more and more complex. Students are now learning to work with spreadsheets and slide presentations. Students are introduced to databases and they learn 3D Animation using codes. As they near the senior school, students learn to create a web page as well as edit photos. Once they reach senior school, students learn coding using HTML which helps them format web pages. Learning these advanced skills in coding and web page development prepares students when it comes to updating their bio-data and applying for jobs. St. Andrews aims to send out students, into the workforce, who are confident in a variety of software skills and applications.
Each year, the Computer Studies Department hosts competitions for its students from all classes and sections. Unlike other competitions where only top performing students are selected to participate, the Computer Department ensures that every student gets to participate and encourages the top three winners with first, second and third prize badges. Primary aged students participate in Tux-A-Do, Tux-O-Art, K-Magic and Code Turtle where they are competing to see who can create the best image. Students of the middle school participate in Meritorious Word, Show-Pro and 3D Animax where they create the most innovative poster, pamphlet and presentation with animations. By the time they reach class 8, students are competing to design the most creative web pages in Web-O-Logic. Senior school students get to be quizzed on their computer know-how in the I.T. Whiz Quiz competitions that tests their technological savvy based on the knowledge they have gained from kindergarten to Class 8.
Computer competitions at St. Andrews offer trendsetting and contemporary learning experiences that will soon feature in the latest Whitefield, Bengaluru branch. St. Andrews has crafted a curriculum that is overtaking the information technology scenario of the best CBSE, ICSE and International schools in Hyderabad and Bangalore.