Paradise School Goa
Goa’s most exciting and innovative school
We launched in 2016 with a simple aim – to put Goa on the educational map. There’s many great schools in India, but we wanted to do something special. Showcase what education can really be about. Our innovation comes from using SOLE and also picking the most modern and up-to-date subjects from the Cambridge catalogue for our IGCSE and A Level programmes eg Enterprise, Environmental Management, World Literature, Design and Technology and Marine Science to name a few – as well as the usual stable of Maths, English and the Sciences.
We pioneered Digital Citizenship from the start, which has now become Digital Literacy from Cambridge and championed Global Perspectives early on. We believe teaching children about the internet and who they are in the world are important foundations for a relevant education. Likewise we are keen on the co-curricular subjects for our Primary children like farming, pottery, music and movement.
SOLE is more than a method in our school and has become part of our culture. It means inquisitiveness is encouraged and children are not afraid to tackle the big issues – but also that it gives them great agency over their learning. They are choosing and guiding their own educational experience, that’s what self-organisation means. Children put together their own committees, parties, magazines and events and we give them full freedom to pursue their interests at school.
At IGCSE level, we give them the versatility to plan their own exam schedule over the November, March and June exam series, so even the examination process is within their own control. In fact overall, we would say we make the system support our children rather than forcing them to fit into it. It’s just a matter of perspective. Kids are way ahead of us when it comes to the future – we need to catch up with them, not the other way around, and design schools with that in mind.
In all these ways, big and small, children thrive in Paradise and grow into who they are with beauty, power and precision.