Gitanjali Devshala at Sappers Lines, Secunderabad was started in June 1997 with an aim to provide quality education with a perfect blend of extra – curricular activities. With classes from Nursery to Class X and affiliation to the ICSE Board, Devshala now has strength of about 1200 students. The school was started with 400 students with 35 teachers. The school has grown rapidly and is now considered the most prestigious school in the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad. The Gitanjali system of education is designed to maximize the all round development of the child’s potential by providing complete academic support while building life skills such as critical thinking, communication, collaboration and physical skills in a nurturing values based environment for every child to move forward with confidence. Gitanjali believes that the success of an educational institution should be measured by the value it adds to each individual. The school endeavours to prepare each student for academic, social and personal success. Our mission is to prepare children to - -Uphold high standards of ethical, moral and civic conduct. - -To nuture life skills for future success. - -Foster confidence, cooperation and team work. - -Understand people of different communities through an appreciation of differences as well as similarities. - -To participate in extracurricular activities and community work. Sports, physical education, yoga, theatre, music, computer education, art, library, value education, creative writing, general knowledge are all integrated in the school curriculum. The school also has a one hour hobby period per week where children can choose from Karate, Skating, Western and Indian dance, Robotics, Table Tennis, Keyboard, etc. The school provides professional training facilities for games such as Cricket, Throw ball, basketball, Tennis, etc. The Schools STEM programme encourages a scientific temperament, innovation and creativity giving the students the joy of ‘learning by doing’. Social Sciences are made relevant through experiential learning. ICT forms an integral part of all teaching –learning practices. A unique film based value education programme, integrates moral values, life skills and decision-making skills through entertaining films and interesting activities. Children participate in a wide range of Inter – House and Inter School competitions which help in fostering team spirit, healthy competition and sportsmanship. The school recognizes and supports children who participate at state and national level competitions. Excursions and picnics in and around the city are organized every year. Educational tours are also conducted for students with the motto ‘Know Your Country”. A special section for the mild to moderate mentally challenged children was started in Gitanjali Devshala in 1997. These differently – abled children are integrated into the regular stream as per their abilities. The focus is on developing life skills and encouraging social integration. Under the guidance of our three special educators, children have completed the 10th class examination under the National Institute of Open School (NIOS). One of our ex-students, Varun, started a printing press and Rishabh participated in the Special Olympics held in London and won a Silver Medal in Swimming. Aditya and Samuel have become well –known singers and have sung for many regional and Hindi movies.