March 2012

Dear Parents:

As we head into intense preparations for our IB and IGCSE examinations, we are still enjoying a wide variety of activities and celebrating much success at the school:

  • Recent recipients of perfect 800 scores in the SAT include Vivek Srinivasan, Manmeet Singh Saluja, Paul Jolly (x2), Vikram Krishnaswamy (x2), Aman Mantena (x3), Samir Mathrani (x2), Simran Chavda (x2), Bhavni Dubey (x2), Nipun Parasrampuria (x4), Jai Singh Sidhu, Shubhangam Tekriwal, Damini Ghosh, Chery Cherian, Aman Fatehpuria, Karan Shishoo, Ishan Somshekar, Chakshu Agarwal, Jaehyung Park (x2), Teauk Kim, Kavya Garikipati, Agni Bhattacharya, Karan Arora and Omkar Vichare.
  • Aman Mantena and Shruthi Singapur have reached the finals of the National Merit Scholarship Examination, a global competition based on SAT scores.
  • Archit Kejariwal has scored 98% in the ACT math and science papers, and Manmeet Singh
  • Saluja has scored 99% in those papers, with Rohan Rai scoring 99% in ACT Math.
  • The following students scored over 90% in all three sections of the PSAT: Kavya Garikipati, Chirag Govardhan, Meera Hejmadi, Keval Hutheesing, Agni Bhattacharya, Harsha Devaraj, Raghav Kalra, Kunaal Sharma, Sarayu Krishna, Priyanka Kumar, Parul Agarwal, Karan Arora, Roohi Dalal, Abhishek Desai, Avni Fatehpuria, Arun Iyer, Sagar Jajoo, Ashish Sharma, Ishan Somshekar and Kratika Mishra.
  •  The National Science Olympiad grade toppers were Mehr Kumar, Tanvi Palsamudram, Shaina Patel, Arya Kumar, Nihar Dalal, Arjun Vairavan, Keun Young Kim, Raghav Mittal, Roohi Dalal, Yash Lad and Manmeet Singh Saluja. Among those students who proceeded to the second round, Navyaa Mathur achieved a State Ranking of 9, Siddharth Chalasani 10 and Raghav Mittal 12.
  • International Mathematics Olympiad school toppers were Arjun Girish, Meera Gupta, Shaina Patel, Katherine Stafford, Siddarth Chalasani, Mayank Pandey, Arunika Makam, Raghav Mittal and Sriram Ganesan. Among those who proceeded to the second round, Junewoo Yoon topped the State, Sriram Ganesan was ranked no. 2 in the state, Siddharth Chalasani was ranked 6 and Arjun Girish 9.
  • The International English Olympiad school toppers were Saaket Jajodia, Santosh Karthikeyan, Arjun Singh, Ramya Devaraj and Roohi Dalal.
  • In the New South Wales Assessments our students from Grades 3-8 obtained in English 50 High Distinctions and 123 Distinctions, in Mathematics 29 High Distinctions and 109 Distinctions, in Science 44 High Distinctions and 108 Distinctions and in Computer Science 6 High Distinctions and 51 Distinctions.
  • In the Trinity Guildhall Speech and Drama Examinations 27 students obtained the coveted Distinction grade, with the highest individual score in the school being awarded to Ashrita Nagpal.
  • Ankitha Mandava, Arul Gupta, Pooja Reddy, Kabir Dabholkar, Jiwoon Lim and Seok Hyun Cho obtained Distinctions in the Trinity Guildhall Music Examinations, with Jiwoon and Seok Hyun topping the school with 92% scores.

There have been fantastic university placements this year, with acceptances to Princeton, Stanford, Columbia, Cornell, Northwestern, Harvey Mudd, University of Chicago, University of California Berkeley, University of Pennsylvania, London School of Economics, Imperial College London, University College London, University of the Arts London, Parsons School of Design, Warwick, Bristol, Durham, St Andrews, Kings College London, NYU Stern School of Business, Indiana Bloomington Kelly School of Business, Babson, Les Roches International School of Hotel Management Switzerland, Michigan Ann Arbor, Massachusetts College of Art and many, many more. Many students have been awarded huge scholarships and the placements picture is looking excellent. In addition to this, many of our younger students have gained admissions into top summer school programmes at Ivy League universities in the US. A separate newsletter dedicated to placements will be published in May, once all data is in.

Our students continue to achieve in a wide variety of areas beyond the curriculum. During the Christmas break over twenty students participated in a sociological study of the Dharavi slum in Mumbai, and several other students were involved in organising a charitable fest called ‘Ninaad’ in Kolkata. Arjun Gandhi has been felicitated by the Spastics Society for his fundraising efforts and our students attended the programme in Indiranagar. Neije Roy has helped organize three blood drives for the Lions Club. Teena Saikia and Aniroodh Shankar took up a demanding medical internship at Admert Hospital, Chennai. Teena Saikia and Anushka Mittal have presented an energy conservation initiative to the Girls’ boarding house, to encourage students to be more aware of their carbon footprint. Neije Mukherjee is starting up a donation drive for the Ashraya NGO which serves the poor in Bangalore. Seongwoo Jang and Ji Yong Shin were chosen from 1000 applicants to teach English to Korean students at Camp Korea at Korean University. Shagu Doshi has set up a Stationery Bank to encourage recycling and donation of unwanted goods to the poor. Meghna Srinivasan has won the Principal’s Journal Prize. Sandya Kola has taken part in a major musical competition in Goa and Navyaa Mathur has gained a place with Sandya Kola in the Indian National Youth Orchestra. Katharina Hildenbrand won the Best Artwork Runner Up award in the 3 Peel Children’s Art Competition. Rahul Rathi has won a Distinction in the Trinity Guildhall Speech and Drama examinations, a first-class Tabla Vadya Purna from Bangiya Sangeet Parishad and has won the Primus Public School Chess Tournament. Shravni Ramkumar participated in a 10km run for Women’s Day and raised Rs 2000 for charity. Eashaa Parekh, Taeyoung Park and Kyung Soon Kim have won the Lasalle Sia (Singapore) art prize for outstanding portfolios submitted to that university. Arnav dev Gupta has achieved the top score in South India in the Trinity Guildhall Music Examinations for Grade 7 Classical Guitar. Abhishek Gupta obtained the International Award for Young People Gold Award.

TISBMUN 2012 was the first of its kind at the school and was a roaring success, attracting keen debaters from Mumbai, Gujarat, Nepal and other regions for three days of intensely spirited debate. Shivang Gupta and Aniroodh Shankar very ably organized the event, which is a model for future MUN competitions at TISB. Our students distinguished themselves at the COMUN in Colombo, Sri Lanka, with Krishna Chaitanya Aluru and Shivang Gupta winning High Commendations at the meet. At the Harvard MUN competition in Beijing, China, Best Delegate awards went to Aman Fatehpuria, Ashish Sharma, Teauk Kim, Dhruv Trigunayat, Sachin Ravichandran and Harsha Devaraj; outstanding delegate awards went to Yash Lad, Rahul Misra and Agni Bhattacharya; and Honorable Mention awards to Ishan Somshekhar and Maithreya Sitaraman. Beijing MUN was by far the most successful MUN performance we have ever had at TISB.

We also hosted our first major interschool Chess tournament, involving some 13 schools, in which we placed third against very stiff competition. DPS East won the girls’ competition and Vidyashilp won the boys’. We plan to build Chess up in a very big way at TISB in the future. Our Chess Coach Mr Sushrutha Reddy recently played World Chess Champion Susan Polgar and scored an impressive draw. Arjun Bharat has played in major international Grand Master chess tournaments in Norway, Hungary and Switzerland. In Oslo Arjun defeated a Fide Master and a Women’s International Master. In Switzerland he played a 5 hour long match against an author of chess books, and won!

The Middle School Drama Showcase was a fascinatingly varied mélange of dramatic styles and exposed the impressive skills of our young actors. The Grade XI Drama students performed an adaptation of Sophocles’s Antigone which was powerful and thought-provoking. Our budding photographers in the CCA Photography Club mounted a superb exhibition of their work in the Galleria, the first of its kind at TISB. Images from it will soon appear in our website’s activities section. The Middle School Ensemble Concerts also displayed the tremendous virtuosity of our students and entertained large audiences with great performances.

Our Choir and recorder ensemble performed beautifully at the St Mark’s Cathedral’s Christmas Concert. The PY and Senior School Multicultural events were fantastic platforms for our students to display their creative talents, mixing dance, music and drama in incredibly entertaining ways and sending us off with a song in our hearts.

It was our pleasure to host the annual days of NPS HSR and also a huge sports festival for TAISI (The Association of International Schools in India), which brought hundreds of students to our campus during the Christmas break. Our Primary School Field Days were a great pleasure to witness, as they involved hundreds of happy families enjoying a wide range of imaginative outdoor activities. Our basketball team played with distinction in a tournament at DPS Sharjah with victories over DPS, Dubai Modern High and NIMS. In the PY Canadian International School Interschool Soccer Festival the boys lost to CIS in a penalty shoot-out but the girls took the championship vs. Stonehill. Our swimming team competed in the Sri Lanka Interschool Swimming Competition in Colombo and performed extremely well, with gold medals being awarded to Samantha Whiting, Mihika Jalan, Shivangi Gupta, Ishani Mitra and Jai Malpani. We came runners-up in the Vidyashilp Badminton Tournament. In the Swimlife Swimming Competition gold medals were awarded to Mihika Jalan (x3), Dhvani Thakkar, Revant Kunwar and Jai Malpani. In the Vidyashilp Academy Cricket Tournament for Junior Boys we beat Indus, Vidyashilp B and Mallya Aditi but were defeated in the finals by Vidyashilp A. Ashwin Bhat was awarded Man of the Match, the Best Bowler award and also scored 169 runs in the tournament! We also beat Vidyashilp in hockey by a margin of 11-1 and Saket Jajodia won the singles table tennis title at Vidyashilp. In a nail-biting final at our own Interschool Cricket tournament we lost to Ebenezer International School by 9 runs, with Shivam Desai receiving the Best Bowlers’ Award. More recently we beat Jain International School by 10 runs with Anmol Gandhi taking four wickets and Vedant Monga scoring 48 not out. In our TISB Interschool Tournament we defeated Canadian International School in the Tennis finals; we also took the title in Girls’ Football. In the TISB sub-Junior Soccer Tournament our boys took the championships.

In our annual Charity Cross Country Run the winners in their respective divisions were Divya Mehta, Guhan Muruganandam, Anushri Jain and Richard Sullivan. This event raised Rs 32,000 for charity and these proceeds have been spent to support an operation for one of the girls at the Swanthana home for abandoned children, which our IB students visit every weekend. We also sent a huge number of students for the 5km Champion in Me run to support the Aids Hospice Suryodaya. Students also raised Rs 1,53,000 for the victims of the Thai floods, and we have fully funded three more hole-in-the heart operations for babies at the Sri Jayadeva Cardiological Institute. In the Canadian International School Basketball Tournament we beat Indus thrice and Canadian once to take the winner’s trophy, with Nikhil Sequeira bagging the Best Player award. In the CIS Football Tournament we also beat Indus twice and took the championship. In the Legacy School Business Fest, TISB came in First Place across all events. In the CIS Sports tournament our girls won the football championship in a penalty shootout against NPS Indiranagar, and our boys beat CIS in the finals 2-0. We also took the championships in boys and girls basketball, beating CIS in the finals on both occasions.

Our parents have generously contributed to school life through our series of Formal Dinner talks with boarders: these have included so far Mr Ameet Desai (CEO of Adani Advisory LLP and father of Kush), who provided a stimulating talk on leadership in industry; Professor Paddy Padmanabhan (John H. Loudon Professor of International Management and Professor of Marketing at INSEAD- Singapore, and father of Sanjeev), who gave us great insights into the possibilities of careers in academia; Dr Rajesh Singhvi (Consultant Surgeon at Care Hospital and Orange City Hospital, Nagpur and father of Chirag), who delved into the challenges of a career in surgery, and Dr Navneet Kapoor (father of Gautam and Siddharth and Managing Director of Target India), who demonstrated vividly how one can have a number of different careers in life. We are very grateful for the support of parents in this way and look forward to more opportunities to learn from our parents in the future!

We have also had guest speakers for specific subjects including Professor C Venimadhavan from IISC, who spoke on the great Indian mathematician Ramanujan during our Math Week. Science Week featured a mobile planetarium show, poster competition (won by Aryaman Paul, Rahul Nair and Jin Sol Lee) and our interschool Science Quiz, won this year by NAFL. Professor Nishan Canagarajah, Dean of Engineering at Bristol University, UK, provided a highly engaging talk on new challenges in engineering today, and Mrs Sushila Punitha, a translator of Kannada novels, spoke on the power of translation during English Week. We were also able to send students to the Dr DC Pavate Memorial Lecture at Bangalore University, delivered by Mr Maroof Raza on the topic of “The World After Osama bin Laden: The Challenges we Face.”

In Alumni news, Risabh Joshi will be taking up a postgraduate course at London School of Economics after his graduation from McGill this summer. Maya Tideman has starred in the film Lessons in Forgetting, which explores the issue of female infanticide in India. Jin Kwon Kim is in the Korean Army based in a mountainous region of the country and working with the fire direction centre of the artillery unit. Varun Agarwal has been placed on the Dean’s List for academic excellence at the Stern School of Business at New York University, as has Rijul Hora at Bentley. Aditya dev Gupta has taken up a post as Sales and Marketing Executive for The Stanford Times and is also teaching Grade VI students in his spare time at Stanford. Janani Ramachandran, also at Stanford, has been accepted into the study abroad programme at Oxford University and has secured a prestigious US State Department internship at Washington, DC. Our Head Boy from last year Ramon Dhillon has been offered a position with Deloitte, one of the world’s largest accountancy firms.

It’s been a busy past few weeks with a wide range of fabulously successful outcomes, all of which are a pleasure to report to you. My next newsletter will provide details of the wonderful university placements of the Class of 2012!


Best wishes,






Dr Matthew Sullivan