We have been the happy recipients of outstanding news from the Cambridge International Education Board, which recently announced that our very own Ishan Somshekar was the number one student in the country this year across 9 IGCSE subjects, and that the number 2 student in India this year was our very own Qi Hui Lau! Beyond this, national toppers in IGCSE subjects included Chery Cherian (Computer Science), Meera Hejmadi (English), Khushwant James (Music) and Vasant Jain (Chinese Language)! We are absolutely delighted that our students have achieved such recognition on the national scale, and we commend them for their absolute excellence.
In addition to this, Aman Mantena has obtained his third perfect 800 and Samir Mathrani and Vikram Krishnaswamy their second perfect 800s in the SAT. Rohan S Agarwal, Paul Jolly, Vikram Krishnaswamy, Parigna Praveen and Vivek Srinivasan have been commended by the national merit scholarship program for their outstanding performances in PSAT examination. Grade 12 students have been busily preparing packages of application materials for University entrance, and it is a great pleasure to note that only a few days after the start of the application season, our students are already receiving offers of admission from top institutes around the world. Also, in alumni news, Hyma Kesineni has been elected Vice President of Finance in the student government of the University of Indiana, Bloomington. Jayati Jain, a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and on entry the youngest D.Phil. candidate in Biochemistry at Oxford University, has started her final year in the Oxford doctoral programme and is a member of the Oxbridge Biotech Roundtable, an organization devoted to extending research in this field.
We celebrated the European Day of Languages with a visit to a special program at the Max Mueller Bhavan in Bangalore, which provided insights into the French, Swedish, Italian, Spanish, German and Portuguese languages. Modern Languages Week at TISB was also a great success, with teachers of different languages swapping classes, showing multiple screenings of foreign-language films, conducting an excellent assembly on the impact of colonization on language, putting up street plays, poster competitions and much more. Social Science Week also involved a wide variety of learning experiences through drama and art, plus a superbly researched assembly, further enriched by an interactive visit to SAP labs, where students learnt great deal not only about technology but also about intercultural issues in international business. Our thanks go out to Mr Clas Neumann, a TISB parent, for reaching out to the students in this way. Our Thai students recently enjoyed a lunch with the Royal Thai Consulate General, during which they were able to interact with the wider Thai community in Bangalore.
The Primary School’s Family Fun day was bigger and better than ever before, and provided a wonderful morning of variety, activity and sheer fun, ably organized by our teachers and students. The weather was perfect and the atmosphere incredibly positive. We have also enjoyed in PY a wide variety of excellent assemblies and celebrations, including our ever-popular Book Character Day.
Shruthi Badri, student editor of ParentEdge magazine, conducted a group discussion at TISB on the subject of “Indianness and Globalisation,” excerpts of which will be published in the next edition of the magazine. In the Canadian International School Interschool Model-making Competition, Abhinav Jha, Abhimanyu Harish and Roohi Dalal took first prize. Rahul Babu, Roshan Babu and Vinay Reddy won an award at the Indian Robot Olympiad, for a robot that was designed to help a blind person navigate in a city. Mihir Pai is one of only 37 students across the country to have obtained a scholarship to study the tabla, based on his superb performance in the CCRT tabla examination. Arjun Vairavan has won 3rd place in the under-14 boys category of the 1st United India Insurance CDCA Fide-rated chess tournament.
During the Dasara break, we hosted another highly successful creative technology course, overseen by Mr. Sandeep Bhagi, former country head of Apple India. Mr Parnab Mukherjee, playwright, theatre activist and cultural ambassador to UNESCO, conducted a moving and thought-provoking drama workshop on memory, history and identity, culminating in an electrifying performance in the drama room by more than 30 of our students. Members of our International Award for Young People Club have had the unique opportunity to experience the rural tribal culture of Maharashtra, complete with camp craft, art, dance, environmental science and social service activities during 5 action-packed days in Dahanu and Golvad Beach. We have also hosted a challenging workshop on child rights, conducted by Ms Kunku Soota, trustee of the Baale Mane orphanage for girls in Yeshwantpur. The girls from the orphanage made thought-provoking presentations to our students, who all regarded this opportunity as eye-opening and perspective-changing.
Our annual sports day was superbly organized, and during it we witnessed a significant number of outstanding performances, with new records being set by Eeshaan Patil and Tanvi Lal (Triathlon), Louis Dujardin and Chaeyeon Yang (Cross Country), Devanshi Gupta and Ankitha Mandava (400m) and Seung won Jeon (100m). The Individual Champions were Ananya Agarwal, Junewoo Yoon, Devanshi Gupta, Shashank Ravichandran, Seung won Jeon, Dohyeon Lee, Isha Devdas and Paul Jolly. Hundreds of students took part and it all culminated in the much-awaited staff relay race, where students have the opportunity to see their teachers “blaze” down the track!
In the Mallya Aditi International School Football Tournament we defeated Indus International and Bethany High School but narrowly lost to Bangalore International School 4-3 in the semi-finals, during a penalty shoot-out. In the under-12 year boys’ soccer tournament at Greenwood High, we came runners up, with Itsuki Hada being named the best player of the tournament and Anirudh Jain the top scorer. In the VIVUM 20XI Sports Tournament our Girls’ Football team won the tournament, beating NPS Indiranagar and then Mallya Aditi in the finals. Our boys’ A-team beat NPS HSR 5-0 but lost to DPS North in a penalty shoot-out, whilst our B-team beat NPS Chennai but lost on penalties to Ebenezer International School. In the 5-a-side tournament we beat Hampshire Collegiate School (UK) 5-2 but were again pipped by Ebenezer 1-0. In VIVUM Basketball our girls won all their matches and were declared joint champions with Junior Christ College as the final was cancelled due to heavy rain. Our boys’ basketball teams won four matches and came runners-up after a hard-fought final against Chirec Public School, Hyderabad. It is an amazing fact that our students were playing these matches whilst also simultaneously organizing the VIVUM festival!
It has been our distinct pleasure to host once again an International Cricket Tournament, which drew a large number of participants, including a squad from Hampshire Collegiate School in the UK, who were visiting TISB for the 2nd time. In a hard-fought competition lasting 10 days, the wily and intrepid team from Cambridge School Tirupati emerged victorious in a grueling final with Ryan International School. During this tournament TISB were joint runners-up (with Hampshire Collegiate) and were victorious over NPS Indiranagar, NPS Rajajinagar and New Baldwin International School, and Harsimran Juneja was declared the Best Bowler of the Tournam ent. In the Karnataka State Cricket Tournament TISB defeated Royal Concord International School by 9 runs.
After the Diwali break we will be hosting an exchange group of German students from Munich and we currently have our basketball team in the UAE for a tournament. We will also be hosting the renowned author Dr Ken Spillman, who will be conducting workshops with our PY and Middle School Students, and we will be enjoying Science Week, the Interschool Science Quiz, Children’s Day, Ethnic Day, and much more before the month of November is through! There will also be very focused academic preparation for the end-of-term assessments, which are coming up very soon.
Needless to say, we manage to keep ourselves rather busy at TISB!
Dr Matthew Sullivan