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.
Participants are:
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

Pookalam Competition

Henna Design Competition

General Quiz

Teacher's Day Special Celebration

Chocolate making

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.

NASA TRIP

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.

ISD ORGANIZES ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE AWARD CEREMONY

Indian School Darsait organized Academic Excellence Award Ceremony at Senior School auditorium on 3 June 2017. Dr. C.K Anchan, Director, BOD, Indian Schools in Oman, was the Chief Guest on the occasion. The programme started with prayer followed by the lighting of the ceremonial lamp.

Dr. Sridevi P.Thashnath, Principal welcomed the Chief Guest and other dignitaries to the day’s solemn ceremony. She commended the unprecedented achievements of the students catalyzed by the active support of their parents together with the tireless efforts of the teachers in making the school maintain the apex position of zero failure in Class XII Board Examinations. She thanked the School Management Committee for their timely guidance and unmitigated encouragement being rendered to all activities of the school. She concluded her words which were a glowing tribute to the teachers, quoting Aristotle, one of the greatest philosophers of all time “Excellence is never an accident; it is always the result of high intention, sincere effort and intelligent execution. It represents the wise choice of many alternatives, choice, no chance, determines your destiny”.

The Chief Guest Dr. C.K.Anchan, addressed the august gathering of the day and congratulated the awardees, parents and teachers. He said, “ISD is one of the best Indian Schools in Oman because inspite of lots of constraints the school has always created history in both scholastics as well as co-scholastics area. The huge turnout of parents is a witness to the fact that the support of the parents is immense.” The Chief Guest urged the parents to continue their support to the school as it would encourage their wards to excel and strengthen their value system. He further motivated all with examples of Indian success stories that permeated confidence across the world. Dr.Anchan lauded the efforts of the Principal and the team of dedicated teachers for helping the students realize their dreams and achievements. He felicitate the achievers and gave away gold medals, mementos and certificates to the toppers of Class XII Board Examination held in March and April 2017, second and third toppers, National Topper Award and A1 achievers in all subjects (Class XII).

Mr. Ajayan Poyyara through his Presidential Address, commended the excellent performance of the students and advised the winners to keep up their Indian identity wherever they go and whatever they do. He acknowledged the efforts of ISD in launching NIOS that provides succor to the marginalized learners and congratulated the teachers for providing extra help through inclusive education. The President did the honours for the subject toppers in Class XII, class toppers and A1 scorers in Class XI, while Mr. Thomas George, Convener, SMC gave away Merit Awards (Classes XI & XII) and the Head of the Institution distributed Principal’s honours awards to Classes XI & XII.

Mrs. Nikhila Anil Kumar, Head-ACS, SMC, felicitated the A1 achievers in all subjects in Class IX while other esteemed Members of SMC, Mr. Jaikish Pavithran, Mr. C.X Varghese Tharakan, Mr.Ajit Vasudevan did the honours for the A1 achievers from Classes VI to VIII. The newly inducted Members of SMC namely, Mrs. Shamah Shams and Mr. Sebastian Chungath, felicitated A* achievers in all subjects from Classes I-V and G.K & Spell Bee toppers in both primary and senior sections of the school respectively.

To wind up the event, Mr. Alexander Gee Varghese Vice Principal (Senior Section) proposed vote of thanks and expressed his deep appreciation to the Chief Guest, President, SMC, and other dignitaries for sparing their valuable time in gracing the occasion. He also thanked immensely the benevolent parents and dedicated teachers who helped the children achieve such a wonderful fete. The day was also marked with melodious music presented by school choir.

ISD ROCKS OVER CLASS X RESULTS

Indian School Darsait is exuberant over its buoyant students as they brought in the best result ever in the CBSE Class X Assessment held in March 2017. It is indeed proud moments for ISD family as its Grade X students broke all previous records carving an indelible imprint in the annals of the achievements of the school.
Out of 193 students who appeared for the Summative Assessment, 77 students scored a perfect CGPA 10 adding yet another feather to the crowning glory of ISD. 57 students scored CGPA 9 to 9.8, 48 students scored CGPA 8 to 8.8, 10 students scored CGPA 7 to 7.8 and 1 Student scored CGPA 6.8.

Following are the glittering stars that really made the school scale greater heights with their outstanding performance of CGPA 10:
Arun Darbi, Malavika Ramachandran, Abhijith Rajesh, Dona Lisa Mathew, Leya Susan Binu, Prince Shaju Arikkatt, Shreya Manoj, Steffi Maria Sebastian, Prashob Suresh Babu, Sandini Najeema, Aiswarya Manikandan, Amal Deyal Santhoshkumar, Ananthu S.Nair, Anushree C.R, Anwar Muhammed N.S, Bella Varghese, Biji Thomson, Nadha Ashraf, Neha Roy, Nimisha Haneesh, Rahumath Sadiq, Saran.S, Sneha Sachin, Anamika Janardhanan, Ashina Mol Azad, Devika Rajeev, Shiphi Abraham Thomas, Sreelakshmi Atholi, Abinav Puduvayil, Aromal Shaji, Harishankar.M, Hisham Ishak, J.E.Smilin, Reejo Kuriakose, Shwetha Sivadas Karanchery, Snigdha Sathyanathan, Stephy Ann Zachariah, Alphi Kurian Shajan, Anannya Jaikish, Anurag Biju Saritha, Ashwin Ajay, Athira.V.S, Devasena Sajeev, Janet Anna Jophy, Megha Jacob, Naira Riyas, Priyanka Thashnath Pradeep, Rixa Ann Reji, Rohan Roy Mathew, Sneha Sabu Abraham, Sreyas Sivan, Jeroame Jacob Prince, Joyal Jojo, Leya Mathew, Mohammed Riswan Nassim, Pranav Praveen, Muhammad Ajnas Ahmed, Shabla.K.P, Muhliza Abdulla, Abhimanyu Bhati, Ananya Warrier, Annriya Jomy Vithayathil, Kulkarni Anshul Aniruddha, Harikeshav Pramodu, Nishita Manoj Pillai, Noor Salman, Sivaram Narayan, Annlita Bobby, Drishya Dinesh, Gautham Manuraj, Yash Mittal, Atul Balasubramaniyam, Maitreyee Yogesh Naik, S.Naveen, Vachana Francis, Anjali Krishna Subhash and F.Shiny Rachel

Compared to the last year’s result the school has made an overwhelming output with 77 students scoring perfect CGPA 10 out of 193 students whereas 126/ 193 students scored A1 in English, 99/193 students scored A1 in Science, 97/191 students got A1 in Social Science, 94/190 students achieved A1 in Maths, 86/130 students got A1 in Malayalam, 21/39 students secured A1 in Hindi, 7/8 students got A1 in Sankrit and 5/15 students secured A1 in Arabic.

Principal, Dr. Sridevi P.Thashnath, congratulated the students on their glorious achievement and praised the students, teachers and parents for their tireless strivings in making the stars of ISD shine brilliantly. Mr.Ajayan Poyyara, President, and Members of SMC conveyed their joy and happiness over the excellent result that the school could garner.

CBSE APPOINTS DR. SRIDEVI P.THASHNATH, PRINCIPAL ISD FOR POST RESULT COUNSELLING

It is indeed a proud moment for Indian School Darsait as our Principal Dr. Sridevi P.Thashnath has been once again appointed as Post – Result CBSE Annual Counsellor to provide counseling services to the Sultanate of Oman region students and their parents to overcome common psychological problems and general queries after the declarations of Class X & XII results.
The second phase of Annual Counselling begins from 28 May 2017 to 11 June 2017 from 8 pm to 10 pm on all working days. It is a voluntary, free of cost service that can be availed of by students of Indian Schools across the Sultanate of Oman.
The CBSE Counselling is an outreach programme which is carefully designed keeping the heterogeneity of student’s population and geographical spread. CBSE Tele counselling is largely offered by trained counsellors and Principals from within CBSE affiliated schools located in India and outside India. The students and parents who require assistance may reach the Principal at isdoman@gmail.com or can call at +968 99432243 between 8 pm and 10 pm.

CBSE PRESS NOTE : POST-RESULT CBSE ANNUAL COUNSELLING STARTS FROM ­­­28th MAY TO 11th JUNE 2017

ISD REPEATS CENTUM RESULT IN AISSC EXAM

 Students of Indian School Darsait yet again proved that with hard work and dedication one can reach great heights. In the AISSC Examination for the year 2016-17, Grade XII students came out with flying colours as they successfully produced cent percent results. In Commerce Stream, Swetha Madhan secured the first position with 95.4%, followed by Hiba Ishaq with 94.6 % while Swamith Ashokan.M grabbed the third position with 91.6%

In Science Stream Daison Darlan top-scored with 94.6 %, Pavanjeeth Balakrishnan bagged the second position with 93. 8% and Sachin John Thomas came third with 92.4 %.

School averages in other subjects are: Psychology with 83.3 %, Computer Science 80%, Physics with 78.5%, Multimedia & Web Technology with 77.9%, Biology with 74.2%, Mathematics with 70.8%, followed by Business Studies 67.3%, Accountancy with 60.1% and Economics with 50%.

Nandhika Sundara Raman brought laurels to school when she scored centum in Psychology while Fahmidha Khalid and Ashok V.P made school proud scoring 97 % each in Computer Science and Chemistry respectively. Swetha Madhan scored 96 % in both English and Economics while Fahmy Aboobaker scored 96% in English and 95% in Biology. Swamith Ashokan.M, Megha Sabu, Nourin Nasser and Shriya V.Parameswar scored 96% in Marketing. Besides, a total of 26 other students scored 95 marks in English.

The following 5 students namely, Swetha Madhan, Hiba Ishaq, Daison Darlan, Fahmidha Khalid and Sachin John Thomas topped in Maths with 95%. Hiba Ishaq topped in Business Studies with 96% while Swetha Madhan, Athira Pradeep Kumar, Samuel Samju Kavattu and Swamith Ashokan.M scored 95 % in it. Apart from these achievements, Hiba Ishaq and Swetha Madhan got 95% each in Accountancy whereas Zihan Basheer topped in Multi Media & Web Technology with 94%. Daison Darlan and Pavanjeeth Balakrishnan topped in Physics with 95% while 15 other students scored 95 and above in Chemistry, whereas Devika Suresh and Angel Joji scored 95% in Psychology.

Dr.Sridevi P. Thashnath, Principal congratulated the students, parents and teachers on this remarkable achievement. She lauded the strenuous efforts of all who worked as catalysts in making school proud.
Mr. Ajayan Poyyara, President and other esteemed members of the SMC conveyed their happiness over the excellent results.

ISD LAUNCHES NIOS

Indian School Darsait launched NIOS (National Institute of Open Schooling) on 17th May 2017. Mr. Baby Sam Samuel, Director, BOD, Indian Schools in Oman and the Chief Guest of the day’s ceremony launched the NIOS services at ISD – an extension of educational service to Indian learners across Oman, who are unable to cope with main stream education.
Mr. Alexander Gee Varghese, Vice Principal, Senior Section and NIOS Associate Coordinator welcomed the Chief Guest and the dignitaries in glowing terms.

Speaking on the solemn occasion, Mr. Ajayan Poyyara, President, SMC said that ISD is entering its 25th year of existence and an added extended service would definitely be a milestone for our school that has prioritized inclusive education. NIOS is a flexible system of education that will definitely provide the students ample time, space and opportunity to learn according to their needs and requirements. The school is privileged to fulfill its social obligation through NIOS.

Dr. Sridevi P. Thashnath, Principal, ISD and NIOS Coordinator provided an effective insight into Open Schooling through a presentation on “NIOS – Myths and Facts”. She emphasized about NIOS by enumerating a plethora of personalities who had benefited much from NIOS and how they created success stories out of their lives. She also added that ISD was privileged to take up Open Schooling as a Social Commitment in its Silver Jubilee year of establishment and to reiterate its dedication by providing an added service to the Diaspora Children. She further acknowledged the timely guidance and directives from the Board of Directors, Indian Schools in Oman and the staunch support extended by the School Management Committee in making this dream a reality.

Addressing a packed gathering of students, staff and parents, the Chief Guest, Mr Baby Sam commended the school’s initiatives in the field of quality education. He added that the starting of NIOS at ISD is the most visionary step through which the school has widened its horizon by opening its doors to those learners who have diverse needs and varied interests. Mr. Baby Sam appreciated the School’s continued dedication in helping such children. He congratulated Team ISD for striving hard to ensure that quality education reaches every child.

Mr. Radhakrishna Kurup, NIOS Supervisor, proposed the vote of thanks and expressed his profound gratitude to the Chief Guest, Mr. Baby Sam Samuel, the president of SMC, Mr. Ajayan Poyyara; the Convener of SMC, Mr. Thomas George; other members of SMC and parents for their magnanimity in attending this important function of the school despite a busy schedule of engagements and preoccupations. The school choir presented a melodious rendition of the Theme song of NIOS – Jeevan yeh Prakashit Karne.

SCIENCE INDIA FIESTA- Inter-school Science Exhibition (Seniors)

Abhimanyu Bhati (XI A), David Roy (XD) and Devanshi Sharma (IX B) won first position for inter school science exhibition (Seniors) competition organized by Science India Forum at Al- Falaj on 13th may 2017.The project was based on the topic India’s advancement in space technology.

SIF Exhibition (Junior) 2017.

Our students Rabiya Khalid (6E),Manosmita Mallick (7F) and Amaan Jewel (8D) exhibited their exhibit on Space Technology for Cooperation-GSAT9, in the Interschool Science exhibition on Indian’s Advancement in Space Technology conducted by Science India Forum(SIF), on 13th May 2017.

MUSCAT SCIENCE FEST- SCIENCE PROJECT CONTEST

Amal Deyal Santhosh Kumar and Saran S of class XI won the first prize of R.O. 1000 for the Muscat |Science Fest- Science Project Contest.The topic chosen was Powering the Future Generation. The title of the project was Smart Energy System. Various kinds of renewable energy sources. such as wind, solar, hydro, biogas, etc. along with ideas and innovations of using mobile electricity generator, pipeline electricity production, thermal gasification using biomass, biofuel for vehicles through hydrogenation of carbon dioxide and green gas were incorporated in the exhibit.

Runners up in U-15 Inter-school Football Tournament Conducted by TelyBoyz

ISD to Start NIOS Study Classes

Quality Education is perceived and conceived by many educational institutions but achieved by very few. Indian School Darsait has joined the list of those few privileged institutions that have prioritized inclusive education as one of their goals. National Institute of Open School is a positive step towards this inclusion as ISD becomes the first CBSE School in Oman to have acquired accreditation from National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) – an autonomous institution under Department of School Education and Literacy, M.H.R.D, Gov. of India to run NIOS classes for the Secondary and Senior Secondary Classes.

The NIOS, one of the three National Boards, takes conscious steps to provide quality education and follows National Curriculum Framework brought out by NCERT.The NIOS courses and programmes are functional, useful in daily life and also set the pathway for further studies as evident from the successful alumni of NIOS who pursue their higher studies in institutes of national and international repute such as IITs, Delhi University, Jamia Millia Islamia etc.

Principal, Dr.Sridevi P. Thashanth, appointed as the coordinator of the NIOS classes said, “It is with the help of the Board of Directors, Indian Schools in Oman, approval from Ministry of Education and support of School Management Committee that we are able to start this extended service which will offer a variety of courses for the students to choose from. Students must opt for any 4 subjects other than English for Classes X and XII and a student must have attained a minimum age of 14 to register for Class X and 15 for Class XII.”

She added “Students who are Indian Nationals across Oman unable to cope with main stream education can avail of this golden opportunity and register for the academic session 2017 – 18. Classes are likely to begin in a weeks’ time. Further details including the fee structure, timings, schedule of classes etc. can be obtained from the school office or from the school website – www.isdoman.com.”

It may be noted that students opting for NIOS in Class X have the advantage of joining formal School Board in Class XI after passing NIOS examination. The certificate issued by NIOS is accepted by all the National & State Boards, all Universities and for Government jobs. However, certain Boards and Universities have fixed eligibility criteria based on their requirements and hence, candidates seeking admission may go through the eligibility criteria of different Boards/ Universities before taking admission.

Mr. Wilson V George, Chairman, BOD said, “We are happy that ISD is widening its horizon for Diaspora Children in Oman. BOD has been encouraging equal opportunity for all children and it is heartening to see that with this initiative of extended educational services, ‘no child will be left behind’ which is the true essence of our education system.”

Mr. Ajayan Poyyara, President SMC said, “As ISD enters its 25th year of existence this academic year, we would like to extend our services to students with diverse needs and varied interest, and NIOS will definitely serve this social cause of inclusion in Education. ISD has indeed been very privileged to serve the Indian Community for the last 24 years”.

KG WELCOME DAY

Scholars and Artists in the Making

Indian School Darsait organized KG Day for KG I kids and the fourth Graduation Ceremony for KG II children for the year 2016-17 on Saturday, 25 February. Separate functions were held for the morning and the afternoon session childrenin two phases wherein a good number of parents, grandparents and well-wishers turned up to be a part of yet another day to cherish. Mr. Biju Samuel, Vice President, SMC, Mrs. Nikhila Anilkumar, Head of Academic Subcommittee,SMC were the Chief Guests for the morning and afternoon functions respectively along with Mr. Jaikish Pavithran, distinguished Member, SMC.

The mega event began with lighting of the auspicious lamp of knowledge by the Chief Guest, and other dignitaries. The highlight of the function was the ceremonial procession of the graduates, led by the class teachers of each division accompanied by KG I teachers. The little ones who were clad in graduation gowns were brimming with enthusiasm and vibrancy. The teachers of respective classes spoke briefly about the toddlers as they received their certificates. Mrs. Leena Francis, Vice Principal stated emphatically on the significance of the foundation years of a child and welcomed the august gathering for both the sessions. She said, “the main aim of kindergarten is to groom our little ones for achieving holistic excellence in this competitive world.”Addressing the gathering Mr. Biju Samuel, Chief Guest for the morning session said that the school is like a second home and teachers are like mothers to them. He further added that, “As these kids are in the most impressionable phase of their life, we have a great responsibility on us as to how we interact with these tiny tots.” He also expressed his happiness in being part of this wonderful occasion and blessed them for a bright future.

Dr. Sridevi P. Thashnath, Principal appreciated the students for their confidence and pleasing demeanor they displayed and the staff for their commitment and sincere efforts. She also underlined the role of a KG teacher in the life of a child by stating that, “the kids come as a plain slate or clay and the teachers mould them. The children always love and remember their KG teachers fondly even when they bid adieu to their alma mater in Grade 12’’ She also presented a beautiful array of Kindergarten activities conducted for the academic year besides felicitating the children who secured hundred percent attendance.

Mrs. Nikhila Anilkumar, Chief Guest for the afternoon session congratulated the K.G Department for organizing the programme perfectly. She further said, “the little ones are like tiny seeds that grow into a mighty tree. They should be watered with hope, kindness and love and be fed with nutrients of knowledge, character and dedication by instilling values and beliefs”. The KG I kids wished their seniors good luck and enlivened the morning with enthralling performances. As they danced to foot tapping music, the kindergarten motto‘growing up is fun’ was re-emphasized to the core. Mrs. Sheeja Philip, Coordinator, Kindergarten proposed vote of thanks and expressed her profuse gratitude to all for making the day a memorable one.

ISD - the New Runner-up in OCC U-16 Boys’ Cricket Tournament

Indian School Darsait is the new ‘Runner-up’ in the OCC U-16 Boys’ Cricket Tournament for the season 2016-17. Team ISD won the semifinal against ISWK in an exciting match and proudly stormed into the final. They lost the match against Indian School Al Seeb only in the final. In the journey of a continuous and unprecedented series of success ISD beat Srilankan School, Pakistan School, MCC Club and ISWK. The stars who brought laurels to school are Harikrishnan Lal Pillai (Captain) & Moin Qureshi (Vice Captain) Grade IX; Abhijit.S, Harikeshev, Ashik Sony, Abhimanyu, Hisham, Ajnas, Yadukrishna, Naveen.S, Prashobh & Blessan (Grade X); Guruchetan, Arjun Rajesh & Anand P.H (Grade IX); Aswath Jothish (Grade VII)& Jeevan (Grade VI)
Mr.C.X.Varghese Tharakan, Head – Sports Sub Committee, SMC and Dr. Sridevi P.Thashnath, Principal congratulated the team profusely and lauded the strenuous efforts of Mr. Lal A. Pillai and Mr. Benny Sam under whose guidance the team could accomplish this coveted feat and script yet another story of achievement braving all limits and constraints.

ISD ON BOARD OF 'SAMUDRA PAVAK'

A team of eight students visited the Indian Coast Guard ship – Samudra Pavak at Port Sultan Qaboos, Muscat on 12 Feb 2017. On board the ship, the team ISD led by Mr. Radhakrishna Kurup interacted with the officers providing the students an excellent opportunity to know more about the ship and its seafaring tasks. The officers briefed on the key role that Samudra Pavak had undertaken with regard to environmental protection. They explained to the group in detail how the equipment on board was used for containment, recovery, separation and dispersal of pollutants. High tech control systems enabled simultaneous tasks to be performed by a single operator. Further, they said that the vessel was fitted with latest pollution control equipment including two rigid sweeping arms enabling it to contain oil spill whilst in motion. The officer informed the ship is equipped with firefighting and salvage systems. There are only three such ships which have been sailed by the Indian coast guard for this purpose.

It was a unique learning experience for the team as they considered it highly beneficial with regard to the magnitude of awareness they got from their visit. Dr. Sridevi P. Thashnath, Principal thanked the Embassy of India and BoD for providing this unique chance to the students of ISD and congratulated team ISD on their fruitful visit and hoped that ventures of this sort would definitely help them get sufficient information as well.

ISD ORGANIZES GRADUATION DAY

Indian School Darsait organized Graduation Day for their outgoing batch of Grade XII at a solemn function held on 2nd February 2017.The programme began with a ceremonial procession of students and their teachers along with dignitaries to the auditorium. Finely clad in graduation gowns Grade XII looked highly impressive. Mr. Alexander Gee Varghese, Vice Principal, Senior Section, welcomed the august gathering in glowing terms and expressed his joy over the benign presence of Mr. Ajayan Poyyara, Chief Guest and President, School Management Committee, Mr.Biju Samuel, Vice President, Mr. Thomas George, Convener, distinguished Members of SMC, Principal, staff, parents and students. Class Teachers, Mrs.Jyothi Sukhadiya (12A), Mrs.Premela Issac (12B), Mrs.Jyothilakshmi Ranjit (12 C) and Mrs.Ekta Gautam(12 D),introduced their classes to the audience and read out proudly a brief profile of students. Aswathy Unnikrishnan (12 A), Nima Begum (12 B), Zeeshan Farooque (12 C) and Libni Susan Babu (12 D) who represented their classes, shared reminiscences of happy days at ISD with nostalgia. Abhijith.V, Head Boy and Gopika Ganga Nair, Head Girl expressed their sincere gratitude to the school in an extremely heart throbbing manner. The parting students presented an amount of R.O. 347.500 Baisa to their alma mater as a token of their love and gratitude.

Addressing the students, the Chief Guest, Mr. Ajayan Poyyara spoke about the preparedness that they should have to face new challenges in the present world scenario. He asked them to keep their identity as Indians wherever they would go for their higher studies and job pursuits. He urged them to make ISD flag soar high by devoting quality time and resource for further development of the school including its flourishing Alumni Association. Mr. Biju Samuel, Vice President who spoke on the occasion, called upon the students to chase ability and values to achieve what they would keenly wish for.
Earlier, the Chief Guest conferred Grade XII students 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 given away to a few of them for cent percent attendance.

Dr. Sridevi P. Thashnath, Principal, in her inspiring message greeted the outgoing batch as ‘ladies and gentlemen’. She observed that since they were in the midst of stumbling blocks and crushing defeats they should take up the challenges bravely and sensibly. She advised them to make a judicious use of social media with its unprecedented spell over them and to get inspired by the lives of Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, Mahatma Gandhi, Tata and Birla. She exhorted them to practice lessons of humility so that they may treat their parents with love and care and be ‘Happiness Ambassadors’.

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 yet another one to cherish.On administering ‘Oath and Exhortation’ to Grade XII, the Principal lit the ‘Candles of Knowledge’ and passed on to the class teachers who subsequently lit the candles of students marking the permeation of knowledge and wisdom from the teacher to the taught. The function concluded with students receiving the “Corridor of Blessings” with accompaniment of pious music rendition.
On the previous day, Grade XI organized a befitting farewell to their seniors and the highlights of the programme were musical extravaganza, group dance, video presentations, games of fun and frolic, and a spectacular ‘Ramp Walk’. Hiba Ishaq of Grade XII D was adjudged as Miss ISD while Zeeshan Farooque of Grade XII C was declared Master ISD.

ISD PRINCIPAL TO PROVIDE CBSE PRE EXAM PSYCHOLOGICAL COUNSELLING

CBSE Tele-Counselling is an annual outreach programme that is offered by Principals and trained Counsellors from within CBSE affiliated schools located in and outside India. This year 90 Principals, trained Counsellors from CBSE affiliated government and private schools, a few psychologists and special educators will participate in Tele-counselling and exam related psychological problems of the students.

This year too Dr. Sridevi P.Thashnath, the Principal of Indian School Darsait has been 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 with regard to Grade X & XII Board Examinations. These services are extended to their parents as well to clear their doubts and queries regarding the same. Dr. Sridevi P.Thashnath, a renowned educationist and counsellor par excellence, has been a part of CBSE Pre and Post Exam Counselling for the last three years.

The students who are appearing for their Board Examination in March 2017 and their parents who require any counselling services may avail of this voluntary, free of cost service and may reach the Principal at isdoman@gmail.com with Subject marked as “Counselling” or can call at +968 – 99432243. Kindly note the Counseling service will continue till 29th April 2017 on all working days (4 pm to 8 pm).

ISD in the Lap of Nature

A spirited group of thirty-five students along with three teachers of Indian school Darsait attended the World Wetland Day Celebration at Qurum Natural Reserve organized by the Ministry of Environment and Climate. The ISD team, led by Mr. Radhakrishna Kurup, earned the distinction of being the only school to have got this opportunity to be a part of this wonderful learning experience. The students had hands on experience in the lap of nature situated in the outskirts of the city which has often been unnoticed by the people.

The students spent quality time watching birds from Arctic region, crabs and a variety of fish. They were also taken around the Mangrove forest by Ms. Juana who also gave a brief about the wetland and its conservation. Dr. Jens Eriksen, a wild life photographer and bird watcher explained in detail about the birds living in this marshy land.

Principal, Dr. Sridevi P. Thashnath applauded the team leader Mr. Radhakrishna Kurup for taking the initiative in this regard and the group actively participated in the Wetland Cleaning Programme along with other environmental activists. They also exhibited keen interest in the colouring activity organized for them. Team ISD returned with a lot of memories to cherish for a long time.

ISD CELEBRATES 68th REPUBLIC DAY OF INDIA

The 68th Republic Day of India was celebrated with utmost fervour and great 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 commendable work of the makers of modern India. He read out the President of India’s message to the Nation on the eve of Republic Day. Among the dignitaries who attended the function were Mr. Biju Samuel, Vice President SMC, Mr. Thomas George, Convener, Mr. Ashraf Valappil, Treasurer, SMC and other esteemed Members of the SMC, Dr. Sridevi P. Thashnath, Principal, administrators, staff, parents, students and a great number of well-wishers.

The key attractions of the day, the melodious group song ‘Hindustan Sare Jahan Se Pyara’ by the students of Grade VI; the excerpt from Rabindranath Tagore’s poem ‘Where the Mind is without Fear’ by Nakshatra Rajesh Kumar and Ronak Rupesh of Grade II and a powerful rhetoric on Republic Day by Devanshi Sharma of Grade VIII aroused patriotic fervor in all present.

Another event that fascinated many was ‘India of My Dreams’ a skit performed by students of Grade VI. It was a revelation to all on the caste discrimination that prevailed in India and how Dr. B.R Ambedkar fought against it and became the principal architect of the Constitution of India. It also underlined the relevance of the four universal values of the constitution, namely, justice, liberty, equality and fraternity.

A resounding fusion of patriotic songs that followed soon as Grand Finale evoked deep feelings for the nation. Definitely, this year’s celebration was a remarkable one with the school adorned with bright colourful decorations and the school auditorium clad in tricolour brimming with patriotic ambience. Sweets were also distributed at the end of the programme.

ANNUAL DAY ‘MAHOTSAV’ AT ISD

Indian School Darsait organized its 24th Annual Day Celebrations at Le Grand Hall, Al-Falaj Hotel on 19 January 2017 with fervour, joy, zeal and zest. The Chief Guest Her Highness Dr. Shariffa Khalid Al-Said, Educational Expert, Ministry of Education, Sultanate of Oman inaugurated the function by lighting the lamp in the benign presence of Guest of Honour, Mr. Wilson V. George, Chairman, BoD, Indian Schools in Oman at an august gathering of distinguished personalities who included Mr. Ajayan Poyyara, President and Members of School Management Committee, Principal, administrators, staff, parents, students, eminent members from the community, media, a good number of benefactors and well-wishers.

The function began with the Royal Anthem of Oman and National Anthem of India followed by a classical dance performance invoking the blessings of the Almighty. Gopika Ganga Nair, Head Girl extended a cordial and happy welcome to all with joyful words. Dr. Sridevi P.Thashnath, Principal presented the Annual Report highlighting the glorious achievements and unprecedented accomplishments of the school for the academic year 2016- 17.

Mr. Ajayan Poyyara, President, SMC addressed the gathering and expressed his profuse gratitude towards parents for their unstinting support being extended to the all-round development of the school. He hoped that the school would get the same patronage from them for the smooth running of the schooland formaking success stories one after another in the days to come. The Chief Guest in her inspiring address urged the students to face the challenges of life with courage and determination which would eventually lead them to success. She further added that hard work had no substitute and implored them not to give excuse but instead to give their best and wait for the results.

Her Highness along with the Guest of Honour and other dignitaries gave away Excellence Awards to students who were outstanding in their performances and awards of Special Recognition for office bearers of students’ council for displaying their leadership qualities. The staff who got cent percent attendance and served school beyond the stipulated time and days were also felicitated on the occasion. Dr. Sridevi P. Thashnath, Principal who has been leading the school with her charisma to a center of excellence was specially honoured by the President and Members of SMC for having been conferred with ‘CBSE Best Teacher Award, 2015’.

Mr.Wilson V. George, the Guest of Honour felicitated the school in glowing terms on the occasion and congratulated SMC, administrators, staff, students and parents for working as a team to enable the school scale greater heights in all levels. Aswathy Unnikrishnan, Cultural Secretary, proposed vote of thanks that marked the end of the first phase of the function.

A much awaited second phase was ‘Mahotsav’ – A Variety Entertainment. Marked for a fusion of budding and youthful exuberance in perfect tunes and rhythmic movements it was indeed a shimmering visual treat to the core. Power point presentations portraying a rich array of school activities left an indelible imprint on the audience. Among other delicacies of the cultural extravaganza was ‘Together We Win’ presented by the tiny tots of KG. It was a befitting tribute to Olympic and Paralympic medal winners of our country who made India proud with their sparkling performance.It brought home the message of togetherness and perseverance for better days ahead. Yet another item that had a sublimating effect was ‘Bonds and Beliefs’ by primary kids of the school. It was a beautiful and kaleidoscopic execution of family relationships, affinities and affiliations.It also echoed the spirit of patriotism that would definitely boost the morale of every Indian who loves his/her country. ‘Tu Kitni Achi Hai’ a melodious rendition by students of primary school towards the end of it had a poignant touch of mother-child relationship, which was clearly conveyed through the pictures displayed.

“Mary Did You Know” a Western Choral Song presented by students of senior school had a rapturous impact to stay on while a Gujarati Folk Dance was very special in symmetrical coordination and folk style. A mime show, “My Dream India” that depicted evils of inequality in education and denial of opportunities and rights to the underprivileged and marginalized section of people in some parts of India was indeed a revelation to all to contemplate. Another glamorous event of the day was the grand finale, a scintillating dance drama ‘Dashavathar’ that made the audience squeal with delight. ‘Mahotsav’ that flowed like a fountain of amusement, entertainment and glee was lauded by all.Dr. Sridevi P.Thashnath, Principal congratulated all especially, teachers who worked day in day out for its success, participants who rocked and stole the show and parents who were generous in making the day a vibrant compendium of beauty, elegance and style, Mr. Lal A. Pillai, HoD Co-scholastics for being the Overall In charge and Mr. Radhakrishna Kurup for coordinating the programme with precision and perfection.

ISD Organizes Annual Staff Career Development Programme

Indian School Darsait aims at providing the best education to its students. With this in view the school organized its Annual Staff Career Development Programme on 2nd and 3rd January 2017.  The highlights were inspiring and interactive lectures that gave the staff new insights into the teaching-learning process with special emphasis on the ways to help differently abled children. The two-day workshop started with a staff meeting where Principal Dr. Sridevi P.Thashnath shared the strategic plans and decisions that the school would implement during the academic year.

This was followed by two sessions on ‘Effective Communication.’Mr. Biju Samuel, Vice-president, SMC and main resource person for the event, spoke in detail about the elements, principles, types and barriers that pertained to effective communication. He said ‘communication becomes effective when the sender’s intended meaning becomes the receiver’s perceived meaning.’ As a part of effective communication ‘Active Listening’ was discussed in detail, stressing its benefits, keys and practices.

The third session was ‘Effective Power Point’ wherein the principles of simplicity, clarity and progression were deliberated. The finer points of presentation skills too were discussed. A session on‘Common Errors in English Conversation’ was a true eye opener for all, highlighting many mistakes that are made from time to time consciously or otherwise. In his final session, Mr. Samuel spoke on ‘Public Speaking’discussing the dos and don’ts that a good speaker needs to keep in mind. It was a comprehensive and interactive session that will immensely help staff members while preparing public speeches on formal occasions.

Mrs. Leena Francis, Vice-principal (Primary Section) in her session ‘Rethinking and Repositioning of School Education’ reiterated the need to look back to see ahead and discussed in detail ‘the 21st Century Educational Challenges’ and how to grow from a concept tutor to a role model and ultimately as a guru.

Earlier there was a session on ‘Inclusive Education’ and the resource person was Mrs. Gayathri Narasimhan, Special Educator at ISD. She focused on proper handwriting of kids and the principles of effective curriculum design for differently abled children. The Principal Dr. Sridevi P.Thashnath complemented the ideas and points discussed and shared her own views from her vast experience as Principal and CBSE counsellor.

The two-day career development programme concluded with a session on Effective Use of E-content. Mr. Jaikish Pavithran, Member, SMC made the session interesting through anecdotes and stories while Mr. Saji S. Nair, Vice Principal (Operations &ICT) discussed and demonstrated the practical and technical aspects of E-content usage. Each department was asked to log in and check subject-specific E-content and reports with various observations were later presented. Mr. Ajayan Poyyara, President, SMC and Mrs. Nikhila Anil Kumar, Head of Academic Sub-committee, who were present at the concluding session of the programme, conveyed their delight and happiness over the overwhelming success of the workshop.

ISD Organizes Photography Exhibition & Competition

Keeping ‘observation, perfection and aesthetics’ as motto, Indian School Darsait organized 4th Inter-school ISD Nikon Photography Exhibition and Competition at the school auditorium on Thursday, 8th December 2016. The Chief Guest, Shri. Anil Khimji, Director, Khimji Ramdas inaugurated the event. Dr. Sridevi P. Thashnath, Principal extended a cordial welcome to everyone especially the Chief Guest from the core of her heart. She recalled and elaborated the glowing success stories of the Photography exhibitions conducted over the years under the aegis of the Photography club headed by Dr. V.C Govindarajan, coordinated by Mr. Radhakrishna Kurup under the Department of Co-Scholastic headed by Mr. Lal A Pillai.

This year out of 530 entries that were received from most of the Indian Schools in Oman, 45 were shortlisted by an eminent panel of judges. The finalists were taken to Mutrah-Corniche for ‘On the Spot Photography Competition’. In recognition of the initiative and motivation that ISD provides in the field of photography, Nikon presented a latest version of DSLR camera to the school. Mr. Kai Takanashi, resource person, Nikon- Middle East conducted a workshop on photography for members of photography club and the finalists in the afternoon. Welcoming the Chief Guest, a galaxy of luminaries, distinguished personalities and all others to the Valedictory function that followed in the evening, Dr. Sridevi P. Thashnath, Principal said that the tie up with Khimji Ramdas & Nikon has given ISD photography club members a bigger platform to hone the photography skills and exhibit their talents in exhibitions and competitions since 2011. The school was extremely proud and privileged to have the day’s distinguished guests to witness the culmination of joy.

Addressing the gathering, Mr. Ajayan Poyyara, President, School Management Committee gave a detailed picture of “what ISD is and how the school is different from other Indian Schools in the Sultanate”. He also acknowledged the great support and sponsorship of Khimji Ramdas & Nikon for the smooth conduct of this exhibition and expressed his sincere thanks to Mr. Anil Khimji for his patronage and good works in the field of education.

The Chief Guest, Mr. Ahmed Al Shukaili, Member of the International Federation for Photographic Art (FIAP) in his keynote address appreciated the school for organizing the exhibition par excellence. He said “the small moments we click will become bigger moments in our life”. He urged all to share whatever moments they photographed for best enjoyment.

The Guests of Honour, Mr. Mohammad Sabir Raza Faizi, Finance Director, BoD, Indian Schools in Oman and Mr. Rajive Ahuja, Head- Corporate Communications, Khimji Ramdas and Mr. Kai Takanashi, Nikon Middle East commended the school for conducting the ‘one of its kind Inter School event’ in a grand style and congratulated all on their strenuous efforts to make the programme very pleasant and appealing.

The Chief Guest and the Guests of Honour declared the results of On the Spot Photography Competition and gave away the prizes to the winners. Arjun of Class XII, Aysha Lina Rihas of VI and Jeeven Justin of Class XII secured the first three prizes and they were awarded with DSLR cameras with advanced specifications sponsored by Nikon Middle East. 10 other participants were given away with fabulous prizes sponsored by Khimji Ramdas and certificates as consolation and the rest with A grade certificates.

The photography event was followed by Felicitation of Symphoneve as the second phase of the function. Mr. Ajayan Poyyara, President, SMC & Mr. Jaikish Pavithran, Member, SMC & Chairman, Carnival Committee 2016 spoke on the occasion and thanked the ISD family profusely for their immense help and valuable contribution in making the event an overwhelming success. The Students, Parents & Staff who had gone that extra mile and worked very hard day in and day out for the same were honoured with mementos. Mr. Alexander Gee Varghese, Vice Principal, Senior Section proposed vote of thanks. The programme concluded with the national anthems of Oman and India.

Indian School Darsait sweeps ‘I Love the Sultan’ campaign

With colourful National Day performances, cheering, and excitement, the Indian School Darsait (ISD) on Tuesday celebrated its victory in the ‘I Love the Sultan’ campaign with its staff, students, and a team from the Muscat Media Group.

The school, which registered 13,053 entrants in the competition, from the class, parents, relatives and friends was the overall winner of the campaign.

In her welcome remarks, Dr Sridevi P Thashnath, principal of the school, congratulated both,the students and the staff, and credited their victory to team work and enthusiasm.

“His Majesty the Sultan has given all of us this wonderful opportunity to live and work in this beautiful country. It is with great pride and honour that we note that the Indian School Darsait has been able to show our respect and love [for the Sultan] with 13,053 registrations, the most by any school.

“This is through the innovative campaign ‘I Love the Sultan.A big thank you to the leading newspaper the Times of Oman and the Muscat Media Group for having given us this opportunity to express our gratitude and love to His Majesty,” she said.

Numerous cultural programmes were held at a special assembly in the school to celebrate victory in the competition and honour His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said, Oman’s visionary leader.

Richard Pakenham, chief sales and marketing officer of the Muscat Media Group,praised the efforts of the school and thanked both, students and staff,for their fantastic welcome, “When I visited the school here three weeks ago and saw your spirit and enthusiasm, I knew there was something very special about you students, so I congratulate you all on that.

“It has been a great honour and privilege for the Muscat Media Group to bring all this together,” he added.Class 11A from ISD wins.In addition to being the overall winner, the school’s Class 11A registered the highest number of entrants among different classes and schools in Muscat. The students of the class, along with their parents and teachers,will soon be rewarded for their achievement with a party at a premium restaurant in Muscat.

Inter School Quiz Pot competition


Indian School Darsait had won First position in the Inter School Quiz Pot competition, which was conducted on 19 November 2016,at ISM.

Winners are:

HANI JAMAL XI D

VAISHAK SREEKUMAR X D

SNEHA ANN REJI IX A

ISD ORGANIZES WORKSHOP ON PHOTOGRAPHY

ISD organized a workshop on photography for the students of photography club. The resource person was Ms Chitra Shergill, a Dubai based professional associated with Nikon. The workshop was organized to provide a platform for the young, enthusiastic amateur photographers to horn their photographic skills.

The Principal, Dr.Sridevi P.Thashnath introduced and welcomed the resource person in glowing terms. The 112 participants were taught the basic operation of a DSLR Camera. The techniques of manually operating a DSLR Camera inorder to obtain an excellent photograph were explained with illustrations and examples. Techniques involving manually setting the aperture, shutter speed, ISO and rules like balancing, negative space, rule of the third were dealt with in detail. The session concluded with hands on experience wherein students were given opportunity to click pictures using manual operations.

Ms.Chitra Shergill gave away participation certificates to all the participants. Mr. Ajayan Poyyara, President of School Management Committee felicitated the resource person. Speaking on the occasion the President, SMC said, ‘it is important for a school to provide such learning experiences outside classrooms to students in order to tap their innate talents’. Exposure to such kinds of workshops will definitely be beneficial to the students.

The session was organized in collaboration with Khimji Luxury & Life style and Nikon Middle East.

A COLOURFUL DISPLAY OF EXHIBITS – “SPECTRUM 2016” ORGANIZED IN ISD

Indian School Darsait, Primary Section organized its Annual Exhibition SPECTRUM 2016 on 17th November 2016. It was inaugurated by Ms. Maryam Khalfan, General Manager, Muscat Diamond Gate Enterprise & Ex-Senior journalist, Oman Daily Observer, Sultanate of Oman in the esteemed presence of Mr. Ajayan Poyyara, President School Management Committee, Mrs. Nikhila Anilkumar, Head of Academic Sub Committee, Mr. Jaikish Pavithran, Head of Parent Relation Sub Committee & Transport Governing Body, Mr. Mohammad Tufail Ahmad, Head of Purchase Sub Committee, Mr. Afroz Ahmad, Head of Extra Curricular sub Committee, Mr. C. X. Varghese, Head of Sports Sub Committee and Dr. Sridevi P.Thashnath, Principal, Vice Principals, staff, students and parents. The Chief Guest showed her keen interest and happiness on the innovative ideas of the youngsters.

Dr. Sridevi P. Thashnath, Principal in her welcome address appreciated the hard work and creativity displayed by the students through their exhibits. The exhibition had the power to connect and develop the required skills in the children for their lifelong success. She also thanked parents, students and teachers for their whole hearted support and guidance for making this event successful. The exhibits displayed by the students bore a testimony to the hard work and enthusiasm of the students and utmost support of their parents. Mrs. Leena Francis, Vice Principal (Primary Section) mentioned that around Seven hundred students from Grades 1 to 5 participated in this mega event within both Individual and Group categories. The very purpose of Exhibition is to promote real opportunities and hand-on experience of the concepts learnt inside or outside the classroom and to provide a platform to exhibit their talents in a very special way.

The exhibits were displayed in an innovative way on a wide variety of topics like Plant and Animal world, Flora and Fauna, Renewable Sources of Energy, Festivals, India-Oman, My Body, Aquatic world, Pollution, 5R’s (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Repurpose, Refuse), Monuments, Creative corner, People who help us, Solids, liquids and gases, Space walk, Life at villages or towns ,Health and fitness, Universe ,Soil, Fun with numbers, Grammar games ,Fun with words & numbers, Time Line of a Famous Person, Finding Mathematical Relationships in Nature, Eco friendly Nature, Symmetry and Patterns, Geometry in Architecture, History of language and Learning about Communication. The glittering and impressive evening invited a great number of parents and guests. The exhibition was a grand success. It was an extravaganza of different concepts and was an eye opener on various topics which was well appreciated by everyone.

ISD ORGANIZES ANNUAL ATHLETIC MEET

The 24th Annual Athletic Meet of Indian School Darsait was held at Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex, Bowsher on 3rd November 2016 with great enthusiasm, team spirit and camaraderie. The Chief Guest Mr. Mohammed Bin Ahmed Al Amri, Deputy Director General for Sports Activities, Ministry of Sports, Sultanate of Oman declared the Meet open in the esteemed presence of Mr. Biju Samuel, Vice President SMC, Mr. Thomas George, Convener SMC, Mr. C.X.Varghese, Head of Sports Sub Committee, SMC and all the other esteemed Members of SMC, Dr. Sridevi P. Thashnath, Principal, Vice Principals, staff, a huge gathering of parents, students and well wishers.


During the inaugural ceremony the honourable Chief Guest received the salute of honour from the march past contingents belonging to four houses namely, Tagore, C.V Raman, Bapu and Vivekananda. The agility of movement, timing and coordination of the contingents mesmerized the spectators. It was followed by a colourful inaugural dance by the girls of senior school. It was a befitting start and aroused profuse patriotic fervour as the dancer paid rich and glowing tribute to the ever strong Indo Oman ties, and the selflessness and sacrifices of our soldiers.

The inaugural ceremony was followed by the awesome and scintillating inter- house finals of the track events. The budding athletes put up a breath taking show which gave the audience moments of great joy and cheer. A spectacular mass drill formation by the students of classes 3, 4 & 5 was definitely a wonderful spectacle to behold while another item of synchronized movements by students of classes 6, 7 and 8 displaying the skills of self-respect, cooperation and exuberance conquered the hearts of many. The winners of the track and field events, games were honoured with medals by the Chief Guest, and other dignitaries. Vivekananda House won the coveted Champions trophy while C.V Raman House lifted the Runner up trophy. Moreover, the prestigious trophy for March Past was grabbed by Tagore House while CVR House mustered the second slot. Trophies for individual champions and best all-rounders were also given away by the Chief Guest.
Earlier, Miss. Gopika Ganga Nair, Head Girl extended a cordial welcome to everyone. Delivering the inaugural address, the Principal Dr. Sridevi P.Thashnath briefed the order of events. She wished good health and long life to the benevolent ruler of Oman, His Majesty, Sultan Qaboos Bin Said Al Said. She also congratulated ISD students for making I LOVE THE SULTAN CAMPAIGN a great success by participating in huge numbers. Miss. Greeshma Cyriac, Sports Captain proposed vote of thanks to one and all for making the Athletic Meet a sweet memory to carry home especially the blooming athletes, administrators for their planning and execution, HoD, Co-scholastic, the Department of Physical Education, teachers and non-teaching staff. Mr. C.X Varghese, Head of Sports Subcommittee declared the Meet close.

ISD Organizes Career Guidance Sessions

Indian School Darsait organized a two-day Career Guidance Session by the internationally acclaimed educationist and Career Guru Prof (Dr.) P.R Venkitaraman for the students of Classes VIII to XII and their parents at the senior school auditorium on 14th and 15th of this month.

The session conducted for Classes XI & XII provided the students a deep insight into the major career trends, the main factors that influence career choosing, important tips for career planning, valuable information about career excellence courses and professional courses, integrated courses, list of top institutions, insight into Engineering and Medical courses, Humanities, Arts & Science courses, Entrance test preparations and job market values. The sessions, the first of its kind, was also a follow up of an aptitude test conducted for the interested students, in the last week of September 2016. Dr. P. R. Venkitaraman gave his frank opinion on the recommendations in the best interest of the students after a thorough analysis of the Aptitude Test results.

Split into different sessions, the two-day career guidance was organized to cater to the students of different grades so that they could have a better interaction with the resource person. The students along with their parents attended the sessions actively and made use of this platform to get relevant information on higher education & career options.

Earlier, Principal, Dr. Sridevi P. Thashnath, extended a cordial welcome to the resource person, parents and students and urged the parents to make use of the golden opportunity provided to them by the school and clarify their doubts and queries regarding their ward’s higher education and career options. She thanked the School Management Committee for their unstinting support in organizing this programme. She was present throughout the sessions as a moderator commending and complementing on the pieces of information to ensure more clarity and to create an ambience for fruitful discussion.
Mr. Alexander Gee Varghese, Vice Principal, Senior Section thanked the guest speaker profusely for giving his vast ocean of knowledge. He also hoped that the students and parents might benefit the maximum from the interactions and their wards would take wise, individual and independent decisions pertaining to their higher studies and thereby their careers.

As a token of gratitude and appreciation, a memento was presented to Dr. P.R Venkitaraman by Mrs. Nikhila Anil Kumar, Head of Academic Sub Committee and Mr. Jaikish Pavithran, Head of Parents Relations Sub Committee.

Malabar Gold & Diamonds provides Educational Scholarships to ISD Students

Malabar Gold & Diamonds, the leading jewellery retailer in the Middle East, has offered free educational scholarships to five most deserving students chosen from Indian School Darsait. The scholarship covers the tuition fees of the selected students for a period of six months.

A senior management team, led by Mr. Najeeb K., Regional Head, Malabar Gold & Diamonds-Oman, handed over the scholarship amount, a cheque of RO 1,273 to Principal, Dr. Sridevi P.Thashnath, in the presence of Mr. Ajayan Poyyara, President SMC and Mr. Abdul Rahim Kasim, former SMC President. Malabar Gold & Diamonds has previously supported the school as well by providing sponsorships for fund raising programs organized by the school.

Malabar Gold & Diamonds is at the forefront when it comes to philanthropic activities across the region. Their passionate social commitment, especially towards the educational sector has certainly helped many needy students by encouraging them to pursue their education with determination.The President and members of SMC, along with the principal conveyed their deep gratitude to Malabar Gold & Diamonds, Oman for the immense help and encouragement provided to the students, and hoped for a long lasting relationship with this organization in the future as well.

ISD Organizes Blood Donation Camp

Indian School Darsait organized the 12th Blood Donation Camp on Saturday, 8th October 2016 in the Primary School Auditorium from 9 am to 12.30 pm. It was organized as part of School’s Community Service programme by the School Charity Club ‘Anugraha’ under the supervision of Ministry of Health, Sultanate of Oman. Among the 68 donors who participated in this humane cause were parents, staff and well-wishers of the school. 32 units of blood were collected.

Mr. Ajayan Poyyara, President SMC lauded the donors for their utmost willingness and whole-hearted support in making the camp a great success. He added ‘it is encouraging and heartening to witness such a large participation for a noble cause.’  Principal, Dr. Sridevi P. Thashnath, met some of the donors and thanked them profusely for being a part of our event. The Principal conveyed special thanks to Mr. Jaikish Pavithran, member of SMC and Mrs. Saraswathi Manoj and team for their help and support during the camp. She also conveyed her heartfelt gratitude to the Ministry of Health and the media for their cooperation. Mr. Radhakrishna Kurup, Teacher in charge of Anugraha, coordinated the camp.

ISD Organizes Blood Donation Camp

Blood Donation is an important event in the calendar of activities of Indian School Darsait. The school has received a lot of appreciation from the Ministry of Health for conducting such camps under the initiative of Anugraha, the school charity club for the last eleven years and the response of parents and well-wishers was overwhelmingly great. Keeping it in view, the 12th Blood Donation Camp is being organized on Saturday, 8th October 2016 in our Primary School Auditorium from 9.30 am to 12.30 pm as a community service with the support and supervision of MOH, Sultanate of Oman.

ISD Organizes Maiden Orientation on SAT

Indian School Darsait organized an orientation on the Merits & Scope of Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) for the students and parents of Classes IX to XII. Mr. Sunil Shah, CEO, FACT was the resource person. It was a maiden effort to give first hand information on SAT 1 and SAT 2 to clear doubts and queries that parents and students had about the test.

Speaking elaborately on the frequency of the tests and their expense, the resource person urged the students to be very cautious with regard to the selection of institutions in which they plan to take admissions after Class XII. He gave a list of reputed institutions and colleges in India and abroad for making effective and judicious career selections. On the whole it was an interactive session which the parents and students found highly useful and informative.

Earlier, the Principal, Dr. Sridevi P. Thashnath, extended a cordial welcome to the resource person, staff, students and parents in glowing terms. She expressed her happiness that the parents were present in good number to make use of this opportunity and for making the informative session a grand success. Mr. Alexander Gee Varghese, Vice Principal,Senior School proposed vote of thanks. He conveyed his profuse gratitude to the resource person for sharing his vast knowledge, for giving right guidelines and for providing an insight into SAT 1 and 2.

HRD MINISTRY HONOURS ISD PRINCIPAL

The prestigious CBSE Teacher Award – 2015 was conferred on Dr. Sridevi P. Thashnath, the Principal of Indian School Darsait by the Ministry of HRD, Government of India, on 03 September 2016 at a solemn ceremony attended by Shri Upendra Kushwaha, Hon’ble Minister of State HRD (School Education & Literacy), Dr.Subhash Chandra Kuntia, IAS, Secretary Department of School Education & Literacy and Mr R.K Chaturvedi, Chairman, CBSE.

The Principal has been honoured with a Certificate of Commendation, Cash Award of Rs. 50000/- and a Shawl at the grand ceremony organized at Kedarnath Saha Auditorium, New Delhi.

The great honour has been bestowed upon the Principal in recognition of her outstanding academic efficiency, excellent reputation in the local community, genuine interest in and love for children and exceptional involvement in the social life.

The Citation presented to her aptly reads, “This award is in public recognition of her valuable and commendable service dedicated to the community for the cause of education as a teacher of merit.”

This year 33 teachers were honoured for their extraordinary contributions in the field of education and Dr. Sridevi P. Thashnath was the only Principal to be chosen for this award from among the CBSE schools outside India.
The Board of Directors, Indian Schools in Oman, the School Management Committee, the Staff, Students, Parents and well wishers have conveyed their congratulations to the Principal for the accomplishment that has made all the Indian Schools in Oman proud.

Speaking on her achievement, the Principal said, “I feel honoured and humbled to receive this award. I will continue to give my unconditional love and support to my students and my sincere service with steadfast commitment towards our community.”

On this momentous occasion, she profusely thanked Shri R.K Chaturvedi, Chairman, CBSE and other CBSE official for nominating her for the award. She expressed her sincere thanks to the Embassy, BoD, ISD Management, Staff, Students, Parents and the community for their continued support.

Dr.Thashnath will return to Muscat on 06th September 2016.

SAT Center

Indian School Darsait stands tall in the Sultanate of Oman, as it is recognized as one of the the SAT centers. The school has risen to a level of global recognition after this achievement.

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