Message From our Principal
Creating Leaders of Tomorrow
Issue 68, December 2013
The month of November has been very exhilarating, busy and fulfilling. It has been a month full of activities with students showcasing their talent and skills in organizing and taking part in curricular and extra-curricular performances.
TEACHER IN-HOUSE TRAINING :
Our PYP class room teachers, music teachers, art teacher, dance teacher and the physical education teachers attended an in-house two day IB Workshop on school campus on 15th and 16th November to enhance their understanding and appreciation of the IB PYP strands. It was conducted by an IB trained and authorized workshop leader.
IB PYP INTER-SCHOOL ATHLETICS MEET:
It was our turn to hold an inter-school competition among the local IB PYP schools of Hyderabad. Around 150 students from various IB PYP schools, including our students, took part in the IB PYP Inter-School athletics meet. Young athletics participated in various field and track events. On the basis of total points earned by the participants of the schools, our school was declared the overall champion. Hearty congratulations to all the winners and participants!
SYMPOSIUM ON GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP:
Being an international school, the idea of a global citizen is not new to us. Yet we felt it important to bring students of international schools to debate on what it means to be a global citizen and the importance of understanding, appreciating and making a difference locally. The Symposium was a collaboration between our school and the Think Global School residing on our campus. As the Key-note speaker, our CEO Lt. Gen. Arjun Ray explained to the young audience the importance of Think globally and act locally. Irrespective of the passport that one may hold, it is important to strive to contribute and understand the local issues, customs and cultures to promote lasting peace in the world.
The Symposium was attended by the students of local IB schools and the students of the host schools – IISH and TGS. The Chief Guest Mr.Hari Kumar, Principal in Deloitte LLP and the managing principal for Deloitte U.S. India offices (USI), in his speech, brought out the importance of understanding and embracing globalism as a way forward. The Panelists Ms.Anjum Babukhan(Glendale Academy), Oli Hancock(Principal – ISH), Mr.Hari Kumar, and Dr.Ashwin Joshi shared their views and experience as global citizens. The Panel was moderated by Mr.Alun Cooper, HOS, TGS.
In the Breakout sessions, 18 student groups, each consisting of 8 to 10 students of different participating school, discussed, debated on one of three topics that were given to them. At the end the findings of the student groups were presented to the audience by the nominated students. The symposium has definitely made young minds to get a better understanding and perspective of the often spoken word global citizen.
SCHOOL ORCHESTRA, TGS FAREWELL AND RAMAYANA :
In our endeavor to provide whole education to our students, we had resolved, at the beginning of this academic year, to train a 25 member School Orchestra and Choir. We were able to fulfill this promise to a large extent when we our school Orchestra and Choir performed on 29-November in the school amphitheatre to the applause of their friends and parents.
The day was full of suspense with clouds hovering over the sky constantly throwing the threat of a downpour. But our prayers were heard and the evening was pleasant and filled with loud applause as our school orchestra performed. The Orchestra performance was followed by the School Choir singing some melodies. After that what followed was a true understanding and appreciation of local culture and beliefs. TGS and IISH students brought alive the story of the Indian great epic Ramayana. Starting from the birth of Rama, Sita and abduction of Sita and the ultimate triumph of good over evil, the performance of IISH and TGS students kept the audience spellbound.
The cultural performances were followed by emotional speeches by IISH and TGS students and staff. Mr.Alun Cooper, HOS, TGS, expressed his appreciation and happiness at being a part of Indus for the last four months.
It was an evening in celebration of our strong belief in whole education.
As we head into the short month of December, let me take this opportunity to wish you and your family warm holiday wishes.
Dec 6 – Half yearly exams begin for Grades 9 and 11
Dec 10 – Half yearly exams begin for Grades 6-8
Dec 17 – Half yearly exams end
Dec 18 – Winter Vacation Starts for Students
Dec 20 – Winter Vacation Starts for Teachers/ Teacher Central Leadership Retreat begins at IISB
Jan 5 – Boarders Return
Jan 6 – School Reopens for Students after Winter Vacation
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