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K.G & PRIMARY SECTIONS OF INDIAN SCHOOL SALALAH CELEBRATE
38TH ANNUAL DAY
SALALAH: Indian School Salalah held its 38th Annual Day on December 15, 2018 to celebrate the talents of students of the Kindergarten and Primary Sections. The enthusiastic budding stars showcased their unfathomable talents with jubilation and exhilaration.
The presence of eminent guests added to the grandeur of the occasion. The Chief Guest, Dr. Baby Sam Saamuel, Chairman, Board of Directors for Indian Schools in Oman, the Guests of Honour, Dr. C. M. Najeeb, Vice Chairman, Board of Directors and Director In-charge Indian School Salalah, Mr. Selvichan Jacob, Member-BOD & Director In-charge Indian School Salalah, Mr. M. P. Vinobha, Senior Principal and Educational Advisor, presided over the annual function to grace the occasion with their esteemed presence. Amidst the din of the school band, the chief guest Dr. Baby Sam Saamuel, Chairman, Board of Directors and the distinguished guests were received by the Acting President of the School Management Committee, Dr. Syed Ahsan Jamil, Principal Mr. T. R. Brown and the esteemed members of the School Management Committee. As a token of love and affection, the Chief Guest and the Guests of Honour were presented bouquets. The programme commenced with the Royal Anthem of Oman followed by the National Anthem of India
On behalf of the School Management Committee, Convenor of the SMC, Mr. Vinay Kumar C. welcomed the august gathering quoting Nelson Mandela, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” He expressed his pleasure in welcoming the Chief Guest, Dr. Baby Sam Saamuel, Guests of Honour, invitees, parents and students to witness and be a part of the 38th Annual day function. He further continued his address by introducing the Chief Guest for the day to the parent community with pride and privilege. In his address he applauded Principal Mr. T. R. Brown, the teaching fraternity and the students for bringing recognition, fame and accolades to the school not just in academics but in athletic and cultural events as well.
This was followed by the address by the Guest of Honour, Dr. C. M. Najeeb, Vice Chairman Board of Directors. He briefed the gathering about the novel initiatives undertaken by the new BOD under the able leadership of the Chairman, Dr. Baby Sam Saamuel. He highlighted projects like Gift a Book, Here For You 24x7x365 round the clock tele counselling for students, Unique Talent Recognition, Bonding Beyond Borders, Mega Career Counselling, YouTube Access for video classes by subject experts for the students of grades 10 and 12, and so on.
The Chief Guest, Dr. Baby Sam Saamuel, was next to address the gathering. He said that Annual day is a day devoted out of 365 days for review as well as for celebration. He thanked the SMC, Principal and the staff for inviting him to be part of this festivity and happiness. He congratulated the self-empowered student community, wonderfully dedicated teachers and adept visionary School Management Committee working together hand in hand to create a two days of exuberance and extravaganza. He expressed his pleasure in interacting with all the stakeholders of the community school. He concluded his speech giving three important steps to make ourselves better and create a better world with ‘S’ i.e. first to Set standard, second to Seek the truth and finally to Support each other. . He concluded his speech reminding that ‘Parents are the first teachers and teachers are the second parents’.
The Long Time Service Award reflects the appreciation for the dedicated years of service rendered by the teachers, who are indeed the greatest assets of an institution. The members of the school's academic and non-academic staff who had completed 10, 15, 20 and 25 years of service were honoured by the Chief Guest and the Guests of Honour. They were presented a memento and a gold coin each. 10 years -Mrs. Anjali Radhakrishnan, Mrs. Fousiya, Mrs. Renuka Dilip, Mrs. Roseline Deepa, Mrs. Syeda, Mrs. Manal Ali, Mrs. Veena, Mrs. Uma Maheshwari, Mr. Shinoj Thomas, Mrs. Sherly Mathew, Mrs. Reshma B Shah, Mrs. Nisha Unnikrishnan, Mrs. Shuba T S , Mrs. Sabeena and Mr. Sushakumar. 15 years- Mr Hatheem; 20 years: Dr. S Srinivasan, Mr. Shaji K V and Mrs. Mumtaz Rabeeu; 25 years: Mrs. Ponni Basker, Mrs. Amal Abdulla, Mrs. Huda Ismail, Mrs. Mabrooka and Mrs. Khair Ismail
As a token of love and affection, Dr. Syed Ahsan Jamil, the Acting President, SMC and Mr. T. R. Brown, the Principal, presented mementos to the Chief Guest, Dr. Baby Sam Saamuel, Chairman, Board of Directors to Indian Schools in Oman and to the guests of Honour.
Dr. K. A. Nishthar, Member of the School Management Committee proposed the vote of thanks. He expressed his deep sense of gratitude to His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said for his benevolence and wished His Majesty good health and long life. He also thanked all the Ministries of Sultanate of Oman. He extended his gratitude to the Chief Guest, Dr. Baby Sam Saamuel, Chairman, Board of Directors to Indian Schools in Oman. He highlighted the outstanding achievements of ISS students in academic and co-curricular activities. He thanked his colleagues in the School Management Committee for their vision and constant support. He thanked Principal Mr. T. R. Brown, former Presidents and members of the SMC, the Chairman and Members of Indian Social Club, parents, teachers and students for their dedication hard work. He also made a special mention of ISSalalah teaching and non-teaching staff who take up their job not as an assignment but as a passion.
Thereafter, the curtains were raised to a cultural fiesta presented by the tiny tots of KG and the Primary Section. A flamboyant display of cultural activities by the tiny tots of Kindergarten added gaiety to the variety of entertainment programmes. They presented Cotton Eye Joe Dance, the Puppet Dance and the Clown Dance with enthusiasm. The Contemporary Fusion, a tribute to the great violin maestro Bala, was indeed heart touching. It was a sight to behold, when the 150 participants of the Musical Skit - Mary Poppins adorned the stage. The tiny feet dancing to the rhythm of foot tapping music dressed in array of colours stole the hearts of one and all present.
Indo Western, State Fusion – The Amalgamation and the Musical Skit – Hansel and Gretel presented by Classes 1 & 2 earned thunderous applause. The thought provoking Hindi Street Play – ‘Bachche Munn Ke Sachche’ depicted their parents’ obsession with smart phones and office work. The street play conveyed the strong message to the parents that the children need their quality time and not the modern gadgets. The students of Classes 3 & 4 transported the audience to the mesmerizing world of colourful states of India, Punjab and Haryana. The fascinating dances of these states were a visual treat to the audience. The Fusion Dhamaka transfixed the people. The choir rendered a melodious song Million Dreams. The programme concluded with the Fashion Show staged by the exuberant compering team and the curtains were drawn with a positive note to meet at the same venue next year.
The LED screen with a spectacular display of picturesque scenes kept the audience spellbound. The themed backdrops, the dazzling costumes, the foot tapping music coupled with the enthusiastic performance of the students filled the air with a sense of gaiety and produced a memorable evening for the children who put up this grand show and for guests and parents who witnessed it.