True to the tagline, the fourth edition of the prestigious KQ Matters was hosted by IES in the placid evening of September 20, 2013. IES proudly took up the onus of preparing incredibly challenging questions and hosting the best Quizzing ever organized by any other Indian School in Kuwait.
The events of the day began seeking the blessings of the Almighty with the recitals from the Holy Quran, Prayer and the ceremonious lighting of the Lamp of Knowledge by the Chief Guest, Dr.Carol Ross Scott, Vice President, American University of Kuwait and the distinguished dignitaries. Vice principal, Mrs Anita Sadanand delivered the welcome address. Mrs Meenakshi Nayyar (Department of Social Science) enlightened the audience on KQ Matters. The six teams, comprising two participants each from Indian Educational School, United Indian School, Indian English Academy School, Salmiya Indian Model School, FAIPS, and Gulf Indian School picked their lot in front of the audience to decide their tables on the stage for the KQ Matters Grand Finale 2013. The Quizzers were ceremoniously escorted to the stage by the IES Student Council Members. The dynamic duo of the English Faculty Mr E.P Prasad and Mr Shiju introduced the versatile Quiz Masters and welcomed them onto the stage. The floor was taken over by the adept and versatile Quiz Masters of IES, Mr.Suresh V, Faculty Head, English and Mrs.Vinita Maheshwari, Faculty Head, Primary Wing. Joy, excitement and knowledge quotients pulsated in the audience as the curtain of KQ Matters 2013 was drawn. They embarked on the quizzing voyage with the mesmerizing ‘Musings Round’.
The victory stance of KQ Matters is essentially the crucible of professionalism that designs the matrix of preparation. The motivating and edifying theme rounds fostering novelty fascinated the participants and the audience, alike, soliciting sonorous plaudits. The splendid string of sumptuous questions brushing diverse realms of the knowledge domain added spice and left the contestants ruminating and the audience indubitably quiescent. The intimacy marshaled by the seasoned Quiz Masters eased the brilliant rendering of answers. The magic of the logic round splintered the silent zones and the audience reciprocated with exploding applause. Knowledge quotients vibrated as the mélange of colossal efforts and mammoth of knowledge spliced for the looming victory. The astute quizzers hit the target and bombarded the baffling questions with precise retorts in the rapid fire round.
It was a hat trick victory for the GIS team as they emerged the Champions of the quiz contest. The host school conferred the KQ Champions title on the exceptional team that shared the fruit of victory, the Gulf Indian School team comprising Sanjay and Eshita Bansal. The Indian English Academy School team comprising Elrich and Steve was declared the First Runners Up. The Indian Educational School team comprising Safin Abdul Nasar and Anirudha Ramesh was declared the Second Runners Up.
In the Award Ceremony the Chief Guest Dr.Carol Ross Scott, Chairman Mr N. K Ramachandran Menon and Principal Mr T Premkumar honoured the participants with mementos and certificates. The winning team the Gulf Indian School, the Champions of KQ Matters 2013, together with their teachers received the mementos and certificates from the Chief Guest, Dr. Carol Ross Scott. Chairman, Mr N. K Ramachandran Menon honoured the winners with the cash prize of KD 500. The First Runners Up, the Indian English Academy School was honoured with the cash prize of KD 300. The Second Runners Up, the Indian Educational School received the cash prize of KD 200.
In her address to the gathering Chief Guest Dr. Carol Ross Scott won the crowd with her enlightening alphabet speech on the importance of education in the most modern competitive world to emerge as successful human beings and responsible representatives of the present generation. She extolled the students for their stupendous efforts. She showed her obeisance and honoured the six year old Master Riddhiraj, the wonderful wunderkind, the child prodigy of Bhavans, who left the audience spell bound with the magic of his incredible photographic memory. It was indeed a moment of pride and the auditorium resonated with booming applause. The Chairman, Mr N.K Ramachandran Menon honoured the Chief Guest by presenting a memento as a token of love, respect and gratitude for her presence and blessings. The coordinator of KQ Matters 2013, Mr Sunil Kumar Menon (HoD, Sanskrit) proposed the Vote of Thanks. Tarun Abraham and Isha Vyas (Grade 12) were the Masters of the Ceremony.
As the curtain of KQ Matters 2013 was dropped, Bhavans cherished a deep sense of contentment, having raised challenging platforms for young enthusiastic minds, breaking the barriers of rigid selection and elimination. With the vision to educate better citizens for tomorrow Bhavans continues its voyage, intensely transpiring each venture par excellence.