As the school settles down into the first set of assessments, it is an apt time to reflect on the successes that we witnessed over the summer. Our IB and IGCSE results were absolutely outstanding, as were the university placements and scholarships. In the IB, 19 of our students scored over 40 points (17% of the class: the world average is 5%). All subject results were well above the world average and the average IB score was 35 points (equivalent to straight A grades at A-Level). In the IGCSE we had 103 centums out of 756 papers taken (13% of all papers were marked 100%), with 67% of examinations taken being graded A*-A, 87% A*-B and 98% A-C, making us without question one of the top IB/IGCSE schools in Asia. Among our IB toppers were the following fantastic students:
|Aditya dev Gupta||45 (perfect score)||Stanford University/Computer Science|
|Akshitha Agarwal||44||University of Virginia/Marketing|
|Aayushi Rai||43||Royal College of Surgeons, Dublin/Medicine|
|Sireesh Gururaja||43||Columbia University/Physics|
|Miraj Shah||42||Brown University/Computer Science|
|Amruta Patel||42||St. Andrews University, Scotland/International Relations and Psychology|
|Prakriti Paul||42||Massachusetts Institute ofTechnology/Biological Engineering|
|Radhika Debroy||42||Mt. Holyoke College, Massachusetts/Economics and Management|
|Tanay Agarwal||42||Emory University/Economics and Physics|
|Keya Agarwal||41||University of Southern California/Management|
|Jayaram Sivaraj||41||Trinity College Dublin/Medicine|
|Rakesh Gowni||41||New York University Stern School of Business/International Business|
|Chrislyn D’Lima||41||Oxford University/Physics and Philosophy|
|Aashik Shekharan||40||University of California Berkeley/Business and Management|
|Cherisha Koshy||40||University of Melbourne, Australia/Economics|
|Hitesh Gulati||40||London School of Economics/Economics|
|Krithi Bala||40||University of Pennsylvania/Neuroscience and Psychology|
|Sucharita Krishna||40||University of California SanDiego/Neuroscience|
|Aparna Krishnan||40||University of Chicago/Biology and Economics|
- Ishaan Somashekhar: 10 A* and 6 centums.
- Qi Hui Lau: 10 A* and 6 centums.
- Kratika Misra: 9A*and 6 centums.
- Nishant Desai: 9A* and 5 centums.
- Khushwant James: 9A*.
- Maitreya Sitaraman: 9A* and 5 centums.
- Taeuk Kim: 8A*
- Revant Kunwar: 8A* and 5 centums.
- Aparna Bagade: 8A* and 5 centums.
- Krish Bharat: 8A* and 6 centums.
- Meera Hejmadi: 8A* and 5 centums.
Our IB students accrued USD $3.5 million in scholarships (a school record). Our scholarship toppers include the following gifted individuals, who have garnered enormous scholarship grants from various universities (displayed below are the total scholarship offers for each student from all sources):
- Sakshi Mittal: $238,800
- Ramon Dhillon: $204,000Prakriti Paul: $188,000
- Rakesh Gowni: $168,000
- Niyati Mohan: $140,000
- Meenakshi Katragadda: $140,000
- Radhika Debroy: $111,000
- Soundarya Shantappa: $104,000
Many congratulations to all of our students for their superb results, placements and scholarships! It has been a fantastically successful year and we look forward to yet more successes in the future. Many thanks to all parents and family members for supporting their children and urging them to excel, and of course to the teaching faculty for helping each and every s tudent every step of the way with their preparations for examinations and college placements.
In other news, we have had outstanding results in the International English Olympiad, with Aryehi Bhushan, Chaeyeon Yang, Avni Fatehpuria and Meera Hejmadi ranked no 1 in the state, Nikhil Fernandes ranked no. 2 and Divya Mehta ranked 3. Sriram Ganesan was ranked no. 3 in the state in the International Mathematics Olympiad. In the SAT, perfect 800 scores have been obtained in the most recent session by Kushagra Kanoria (two 800s), Shruthi Singapur (two 800s), Shruthi Badri (two 800s), Parigna Praveen (two 800s), Sharan Motiani, Jaehyung Park, Aman Mantena (two 800s), Vikram Krishnaswamy, Karishma Kewalramani, Abhishek Goenka (two 800s), Tae Young Lee (two 800s), Samir Mathrani, Nipun Parasrampuria, and Devesh Saraf (two 800s).
We welcome to the TISB family 190 new students across all age groups (our total strength is 970), and we have recently inaugurated our new examination centre (seating 250 students) and a new auditorium (400 seats) for smaller scale events such as Primary School Assemblies, College Counseling presentations, special lectures and IB and IGCSE theatre and music performances. These new facilities are located in the second administrative block, which completes a three-building expansion scheme that was started three years ago.
Many of our students have engaged in challenging summer projects, summer schools, internships and social service initiatives in the community, and I am extremely impressed with the quality of their work and their dedication to service and multidimensional personal growth. Initiatives have ranged from studies of white-collar employment rates in rural locations, editing an educational magazine, distributing shelter kits to the homeless, raising funds for the victims of the Mumbai bombs, to name but a few. I commend our students for their drive and initiative. The three school trips over the holidays—a Spanish language course in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, the National University of Singapore Science Camp, and the US Tour of Universities, were all tremendously successful ventures that will be repeated every summer. All TISB students should regard the holidays as an opportunity for exciting educational growth.
Our co-curricular activities are in full swing now and new clubs on offer include photography, robotics and Classical Indian Dance. In the TISB Inter-School Swimming meet we won both the Girls’ and Boys’ competitions by a very wide margin, with Individual Champions including Bhavnanjani Gurijala, Eeshaan Patil, Vaishali Bagrodia, Revant Kunwar and Ishan Pandita. We took 48 gold medals in the competition. Amlandeep Bhadra was Champion of the National University of Singapore Summer Science Camp Challenge and Won Kyoung Park was placed 2nd, placing us firmly in the minds of NUS as one of the very top schools in Asia. Aasritha Nagarajan, Tara Kola and Aparna Krishnan (the latter two from the Class of 2011) have had their first solo Bharatnatyam debut to great acclaim.
In Chess, Arjun Vairavan placed 3rd in the Modern Secondary International FIDE Chess Tournament and had the opportunity to play against the legendary Super Grand Master Garry Kasparov. Arjun Bharat has set a state record for the largest number of FIDE rating points gained in a single interval, gaining 196 points at the Grand Master Tournaments in Martigny and Biel, Switzerland, and winning outright the Junior tournament in Dresden, Germany. In the Greenwood High Chess tournament the two Arjuns won all of their games and with ample support from teammates Rahul Rathi and Sachin Jajoo TISB won the tournament.
Mayank Mehtani has won the Principal’s Essay competition with a superb essay on ‘The Secret to Success’ and Chaeyeon Yang has won the Principal’s Book Review Competition. We have had a very successful Creative Technology Summer Camp run by Mr Sandeep Bhagi, former Country Head of Apple India, and will run another course during the Dasara Break. We have also had a successful SAT summer camp run by the Princeton Review on campus.
We welcome our new Division Captains to their leadership roles and wish them every success in all of the exciting activities that they will be organizing this year (a list of these leaders appears below):
|DISCOVERERS – B DIVISION Grade X|
|Krish Kewalramani||Vidisha Agarwal|
|EXPLORERS– B DIVISION|
|Nehal Khongbantabam||Gandharva Parchuri|
|PIONEERS – B DIVISION|
|Akshay Ladwa||Mihika Jalan|
|VOYAGERS – B DIVISION|
|Aditya Medasani||Divya Mehta|
|DISCOVERERS – C DIVISION Grade VIII|
|Pranith Polavarapu||Avishi Agarwal|
|EXPLORERS– C DIVISION|
|Jaehong Lim||Aisha Hagen|
|PIONEERS – C DIVISION|
|Arjun Ohri||Meghana Sridhar|
|VOYAGERS – C DIVISION|
|Ratik Virk||Chae Yeon Yang|
In Alumni news, Sukhmani Singh (Class of 2011) has scored 90% in the Gemological Institute of America’s Diamond Grading Examination and her sister Sachi (Class of 2007) has written, produced and cast two films (Triveni and To Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi). Govind Raman (Class of 2010) has been placed on the Dean’s Honor List at Penn State for his excellent work in the Engineering Programme. Janani Ramachandran (Class of 2010) has been elected to the Senate of Stanford University. Satyug Singh Tuli (Class of 2006) has topped the MBA programme at Les Roches School of Hospitality, Switzerland and has been named Valedictorian. Akshay Bareja (Class of 2004) has completed his D.Phil. in Biological Sciences from Oxford University and is now employed in a post- doctoral position at the Center for Aging and Research at the GSK-Duke Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina.
Preparations for our exciting VIVUM 2011 are well underway and the Class of 2012’s efforts are bound to raise the bar of excellence in this festival to the very highest levels possible. We wish them great success in their project, which is entirely organized by our IB students.
It has been a wonderful start to the school year, and we also look forward to many exciting events to come, including a German exchange, a Spanish Language course in Spain, US exchange with Nawa Academy, a Himalayan trek, MUN competitions in India and abroad, a Summer Tour of US universities, an IAYP Gold adventure camp in rural Maharashtra, Drama, Art and Music performances and workshops, vast numbers of sports tournaments, Special Lectures (thank you parents for offering your help in this context), business and industrial visits, field trips, Sports Week, special weeks for our academic departments, various academic Olympiads and competitions, and much, much more. The calendar is absolutely packed with activity and, as ever, we are enjoying every minute of it!
Dr Matthew Sullivan