South Indian Education Society High School, Mumbai Review
The South Indian Education Society school, better known as SIES School, celebrated its platinum jubilee in 2007. One of the many academic institutes of learning established by the South Indian Education Society, the school has classes from kindergarten to class X. There are no classes for XI and XII. The child's education is considered value for money as the school charges only the basic fees for educational material & no tuition fees at all (see the fee structure at the end of this review).
The SIES School, Matunga is an English medium school for both boys & girls. The curriculum is of the Maharashtra State Board, S.S.C. & it is a recognized school. Presently there are over 4000 students.
Other than being well-known for its unique student-centric education & sports activities, the school is also reputed for its academics & other achievements. In the last academic year, 27% of its Class 10 students got 90% & above at the annual S.S.C. Board exams, while 86% got distinction. Last year, too, at a prestigious science exhibition two of its students were selected for an award for their project on biodiversity.
The school has qualified counselors to help kids with special needs & learning disabilities. A student who is weak in studies is also given special attention by the teachers.
Location of SIES School Mumbai
The SIES School, Matunga on K A Subramanyam Marg is conveniently located near the King's Circle railway station and the King's Circle bus depot. What's more, its location is in the heart of the area known as “mini-Madras" as it is famous for its Udipi restaurants serving delicious traditional South Indian food. These include Anand Bhavan restaurant, Café Mysore, Idli House, etc.
Academics at SIES School Mumbai
At the pre-primary level education is imparted to the approximately 500 students keeping in mind that the student is first (known as “shishu pahel"). With this aim, the children themselves can plan their activities. 2 teachers supervise the child's activities in each classroom, which is equipped with learning tools & toys for art, puzzles and general play. The tiny tots learn how to plan, how to greet each other, how to maintain cleanliness, etc even as they enjoy fun activities like recitation of nursery rhymes, singing, drawing, clay-modeling, etc. The most cheerful student in the pre-primary class gets a special award at the end of the year!
The primary level classes are from Std.I to Std.IV. The teachers plan the weekly lessons as per the syllabus. They have to incorporate the use of teaching aids and audio visual tools to teach and assign projects to the students from time to time. All teachers must go through refresher training programs to be updated with any changes in the syllabus.
Students who are very good in academics can avail of special coaching in the school's scholarship classes for appearing for the talent examinations conducted by the Government of Maharashtra. Special guidance is also given by the teachers for students of the Xth Standard for their final year Board exams.
Infrastructure and Facilities at SIES School Mumbai
The four-storeyed school building is quite spacious, with large classrooms, a computer room, an audio-visual room, science labs and a library.
The library staff ensure that the latest magazines and educational books are stocked up. The unique aspect of the library is that it is kept open even during the school vacations, thereby enabling students to read and study.
The assembly hall & auditorium can seat 300 students at a time.
The school has a special designated Sorts Galleria room which showcases the immense talent of their students in varied sporting disciplines.
There is a separate computer room to impart education about computers.
The school campus also has a ISRO Exhibition Centre which has on display modules of space vehicles.
School bus facility is available, with bus routes for commuting to different areas
Sports Facilities at at SIES School Mumbai: The school provides good facilities for outdoor sports & indoor games. These include: athletics, cricket, table tennis, chess, basket ball and badminton. Students are also trained in the martial arts of karate, judo and taekwondo. Morning classes in yoga are also conducted. The students of the school have repeatedly won awards at zonal and State competitions.
Co-curricular & extra-curricular activities at SIES School Mumbai
The school administration lays great emphasis on the need to gain knowledge about India's rich culture & heritage. Hence it not only celebrates various festivals every year, such as Diwali, Raksha Bandhan, etc, but also holds special theme-based exhibitions. For example, one exhibition could be on the changing seasons, another on agriculture, etc. The younger students in the primary classes too have exhibitions like these, such as on the birds and animals of India. There are even special days like Ozone Day and World Elder's Day.
Field trips & picnics are regularly arranged for various classes. The students of Classes 9 and 10 are taken on trips to rural areas to learn how tribal folk and villagers live in harmony with their rural environment. Then there is the annual sports day and the school's annual day program, wherein students themselves enact plays and showcase their skills in varied ways. Inter-class competitions are also held throughout the year.
At the secondary & high school level, in addition to their academic activities, students can join the various associations: sports, cinema, literary, art and cultural associations.
The Literary Association has activities supervised by the Hindi, English and Sanskrit teachers. These include quizzes and debates, recitation of poems and shlokas, writing essays, etc.
The Art Circle does not include just drawing & painting but also other types of skills. Talented students who have a natural skill with pencils, brushes & paints are coached for the prestigious Elementary and Intermediate Grade Examination conducted at the State level. Competitions are also conducted at the time of festivals, such as designing rangolis & rakhis, creating useful items from waste material, making greeting cards, etc.
The Cultural Circle is similar to the Art Circle, whereby the musical & dance talents of the student are encourages. Individual and group songs and dance competitions are held, as well as contests in theatre and mimicry.
The Science Club makes science fun & interesting by organizing a variety of exhibitions, seminars and workshops. Students are also shown educational films.
SIES School Mumbai Fees
Students avail of the subsidized education as per the norms of the State Govt.
1. Pre-primary school: Rs.1,000/- per month
2. Std I and Std II: Rs.15/- each term
3. Std. III and Std.IV: Rs.20/- each term
4. Std V: Rs.5/- per month
5. Std VI: Rs.6/- per month.
6. Std VII: Rs.7/- per month
7. Std VIII: Rs.8/- per month
8. Std IX: Rs.9/- per month
9. Std X: Rs.10/- per month
Annual term fees:
1. Std. V to Std. VII: Rs.10/-
2. Stc. VIII to Std. X: Rs. 16/-
Current Principal: Mrs. Mangala P.