MUSCAT : Indian School Al Wadi Al Kabir bid a fond farewell to the students of class 12 of the outgoing batch of 2022-23, on 2nd February 2023 at the senior school campus. Mr. Praveen Kumar, Chief Finance Officer, OHI Group of Companies, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman was the Chief Guest for the evening’s program. Other dignitaries present at the ceremony were Sheikh Shri Anil Khimji, chief patron, Mr. Kiran Asher, Group Managing Director at Al Ansari Group of Companies, Mr. Rajendra Ved-Executive Director of ISWK and ISWK International school management committees and Mr. Alkesh Joshi, Hon. President of the school management committee of ISWK. Vice Principals, heads of various departments, coordinators, teachers, parents of the outgoing batch and the students of class 12 were all present on the campus to witness the grand ceremony.
The farewell ceremony was presided over by the honorable Chief Guest, Mr. Praveen Kumar who kindled the auspicious lamp along with the school principal Mr. D N Rao, other esteemed dignitaries, the head boy and head girl of the outgoing batch. To shower their blessings on the students, a prayer song was sung by the beloved teachers. By way of cordially welcoming the Chief Guest, a potted plant was presented by the deputy head boy – Master Vardhan Dhat and deputy head girl – Miss Joanna Liz Varughese. An enthralling fusion dance performance was staged to welcome the august gathering.
Soon after the dance performance, Mr. Alkesh Joshi, Hon. President of ISWK welcomed the audience and wished all the students the very best for their board examinations. The highlight of the graduation ceremony was the announcement on the coveted Kanaksi Khimji Merit Scholarship which has been initiated by the school management committee of ISWK to recognize students for excellence in Academics, Sports and Co-curricular activities respectively. He also announced the names of the proud recipients of the scholarship from class XII – Ashly Skariah, Kris Thomas, Drisya Manoj, Brijesh Kara S, Pranav Jois and Shaan Shetal Vora (Academics); Lael Alva, Khushi Dilipkumar Derai and Pavan Sundar (Co-scholastic); Dhruti and Purva Dilip Somvanshi (Games and Sports).
The Chief Guest, Mr. Praveen Kumar, Sheikh Shri Anil Khimji, Mr. Kiran Asher and Mr. Rajendra Ved gave away the KKS Merit Scholarships to 11 students of class XII. A total of 42 students have been identified as winners of the prestigious scholarships across classes VI to XII.
In the next segment of the ceremony, 5 students were felicitated with the Special Awards by the honorable Chief Guest Mr. Praveen Kumar. The recipients are Miss. Fathima Namra, Achiever of the Year (Commerce), Master Shaan Shetal Vora (Science) ; Ideal student – Miss. Lavina E D’souza and Pavan Sundar (Commerce) and Miss Gayathri Hari (Science).
In the following memorable and emotional segment of the program, the students of class 12 came up to the dias to be blessed by their parents. The Chief Guest then addressed the graduating class by emphasizing on the ‘Success of ISWK’. He spoke from his own experiences and advised the students that instead of fearing the uncertain, they should embrace the challenges in life. He stressed on the need for the key 5 ‘C’s (curiosity, courage, confidence, courteousness and seeking counsel) to succeed in their new chapter of life.
A deeply inspirational speech was delivered by the Principal, Mr. D N Rao. He wished them luck in their future endeavors. Soon after the Principal’s address, the ISWK ALUMNI ASSOCIATION was launched by the President of the Alumni Association, Mr. Antony Kallukaran with signing of the charter by Mr. Alkesh Joshi, Hon. President of ISWK, Mr. Binay Shukla, esteemed member of the SMC and the Principal Mr. D N Rao.
The event was made memorable by the outgoing Head Boy, Master Lael Alva and Head Girl, Miss Gayathri Hari through their speeches which were replete with the recollections that poignantly portrayed the emotions of leaving their alma mater after a childhood spent in its loving portals. As a token of love and gratitude, the Chief Guest was presented with a memento by Mr. Alkesh Joshi. Thereafter, Mr. Praveen Kumar clad in the ceremonial graduation gown along with the esteemed members of the SMC, Principal and Vice –
Principal presented the certificates and mementos to all the outgoing students.
The school choir rendered a touching song, ‘Those were the days my friend’, that captivated the gathering and made the graduating batch immerse in an ambience of nostalgia. The program concluded with the vote of thanks and a rendition of the National Anthem of India. It was an occasion for the outgoing students to look ahead with pride in themselves as every ending has a new beginning, and hope to succeed in life’s journey.
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