Indian School, Salalah
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|Motto||॥ तमसो मा ज्योतिर्गमय ॥ (Thamasoma Jyothirgamaya)|
Motto in English
|From Darkness to Light|
|Established||11 July 1981|
|Chairman||Mr. Wilson V George|
|President||Mr. Ram Santhanam|
|Principal||Mr. Trevor Ronald Brown|
|168 teaching and 20 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.
- 1 Affiliation, curriculum and competitive examinations
- 2 Brief history
- 3 Current facilities
- 4 Activities
- 5 Achievements
- 6 See also
- 7 References
- 8 External links
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 NGSE Examination conducted by National Genius Search Foundation (NGSF), India and the NTSC Competitive Assessment. 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 present campus at Dahariz has 15,297 sq m of area with 6,735 sq m built up. The school maintains a turfed playground (the largest lawn amongst all Gulf Schools) and a kindergarten playpen.
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, 20 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 150 classrooms to accommodate the more than 4,000 students, with 100 plus teaching and more than 25 non-teaching staff. The new block was added to the existing building in August 2010.
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 his/her first academic year and represents it when participating in any individual or team competition till he/she leaves the school. 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 and mistresses 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) are elected by the teaching faculty. The primary section ( grade 1- 4) also has Primary Captains, who are elected by students from 5 candidates shortlisted by teachers.The School Captains are selected from the 12th grade, School Vice-Captains from the 11th grade and Primary captains from the 4th grade.
The house hierarchy (in descending order):
- House Masters / Mistresses (Teacher Representatives)
- House Captains (Boy and Girl)
- House Vice-Captains (Boy and Girl)
- Sports Secretaries (Boy and Girl)
- Cultural Secretary
- Specialized Prefects (Prefect Discipline, Prefect Linguistic)
- Prefects (Boy and Girl from every grade except fifth)
- Primary House Captains (Boy and Girl)
- Primary House Vice-Captains (Boy and Girl)
- Primary Prefects(Boy and Girl from grade 4)
Interhouse co-curricular activities
Inter-house competitions are held throughout the academic year, consisting of :-
- On-stage Cultural events— Debates (Turncoat and Parliamentary), Elocution ( English and Hindi), Extempore ( English), Singing ( Group, Western Vocal, Indian Vocal), Instrumental Music, Dumb-charade, Drama (Skits), Spelling Bee, Multimedia Presentation, and Quizzes
- Off-stage Cultural events- Art(Drawing, Painting),Calligraphy, Craft, Creative Writing, Digital Painting,
- Athletics— Sprints ( 50m, 80m, 100m, 200m, 400m, 1500m etc.), Jumps (Long Jump, High Jump, Triple Jump) Throws (Shot put, Javelin-throw, Discus-throw), Relays
- March Pasts
- Team Sports— Football (Soccer), Cricket, Baseball, Throwball,Basketball, Kho-Kho
- Indoor Sports- Badminton, Chess, Table-Tennis
These competitions are meant to highlight discipline, skill, team spirit and amass vocal support from the students for their respective houses.
The school also has various types of clubs to promote colinear education. The clubs are
- Astronomy Club
- Maths Club
- Birdwatching Club
- Photography Club
- Quiz Club
- IT Club
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 (IAYP) for students from class 9 onwards. This is a British Royal family based scheme now spread throughout the Commonwealth and followed in India and Indian-based schools as 'International Award For Young People'. It comprises 3 levels: Bronze, Silver and Gold. At the completion of every stage a medal and certificate is issued to the Dukes. The IAYP 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 grey shirt, navy blue pants with Scouts hat,neck kerchief and whistle 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. The school used to have regular exhibitions until 2006 which was restarted again with a large-scale exhibition in 2014. The school also conducts Carnivals.
- Project Green Oman, a project launched to promote Eco-friendliness in Oman by two students of Indian School Salalah,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. On June 5, 2014, International Energy Globe Award (equated to Nobel Prize), Austria declared Project GreenOman as Oman's best project for sustainability., The International Energy Globe Awards committee announced Project GreenOman as Oman's National Winner in the Energy Globe Awards 2014 (often dubbed as Nature's Nobel Prize)
- Two of Indian School Salalah students,along with Social Science Department HOD were selected to attend Indian Republic Day Parade 2015 in New Delhi, India as part of Asianet News Proud to Be Indian (PTBI) in January 2015. Other schools from Oman which were selected for student representation in PTBI were Indian School Darsait, Indian School Jalan and Indian School Ibra.
- 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.