INDIAN SCHOOL SALALAH CELEBRATES 38th ANNUAL DAY
The 38th Annual Day of Middle, Secondary & Senior Secondary Section was celebrated at Indian School Salalah on Friday evening, December 14, 2018 with a lot of fanfare and grandeur. Gracing the occasion His Excellency Sheikh Salim Aufait Abdullah Al Shanfari, Chairman, Dhofar Municipality presided over the function as the Chief Guest.
Mr. Selvichen Jacob, Director, Board of Directors for Indian Schools in Oman and Director In-charge, Indian School Salalah and Mr. Ammar Al Shanfari also graced the function as the Guests of Honour with their gracious presence.
On his arrival, H.E. Sheikh Salim Aufait Abdullah Al Shanfari, Chairman, Dhofar Municipality was given a warm reception by Dr. Syed Ahsan Jamil, Acting President of the School Management Committee,esteemed members of SMC and Mr. T.R. Brown, school Principal.
Master Sourabh Singh, Head Boy and Miss. Maria Beryl Jobis, Head Girl pinned the badges to the chief guest. He was then escorted to the seat with the accompaniment of school band amid the august gathering. A floral welcome was also extended to the chief guest and the guests of honour.
As per school tradition, the proceedings of the evening commenced with the Royal Anthem of Oman followed by the National Anthem of India.
Mr.Sanjeev Kumar Singh, Treasurer, SMC extended a cordial welcome to the chief guest, H.E. Salim Aufait Abdullah Al Shanfari, Chairman, Dhofar Municipality, guests of honour Mr. Selvichen Jacob and Mr. Ammar Al Shanfari. He also welcomed Mr. Manpreet Singh, Chairman, Indian Social club, Mr. Cyril Samuel, former President of SMC, all the distinguished guests, invitees, well-wishers, staff, parents and students for their august presence at the function.
Introducing the chief guest, H.E. Salim Aufait Abdullah Al Shanfari, Chairman, Dhofar Municipality to the gathering, Dr. Syed Ahsan Jamil, Acting President, SMC appreciated his generosity and contribution towards the welfare of school. Dr. Syed Ahsan Jamil, highlighting the achievements of school in academics, sports and CCA, announced the Vision: 20-25 of School Management Committee. The goals are: Academic Excellence, Holistic Education Model, Technology in Teaching and Pedagogy, Effective Communication and Conducive Environmental Facility.
Mr. Selvichen Jacob, Director, BOD and DIC, Indian School Salalah too addressed the gathering. He was in appreciation of SMC, Principal, staff, parents and students for the growth and quality that the school excels in scholastic and co-scholastic events. He also made a commendable remark on the triumphant trophy in Jhankar Spectrum at ISM, Muscat. He also appreciated the school’s noble thought of honouring the school toppers of X and XII and their parents as guests of honour.
On this 38th annual day celebration, the school has introduced the tradition on all annual days of the senior school, toppers of Grade X and XII and their parents will be the guests of honour for annual day. This wonderful and noble gesture has been proposed by Principal Mr. Trevor Ronald Brown and approved by Dr. Syed Ahsan Jamil (Acting President) and the esteemed members of the school management committee. The topper in class XII Science stream, Miss Ritika Raju’s proud parents Mrs. P.V. Ananthalakshmi and Mr. N.V. Raju , the parents of toppers in class X, Ms. Anlia Thelekkatte , Mrs. Reeja Leo and Mr. Leo Rappai and the parent of class X topper Ms. Aquila M Mathew Mr. Matew Joseph, were present as the guests of honour.
It was proud moment for Mr. T. R. Brown, Principal to venture into a digital presentation of the Annual Report of yet another glorious year of success, showcasing excellence in curricular,extra and co-curricular activities and significant events of school during 2018-2019. The Principal, during his presentation did a special emphasize on education in 21st century, role of school and parents and challenges that students would face along the roads of life ahead. The Principal also did underline the holistic approach of school, its vision, mission and value for which school stands for. He carried out his report under headings of Laurels and Achievements, New Ventures, Celebrations, Service Activities etc.
The prize- giving ceremony was also an interesting event to behold The award for general proficiency and the prizes for school toppers and subject toppers in classes of V to XII CBSE Board examinations 2018 were given away by the guest of honour Mr. Selvichen Jacob. Miss Rhea Jacob, who scored 100 in English and Miss Aquila Mathews, who scored a perfect 100 in Maths were honoured with special memento.
Added attraction of the ceremony was the Academic Excellence Award for teachers in recognition for the best results in Board Examinations presented by the chief guest H.E. Salim Aufait Abdullah Al Shanfari, Chairman, Dhofar Municipality. The teachers who received gold awards were: Mr.Royi, T.A, Mr. Amit Rathod, Mr. James Varghese, Mr. Binoy C A and Mrs. Divya Manoj (X English), Mr. Unnikrishnan K (HOD, Social Science), Mr. Umesan N B, Mr. Samuel John and Mrs. Rosely (X Social Science), Mr. Jojesh James and Mr. Shinoj Thomas (XII Physics), Mr. Mukesh Mohan (XII Business Studies), Mrs. Reeshma V K (XII Entrepreneurship), Mr. Shivithlal M K (XII Informatic Practices) and Mr. Nandakumar K Pillai (XII Multimedia).Mr. James Varghese and Mrs. Kalpana Jacob received gold awards for centum in class X English and Mathematics respectively.
The most prestigious best out-going student Award was announced by Principal Mr. T. R. Brown. Master Sourabh Singh (Head Boy) was the proud recipient of the award. The chief guest H.E. Salim Aufait Abdullah Al Shanfari, Chairman, Dhofar Municipality accompanied by the dignitaries on the stage, presented a pure gold coin (contributed by Mr. Vimal Toprani of Haridas Nency.) to Master Sourabh Singh.
As a token of appreciation and gratitude Dr. Syed Ahsan Jamil, Acting President, SMC, Mr. T. R. Brown, Principal with other dignitaries on the stage presented memento to the chief guest, H.E. Salim Aufait Abdullah Al Shanfarifor his gracious and lustrous presence at the event. Memento was also presented to Mr. Selvichen Jacob, Director, BOD and DIC, Indian School Salalah.
Mr.Manivannan M V, (chairman, Health & safety and school safety transport sub committee & member, SMC ) proposed the vote of thanks which marked the end of formal ceremony. Mr. Manivannan M V expressed his heartfelt gratitude to His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said for his benevolence and graciousness towards the communities in Oman. He also thanked the chief guest H.E. Salim Aufait Abdullah Al Shanfari, Chairman, Dhofar Municipality, guests of Honour Mr. Ammar Al Shanfariand Mr. Selvichen Jacob,Dr. Syed Ahsan Jamil, Acting President of the School Management Committee, members of SMC, Mr. T.R. Brown, Principal and stafffor their commendable effort for the success of the evening.
The art and cultural fiesta –amalgamation of vibrant dances, dramas, actions, music and sound and light supported with bright video display- unfolded with‘Samanwaya’ –an expedition through the evocative southernmost state, Kerala’s traditional dance forms.
Remarkable dance performance by the students of Care & Special Education Centre, Indian School Salalah followed. The performance made all present believe that they were the ones who were specially gifted children of god.
The classical dance-Bharatanatyam- when served as a channel to invoke the innate and essential aspect of human existence, Contemporary Dances combined elements of several dance genres where the dancers strived to connect the mind and body through fluid dance movements.The very energetic, lively Punjabi Folk Dance in bright, bold and colourful attire was even more vivacious that added joy and celebration to the occasion. These incredible performances kept the spectators awestruck.
The dramatized version of famous Vikram Seth’s ‘The Frog and the Nightingale’ portrayed the nature of critics and selfish individuals who benefit from artists’ work and talent; the frog manipulates the nightingale by lowering her self-confidence, critiquing her work and making money off her talent. The Hindi skit Munshi Premchand’s ‘Namak Ka Dharaga’illustrated that there is a conflict between money and principle, but honesty always pays at the end.
The mime-show titled ‘An Ode to the Soldier’ depicted the painful endurance of a soldier until he breathes his last protecting his country. The brilliant show made everyone quite speechless for a moment or two.
Adding to the festivity and enjoyment, students presented Mashup songs which took the audience to the realm of rhythm and rhyme. The Rock Band and sporadic orchestration unfurled both artistic and musical talents of students. The performances were simply stunning and demonstrated quality and talent of young artists of Indian School Salalah.
The effort of the compering team was truly beyond words of appreciation. Winning the heart and soul of the audience, they kept them tuned to the programme with their creative and communication skills.
As all good thing should end, the curtain descended on the brightly lit, beautifully embellished ISS stage. The exhilarating show was an unforgettable experience and left a long-lasting impression on the minds of everyone present.