How SelaQui International Boarding School flew over the covid wave, setting precedents!

The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic seemed bleak for boarding schools around the world. However, how boarding schools like SelaQui International School have built a strategic framework to ensure that its grade 5-12 borders achieve academic success, a fact well demonstrated by its excellent academic results, conduct of on-campus courses for most of the year and international university placements has set precedents for boarding schools across the country.

SelaQui International, a CBSE coeducational boarding school, ranked #1 in Uttarakhand and #5 in India in the coeducational boarding school category by Education World; nestled amongst 52 acres of lush, pollution-free scenery Dehradun quickly adapted, reworking academic spaces for social distancing, investing in technology to support blended learning for its students across the country who had been banned from travel and applying strict Covid protocols.

“New ways to engage with each other; using technology for academics, home meets, sports meets, the robust pastoral system and clubs have forged close communities that have been the hallmark of SelaQui International. We provide an engaging and nurturing environment for boys and girls with the firm belief that a coeducational boarding system is the best possible way to shape young minds to face the world. While providing children with the broadest possible education, our endeavor is to develop an atmosphere where their passion for academics and sports can be recognized, valued and shaped,” shares Rashid Sharfuddin, Principal of SelaQui International School.

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SelaQui International was among the first boarding schools in the country to open its immaculate campus to welcome a delighted boarding community again in November 2020 and again in July 2021. Currently all students are on campus, probably the only functioning boarding school among all the others in the country. The school maintains strict control of health and wellness issues by performing regular COVID testing, sanitizing the campus at regular intervals, and empowering staff and coaches to identify signs of anxiety and depression in adolescents.



Admissions to Top Global and Indian Universities

SelaQui’s dedicated Career Information and Guidance Department has been instrumental in securing admission of students to top global and Indian universities even during the pandemic – a testament to the strong academic standards of school. SAT, TOEFL and IELTS coaching courses are offered to students. The department also holds each student through the entire application, interview and selection process of various universities. Integrated internships in the corporate sector make students aware of the expectations and skills required in the workplace. Last year’s batch was admitted to St Stephen’s College, Hindu College, Hansraj College, Christ University, University of Toronto, University of British Columbia, King’s College, at the University of Bath and many other reputable universities in the United States.

SeQuins are trained in riding for their holistic development

State-of-the-art campus

The school’s vast, pollution-free campus is home to around 75 species of birds, providing students with the rare opportunity to witness the magnificence of nature. A digital laboratory and research center, smart classrooms, a well-equipped equestrian center, an amphitheater, a well-stocked library, an infirmary, state-of-the-art laboratories and a modern dining room serving Indian, Chinese and Continental menus house a tight-knit community of SeQuins.

Students are motivated to develop individual skills in at least one sport to ensure holistic development. The school has a 5-hole mini-golf course, a 400m running track, five international standard synthetic tennis courts, two basketball courts, two football pitches, a cricket pitch, a hockey pitch, a full-size swimming pool, a rifle shooting range, horse riding, two badminton courts, an area for yoga exercises, a gym multi-station sports and specific areas for indoor sports. Adventure sports like rafting, trekking and mountaineering are also part of the sports programme. Ranked as the #1 coeducational boarding school in Uttarakhand, the school is home to the prestigious Mahesh Bhupathi Tennis Academy. Amandeep Johl Golf Academy is also affiliated with AFS Intercultural Programs. The school is the founding member of the Association of Boarding Schools of India.

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A student learning the art of rifle shooting at SelaQui International School

Robust outreach programs

Each child and staff member of SelaQui International devotes at least 20 hours of selfless service per year to working with the community on health, hygiene, cleanliness, education and rural development. In addition to this, a rural program encourages SeQuins to work at least four days a year in an adopted village about 20 km from the school on water harvesting, biodiversity and agriculture. Students also work on small infrastructure construction projects for the local population. These help students understand the concepts taught to them in the classroom and relate them to real-life experiences.

It certainly wouldn’t be wrong to agree that SelaQui International Boarding School offers the safest on-campus and academically rich experience.

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Disclaimer: The article was produced on behalf of The Gurukul Trust by The Internet Times Spotlight Team.

Clyde P. Johnson