June 2012

Dear Parents:

Having just finished off a wonderful school year full of great achievements and fond memories, I write to celebrate some of the best recent moments that we have had together.

Ashish Sharma,Utsav Shah and Krishna Chaitanya Aluru have secured perfect 800 scores in the recent SAT tests. The scholarship record set by the class of 2012 continues to rise and has now topped US$6.8 million! Aman Mantena and Shruthi Singapur have won the National Merit Scholarship in the US, an extremely prestigious academic award; Shruthi’s scholarship was sponsored by Harvey Mudd College. In the PSSS examination Pavani Veerisetti and Arul Gupta scored over 90% in all three sections. In the University of New South Wales Assessments three of our students came top in the world: Sidonie Bouthors in Science, Junewoo Yoon in Mathematics, and Navyaa Mathur in English. State toppers include Arya Singh Kumar in Mathematics, Ankit Ranjan in Computer Skills and Arul Gupta and Jeemin Kim in Science. Roohi Dalal secured a rank of 29th in the world in the International English Olympiad; Siddharth Chalasani secured 50th in the world in the International Mathematics Olympiad and 84th in the world in the National Science Olympiad. Ramya Devaraj and Roohi Dalal (each state ranked 3rd in the International English Olympiad) and Junewoo Yoon and Sriram Ganesan (respectively ranked 1st and 2nd in the International Mathematics Olympiad), were recently felicitated at a ceremony in Bangalore. Aman Fatehpuria has been inducted into the National Society of High School Scholars in the USA for his
academic excellence.

Dhruv Trigunayat has won the Principal’s Poetry Competition for an outstanding poem on the stages of life and the passage of time. Tanvi Lal has won the 1st annual Principal’s College Essay Prize for the most outstanding piece of writing in a college application. Ankit Ranjan and Arul Gupta distinguished themselves the Canadian International School debate on global awareness, placing 2nd. Navyaa Mathur and Sandya Kola performed pieces by Mozart, Schumann and Mendelssohn recently in Bangalore with the Indian National Youth Orchestra, before an audience which included the consul general of Germany. We have reached the finals in the Think Quest
application development competition organized by the Oracle Foundation, and eagerly await the results. Arjun Bharat has achieved meteoric success in world chess competitions, most recently defeating two top Grand Masters in an open championship held in Lille, France.

Students have been involved in a number of charitable initiatives, which are very praiseworthy indeed. The class of 2012 (through its fundraising at VIVUM) has donated a wide range of useful items to Swanthana, a home for disabled girls which our students visit every week; in addition to this they have funded electronic equipment for a local school for underprivileged children and have
sponsored school uniforms, school fees, books and stationery for large numbers of underprivileged children, whilst also continuing to pay for hole-in-the-heart operations for poor children at the Sri Jayadeva Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences, the most recent beneficiary being a 1-year-old baby girl. Congratulations to the Class of 2012 for its outstanding work for charity! In other grades, one
group of students has set up a website which connects potential donors with NGOs. Another group has done an in-depth study on the Dharavi slum in Mumbai, and developed a long-term program to enhance living conditions for children in the area. Another group has organized a major fundraiser in Calcutta, including a vintage car show and a pedigree dog show, which accrued over two lakhs of rupees for poor schools and villages in the area. In another initiative, thousands of stationery items have been collected and  distributed to poor children. Hundreds of trees have been planted on our beautiful campus recently in a student-run initiative that involved primary and secondary school students. Summer projects include student-run blood donation drives, an in-depth study of the educational provision for those with learning disabilities in Bangalore, and much more. Our students should be praised for their outward-looking perspective and their commitment to service in the community.

The annual school play was an incredible tour de force performance of Henrik Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People, with powerful individual and group performances that gripped the audience’s attention from beginning to end. The middle years drama showcase was an exquisite mélange of everything from Shakespeare to Snow White, with plenty of dancing, singing and sophisticated use of stage, sound and light effects; it was by far the most advanced drama performance we have seen in the middle school.

In Primary news, devised drama scripts by our primary school students have been selected for inclusion in a cross-cultural performance with schools in London through the Jagriti-Soho Theatre under 11’s Play-writing International Exchange Project 2012. Our primary school science fair was also a great triumph of experimentation, dazzling the parents with high-level scientific inquiry and
a tremendous sense of joy in learning. Our Primary Prize Day and Grade 5 Graduation was a moving tribute to the excellence of all of our students, and gave us the opportunity to praise and celebrate all of the good things that have happened this year. The Kindergarten Graduation was no less of an occasion for the parents and teachers, and we were all keenly aware of the passage of
time and the amazing potential of all children. The primary school music concert, the first of its kind to take place at TISB, was of an extraordinarily high level, and demonstrated our teachers’ and students’ commitment to absolute excellence. We have also witnessed a superb primary school art exhibition, and have enjoyed a ‘breathing art’ workshop that resulted in many wonderful images by
our young and creative students.

Although with the run-up to the examinations, sports activities have been somewhat curtailed, we have recently managed to defeat Ebenezer International School in football, and Jain International School in badminton, tennis, basketball and football. In our under-13 cricket tournament, NPS Singapore took the championship. Our inter-house swimming competitions were great community occasions enjoyed by all, as was our boarding and sports awards evening, where we celebrated the excellence of our students. In Boarding, the following students were awarded the Positive Contribution to Boarding Award: Ram Aryan Movalla, Adisorn Sribua, Pranith Polavarapu, Kijun Yu, Chirag Parvangada, Revant Kunwar, Tejasriya Kumar, Anushri Jain, Kaushiki Baheti, Shivani Mittal and Priyakorn Pandey. The Balancing Boarding and Academics Award went to Uday Saharia, Nishant Kumar, Keun Young Kim, Gaurav Premnath, Ehit Agarwal, Revant Kunwar, Krishna Chaitanya Aluru, Ameesha Patel, Madhuvanti Subramanian, Ananya Patel, Divya Mehta and Shreshtha Bhatia. The Outstanding Contribution to Sports Awards went to Paul Jolly and Tanvi Lal,
the Outstanding Sportsman Award to Nikhil Sequeira, and the Outstanding Sportswoman Award to Isha Devdas.

14 students took part in our annual Himalayan trek, which was an exhilarating feat of endurance for everyone involved, and undoubtedly an experience of a lifetime. 16 TISB students took part in the highly successful second leg of our German exchange program with Gymnasium Landau, whose students visited us in October. Our students’ experience in Germany was full of amazing cultural and historical learning, interspersed with plenty of fun and socialization. Our business students were able to benefit recently from a visit to the largest shirt manufacturer in India, Bombay Rayons, and to learn a great deal about the garment industry through the visit. It was a great pleasure to spend an evening with Prof. Venky Panchapagesan of IIMB, who is a TISB parent, and to learn from
his address to our students of the intricacies, risks and excitements of the world of finance. A group of 18 students is currently enjoying the National University of Singapore Science Summer Camp, an annual event that always leads to scientific inspiration. Preparations are underway for a fabulous TISB MUN when school resumes in August, and a large number of students will be participating in the Harvard Model United Nations competition in Hyderabad in August, where Ashish Sharma will be acting a Assistant Director. There is also currently a creative technology course running at school, and later in the summer holidays we will have an SAT preparation course.

In alumni news, Harsh Desai has taken up a summer internship as an analyst with the investment banking group Morgan Stanley. Risabh Joshi has been accepted into the MSc accounting and finance program at the London School of Economics and Sukhmani Singh has been accepted into the Kelley School of Business at the University of Indiana after having topped the entire University in the Computers in Business course. Aditya dev Gupta has been granted a competitive paid research position at Stanford University’s computer science department. Alok Sharma has been awarded the Tolentino Scholarship at Purdue University, and has been involved in a biological engineering research project in the department of industrial and physical pharmacy.

As always is the case whenever I sit down to write to parents about the latest developments at TISB, I have no shortage of material to share! The students at the school are extremely talented and positive people who are a joy to teach and to be with. I wish you and your families a wonderful summer holiday, full of peace and happiness together, and I look forward to seeing you all refreshed and invigorated when we start next year’s school session in August.

Best wishes,

Dr Matthew Sullivan