From the Principal’s Desk:
The main activity this
quarter was the preparation and production of our Founders’
Day Programme at the Sophia Bhabha Auditorium. The entire
process involves every student from Std. V to X. The result
is a production for the parents. It is a great time for
learning and team-work.
This year Std. V performed
a multi-cultural chanting, and a lively Koli Dance. Std. VI
danced to a set of spirituals, and performed a musical piece
as the orphans in the play, Oliver. Std. VII performed a
play which was a take-off on the Mahabharat. Std. VIII, IX
and X produced the English musical play, Oliver.
While Middle and Senior
School children were performing, Junior School was busy with
their Project work. This is a highlight of their learning.
The project topics this year were : Lower Prep - Wild
Animals, Upper Prep - Plants, Std. I - Food, Std. II Road
Transport, Std. III - Mumbai and Std. IV - Discoveries and
Our ex-students of the
Class of 2005 conducted a mock UN session called UNIS for
all our students of Std. VIII, IX and X. This is a very
effective way of introducing our students to current
affairs, and preparing themselves for other inter-school
model UN sessions.
Our students showered the
teachers with love and affection on Teachers’ Day. Thank you
one and all for the wonderful expressions of your love.
Dr. Manil Suri, writer and
Mathematician came as a guest lecturer for students of Std.
VIII, IX and X and spoke to them about the relevance of
Fibonacci Numbers in real life situations.
Workshops: Every year we organize artisans from the
Paramparik Karigar to come to school and expose our students
to various art forms. This year Std. VI experienced
Miniature Painting, Std. VII had Palm Etching and Std. VIII
had a Lehariya session.
Mr. Kishore Mariwala
addressed Std. V on his sailing experiences. The photographs
of his expeditions to Lakshadweep were very captivating.
Middle School students
recited poems on the Monsoon in Hindi. Middle and Senior
School students were asked to speak for a minute on
extempore topics which were given on the spot. Some of our
more talkative ones “lost their voice” yet others were able
to speak very well. For the first time students of Lower
Prep came up on stage to perform in their very first
assembly. Thank you, our little stars!
Middle School had a Hindi
elocution on the theme of humour. The poems were well
We had a Marathi
Elocution, open to Middle and Senior School. The response
this time was excellent. Instead of only Middle School, as
in the past, we had a clear representation of participants
from Senior School as well. The speakers were very clear and
The following debates were
held this quarter: Senior School (Hindi), Mahatma Gandhi -
Father of the Nation or Divider of the Nation? Winning
House: Gamma, Best Speaker, Siddharth Joshi, 2nd
Place, Sanjna Merchant and Samia Ellias. Middle School
(English) International Sporting Events create a Spirit of
Brotherhood and Unity among Nations. Winning House: Gamma.
Best speaker: Priyanka Mariwala, 2nd Place Neel
Karpe. Middle School (Hindi) A society dependent on servants
is an unsafe one. Winning House: Alpha, Best Speaker: Alisha
Sonawala, 2nd Place: Ziya Jaffer.
field trips were organized for the Junior School. Std. I
visited Nature’s Basket, Sophia Catering College, Crawford
Market in connection with their project on food. At Nature’s
Basket, each child shopped for Rs. 10! Std. I visited
Shantivan in connection with the World of Senses. Bombay
Papierie gave Std. I an opportunity to see recycling in
action. They also visited the Cathedral Infant School to see
a project on Sound. The Xavier’s Resource Centre for the
visually challenged is where Std. I students realized the
importance of sight. Std. II visited the Science Centre,
Wadala Bus Depot, Mercedes Benz Workshop, the Petrol Pump
and the Traffic Park, in connection with their project on
Road Transport. Std. I, IV and VIII (on separate occasions)
visited Mascot Labs to understand the chemistry behind which
certain cosmetic products are formulated. All classes
experienced it at their own level. Std. III visited Mani
Bhavan to see a documentary on the life of Gandhiji. They
also vsited the Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum, to understand what
Mumbai looked like in the past. Std. III did a “Mumbai
Darshan” as part of their project. They also visited the
Jammu and Kashmir Emporium to appreciate the
craftsmanship.Std. IV visited the Discovery of India
exhibition at the Nehru Science Centre in connection with
their Social studies Classes. Std. IV also visited the
Weaver’s Centre in order to understand this ancient art.
V had a unique opportunity to hone their persuasive skills
during a visit to Trikaya Gray.
VII visited the Max Mueller Bhavan and experienced an hour
of German Language Instruction as part of the Institutes
ICSE Inter-school Aquatic
Meet: Girls Under 8: Muskaan Tolani, 1st place 50
mt. Free Style and 2nd Place, 50 mt. Backstroke;,
Ariesa Mongia 3rd Place, 50 mt. Free Style and 2nd
Place 50 mt. Back Stroke. Mumbai DSO Swimming: Natasha
Merchant 2nd Place 200 mt. Butterfly and 2nd
Place 100 mt. Butterfly; Rahul Kapoor, 2nd Place,
50 mt. Backstroke and 3rd Place, 100 mt. Free
Style. The Girls Relay team won 3rd Place in both
Free Style and Medley Relay with Natasha, Tavishi, Sakshi
and Dwitya. The Boys Relay team also won 3rd
place in both Free Style and Medley Relay with Rahul,
Akshaye, Akhilesh and Arnav. Well done, all our swimming
Jehan Daboo won 4th
place at the Bombay Gymkhana Badminton Tournament. The
Bombay City District Amateur Athletic Meet had Rushil Mehta
in 1st Place in the 400 mt., Yash Dalal 3rd
Place for the 200 mt., Arkin Isharani 4th Place
in the 200 mts. and Sakshi Mehta 4th Place in the
200 mt. events. It is great to have so many participants in
Inter School events. Inter-House Table Tennis Singles, Under
16 Boys, Siddharth Joshi 1st, Vir Singh 2nd,
Jaydev Amersey 3rd Place. Under 16 Girls, Akshita
Shah 1st, Monaz Irani 2nd, Sunayna
Gurnani 3rd Place. Under 14 Boys, Vikramaditya
Joshi 1st, Neel Karpe 2nd, Yash Dalal,
3rd. Under 14 Girls, Natasha Merchant 1st,
Anushka Agarwal 2nd, Kanika Basu 3rd
Place. Under 12 Boys, Aakanksh Mody 1st, Sohel
Shah 2nd, Veer Parekh 3rd Place. Under
12 Girls, Arusha Ellias 1st, Ananya Johri 2nd,
Shivani Suresh 3rd Place. Under 10 Boys, Vedant
Mehta 1st, Shanay Mehta 2nd, Veer
Makim 3rd Place. Under 10 Girls, Saloni Sanwalka
1st, Surabhi Batra 2nd Place.
Inter-house Table Tennis
Doubles, Under 16 Boys, 1st, Siddharth Joshi/Vir
Singh, 2nd Krutarth Jhaveri/Jaydev Amersey, 3rd
Vedant Munshi/Rushil Mehta. Under 16 Girls, 1st,
Harshini Parikh/Anushka Doshi, 2nd, Akshita Shah/Monaz
Irani, 3rd, Saumya Dalal/Sunayna Gurnaney. Under
14 Boys 1st, Mrinal Trivedi/Yash Dalal, 2nd,
Jahan Bativala/Vikramaditya Joshi, 3rd, Rahul
Kapoor/Abhishek Dhawan. Under 14 Girls 1st Mili
Sanwalka/Anushka Agarwal, 2nd Mubaraka Ezzuddin/Dwitya
Sapre, 3rd Natasha Merchant/Tavishi Pandey.
Under 12 Boys 1st
Aakansh Mody/Aniruddh Amersey, 2nd Anshuman Mor/Rana
Mukhi 3rd Veer Parikh/Sohel Shah.
Under 12 Girls 1st
Arusha Ellias/Shivani Suresh 2nd Ananya Johri/Bianca
Contractor 3rd Sanaa Jethani/Iyanah Bativala
Under 10 Boys 1st Shanay Mehta/Vedant Mehta 2nd
Shiv Makim/Veer Makim 3rd Miran Dalal/Vyom Sheth.
Inter House Chess Under
16 Boys 1st Rahil Sayed 2nd Jaydev
Amersey 3rd Vedant Munshi Under 16 Girls 1st
Bhakti Parekh, 2nd Aangi Shah, 3rd
Under 14 Boys 1st
Namit Mehta, 2nd Akshay Shah, 3rd Jai
Mathias Under 14 Girls 1st Gaurika Rai, 2nd
Sakshi Mehta, 3rd Natasha Merchant Under 12 Boys
1st Aniruddh Amersey, 2nd Kabir
Karamchandani, 3rd Mehul Gawde Under 12 Girls 1st
Avantika Mehra Under 10 Boys 1st Shiv Madhok, 2nd
Ishaan Madhok, 3rd Siddarth Shah Under 10 Girls 1st
Wyoma Chudsama, 2nd Shanaya Munot, 3rd
Tania Tobacowala Under 8 Boys 1st Karun
Krishnamurthy 2nd Niall Shah, 3rd
Shihan Palkhivala Under 8 Girls 1st Aria Panchal,
2nd Riana Shah, 3rd Diya Chitrabhanu.
Inter House Badminton
Singles Under 16 Boys 1st Gaurav Doshi, 2nd
Samarth Gwalani, 3rd Krutarth Jhaveri Under 16
Girls Harshini Parikh, 2nd Bhakti Parekh, 3rd
Sunayana Gurnani Under 14 Boys 1st Mirnal
Trivedi, 2nd Neel Karpe, 3rd Akshay
Shah Under 14 Girls 1st Gaurika Rai,2nd
Tanvi Nayar, 3rd Tavishi Pandey Under 12 Boys 1st
Jehan Daboo, 2nd Cyrus Lalkaka, 3rd
Aakansh Mody Under 12 Girls 1st Renee Row, 2nd
Aananya Daniel Under 10 Boys 1st Sahaj Parekh, 2nd
Inter House Cricket
Senior Boys Winners Beta House Runners up Gamma House.
Inter House Football
Seniors girls Winners Alpha House Runners up Beta House.
Chess Carnival ICSE Inter
School Tournament conducted by Beacon High School and Bombay
Chess Tournament Ritvik Radhakrishnan 3 out of 7 Rounds
Sara Mehta 2 out of 7 Rounds Under 10 Years Aniruddh Amersey
4.5 out of 7 Rounds Shanaya Munot 3 out of 7 Rounds Under 12
Years Namit Mehta 4 out of 7 Rounds Gaurika Rai 1 out of 7
Rounds Above 12 Years Mrinal Trivedi 4 out of 7 Rounds,
Bhakti Parekh 4 out of 7 Rounds.
Training Sessions for the
IGCSE subjects, English language, Math, Chemistry and
Biology were held in Delhi and Hyderabad. Our teachers
attended these sessions.
Some of our teachers have
enrolled for the Cambridge Diploma for Teachers and
Trainers. We are now a full-fledged Cambridge Centre.
We are happy to observe
that our electronic communication is now gaining more
popularity. Only very essential notices are now being sent
as paper copies.
On July 12th
Dr. Pervin Dadachanji addressed parents of LP to IV on the
issue of Bullying in schools. Although not very well
attended, it was a very lively and interesting session.
Parents were able to express their concerns.
Middle School Parents met
with Mrs. Asha Sundarajan and had a lively session on a
creative problem-solving approach to Math Teaching.
On September 13th,
Partho addressed a joint meeting of parents from JB, BIS and
other schools by invitation, on Conscious Parenting. The
session was held at Shantivan gardens.
We have been trying to
organize varied sessions for parents. The attendance has
been extremely low. We would like some feedback in order to
plan for future sessions.
We now have
wonderful Audio Visual Equipment in the AV Room, which has
been donated. We also have a Projector and Computer in Std.
VIII and it has really revolutionized the teaching in the
classroom. We hope to have more such facilities throughout
Our Counselor attended a
workshop on The Whole School Quality Circle Time Model
conducted by The Teacher Foundation. This is a unique way to
promote positive behaviour within a structured approach.
Some of the techniques learned were shared with our own
The Teacher Foundation is
also having a series of small workshops in Shishuvan School
in Dadar, during September and October. Teachers from
various disciplines are attending these workshops and
sharing the material with the others.
Podar School invited us to
a one-day workshop entitled, “Drama in Education.” All these
initiatives contribute to the professional development of
It is with great pleasure
that I would like to inform the Parent Body that the total
collection to date is Rs. 1,58,99,091.
We appreciate each and
every person’s contribution, and thank all of you who have
As a school we decided to
involve all the students and initiate a fund-raising drive
in which we collect for Bihar. Shiva Row of Std. VII made a
short film clip, which was shared with all the students in
our regular Assembly. Thereafter each class thought of their
own innovative means of raising funds. The strategies ranged
from selling hand-made bookmarks and cards, stationery,
Newspaper drives, Door-to-door collections and a canteen of
Goodies during short break. The response from the students
has been overwhelming and indeed heartening as it has been
entirely a student driven effort. Some staff members
voluntarily contributed a day’s salary towards the fund. The
total collection has been Rs. 1,17,937. The write-up in
Times of India on 28th September caused a great
deal of excitement. We will keep each of you informed about
how the funds are utilized. Well done, Way to Go, BIS!
International Links: Std. V has been corresponding with Copley School, and there is great
joy in sending and receiving letters.
advertised an online competition on an essay, photographic
write-up or short film on any aspect of our school life. We
suggested this to the VII and VIII Classes, and some
students have submitted their online entries. We hope to
collect all these, and share them with the others in the
Once again, we
have been invited to send four students to the Sunburst
Youth Camp in Singapore. This is open to students of Std.
IX. The entire class participated in the process, and with
great difficulty a panel of teachers has selected Jaydev
Amersey, Krutarth Jhaveri, Monaz Irani and Mahita Ajmera to
be our representatives. They will go along with four
students from Cathedral School, accompanied by a Cathedral
teacher. The dates coincide with our Annual Examinations,
and the students will attend the camp, as well as do the
exams. This is the true BIS spirit of being able to balance
both hard work and co curricular experiences.
We have been making a concerted effort in school to ensure
that students are neatly dressed, and the hair is of a
respectable length. While we are liberal in our approach to
education, there are certain norms of behaviour that are
simply not acceptable. Being rude to one another, using
abusive language and resorting to physical violence simply
cannot be accepted. The teachers will take necessary steps
to ensure that the students are respectful to every-one in
the school. Our efforts are not possible unless parents
co-operate with the School Authorities and reinforce similar
values at home. We are all here to ensure that our students
receive a good education. I urge the parents to also adhere
to the school rules.
Once again, I
remind you, that my visiting hours are on Tuesday and
Thursday mornings. It may not be possible for me to give you
time when you come in to school for another commitment,
unless of course it is an emergency. If we all follow simple
respectful ways, it will enable us to work as a very
effective team. Please do come and meet me to discuss issues
which pertain to BIS and are of concern, and/or joy to any
forward to our Annual School Fete, organized by the Student
Government and the Primary Variety Entertainment.
Parents are to meet on October 7th in the AV Room
to discuss options for next year.
I would like
to take this opportunity to wish each and every one of you