Indian School, Salalah
|This article relies on references to primary sources. (August 2009)|
|Indian School Salalah|
|Established||10 July 1981|
|President||Mr. Cyril Samuel|
|Principal||Mr. Trevor Ronald Brown|
|Admin. staff||80 teaching and 25 non-teaching staff|
|Location||Salalah, Dhofar, Oman|
|Colors||Navy blue & White|
|Affiliations||CBSE,BOD of Indian Schools in Oman|
The Indian School Salalah is an Indian-run, self-financing, co-educational institution, primarily established to meet the academic needs of children of Indian expatriates working in the Sultanate of Oman in the Persian Gulf. The school also admits children of other nationalities. The school is located in the Dahariz area, of Salalah town, in the southern governorate of Dhofar.
Affiliation, curriculum and competitive examinations
English is the primary medium of education, and students are required to learn Hindi as a second language from class 1 to 8. Arabic, French or Malayalam can substitute for Hindi in classes 9 and 10. A third language, Arabic or Malayalam, is a requirement in classes 5 to 8.
The school conducts All-India public exams regulated by the CBSE for classes 10 & 12. The class 9 final exam is conducted as a public exam by the regional Gulf board (an association of Gulf Indian schools).
The institution also holds the Maths olympiad conducted by the Indian National Mathematics Olympiad every February. All top scorers are awarded certificates. Olympiads for Maths, Science and Computer Science are conducted by the New South Wales University, Australia for classes 9th–12th.
ISS holds ASSET Examination every year.This Assessment is conducted by Educational Initiatives, India. Every year students of ISS also write the NTSC Competitive Assessment. All students of class 5 and above also appear for the Shastra Prathibha Contest conducted by SCIENCE INDIA FORUM MUSCAT (SIF Muscat) in association with Vijnana Bharathi.
ISS has actively taken part in various national contests including Jhankaar Spectrum hosted by ISM, Times of Oman Quiz, Science Fiesta conducted by SIF Muscat, CBSE Oman Cluster athletic meet conducted by the Indian schools of Oman in association with CBSE board and Indian Embassy in Oman, Sports Fiesta and National Quiz Pot.
The 1970s and the 1980s witnessed rapid industrial growth in Oman as a result of the oil boom. This required extra employment and the need was met mainly by Indian workers  on work permit visas. This community could not bring their children with them from India as there were no Indian academic facilities available then. The Indians in Salalah organised under an Indian club and submitted a petition to the Sultan of Oman, Qaboos bin Said al Said. His benevolence granted permission to construct a small building adjacent to the Indian Club at Haffa area in 1981.
The school started with classes only until class 4 but increased it by one every year.
In 1984, the school, being close to the Sultan's Al Hosn Palace was asked to relocate to Dahariz, a new area being developed for educational institutions. The school relocated to its new campus in September 1985.
The school was brought under the purview of the Ministry of private education, Oman in 1988. The ministry asked the Indian Embassy  Oman to disband the old Indian Club sub committee that was managing the school until then and form an independent one consisting of prominent Indian expatriates in Salalah.
The main building is in the form of a rectangle with an open air quadrangle in the centre. All rooms are airconditioned to bear the extreme summer heat.The quadrangle is used for the morning general assembly and miscellaneous functions at night. The building also houses an indoor auditorium, 5 broadband connected computer labs,4 science labs (chemistry lab, Biology lab, Physics lab and Junior science lab),a maths lab,various staff rooms, two Music rooms, a computerised general library,a canteen for teachers,a primary library, 6 Smart Board classes with Kyan multimedia, a first-aid room and an audio-visual room with multimedia facilities. There is also a new block which accommodates classes LKG to grade 2
The school has special facilities for teaching non-scholastic subjects like arts, craft, music (vocal and instrumental),Computer,CCA environment and physical education.
The school has about 70 classrooms to accommodate the more than 2,000 students, with 80 teaching and 25 non-teaching staff. The new block was added to the existing building in August 2010.
Inter class co-curricular activities
The school follows a "house" grouping system for conducting various co-curricular activities. Each student is assigned to a particular house at the beginning of the academic year and represents it when participating in any individual or team competition. Victories award points to one's house. All points are added up at the end of the year and the top 2 houses are awarded rolling trophies on annual day. This system is expected to promote healthy rivalry and team spirit among the students as well as encourage them to participate and display their talents in the various cultural and sports contests.
Blue, Green, Red and Yellow are the 4 house colours used, represented by coloured stripes on the uniform neck-ties of boys or by colored ribbons worn by girls. Specific teachers are appointed as house masters to govern the respective houses. The Office Bearers for every house are democratically elected by the students and administer their oath at the Investiture Ceremony every July. The student representatives (a boy and girl each) are mentioned below. The School Captains(School Headboy & Headgirl)and Vice-Captains (Deputy Headboy & Headgirl) a are elected by the teaching faculty.
The house hierarchy (in descending order):
- House Master
- House Captains (Boy and Girl)
- House Vice-Captains (Boy and Girl)
- Sports Secretaries (Boy and Girl)
- Prefects (Boy and Girl from every grade)
Inter-house competitions are held throughout the academic year, consisting of cultural—debates, elocutions, extempores, singing, quizzes, etc.; Athletics—Sprints, Long Jump, Relays, March Pasts, etc.; Team Sports—Football, Cricket, Baseball, Throwball, etc., highlighting team spirit and mass vocal support from the students for their respective houses.
Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme
Besides the house system, another internationally based system is found in this school to promote teamwork and individual growth is the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme also known as International Award For Young People (IAFYP) for students from class 9 onwards. This is a British Royal family based scheme now spread throughout the Commonwealth. It comprises 3 levels: Bronze, Silver and Gold. At the completion of every stage a medal and certificate is issued to the Dukes. The IAFYP encourages students to participate in community social service, expeditions and tours, physical recreation, etc.
Scouts and Guides
The school also conducts the Scouts and Guides program in association with The Bharat Scouts and Guides from classes 5th to 9th. This program is an extra curricular education consisting of many outdoor physical activities like camping, hiking, knot tying, excursions and social services. The Scouts uniform is a deep blue shirt while the Guides have a deep blue kurta and salvar, with neck kerchief and a campaign hat.Children from class 3 and 4 are enrolled as Cubs/ Bulbuls as a training before they enter the real senior Scouts and Guides program.
Celebrations and Holidays
The teachers are given a day off on Teacher's day held on 5 September, the class 11 and 12 students are allowed to impersonate members of the faculty and teach a few classes.
The school celebrates all Indian holidays with cultural festivals that are well-attended by the Salalah populace. Most of the Religious and cultural festivals of India are also celebrated. The School remains closed on all Omani National Holidays. The Annual Sports Meet is held usually in November and the School Annual Day in January. The Annual Day is celebrated on a grand scale with various programmes: skits, dances, choirs etc., with the students participating in it whole-heartedly. Students are then conferred with prizes and certificates for outstanding achievements in academics and co-curricular activities for that academic year.
Project Green Oman, a project launched to promote Eco-friendliness in Oman by two students of Indian School Salalah, Hridith Sudev (age 12), and his younger brother Samved Shaji (age 7) won the award for the best project initiated for promoting eco-friendliness in Oman for the World Environment Day Global School Contest 2012 conducted by the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development.
- Nair, Rohit (4 July 2012). "Project Green Oman". theweek. Retrieved 6 July 2012.
- Rejimon, K. (24 June 2012). "ISS student bags UN's eco award". Times of Oman. Retrieved 6 July 2012.