December 2010

Dear Parents:

As we enjoy our holiday break, it is a pleasure to reflect upon all that has been accomplished this term.  Grade XII students have been tremendously active with a wide variety of academic projects in addition to a frenetic round of university applications and entrance examinations. Although it is only a few weeks into the applications season, I am pleased to report that we have already had some superb early admissions, including one into Oxford University (Chrislyn D’Lima), one into Stanford University (Aditya dev Gupta), one into University of Pennsylvania with an $88,000 scholarship (Krithi Bala) and one into New York University (Mrinal Lunia), among several others to Warwick University, University College London, Bristol, Bath, Edinburgh, Imperial College London, Central St Martin’s College of Art, and many more.  In addition to this fine news, a huge number of students have achieved perfect 800 scores in the

SAT examinations for entry into US universities, with many gaining double 800s: these include Aashik Sekharan (2×800), Gaurav Maheshwari (2), Javan Shah (2), Sireesh Gururaja (2), Sagar Batchu (Alumnus on Gap year, 2), Hitesh Gulati, Aratrika Ganguly, Arjun Rao, Chitrak Mitra, Tara Kola, Rakesh Gowni, Nallasivan Ganapathy, Prakriti Paul, Aditya dev Gupta and Tae Young Lee. This represents a truly fantastic achievement by Grade XII students!

In addition to this, we have just received the PSAT results for the students of Grades IX-XI and they have broken all records, with 50 students scoring above the 90th percentile (meaning that they are better than 90% of the millions of test-takers worldwide) in Critical Reading, 55

Students scoring above the 90th percentile in Writing, and an amazing 114 students scoring above the 90th percentile in Mathematics!  Beyond this, 22 students scored over the 90th percentile in all three sections!

TISB has never been so active as during this term.  Our young journalists have launched the student newspaper The Monocle on the TISB website.  Our debate team reached the finals of the British Council Debating Matters competition in Bangalore. The IAYP gold award camp to rural Maharashtra was a great success, where our students learnt Warli tribal art and conducted extensive trekking and geographical surveys. There has been great fun for all on our class trips

to Chikmagalur and Pondicherry, and the PY has been to Kabini. We have enjoyed a fabulous Middle School Drama Showcase, with a wide variety of drama from different cultures on display, a very entertaining PY Family Fun Day and an educational PY Roman Day. The Boarding House Christmas Parties were fantastic fun for all, with music and games in a really festive atmosphere.

The Principal’s Photography Competition was won by Ahalya Raman.  Parigna Praveen topped the Bangalore-Mysore-Ooty district with an outstanding distinction in the Trinity College London Grade VIII Piano examination; Parigna has also had a poem published online.  Sandhya Kola received a distinction for Grade VI violin.  Zeenia Shahpurwala topped the school in the 3

Peel Art Competition held in Bangalore.  In the Trinity College London Speech and Drama, Communications Skills and Individual Acting Skills examinations our students garnered 10

Distinctions and 4 Merits. There has been an excellent Interschool Science Quiz and we hosted the International Robotics Olympiad at TISB this year. Aditya dev Gupta, Arnav dev Gupta and Miraj Shah competed in the World Robotics Olympiad Finals in Manila, Philippines, with Aditya and Miraj actually taking the SAT in Manila hours before the competition began!   Many of our students have participated in the International Mathematics and Science Olympiads.  Shruthi Badri has been featured in a local newspaper for her choral singing and Arjun Mehta has had his photography published in Asian Photography and Imaging Magazine.  In alumni news, Rahul Khanna has been admitted to Columbia University (Early Decision) and Janani Ramachandran (currently studying international relations at Stanford) is a Senate Associate, an intern in the Stanford Women in Business Group, a Board Fellow in Stanford Nonprofits, and a member of the Stanford Debate Society.

In sports, in the Bethany High School Tournament the under-12 boys’ football team won matches against Greenwood High, Clarence School and Ebenezer International School, whilst the under-

18 boys beat St John’s, Clarence and Ebenezer but were narrowly defeated by Bethany on penalties in the finals.  In the Interschool Cricket Tournament held at TISB we lost in the finals to Macsport A after a hard-fought series of matches, with top batsmen including Rakesh Gowni, Darshan Govindaraju and Harsimran Juneja.  In VIVUM sports we were champions in football, cricket and table tennis, runners-up in volleyball, basketball and badminton, and placed third in hockey. Our girls and boys won all of our tennis, basketball and football matches against

Canadian school and our PY soccer team beat Roots Soccer academy 4-0.  In water polo, we beat

St Joseph Indian High school decisively. The Individual Champions in our hugely successful and exciting Interhouse Annual Athletic Meet were Louis Dujardin, Lauren Fulnecky, Kijun Yu, Sara Jamal, Jooyoung Lee, Ankitha Mandava, Seung won Jeon, Paul Jolly and Tanvi Lal.

TISB’s commitment to culture and Internationalism is well-known throughout the country, and we have furthered this recently with our first annual Language Week, complete with interdisciplinary classes, cultural displays and street plays in French and Hindi.  During Kannada Rajyotsava we celebrated the language and culture of our state, and enjoyed a lively and fascinating Yakshagaana performance. We support the mother tongues of all of our students and are fascinated by the diversity of our campus, encompassing 30 nationalities and many more languages. There was also a colourful and exciting Ethnic Day, where we wore costumes from our native places, clubbed with an amazing Teacher’s Assembly, where we witnessed the

startling and wonderful hidden talents of our teaching faculty on stage!  Drama students recently benefitted from a stimulating International Schools Theatre Association Drama Workshop held in Jakarta, Indonesia.  Mosiqi 2010, the Senior School Cultural Evening, was a grand festival of diversity featuring dance and music from all around the world. Our Primary School Cultural Event Scheherazade 2010 was a riot of colour and talent involving every student in the PY. TISB’s commitment to the arts in an international and exploratory framework is one of the hallmarks of the school.

Another central theme at TISB is Creativity, Action and Service, and at the heart of our activities in this area this term lays VIVUM 2010, which was far and away the best VIVUM we have seen in the history of the school.  Organised magnificently by our 250 IB students, the guiding theme of VIVUM this year was embodied in the inspirational words of Mahatma Gandhi: ‘Be the change you want to see in the world.’  VIVUM 2010 also involved our first-ever TedX TISB conference, which was thought-provoking, dynamic and different.  Rahul Bose, VIVUM 2010

Chief Guest said on Twitter that our students are ‘A bunch of bright, sensitive, funny kids.  Would trust the country in their hands!’ What a positive accolade for all of our students!

We continue to visit every weekend a boy’s orphanage, an old age home for women, an AIDs hospice, a cancer hospice, a primary school for children afflicted with HIV and a school for disabled girls, and we continue to fully fund hole-in-the heart operations for poor children of the villages of Karnataka through the Sri Jayadeva Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences and Research. The operations are paid for by the VIVUM charity fund, which is comprised of the surplus raised each year by the VIVUM festival.  So far, we have saved 15 young lives in this way. Students have also raised Rs 46,000 in the student-initiated ‘Heal Haiti’ campaign for earthquake relief.

In another positive development, we opened three new science labs this term.  Our new academic block effectively doubles the teaching space available at TISB to a vast 104 classrooms. All students from pre-KG to Grade XII are in one huge building, adding to the whole-school

approach and furthering our promotion of unity across all sections of the school.  Beyond this, we are about to complete a new administrative building featuring a 400-seat auditorium, two huge examination halls, a computer laboratory and much, much more.

After conducting highly successful TISB presentations in London, Seoul, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Chennai, Mumbai and Bangalore, I can report that there is huge pressure for places at TISB and several classes are already full for next year. The students of TISB have created a culture of achievement and excitement at the school that has made it one of the most vibrant places to study in the country. Every day is full of activities and the number of children who want to come to TISB exceeds exponentially the number of places available.  Now that’s what I call success!

I close with a final helpful suggestion to parents wishing to keep their children engaged in some form of creative work over the holidays. The Principal’s Short Story competition is currently under way and the deadline for submissions (maximum 3 sides of A4, handwritten) is 15

January, 2011.  Completed stories can be submitted to your child’s English teacher at the start of next term.

On behalf of the entire TISB family, it is my great pleasure to wish you all a blessed and peaceful

Christmas holiday and a very Happy New Year!

Best wishes,






Dr Matthew Sullivan