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.
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.
ISD FAMILY SALUTES ISRO FOR MAKING ITS MARK ON MARS
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.
HINDI DIVAS HELD AT ISD
Hindi Divas was celebrated with great pomp, glamour and joy at Indian School Darsait as a rich tribute to the official language of India. A special assembly was organized in both primary and senior sections of the school to mark the occasion. It was yet another event with a number of informative and entertaining programmes. In the Senior Section in keeping with the tradition, the programme began with a prayer song. Speech, the Indian folk fusion, recitation of modern and humorous poems and street play on women empowerment were among the highlights of Hindi Divas.
Besides, the singing of hymns of Surdas and Meerabai could, definitely, ignite a passion for Hindi, one of the most important languages of India. Whereas, the primary school showcased a rich array of programmes which included recitations, attire display of different states and a scintillating dance performance of girls. Addressing the students in the Primary Section, Dr. Sridevi P.Thashnath, the Principal emphasized on the importance of speaking Hindi. She also said, ‘Hindi language helps a lot in protecting the unity and diversity of India’. The soul of the country is known through its utterance and articulation. The day’s programme which lasted for an hour each in both venues was indeed a visual treat and was coordinated by the Department of Hindi.
Family Time at ISD
Indian School Darsait organized a Get-together of its family on 11 September 2014 at the Senior School auditorium as a part of Teachers’ Day celebration. The Principal, Dr. Sridevi P. Thashnath, addressed the gathering and extended her cordial welcome to the invitees to the day’s celebration. She also acknowledged the esteemed presence of the SMC & Staff and their spouses together with their children in making the evening a warm and lovely one. In her speech she lauded the life of teachers and congratulated them for their life of dedication and leadership. She was all praise for the continuous support and timely guidance of the School Management Committee.
Mr. Abdul Rahim Kassim, President, School Management Committee delivered the Teachers’ Day message in which he commended the works of ISD staff. He conveyed his greetings and appreciation for taking up their mission to reach the vision of ISD. The two hour programme included group songs of teachers, fabulous solo song performance of Mr. Sunil Nair (SMC Member), funny and spirited games for children & staff and surprise activities for all guests with prizes and gifts given away to the winners. The gathering that broke all barriers of formalities was replete with zest and zeal, laughter and joy. It was, indeed, an unprecedented one in the annals of Indian school Darsait with SMC members honouring each and every staff with gift vouchers.
Mrs. Leena Francis, Vice Principal (Primary) proposed the vote of thanks. She extended her heart felt gratitude to the SMC for their initiative and rapport in organizing such a wonderful programme. She congratulated the staff for conducting the events and making the celebration a successful one. She also expressed her happiness over the benign presence of the spouses and children which gave a real difference to the entire function.
TEACHERS’ DAY CELEBRATED AT ISD
‘Teachers’ Day’, a day when students express their gratitude and reverence to their teachers, was marked by a daylong celebration, fun, frolic, great joy and enthusiasm atthe senior wing of Indian School Darsait. A get-together organized by Grade 11 at the senior school auditorium to felicitate the teachers from both primary and senior sections turned out to be a real tribute to the educators of ISD. A red carpet welcome was accorded to the teachers as they were presented with symbolic gifts and handmade mementos. The variety entertainment programme which included speeches, comedy skit, digital presentations, songs, memories in the form of photo gallery, music and dance, rock band and fashion show won the hearts of the teachers who had a day off from their regular teaching schedule. Earlier in the day, games like musical chair & lemon and spoon for lady teachers and Volleyball between gentlemen staff and senior boys at the senior school grounds witnessed tough and close fights with student spectators cheering for their teachers. The programme was presided over by the Principal, Dr.Sridevi P.Thashnath.
Earlier, the elegantly dressed student teachers of class XII took up the responsibility of engaging the classes for the day according to the schedule given to them. This gave them a hands – on experience and an insight into the noblest of all professions, the teaching profession. This enriching experience will greatly help them to know and value their teachers as well as the teaching profession. The school administration was taken up by both Master Balabhaskar Ashok Kumar (Head Boy) and Miss Devika Dinesh (Head Girl) along with other Student Council members.
In her teachers’ day message, Principal, Dr. Sridevi P.Thashnath lauded the life of teachers and congratulated them for their commitment to the profession, dedication and leadership. She underscored the nobility of teachers as a value beyond everything. She offered her profound salutation to the teaching community and exhorted them to realize their value. She was all praise for the excellent coordination of the programme and contribution of students and staff in making the day a memorable one for all. She commended the untiring efforts of grade XI students in making the day a remarkable teachers’ day in its true sense and for turning the venue of celebration as a hub of decoration replete with balloons, glitters, lights and shines.
ISD Celebrates Onam
Indian School Darsait (Primary and Senior wings) organized Onam celebrations on 4th September, 2014. It was an exhilarating show put up on the stage with several events being conducted in perfect sequence.
The traditional style and tinge reminded everyone of a time when the mythological figure Mahabali was believed to have ruled Kerala with fairness and justice. Among the programmes, the highlights were Mahabali Varavelpu, display of Kerala costumes, Thiruvathirakali by the teachers, Pulikali, Vallamkali and Onappattu and the joyful songs by the school choir. Earlier on the occasion, an Inter House Pookalam competition that added colour and cheer, was conducted in the Senior wing and results were announced. This year a Pookalam Competition was introduced for the students of Middle Section as well.
Dr. Sridevi P. Thashnath, Principal greeting the students and staff on the occasion said, “Onam unlike other festivals takes us to a legendary period when people enjoyed fraternity and equality in letter and spirit.” She further said that it was the only festival that united all Keralites across the globe.
In the Primary Wing, the Principal appreciated the students of Class V, KG II B and the teachers for the cultural extravaganza that was indeed an Onam treat with a taste of the long lost flavours of Kerala and for the radiant Pookalam laid by the students of Grade V.
She also expressed her deep appreciation to the Department of Malayalam for making the day yet another success. The programme was indeed an aural and visual treat to the audience.
ISD ORGANIZES SYNERGY 2014
Indian School Darsait organized its Annual Exhibition – ‘Synergy 2014’ on Saturday, August 30, 2014. The event displayed vigour, vivacity and enthusiasm of students and the partnership of the parents and teachers in the honing the organizational, exploratory and experimental skills of the students. It was indeed an inter-class competition in which students of classes 6 to 11 took part with utmost zeal and commitment. The aim behind this competition was to inculcate and nurture a healthy competitive spirit among the students.
The expo that attracted the attention of a huge gathering of people was inaugurated by Dr. Khalid Husain, Senior Physician, Ministry of Health, Sultanate of Oman in the presence of Mr. Abdul Rahim Kasim, President, School Management Committee, and distinguished members of SMC, Dr. Sridevi P. Thashnath, Principal, staff, students and parents of ISD. Unveiling and switching on one of the prize winning models among the exhibits, the Chief Guest declared the Annual Exhibition open and expressed his immense pleasure for having invited him to such a wonderful event. He also commended the quest of young minds in venturing into the farther horizons of knowledge. Mr. Abdul Rahim Kasim, President, SMC, who unveiled and switched on Model two, conveyed his great satisfaction at organizing the exhibition in the best way possible. Mr Abdul Rahim Kasim also presented the Chief Guest a memento as a token of appreciation and gratitude.
Among the exhibits in science that captured the attention of many were aquaponics and hydroponics, hydro electric power plant, simple A.C. generator, electric pump controlled by pressure switch, bio-gas plant, oil refinery, zero carbon city and homemade air conditioner. The department of Mathematics thrilled and tilted the brain with Japanese method of multiplication, art of geometry, clinometer, geodesic dome, theodolite, application of Mathematics in medicine, music, architecture etc. The department of Social Science presented a large array of exhibits such as sustainable homes, thermal power station, earthquake-alert system and hydro electricity.
The Department of Computer Science added delight and zest to the event with games of fun, frolic and races while the Department of Commerce along with students’ council provided tasty delicacies and cuisines organized at the food stalls. The volunteers of Anugraha contributed their time and energy to provide a helping hand to the Charity Club through the sale of paintings and greeting cards made by students.
The winners in each category in all the three subjects – Science, Mathematics and Social Science were announced by the Principal.
The Principal conveyed her deep appreciation to everyone especially the participants and teachers of the departments of Science, Mathematics and Social Science for making the exhibition very much appealing. She also acknowledged and placed on record the dedication and strenuous efforts of all for scripting another story of success in the annals of ISD.
ISD ORGANISES ENGLISH THEATRE DAY
The Department of English of Indian School Darsait organized English Theatre Day on 21st August 2014 in the school auditorium from 7 pm to 9 pm. It was indeed a great day in the annals of the school with unprecedented programmes that attracted a huge gathering of students, parents and staff and received thunderous applause from all quarters as it left an indelible imprint on the audience.
The day’s celebration began with traditional lighting of lamp followed by prayer. Dr.Sridevi P Thashnath, the Principal extended a cordial welcome to the Chief Guest, Dr. Roy P. V, Lecturer in English, Sohar University and other dignitaries. In her address, the Principal stressed the importance of literature in imparting values, and in enlightening and entertaining young minds.
The students mesmerized the audience with their unparalleled performance. Recitations of popular poems by the students of Classes VI to VIII left the audience awe – struck. The power packed declamations by the students of Classes IX & X brought alive the eminent personalities like Martin Luther King Jr., Swami Vivekananda, MalalaYusufzai and Indira Gandhi.
The naughty Tom from “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” by Mark Twain captivated the audience with his pranks that he would play on Aunt Polly.
The magic of Shakespearean era was recreated by the students through their portrayal of the 44 BC conspiracy against the Roman Dictator Julius Caesar. “The Tragedy of Julius Caesar” by William Shakespeare, the greatest dramatist of all times took the audience to the streets of Rome and gave them an experience to cherish.
The melodious songs emanated from the joyful lips of ISD choir enthralled the audience and created an ambience of real opera.
The Chief Guest, Dr. Roy P.V, spoke in detail on the occasion about Shakespeare, his works, especially his great tragedies, their settings and characters. He was full of appreciation for the selection of the plays for the theatre day. He also commended the toil and guidance of the English department in making the English Theatre Day worth remembering. Mrs. Beena Govind, Asst. Vice – Principal (Middle Section) and Head of the Department, English, who coordinated the entire event, proposed vote of thanks and expressed her gratitude to everyone, especially the members of the Department of English, Art and Music for their strenuous efforts in making the day a grand success.
Independence Day Celebrations at ISD
The 68th Independence Day celebration was held at Indian school Darsait on Friday with joy, fervour and enthusiasm. The Chief Guest, Mr. Ashraf Valappil, Treasurer, School Management Committee, unfurled the national flag followed by the National Anthem played by the School Band. Honourable Members of S M C, Mr. Ajayan Poyyara & Mr. Christopher Joe, Principal, Vice Principals, Asst. Vice – Principals, Supervisors, Coordinators, Heads of Departments, staff, students and a good number of parents and well wishers were part of this patriotic celebration.
Addressing the gathering, the Chief Guest said, “We should remember the sacrifices made by our freedom fighters and National Leaders. We owe a lot to the courage and dedicated works of our fore fathers who literally lived to attain freedom from the British. It is their commendable efforts that made India free.”
Speaking on the occasion, the Principal, Dr. Sridevi P. Thashnath, saluted the leaders who laid down their lives for the people of India. She urged the students to make our Motherland free from poverty and corruption. She further added that it was the students who could liberate our nation through meaningful education. She concluded her speech by quoting the Noble Laureate Rabindranath Tagore, “Where the mind is without fear and the head is high, where knowledge is free, into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake.”
The highlights of the day were melodious patriotic songs sung by the choir from both primary and senior sections of the school. Architects of Freedom- A Glimpse, was indeed an item that brought alive the great leaders of Freedom Struggle. The programme which enthralled the audience for one hour was coordinated by Mr. Lal A Pillai, HoD, Co-Scholastics and Mr. Radhakrishna Kurup, Event Coordinator.