As we wind up the school year with our end-of- term examinations, there is much to look back upon with a real sense of satisfaction and celebration! Our Grade XII students have garnered magnificent placements and scholarships (see last month’s newsletter) and have had an unforgettable Graduation Day presided over by Mr N R Narayana Murthy, Chief Mentor of Infosys Technologies. They have now finished their IB examinations and await their results in July. Their sincerity and hard work has been much appreciated by all, and has led to these excellent outcomes. We wish them a future full of happiness and success.
In competitive academic assessments our students continue to excel. In the University of New South Wales Educational Assessments, our students garnered 21 High Distinctions and 117 Distinctions in Mathematics, 36 High Distinctions and 106 Distinctions in Science, 26 High Distinctions and 89 Distinctions in English, and 5 High Distinctions and 74 Distinctions in Computer Skills. Devika Sharma topped Karnataka in the English assessment. In the DELF French Language examinations, Divya Suresh, Medha Agarwal, Sireesh Gururaja and Chrislyn D’Lima scored over 90%, with Chrislyn topping the school at 97%. In the ACT examination for US university entry, Aaysuhi Rai scored 99% in English, 99% in Writing, 97% in Mathematics and 95% in Science. In recent SAT sessions, the following students have gained perfect 800 scores: Aayushi
Rai, Sai Krishna Prasad Kanuru, Kushagra Kanoria, Hitesh Gulati (2×800), Abhishek Goenka, Manav Fogla (2×800), Sakshi Mittal, Aman Mantena (2×800), Varun Agarwal, Vikram Krishnaswamy, Rohan Agarwal, Shruti Singapur, Shruthi Badri (2×800), and Parigna Praveen (2×800). In the PSAT examination several students have been commended by The National Merit Scholarship Corporation for coming within the top 3% of the 1.5 million candidates worldwide: these include Rohan Agarwal, Paul Jolly, Vikram Krishnaswamy, Aman Mantena, Parigna Praveen, Shruthi Singapur and Vivek Srinivasan. In the PSSS examination the following students scored over 90% in one of the three examinations: Jimin Choi, Varshant Dhar, Arjun Sangwan and Kijun Yu; Kunaal Sharma scored over 90% in two of the tests and Rahul Misra topped the school with 95% in critical reading, 94% in Mathematics and 94% in Writing Skills. In the National Science Olympiad the following students topped the school in their respective classes: Nymisha Desai, Shyla Singh, Katherine Stafford, Yash Purohit, Rahul Rathi, Sara Jamal, Ishan Levy, Sriram Ganesh, Jaisingh Sidhu and Divya Kumar. In the International Mathematics Olympiad, school toppers in their classes were Stavan Jain, Riti Bhatwal, Katherine Stafford, Siddharth Chalasani, Santhosh Kartikeyan, Kabir Dabholkar, Ishan Levy, Sriram Ganesan and Teauk Kim. In the second round of the IMO Dylan Oberst was ranked 32nd in the world. In the International English Olympiad the following students topped their respective classes: Aryehi Bhushan (ranked 7th in the world), Chaeyong Yang (ranked 5th in the world), Rahul Misra, Avni Fatehpuria (ranked 5th in the world) and Khushwant James (ranked 3rd in the world). Khushwant was invited to the awards ceremony in New Delhi. In the Trinity Guildhall Integrated Skills in English examinations for EFL students, 11 students achieved Distinction level. In the Trinity Guildhall Speech and Drama and Communication Skills examinations, 20 of our students gained Distinction level.
There has also been a wonderful record of achievement by our students in extracurricular competitions. The Principal’s Poetry Competition has been won by Ankitha Mandava and The Principal’s Short Story Competition was won by Chaeyeon Yang. Arjun Vairavan won 6 matches in the 1st MCC FIDE Rating Chess Tournament in Pudokottai, Tamil Nadu. Sara and Zeba Jamal performed their public debut in Bharatnatyam at Jagriti, Whitefield. Aditya dev Gupta and Pawika Suwansri have obtained Grade 8 (professional standard) in the Trinity Guildhall examination for Piano. The Canadian International School Interschool Debate Competition was won by TISB with James Sullivan being named the Best Speaker. Aleka Raju has had two of her short stories published online, and Niyati Mohan has published online an article on ‘Innovation on the Streets of India.’ Jash Mahipal has reached National level rankingsnin ten-pin bowling for West Bengal. Eashaa Parekh has launched a website featuring her art work. Sanaya Irani and Arfa Karani have achieved the Gold Standard of the International Award for Young People (IAYP). Sandya Kola has been elected First Violinist in the Indian Youth Orchestra and has performed in New Delhi to mark the visit of the German Prime Minister Mrs Angela Merkel. Arjun Bharat has spectacularly drawn in a chess match against world-ranked Grand Master Sergey Kasparov in the Orissa Grand Masters Open at Bhubaneswar.
On the international scene, we have had three major trips this term which were a tremendous success. Our annual exchange to Nawa Academy in California exposed students to a unique brand of experiential learning in the breathtaking Sierra Mountains, not to mention snowboarding, university visits and fantastic food! Our Model United Nations team travelled to Washington DC for the North American Invitational MUN and performed extremely well against formidable competition from around the world: Sanaya Irani was verbally commended for her outstanding performance at the meet. Our Water Polo team had an exciting series of matches in Melaka, Malaysia, which afforded them with first-class exposure to international-level players. We have also benefited from the presence of two very helpful gap-year student interns (Richard Hornby and Alex Stock) from Warwick School, our UK exchange partners.
Our Creativity, Action and Service programme goes from strength to strength. Our annual Whole School Play this year featured a superb performance of Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables by a totally committed group of talented students and teachers from the Primary and Secondary schools. We have recently funded four hole-in-the heart corrective surgeries for village children at the Sri Jayadeva Cardiological institute, Bangalore. Some of our students have founded a chapter of the NGO Youthrise at TISB and as part of their relief work in the community they spent four days at the village school of Dahanu, Maharastra, where they conducted information sessions on first aid, health and hygiene, distributed 500 health kits and toys to the children and built a playpen and two badminton courts. Other students have founded an NGO called Shobhanam Karyam which is dedicated to providing emergency relief kits to victims of natural disasters. Aashish Prasad has helped to set up the ‘Guilty if Printed Campaign’, a green initiative to discourage the printing of annual governmental and corporate reports which waste so much paper: the initiative has borne fruit and a circular has been issued by The Government of India Ministry of Corporate Affairs recommending the distribution of e-reports instead of paper ones. The TISB family also generously donated 1.75 lakhs of rupees to the International Red Cross to help with its relief work in post-earthquake Japan. Our students have also raised a substantial sum of money in a Special Charity Run for the Suryodaya Boys home, an organisation which our IB students visit every weekend. We have also benefited from hosting a public lecture on Green Chemistry by Dr Brijesh Pare, Professor of Chemistry at Madhav Science Postgraduate College and another lecture on Green Engineering by Dr John Williams of The University of Bristol, UK. In addition there have been specialist workshops on the Art of Puppetry by Dr Bhanumathi and the Art of Woodcuts by Mr Devang Anglay; challenging and original IB drama performances, one involving an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth and another intermingling Greek mythology with the story of the crucifixion of Christ; a fundraiser for International Women’s Day; a fantastic IB Visual Art Exhibition and a gruelling but exhilarating Himalayan trek.
On the sports fields our commitment to the ideals of positive sportsmanship and achievement are always evident. In the TISB Interschool Tournament we reached the finals in Tennis (boys and girls), Basketball (junior boys), Football (junior boys) and Hockey (junior boys). In the Canadian International School Sports Festival our junior boys defeated Vidyashilp Academy in the football finals and Ishan Pandita was named Most Valuable Player. We also reached the finals in under-16 and under-12 boys’ football and our girls’ football team beat Mallya Aditi in the finals to take the cup. We also won the under-15 boys’ basketball tournament with Aaron Singh Sihota being named Most Valuable Player. In the Vidyashilp Academy under-12 Cricket tournament we reached the finals and Sachin KS was deemed Best Batsman, with Ashwin Bhat named Best Bowler.
In our annual Sports and Boarding Awards function, it was revealed that the annual tally of house points has resulted in a tie between Discoverers and Explorers at 450 points each! The Outstanding Sportswoman of the Year was Cherisha Koshy and the Outstanding Sportsman was Rishabh Poddar. The students receiving the Positive Contribution to Boarding Award were Kaushiki Baheti, Gandharva Paruchuri, Tanvi Lal, Nishant Kumar, Pranith Polavarapu, Arjun Sangwan, Chirag Parvangada, Sang Hyun Lee, Revant Kunwar and Himlun Bista.
We have also had a superb range of exciting activities in the Primary School, including excellent KG and PY Sports Days and Swimming Galas and stimulating learning experiences in the annual Science and Multicultural Weeks, plus the memorable KG and Grade V Graduations, Prize Day and Art Exhibition, all warmly supported by our students’ parents, who have helped out in so many significant and positive ways this year in PY.
In alumni news, Akshay Bareja has been awarded his D.Phil. (Ph.D.) in Biological Sciences from Oxford University; Yashaswi Shroff, now at St Xavier’s College Calcutta, has cleared the intermediate level of the Chartered Accountancy course; Janani Ramachandran has been elected to the Senate of Stanford University; former Head Girl Divvya Nirula, is a founder director of the Nirula Family Company and a dynamic art consultant and curator of fine art; former Head Boy Arvind Raman has obtained his M.A. and B.A. in English Literature in an accelerated 4-year programme at The University of Pennsylvania; Tanvi Goenka has completed her B.A. from the New York University Stern School of Business and has been admitted to pursue her MBA at The Indian Institute of Management in Bangalore. Aarti Reddy, who recently relocated to Hong Kong after 9 years at TISB, has been awarded a Richmond Scholarship valued at over $200,000 at the University of Richmond, Virginia.
Over the summer, there will be several trips and events in which our students will be involved, including a Spanish Language Immersion Course in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, a tour of US East Coast universities, the National University of Singapore Summer Science Camp, our in-house SAT course, a creative technology course by Camp K-12 and many other individual or small group initiatives such as the US Global Young Leaders Conference, the Creative Leadership Conference at Hong Kong University, and many summer school courses at Brown, Stanford, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, Columbia, Cornell and Cambridge in subjects as diverse as Number Theory, Creative Writing, Markets and Investments, Molecular Biology and Engineering Design. Beyond that, many students plan to devote a great deal of time in their holidays to social service initiatives, industrial internships and academic projects beyond the curriculum, all of which are praiseworthy examples of initiative and responsibility.
Whatever you plan to do this summer, we hope that you have a wonderful time with your children, and we look forward to welcoming everyone back to school refreshed, renewed, and ready for another exciting and successful year at our wonderful school!
Dr Matthew Sullivan