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On the 14th December 2019, ISI, hosted its 31st Annual Sports Meet & P T Dispaly on the school campus, a day filled with   excitement and frolicsome atmosphere experienced admist thrills, shrills and cheers renting the air. The program began with a prayer song followed by Royal Anthem and national anthem.

The chief Guest of the day was Engineer. Hamad Bin Khamis Bin Rashid Al Hatmi, President, Ibri Sports Club, who was given a red carpet welcome at the school entrance by the members of the school Management Committee, the principal, the staff and the students and followed by guard of honour by the student council led by the head boy Mast. Abhijay Anoop Nair and the head girl Ms. Lindsey R. Macedo. The chief guest hoisted the school sports flag and declared the 31st Annual Sports meet open by releasing the pigeons as a symbol of peace and serenity. The chief guest accepted the salute of the dazzling march past. Then with the school flag flying  high the contingents comprising of the students of the four houses marched in unison. The Sports Captain administered the oath which instilled a feeling of amiability among the participants. The sports Torch was carried by the head boy and the Head girl of the school and passed on to the captains of four houses and finally passed on to Master Gowri Shankar Manoj, the sports captain and the best athlete of the year 2019-20.

The presence of Dr. Thomas Varghese, president of the school management committee, Dr. Vijay Shanmugam, Mr. Jamal Hassan and the other committee members added colour to the occasion. The august gathering was welcomed by the enchanting words of Mr. V. S. Suresh, principal. Next, the chief guest spoke on the importance of sports and how it enhances teamwork and cooperation. He wholeheartedly thanked everyone for inviting him as a chief guest. This was followed by the SMC president, Dr. Thomas Varghese, who thanked the chief guest for accepting the invitation. He insisted the students that the school is a platform for the students to bring out their  hidden talents and he advised the students that sports is not about winning but it is also about participation, teamwork and sportsmanship which add icing on the cake.

The events filled in the hearts of everyone with the spirit of sportsmanship and unity. The students displayed a wide array of colourful and reverberant events. They mesmerised the audience with their energetic performances. The mass drill by primary and senior students such as Saree drill, Aerobics and pyramid display remained as the main attraction of the mega event. The purpose of these drills is to sharpen students’ abilities and to stay them on task. To watch them doing drill in synchronization was a feast to the eyes. The Parent events such as Tug of war, track events added to the charm with almost all parents exhibiting tremendous amount of zeal and courage to fight to the finish amid cheers from their children.  Medals aren’t really made of gold; they are made of sweat and determination. The much awaited moment of the day, Prize Distribution ceremony was seen with excitement everywhere. It was evident that the students worked hard and gave their best in all the sports events. On this special occasion the chief guest released school’s E-Magazine “Illuminare” to give a platform for the students to express their creativity.

The chief guest congratulated the winners and gave away the prizes. The Blue House clinched the overall championship trophy, the Runner up trophy by the Yellow House. In the marching event, Red House won the first position; Blue House won the second position. Dr. Thomas Varghese, felicitated the chief guest with a memento. The school flag was lowered with dignity and reverence as a sign of closing the current year’s Sports Meet. The Principal officially closed the Sports Meet of the year 2019 after receiving the school flag, to carry on the meet for the coming year 2020. Mr. Kurian Thomas, senior activity coordinator, proposed the vote of thanks.  

Indian School Ibri celebrated 49th National Day on 18th November 2019, with pride and festivity under the visionary leadership of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said.

A special assembly was conducted in the morning. Ms. Janani a student of class IX gave the welcome speech. It was followed by Mr. Suresh V. S. , the Principal who thanked His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said who has been a guiding light of Oman’s prosperity in all walks of life and urged the students to inform their parents to take part in the loyalty march to express love and solidarity to His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Said and Oman. During his speech, he spoke on the importance of Oman from the past to the present. A special power point presentation that showcased Oman’s past glories and present marvels was screened in the auditorium. The spirit of patriotism and the colour of celebration were in the air as the students displayed the traditional omani culture by singing Arabic songs praising His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said and Oman. The Programme culminated with singing of the royal anthem followed by the national anthem. 


The loyalty and gratitude march was held on the 19th of November, 2019. The chief guest His Excellency Dr. Hamed Hamdan Saif Al Rubaie, presided over the function besides the president of the SMC, Dr. Thomas Varghese, Members & Office Bearers of Former and present SMC,  Principal Mr. Suresh V. S., teachers, students and parents who took part in loyalty and gratitude march  to express their loyalty and belonging to Oman and  His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said. During the marching, the students carried out the portraits of the great leader raised their slogans praising His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said. Teachers and students came to school wearing colours that resembled the Omani flag in celebration of the special day.  

Indian School Ibri celebrated its 27th Arts Festival with glitz and glamour in the school auditorium on the 26th of October 2019.The Arts Festival, the festival of talents’ aims to bring out the dormant talents of students and give them scope for creative expressions.

Mr. P Kannan Nair, Second Secretary (Consular) Indian Embassy, Muscat,graced the occasion as the chief guest at the closing ceremony. He was given a red carpet welcome at the school entrance by the members of SMC, the Principal, staff and students followed by the guard of honour by the student council led by the Head boy Mast. AbhijayAnoop and Head girl Ms. Lindsey R. Macedo.

The Principal, V S Suresh, extended a warm welcome to everyone. During his speech, he expressed his sincere thanks to His majesty Sultan Qaboosbin Said. He thanked all the parents and teachers for their efforts and hard work. He advised the students to build their confidence by taking part in the cultural events. He also  congratulated all the winners and imparted the knowledge that winning is not important but to take part holds success. Next, Dr. Thomas Varghese, the President of SMC, greeted the chief guest, other dignitaries and the audience. He thanked the former presidents, members of the SMC for their sincere contributions and welcomed each one for the 27th Arts Festival.He thanked the chief guest whole heartedly for gracing the occasion. He said that the school has set standards and goals in the area of academics, sports, discipline, leadership and more. He referred to the Arts Festival as a show case for the development of the mind and body.

SMCConvenor, Mr. M.P. Unnikrishnan, Treasurer, Mr. Firoz Hussain, Members, Mr. Jamal Hassan, Dr. Vijay Shanmugam, Dr. SureshBalakrishnan,  former presidents Mr. T.S. Daniel, Mr. Abdul GafoorQuadri, Parents and Well wishersgraced the occasion.

The chief guest thanked the SMC for giving him an opportunity to visit Ibri. He sincerely thanked His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said for his generosity in allowing us to follow Indian culture in the Sultanate of Oman. He exhorted the Indian community members of Ibri to be grateful to the founders of the school who underwent enormous difficulties in establishing the school. Moreover, he firmly believed that the school is an example for international cooperation by giving admissions to foreign students and promoting awareness of multiple cultures. Finally, he wished all the participants & winners of the arts festival.

On Thursday the 27th Arts Festival ceremony was inaugurated by the Head Girl Ms. LincyR Macedo,by lighting the traditional lamp. Master Levin RMacedo, the deputy head boy welcomed the gathering,Master Dennis Suresh, the prefect of Yellow House compered the programme and Master Sreyams Sunil, the prefect of Blue House proposed the vote of thanks.

The competitions were done in four days.In the morning of the5thSaturday,recitation, extempore, elocution mimicry and monoact were the highlight.In the morning of the 19th, Saturdaythe artistic talents of the children like western vocal, Indian vocal, Indian classical song, Instrumental Music, group song, fancy dress,extempore,etc, were performed. On25thFriday,solodance creative and solo dancefolk for the students were held.The final day, on26th Saturday, the events like Solo dance semi classical, mime and group dance mesmerized the audience.

The Chief Guest & other dignitaries gave away the prizes to the winners. The winner’s trophy for the 27th Arts Festival was lifted by the Green House and the Runners’ up by the Blue House. The President of SMC, Dr. Thomas Varghese and the principal presented the chief guest with a memento. All the students who excelled in the recent inter school Oman cluster sports events were felicitated with a memento. The physical education teachers, Mr. Biju Das and Mrs. Bini Sarah Samuel who had gone an extra mile were felicitated with  memento.

The audience and the students were enthralled by various cultural events, starting with junior and senior students dance performances. The auditorium was hypnotized by the impeccableshow. The special dance performance by Ms. V Angelina Aishwarya was a real entertainment for the audience. The evening concluded with the singing of the School anthem. Mrs. Naga Subhashini, Senior Faculty proposed vote of thanks. The visiting dignitaries, parents & students left the venue with fond memories of having spent a wonderful evening.

Indian School Ibri celebrated its 16th Kids festival with glitz and glamour in the school auditorium on the 24th of October 2019. The opening ceremony was marked by lighting the lamp by the head boy Master. Abhijay Anoop. The Head boy in his welcome speech thanked the Principal for giving the students a platform to exhibit their hidden talents which enhance their confidence level and make the stage vibrant. He opened the 16th kids’ festival. Many stage and off-stage events like singing competition, handwriting, clay moulding, drawing, action song, story narration, smiling contest and just a minute, were conducted and all the students took part with zeal and enthusiasm. Mrs. Chitra Narayan, Director, Middle East nursery, graced the occasion as the chief guest at the closing ceremony. She was accorded a red carpet welcome at the school entrance by the President Dr.Thomas Varghese, members of the school management committee, Mr. Unnikrishnan M P, Mr. Firoz Husain, Dr. Vijay Shanmugam, Dr. Suresh Balakrishnan, Mr. Abdul Gafoor Quadri (former president of SMC), Principal Mr. V.S. Suresh, staff and students followed by a guard of honour by the student council led by the Head boy Mast. Abhijay Anoop and the head girl Ms. Lindsey R. Macedo. Mr. Suresh, the Principal, in his welcome speech extended a hearty welcome to all. He thanked the teachers for their dedication and hardwork. He wholeheartedly thanked the chief guest for accepting the invitation and presiding over the function. Next, Dr. Thomas Varghese, the president of the SMC, said that parenting is a job without any hands on training. Parents train their children off stage and the children mimic their parents and perform well on stage. The chief guest, while addressing the audience lauded the efforts put in by the students and teachers and congratulated all the kids who took part in various events,

making her feel nostalgic. During her speech she explained about parents and teachers who are divided into three kinds such as complaining, explaining and inspiring. However, when parents and teachers do their duties with love they become wonderful role models and the world becomes a magnificent place to live. Dr Thomas Varghese and the principal presented a memento to the chief guest. The tiny tots participated in many competitions like fancy dress, solo dance and group dance. The dynamic tots rejuvenated everyone with their energy, enthusiasm and splendid costumes leaving the audience speechless. The scintillating performance of children that led everyone speechless was a sumptuous feast for the eyes and ears of the audience. The chief guest gave away the prizes to the winners. Mrs. Mahanaz Hamadani, Kindergarten Supervisor, proposed the vote of thanks. The evening culminated with the singing of the School Anthem.

The CBSE Oman Cluster Chess Tournament was hosted by Indian School, Ibri on the 8th of October 2019. Nearly 300 students from 13 different schools in Oman including 28 students from the host school had participated in Under 11, Under 14, Under 17 and Under 19 Categories. To begin all the participants assembled in the school auditorium along with their coaches & Mr. Biju Dasan (Indian School Ibri), the Arbitrator, Principal, Mr. V.S. Suresh, extended a warm welcome to all the participants of the CBSE Oman Cluster Chess Tournament. During his speech, he spoke on the significance of the chess game and praised all the participants for their efforts they had put into the game. Further, he encouraged the students by honouring them as the future grand masters and declared the CBSE Oman Cluster Chess tournament opened. Mstr. Gowri Shankar (Sports Captain – Boy) proposed vote of thanks for the session.

According to the itinerary the games commenced for boys and girls teams under 11, under 14, under 17 and under 19 categories. For boys under 11 category, Indian School Muscat won the first prize; Indian School Al Ghubra and Indian school Salalah won the second and third prizes respectively. For girls Under 11 category Indian School Muscat, Indian School Al-Ghubra and Indian School Buraimi bagged the first, second and third positions respectively.

For boys under 14 category Indian School Al-Ghubra secured the first prize, Indian School Muscat and Indian School Salalah won the second and third prizes respectively. For girls under 14 category Al-Ghubra secured the first position, Indian school Muscat and Indian School Wadi-Kabir secured the second and third positions respectively.

For boys under 17 category Indian School Wadikabir bagged the first position, Indian School Muscat and Indian School Al Seeb won the second and third positions respectively. For girls under 17 category Indian School Wadi Kabir secured the first place, Indian School Muscat and Indian School Sohar secured the second and third positions respectively.

For boys under 19 category Indian School Al-Ghubra won the first position, Indian School Muscat and Indian School Darsait won the second and third positions respectively. For girls under 19 category Indian School Muladha won the first place, Indian school Wadi-Kabir and Indian School Sohar won the second and third places respectively.

Indian School Ibri celebrated Gandhi Jayanthi, on the 2nd of October 2019 in the school auditorium to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, a pioneer of truth and non violence. The programme began with a prayer song. On this solemn occasion speeches highlighting Mahatma Gandhi’s role in India’s freedom struggle and his principles were made by Ms. V Angelina of (Grade XI). Mr. Philip Hanock, a senior teacher, spoke on Gandhi’s life. On this occasion as a part of Global Gandhi Solar Yatra, the demonstration of Solar lamp was done by the students of classes IX to XII, which is an initiation from the Indian Embassy Muscat in collaboration with IIT Mumbai. Next, Mr. Sam Mathews, explained the importance of alternate source of energy to create an awareness on the use of renewable resources among the students and teachers. Mr. Suresh V S , the Principal, garlanded the portrait of Gandhi and spoke on the importance of Gandhi Jayanthi. He also brought to light the various incidents that happened in the life of Gandhiji. He said that Mahatma Gandhi was a follower of ahimsa and nonviolence. He explained further by saying Mahatma Gandhi taught the world the lessons of Non- violence and truthfulness and insisted on the students to inculcate the values and teachings of gandhiji in their lives. Moreover, he urged the students to save the planet by planting more trees and also the use of natural resources without harming the environment. A skit on the saving of water was presented by the students, followed by that a tableau was presented by the senior students on Gandhiji’s travelling experience at South Africa related to racial discrimination and Dandi March. Glimpses of Gandhiji’s life was screened in the auditorium. The students also took a pledge to follow the principles of non-violence and truth as advocated by Gandhiji. Followed by that ‘Each one plant One’ programme was held

where all the students brought tree saplings to plant and retree our planet. SMC treasurer: Mr. Firoz Hussain, members: Dr. Suresh Balakrishnan and Mr. Jamal Hassan planted tree saplings along with the teachers and students. As part of the programme students cleaned the school campus and the surroundings, by reinforcing the message of maintaining a clean environment. Gandhiji’s favourite Bhajan Raghupathi Ragava, Vaishnavajan were sung by the students in the assembly. As part of the programme ‘Omani Day of Physical Activity’ was organised by conducting mass drill, Kho-Kho games, Shuttle Badminton, etc., for students to give importance to their physical and mental well being. Master Dennis Suresh, of class XI compered the programme. Sweets were distributed to students at the end of the programme.

Indian school Ibri witnessed Onam celebrations on the 10th of September, 2019.The celebrations started with setting up of an attractive floral decoration (pookalam) in the school entrance that was reminiscent of the agrarian past of kerala which turned out to be attractive and mesmerizing. The morning assembly began with a prayer song followed by a welcome speech by Sophia of class IX. The cultural programmes included the welcoming of Mahabali in traditional style. Students performed thiruvathirakali, a graceful dance which is traditionally performed by women. Onam awareness speech was given by Ms. Sindoora from the teaching faculty. Next, the principal, Mr. V.S. Suresh, conveyed his onam wishes to everyone. During his speech, he exhorted the students to inculcate good values and virtues which would take them to greater heights. The programme on that day was a rocking ensemble of Onam songs, Dances (Onakali), Vallamkali, etc., “Just as sweetness cannot be separated from honey, just as beauty cannot be separated from a rainbow, Onam cannot be separated from a Malayali’s heart,” The highlight of the festival was the inter house flower carpet competition (Atha Pookalam). The four houses adorned the pookalam carpet with beautiful flowers. Impressive designs and artistic creativity were the hallmarks of the pookalam. The first place was bagged by Yellow House, the second place by Green House and the third place was shared by Red and Blue Houses respectively. Atul Tom Mathew, of class X ‘A’ proposed the vote of thanks. The entire programme was compered by Mr. Sajimon, Dept of Maths.

Teachers’ Day at Indian School Ibri was celebrated with full enthusiasm and zeal on the 5th of September 2019. The programme started with Guru Vandana followed by the welcome speech of Master. Abdul Raffey, of class XI. Next, Principal, Mr. V.S. Suresh, wished all the teachers a happy teachers’ day and also appreciated the teachers for their selfless efforts and dedication in moulding the students by imparting knowledge. He exhorted the students to focus on their responsibilities and remain grateful to their parents and teachers. He further asserted that teaching is the only profession where the teachers deal with the minds. Finally, he reminded the students that google guru could give them information but a teacher alone can teach moral values and guide them well. He also felicitated the teachers by giving them gifts. Enthusiasm and festivity marked the celebrations at Indian School Ibri. The cultural programme organized by the students was a befitting tribute to the teachers. The dance performance and songs of the senior students on this memorable day, radiated the warmth and affection. The Senior students arranged games for teachers; they played the role of teachers and handled classes for the juniors. The children and the teachers relished every moment watching the seniors. The students thanked their teachers for the guidance and affectionate approach towards their carriers. Atul Tom Mathew, of class X proposed the vote of thanks. The entire programme was compered by Munshiya and Lojain. Later, as a part of tribute to their teachers, the senior students acted the role of teachers and engaged the classes as student teachers. Evening, the school organized a get together in which the School Staff & Family along with SMC and family had a fun time with various games and entertainment programmes.

India’s 73rd Independence Day was celebrated in the Indian school Ibri campus on 15th of August 2019 with great joy and pride remembering the great leaders who had sacrificed their lives for an independent India. Dr. Thomas Varghese the president of the SMC graced the occasion as the chief guest. Mr. Firoz Husain (Treasurer, SMC), Members of SMC: Dr. Suresh Balakrishnan & Dr. Vijay Shanmugam, Mrs. Sandhya Vijayan former SMC convenor, Principal Mr. V.S. Suresh, Staff, Parents & Students attended the function. Ms. Renjitha, of class XII , in her welcome speech extended a warm welcome to everyone.

The chief guest and the other dignitaries were given a red carpet welcome by the student council. The chief guest during his speech insisted that we were born in an independent country and we don’t understand being governed by a foreign power and take freedom for granted which we got from the sacrifices of great leaders. He urged the students to be united as Indians to forward our country to greater heights. Next, Mr. Suresh, the Principal expounded on the great leaders who struggled and sacrificed their lives for the freedom of our country and emphasized the fact that the future lies in the hands of the youth. At last he instilled in them the spirit of freedom by saying that “Gandhiji taught Indians non violence which later became a noble lesson to the entire world. And also highlighted how India had advanced in science and technology. He exhorted the students to take oath to do their duties and responsibilities to uplift India to greater heights.

Our President of India Ram Nath Kovind’s address to the nation was screened to keep alive the flame of patriotism; students embraced their love for their motherland with a mélange of patriotic songs and dances. Miss. Devika, of class X A proposed the vote of thanks and appreciated everyone for their wholehearted support and cooperation. The entire programme was compered by Ms. Sophia of class IX. The celebrations of the auspicious day came to an end with the distribution of sweets.

His Excellency Munu Mahawar, Ambassador of India to the Sultanate of Oman inaugurated  the “Pearl jubilee blocks” of Indian School Ibri  on 8th of August 2019, with grandeur and excitement, in the school auditorium. The school has passed 30 eventful years. His Excellency Munu Mahawar, Ambassador of India to the Sultanate of Oman, graced the occasion as the chief guest. The guest of honour was Dr. Baby Sam Saamuel, Chairman, Board of Directors, Indian Schools in the Sultanate of Oman.  The chief guest and the other dignitaries were given a red carpet welcome at the entrance by the School Management Committee, Principal, staff and students, followed by the guard of honour, by the student council led by the Head Boy Master Abhijay Anoop and the Head Girl Ms. Lincy Macedo.

Mr. Anuj Swarup, third secretary, political and information Embassy of India. Mr. M.P. Vinoba, Educational Advisor, BOD, Dr. Alex C. Joseph, the Head of Academics, BoD, former SMC presidents Dr. R.R. Nair,   Mr. T.S. Daniel, former office bearers of SMC,  Mr. Sambaji, Mr. Basheer and Mrs. Sandhya Vijayan, Land lords: Mr. Abdul Nasser Al Hinai & Mr Abdul Sallam Al Hinai , Principals from other Indian Schools: Dr. Rajive Kumar Chauhan, Mr. S I Shareef & Mr. Rakesh Kumar T, President Dr. Thomas Varghese and other members of the SMC, Principal V. S. Suresh, teachers, parents and students were there to grace the occasion.

The chief guest unveiled the foundation stone, at the school entrance followed by the ribbon cutting ceremony of “Pearl jubilee Block A”  which is comprised of  a spacious school lobby, office extension  and a classy conference room. “Pearl Jubilee Block B” is comprised of a two storey building with eight spacious classrooms and three Science laboratories. In order to develop scientific approach among the students the school has large well equipped laboratories for physics, chemistry and biology with ultra modern facilities. There is a well furnished staffroom with individual cubicle for teachers.

The auspicious event commenced with the Royal anthem followed by national anthem of India. The President of the SMC, Dr. Thomas Varghese, extended a warm welcome to everyone. During his speech, he reminisced how the school had grown in leaps and bounds from its infancy to what it is today. He also thanked everyone for their contributions for the development of the school at various levels.

The chief guest lighted the traditional lamp followed by the digital inauguration of the pearl jubilee blocks. A multimedia presentation was showcased in front of the august gathering depicting the highlights of school’s 30 years of long journey. In his inaugural speech the chief guest appreciated the development of the school in thirty years. He also commended the school as being an instrument in promoting a bond of friendship between Indians and other communities. He also insisted everyone to work together in smooth functioning of the school in academics and non academics. The guest of honour extended his warm wishes to the chief guest and other dignitaries, he highlighted the growth of the school during its thirty years of existence ; its achievements, infrastructure, resources and impact on the local community. He ensured that the infrastructure will be made use for the betterment of the students. He thanked the president of the SMC and other committee members for their efforts in making their dreams into reality. He wished the school to shine bright and transform lives. The students showcased a variety of dances and songs encapsulating Indian culture and patriotism. Their moves enraptured the audience.

Mr. V. S. Suresh, the Principal, proposed the vote of thanks. The programme culminated by the school anthem along with lots of fond memories.

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