Motivational Talk at Indian School Muscat
On Sunday 11th October 2015 Dr. T.P. Sasikumar, former ISRO Scientist, Chairman Shiksha Trust, Founder Director Destination IAS and eminent speaker addressed the students of Indian School Muscat. This is part of ISM’s ongoing series of motivational talks aimed to inspire charismatic leadership and enthusiastic initiatives in students resulting in specific positive effects.
Members of the Students’ Council received the guest speaker ceremoniously. Senior Section Vice Principal Mr. Deep Wilson addressed the gathering. Mrs. Geeta Chauhan Asst. vice Principal Senior Section, HoDs of various departments and a great number of students were present on the occasion.
In his speech, Dr. Sasikumar stirred the students through his unique style and interacted with students of varied aptitudes. He exhorted students to think independently and take responsibilities for their actions which are signs of maturity. He highlighted various survival strategies for students to deal with studies and life in general. Referring to his personal life examples and how he overcame his low scores in examinations and reached great professional heights, encouraged the students to ‘Live In Full Enjoyment’ through the acronym LIFE. And stressed the importance of gaining knowledge in a wide range of subjects for excelling in one’s profession and stressed the point that no one is a failure or “useless but used less”.
As a token of gratitude and appreciation, Mr. Deep Wilson presented a memento to the guest speaker. The students expressed their heartfelt gratitude and many of them shared that the session was truly an eye-opener.
TEACHERS’ WORKSHOP AT INDIAN SCHOOL MUSCAT
As part of the current process of Staff Development Programmes, Indian School Muscat has organized a three day long Teachers’ Training Workshop, and is in progress, from 04th to 06th August 2015, as per the procedures of the Central Board of Secondary Education, Delhi, with an aim to give a free rein to the professional capacities in teachers.
The entire teaching staff including Principal, Vice Principals, Asst. vice principals and HODs involved themselves in the workshop on Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) that combined modules such as Assessment of Co-scholastic Areas of CCE, Pre-K Training, Getting intimate with the knowledge portal Destination Success, Lesson Planning and ICT Integration in Classrooms.
Six seasoned Teacher Trainers, Ms. Neera Chopra, Ms. Neenu Puri and Ms. Veena Ranjan, Ms. Navinder Kaur, Ms. Puneet Pasricha and Mr. Kunal Sikri from D.S. Digital, S. Chand Group in collaboration with Juana Technologies, New Delhi, a Teachers’ Training and Professional Development Services Organization, infused knowledge and skill to the teachers. They highlighted the need to expand digital expertise, equipping the teachers with innovative methods of student evaluation. It has given an overall idea as to how to go about with anecdotal records, performance check-lists and most importantly the function and evaluation of teaching-learning gears and schemes.
The inaugural session, began with 2 minutes’ silence reminiscing the myriad contributions of the great teacher-scientist Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam. Principal Mr. Srinivas K. Naidu welcomed the resource persons as well as the gathering and stressed, through the concept of inertia, the need for ceaseless professional expansion of the teachers. Quoting the veteran Scientist-President, the Principal said that sacrifice is the need of the hour and held Dr. Kalam as one of the best teachers ever, who believed that the nation is built by the teachers. Ms. Princy Tomsy, Staff Counsellor, ISM explained the session proceedings of the day.
Later, all the participants will be conferred with certificates by the CBSE, New Delhi.
ISM CELEBRATES INDIA’S 66th REPUBLIC DAY
Indian School Muscat celebrated India’s 66th Republic Day with passion and vehemence in the school grounds. Dr. Avirat Vaishnav, President, School Managing Committee unfurled the tricolor in the presence of the members of the School Managing Committee, Principal, Mr. Srinivas K. Naidu, Vice Principals, teachers, parents and students. The school ground was well adorned with national flags tempted the honoured setting fit for the occasion.
Dr. Avirat received the salute as the school band played the Indian National Anthem with exactitude. Later he read out the excerpts of Indian President’s address to the nation on the eve of the 66th Republic Day. The school choir presented a tuneful patriotic song. The nationalistic passion fascinated everyone and filled them with the recollections of their own culture.
Later, in a brief function held in the school hall, ISM family felicitated its Best Teacher Awardees for the academic year 2014. ISM felt proud as three of its staff members won the Best Teacher Awards, going through a selection procedure. Mrs. Prema George, Vice Principal, Pre Primary, Mrs. Prashanthi Suvarna of the Primary Section, and Mr. M.D. Sajeev of the Co-scholastic Department walked proudly amidst great cheer to the contentment of all gathered. Dr. Avirat bestowed the awardees with a shawl and a Certificate of Excellence.
Speaking on the occasion the President observed, “It is not just the question of teaching but it is the matter of education.” Later, applauding the commitment and enthusiasm of the SMC in felicitating the awardees, Principal expressed the proud fact that ISM is the only Indian School that bagged three best teacher awards this time. The awardees thanked the SMC and the Principal and shared their joy. Mr. Gurbinder S. Punn, Chairperson, Academic sub-committee felicitated a total of 17 teachers from across the school who served the school with 100% attendance for three consecutive years with mementos and certificates.
Mr. Deep Wilson, Vice Principal, Senior Section, while proposing the vote of thanks, observed that excellence is incomplete without recognition.
INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATIONS
The Independence Day was celebrated by the Middle section of Indian School Muscat on 14th August 2014 with patriotic fervor.The programme centered around glimpses of the freedom struggle which were presented through dances, songs and a digital presentation.The programme ended with a pledge taken by the students to transform India into a nation that stands for human values.
The Onam festival was put up by the children of the Middle section on 1st September, 2014. King Mahabali was accompanied by the Principal, Vice Principal of Middle Section, Asst. Vice Principal of the Middle Section and Heads of the various departments with the ‘Thalapoli’ lightened the lamp and commenced the Onam celebration.
A dance drama on the mythological story behind the festival of Oman was enacted by the children of Std. VI to VIII. There was a Thiruvathira dance, Kaikoti kali and Flower dance depicting the various events of the Onam festive. There was a floral Rangoli which decorated the corridor of the new multipurpose hall added grandeur for the celebration. 150 children took part on the stage for this grand celebration.
Jyothyi Ganeshanath ( Over-all Co-ordinator)
Asst. Co-ordinators : Ms. Marie Pereira,,Ms. Shrutika Rassay, Ms. Syeda H
ISM GO GREEN
ISM has initiated GO GREEN project, an initiative taken as part of Eco & Health Club to bring awareness among students, the importance of keeping the school premises green and eco friendly.
The ‘GO GREEN’ project was inaugurated by Dr. Avirat Vaishnav, honourable president SMC, on the 15th of August 2014.
PARENTING SKILLS SEMINAR
AUGUST 28, 2014
Middle Section and Counselling Department of Indian School Muscat jointly organized and conducted a Parenting skills seminarfor the parents of Middle school students on August28, 2014 from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm. The seminar was planned to enable the parents through information and discussion on Psycho Social and Physiological development of preteen students.
Mr. Jacob Zacharias, Vice-Principal Middle Section delivered the welcome address, described the concept and introduced the team of ISM Student Counsellors. Student Counsellor Mrs.Bubly Vinoy, presented the seminar. She stressed various vital inputs on developmental and maturation point of view and provided valuable tips to parents to take care of their children in the age group.
Mr. Preshob, Dr. Benny Varghese and Ms.Tanuja Sharma, Counsellors of ISM joined the Vice Principal,Mr.Jacob Zacharias and Mrs. Bubly Vinoyin clarifying the doubts of Parents through a question answer session. Parents cleared up various doubts with the team of experts. Some of the major points came up in the Q&A session were about the use and misuse of social networking sites, the impact of excessive viewing and the inappropriate television channelson a child’s life, tips and points for providing age appropriate responsibilities to the children, points for developing better relationships among the siblings etc.,
Mr. Eskalin Gonsalves, Assistant Vice-Principal, Middle Section at Indian School Muscat proposed the vote of thanks.
The seriously felt need among the present day parents for such parenting skills workshops and seminars was strongly established by the presence of large number of Parents turning in for the event. Lack of relatives and extended family members around among the immigrants and in many cases both parents going for work make the parenting function more complicated in modern day urban settlements. Many Parents expressed their desire for more of such opportunities to clear up their childrearing dilemmas with experts and requested for more sessions of interaction in future
MARTYRS’ DAY 2014
Martyrs’ day was observed in Indian School Muscat on the death anniversary of the great leader Mahatma Gandhi. In order to recall and remember the great sacrifice of our leader, students put up thought- provoking programmes to mark the occasion. Principal Mr. Srinivas K. Naidu , Vice Principal Mr. Deep Wilson and other senior teachers offered floral tribute to the great son of Bharat Matha. Students presented a narration on the life and works of Gandhiji and also made a symbolic ‘Rajghat’ where they offered prayers. A student form Class X C Master Elzo Jacob gave a message emphasizing the idea of Non-violence which was Gandhiji’s weapon in a struggle against the colonial power. It was an occasion to convey to the young minds, the significance and relevance of non-violence in the present world.
CHRISTMAS Celebrations- Senior Section
Christmas Special Assembly was celebrated enthusiastically by the senior section students, on 17 December 2013. The beautiful Christmas decor in the Multi-Purpose Hall, beckoned all to the festive preparations for the day’s celebration. The school choir brought in the true feeling of the spirit of the festive season, through the melodious chimes of Christmas carols, as the students of IX and X assembled in the hall.
The event was set to a start, with the lighting of the Christmas tree by our Principal,Mr. Srinivas K Naidu, Vice- Principal, Mr. Deep Wilson , Primary Vice-Principal, Mrs. Priya Murali, and the other school officials. A live Crib on stage depicted Christ’s birth in the Manger on 25 December. The veneration of the Saviour by the angels, shepherds and the three kings, brought alive the day’s events, centuries ago. Students then enacted a play-‘The 4th wise man’ wherein man’s conduct in the day to day living and the many opportunities to reach out to the less fortunate, overlooked, was meaningfully shown. Further, the apt power- point presentation helped to enlighten the use of the Christmas Tree, Wreath, Stocking, Star, Santa, the rich food and delicacies, exchange of gifts etc, followed by a short movie, ‘Make a Difference this Christmas’ that showed the true meaning of what Christmas Celebration ought to be. Fun and Frolic, Good Cheer and Happiness was then seen in the revelry as students danced to the foot-tapping Christmas Carols. Santa’s much awaited entry, was the culmination of the whole show, as children hoped to get a sweet from Santa as he merrily wished the august gathering, ’Merry Christmas & A Prosperous New Year-2014.’
The curtains were then drawn with the Principal’s speech and the vote of thanks. The Christmas message, ‘Reach Out To Those In Need At All Times’ was well-accepted. Children left the hall happy with the aim to celebrate Christmas with a new spirit of caring and sharing, to spread the joy of the season around.
Grand Languages Literary Day
The Grand Languages Literary Day was celebrated on the 16th of December 2013 in ISM under the aegis of the Literary Club of the senior School, ISM in the New MP Hall. It was indeed a grand occasion when all the Languages were felicitated and all the Language departments of ISM i.e. Arabic, English Hindi, Malayalam; with their key representatives, coordinated and organized the event.
The theme was highlighting the Key aspects of each language and presenting an item which would evoke the unique flavor and elements of each Language.
In that regard the programme commenced with the Arabic Language presentation, where the students of Class IX recited verses in Arabic Verse and poetry; enchanting the audience with their rendition of the same. The PPT in the background was in harmony with the presentation; it was followed by a Speech in Malayalam by the student council member of class XI about the relevance and significance and the change in the language; which enlightened all.
Next the students of the French language from class IX & X sang a melodious song in French; which enlivened the proceedings. Then the Hindi department presented a play on the theme of the use of language in our daily life which was humorous and light; though the message was full of gravitas; by the class IX and X students.
Last, but not the least, the English Department students presented a skit on William Shakespeare and the extract form his play; As you Like it and also a PPT on the writer himself ; along with a speech on the Origin and use of the English Language down the ages and its global presence and relevance in the contemporary world.
Thus the programme concluded with a special message from the VP Mr. Deep Wilson, who was unstinting in his praise of the effort of all the students and the teachers, and the relevance of the languages in our lives.
Festival of lights – Diwali
Festivals at ISM are always celebrated with great zeal and joy and the celebrations of Diwali were no less.A melodious bhajan ‘Sriramchandra’ sung by our school’s Indian Choir led by Mr.M.K.Pandita, set the tone for the celebration. Following that was a mesmerizing dance ballet titled ‘Sitaharan’ choreographed by the students. To depict the various traditions followed all over India during the festival , was a presentation that described the importance of Diwali and the various ways in which it is celebrated across the length and breadth of the country. Mr. Anand Prabhu addressed the gathering and shared a beautiful message on the occasion of the same.
GANDHI JAYANTI Celebrations
Indian School Muscat joined the Indians all over the world to celebrate the 144th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. On this auspicious occasion of Gandhi Jayanti ,the school choir beautifully rendered one of his favorite bhajans, ‘Vaishnav Jan to Tene Kahiya’ as mark of respect to the great leader.
Students highlighted Gandhi’s ideologies through provoking speeches and attractive display charts. The head of the department of social science shared his thoughts on this occasion.
The senior section of Indian School Muscat celebrated ‘Hindi Divas’ on 17th September 2013 with joy and gusto. The programme began with an enlightening speech by Sakshi M. Of X-A and Nikita Sanjay Jasani of X-B, who spoke on the significance of Hindi in Daily Life.
Students put up humorous skits, recited inspirational poems and gave motivating speeches to mark the occasion. Principal Mr.Srinivas K.Naidu and Vice Principal senior section Mr.Deep Wilson shared their views on the importance of the language and appreciated the performance of the students.
KRISHNA JANMASHTAMI 2013
Indian School Muscat celebrated the auspicious occasion of Krishna Janmashtami with great zeal and enthusiasm. The auditorium had a high-spirited atmosphere. Many students of classes IX and X participated in the various programmes that were conducted during the assembly.
The special assembly commenced with the traditional “lighting of the lamp”. It was followed by the narration of Lord Krishna’s youth, through a dance drama. Pooja Pai of class XII D and Nishanth of class IX presented a melodious classical song titled “Yashomathi”.
There was also a Presentation about the purpose of the festival and how it is celebrated in India followed by a video clipping which depicted Lord Krishna’s birth.
The programme concluded with Mr. Naithani, Assistant Vice-Principal, Senior Section giving the special message of Krishna Janmashtami..