On the 6th of February we all went on a spectacular day hike to Nandi Hills. We started our journey early morning and reached the starting base at around 8. It took us about 2 and a half hours to reach up.Before we started the trek we were first given breakfast and then were explained as well as given tips on what to do and what not to do.This really helped us a lot throughout the trek. The organizers were
very nice and very helpful, they helped us whenever we needed help. It was very well organized. When we reached the top, the view was just excellent. The best part was having lunch on the top with the spectacular view. I was a little disappointed with the food as we were
given one sandwich and a juice. It could have been better. We also collected waste material, cleaned up the place a bit. The temple was amazing and again it took us about 2 and a half hours to get back down.
The trip was amazing and I would want to go again.
On the 26th of January, the boarding had planned for an awesome paintball match. We left the boarding at 10 am. It was my ﬁrst time experiencing a paintball game. We had a quick and short brieﬁng, ﬁrst on how the game was to be played and then, on how to handle the paintball guns as they were dangerous. I was really scared at ﬁrst and was still scared when we were playing in the ﬁnals. I think I played around 3-4 times. Well, in my team, Edmund was our savior. In the game, we had to touch our opponent's ﬂag and Edmund was the one who touched the opponent's ﬂag in most of the games which made us win. I was just behind as defense and it actually helped. We lost in our very ﬁrst game. But for the rest of the games we won. We were so proud of ourselves. One of my major fears were getting hit by the paintball as I heard that it would be very painful. In fact, a number of people got hurt either on their arms or legs causing a bruise. But I'm sure they all had a really good time. It was just a thrilling and exciting experience . My right hand was shaking by the end of the game as it was so intense and nobody wanted to loose. At the end our team won, we all were so excited and happy. I hope to have more paintball games like this in the future in our boarding.
By Kesavarthini - Grade 10A
Here is the Newbie👏🏻✨💫🎊🎉 who has just joined the boarding a week ago. "Hi! I am Koen from IB1 I came to the hostel because the bus ride was too long from my house to the school so I like being here. I get to work out a lot more which is fantastic and also spending my free time in the hostel is amazing. Boarding life is chilled and calmed whereas the something called "prep" isn't that bad."
One fine Sunday, Ten boarders and two teachers once again went to see the British Troupe - The Handlebards. This time they performed Hamlet, one of the most famous Shakespearean tragedies. These four talented actors enacted the play with a twist: It was hilarious! The venue was at the Jagriti Theatre, the same place as last time when we went to watch them perform 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'. Everyone was anxiously waiting for the play to start. Surprisingly singly, they still maintained the originality of the plot but each actor gave their characters funny little quirks which made everyone really enjoy the show. There was a lot of interaction with the audience; they always kept us busy. Callum played Hamlet, the main character. The other Callum played Hamlet's father, the former king of Denmark and his brother, the villain as well as Hamlet's fiancé, Ophelia. Matt played Hamlet's mother: Gertrude and Ophelia's brother. And Tom played Horatio, Ophelia's father and the rest of the characters. Most of us liked the role of Hamlet and Gertrude, they were very well acted out, as were the others. Their stage behaviour was very professional and amusing to watch. Tom was very good with voice modulation and Callum was best at switching between characters. At the end of the play, they got a standing ovation. It was the best rendition of Hamlet I had seen so far. They
told us a little bit about themselves and what they do. Apparently, as they bicycle across countries, they carry with them a lot of props even including parts of their cycles that they use for their performances. Overall, we couldnt stop talking about the performance and were lucky enough to get a picture with the cast.
The midsummer Nights Dream was an explosively energetic performance which contained of lots of drama and humorous comedy. The handlebards are a group of 4 men who are from the UK. They are people who travel all around Europe on their bicycles along with their props and clothes. The play was excellent, but it was confusing at the start. As the play got going it made alot of sense. The actors were really great and the way they would potray a new/different character is seconds was just amazing. The play was full of comedy with the characters singing in different tones and many more. They were really energetic and ridiculously funny at times.they added. The scene changes and transitions were done rather well. The interaction between the characters was very intriguing in that they were able to capture the essence of the individual personalities and the relationships, and they portrayed them in a way that allowed for easy understanding of the play. The audience had the opportunity to experience the comical nature of a true Shakespearean play. It was really great watching the play and interacting the the four characters
The opening of the Canadian international school Odium, which is a centre for the performing arts was a grand occasion with an equally grand performance to break in the Odium for the first time that told an old story that expressed the beauty of Indian history, story telling, music and all in all culture.
It was Saturday evening and after a year of construction,a beautiful new addition to the CIS campus was finally complete. There was to be a great ceremony to inaugurate the odium, and along with the guests of school all the boarding students were invited. Most if us were just excited about the food because as usual at this age we are always hungry. So we dressed up and headed to the odium. We entered and sat near the back just as the show started, after a few small speeches the main performance began, it was a thrilling piece of drama and beautiful live music was performed throughout the show.
After the show had ended the part that all the borders were waiting for began, there was so much food we didn't know what to try first. We ate a number of helpings of the food that was really nice before stumbling back to our beds in boarding, it was a night to remember and a great tribute to the odeum that I think will soon be a major part of school life
On Saturday, February 6th our school took us to the Jumbo Circus. It took about an hour to reach the venue and we reached there 45 minutes early. Luckily, there were concession stands where we could by snacks and drinks. A lot of us thought the popcorn they gave was amazing. The show commenced at 4:00 pm.
Not many Boarders attended the outing, as the IB1s and a few grade 10, had gone on a trek. We were about 20 of us accompanied by Mr. Shane. We left CIS at 2:00 and reached at around 3:15. The show started off with acrobats performing tricks in the air. Then, they performed an act, which was in a completely different language (neither English nor Kannada). There was also a juggler who juggled different objects in different ways. For example, he juggled golf balls with his mouth. The next act was a woman who bounced a ball on a pole with different levels until it went into the basket at the top, with her feet. Motorcycle stunts were also performed in a hollow wooden sphere. Contortionists performed various tricks and stunts with sticks of fire. The tricks include, fire breathing and extinguishing the flame with their mouth. The same male contortionists performed tricks on poles.
My favorite part would definitely have to be the trapeze act at the end. It really ended the show with a bang. I was disappointed that there were no animals (particularly the elephants, because that's what they had promised), but it's fine because the performers put a lot of effort, which definitely paid off.
"I particularly enjoyed the part of the show which included fire" said Ubayy Syed. The show ended with the whole ring being covered in nets and all the performers showcasing trapeze acts. "Although the location wasn't ideal, the performances were very entertaining, especially the ending." said Yash K.
The show ended at 6:30 and the bus then took us to Koel's Pizzeria. The pizza served there was hot and fresh, and it was truly very authentic New York pizza. They also gave us fruit juice and chocolate chip cookies (who doesn't love chocolate chip cookies?). "The pizza was the highlight of the trip!" said Divyansh Saraf.
All in all, this outing was a great experience, especially for me, because it was the first time I had ever attended a circus in India. The show overall was great, however I wouldn't recommend Jumbo Circus if you're looking for Cirque Du Soleil or Ringling Brothers type shows. Although, the show and the performers were immensely entertaining and it was definitely an experience to remember.
Rithwik Kalale - Grade 10A