ISM Celebrates ‘World Thinking and Brotherhood Day’
ISM celebrated the “World Thinking and Brotherhood Day” with great pride and gusto. ‘Thinking Day’ is annually celebrated on 22nd February by all Scouts and Guides around the world as it was the birthday of Lord Baden Powell, founder of the Boy Scout movement and Lady Olave Baden Powell, his wife, World Chief Guide. It’s a day when the Scouts and Guides think about their ‘brothers’ and ‘sisters’ in all the countries of the world, the meaning of Scouting and Guiding and its global impact. The theme chosen for this year’s World Thinking Day is ‘GROW’.
A whopping 4265 students from classes III to VIII and a total of 162 staff members from the Primary and the Middle Sections along with the Officiating Principal Mr. Deep Wilson, Chief Commissioner, Oman District, Mr. Jacob Zacharias, Mrs. Felcy Fernandes, Secretary, Bharat Scouts and Guides, Oman District, Vice Principals, Asst. Vice Principal of the Middle Section, Heads of various departments gathered on the school field to witness and be a part of the day’s celebrations. All the students and the teachers were in their Cubs and Bulbuls, Scouts and Guides’ uniforms which added to the sanctity of the occasion.
The day’s programme began with the ceremonious flag ceremony. The flag song and the prayer were sung with a sense of deep pride and commitment towards this movement.
Mr. Jacob Zacharias who is also the Vice Principal, Middle Section welcomed the gathering. A special clap was initiated for ISM in a novel way by the Chief Commissioner. The students very enthusiastically cheered the school followed by the Scouts and Guides clap.
Officiating Principal, Mr. Deep Wilson addressed the young Cubs, Bulbuls, Scouts and Guides stating the importance of this movement and to have a deeper sense of understanding towards one another. He told them to face boldly the challenging changes of life and grow so as to make the world a better place to live in.
Tanya Pinto of Class VII I spoke on the theme ‘GROW’. A melodious song based on the theme befitting the occasion was sung by a group of scouts and guides. This was followed by a colourful costume parade as the school band led a contingent of students dressed in traditional attires based on the theme, carrying placards, slogans and tableau display touching upon global and environmental issues. The students of class III marched with placards reading ‘Conserve Nature’ followed by class IV as they paraded with placards and slogans touching upon the importance of ‘Sharing and Caring’. Class V students paraded with placards and slogans showing concern for ‘A Clean Environment’. Class VI students marched with placards and slogans which read ‘Say No to Plastics’. Classes VII & VIII paraded with placards which touched upon the current global situation and called for ‘World Peace’.
The impressive programme concluded with the vote of thanks with special reference made to His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said, the Chief Scout of Oman for having given the opportunity to conduct the Bharat Scouts and Guides activities on this soil. Gratitude was also expressed to Oman Scouts and Guides for their overwhelming support in this regard. Gratitude was also extended to Mr. Nagarale, Chief National Commissioner and Mr. Sukumara, Director of Bharat Scouts and Guides, National Headquarters, New Delhi for their constant encouragement and guidance to conduct such events.
Later, during the day, the Scouts and Guides of class VIII were invested with the Thrithiya Sopan Badges which was then followed by various competitions to mark the occasion. Class VIII Scouts and Guides participated in Rangoli based on ‘Thinking Day Emblem’, portrait of Lord Baden Powell and Lady Olave Baden Powell. Class VII Scouts and Guides participated wholeheartedly in Poster Making Competition based on the Scouts and Guides Law. Class VI Scouts and Guides participated in Collage Making on the theme ‘Friendship and Connect’. Class V Scouts and Guides enthusiastically participated in Card / Mat making.
It was indeed a great day filled with fun filled activities and set the spirit of brotherhood among the Scouts and Guides.
Bharat Scouts and Guides Training camp at Indian School Muscat
A seven day training camp for scouts and guides was held in Indian School Muscat from Friday, 5th December 2014 to 11th December 2014. Ninety one teachers from 8 Indian Schools of the Sultanate participated in the training conducted by trainers under the guidance of Mrs. Darshana Pawaskar , from Bharat Scouts and Guides , National Headquarters, New Delhi.The course included sessions on the principles of scouting and guiding, multifarious activities, games that enhanced the knowledge of the trainees . Each session was invigorating and included very interesting activities and the trainees participated with tremendous verve and gusto. The highlights of the camp were the enrollment ceremony and the fun- filled camp fire session during which trainees participated with overwhelming enthusiasm. The euphonious songs, foot tapping dance numbers mesmerized and captivated the audience. The commitment and involvement of the trainers and the trainees made the camp a success. The camp ended with the closing ceremony on the 11th of December 2014.
REPORT ON SCOUTING &GUIDING ACTIVITIES
As a part of our CCE, Scouting and Guiding activities help to foster in our students important values like honesty, friendship, dignity, patience, integrity, discipline, kindness etc. Also, important life skills like leadership, creativity, team spirit etc. get honed in them.
Starting from April 2014, regular classes for scouting and guiding are held every week during the zero periods on Mondays (for classes 5 & 7) and Thursdays (for classes 6 & 8). Sessions on making knots, woodcraft signs and hand signals were conducted this month. More outdoor activities are scheduled for this year.
Scouting and Guiding is an important part of our co-curricular activities as well as our curriculum. One period in a week is devoted to these activities in order to nurture the qualities of sharing, adjusting, leadership and tolerance. The basics of Scouts & Guides as well as the physical fitness skills, life saving skills, handicrafts, first- aid, nature study, excursions, camps etc. are imparted to students from time to time. Altogether 60 Scout masters & Guide captains are involved in this programme.
THE BHARAT SCOUTS AND GUIDES IN-SERVICE PROGRAMME
A two-day Bharat Scouts and Guides in-service programme was conducted in the old MPH of the school for the teachers of Middle Section on the 2nd and 3rd of March, 2013 from 10.30 am to 1.00pm.
The Principal, Mr. Achuthan Madav graced the occasion. The Vice –Principal of Middle Section, Mr. Jacob Zacharias and the Heads of various departments were present. The Principal hoisted the flag and addressed the crowd.
In his speech, the Principal said that a programme like this will help the teachers to instil moral values in the students. He expressed his desire that this Movement will go a long way in moulding the character of the students and maintaining the discipline of the school. The Principal appreciated the students of the Middle Section for their active involvement in all school programmes. He also thanked Mrs. Felcy Fernandes, and her team of trainers for planning out such a training.
The day’s programme was flagged off by the Vice-Principal, Mr. Jacob Zacharias, who gave a brief introduction and history about the Scouts and Guides Movement in India and Oman.
The teacher-trainers conducted various sessions based on the different topics of Pravesh and Pratham Sopan levels of the Scouts and Guides Movement.
In her concluding speech, Mrs. Felcy Fernandes, Co-ordinator of Guides, reminded the teachers that the Motto of the Movement is “Be Prepared” and requested them to be prepared with the syllabus and notes for the new Academic Year 2013-2014.
On behalf of the teacher-trainees, Mrs. Yvette D’Souza thanked Mrs. Felcy Fernandes and her team for the workshop. Mrs. Felcy Fernandes honoured Mr. Rajkumar Joshi, Co-ordinator of Scouts and Mrs. Hema Menon and Bindu Menon, the two co-ordinators for the first and second day respectively with the Bharat Scouts and Guides badges.
The programme culminated with the lowering of the flag of Bharat Scouts and Guides. The group dispersed after the National Anthem.