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A large number of Indians who were working in Salalah had been compelled to leave their families behind, owing to the fact that there was no means of providing education to their children here. It was a long cherished dream for the Indian expatriate community of Salalah to establish a community school in this city.
Prominent members of the Indian Community took up the initiative; and the dream became a reality when Indian School Salalah opened on 11th July 1981. Many families were re-united and children got the opportunity to grow under the guidance, love and care of both their parents. Thus, besides providing education, the school fulfilled a deeply-felt social and emotional need. Initially, it started functioning under the auspices of the Indian Club in their premises near the Al Hasn Palace. In the first year 1981-82, there were just 74 students and classes from LKG to IV. Later the school was shifted to a rented building in New Salalah for a short period till a part of the present building was constructed.
The school is self sufficient in finance. It does not get any aid from any government or other organization. It functions on the fees collected from students. However, for the improvement of the infrastructure, the school organized different fund raising programmes likes car raffles, fun-fair, sponsored run, Holi mela, Bharat Darshan, exhibitions, carnival 2015, publication of souvenir magazines on completion of 10, 25 years and 34 years and 40 years.
During silver jubilee, a silver jubilee celebration committee was constituted in August 2005 under the chairmanship of Mr. A R Nair, the longest serving president of the School Management Committee to celebrate the silver jubilee of the school.
The school celebrated its silver jubilee in style on 8th February 2006.The committee consisted of the present and ex-members of the school management committee and included representatives from the parent community and the school staff. This committee worked tirelessly towards generating funds for the school and helped in the publication of the silver jubilee souvenir magazine.
His Excellency, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Ali Al Qatabi, Minister of State and Governor of Dhofar presided over the function as the chief guest and His Excellency, Mr. Ashok Kumar Attri, Ambassador of India to Oman graced the occasion as the guest of honour. They jointly released the school silver jubilee souvenir magazine.
Carnival 2015-The School management in the past had created infrastructural support to cater to the growing number of students year after year. Being a community organization, the management has its own challenges in mobilizing such infrastructural support. Moving forward, the school decided to organize a carnival to generate some fund. The carnival committee worked tirelessly towards generating a good fund. On 23rd January 2015, carnival was celebrated and the school witnessed an evening of fun and frolic, jubilance and joyousness, as Indian School Salalah submerged in an ambience of festivity and fun ,witnessing the long awaited event of its kind in the annals of Indian School Salalah, the CARNIVAL 2015.
In midst of the celebration, the carnival committee released the Souvenir – the VOYAGE (to commemorate 34 years of completion) which was the major highlight of the evening. Mrs. Omana Mathews, the Vice Principal, known by one and all in Salalah, who has been working in the school for the past 33 years released the Souvenir – the VOYAGE.
40thAnniversary celebration-Four decades of service to the society and humanity is a huge milestone by any yardstick for an expat community school in the Middle East. The school which was established in 1981 completed its 40 glorious years in 2021. The school celebrated this momentous occasion with a series of value-added activities, befitting its Vision, Mission and Quality Objectives.
40th year celebrations commenced with a noble gesture, the Blood Donation Drive on 21 May 2022. It was followed by a variety of activities on different occasions like Wishes in 40 languages, Tree Plantation, Clean-up Drive, Palm Art, Penalty shootout, record-breaking 40 hours Relay Reading and Mega Rangoli.. Indian School Salalah, marking the culmination of year-long 40 th Anniversary celebration, organised its most-awaited Carnival Night in the school premises on 22 nd December 2022 at 5pm. As the chief guest, Dr. Sivakumar Manickam, Chairman, Board of Directors, Indian Schools in Oman graced the occasion. The occasion was also graced by Mr. Sirajudeen Nhelat, Board of Directors, Indian Schools in Oman and Prof. Amer Ali Al Rawas, Vice-chancellor, Dhofar University as guests of honour. Dr. Syed Ahsan Jamil, president, School Management Committee extended formal welcome to all. To specially commemorate the 40 th anniversary souvenir was digitally released and students showcased culturally rich and vibrant 40 dance performances around the world.
Infrastructure-Today the school has an excellent infrastructure and state of art facilities. Besides a lush green playground, the school has very spacious and well equipped Physics, Chemistry, Biology and four Computer Science laboratories, Junior Science and Maths laboratories, an Audio Visual Aids room, a fully computerized library, a multi purpose hall as well as an imposing stage overlooking the playground. Besides these, KG block has a newly built sunshade and stage. Also ISS has gone hi-tech with Smart Boards.
ISS current status-At present the NABET accredited school has around 3992 students on its rolls. It has classes from LKG to XII and these classes run into several sections the total of which is 114. There are 150 teachers, 13 non-teaching staff and 43 Omani staff members serving the institution. Dr. Abubacker Siddique is the President of the School Management Committee. The School Principal, Mr. Deepak Patankar, is the member secretary of the committee.
The school management, administration, teaching and non-teaching will continue striving hard with utmost sincerity and dedication to take the school to further heights.