Located at Darsait, Muscat City, in the dynamic, progressive and forward looking land of Sultanate of Oman, Indian School Darsait, a dream come true for many enterprising expatriate men and women with a vision of the future, came into existence in 1992. The dual advantage of maintaining the cultural identity and the ability to orient to face the admission process to the professional courses has made it an instantly sought-after educational center. ISD, started as part of Indian School Muscat, blossomed as an independent entity in 1995 and moved into the present premises in 1998. The school is affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education(CBSE), India and offers English, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Computer Science, Accountancy, Business Studies, Economics, Multimedia and Web Technology and Marketing to the Higher Secondary Students.
Indian School Darsait launches Digischool TM Interactive Classroom Solution
Indian School Darsait has always tried to live up to the expectations of its stakeholders in all areas of education. The excellent progress of the school in scholastics and co-scholastics are a testimony to the successful journey of this leading institution.
In addition to the high standards of teaching-learning activities, the school also provides excellent infrastructure facilities to students, comparable with what a premier school may offer. In line with the overall ICT initiatives and e-learning facilities and keeping pace with innovations and advancement in technology, the school officially launched e-Content to provide rich and enjoyable classroom learning.
Mr. Wilson V. George, Chairman, Board of Directors, Indian Schools in Oman was the Chief Guest at an event held on Thursday, 6 November 2014 at 7 pm in the Senior School Auditorium to officially launch this pet project of the school.
Mr. Omanakuttan N., former President of the School Management Committee, who was instrumental in initiating this project, was the Guest of Honour. Mr. Abdul Rahim Kassim, President, SMC, welcomed the guests and expressed his happiness and elation over the launch of hi-tech interactive classrooms. He expressed satisfaction in the school’s ability to provide world-class facilities to its students. Further, he shared how the vision of the management and meticulous planning on the part of the school administration resulted in the makeover of the classroom ambience.
Presenting the highlights of e-Content, Mr. Harish Sidhartha, Head, Extra-curricular and ICT Sub-committee explained the advantages of this innovative android based system which is hassle free and does not require the teachers to use any other gadgets like a laptop or a tablet for its operation. About 100 android based devices have been integrated with the existing LED monitors in all the classrooms from Kindergarten to Class XII at a minimal cost.
In his inaugural address, the Chief Guest commended the efforts of the school towards making classroom teaching technology-driven and skill-oriented. He praised the initiative in glowing terms and appreciated the foresight of the school in digitizing the campus so that students are the real beneficiaries of this endeavour in this era of technology revolution.
Introducing the product and its implementation strategy, Mr. Puneet Arora, BDM – International Business, HCL Learning Limited mentioned that ISD was the pioneer in using their latest innovation, which worked on an android platform as compared to the Windows platform used by most others schools. HCL has carried out over 35000 installations at schools in India and overseas, but ISD was the first to integrate an android device directly to a monitor which has resulted in a substantial reduction of implementation cost.
Delivering the keynote address Mr. Omanakuttan N., former President, SMC expressed his happiness in the school efforts to equip its staff and students with the latest in technology despite the limitations of the school’s resources and the constraints in resource allocation.
Dr. Amsa Parambil, Head, Academic Sub-committee and Vice-President, SMC conveyed his best wishes for the successful and effective implementation of this project and efforts of the school in enhancing the teaching-learning experience.
Dr. Sridevi P. Thashnath, Principal proposed the vote of thanks and expressed her deep sense of gratitude to the Chief Guest and other dignitaries for their unstinted support and effective guidance to the institution in all its ventures. The principal also thanked the parents and well-wishers for their contributions and patronage in the development of the school in all spheres.
A folk fusion ensemble by the students of senior school added flavour and colour to the event that was coordinated by Mr. Lal A Pillai, HoD, Co-scholastics.
ISD - The Invincible Champion
Indian School Darsait is the new champion of CBSE Oman Cluster Basketball Tournament hosted by Indian School Al Seeb at Al Amal Sports Complex, Seeb on 20th and 21st October 2014. The school sentinels put up an exciting show of basketball against the mighty Indian School Sohar and overpowered them in a spirited final held in the late afternoon yesterday. Rising like a phoenix from the ashes, ISD fought back and crushed its opponent 59—46 and realized their long cherished dream to play in the CBSE National Tournament to be held in India later.
Earlier,ISD had defeated Al Wadi Al Kabir in the first match to storm in to the semi-finals in which the team played a do or die match against the defending and hitherto unbeaten champion Indian School Muscat 45–44 and ensured their slot in the final.
The cheer groups who reverberated with continuous applause and whose rhythmic beats on the drum boosted the morale of the team to win the final with a comfortable margin. The President and the Members of SMC and the Principal, Dr. Sridevi P. Thashnath conveyed their happiness over the new gem on ISD’s crowning glory and congratulated the team along with Mr. Riyas Ahammed, Physical Education teacher and Mr. Lal A Pillai, HoD Co -Scholastics for the coveted championship trophy.
ISD GLINTS AND GLITTERS
Indian School Darsait celebrated Diwali with brimming fervour and festivity. Special assemblies were organized in both primary and senior sections of the school to mark the occasion of the festival of lights. In primary school, the corridors, decorated with lanterns added charm and glory to the ambience of the celebration with little ones dressed up as different characters from the epic Ramayana. A wonderful skit ‘Ramlila’, an episode from the same epic, by the toddlers of Kindergarten and the students of grade IV portrayed the life of Lord Rama and captivated the audience. Rangoli, diya making and colouring and card-making competitions were held for all the students of Classes I to V. The gusto and merriment reached zenith when the tiny tots of KG and the students of grade IV, showed themselves in ethnic clothes and enthralled the assembly with their peppy and cheerful dance performance.
The highlights of the celebration in senior school included melodious songs, spectacular and sizzling dances, skit that displayed the main episode from the Ramayana and inter-house Rangoli competition for junior and senior groups. The young artists of the school definitely created designs with myriad of colours and impressed one and all. In the junior category, C V Raman house won the Rangoli competition whereas Vivekanada and Tagore houses were declared joint winners in the senior category.
Dr. Sridevi P. Thashnath, Principal, addressed the students and greeted everyone on the occasion. Delivering the message of Diwali, ‘the victory of good over evil’ the Principal, commended the teachers and students for their sincere and indefatigable efforts in making the day replete with joy and entertainment.
CGPA 10 CLUB & TOPPERS’ CLUB LAUNCHED AT ISD
Indian School Darsait launched CGPA 10 club for the aspiring students of class X and Toppers’ Club for the students who want to be among the topper in Class XII at a solemn function held at the school auditorium on 16 October 2014. The club has been launched with a view to providing quality education, enhancing academic performance and honing the inherent potential of the students of grades X & XII. The club will provide additional academic support with the help of the teachers to the students to excel in the academics. This mentoring system will encourage and motivate them to put in their best to reach the zenith of success and to come out with flying colours in their ensuing final assessment/examination.
The programme started with lighting of lamp by the Chief Guest, Cdr. Mathew Abraham (Retd), Educational Advisor, BoD, Indian Schools in Oman, and Mr. Abdul Rahim Kassim, President, SMC, Dr Amsa Parambil, Vice President, SMC, Dr Sridevi P Thashnath, Principal and other dignitaries. It was followed by the welcome address in which Dr. Sridevi P. Thashnath, Principal gave an introduction of the Clubs with a quote by Sarah Ban “Begin today. Declare out loud to the universe that you are willing to let go off struggle and eager to learn through joy”. She hailed the school management for the initiative taken and support being given for the betterment of school in all aspects. She commended it as a brilliant idea which would definitely take the school to the pinnacle of glory and zenith of success with active involvement of students, teachers and parents.
Launching the club officially, the Chief Guest spoke about the attainment of its goals. He also said, ‘Since it is academically oriented it has an advantage of making it unique. Moreover, with regard to its function, it stands out by making the club members belong to an elite group’. He urged them to work together to turn learning into a joyful experience which would indeed help them excel both individually and as a group.
Dr. Amsa Parambil, Vice President, SMC and Head, Academic Sub Committee, presented the keynote session with an inspiring and interactive talk. He exhorted the students to be ambitious and the architects of their future so that they free themselves from being the prisoners of their false beliefs and thoughts. He focused on how to transcend those limiting notions and how to become aspiring achievers. Besides, he hoped that the members of the club would develop success habits, would take firm determination and muster great courage, to try out the best to craft their future by scripting success stories.
The highlights of the event were pinning badges to the club members by the Chief Guest and other dignitaries and a presentation on the alumni of ISD who have carved a niche for themselves and have climbed the ladder of success in life. The arrays of profiles of those ISDians were received with thunderous applause. The programme also included thoughts and aspirations of the club members and motivating video clippings.
Mr. B. Suresh Kumar, Assistant Vice – Principal, Secondary and Senior Secondary proposed vote of thanks and expressed his deep gratitude to the Chief Guest and other dignitaries for gracing the occasion. He also thanked everyone associated with it for making the function a remarkable success.
ISD Wins Jhankaar Spectrum-2014 Championship
Indian school Darsait is the winner of the coveted trophy of Jhankar Spectrum-2014- the mega Inter- School Cultural Fest hosted by Indian School Muscat on Saturday 18 October 2014. About 1600 students from 20 Indian schools in the Sultanate of Oman vied with each other to showcase their talents in 24 events of the cultural fiesta.
ISD emerged as the champion clinching the crowning glory of Jhankaar Spectrum with 131 points staging their best performance ever. Having overcome the challenge posed by the Indian schools in the capital area, ISD proved its mettle and retained the championship trophy. It is the first time the school lifted the winner’s trophy putting an end to the unrivalled supremacy of ISM and adding yet another feather to its cap.
The highlight of the Spectrum was a dazzling display of ISD in most events and a virtual clean sweep in a few items. 174 students of ISD competed in 24 events and the school won the first position in the following group events: Indian Classical Dance, Indian Folk Dance, Street Play in English and Comedy Skit in English. Following are the glittering stars of ISD with their spectacular performance in solo events- Jilzya Christopher grabbed the first position in Indian classical dance, Aromal shaji brought laurels to school by winning the first slot in Karnatic Vocal, second in Tabla (solo) and third in Indian Light Vocal (solo) while Abhijit Rajesh made the school proud with his sterling show that enabled him to secure the first in Western Keyboard (solo) while Arun Darbi contributed his share by pocketing the third in the same event. Anju Bindu secured the second position in Bharatnatyam and Nanda I.S won the second slot in Western Vocal (solo) whereas Vaishnav Manu Nair mustered the second position in western Drums (solo) and Rahul Rajesh managed a third.
The performance in the following group events is a testimony to the dedication and team work which has aided the school in scaling the heights: Second position in Western Choral Singing and Indian Classical Dance and Short Movie Making, third position in Indian Folk Song and Create a T.V Advertisement respectively. Apart from those honours, the participants also got consolation prizes for winning the fourth position in Mime, Indian Folk Song, Indian Folk Dance and Western Guitar (solo).
The outstanding choreography by Mrs. Sarala Devi, Dance teacher, helped the school clinch all the top spots in all the categories of the dance events. ISD’s stunning performance in all the music events was under the guidance of Mr. Suresh K Nair, Music teacher. The Art & Craft teacher Mr. Gopinathan’s magical golden touch in all the props he prepared stood out and created the wow factor especially for the dance events and the comedy skit, and contributed towards the prize winning items.
Dr. Sridevi P. Thashnath, Principal received the prestigious Championship and Winner’s Trophy from the Chief Guest Mr. Wilson V. George at a colourful valedictory function held at ISM multipurpose hall in the evening. Mr. Abdul Rahim Kassim, President, School Management Committee, and Members of SMC conveyed their delight and happiness and congratulated the Principal and the administrators for their efficient guidance, and all staff for their untiring efforts, the participants for their hard work and stunning performance and the parents for their staunch support and the well wishers for their patronage in making school achieve such a remarkable feat. The ISD Jhankaar events were coordinated by Mr. Lal A Pillai, HoD, Co-Scholastic.
Gandhi Jayanthi Celebrated at ISD
A rich tribute was paid to Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, popularly known as Mahatma Gandhi at Indian School Darsait on his 144th birth anniversary. A number of activities were organized to mark the occasion and to express reverence to one of the bravest soul of India. In memory of the boldest exponent of non-violence and the champion of peace and harmony, the students of the school took up their spirited shramdaan in both primary and senior sections respectively.
The cleanliness drive was a part of the Swachh Bharat Swachh Vidyalaya Abhiyan, a campaign launched by the Government of India to pay homage to one of Mahatma Gandhi’s favourite tenets – ‘Cleanliness is next to Godliness’, on 2nd October, 2014, the Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.
The Central Board of Secondary Education Board has also made concerted efforts to promote awareness about sanitation in schools because children deserve good sanitary practices such as clean school toilets, clean surroundings, and information on hygiene to realize their potential. The Board is encouraging the schools affiliated to it take advantage of this campaign and to participate in the Swachh Vidyalaya Abhiyan by taking up programmes for cleanliness during this period to inculcate the spirit of hygiene, cleanliness and aversion to unhygienic conditions in all our children from the very initial years of their schooling itself, so that every child in the country appreciates the value of good, clean and hygienic living.
In the primary wing of ISD, students of classes 1-3 cleaned up their class rooms and corridors while classes 4 and 5 adorned with caps, gloves and masks enthusiastically participated in the cleanliness drive and cleaned up the school campus. The students of K.G Section attended a special assembly wherein the message of cleanliness and truth was depicted.
In senior school, students cleaned up classrooms and decorated the soft boards with beautiful pictures and an array of art works that depicted the tenets of Gandhiji; snaps that captured great moments of Mangalyaan’s success and the ensuing festival of Eid Al Adha. The students of classes 9 and 10 took a pledge to uphold the Gandhian principles and cleaned up the school campus. They also took part in gardening and planted many saplings.
Addressing the students the Principal, Dr. Sridevi P Thashnath, quoted from Gandhiji’s tenets of ‘ahimsa’ and ‘satyagraha’ and exhorted them to imbibe those values and ideals as a legacy to lead a simple life so as to create a better world to live in. She emphasized on the importance of cleanliness and the need to take up voluntary service for the betterment of humanity.
The Principal also honoured the ancillary staff with a small token of gratitude and appreciation letters for their efforts in maintaining cleanliness all through the year. The day provided great satisfaction to all.
ISD FAMILY SALUTES ISRO FOR MAKING ITS MARK ON MARS
It was a moment of pride and joy as ISD commemorated the success of the positioning of Mars Orbital Mission (MOM) in the orbit around the red planet, breaking into an elite club of three nations. A special assembly was organized at the primary section to celebrate this landmark progress in the exploration of outer space. In the primary school, the students of Grade V had a spirited gathering and viewed the video clippings of the launch of Mangalyaan and its accomplishment of the final mission. In the senior school, the students of Classes VI to VIII took part in the celebration displaying banners and pictures of the mission followed by the felicitation speech by the Principal, Dr. Sridevi P. Thashnath who congratulated the scientists of Indian Space Research Organization for this giant leap in to the unknown outer space. She further urged the students of ISD to dedicate their prayers and wishes to the scientists of ISRO for making history by becoming the first nation to successfully reach Mars on its maiden attempt. The Principal, Staff and students congratulated the scientists of ISRO for having achieved this remarkable feat.
ISD Kindergarten holds Fancy Dress Competition
Indian School Darsait, Kindergarten section was transformed into a fairy wonderland, where the imaginary characters wove a magical spell.
It was an extremely memorable day, not only for the children, but also for the parents and teachers as well, as it was one of those special events where our little ones clad in their fantasies, conveyed enriching messages like “say no to plastics”, “save the earth”, “preserve trees”, “donate blood”, “save water”, etc while others depicted themes like fairies, fruits, vegetables, butterflies, honeybees and also enacted the roles of Mother Teresa, Bapuji and mythological characters which touched the hearts of one and all. It was a competition that not only laid emphasis on the costume but also gave our little hearts of Kindergarten a platform to build their self-confidence and explore their innate talent, while blending learning with fun.
The little angels brought about an amiable ambience and the overwhelming audience retorted with their applause. Principal, Dr. Sridevi P. Thashnath who graced the occasion, appreciated the innovative ideas and dedicated efforts of the parents. She mentioned that ‘the school gives emphasis to the scholastic and co scholastic activities for the all round development of the child’ and also added that all participants are winners though prizes will be awarded to a few.
The competition proved to be a great learning experience for the students and gave them a platform to nurture their abilities.
ISD young minds explores Synergy 2014
The Primary section of Indian School Darsait hosted its Annual Exhibition – “Synergy-2014” on Saturday, 20th September 2014 in the Primary School Campus. The young minds of ISD were given opportunity to synergise their experiences and to create something unique and novel with the help and guidance from their parents. The exhibition on the basis of various topics was focused on ingraining a scientific and creative attitude in our little ones by engaging them in a ‘hands-on-experience’.
Hundreds of displays dotted the classrooms with participation ranging from classes 1 to V. Each corridor became a celebration of innovative ideas as the young wizards enthusiastically beckoned visitors to stop by and visit their projects which brought out the culture of India & Oman, voiced out the messages like ‘Save The Mother Earth’, ‘Harvest Water & Save Life”, ‘Best Out of Waste’, ‘ Save Electricity’ and many more.
The chief guest Dr. Vindhya Sathya Singh, Professor (English), Sultan Qaboos University inaugurated Synergy 2014 with the symbolic cutting of the ribbon and was welcomed with a special bouquet created by a student of Grade II. The chief guest declared the exhibition open with the unveiling of the inaugural models displayed in the foyer. She motivated the students with her visit to all the classrooms along with the President Mr. Abdul Rahim Kassim and other members of SMC, Principal, Dr. Sridevi P. Thashnath and the Vice Principal (Primary Section) Mrs. Leena Francis.
The distinguished guests and parents applauded the combined efforts of the parents and students for the novel ideas presented and the hard work behind each presentation. The exhibition was successful in boosting the confidence of the students and proved that the little ones of ISD could apply their learning and relate to their daily life situations which could help them become responsible citizens in future.