Indian Educational School (Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan) in an imperiously impressive fashion, invested the insignia of authority with 17 elected members of the ‘student supreme council’ of the school along with prefects, house captains, vice captains, junior captains and the office bearers from the primary wing namely ‘blossoms.’ The chief guest for the day was Mr. Turki Rashed Abdullah Al Hunaidi, the Director General of Administrative Affairs (Retired), Ministry of Interior, Kuwait.
A Slice of Democracy
The newly designated supreme council members and the flag bearers of the four houses of the school have been democratically elected by the students of IES. The election was indeed a simulation of the parliament elections back in India as Indian Educational School has always striven to foster the sense of ‘secularism and democracy’ among its student community. More than 90 worthy contestants filed their nominations for different positions. All the nominations were scrutinized by the election-in –charge and the house masters.
An ardent campaign was held in the campus prior to the election. An open-forum discussion conducted in the school hall also enabled the voters to communicate to the contestants. The election was conducted on April 26, 2015. The student voters used their franchise with the help of a special software designed by the IT wing of IES.
Mr. T. Premkumar, the principal of IES officially announced the election results the next day amid booming applause and jollity.
Investiture at a Glance
The investiture of the academic year 2015-2016 was materialized in the school auditorium on April 30, Thursday at 10:30 a.m. The ceremony was attended by Bhavan’s family comprising teachers and the senior secondary students as well as the invitees including two senior staff members of the Learners Own Academy, and the Acting Principal of the Integrated Indian School, Mrs. Cathy Thomas.
The luminous presence of Mr. Turki Rashed Abdullah Al Hunaidi as the chief guest for the day added lustre and grace to the occasion. The chief guest was given a reverential salute by the members of the supreme council while he was being ceremoniously ushered to the auditorium by Mr. N.K. Ramachandran Menon, the chairman, Bhavans Middle East and Mr.T.Premkumar, the principal, IES. The events of the eventful day came to life with the decorous ‘marching in’ of the student supreme council to the investiture venue with gauged steps and swinging arms in sync with drum beats and band music.
The chief guest adorned the supreme council members and house captains of IES with their insignia – badges, sashes and flags while the auditorium reverberated with rolling applause and excited cheering. The Head Boy (Master Sam Ebey Samuel), The Head Girl (Miss. Keerthiga Nagarajan), The Junior Head Boy (Master Rejoy Kumar),The Junior Head Girl (Miss. Zara Imtiaz Mahadiwala), The Deputy Head Boy (Master Anirudha Ramesh),The Deputy Head Girl (Miss. Arpitha Susan Sherry),Cultural Secretaries ( Kishan Paul Raja & Juliana Sairah John), Dy. Cultural Secretaries, (Master Sreerag Mahadevan and Miss. Catherine Vismaya Biju), Sports Captains (Master Shyam Sundar and Miss. Fathima Sehla), Deputy Sports Captains (Master Kevin Varghese Philip and Miss. Navami J.S.), Public Relation Officer (Master Yogesh Balajee), Deputy Public Relation Officer (Miss. Hariat George), and the Student Editor (Shradheya Thakre) were bestowed upon the adornments of their authority by the chief guest Mr.Turki Rashed Abdullah Al Hunaidi.
The excitement reached its pinnacle when the oath of allegiance for the newly elected student parliament was administered by the head of the institution, Mr.T.Premkumar. When the young leaders with an unswerving sense of commitment had sworn in by taking the oath of office, the auditorium once again resonated with roaring applause.
The newly anointed heads of the supreme council Master Sam Ebey Samuel and Miss. Keerthiga Nagarajan delivered their acceptance speeches which were infused with devotion to the institution and duteousness toward the student community of IES.
Rain of Awards and Accolades
The chief guest Mr. Turki Rashed Abdullah Al Hunaidi and the chairman, Bhavans Middle East, Mr. N.K. Ramachandran Menon gave away medals, medallions, and certificates to the multitude of multi-faceted Bhavanites. The wunderkinder of IES werehonored on the occasion for their scholastic supremacy, all-round performance, public speaking skills, numerical ability, and scientific temper. The awardees of many an international assessment were also honored at the function. The chairman, Bhavans Middle East, Mr.N.K. Ramachandran Menon extolled the gracious presence of the chief guest and as a token of gratitude and reverence, a memento was bestowed on him on the momentous day.
Master Aditya Jaypal of grade 11 delivered the welcome speech. Miss. Mridula Vijayakumar of grade 11 proposed the vote of thanks. The emcees of the day were Master Ketan Maheshwari of grade 10 and Miss. Joanna P Johnson of grade 11.