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Proud Olympic Players

You be my prince and I’ll be your princess

The ladies steal the show

LOOK ALIKE MYP

Enthusiastic participations of the MYP students rocked the stage last week during the Look Alike Page to Stage 2012-2013 which was held on Wednesday, 19 March 2012 at the GMIS Auditorium. The event was attended by our dearest Principal, Vice Principal, Supervisors, Coordinators, teachers, parents as well as all the MYP students. The competition was held between the four houses with one judge from each of the houses to adjudicate. The extent of visionary talent and sartorial creativity that was shown on the stage was a resplendent testament to the MYP contestants who had also displayed some of the IB learner profiles such as risk-taker and open-mindedness. The themes were also varied and interesting which were 1960’s Celebrities and Pirates of the Caribbean for Grade 6, Olympic and Cricket Payers and Cowboys for Grade 7, and lastly Green Celebrities and Shakespearean Characters for Grade 8.

Cowgirls rocking the stage

Pirates of the carribean

The audiences were entertained throughout the event as the emcees from Grade 6 and 7 narrated the show in the form of humorous skit. A live performance by Grade 7 and 8 students also enlightened the event as they performed band and group singing. Subsequently, a splendid parade of teachers in their fabulous costumes became one of the highlights of the show. They dressed up as cowboys, actresses as well as Olympic players. All in all, the event went well and the students could relate their experience to the IB Learner Profiles. We hope to conduct similar Page to Stage next year with the same level of enthusiasm and spirit from all who involve. Ms Christine

The little Peachling IMAGINATION IS THE TRUE SIGN OF INTELLEGENCE


GMIS was struck with a most woeful event when one of the most cherished members of the family had to battle a losing struggle against lupus. As soon as the news arrived the entire body of students, teachers and staff, with heavy hearts worked in every way they could to ease the grief. CAS students and the prefect body immediately set out to find a way to aid monetarily and concluded with the proposal of a musical medley. Numerous children willingly participated for the noble cause and even more donated.

“And with the morn those angel faces smile which I have loved long since and lost awhile�.

Four students from each of the sections produced beautiful music that touched the hearts of everyone seated in the audience. Instrumentals, as well as vocal pieces were both performed and the heartwarming music helped, in its own way to relieve the sharp pain of loss that everyone in GMIS felt. Several popular songs were sung and the audience was enchanted by the touching performances. Even some of the GMIS staff performed to show their support for this event. The proceeds of the concert and the donations contributed went to help the family of the bereaved, her two children and husband. While she is not with us anymore, she continues to live on forever in our hearts and memories and will truly never be forgotten. Parvathy and Swathi

Cheer my soul...

A tribute...


The Return Of

Sherlock Holmes

A giant cast, a grand and artistically-designed stage, an abundance of flickering lights and a variety of sound effects. These are some features that mark our annual plays, and I had expected to see these components in the performance of “The Return of Sherlock Holmes”. Much to my surprise, the play was devoid of all these components listed above. Yet, it successfully enticed the entire audience, which resulted in a standing ovation from the entire crowd seated at the auditorium. It was an entirely a new experience for me. The entire play The popular - surrounded by ladies was played by just 3 people, and that too, one actor’s importance was more on his presence than on his dialogues. The surprise I felt magnified when I could hear almost every word they spoke so clearly, even though they weren’t using any microphones. The play was independent of technical support, and the actors’ voice projection was absolutely amazing. I wondered: “During my 5 years of study in GMIS, among the countless plays I have watched or acted in, was any play absent of microphones?” The answer I got was a no. This is professional, I thought. Coming to think of it, they had kept everything to a minimum. They barely used around 1/4th of the stage, with the rest of the area covered by the curtains. This meant that all the action happened in that central region of the stage. Not only this, the props they used were just 2 chairs, a table, a paper (to represent the letter) and a tea set. Actually, a similar idea came up when we were planning the stage design for the grade 10 (the current grade 11s) play “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde”. However, we decided to abandon the idea because we simply couldn’t think of how to represent all

the action in that same region, with less background for support. This was the answer. Now, the acting. What can I say? It was what I would describe as perfection. The intonations and the projection of emotions were far beyond our capabilities. Half the time I would find myself The cast of the admiring their abilities performance to convey the dialogues so clearly and emotionally. My attention, along with many other people in the audience, was completely focused on the stage. Watching the performance which really brings out the enthusiasm from the audience, I felt that I now had at least a faint idea of how to perform on stage so that the audience is actually interested in the play. Overall, I would say this was a very valuable learning experience: such opportunities certainly don’t come so often. I am sure that the entire audience seated in the auditorium also learned a lot. Who knows? One day, someone from that audience could become an actor, and bring about an equally magnificent performance, and people would come rushing to interview him/her. When the interviewer asks, “How did you manage to pull out such a fascinating act?”, that person would answer, “It is elementary, my dear friend!” Donghyun Lee 11C

“It is elementary

, my dear watso

n!”

“When Burbage played, the stage was bare Of fount and temple, tower and stair; Two backswords eked a battle out; Two supers made a rabble rout; The Throne of Denmark was a chair...” (Austin Dobson) In keeping with the above lines,a trio of artistes viz.,Nigel, Daniel and Max, staged The Return Of Sherlock Holmes at GMIS on the 18th of September, 2012 .Their scintillating performance,despite their modest setting and props, n so at was enough to keep the audience’s attention riveted for about one and a half hours.The W r. D d es an auditorium, bursting at the seams as it were, largely comprised the students of grades 9, Sherlock Holm 10 and 11with their repective teachers.The play revolved around the dramatic return of Sherlock Holmes from the dead or from being presumed dead.He is not a zombie. He and Watson reunite to take down a would-be assassin of Holmes, and murderer of Ronald Adair, Colonel Moran. With Moran in jail, Holmes can now safely return to London and resume his detective business. The actors who depicted Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson in particular, not only aptly represented their characters, but were also able to make optimum use of the acoustics at their disposal.No appendages to amplify sound were used and yet every syllable and word could be heard from every part of the huge auditorium. This is because they displayed excellent voice control, rhythm,articulation and poise in the delivery of their parts.Even though these artistes focussed fundamentally on theatrics and voice projection,yet there was much to learn- histrionics, English humour,costume,son et lumiere, et al. The late 19th Century London and English culture were also very well understood by attire, setting and the use of the English language. The much appreciated three have definitely left an indelible mark etched in the psyche of one and all, especially considering that they were cornered for autographs at the end of their performance, by most of our students.This has definitely paved the way perhaps, for The Return of the Trio to GMIS, next year.

An interactive session - a great learning experience

Clinton Sullivan, GMIS


Preschool

Kitten Walk

Presentation

11th September 2012

The Preschool , Page To Stage Kitten walk Presentation was held on Tuesday 11th September ,2012 in the G.M.I.S Auditorium . It started with our ever sporting “Show Starters”, Ms.Precy, Mr. Danny and Ms. Rachna walking down the ramp, inspiring the children. The themes were as folllows: Nursery- My Favourite Food Kindergarten- Bridal Wear Preparatory- World of shapes. Children walked the ramp with confidence and poise in colorful, creative and attractive costumes. The little preschoolers concluded the show with significant messages for the community like no fur,walk,recycle etc. The teachers too walked the ramp in different attires adding to the charm and glamour of the morning.Over all one can conclude with the words of the Principal “a brilliant presentation”. Ms.Preeti and Ms.Caroline

The junior style icons!

Bridal March...


setting off for a new career


Bandung Field Trip 2012 (21

st

September, 2012)

It was a bright early Friday morning when most Grade 11 students and a few teachers left for Bandung on the 21st September 2012, for a two night-3 days stay. From the very moment we stepped into the bus, we started applying IB learner profiles which were integrated into us to such an extent that it became an unconscious act. As balanced IB students, it is understood that not only is the intellectual part of us important in order to achieve in life, but also the physical and emotional balance. In the bus, and even in our own groups that we formed, multiculturalism was seen everywhere We are taught to be openminded and appreciate our own and others’ cultures, values and perspectives. Our first planned activity was a stop in Trans Studio. The risk-taking part of each and everyone of us was seen quite brilliantly. Many have never ridden giant swings, nor giant wheels that allows you to rotate 360O at great heights, nor sat in roller coasters that races so fast leaving you all breathless. Although most were at first hesitant to try any of those rides, they were all able to overcome whatever fear they had, be open-minded and take risks. Those who felt dizzy after the rides were taken care by their friends and classmates; they showed empathy, and compassion towards the needs and feelings of each other. Dizzying rides or heart thumping activities were not all there that was to Trans Studio...there was also the Science Center that many visited, The scientific knowledge was expressed in such a creative way that interest was generated in everyone. Whatever knowledge we had, was further enhanced over here through life-size models. There were models explaining pressure, psychology, climate changes, geographical landscapes, and much more. It was simply mind-boggling. The next major activity we had was during Day 2. We were divided into 2 large groups one group would go to D’Ranch, while the other would go to Tree Tops, and vice versa D’Ranch brought out the gentle qualities in each of us, not only towards each their but also to the horses. Some students opted to tread in giant water balls trying to reach from one end to another end of a man-made lake, while others chose to try riding a bicycle-like contraption around a track lane. Tree-tops was another amazing activity, and sadly enough -the last major activity together. Strapping ourselves with safety gears and being taught on how to hang safely’ from ropes sounds scary but was actually quite a wonderful experience. We were all in charge of ourselves, in charge of our own lives, and had to face the consequences of our own actions. We climbed to great heights that day, not only physically up the trees and swinging down them with only a safety clasp to hold us, but also in our confidence, in solidarity, and in knowledge. It was overall “a trip of a lifetime!” as Mr. Phillip had exclaimed. It explored our natural curiosity, made us actually enjoy learning and developing, in every way possible. It did not go flawlessly, but that was what made it memorable and taught us the most-to approach unfamiliar situations with courage and independence. We arrived home safely, and fortunately in one piece. This is a trip that many years after, we would still talk about, reflecting on our strengths and weaknesses, and the sheer enjoyment of it.

Vertigo - Bring it on


Learning the tricks

Achievement unlocked... Walk on water

Egg toss... save them!!


Early morning, on the 10th of August, 51 students and 5 teachers assembled in the school’s food court, waiting to head to the buses that were to take us to Sukabumi. It was a long bus ride which took about three hours. Even though the drive down hill had some of us feeling sick, on reaching Caldera resort, all sicknesses vanished. The lush green surroundings, fresh breeze and sound of the rustling stream took our breath away. Traditional Indonesian snacks of “pastal” and “gorengan” awaited us. We were given a briefing on what we would do throughout our stay and we were told to give up all electronics including our mobile phones. That news gave us a bit of shock as many us have never ever parted with our phones. We were then told to go to our huts and would meet at lunch, after a short rest. We rushed to the villas to get our places so that we could stay with our friends. The huts were made out of wood, it was of two floors, the ground floor was washing area. The top floor had ten mattresses laid on the floor. Quite different from a hotel, it was a simple place of residence, which a lot of people complained about at first but later it was something we enjoyed the most, all friends sleeping in a row , chit- chatting throughout the night. After a brief rest, we quickly rushed for lunch. We all relished another traditional Indonesian menu of “nasi putih”, “sambal”, “sayur asem,”and “ayam bakar”. After the wonderful lunch we assembled in the field for some ice breaking games. We were then divided into groups of 9 -10 students. This was the group we had to work with for the three days of our stay. All friends were separated but we accepted it sportingly. For the next five – six hours we were given a lot of challenges to complete. All the challenges required physical strength, mental alertness, collaborative skill, quick reflexes, intense planning and a lot of teamwork. Planning, discussing, debating , running, jumping, screaming, - the field was bustling with activities. It was a competition and after completion of a challenge, each team would be rewarded with points which consisted of plastic money. The team that earned maximum money was to be declared the winner. With the strong determination to emerge as winners, all the teams left no stones unturned. Five hours seemed like five minutes when we noticed dusk creeping in. The announcement of the next activity charged us up even more. It was swimming in the river!!!! All of us quickly changed into our swimming gears and ran down to the river. Air filled with shrieks and screams as we all plunged into the water. What a great way to end the day!!! The second day we had our flag hoisting of the flagpoles that we made after dinner the night before. Some groups finished very late and by morning their flagpoles were falling but they “Teamwork persevered. Each of the groups gave a presentation of their flags and what difficulties they faced & what they learnt. We were judged on our work and our group won! We were so happy at its best” our hard work paid off and we got extra money to buy our food. Before we left for trekking, we bought our food using the money we collected and carried our food in two backpacks. We were taught about how to read a compass before riding a pickup truck taking us to the forest. Trekking was extremely difficult, we were given bearings every time we found a string of green ribbon. The forest had a thick floor full of weeds and fallen leaves, the weather was hot, and it was extremely hard to get around. We started with a bearing that our guide gave us and we continued from there, following the bearings and looking up at the trees in the direction of our bearings in hope of finding our clues. It took us some time to get around and in turns we used the compass. We went uphill and downhill a couple of times, slipping , falling , but we never gave up. We reached our destination. A true spirit of sportsmanship!!!! Early the next morning, we had our breakfast and headed for rafting. The water level in the river was low and the current not that suitable, but we ventured. With life-jackets and helmets we climbed on to our rafts. Two or three in each raft. Following the instructions of the guide, backwards and forwards, we manoeuvred our oars. Up and down, left and right went the rafts; Shrieks and screams rent the air. It was a lifetime experience. Teamwork, presence of mind, and open-mindedness are the skills we learnt. Every good thing comes to an end. So did this wonderful trip of our. An action packed camping trip , great learning experience and fabulous memories to cherish!

Proudly we stand after accomplishing a task


Instructions to follow

Flying is fun!

Ending the way in the woods

Too many cooks didn’t spoil the broth

We cooked well! Yummy!

1, 2, 3, 4 - up and down we go.

A troupe of rafters, serious looking


66 th

Indian Independence Day

On the wonderful morning of 15th August 2012, the Independence Day of India, the Indian students from Grades 4 to 12 sang the Indian National Anthem and two patriotic songs at the assembly. After their performance, the choir departed to celebrate the glorious day with the Indian community at the Indian Embassy.

The Indian tricolor was unfurled by H.E. Mr Gurjit Singh and we all sang the Indian National Anthem - “Jana gana man adhinayak jaya hai Bharat bhagya vidhaata…” composed by Rabindranath Tagore, which means: “Thou art the ruler of the minds of all people, the author of India’s destiny”. The Indian Ambassador then gave a heartwarming and inspiring speech which had been articulated by the President of India Shri Pranab Mukherjee. His speech ended with an inspiring message which was motivating, especially for us, the youth and future of India. He concluded saying “Let us leave behind the way of hatred, violence and anger; Let us put aside our petty quarrels and factions. Let us work together for our nation with the devotion of a child towards a mother. Let us repose our faith in this invocation from Upanishads: May God protect us. May God nourish us. May we Work Together with Vigour and Energy. May our Studies be Brilliant. May there be no Hostility amongst us. May there be Peace.. Peace.. Peace. Peace must be our ideology, progress our horizon.” We also rendered a song entitled. “Satyamev Jayate” which means: “Truth alone triumphs”. All the students were praised and thanked for their wonderful performance. This day will always be remembered as a lovely, colorful and happy one as it aroused a feeling of intense patriotism in our hearts. Ms. Manju Sanwalia

Oneness in spirit and mind; a perspective of unity

ce by preschoo A dance performan and their teacher

lers


Indonesian Month

In GMIS, August 2012 was not only a busy month filled with the revelation of the IGCSE results, but it was a very special month as well. Unlike last year (when we celebrated Indonesian week), GMIS decided to allocate a whole month to celebrating Indonesia’s Independence Day. Although that may seem a pretty long duration for a celebration, it was no doubt one of the best programmes organized by our school’s Indonesian TEACHERS. The opening of the Indonesian month took place on the 1st of August. The Indonesian month started off with a fantastic assembly filled with entertaining dances and songs. The hour-long assembly was filled with enthusiastic performances by both the students and teachers. Not only that, the whole assembly was conducted in Bahasa Indonesia. It was definitely interesting trying to figure out the meanings of the sophisticated words the MCs were using. Our daily school prayer, too, was read in Indonesian. I have to admit, it was a refreshing change to hear our prayer in a different language. The Indonesian month opening assembly ended as an enormous success, loaded with numerous praises and a huge applause from the audience. The second Indonesian month programme followed later on the 3rd, 6th and 10th of August. It was the primary school inter-class Indonesian Singing Competition. Just like the assembly, this too was a great success, made possible by talented singers. The Indonesian singing competition was also held in the senior school and middle school as well, a few days after PYP’s spectacular performance. Unlike GMIS singing talent time, the Indonesian singing competition showed off a diverse range of participants- from students, to teachers, to staff and even to faculty members. Seeing familiar faces sing Indonesian folk and pop songs was certainly something worth a huge applause. Singers performed solo or in groups and some students even incorporated the IB learner profile ‘team work’ and ‘creativity’ by performing in a band as well. But the best part of the program was watching the GMIS family come together as one- seeing our teachers, security guards or the ISS staff perform on stage once again emphasized the strong bonds our students and faculty members share. Unfortunately, the enjoyable Indonesian month festivals soon came to an end. On the 30th of August GMIS witnessed the closing assembly of the Indonesian month. This special ceremony was lavishly decorated with amazing performances, once again surpassing our expectations. But the highlight of the day was yet to come. During the lunch break, wings A and C were overflowing with students all eagerly waiting for the peak of the festival. It was time for the Indonesian traditional game competitions for the primary, middle and the senior schools. There were various games in which students took part mostly for fun, but the prizes did no harm in giving a little boost either. The most popular game was none other than ‘Makan Krupuk’, an Indonesian traditional game where a Krupuk (an Indonesian fried snack) is tied onto a rope, and the participant’s main goal is to eat it with his/ her hands which over tied behind their backs. Although it was a challenging game, many GMIS students actively took part, there was nothing to worry because we had enough Krupuk for everyone. The traditional games marked the end of the Indonesian month, which was indeed a successful gargantuan event. The extravagant programmes were not only outstanding, but were also well organized. 2012’s Indonesian month celebration left us craving for more and I have to say, we Gandhians can’t wait to see what surprise that awaits us next year. Senghee Cho (11B)


Traditional Games

“Bola” Race

Mr. A.P. Singh whistles off the tug of war

Eating Krupuk Race

Who tugs the best?

Bakiak Race Tug of war: Pulling all the way


Singers from Primary, Middle & Senior School


“Sing a song of Freedom, Everyone join in”


Fun at Cibubur

The Cibubur Trip is an annual activity in our school that brings with itself an opportunity for the Gandhians. Students and teachers get together and enjoy a day filled with fun and frolic. Every student looks forward to this day. Overflowing with anticipation and curiosity about the day we forget ahead for the trip on 31st of August. The whole school bubbled with field excitement. At the Cibubur grounds the day started with flag hoisting and warm-up exercise guided by our physical instructors. Then we all headed towards our respective venues for the activities that we had enrolled for. There were many activities that had been arranged: Cross country (which was the first event), kabbadi, cricket, kho-kho, table tennis, volleyball, soccer, painting, chess and many others. All of us did these activities for fun and enjoyed thoroughly. However, the core of it all was the nerve-gripping cricket match that was going on in the main field. All eyes were fixed on the field with a sensation of anxiety and deliberation as to which house would win the match. After much waiting, the results were announced and it was Lincoln! They had emerged victorious and rejoiced the moments.

Flag hoisting

The teachers were also very sportive and enthusiastic, in the sense that they too sang and danced to the rhythm of the amazing band headed by Mr.David Lal. All of us joined the teachers on the ‘dance floor’ and let our heart and soul frolic. It was probably the most filled fun experience for all, students as well as teachers. This was my first and last trip to Cibubur and it was worth it! Like all others I too enjoyed myself and had a great time. Varna Kanungo (12 E)

The warm of exercise


In the lap of nature

A day filled with fun and frolic -

Cibubur field trip

Cross Country

Care to share

being flagged off by the Principal, Mr. A.P. Singh


graphic expression of thoughts

Friendship and Camaraderie


Say no to littering

Act with responsibility

- CAS at GMIS


For the past three weeks, Copenhagen successfully moved me. Again, for the fourth time in a period of eight years as a member, CISV made a mark in my life that is so significant, it is impossible to forget a single second. To begin, CISV is a nonprofit organization, created not long after World War II, based on the idea that “the ultimate source of longlasting peace is in educating the children.” This idea came from a remarkable woman, Doris Allen, a psychologist who specializes in growth and development. Dr. Allen, who was nominated for Nobel Peace Prize in 1979, opposed the notion that the focus of Peace Education should be in the field of adult learning. Hence, she developed her vision of bringing children from all over the world to learn and respect different and common values. This vision of hers came into reality, when delegates from eight different countries gathered in Cincinnati, USA for the first Children’s International Summer Village (CISV) in 1951. Over the decades, the organization grew in numbers, countries and activities.

the Indonesians and also the Danes. Although it was just simple hiccups due to cultural misunderstanding, such as differences in eating utensils, hugging instead of handshaking as a symbol of greeting, and language barriers. It created a tense atmosphere within the household for some of the Indonesians. As much as they were comforted by their host families and were told to ‘feel at home’, it was hard for some of the children to adapt to their new environment. However, that became their chance to learn to accept differences and to adjust themselves to a different lifestyle. For three weeks, as a leaders, we had the authority to sort out the problems that occurred, and to ensure that the children’s parents in Indonesia were informed via e-mail that everything is under control. The children were not allowed to keep their cell phones during the entire programme. However, they were allowed to use the Internet provided in their temporary households, although their parents were warned to limit their communication with their children in order to decrease a sense of clinginess and dependency on their comfort zone, which is also a part of their learning experience.

“Whatever you do leaves a mark, make sure it is not a scar.”

For me, this year reflected a different experience with CISV. Of the three programs I have taken part in, I have always been engaged as a participant but this year’s program which was from June 27th 2012 to July 19 2012, provided the opportunity to assume the role of a Junior Leader. Being appointed in this position, I had the responsibility to assist eight 13 to 15 year old children to participate in a program called ‘Interchange’. Interchange is an experiential learning program dedicated to increase cultural awareness through an exchange between these Indonesian children and the same number of Danish children, alongside their respective families. Over the course of three weeks, both the participants as well as their families experienced differences in habit, language, food and atmosphere that enriched their knowledge and taught them to accept differences through an intense and direct way of learning. In addition, it was our duty as Indonesian delegates to expose the Danish people our Indonesian culture through an event called “National Night”, held on a day during the course of our three-week stay. For that, we prepared a traditional Indonesian dance (“Tari Saman”), several kinds of traditional Indonesian cuisine, and a small presentation for all the foreigners to enjoy. We had been preparing for this event for five months from scratch, prior to our departure to Denmark. As a leader, my duty was not only to assist; but also to facilitate these children to be able to mingle and adapt with the Danish way of living that is far from familiar to the Indonesian culture. This was done through a series of activities I planned together with my “partners in crime”, Farah, the Indonesian senior leader, alongside a pair of Danish leaders, Mette and Anna-Lill. We planned activities during the mini-camp that we had, where we gathered the children and stayed in a cottage for three days, indirectly simulating a typical CISV camp. Activities such as ice-breakers, fun games, and creativity, as well as discussions were carefully planned by us to give them a chance to express, feel comfortable, and strengthen the relationship between their respective partners and also as a whole group. Aside from the mini-camp, the Danes had also planned a series of activities, which gave us a chance to see Copenhagen. Beside canal tours and museum visits, we also had a taste of different kinds of food that were absolutely worth a try. The clash of cultures and the “culture shock” were our main problems, and became the highlight of the whole program for both

Due to the absence of a comfortgiver, the two of us, Farah and I, acted as their temporary “parent” during our three-week stay. Those minor conflicts were tough to manage, as the Indonesians are used to the luxury of having things done by someone else. This is where I find it tough, as we had to indirectly mold their way of thinking into tolerating and accepting that some things are done differently from how it is done back at home in Indonesia. It took us quite a lot of time discussing with Mette and AnnaLill, as we had to explain our complicated, yet conservative values and different habits from theirs. They have gone to several programs with CISV, and all of us were on the same page; so in the end, we sorted out a way to settle things together as a team. We talked with our respective delegations, discussing the differences between us. We also shared experiences where we emphasized on how easy it was to disrespect a certain culture, and how easy it is to accept one another no matter how different we are. After one and a half weeks, things started to settle down between the Indonesians and their Danish partners, as well as their families. They understood what we talked about together as a whole, and I could tell from their actions that they were really trying. However, what makes me proud the most is that they learned to accept and to respect the Danish way of living. This harmonious relationship between the Danish and Indonesian delegation continued on until the end of the program. On the second last day before our departure, I took the initiative to create a “candlelight ceremony”. This ceremony is a traditional CISV ritual at the end of every program, in which each participant (including the leaders) say something about what they cherished during the program. It was a touching and memorable ceremony indeed, as all the participants were brave to speak up and to show their emotions. Laughter and tears were shared that night, as nobody was ready to say goodbye to their partners and their families, and they were definitely not ready to part from Denmark. This ceremony also affected me as a leader, as I had the chance to see the participants grow. I was so proud of them and felt a good sense of accomplishment, as they were all smiling enthusiastically and were excited on the 21 hours journey back home and looking forward to their partners’ three-week stay in their homes later in December. My experiences with CISV are varied throughout the years since I was ten years old. Not only has it enabled me to travel to places I had never thought of visiting before and in making good friends scattered around the globe, CISV has made me do the easiest yet most important thing anyone can do learn. My experiences with this organization has taught me so many things: whether it is just a matter of understanding foreign cultures, respecting other people, opening up, or being independent. This is not the end of me and CISV. I will continue to channelize Doris Allen’s vision to the world, as CISV has made me the person I am today. All the experiences I have gathered have left a deep and pleasant mark in my life, never to be a scar. Valerie L. Djuhari (12F)


Sahabat Anak Trip Reflection (CAS) Chering up the destitutes with a smile

to

VISIT SAHABAT ANAK

The smallest good deed is worth a thousand grand intentions. Give and it will be given to you. A good measure passed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. Charity as it is said begins at home. GMIS students believe and follow this saying whole heartedly. As a part of the Community and Service the MYP students of grade 6,7 and 8 along with a team of five teachers visited an orphanage SAHABAT ANAK” at Gambhir on Sunday 29th july,2012 at 2.30 pm. Students willingly contributed in large numbers by distributing food, clothing and stationary to the orphans. Those who were not able to come sent it on their behalf. Some students who were fluent in Bahasa and could converse in their local language pooled in their efforts by teaching the kids different subjects like Maths, Arts, English, Science and Yoga. The teachers had equally devoted their time in helping and distribution of clothes eatables etc. One could see the faces of these orphans lit up with a broad smile. It was a real joy to watch these children smile. It was not only the orphans but our children also had a smile on their faces. We must never forget “God loves a cheerful giver” It is more blessed to give than to receive. This task was not only for a day but it will be continued with more zeal and enthusiasm by the MYP team of community and service in the coming session. Shabina Puri

On Sunday 29th July 2012, my group of friends and I visited Gambir Station to educate the children through the organization “Sahabat Anak”, which was truly an unforgettable experience! This Community and Service activity has not only given me a new perspective of the importance of education for the children of the world, but also taught me has destitute work together and strive to do their best, as it was rare chance given to them! The Sunday afternoon started with a ride in the bus to Gambir Station, where my friends and I discussed the subjects we thought to teach the children. Some of us were teaching mathematics, writing skill, drawing, colouring and even origami! It didn’t take long for us to reach the village and I saw the condition of the homes and school. We started the activity with a long stretch of yoga which Sir Santosh demonstrated and showed us how to to calm our minds before we started teaching the kids and when it started, I was extremely ecstatic! I found a group of very young boys and girls (age 4 to 6) who were willing to learn how to write the alphabets, and different words. They were bending over backwards to write alphabets, words and their names on the white board (literally)! I guided their hands to write the words they wished to write. It was a moment of inspiration! They now have a clue on how to write a couple of words like transportation, farm animal and everyday words! I was amazed to see their enthusiasm to learn. It was a challenge to keep them under control, but I must accept that they are not taught the norms we were taught properly by our parents! When the teaching ended, I distributed several learning posters to the children I thought, so that they could study their writing in order to make use of their free time. I was honestly disappointed in myself that I didn’t teach the children more, but anyways back at disappointments with a pinch of positivity, which give me a strong urge to help more people in need who aren’t given the chance or luck that all students of GMIS have to enter a magnificent school with many inspiring teachers as the best examples! I have met many new people who serve the community in order to make other’s lives better. The children had also inspired me in one way or the other and along with that it lifted my spirit to do much better in school because I had the chance to go to such a prestigious school. This trip has made me much more thankful, grateful and proud for what I have done for the other in my life. It made me reflect on myself and made me realize that there is a massive amount of caring and compassion within myself, which I could profoundly use to continue to support other’s lives. I hope that this reflection could also inspire other into helping the children of the world. Carisa ( 8F)

“Generosity and teamwork beam up the faces”


Inter-House

Athletics 2012 Meet

7th September - A special day for everyone in the school. It was another Sports Day held in our own backyard, the GMIS ground. After a short assembly, everyone moved to the sports field. You could see excitement writ large on people’s faces. The Indonesian national anthem was sung, and eight sport captains ran with the torch around the field. A roar could be heard from the crowd when the declaration of the Annual Sports Days coincided with the release of the balloons. A flourish of drums set the ball rolling. Left, right, left, right and all contingets marced round the field to the beat of drums. Students from pre-school to the graduating class of grade twelve organized themselves behind banners which were held up high carrying strong messages on them. Next it was time for the CAS (Creativity, Action and Service) students to spring into action with black bags and gloves as they started picking up the rubbish. As the CAS students were collecting trash, the track events started with the grade ones all ready to run their fifty meters, dash. This was followed by the remaining classes. Soon it was time for the relays. Some of the CAS students also had a job of giving water to the participants, teachers, the honorable Principal and the parents present on this occasion. The sportsman spirit could be seen as the students started to cheer for their respective houses - Kartini, Lincoln, Tagore and Tolstoy. The Annual Sport’s Day drew to a close with the announcement of the House points - Lincoln first, followed by Kartini, Tagore and Tolstoy. The individual winners and Houses were also felicitated by the Principal Mr. A.P. Singh. The CAS students did a good job keeping things clean and providing water to the school faculty members, students, parents and all. Congratulations Lincoln House for winning the Annual Sports Day, 2012 and a big thank you to all the teachers and staff for making this event a memorable one! Shubham Patni (11C)

“Harmony in Diversity”


we are the champions

thunder - bolts

Eye for the finishing line...


Citius, Altius, Fortius

“Power of one”


CAS Students

The trash-picking activity in Cibibur was a positively satisfying chore. Being the first activity, most of us felt bewildered and little lost. Soon, however, hiding in the cooling trees from the scorching tropical sun, we began looking for small pieces of plastic. From cigarette ends to plastic spoons, we sincerely picked them up one by one. It was astonishing to see the remnants of plastics that must have been burnt with other waste material, apart from the toxic fumes released. The sudden appreciation towards all people that help keep our Earth clean swelled in us as we steadily grasped that it was a physically challenging task – more than we had envisaged.

in Action at Cibubur

The whole activity lasted for approximately 5 hours. It was tempting to remove our gloves, but we simply couldn’t risk it being exposed to a thousand different species of arthropods. Every drop of sweat was not merely a symbol of exhaustion but also of hard work, perseverance and care for Nature. Our struggle was insignificant when compared to Nature’s bounty that we were fortunate to experience during this activity. By the end of the day, we were very proud to see the product of our efforts – dozens of bags filled with the worst of things. We looked at it just as an artist would after finishing a masterpiece and, I suppose, we felt that precise sense of accomplishment in ourselves. Taran Arjun & Mukesh Dasani (12E)

ALL GMIS WE BELIEVE THAT

KNOWLEDGE IS NOT POWER, SHARED KNOWLEDGE IS POWER

The fact that I can plant a seed and it becomes a flower, share a bit of knowledge and it becomes another’s, smile at someone and receive a smile in return, are to me continual spiritual exercises. - Leo.F..Buscaglia

“Ever good act is charity “PYP students sharing their yoga knowledge with the children of Nurul Falaah.

MYP students Shared their laughter yoga knowledge with sahabat anak childrens. Laughter yoga combines unconditional laughter with Pranayama(breathing). Anyone can laugh for no reason. This allows more oxygen to enter the body making one feel more energetic, healthy and ridding the body of harmful toxins.

IBDP students share the ir knowledge of Sun salutation(surya namask ar) a form of yoga with students of Kebon g Kosong school.

A day without laughter is a day wasted. - Charlie Chaplin


T

he Grade 5 graduation day at our school was devoted to celebrating an important milestone in our students’ lives. Examinations were finally over; scruffiness was replaced with fancy clothes and parents admired their children for reaching the finishing line of a long marathon. Most of all, it was a time of unrestrained optimism. In the recent graduation ceremony held on 24th May, 2012 for Grade 5, we shared the students’ joy, and had some sobering thoughts too. Enthusiastic parents and students arrived at School in the early evening and families were seen taking formal professional photographs with their graduating wards. The official ceremony began at 18:15 hrs, in the School auditorium with a march by the graduating students led by their homeroom teachers. This was followed by a very lively rendition of the songs “Keep a Dream in Your Pocket” and “Lemon Tree” by the Grade 5 choir. Speeches by our Chairman and Principal made everyone glow. Gobinath Adisaan solemnly lead the oath-taking ceremony after the Principal declared the students “Graduates”. The students beamed with self-fulfilment and parents realized that their assistance—both financial and emotional—was well worth their while, and the faculty felt the satisfaction of bringing yet another group through the system. H.E. Mr. Carols Agostinho Do Rosario, Ambassador of The Republic of Mozambique gave the keynote address which was followed by the conferment of certificates. Freezing this moment in time had an emotional effect. It brought to mind that each individual on the roll call will go on to have a life of joy and pain, of positive and negative experiences as they move to the Middle Years Programme and beyond. Before the ceremony came to a close, valedictory speeches were given by the Deputy Headboy, Samvid Sharma and Headgirl, Diva Azaria. The future always seems more promising than the present, and the present on graduation day seemed pretty good—even if it is not quite the reality. To this end, the programme came to a close with a Candle Lighting Ceremony in Wings A & B of the School and a gathering of proud students, family members and the faculty for dinner. Ms. Sabrina


Mind Your Liver

Cirrhosis: Cirrhosis is a chronic disease of the liver that prevents this organ from working as it should. It is called as liver failure and sometimes referred as end-stage of the liver disease.

By: Eden Y. Zewdie

Liver, being one of the most important organs in the body, has to get due attention and care because of its vital functions as well as the disease that can easily affect its functionality. Liver is the largest glandular organ of the body and it weighs about 1.4kg. Some major functions of the liver are: to convert glucose to glycogen, to produce urea, to make certain amino acids, detoxification, storage of vitamins and minerals (vitamin A, D, K2, B12), and maintain a proper level of glucose in blood. Some other functions of the liver include, decomposition of red blood cells, hormone production, making bile, and also it plays major role in metabolism. Like many other organs, there are different types of liver diseases. The five common ones are hepatitis A, B, C, D and E, cirrhosis, liver cancer, hemochromatosis and cholestasis. Hepatitis: Hepatitis is the most common type of liver disease. Its due to viral infections and cause inflammation of the liver. Hepatitis A and E are caused by, mostly, contaminated food or water, where as Hepatitis B, C and D usually occur as a result of contact with infected body fluids. Hepatitis is a very dangerous disease as it has indistinguishable symptoms. The effects of this disease, especially types B and C are that it may lead to chronic liver disease such as cirrhosis and cancer.

Liver Cancer: As it is generally described by people cancer is a highest stage of given disease it means that a cancer originating at a specific part of the body begins spreading to the liver by the process known as metastatic cancer. Cholestasis: This liver disease is a condition where the flow of bile from the liver is blocked and this may be due to tumours, unusual growth in the bile duct, gall stones, cysts, infection of the pancreas etc. Hemochromatosis: Hemochromatosis is a genetic disorder that causes iron overload in the body especially in the liver, heart and pancreas, and this iron overload many cause dysfunction of these organs. It is obvious that all organs in the body are equally important. However, liver is one of the few most important organs like the heart and brain. Not many of us notice that a great many people around the world die from liver diseases. Liver disease is one of the major causes of death which is still increasing from time to time. Every year at least 350,000 people die from only hepatitis C. Like every other disease, liver disease can be prevented by taking some precautions like; immunization to prevent hepatitis, avoid eating raw foods and fatty foods, washing hands properly, avoid using unsterilized medical instrument, only taking medicines if it is advised by doctors. Observing the above stated precautions may help us from being affected by this dangerous disease and keep our liver healthy.

IBMYP Personal Project The Petronas Tower Lampshade Bryan Koordi (10B)

The Petronas Tower is a tower that at the same time acts as a lampshade. The idea of creating this project derives from the countless disposal of newspapers all around Indonesia. The lampshade signifies a method of recycling unused newspapers into an unusually unique structure. The model itself is made out of tightly rolled newspapers, thus ensuring its immense strength. The lampshade has lights inside covered in a blue transparent layer to create a dazzling effect when the lights are switched on. There are many ways of recycling newspapers and this is an artistic.

Disaster Resistant House Ryan Koordi (10E)

The Disaster Resistant House is a house consisting of the latest technology to reduce the damage caused by several natural disasters such as strong earthquakes, whirlwinds, and lightning strikes. It has a unique pyramid-like structure to ensure its robust state, as triangles are very strong geometrical shapes. The disaster resistant house has bearings and helical springs, and a tower for lightning conductor, in addition to a basement for safety in case of a very strong whirlwind. The model is made out of acrylic, adding to its strength. The house is an implementation of what future houses will be due to the increasing frequency of in natural disasters.



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