We had a table tennis and Carrom tournament on the second week of the new session.This was held to break the ice between the students so that every one can be comfortable with one another. Of course, it was a very joyful event. Everyone bonded with each other very well. On that day, the new and old students got to know at least something about each other which brought to a new start. I did not see anyone who wasn't interested as everyone was playing really happily and I could see they were excited. There was a little tinge of competitiveness between them. Palm and Divagar won in carrom and for table tennis Shantanu and Atharwa got hold of the cup. Overall it was a joyful and memorable day.
The very first event in the boarding each year is the Ice-Breaker Games. It is a fun way of getting to know each other. As is customary, the boarding parents ran the stations, 4 in all. We had ‘Creative Pyramids’, ‘Pass the ball’ Challenge, ‘Word Power, and ‘Ping Pong Tic, Tac, Toe’. Four very different games that tested the ability of the teams to organize themselves and coordinate their efforts to make the best of the given conditions. This year, students treated us to wonderful ‘crumbling’ pyramids, although a few did sustain the 10 seconds required and did reach a reasonable height. It was unbelievable to realize the number of ‘three letter’ and ‘four-letter’ words the teams came up with in the word power game, those writing them on the boards could not keep pace with the machine-gun like rate of production. The Ping Pong game proved the most challenging as teams struggled to land table tennis balls in 3 consecutive glasses. In the ‘pass the ball’ game, students came to realize that when ‘under fire’ from the opposite team, even the simple passing of a basketball can be challenging… and a litlle frightful too!
The 6 teams of Bulls, Foxes, Tuskers, Tigers, Lions and Rhinos gave their all. Eventually all assembled for the ‘four corner’ challenge. When the action part of the competition was over, we all went for dinner and rest while some dedicated team members put together the ‘movie’ of their team. Then it was time for screening. In an ‘electric’ atmosphere all the participants gathered in the boarding hall and we watched the videos of each team. ‘Lions’ won this event with a very ‘tech’ movie that drew a lot of applause. It was the end of the Ice-Breaker Games for this year. I think we all had a good time and it was a fitting way of ending the first week of school.
By Mr. Regis
(Below link to the 'Lions' Movie of the day)
Note from the editors: This is a message from Sharad Kiswani who was the founder editor of the CIS Boarding Chronicle. He has since graduated and is about to join University of Kent. He wrote his message in September.... As we are now just getting the website together, here it is. Enjoy!
Welcome back to school fellow boarders!
When I reflect back, it seems like only yesterday when I was very apprehensive to study in a boarding school. But honestly, time has flown by within a blink of an eye. I fail to even recall how these two years of IB have flown by so quickly and you may all agree with me when I say that this in fact holds a big deal. When I thought of joining my first boarding school, I was not sure if I would be able to adjust myself into the environment or even make friends however, the warm welcome given to me by everyone especially from the boarding helped me to accomplish all my tasks and face the challenges that aroused in my way! Whether I talk about the rigorous IB program or the thrilling student council elections, CIS has definitely played a major role in shaping me into the person I am today. Becoming Valedictorian of the Class of 2015 had always been my dream…CIS is a place where dreams come true! I cannot believe that high school is already over!
Writing another article for my first love, The CIS Boarding Chronicle (CBC) feels quite different as I feel nostalgic reminiscing all the past memories that we created together as a family. I really never imagined myself saying this but; here I am today stating that I miss boarding. All the fun we had including the town outings, boarding dinners, sports tournaments, ice-cream at the Indomart cafe, midnight birthday celebrations and how could one forget the informative meetings every Tuesday? My favorite part would definitely be writing articles for the Boarding Chronicle! I am very thankful towards the whole boarding team for giving me such a wonderful opportunity of initiating the newsletter. It was a great way of communicating the experiences of the boarders to one and all! I hope that the responsibility of the team falls onto the right hands and that they would make all of us proud! To the new members of the team’ Welcome aboard! I would be very keenly looking forward to their next edition!
It has been over three months since I’ve graduated from CIS! Summer has been a really fantastic way to relieve all the stress, which I have been experiencing these past two years. I started off by spending two weeks in West Bengal, Calcutta. It was as hot as a furnace but the visit was totally worth it! Next stop was Jakarta. I finally got time to enjoy everything including food, music, shopping, movies and so much more in my hometown after a very long time indeed. Soon it was time for the IB results and I hadn’t done as expected however, on a more optimistic note, I had put in my 100% leaving me with a guiltless heart in the end at least! Next up was the University enrollment phase. I wasn’t even sure if I was prepared for it but like every cliché sentence mentioned in books, I reminded myself that life always moves on. Before University, I spent another three weeks at the States with my family and friends visiting the beautiful city of Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Lake Tahoe! It was a wonderful experience. The best part without any hesitation would be when I took the risk of overcoming my fears of heights by jumping off a plane 15 000 feet high! I also enjoyed the beautiful scenarios at the Grand Canyon and Lake Tahoe along with the thrilling rides at the Universal Studios Hollywood. Not to mention, the food and shopping was an out of the world experience! I had a wonderful time overall and I look forward to hoping onto the next train of my life to the University of Kent in the UK. I am forever grateful to CIS for helping me grow as an individual. I hope to visit CIS really soon and get together with my wonderful teachers and friends!
Before I end this article, I would like to welcome all the new boarders to our beautiful boarding family! Hope all of you are feeling comfortable and having fun in the boarding. Don’t forget to take part in every possible event; you’ll regret it if you don’t! To the old members, welcome back once again. Hope your summer went really well. To all the IB students, Good luck climbing the steepest mountain on earth. Always keep your determinations and dreams intact, as there always appears a bright and colorful rainbow after the rain.
Wishing everyone the very best for their future endeavors.
I would love to keep in touch with everyone.
Feel free to contact me if you need any help or advice.
CBC team, I’m always there if you need my help.
Don’t forget to read the archives of the Boarding Chronicle on the websites (Chronicle)
Lots of Love,
Sharad Suresh Kiswani
CIS Alumni, Class of 2015.
Note from the editors: Prashant wrote this article way back in August when the new Boarding Chronicle was not up and running yet. We are now posting it. Since writing this article, Prashant has joined University of Surrey and we wish him all the best.
Greetings to my fellow boarders!
It feels quite different.. writing an article for the CIS Boarding Chronicle, this time as an alumni. My friends and cousins from Indonesia are departing to India, but this time I am going to miss joining them on board with all the fun. I have been feeling nostalgic since the past few days; remembering my friends at the boarding, our fun times at night, knocking on Mr. Ragush's door at midnight for his birthday, having those boarding meetings right after school with Mr. Regis, and most of all.. the Indomart at the boarding. I am proud to have a great team who have taken charge after I left CIS, with volunteers who are trustworthy and who will definitely make us proud. To the new members of the Indomart, Welcome! Share your ideas with us and I would love to see the Indomart's innovation in the coming years.
My summer has been going great. Started off with a two week break of doing nothing, I really needed that after IB, and then I went for a 5 day getaway to Bali with my friends. Not long after, I had my internship commencing at ANZ. It sure was a great experience for me. At the moment, I have been busy getting my things sorted out for my university in the UK. I have had a good time with my friends and family for nearly 4 months during the summer break!
Looking forward to the next chapter of my life at the University of Surrey. I am forever grateful to CIS for shaping me into the person I am today. I hope to visit CIS soon and get together with my teachers and friends.
Wishing you all the best for your future endeavours. Would love to keep in touch with you all every once in a while.
Prashant Sunil Lakhwani.
CIS Alumni, Class of 2015.