Indian School Darsait organized its 26th Annual Day Celebrations at Le Grand Hall, Al-Falaj Hotel on December 01, 2018 with great verve. The function began with the prelude to the Royal Anthem of Oman and the rendering of National Anthem of India, followed by a video presentation on Crowd Safety Management.
The Chief Guest, His Excellency Shri Munu Mahawar, Ambassador of India to the Sultanate of Oman inaugurated the function by lighting the ceremonial lamp in the benign presence of the Guest of Honour, Dr. Baby Sam Saamuel, Chairman, BoD, Indian Schools in Oman and an august gathering of distinguished dignitaries and invited guests. Mr. Jaikish Pavithran, President and Members of the School Management Committee, Principal, Educational Advisor & Head Academics from Board of Directors, Indian Schools in Oman, Principals of other Indian Schools in Oman, Media Persons, administrators, staff, parents, students, and a good number of well-wishers graced the occasion.
The function began with classical dance invoking the blessings of Supreme followed by the Welcome Address by the School Head Boy, Harikeshav Pramodu. The SEN department presented Handmade Chocolate Bouquets and Block Printed Jackets to welcome the Chief Guest and Guest of Honour.
Addressing the ISD fraternity Mr. Jaikish Pavithran, President, SMC congratulated the school on this ecstatic occasion and elucidated through an anecdote urging the students to learn core values like discipline, integrity etc. which is the essence of education. He exhorted the students to achieve self-realization viewing oneself through the ‘third-eye’.
Dr. Sridevi P. Thashnath, Principal ventured into digital presentation of the Annual Report for the year 2018-19, after her introductory remarks stating that ISD has now become the dream destination for the student’s community in Muscat. The report highlighted the continued march of yet another glorious year of success. This year’s annual day celebration marked the release of the Silver Jubilee Souvenir by H.E. Munu Mahawar, who presented the First Copy of the Souvenir to Mr. Ajit Vasudevan, Convener SMC & Chairman, Silver Jubilee Celebrations.
Addressing the gathering the Chief Guest commended the Indian School system in Oman especially the roles played by the Board of Directors and the Management Committees. He expressed his happiness for being a part of 26th Annual Day Celebrations of ISD. He encouraged the stakeholders to continue their stride with enhancing activities and urged them to do their best so that better result would follow.
In his key-note address, the Guest of Honour, Dr. Baby Sam Saamuel noted that “Annual Day celebrations are occasions for review of knowing where we stand now, and commit ourselves for a better academic year. It is also an occasion for your devotion to school and the school’s devotion to you. It manifests a well-organized and well managed event that shows school’s capacity for excellence and quality”. He congratulated the self-confident and self-empowered student community, the wonderfully dedicated teaching community and the adept SMC, all joining hands and creating such ‘a magnum opus’ in this evening. He advised the students to set bench marks in everything they do by constantly raising the bar, to seek the truth getting out of the comfort zones and to support each other for collaboration and not for survival.
The Chief Guest gave away awards to those Subject Teachers of Classes X & XII who garnered the CBSE National Topper Awards for their students, to teachers for long service, Excellence Awards to Winners of Various Titles for the academic year 20118-19 & Ceremonial Heads and Coordinators of the Student Council and trophies to Runners-up and Champions for Inter-house cultural events & Overall Champions.
The President, SMC presented mementos to the Chief Guest and Guest of Honour as a token of love and gratitude.
The entire programme was interspersed with a gallery of cultural extravaganza ranging from inspiring dance drama My India My Pride by the SEN Department which invoked patriotism and instilled the value of inclusive education; enthralling Classical & Rajasthani Folk dances by senior school children, mellifluous Bengali group song, the thought-provoking mime that depicted the invincible spirit of the fishermen community and the Indian Armed Forces during the devastating deluge of Kerala, to mind boggling tribute to Bollywood by tiny-tots and a kaleidoscopic performance of traditional dance forms of various states of India by the primary kids.
Anannya Jaikish, the School Head Girl proposed vote of thanks followed by the Closing Prayer which marked the end of the programme.