As we approach our first major assessment of the new year it is a good time to reflect on a very successful and active summer holiday. Our students enjoyed unparalleled and unprecedented degrees of global exposure this summer, with large groups attending the national University of Singapore Science Summer School, a Spanish Language Course in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, a student exchange to Warwick School, UK, including a visit to Oxford and Warwick Universities, the Hong Kong Polytechnic Business Challenge, the Paigaam Indo-Pak student conference in Mumbai, the Global Young Leaders Conference in Washington and New York, and many other individual initiatives including charitable work, internships, summer schools and extra-curricular academic projects. To one and all who took such initiatives up over the summer, my hearty congratulations and commendations.
Our IB results, placements and scholarships have been very pleasing, with Sagar Batchu topping the school with 44 points. Sagar is taking a social service gap year whilst preparing for IIT and Ivy League entry requirements. Divya Bharadwaj [43 points] has started her Liberal arts course at Brown University, and Avinash Rao [42 points] will be off to London School of Economics any day now. Janani Ramachandran [42 points] is now at Stanford starting her Political Science degree; Vishesh Dewan [41 points] is taking a gap year and then aiming for Imperial College London for Physics, where his elder sister Disha [TISB Alumna] is already studying. Jeong Woo Choi and Shreyas Kumar [41 points] are both headed for the exclusive Engineering programme at the extremely selective Harvey Mudd College (California), Keerthana Kumar [41 points] to Carnegie Mellon University for Computer Science, Dhivya Perumal [40 points] to Wellesley College, Massachusetts, for Liberal Arts and Ashutosh Khetan [40 points] to University College London for Economics. These are just a few of our many superb results which we celebrate this year.
Our IGCSE students have broken all records this year, with six students – Rhea Karia, Omkar Vichare, Shruthi Singapur, Paul Jolly, Damini Ghosh and Riddhima Aggarwal – gaining a perfect 10A* across all subjects. Devesh Saraf and Nishant Desai have came joint-toppers among 1.5 million students across the globe after both obtained 100% in the Mathematics paper. In addition to this, several students topped in India in particular subjects: Omkar Vichare (Computer Studies), Riddhima Aggarwal (Biology), Swetha Sethuram (Drama), Parigna Praveen (English Literature & Music) and Jae Hyung Park (Chinese Language). Damini Ghosh placed third in India across all subjects. Mr Ian Chambers, Regional Director of Cambridge International Education has recently come to praise these students in person for their outstanding examination performances. We, the teachers of TISB add our fondest congratulations to all of these distinguished students for their achievements. An amazing 75% of all IGCSE examinations taken at TISB in 2010 were graded A* or A, making us without question one of the top IGCSE schools in the world. Prize Day this week will be a celebration of these and many other outstanding milestones gained by our talented student body.
In other great academic news, Lee Tae Young, Rakesh Gowni and Tara Kola have recently secured perfect 800 scores in the SAT, whilst Tara Kola and Sireesh Gururaja have been commended in the US National Merit Scholarship Programme. In the PSSS examination Nishant Desai, Chirag Govardhan, Meera Hejmadi, Kushwant James, Kratika Mishra, Nikhil Rao and Ishan Somshekar scored over 90% in all 3 tests (meaning they are better than 90% of all test-takers worldwide). In the National Science Olympiad Alexander Scruton, Abhyudhay Atal, Arushi Goyal Gupta and Santosh Kartikeyan are all ranked under 200 and in the International Mathematics Olympiad Alexander Scruton ranked 50 and Arushi Goyal Gupta 47. Avni Fatehpuria and Sriram Ganesan have secured scholarships in the National Talent Search Examinations and Karuna Kadam won an educational trip to China after winning an international writing competition sponsored by EF Education. Byungyeong Yang has won the Principal’s Book Review competition while his sister Chaeyeong Yang has won both the poetry and essay prize, and Tanvi Lal and Chitrak Mitra the Short Story prize. Neeraja Mohan has had her carnatic violin arangetram in Bangalore to great acclaim. Ganapathy Nallasivan has been sponsored by the British Council to attend the Global Youth Summit in London this November: only 60 students from India were selected from a pool of 1400 applicants.
Our sporting calendar has started off well with participation in the Bishop Cottons Girls Hockey Tournament, during which we beat Sacred Heart School 5-0 and eventually came in third place with Dhivya Mehta receiving the Best Player Award. In the Mallya Aditi Sports Fest we were victorious over St Joseph’s in Senior Boys’ Basketball (24-22). We also drew with Vidhyashilp School 1-1 in a Senior Boys’ Hockey match. In the Jain International School invitational tournament our Senior Boys Hockey
team beat Indus 4-0 and Jain 2-1 to win the Championship. Our Girls Soccer team has reached the semi- finals as has our Junior Boys Badminton team and our Senior Boys Tennis team. We have also won the Swimming Championship by a wide margin. In the cross-country races Katharina Ann Hildenbrand, Samantha Alexander, Meher Piplani, Sai Karthik Padmanaban, Paul Jolly and Anirudh Krishnan Kormaralingam all placed within the top 10 with Sai Karthik Padmanaban placing 2nd. A great start for all of our sportspeople after only a few weeks in school!
In Alumni news Akshay Bareja, now studying for his D.Phil in Biological Sciences at Oxford University, has published a paper in The Journal of Cell Science on the treatment of muscular dystrophy. Nishant Nagpal, Head Boy of the Class of 2005, who just graduated from Northwestern University, has recently been appointed to a consultancy at Deloitte and Touché of Chicago. Advait Sarkar of the class of 2009, studying Computer Science at Cambridge University, has won an Exhibition Scholarship on the basis of his excellent performance in his first-year examinations. Aashish Chaturvedi of the class of 2009 has been elected to Alpha Kappa Psi, one of the oldest professional business fraternities in America, which has a chapter at the Kelly School of Business, Indiana, where he is studying. Vinay Anicatt, who relocated to the UK after the 10th grade two years ago, has been admitted to Oxford University to study Politics, Philosophy and Economics.
We have welcomed 240 new students to TISB this year and now have 970 students on our rolls. I have already visited Mumbai, Hyderabad and Chennai this term to meet prospective students and parents for next year and will be in Ahmedabad on Sunday 10th October, 2010, Seoul on Saturday 16th October, 2010, London on 29th & 30th October, 2010, Dubai on Friday 21st January, 2011 and Bangkok on Sunday 6th February, 2011 to deliver presentations on our school.
Preparations for VIVUM 2010, which will occur on 1st, 2nd and 3rd October, 2010 are well under way, and this year’s theme is the evocative quotation from Mahatma Gandhi: ‘Be the change you want to see in the world’. This is an inspirational message that will live forever!
We wish you and your families a tremendously successful year ahead as we again aim high in all that we do at TISB.
Dr Matthew Sullivan