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.