ISD witness 69th Republic Day at Delhi
A team of 104 students and 9 Teachers of Indian School Darsait witnessed the 69th Republic Day Parade at Rajpath on 26th January 2018 and the complete Dress Rehearsal of Beating the Retreat at Vijay Chowk on 28th January 2018.
The group left for Delhi on the early morning of 25th January 2018. They visited the famous and mighty Akshar Dham Swami Narayan Temple and various historical places such as Kutub Minar, India Gate Indira Gandhi Memorial Museum, Taj Mahal etc.
The magnificent event at the Republic Day Parade at Raj Path included the synchronized movement of marching soldiers, stunning performance of BSF female cadres on bikes, the beautiful tableaus of various states depicting the greatness, culture, heritage and History of India, the breathtaking air show, splendid display of various missiles and ammunitions of our Armed Forces. ISD team was in great awe to watch Honourable Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi walking down the Rajpath waving to the gallery.
The team also witnessed the famous and colourful complete dress rehearsal of ‘Beating the Retreat’ at Vijay Chowk in front of the Rashtrapathi Bhavan on 28th January 2018. The glorious band team of all three forces of India displayed a spectacular show of band and music. The rhythmic marching with music the colourful uniform, the flawless movement of soldiers mesmerized the audience. It is undoubtedly once in a lifetime event that each one should witness.
‘It is indeed an opportunity for these students who have only read about India’s Heritage and Culture as well as the freedom struggle through books to walk through the history of India, sacrifice of our freedom fighters and dedication of our Modern sculptures of New India when they visit these places and watch events of this magnitude’. Education is not limited to the four walls of the classrooms but these kinds of tours are the real life learning experiences that every institution must provide to their students, the Principal, Dr. Sridevi P. Thashnath said.
The group reached Muscat on the wee hours of 30th January 2018 after gathering a lot of fond memories to cherish a life time.
GRADUATION CEREMONY - CLASS XII
ISD ORGANIZES GRADUATION CEREMONY
Indian School Darsait organized Graduation Ceremony for their outgoing batch of Class XII at a solemn function held on 1st February 2018. Mr. Ajayan Poyyara, President, School Management Committee was the Chief Guest on the occasion.
Addressing the students, the Chief Guest, congratulated them on completion of their course and the school days. He said, “It is a proud day for you because you are beginning your journey to become global citizens, a journey to exhibit the values and principles you have imbibed from this institution over the years, a journey to cherish your feelings and good memories” . He further asked them to maintain their identity as Indians wherever they would go for their higher studies and job pursuits. He wished that at least some of the graduands of the day would come back as teachers and make their alma mater proud. Mr. Jaikish Pavithran, Vice President in his Valedictory Message, called upon the students to accept and celebrate their failures rather than hide or run away from them so that they would be able to analyze their shortcomings and get more energy and power to become successful in their lives.
Dr. Sridevi P. Thashnath, Principal, in her invocation said, “Graduation is not the end, it is the beginning, and today is a very special day, it is the celebration of the culmination of one journey and the commencement of another”. She advised them to be cautious of the fantasy world with its highly impacted technology and gadgets, which would appear enticing but in reality, it would be a trap. She exhorted the students to be humble, bold and to be persons of character with no compromise on their integrity. She added that education would be the passport that would make them the richest human beings. She opined that nobody is born to the world as APJ Abdul Kalam, Mahatma Gandhi or Shakespeare, whereas the cultural environment in which one is born and brought up together with one’s efforts, would enable one make a difference in the society. She further urged the students to take up hard work, and nurture perseverance to script success stories by taking motivation from exemplary lives of Thomas Alva Edison, and Nick Vujicic.
Earlier, the function began with a ceremonial procession into the auditorium. Young graduands in glittering gowns looked highly impressive. Mr. Alexander Gee Varghese, Vice Principal, Senior Section, welcomed the august gathering in complimentary terms and expressed his joy over the benign presence of the Chief Guest, and distinguished Members of SMC, Principal, staff, parents and students.
Class Teachers, Mrs. Roilet Sherlin Noronha (12 A), Mrs.Jyothi Sukhadiya (12 B), Mrs.Ekta Gautam (12 C) and Mrs. Jyothilakshmi Ranjit (12 D) and Mrs. Annie Sarosh Thomas (12 NIOS) introduced their classes to the audience and read out proudly a brief profile of each student. Devansh Mohanan (12 A), Devika B R (12 B), Neel Bharatkumar (12 C) Merin Mary Bijoy (12 D) and Ben Mathew Abraham (12 NIOS) who represented their classes, shared their memories at ISD with nostalgia and pathos. Harikrishnan Lal Pillai, and Nanda I S, Head Boy & Head Girl respectively enumerated their reflections in an extremely heart throbbing manner.
Class XII students were conferred with certificates of course completion and mementos while several of them were honoured with awards of special recognition for their outstanding performance in extracurricular activities. In addition, certificates of recognition were also given away to the students for cent percent attendance and various other accomplishments through their school years. The representatives of outgoing students presented a lectern with microphone and Table Tennis Board and a complete set of cordless Microphone to their alma mater as a token of their love and gratitude.
Mr. B. Suresh Kumar, Assistant Vice Principal, expressed his profuse gratitude to all for their most valuable presence on this auspicious occasion and for making the graduation day a memorable one. The event concluded with Principal, who is the Head Teacher, passing on the light of Knowledge to the students through their Class Teachers and also administering an oath to Class XII to be truthful and righteous, to revere the parents and teachers and to shoulder the responsibilities that life offers. This was followed by the ‘corridor of blessings’ wherein students’ walked with lit candles and received blessings from their ‘Gurus’ and their Parents. The whole programme was interspersed with the rendition of pious songs by the school choir. As a maiden venture, the entire programme was live streamed and viewed by thousands of people.
ISD PRINCIPAL PROVIDES CBSE PRE EXAM ANNUAL PSYCHOLOGICAL COUNSELLING
For the 21st consecutive year CBSE is providing psychological counselling services to students at the time of preparation as well as during the examinations to overcome exam related stress. The Pre-Examination Psychological counselling for students and parents will begin from the 1st of February 2018, and will continue up to 13th April 2018. The CBSE annual counselling is an outreach programme which caters to the heterogeneous students population and vast geographical network of schools. CBSE Tele-Counselling is offered by Principals and trained counsellors from within CBSE affiliated schools located in and outside India. It is a voluntary, free of cost service provided by the participants.
Dr. Sridevi P. Thashnath, Principal Indian School Darsait has been once again appointed as the CBSE pre-exam psychological counsellor to provide counselling services to the students at the time of preparation as well as during the examinations to overcome common psychological problems and exam related stress on taking the Grade X & XII Board Examinations. These services are extended to the students as well as their parents in order to clear their doubts and queries if any regarding the exam. A renowned educationist and counsellor par excellence, ISD Principal has been a part of CBSE Pre and Post Exam Counselling for the last four years and this is the fifth consecutive year that the CBSE has entrusted the Principal with this important role of the pre exam counselling.
The students who are appearing for their Board Examinations in March 2018 and their parents who require any counselling services may avail of this voluntary, free of cost service and may reach the Principal at email@example.com with subject marked as ‘Counselling” or at +968 – 99432243. Kindly note that the counselling service will begin from 1st February 2018 and will continue up to 13th April 2018 on all working days from 8 pm to 10 pm.
Press Note : CBSE Counselling 2018
ISD Inaugurates SEN Resource Room and Talent Fest & Organizes Felicitation Ceremony
Indian School Darsait blossoms with yet another feather added to its cap with the inauguration of SEN Resource Room & Talent Fest along with Felicitation Ceremony as part of Silver Jubilee theme – ‘to be the most child-friendly and inclusive Indian School in Oman’ – on 23 January 2018. Dr. Baby Sam Samuel, Director, BoD & Director-in-Charge, CSE, BoD Indian Schools in Oman, and the Chief Guest on the occasion whose hands of blessings marked the launch of NIOS and now the inauguration of SEN Resource Room. The programme started with the lighting of the ceremonial lamp followed by prayer and welcome address by Master Harikeshav Pramodu, Deputy Head Boy.
The Chief Guest in his address lauded ISD’s initiative in making a difference by helping the SEN children realize their dreams and aspirations. Commenting on the present education system, Dr. Sam observed, “the aim of education has just been limited to make children career oriented rather than make them self-actualized, but the pioneering role of ISD by becoming the voice of the voiceless and the underprivileged is praiseworthy. He further inaugurated the SEN Resource Rooms and the Talent Fest. He commended “the SEN resource rooms in both primary and senior sections are of international standards”.
Special Education Needs (SEN) Resource Rooms of ISD have been designed to cater to the needs of children who have varied learning disabilities. Through remedial classes, children are taught to improve their cognitive skill. ABA methodologies are adopted to bring positive changes in the behaviour of these children. Physiotherapies are given to SEN children to improve their coordination, focus and attention. During the periods of vocational club, they are taught the art of making chocolates and candles and block printing. There was a display-cum-sale of items made by SEN children along with a rich array of cuisines in connection with the day’s programme.
The Chief Guest gave away prizes and certificates to the staff who have completed twelve years of their service in school, and to those for their 100 percent attendance, besides to the students who were outstanding in cultural competitions and to the ceremonial heads of student council for their exemplary leadership skills and responsible discharge of duties. Trophies were given away to the best houses while the parents of core committee were felicitated for their contribution and service to make the silver jubilee celebration of the school a grand success. Dr. Sridevi P.Thashnath, Principal, who was instrumental in getting the centum in CBSE Class XII Psychology Examination 2017, that made her student the national topper, was honoured for her excellence in teaching.
Addressing the audience, Mr. Ajayan Poyyara, President, SMC appreciated the hard work of ISD in helping the students reach the pinnacle of excellence. He spoke on the untiring efforts of teachers to make inclusive education a reality and a practice with the staunch support of parents. He hoped that the parents would continue their allegiance and patronage in all the ventures of ISD.
Ms.Anannya Jaikish, Deputy Head Girl proposed vote of thanks and expressed her deep appreciation to the Chief Guest, President, SMC, and other dignitaries especially Dr. Analpa, the Principal of CSE, for sparing their valuable time in gracing the occasion. She also thanked immensely the benevolent parents and dedicated teachers who helped the children make the day a memorable one.
ISD CELEBRATES REPUBLIC DAY
The 69th Republic Day of India was celebrated with utmost fervour and enthusiasm at Indian School Darsait. The function began with the National Anthem of India. Mr. Ajayan Poyyara, President, SMC was the Chief Guest on the occasion. Greeting the gathering, the Chief Guest profoundly acknowledged the great sacrifices of our freedom fighters and the noble works of the makers of modern India. He was full of praise for the architect of our constitution Dr. B.R Ambedkar and his staunch fight for the annihilation of caste system. He urged all to keep up the secularism of our country accepting the multifarious diversities with tolerance. He read out ‘the excerpts of the President of India’s message to the nation on the Eve of Republic Day’.
Dr.Sridevi P.Thashnath, Principal in her closing remarks reminded us of an American writer’s tribute to our nation, “India is the cradle of the human race, the birthplace of human speech, the mother of history, the grandmother of legend and the great grandmother of tradition.”. Definitely, she added, India is everything, hence, everyone should take pride to be an Indian, and it is the responsibility of all to uphold and abide by the principles of the constitution of India. In her special message to children, she asked them to be bold to express themselves without fear on matters pertaining to them.
The key attractions of the day were a melodious group song by the students of primary section, a sweet rendition of a medley of patriotic songs by students of senior section and an impressive recitation of a popular Hindi poem by Ronak Rupesh of class 3.A. The celebration was a remarkable one with colourful decorations making the school auditorium clad in tricolors and brim with patriotic ambience.
Among the dignitaries who attended the function were Mr.Jaikish Pavithran, Vice President SMC, Mr.Ashraf Valappil, Treasurer, and other esteemed SMC Members apart from a huge number of parents and well-wishers.
69th Republic Day Celebration
Inauguration of SEN Resource Room and Talent Fest
Felicitation to Yoga Competition Winners
Staff Training Session held on 13 January 2018
ISD Organizes Staff Training Session
A training session on ‘Contemporary Techniques of Dealing with Students and Parents’ was conducted for the teachers on Saturday, 13 January 2018 in the senior school auditorium as a part of ISD Annual Staff Career Development Programme. Dr. Venkat Ram Raj Thumiki, Assistant Professor, Department of Business and Economics, Modern College, Muscat was the resource person.
He started the session with the Key Word Communication (KWC) and its importance in making every interaction with students and parents very effective. He elaborated on Hi 5 Communication Techniques such as Sandwich Technique, Table Technique, ‘Yes And’ Technique, Mirroring Technique, Funnel Technique, and Conversation Generosity Technique to produce a better result out of every Parent Teacher Interaction. He further elaborated on practical tips to cater to ‘Quick Learning and Slow Forgetting’ technique while teaching different categories of students in a class.
The training, which was conducted in two sessions, were replete with thought provoking exercises, group discussions and drafting and demonstration of situations and scenarios. Unlike other training sessions conducted so far, the new sessions gave a unique experience with lot of ideas to implement in the present situation living up to the expectations and satisfying the rocketing needs of the Generation Z.
Earlier on the day, Dr. Sridevi P. Thashnath, Principal introduced the guest speaker while Mrs. Sheeja Philip, Coordinator (KG & Class I and II) welcomed all to the day’s programme. Mr. Alexander Gee Varghese, Vice Principal (Senior Section) proposed vote of thanks. Mr. Jaikish Pavithran, Vice President, SMC and Mr. Varghese Tharakan, Head, Sports Subcommittee, SMC were among the dignitaries who attended the training programme.
Christmas Celebration –Special Assembly, Seniors
Christmas Celebration –Special Assembly, Primary
Special Assembly on the Constitution Day of India - Class VI D
Malayalam Quiz Winners
SILVER JUBILEE CELEBRATION
ISD ORGANIZES SILVER JUBILEE CELEBRATIONS
Indian School Darsait organized its Silver Jubilee Celebrations at City Amphitheatre Qurum on 24 November 2017 with fervour, joy, zeal and zest. The Chief Guest H.E Mr. Indra Mani Pandey, Ambassador of India to Sultanate of Oman inaugurated the function in the benign presence of Guest of Honour, Mr. Wilson V George, Chairman, BoD, Indian Schools in Oman and an august gathering of distinguished personalities who included, Embassy Officials, Official of Board of Directors, the President, and Members of School Management Committee, Former Presidents & Members of SMC, Principals of Other Indian Schools, Office bearers of Indian Social Club & its Wings, Principal, Administrators, Staff, Core Committee Members, Special Invitees parents, students, a good number of benefactors and well-wishers.
The function began with the prelude to the Royal Anthem of Oman and the National Anthem of India followed by a classical dance performance invoking the blessings of the Almighty. Dr. Sridevi P. Thashnath, Principal extended a cordial welcome to all for their esteemed presence at the Silver Jubilee Celebration of the school and making it a historical event. She highlighted the importance of Inclusive Education and ISD’s priority to make the school the most inclusive and child friendly Indian school in Oman. Mr. Ajayan Poyyara who presided over the function enumerated the glorious achievements of the school over the years since its inception and expressed his profuse gratitude towards parents for their unstinting support and efficient leadership and guidance of former SMCs especially the Presidents. He hoped that the school would get the same patronage from the parents for the smooth running and for carving out many success stories in the days to come.
The Chief Guest H.E Mr. Indra Mani Pandey congratulated ISD on its completion of twenty-five glorious years of its commitment in providing quality education to Diaspora Children and for fulfilling its social responsibility and hoped that it might continue the same with added vigour and enthusiasm. The Chief Guest gave away the long service awards to the following Staff on completion of 24 dedicated years of service to the institution: Mrs. Leena Francis, Vice Principal (Primary Section), Mr. A.C Sarasan (HoD Malayalam), Mr. E.K. Hemraj, (Supervisor, Middle Section), Mrs Asalatha C.P, (English Teacher – Primary Section) Mr. P.V Gopinath, (Art Teacher), and Mrs Zawan A Rahman Gharib Al Zadjali (Omani staff).
Mr.Wilson V George, Chairman BoD, the Guest of Honour praised the school and congratulated SMC, administrators, staff, students and parents for working as a team to enable the school scale greater heights in all levels. He pointed out that there are many things that other Indian schools might learn from ISD. Master Harkrishnan Lal Pillai, Head Boy and Miss Nanda I.S, Head Girl proposed vote of thanks to mark the end of the formal function.
A much-awaited Cultural Extravaganza—a Variety Entertainment followed. The fusion of budding and youthful exuberance in perfect tunes and rhythmic movements was indeed a shimmering visual treat to the core. A Power point presentation ‘Glimpses’ portraying a rich array of school activities and the people behind them in a chronological order left an indelible imprint on the audience. Among other delicacies of the cultural extravaganza a mesmerizing dance performance on ‘inclusion’ in school presented by the tiny tots of KG touched the hearts of all present. Yet another item that had a sublimating effect was a journey of Indian Dance and Music by primary kids of the school. It was followed by a yoga skit, a superb performance by students of Inclusive Cell along with NIOS and mainstream children emphasizing on the vocational training given to special needs children at ISD. Global dance, an amalgam of Goan, African, Chinese and western styles and tunes displayed was indeed a delightful experience to watch while contemporary dance drama “Prometheus” was a thematic execution that took the audience to cloud nine.
The performance of dancers from other Indian schools namely Muscat, Wadi Kabir, Al Ghubra, Seeb, Maabela and Muladha and dancers from Malayalam and Kerala wings of Indian Social Club, Muscat was definitely a glittering sight to see and it was a compendium of beauty, entertainment and style.
The grand finale a medley of Sufi, Hindustani and Western singing by 160 students of primary and senior school had a rapturous impact to stay on. All lauded the cultural extravaganza that was put up as the culmination of ISD Silver Jubilee celebration, presented by Shifa Aljazeera Medical Services LLC, and powered by Al Nahdha Al Omania Co. LLC and supported by many sponsors and executed with a team of selfless ISD family.
The highlight of the evening was the theme of the event- ISD to be the most inclusive and child friendly Indian School in Oman. To support the theme, the entire lady staff wore sarees which were block printed by the students of Inclusive Cell and gentlemen staff carried block printed handkerchiefs.
Anugraha and Scouts & Guide Annual Personality Development Camp held on 10th and 11th November 2017
Anugraha the charity club of Indian school Darsait and scouts & guides organized their annual camp for students of classes VI to IX on November 10 and 11. 115 boys and girls and 7 teachers participated in the winter camp. It was held in the school and was an unprecedented one in terms of participation, classes and entertainment programme. The purpose of the camp was to hone the leadership skills of children as they play a pivotal role in their lives and also to provide them a rich learning experience beyond their normal classrooms. Inaugurating the camp, Mr. Jaikish Pavithran, Vice President, SMC said “camps like this give a wonderful opportunity for kids as they help them have unique experiences, discover new interests and create memories that last a lifetime”. The objective of this camp is to bring out the best in the kids so that they may know the pulse of the society and get them involved in bringing about noticeable changes in society”.
After that Mr. Robin, renowned Personality trainer and entrepreneur inspired the students with the session titled “Global values”.This was followed by a magic show by Mr. Asokan which enthralled the students who were transported to a new world of magic.
The highlight of the day’s programme included campfire which included a variety entertainment programme such as skit, dance and melodious songs. Next morning, campers went for a trekking along Darsait beach area where they attended an enriching session on various physical exercises and breathing exercises conducted by the Principal, Dr. Sridevi P. Thashnath.
Since Student’s safety is the priority for the school, the eminent safety expert Mr. Pramesh conducted a wonderful training session on safety and first aid. He taught the students use of various types of bandages etc. A presentation on safety which new for the students apart from their regular learning process was also given as a part of the session.
Ms. Shamaila Gul Khan, teacher in Fine Arts, ISD conducted a session titled “Best out of waste” which was indeed an attempt to make use of waste materials to be converted in to beautiful & useful decorative items.
The Principal, Dr. Sridevi P. Thashnath in her address said, “these sessions are very important for the students at this age. They can become the leaders of tomorrow. The sessions conducted here will be indeed very useful to you in future. The “Global Values” are very important to maintain since the world has become small because of scientific development”. She conveyed her happiness over the success of the programme and commended the untiring efforts made by Radhakrishna Kurup, coordinator, Clubs and events, Lal A Pillai, HoD, Co-Scholastics, Mr. Saju Joseph, Camp officer and their team in organizing the camp for the all round development of students. Mrs. Induresmi, Mrs. Harjinder Kaur, Mrs. Mary Viju, Mrs. Sumitha J. Netto, the teachers of ISD also attended this camp. In the concluding session, Mr. Jaikish Pavithran gave away certificates of participation to the students and teachers. It was indeed an unforgettable experience for the campers.
47th National Day of Oman Celebration
ISD to Organize Silver Jubilee Celebration – a Cultural Extravaganza on 24th November 2017 at City Amphitheatre, Qurum
Indian School Darsait has reached a historical milestone of 25 glorious years of serving the community by imparting quality education to children of Indian Diaspora. The school is celebrating its Silver Jubilee this academic year – 2017-18. On this auspicious occasion, the ISD family places on record, its deepest gratitude and reverence to His Majesty, Sultan Qaboos Bin Said.
The support extended by Ministry of Education has always paved way for the development of the school through these years. The school takes this opportunity to extend its gratitude to MoE for all the help rendered towards the smooth conduct of the mega event – the Silver Jubilee Celebration. The Board of Directors, Indian Schools in Oman has always been a strength of support in all the educational endeavours taken up by the school since its inception.
After a humble beginning in 1992 and 25 years of endless strive towards excellence with the vision to be the most preferred Indian School in the capital area; ISD has worked hard to nurture future generation of passionate learners and gracious global citizens.
The determination of the management, professional honesty of the staff, hard work of the students, cooperation of parents, and the unstinted support of other stakeholders, and the Omani Community have contributed to the remarkable growth of the institution during the arduous journey towards academic excellence.
The school is hosting its Silver Jubilee Celebrations at City Amphitheatre, Qurum on 24th November 2017 from 6 pm to 9 pm. The theme of the event is “ISD – the most Inclusive and Child Friendly Indian School in Oman”. A Cultural Extravaganza by ISD along with other Indian schools and linguistic wings of Indian Social Club Muscat.
The funds raised through this sponsored event will be used exclusively to develop full-fledged state-of-the-art resource rooms for Children with Special Needs, to expand and strengthen the Inclusive Education Cell, towards the financial support for the needy students and to develop other infrastructure facilities of the school.
Shifa Al Jazeera is the presenter of the programme. Many sponsors have confirmed their support. The response from the parent community and well-wishers have been very positive. ISD family is gearing up to make this event a memorable one for all the stake holders. The support from print and visual media is always commendable and it is the strength of ISD. We are convinced that the success of this event will also depend on the wholehearted cooperation of the media.
SMC - PARENT'S OPEN FORUM - 11 NOV 2017
ANUGRAHA CHARITY CLUB AND SCOUTS & GUIDES CAMP
CBSE OMAN CLUSTER VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT
X-QUIZ- ITS 2017, INTER SCHOOL QUIZ COMPETITION.
Indian School Darsait has won X-Quiz- Its 2017 Championship, in the senior category.
There were total 700 teams participated from different schools.After the Preliminary and Mega Preliminary rounds, 12 teams, one from each
school were selected for the final, which was conducted on 10 November 2017 in Indian School Wadikabir.
Out of 12 schools that participated, SNEHA ANN REJI and YASH KUWALEKAR of 10th grade from ISD bagged first position with a big margin.
Quiz was fully on buzzers. The questions had to be cracked with skill. The team was enthusiastic and determined from the beginning that enabled them to score
Out of 1007 Junior Teams from different schools, ALOK SACHIN and ADITYA C .M of 8 th grade from ISD secured fourth position in the final.
ISD ORGANIZES 25th ANNUAL ATHLETIC MEET
The Silver Jubilee Annual Athletic Meet of Indian School Darsait was held at Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex, Bowsher on 2 November 2017 with great enthusiasm, team spirit and camaraderie. The Chief Guest Mr. Soud Bin Bader Ambusaidi, Director of Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex, Sultanate of Oman declared the Meet open in the esteemed presence of Guest of Honour Mr. S.A.S Naqvi (Olympian-Oman) former Indian Hockey player and coach, and the esteemed Members of SMC, including Mr. Ajayan Poyyara, President, Mr. Jaikish Pavithran, Vice President, Mr. C.X Varghese, Head – Sports Sub Committee, Principal, Dr. Sridevi P. Thashnath, Vice Principals, staff, a huge gathering of parents, students and well wishers.
The inaugural ceremony started with the torch relay that marked the beginning of the 25th Annual Athletic Meet of ISD. The chief guest received the salute of honour from the march past contingents of the four houses – Tagore, Bapu, C.V Raman and Vivekananda, whose agility of movement, timing and coordination mesmerized the spectators. Dr. Sridevi P.Thashnath, Principal accorded a cordial welcome to the Chief Guest, Guest of Honour, dignitaries and all the stake holders of Indian School Darsait present at the venue.
The inaugural ceremony was followed by the awesome and scintillating inter- house finals of the track events. Budding athletes put up a breath-taking show, which gave the audience moments of great joy and cheer. A spectacular mass drill that show-cased the callisthenic skills by the kids of primary section was definitely a wonderful spectacle to behold, while the synchronized movements of students of classes 6, 7 and 8 that displayed skills of self-defence, cooperation and exuberance, and depicted the ‘ISD Silver Jubilee year formation’ conquered the hearts of many. Winners of track and field events and games were honoured with medals and certificates by the Chief Guest, Guest of Honour, Dr.Baby Sam Samuel, Director, BOD and by all other dignitaries. C.V Raman House won the coveted Champions trophy while Vivekanada House lifted the Runner up trophy. Moreover, the prestigious trophy for March Past was grabbed by Bapu House while Tagore House mustered the second slot. Trophies for individual champions and best all-rounders were also given away.
Miss.Nanda I.S, Head Girl and Master.Harikrishnan Lal Pillai, Head Boy proposed vote of thanks to one and all for making the Athletic Meet a sweet memory to carry home. They expressed their gratitude to the blooming athletes, administrators, HoD Co-scholastics, the Department of Physical Education, teachers and non-teaching staff. Mr. C.X Varghese, Head, Sports Sub-committee declared the Meet closed.
25th ANNUAL ATHLETIC MEET - 2017 -18
Inter House Malayalam Debate
Special Assembly VI A - Sardar Vallabhai Patel
SMC STAFF OPEN FORUM - 29 OCT 2017
RELAXING AND STRESS RELIEF SESSION BY T S NAGARTHI
HSC Fire fighting training camp for staff
ISD secured third position in National Quiz contest “Ambassador’s cup”
12th edition of the National Quiz contest “Ambassador’s cup” was conducted on 14 October 2017 at 10 am by the Quizpot Team in Al Ghubra School.
There were 13 schools from all over Oman, and one team from each school participated.
Indian school Darsait secured third position.
VARUN S NAIR VI F
MUHAMMED IRFAN VII B
ALWIN THOMAS VIII C
Indian School Muscat and Indian School Al Ghubra secured first and second position.
Factory visit by Class XI students to Oasis Water Company
Henna Design Competition
Teacher's Day Special Celebration
Interactive Session with Mr.T.C. Sreenivasan
Gandhi Jayanthi - Shramadan Activities
ISD ORGANIZES SMC-STAFF GET-TOGETHER
Indian School Darsait organized a ‘Get-together’ of School Management Committee and staff with their spouses and children on 7 September 2017. It was a great evening to honour the staff and thereby to strengthen the rapport and fraternity. The auditorium that was the venue of celebration turned to be a hub of cheer, entertainment, fun and frolic.
Mr. Thomas George, Convener, SMC who compeered the entire programme spoke about the importance of the day by creating a suitable ambience.The function began with a prayer song followed by lighting of the lamp by senior teachers led by Mr. Alexander Gee Varghese, Vice Principal (Senior Section). Mr. Jaikish Pavithran, Vice President, SMC in his welcome address congratulated the staff on their great efforts and good works for ISD and assured the wholehearted guidance of SMC to make every stride a success story for the honour and glory of the school. He urged the teachers to adapt to the changes happening in the field of education.
Thereafter, two hours of delight and joy in the form of fun and frolic games, spot games and melodious rendition of music made the evening lively and with hail and laughter. In the meantime staff members were honoured in a very special way as it is the Silver Jubilee year of the establishment of the school. The staff members were conferred with special gifts ranging from gift vouchers to gold coins according to the number of years of their service at school.The day’s enthusiasm reached its summit with the Grand Final – a Tug of War for the staff members.
Proposing vote of thanks, Dr. Sridevi P. Thashnath, Principal expressed her profuse gratitude to the President, SMC in absentia; Vice President, Convener, Treasurer and all other distinguished Members of SMC for their guidance, care and affection being given to the staff. She profoundly thanked all staff members for making ISD soar high in all levels and acknowledged their contribution to this temple of knowledge. Besides, she expressed her heartfelt gratitude to their spouses and children for exhibiting superb family feeling and for making the day yet another memorable one to cherish.
On behalf of the ISD family, the Vice President thanked all the benevolent parents and community members who started this institution 25 years back and also expressed his gratitude to all the former Presidents and members of SMC who served this institution selflessly to make it one of the most sought after institutions in the Sultanate of Oman.
The programme was followed by a sumptuous dinner.
Leadership Workshop at ISD
A leadership workshop under the aegis of Khimji Training Institute was conducted for the Student Council Members of ISD. It was held on 25 August 2017 at senior school auditorium. Mr. Nadeem Ahmed from Khimji Training Institute, an alumnus of IIM, Ahmedabad and an ILM U.K approved trainer for Leadership and Management, was the resource person. The programme, which lasted for four hours, was conducted in two sessions, and were highly interactive. Mr. Nadeem spoke on how to be a good leader, qualities of a good leader, one’s attitude and approach to challenges etc. He urged the young leaders to become good human beings. Inspirational videos were shown to motivate the leaders in the making . A paper building game was conducted for the participants who were divided into four groups, to test various factors such as planning and honesty. A personality test was also conducted for all the members to identify their characteristic features. Well- monitored group discussions and deliberations marked the bulk of the programme that raised the confidence level of the students, prompted their thoughts, eased their stress and rekindled their positive outlook, reciprocal behavior and mutual respect. It was definitely a fruitful workshop that enabled the student leaders to hone their skills in varied portfolios and to see a glimpse of ‘who they are now and who they would be in future’.”A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way” was the essence of the workshop.
Earlier, Head Girl, Nanda I.S extended a cordial welcome to the day’s resource person and his team while Head Boy, Harikrishnan Lal Pillai proposed vote of thanks at the end of the session. Mr. B Sureshkumar, Assistant Vice Principal (Secondary and Senior Secondary) honoured the guest speaker with a memento as a token of appreciation. Mr. Lal A Pillai, Head, Co-Scholastics, Mr. Radhakrishna Kurup In charge clubs, Mrs. Shobha Krishnan, English Teacher were also present throughout the programme.
Mrs. Sumitha Julius Netto & Mr. Vincent Mathew, Teachers-in-Charge of Student Council coordinated the event.
ISD ORGANIZES THE INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION
The 71st Independence Day of India was commemorated at Indian School Darsait on Tuesday, 15 August 2017 with patriotic fervor and enthusiasm. Mr. Ajayan Poyyara, President, School Management Committee was the Chief Guest on the occasion and the presence of distinguished Members of SMC – Mr. Jaikish Pavithran, Vice President; Mr. Thomas George, Convener; Mr. Ashraf Valappil, Treasurer; Mrs. Nikhila Anilkumar, Head of Academic Subcommittee; Mr. Afroz Ahmad, Head of Staff Welfare, Health & Grievances Subcommittee; Mr. C.X Varghese Tharakan, Head of Sports Subcommittee; Mr. Ajit Vasudevan, Head of Cultural and Co Curricular Subcommittee; Principal, Dr. Sridevi P. Thashnath; staff, students, parents and well-wishers of ISD added colour to the festivities.
Adorned in Tricolour, the ambience stirred unity and oneness among all those who had gathered for the celebration.
In his Presidential Address, the Chief Guest paid his rich tribute and reverence to the great Freedom Fighters who sacrificed their lives to light up the spirit of Free India. He urged all present to cherish the freedom that we have got as a gift from our ancestors, to walk on the path shown by them and to work towards the betterment of our great country.
The Chief Guest also read out the excerpts of the message delivered by the Honourable President of India, Sri Ram Nath Kovind on the eve of Independence Day and administered the pledge to the audience to strive for a better and cleaner India – to make our Motherland free from poverty, corruption, terrorism and communalism.
Highlights of the day’s celebration were melodious rendition of patriotic songs“Dil Diya Hai Jaan bhi Dhenge” by the choir from Primary School and Patriotic Medley by Senior School students respectively. It was followed by the grand finale, “Bharatheeyam” –a contemporary dance tribute to our Nation.
The occasion also witnessed the prize distribution ceremony by the Chief Guest and Members of the School Management Committee. Prizes and certificates were given away to 77 students of Class 10 who had scored CGPA 10 in the CBSE Class 10 Assessment 2016- 17, Sastra Prabha Award 2016-17 to Varun S Nair of Class VI.F A special award ‘the Guinness World Records – Certificate of Participation won by two of our students – Shreya Umrani of Class I.C and Janani Pandiyan of Class IV.A for participation in a team event of making longest crocheted scarf was also presented. The programme, which enthralled the audience for more than an hour, was indeed an experience to cherish.
The programme was followed by a painting competition on the theme ‘Independence Movement of India’ conducted as per the circular from CBSE in connection with the 70th Anniversary of Independence and 75th Anniversary of Quit India Movement. As many as 40 students from classes 6 to 10 wholeheartedly participated in the competition. The Chief Guest, Mr. Ajayan Poyyara inaugurated the event while Mr. Thomas George, Convener, SMC and the Principal greeted them on this joyous occasion.
ISD ORGANIZES SYNERGY 2017
Indian School Darsait organized its Annual Exhibition titled ‘Synergy 2017’ on Thursday, August 10. The event displayed vigour and fervour of students in the honing of innovation, exploration and experiment skills. It was indeed an open competition in which students of classes 6 to 12 took part with utmost enthusiasm.
The Chief Guest, Mr. Ajit Vasudevan, Head, Co-curricular and Cultural Subcommittee, SMC, officially inaugurated the expo in the presence of esteemed Members of SMC, Principal, administrators, staff, students and parents of ISD. The much-awaited exhibition attracted the attendance of a huge crowd of parents and well-wishers. Switching on the prize winning exhibits the Chief Guest expressed his immense pleasure for having been invited to such a wonderful event. He also commended the quest of young minds for venturing into the horizons of knowledge to seek education beyond books and the four walls of the classroom. He also shared his great satisfaction at the meticulous and systematic planning and execution of this prestigious event which is an important learning experience for every child.
Among the exhibits in Science that captured the attention of many were Sources of Renewable Energy, Desert-Future of Power Generation, E-waste Management, Modern Methods of Irrigation, Tidal Energy, Solar Energy, Multipurpose Dam, Rain Water Harvesting while the Department of Mathematics thrilled and tilted the brain with Infinity Mirror, Magic of Trigonometry, Geometry with Magnet, Pythagoras Theorem. The Department of Social Science presented a large array of exhibits such as Historical Monuments, Model of Kochi Airport, French Revolution, Indus Valley Civilization, Global Warming, River Basins, Volcano and Pollution.
The ICT Department of the school added zeal and zest to the event with Website Development, Poster making and Project Presentation while the Department of Commerce displayed banking facilities, logos and currencies and the benefits of newly introduced GST and a dream come true Kochi Metro. The Department of Art and Craft mesmerized the visitors with wonderful fusion of colours and designs along with a crafts fair.
Mr. Thomas George, Convener, SMC, Mrs. Nikhila Anilkumar, Head, Academic subcommittee, Mr. Varghese Tharakan, Head, Sports Subcommittee and Mr. Sebastian Chungath, Head, HSE, Subcommittee encouraged the students with their presence throughout the time interacting with them and appreciating them for the exemplary work they carried out.
The Principal conveyed her deep appreciation to everyone especially the participants and teachers of the Departments of Science, Mathematics, Social Science, Commerce, ICT and Art & Craft and for making the exhibition much appealing. She also acknowledged and placed on records the dedication and strenuous efforts of all for working as a team that scripted yet another story of success as the school celebrates its Silver Jubilee this year.
ISD Organizes Staff Training Session
Indian School Darsait organized a two-day staff training session as part of ISD Annual Staff Career Development Programme. Dr. Shankar Ramachandran, Consultant & Leadership Development Trainer was the chief resource person on day one. He spoke convincibly on how to enhance the skill of professionalism at work place. Mrs. T.S Nagaarthi, Therapist & Counsellor, ISD elaborated on the importance of body posture of students and staff in order to avoid pain in later life was the main speaker on the concluding day.
Dr. Shankar Ramachandran depicted the importance of communication in day-to-day professional life. He stressed that blocks like deletion can mar the effectiveness of communication. The communicator should be well aware of not only the outcomes but also the consequences of communication. He urged the teachers to be sensitive about the cultural and psychosocial ecology of the learners. Dr. Ramachandran differentiated the concepts of being a ‘successful’ vis-a-vis ‘professional’ teacher.
Therapist, Mrs. Nagaarthi presented an eye-opening power-point presentation that delineated the importance of physical fitness in the life of learners and teachers for which engendering a proper posture is a must. One has to learn and maintain a correct posture while standing, sitting, walking or lying down. Mrs. Nagaarthi’s presentation, elucidation and demonstration could drive in the oft-felt yet never so well exposed finer aspects of correct posture in one’s life.
Earlier Dr. Sridevi P. Thashnath, Principal, ISD introduced the resource persons and reminded the teaching community of the need for ‘learning, unlearning and relearning’ by way of effective Faculty Development Programme. Mr. Alexander Gee Varghese, Vice Principal, Senior School extended a cordial welcome to all while Mr. B Suresh Kumar, Assistant Vice Principal, Secondary & Senior Secondary proposed vote of thanks. Distinguished Members of School Management Committee also attended the training session.
ISD HOLDS INVESTITURE CEREMONY
Indian School Darsait organized Investiture Ceremony of the office bearers of the Student Council for the academic year 2017-18 on 5 June at senior school auditorium. Mr. Mohammad Sabir Raza Faizi, Finance Director, BoD was the Chief Guest on the occasion. Mr. Alexander Gee Varghese, Vice Principal, Senior Section extended a cordial welcome to the Chief Guest and the dignitaries with fervour and enthusiasm. He acknowledged their benign gracious presence and welcomed all others to the day’s solemn function.
Dr. Sridevi P. Thashnath, Principal briefed the audience about the purpose of student council and how the present body took shape through a transparent, democratic and rigorous process of election and selection conducted over the past few weeks. She proudly announced the names of the Ceremonial Heads led by Harikrishnan Lal Pillai, the Head Boy and Nanda I.S the Head Girl, Bhadra Ashok Kumar – Cultural Secretary, Afreen Shafir -Sports Captain, Hani P Jamal- Literary Secretary, Saurav K Sajeev- HSE Secretary, Neel Bharatkumar Ghaghada -IT Secretary, Deputy Ceremonial Heads, Assistant Head Boy and Head Girl, General Prefects and House Coordinators. It was followed by the introduction of Captains, Vice Captains and House Prefects by the House Counsellors of four houses: Bapu, C.V Raman, Tagore and Vivekananda. The Principal then administered the Oath of Office to the new Student Leaders.
The Chief Guest along with President, SMC, Convener, SMC and Principal pinned ‘Badges of Responsibilities and Power’ to the Ceremonial Heads, General Prefects, the House Coordinators, Captains and Vice Captains while the House Counsellors did the honours for the House Prefects.
The Chief Guest spoke about the attributes of a good leader and urged them to be leaders of tomorrow by imbibing leadership qualities. He further called upon the student leaders to learn from experience, to be role models to others so that they would discharge their responsibilities and duties to the best of their abilities and without fear.
Mr. Ajayan Poyyara, President, SMC, congratulated the budding leaders of ISD and reminded them that they should follow certain principles of life such as honesty positivity and fellow feelings. The Head Boy and the Head Girl representing the Student Council delivered their acceptance speech. They spoke emphatically on the nobility of their positions, swore their support and allegiance to the school and promised to discharge their duties and responsibilities as keen participants rather than mere spectators. Mr. Thomas George, the first Head Boy of the school, felicitated the young and spirited leaders recalling the days that he spent at ISD. Moreover, he exhorted them to demonstrate their leadership qualities so that they would always be winners in life.
Mr. B Suresh Kumar, Assistant Vice – Principal (Secondary & Senior Secondary), proposed vote of thanks and expressed his profound and profuse gratitude to each and every one especially the Chief Guest, distinguished guests and parents for sparing their valuable time in making the day a very memorable one. The school choir created an ambience of solemnity and bliss with melodious songs.
ISD Hosts Iftar – Amity of benevolence
Indian School Darsait organized an Iftar Get-together at the senior school auditorium on 5th June 2017 to mark the essence of Holy Month of Ramadan- a time of reflection and devotion to God. The President, Mr.Ajayan Poyyara who took the initiative of bringing together communities, displayed the ‘Spirit of Oneness’ which is the ‘essence of Ramadan’. The get – together was a witness to the coming together of different cultures and traditions to celebrate unity in diversity and to strengthen the spiritual bonding thereby honouring the values of peace, charity and forgiveness.
The occasion was graced by the benign presence of Mr. Muradh, Member of Majilis Al Shura, Mr. Salim Mohammad Al Ghamary, Municipal Council Member, Muttrah, Mr. Wilson V. George, Chairman BoD, Mr. C.M. Najeeb, Vice Chairman, BoD, Dr. C.K Anchan & Mr. Baby Sam Samuel, Directors, BoD, Mr.Mathew Abraham, Educational Advisor to the Board of Directors, Dr. Alex C Joseph, Assistant Educational Advisor, Mr. P.M Jabir, Hon. Secretary Community Welfare ISC, Muscat & Member of NORKA, Kerala, Mr. Ratheesan, Convener, ISC Kerala Wing, Mr. Thomas George, Convener, SMC, ISD other distinguished Members of SMC, former President and members of SMC administrators, Omani staff of the school along with their families, ISD teaching and non teaching staff and the members of the local community. The purpose of the gathering was to send across the message of brotherhood, sincerity, endurance, and gratefulness for every tiny blessing during the holy month of Ramadan.
Dr. Sridevi P.Thashnath, Principal extended a cordial welcome to the august gathering and thanked them profusely for their presence. ‘The Fathiha’ recited by one of the Arabic teachers, Mr. Shamsudheen.A.P, marked an auspicious beginning to the evening and sanctified the ambience. The goodies carefully chosen to suit the taste buds during the fasting month included a spectrum of traditional delicacies. The turnout was extremely amazing that showed that the invitation was very well responded in the affirmative. Around two hundred people attended the get – together and enjoyed the array of sumptuous dinner. An elaborate arrangement for the prayers was made separately for the ladies and gentlemen at the school itself.
The President, SMC and the Principal thanked the attendees from the core of their hearts for keeping up the spirit of Fasting and the Iftar Get-together.