Sri Lankan pharma firm Harcourts has taken over international school, Crescent and re-launching it as Harcourts International School.
In a statement, the company said that Harcourts founder and Chairman Ahamed Rheyas who started his career as an English Teacher at Zahira College and has a great passion for education, recently took over Crescent and has plans to expand the school which is located at Dehiwela.
Harcourts International School, managed by the Harcourts Foundation, provides children with quality education from the Nursery Level through to the Advanced Level.
Currently the school has a student population of around 300, comprising of all cultures and ethnicities, which Harcourts hopes to raise to 1000 by 2012.
The language of instruction in the school is English and the school follows GCE the IGCSE Ordinary leveland the GCE Advanced level, as well as the National curriculum. It has excellent results at the recently concluded examinations.
The fees are affordable fees for a quality education with a limited number of students in a class ensuring personalized attention.
Spacious facilities including a newly built swimming pool; Co-curricular and extra-curricular activities that produce a well balanced student are some of the benefits.
The school has produced excellent results at these examinations throughout the years, including a number of students securing 6A’s and 5A’s at the Ordinary Level examinations held in May 2010.
Harcourts International School aims at producing a well developed individual, by introducing various extra-curricular activities in the school curriculum.
The students with the help of the staff have produced colourful and entertaining plays 'Simba' and 'Aladdin's wishes' and ‘Barney’ by the students of the Nursery level all of which were very successful. A unique event in the school calendar is its annual inter-house multimedia competition which shows that the students are talented and ‘techno savvy’.
Arts and crafts are also encouraged by holding exhibitions at the end of the academic year. Co-curricular activities of various societies within the school also teach the children to appreciate each subject area. The girls of HIS are encouraged to compete at various inter-school competitions in which they usually carry away prizes. At the CIMA spell master island wide competition one of the students was placed as the first runner up the statement said.
Sports also play a major role in the development of children. Along with the annual Sports Meet students are also coached for badminton and netball. Swimming is a new addition to the curriculum taught by an experienced lady instructor.
“The management is determined to make this school one of the leading schools in the country providing opportunities for children of middle-income families.
The school will re-launch itself with a new image and a new fee structure together with its current success factors will ensure that the quality and standard of education will be at an elevated level. The school will also provide scholarships for students with exceptional academic excellence,” Harcourts said.