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OPENING REMARKS BY THE PUBLISHER Fellow reader, Most students probably know me, but for the rest of the community, my name is Vinicius Sousa, and I am currently a D1 student here at Stonehill International School. First of all, I would like to welcome you, to the first edition of the “Under the Stone� Magazine, produced by students, for the students. It is an honor to be able to start this project here at Stonehill, which will hopefully continue for years to come. We, the ones responsible for producing this magazine, form a small group of 12 students and 2 teachers, determined to bring the very best content to our readers. Composed of students and teachers form various different nationalities and backgrounds, our team represents the diversity of the school. We are passionate individuals, motivated by curiosity, and the desire to pass on this passion to our readers. Every piece of writing within this magazine has been written with extreme care and attention to detail, with the hope that you share the same passion as the authors of the various articles. Our common goal, is to be able to expose our ideas and interests, as well as relevant news from around the globe to our Stonehill community, in a manner that not only interests you, the reader, but sparks a flame of curiosity within each and everyone of you. In reference to the name, we aim to englobe all parts of our society in our magazine, and thus revealing our community from under the stone. This edition marks much more than the start of a magazine, but the start of a legacy. Join us and embark on our journey through our community! Vinicius Sousa Publisher/Editor-In-Chief


Vinicius De Paula Sousa


Tara Srinidhi

Adam Esiyok



Anna Boas-Dyke Sports Reporter


Anna-Sophie Poehrl

DESIGNERS Siya Tripathi Entertainment Reporter

Anaelle Jarrault

Bhavya Vyas Cuisine and politics reporter

Natsune Nishi

Jayati Gupta Satirical piece and interest reporter

Sushruta Kokkula STUCO and student life reporter.


Jorja Rynne


Shashank Rammoorthy Behind Stonehill and interest reporter.


Elodie Pessara

BEHIND STONEHILL For those of you in Bus Number 3, seeing Mr Vijay Kumar singing must be a familiar occurrence. Because he is your bus driver. The gentleman loves to hum tunes from yesteryear. He listens to radio stations in different languages, and speaks Kannada, Telugu and English. Mr Kumar came to Stonehill 7 years ago, and loves his job. He is married with 2 kids. He appreciates subtleties in filmmaking, and likes to critique movies and characters. The next time you see Mr Kumar, give him your thanks! We interviewd Mr.Kumar and translated his responeses from Kannada to get a better insight into his life. What is your favourite movie, why? “I consider myself a film connoisseur.” I recently watched Baahubali 2, and I loved it. As long as it is a nice family movie - I enjoy it, I like it when I learn things from the movie, I like it when there is a plot and clear cut character roles. I do not like movies where it is all about fighting, and a hero just punching villains and making the goons fly into the distance, I like movies that are emotional and concrete. Another one of my favourite movies is 1942: A Love Story. The movie is absolutely timeless and is a real masterpiece. Did you always like movies and appreciate cinematography, or is this a recent obsession? In my previous job, me and my boss would go to the movies together and he would constantly critique every aspect of the cinematography. That taught me to look for details, pay attention to details, and generally enjoy cinema. What makes you happy? Seeing my mother happy. My mother lives with me, my wife and our children. My mother is equivalent to my god - in fact, she is my god. Everything I do, I do to make her happy. If she is happy, I am happy. Describe your perfect meal - breakfast, lunch or dinner. I would never say no to a Benne Dose (butter dosa) for breakfast. For lunch and dinner, I like eating traditional Indian meals. What do you do on weekends? My weekends are usually spent meeting up with friends, watching football on TV, watching movies and spending time with my family. With regards to football, I am a supporter of the German national football team. What is your favourite part about working at Stonehill? I love helping people. I take it as my duty to keep the kids under my care on the bus safe. My mission after 3 o’clock is to get them home, safe and sound. I hate the traffic, though.

Shashank Rammoorthy (D1)


FEMINISM: noun noun: feminism

1. The advocacy of women’s rights on the ground of the equality of the sexes. Sure, as if that’s going to make the world better place. Feminism is pointless. As Pat Robertson, an American media mogul, famously said at the 1992 Republican Convention, “Feminism encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft and destroy capitalism.” It’s rather obvious that feminism is not necessary in a day and age of clear fairness, where 77 cents is equal to a dollar. How dare we women use our voices against the completely just men, and speak out our villainous hearts to the world. What right do we have to protest for our rights. Which man gives us permission to fight back? We women obviously need a permit from a man to be able to voice our thoughts, don’t you agree?

Who needs genius ideas? Who wants Marie Curie? It’s not like she made a huge breakthrough in the history of science. And how dare groups of women openly oppose men? Take for example, the National American Woman Suffrage Association, who published a poster entitled ‘Why Men Shouldn’t Be Allowed to Vote’ in 1915, in a response to a poster published called ‘Why Women Shouldn’t Be Allowed to Vote’- (a very true statement by the way - of course women shouldn’t vote!). The poster made by the NAWSA (National American Woman Suffrage Association) was looked upon with critique, as it should be. Four of the points listed were:

The only things women are good for are cooking, cleaning, and bearing children. In fact, you can cancel two of those. If men learn to cook and clean, then the only thing women would be needed for, would be to bear children! Why not just lock women up? Keep them alive and give them basic necessities. There you go, all done.

1. Because man’s place is the army. 2. Because no real man would want to settle any question other than by fighting over it. 3. Because if men should adopt peaceable methods women will no longer look up to them. 4. Because men will lose their charm if they step out of their natural sphere and interest themselves in other matters than feats of arms, uniforms and drums. The sheer nerve of these women! Daring to fight for women’s rights, and publicly ridiculing men in the way they were ridiculed. To think this went on to become one of the most important documents related to women’s rights (pfff, what rights?). Change must be sought, women must be pushed back, their efforts stopped. After all, who needs us women anyway?

Jayati Gupta (M4)










SO WHAT IS THE STUDENT COUNCIL? The Student Council is a representative structure for students only, through which they can become involved in the affairs of the school, working in partnership with school management, staff and parents for the benefit of the school and its students. As the year is coming to an end a new student council will be elected at the start of next academic year, August 2017. This will give the new students an opportunity to also try out. Next year’s elections will have some changes to the election process as we are trying to balance competition and consideration, continuity and new ideas. SO HOW DO YOU EARN A SPOT ON THE STUDENT COUNCIL? First you need to pick an occupation: what would you like to do in the student council? There are two main categories, you can either be an officer or a representative of your grade. Each grade has one representative chosen by the grade itself. Along with class reps, there is also a chance for the boarders to participate. One female and one male representative will be chosen by the boarders to represent the boarding houses. Currently, six spaces for officer positions are available: 1. Chair - This person is in charge of the whole student council and must make sure that everyone is doing what they are meant to be doing. 2. Vice Chair - This role is assisting the chair and helping out with any simple jobs that need to be taken care of. 3. Treasurer - This role is quite important and if you enjoy maths this is the spot for you. Making sure how much money there is, is really important. This role is in charge of all the finance. 4. Publisher - This role is in charge of all the advertising that the student council needs. This person will make and print all the posters, tickets and certificates. 5. Events coordinator - This person is in charge of everything that deals with events organized by the student council eg, the end of year dance. If you’re someone that likes organizing things this is the spot for you. 6. Secretary - Writing emails and keeping track of the meetings is the secretary’s jobs. Being a member of the student council means that you are a school leader and role model to your peers. Student council members must be committed to their job and must be able to encourage other students to participate in school activities.They must accept their responsibilities and respect the rights of both students and staff.If you want to run to be a part of the student council you need to get the election paperwork from Mrs. Stempel and have it signed off by the principal and coordinators noting that you are in “good standing”. Participation in Student Council will be restricted until the student is in “good standing” in terms of academics, attendance and behaviour. If you want to get more involved with the stonehill community and have a voice then student council is the place for you. Sushruta Kokkula (D1)


The Fish Bowl When I was growing up, I often wondered what other people’s reality was. What was their world like? How did their minds differ from mine? I still wonder how there are seven billion other complex beings like myself. Out of all the species on Earth, we’re the ones that conduct, create, and eventually destroy. Destruction is inevitable. All of us will, at some point end something, however irrelevant it may seem. If we have the ability to create, we have to have the ability to destroy, for the sole reason of keeping things in balance. In order for us to be able to do all those things, we need to have a mind capable enough to comprehend that we have the power to do so, good or bad.

The truth is, we are the centre of our own universe, and our perception of the world is what creates our individual realities. Our minds think of everything; we’ve created bird-like objects that oppose gravity, which is a law of nature. We can build devices that know the answer to virtually everything, and our intelligence can create machines with the ability to have artificial intelligence. Why did we do all of these things? Maybe it was to justify that we are the apex beings, perhaps to try and break the rules we thought were unbreakable at that point in time. To think that humans have the ability to think like that is mind-boggling. We often laugh at fish for not knowing what the world truly looks like because of the bowl surrounding them, but are we any different? We are part of a universe so extensive, our minds that have created so many wonderful things, can’t even begin to imagine what a small fraction of it really is. What if our reality is masked by a fishbowl, and our perspective is somewhat distorted? You and I probably view things slightly differently, maybe because both of our minds created it’s own version of reality, with the slightest differences between them. If this is true, there’s nothing to stop us from believing


that reality is just another one of the human race’s many theories. Maybe I’m not even physically in this position right now. I could simply be a brain that’s being fed information to believe that this current moment is my reality. Maybe my reality is completely different from your’s. Maybe we are in a fishbowl and we’re swimming in it, going round and round, thinking we know life outside of it, but we haven’t even understood it in the slightest. Siya Tripathi (M3)

BANGALORE HAS A WATER CRISIS Crisis. The word has been used too often for it to procure any valid response. It’s a part of our routine lives, whether we come across the word through the media, social media, documentaries, research or anything else. There are too many crises to even begin to comprehend, much less to act against. Pollution, global warming, overpopulation, natural resource depletion, climate change, loss of biodiversity, ozone layer depletion, acid rain, water pollution and the list, as you can predict, goes on. The word seems to have lost its meaning due to such overuse. Regardless, a crisis is a time of difficulty and danger. The fact is, there seems to be difficulty and danger everywhere. How can we begin to approach a crisis on a global scale, when we haven’t addressed it in our immediate environment first. So the one crisis that you need to think about today, and the one you really need to care about right now, is in your own backyard. Bangalore is in a water crisis.

to gain access to drinking water. A local reported that he found water 30 ft below ground when he dug a borewell in the late 1980’s, however recently he was forced to dig to a depth of 1020 ft below ground to gain access to groundwater. It does not help that the average rainfall in Karnataka is 1248mm, but through borewells, the state is consuming almost 4 times that amount.

What is the Meaning of a Water Crisis?

The problem precedes to urban areas, such as the apartment complexes in well known towns of Bangalore mainly affecting, Sarjapur Road, Bellandur, Bannerghatta Road, Whitefield, Yelahanka and Marathahalli. Most of these depend on groundwater from borewells, and due to high consumption, these wells usually dry up leaving residents and management in a bind. There is estimated to be 26% less rainfall compared to last year in Bangalore and the shortage of rainfall in 12 districts of Karnataka is recorded at 55%. This could cause shortage of clean drinking water, so local authorities are forced to reserve the reservoirs for drinking only and supply tanks of water to villages, as well as cut off the water supply to farmers, drastically affecting agriculture.

These water shortages are a result of an alarming rate of depletion of reservoirs across the state. Major reservoirs have shown a decrease in average water storage, and many villages all across the state are forced to drill a vast amount of borewells

According to a study by V. Balasubramanian, former additional chief secretary of Karnataka, “If the current rate of groundwater utilisation continues, there will be a major crisis by 2025 when people may have to be evacuated.”

Did you know, that 1/4th of the water pumped into our pipelines is lost due to leaks? Did you know that Bangalore has over 159 lakes, which have dried up? Whether it’s rainwater harvesting, restoring Bangalore’s lakes, employing better water management plans within smaller communities, or raising awareness about water conservation, there is plenty to be done about this issue. Being active and involved in your community allows you to be a leader and make a difference to yourself, others and your environment. If you haven’t considered that you have the ability to change anything at all, think again. Reaching out to your peers, parents and mentors to discuss this issue, is the first step. Learning about Bangalore’s water crisis and evaluating sustainable solutions within your reach, is the next. Taking initiative by raising awareness or by leading in an active role within your community at school or home is excellent. If you’ve read this far in this article, congratulations! Now, “I don’t know what to do” or “I can’t do anything” are no longer excuses. Whether it has been a few years, or your whole life, Bangalore is your home, and it needs your help.

Bhavya Vyas (M4)




The ISACI Swimming Competition began on Friday, April

28th and came to an end the evening of Saturday, April 29th. The participating schools were; The International School of Hyderabad, The British School New Delhi, Mercedes Benz School Pune, and of course the host of the event, Stonehill International School. Throughout the competition, it was unclear which school would win or lose, everything seemed pretty even. I asked a student from one of the visiting schools who they thought would win, Dyra Pupplidi from The International School of Hyderabad said that at last year’s ISACI Swimming Competition, Stonehill was only a few points ahead of them, and so, Pupplidi believed that they had a good chance of winning this year.

In the end Hydrabad won (Stonehill was second) but congrats on all the other schools for trying their best and being good sports even in the face of defeat! If it had been up to only the overall points then Stonehill would have won (we had 800 or so) but this year they changed the system and based it mostly on who won out of the different age category teams.

On the Friday of the competition, many students from Stonehill came to the pool, along with their school spirit, and cheered their friends in break times. Some students even persuaded their teachers to take them during classes! The tremendous amount of school spirit and support improved the confidence in the swimmers and made them more determined to try as hard as possible. Tove Porling from Stonehill says, “I think the best part is cheering on your friends and hanging out around the pool, I also like that you can make friends from other schools.”.

Hyderabad fully deserved to win, they had a great team with fast swimmers and they stayed respectful of other swimmers. When asked, a lot of people were not surprised that Hyderabad had won, “I was surprised that we even got second to be honest” says Anaelle Jarrault “I felt that the other schools had many new, talented swimmers”. “I will not be there next year but I would do it again, it was fun and a good experience”, said Dana Hoefner, and many people agreed with her. Tove Porling says, “I only did it because I felt forced by teachers and some of my friends to sign up, but I do not regret that I listened to them and eventually signed up.” Happy Swimming ^_^

Anna Boas-Dykes (M1)


The list below displays the best teams by age-group including how many points they won by: 12 - girls: British School New-Delhi 123 points 12 - boys Mercedes Benz Int. School 158 points 13-14 girls: Team Vipers (Hyderabad) 183 points 13-14 boys: Mercedes Benz Int. School (Pune) 209 points 15+ girls: British School New-Delhi 108 points 15 + boys: Team Vipers (Hyderabad) 158 points


The Importance of Arts at School The arts are an integral part of our lives. They help us discover who

In today’s world, the arts are treated with little importance com-

we are, and learn more about our culture and the rest of the world.

pared to subjects like math and science even though we’re sur-

Without the arts, we would be hollow souls. Art can draw people

rounded by them. They’re everywhere, in everything. Music can

together or push them apart. It can stir up old feelings, make you

be used as a tool to concentrate, which means it can be very helpful

inexplicably sad, but also giddy with joy. Even Plato, one of the most

while studying and painting has been found to relax your mind. So

prominent figures in Greek history, put emphasis on these three

the next time you pick up that textbook to study for your chemistry


test, try listening to music of your choice. Or even better, pick up

1. Gymnastics for the training and development of the body,

that paintbrush and spend 15-20 minutes painting before you open

2. Mathematics for the training and development of brain, and

your textbook. See if it works for you.

3. Music for the realization of the soul. Jayati Gupta (M4) This tells us that to be successful, we should be in tune with the world around us. To realize who we are, sometimes we need a note or two.

The origin of art dates back from at least 40,000 years ago, where our ancestors drew paintings on their cave walls. Art has been around since the beginning of civilisation. While music has evolved with us through the years; from Beethoven to Justin Bieber, art, arguably, has changed us. The Renaissance period, where new ideas were thrown around like tennis balls, formed humankind into what it is today. The search to capture the beauty of the world as it really was, caused us to learn more about the human anatomy. Lights and shadows were played around with. People such as Leonardo Da Vinci, Botticelli, and Michelangelo sowed the seeds of the modern world. In my opinion, the arts are one of the most important we should be required to

study. Art is all around us, and by creating art we can envision the rest of the world. It teaches us feelings and concepts math could never hope to. By taking that away from the youth, we not only dampen their creative instincts, but we take away a chance for them to explore the world, and the worlds beyond.



And they’re off! Our D2 graduates celebrating the completion of their high school years and looking forward to what they will make of their lives. It’s been a fun two years for them and finally their hardwork and dedication is going to pay off. Being an IB student doesn’t require you to be super intelligent, but to be persistent and organized in your work. However, the IB is definitely not an easy course, balancing six subjects along with the core topics,TOK, Extended Essay and CAS. On top of all that there is also the Internal Assessments that one needs to pass.Perhaps some people think that graduating from high school is just a tiny chapter in our big book called life, and there are more important events to come, but it’s for sure a pretty huge milestone. With their IB exams over and only graduation left to go, our graduates will soon be done with school and on their way to university. The Stonehill community wishes them luck for their future and we hope that you will cherish your memories here. Now let’s hear from some of the D2s about their experience at Stonehill.


Shriya Mehta

DP in Stonehill has been an amazing journey for me. I am going to miss every bit of it, from making an amazing new bunch of friends to all those sleepless nights trying to finish all my assignments. IB and Stonehill have taught me a lot of skills which are going to help me a great deal in college. I’m glad I took an extremely difficult but equally fun program like IB in an amazing school like Stonehill. Also, it’s true that there are no winners but only survivors in IB and I’m glad I’m one of them.

Cameron Arnold

Although some of you don’t know my face, I think it is safe to say that all of you know my voice. My name is Cameron, and I am from the United States of America. Growing up in the states, I lived a very privileged but sheltered life. From the ages of four to fifteen, I lived in the same house, on the same street, in the same neighborhood. I had the same group of friends from Kindergarten to 10th grade. Life was easy and simple. And then one day my dad told me that he was moving to India. At first I was vehemently against going, having already established a life that at the time I was satisfied with. But the more I thought about it, the more I realized that this was an opportunity that I could not afford to pass up. In India, I discovered a whole new world that I never knew existed. From learning phrases in Kannada to eating pani puri on the streets, I truly feel that Bangalore is now a part of me forever.

Johannes Halkenhäußer

Two years and three months ago I first passed through Stonehill’s gates. It was the start of an experience that was enriched by great people with whom I share a lot of memories such as ISACIs, MUNs, the day to day atmosphere of our school and the life in boarding. Throughout my time I have repeatedly witnessed the magic Stonehill can have on people – I have even experienced it myself. The magic of an open culture of a diversity seeking community paired with the opportunity to always take the next step and try or start something new. Stonehill for me was like a bottle opener that made it possible for me to get a taste of the exciting life one can have when living among people of different nationalities, religions and upbringings. Leaving now certainly feels strange and I know I will miss India and Stonehill but that constant change is also a part our school’s nature. Thank you all for the great time I was fortunate enough to have and I wish everyone the very best!

Kim-Laura Klobes

The last two years of high school are always the hardest. It doesn’t matter which school you are going to and what school system you undergo. Thus, my DP years here at Stonehill have been quite a challenge. What those last two years teach you as a student is to organize yourself, to prioritize and to find a balance between your academics and your free time. DP might seem impossible at the beginning of D1 when everything is still imminent. But the warm, welcoming and friendly atmosphere of Stonehill, the supportive and open teachers and the big support, solidarity and friendships in your class will help you immensely. After all my time at Stonehill, I only started to understand what a Stonehill family is when I came to D2. I had an unforgettable time with ever-lasting friendships with students and teachers and I am very thankful for those memories!! Sushruta Kokkula (D1)



Studies show that if a cat falls off the seventh floor of a building it has about thirty percent less chance of surviving than a cat that falls off the twentieth floor. It supposedly takes about eight floors for the cat to realize what is occurring, relax and correct itself.

The Human eyes never grow, but the nose and ears never stop growing.

We all need some completely useless facts that might earn us a few points with acquaintances, friends and family. Running low on any of those? Fear not, for here you will find fun, intriguing facts that you will have no idea what to do with.

When hippos are upset, their sweat turns red.

A giraffe can go without water longer than a camel.

Siya Tripathi (M3)

No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver or purple.

Crocodiles and alligators are surprisingly fast on land. Although they are rapid, they are not agile. So, if being chased by one, run in a zigzag line to lose him or her.

The shortest war in history was between Zanzibar and England in 1896. Zanzibar surrendered after 38 minutes.

Butterflies taste with their hind legs.

The plastic tubes on the end of shoelaces are called aglets.

Your stomach has to produce a new layer of mucus every 2 weeks otherwise it will digest itself.


Are you having trouble with doing basic, everyday activities? Do you need help with something as mundane as brushing your teeth? If so, these life hacks are for you, and they’re here to make your day to day life easier. Life hack #1 If your life is extremely disorganized and messy, and nothing is working out, duct tape is all you need. Take two small pieces of duct tape, and place them gently over your eyes. There you go! Now you can’t see your endless list of problems!

Life hack #2 If you’re too tired to do the dishes, print a photo of a clean sink. Place the photo over the dishes. Voila! An illusion of no dishes to clean.

Life hack #4 Do you wear contact lenses, and are extremely tired? Replace your lens solution with coffee to keep you energized throughout the day.

Life hack #5 Eggs are a very healthy snack! To make them taste better, mix them in with cocoa, milk, butter and flour. Bake for 30 minutes.

Life hack #3 Got a hole in your black socks? No problem! Simply colour in the exposed skin with a sharpie instead of wasting your time sewing.

Siya Tripathi (M3)



Whether it’s gross or gourmet, the school lunch is something that everyone has an opinion on. While you may find that scoop of mashed potatoes on your plate uninviting at best, a few seats down from you, you’ll find someone eagerly waiting to dig in. Just as you would opt for a second slice of pizza, the girl sitting opposite you might just go for a salad and yogurt. As you take another sip of water because of the subtly spicy noodles, you might turn around to find someone pouring hot sauce all over them. In a short twenty minutes at lunch, we stumble over one another, seize cutlery, and pause, prod and slap on the contents offered on to our plates, gobble them down and leave. Afterwards, we leave feeling healthy, satisfied, and content with our meal. The kitchen staff pride themselves on these feelings, but do we take pride in them? What goes into cooking successfully for 300 students? Especially if these students are of all different nationalities and ages. In a set time frame and in a strict budget? In this article, I will be going beneath the surface of your plate. I interviewed Arjun the Head Chef, to get a better understanding of our kitchen.

1) How does the cafeteria come up with a menu for international consumers? When we started here at Stonehill I was the right hand of Andrea Battello who was the head chef from Italian heritage. He introduced the western cuisine in our cafeteria. We also check online for new dishes and we experiment a lot with fusion Indian - Western food. Andrea was always open for new suggestions and

let me have a free hand in preparing the food.

2) What planning goes into making the menu the way it is (nutritional decisions, taste, health)? Nutritionally we make sure that the 3 most important food groups are served: carbohydrates, protein and vitamins. In our weekly menu we try to change every day chicken, beef, fish, a variety of vegetables made in different styles and have a fresh salad bar and fruits. 4) What process does the cafeteria follow in order to prepare a day’s lunch (from buying, storing, cooking)? We buy 90 % of the food on a weekly basis, fruits and vegetable on Monday and Wednesday to have them fresh. The meats and chicken get stored in the freezer and they will get defrosted a day before in the fridge according to the menu. Foods with a long shelf life will be purchased on bulk on a monthly basis like sauces, oils, salt pepper etc. In the morning we start to clean and cut all the vegetables, the meats will be according to the dish cut and marinated the day before and stored. The dish which needs the longest cooking time will be cooked first and so on, so when we serve all the food it is warm.

an Italian chef Andrea Battello who was founder and helped design this cafeteria. I learned a lot working together with him, personally I think this is one of the best cafeteria in Bangalore. 7) What are the roles in a school cafeteria, and how do you function as a team and keep everyone motivated? Each member has an important role in the kitchen from the garbage guy to cleaning ladies and we must be able to jump for each other in case of need. I’m probably the most important person in the kitchen; I have to plan the menu, make sure that equipment is maintained, taste the food before it gets out, go to school and vendors meetings and keep an eye on my staff and the budget. But a kitchen is like a cricket team: alone I will not be able to do all this. 8) Lastly, why do you enjoy being in charge of the cafeteria and how have you felt working at Stonehill so far? Preparing food and having all the students enjoying it and giving me and my staff a compliment is the biggest satisfaction you can have as a chef. Working at Stonehill has been rewarding for all these years seeing the smiles of the students from kindergarten up to DP made my day every day.

5) What are some challenges that you face and how does the cafeteria handle tough We all love taking credit. We love schedules? the compliments and the praise, the achievements and the rewards. We The challenges we have are a few love it the most, when we did it with breakages of equipment, not receiving the amount of meat or vegetables like re- hard work, talent, interest, care and compassion. We couldn’t imagine it quested. We are always prepared and we being dismissed, it’s inconceivable. The always have a plan B,C and D ready. cafeteria staff works tirelessly everyday That’s why we plan a week before so we so that we feel comfortable, healthy, can make changes and our equipment and able to participate in our education gets maintained on a regular basis so we actively. They deserve credit. They don’t have unexpected surprises. deserve compliments and praises, 6) How do you think Stonehill’s cafeteria because of the talent, interest, care and compassion that exists behind that one compares to other schools you’ve previplate of food. Let Stonehill be a school ously worked at? How do you think it that cares enough to give that to them, compares to other schools in Bangalore? starting from lunchtime today, tomorI got the honor to work for 6 years with row, and everyday after that. Bhavya Vyas (M4)



Travelling is probably on the top of most people’s bucket list. Whether it is to explore different parts of the world, or to visit close friends and relatives, it tends to be a great experience every single time. This section of the magazine, Stonehill and Beyond, takes you on a voyage to a tourist destination, highlighting various cultures from around the globe. In this edition, join me on a trip to Phi Phi Islands, Thailand.

Located in between Phuket and the Strait of Malacca, the Phi Phi Islands attract tourists from around the world. Relatively close to Bangalore, around 2,386 km, the Phi Phi Islands make the perfect option for an extended weekend vacation, or even a summer vacation too. Arrival at the islands is limited to speedboats or ferryboats, since there are no airports in Phi Phi. It takes around 2 hours by ferry, in which you cruise the ocean admiring the beautiful landscape that Thailand has to offer. That is if you have gotten a good seat. If you want a truly amazing view, it is best to hustle for a seat outside, and experience the true ferry ride. The scenario makes for great pictures, especially once you have already gotten off at Ao Tonsai Pier, at Phi Phi Island.

There, you have the option to explore the city, which has great restaurants serving anywhere from typical Thai noodles to international food. There are some hotels at this stop, but most of the resorts are 10-15 minutes by the original Thai long-tail boat provided by the hotel itself. Although deceiving from the outside, there’s a lot of space inside these long-tail boats, which are rather safe, judged by the fact they are completely made out of wood. Most of the island tours, and standard island transportation are done by these boats, which charge a rather cheap price for each voyage. The view from the boat itself makes way for great pictures of the landscape and the ocean. From the boat’s deck, you are able to see the marine ecosystem below it, even if it is around 5-6 meters deep. The water is extremely transparent! I stayed at the Phi Phi Beach Resort in Long Beach, which is around 15 minutes away from Ao Tonsai Pier by long boat. Overall, it was a great stay! The hotel is elevated, meaning that the bungalows have a perfect view of the ocean and the landscape. The food was very good, and had both local and international options. I can personally recommend the Thai Noodles at the beach bar. Not to mention that the bungalows are spacious, and can house around 2-3 people. Yet, the thing I liked the most about this hotel is its location. As previously stated, it is located only 15 minutes by boat from the pier, meaning that you can explore the city too! It faces Long Beach, which has coral reefs quite close to the shore. This makes it ideal for snorkeling. As soon as you get into the water, around 10 meters from shore, you are already able to see the coral reefs filled with various fish species. Around 20 meters from shore, the water depth reaches approximately 2-3 meters, making the entire snorkeling experience even better. If you want to take your whole underwater mission even further, scuba diving is available at Long Beach, and even in other islands close by. There are several Long-tail boat tours from the hotel, which are available at extra cost. From the hotel beach, you can see a beautiful rock formation on the horizon, Ko Phi Phi Lee. I strongly recommend the Long-tail boat tour that visits these islands, since there are several stops. One of the most notable stops is Maya Bay, which is a beach engulfed by the rock formations. The landscape from shore is beautiful, and the water is extremely clear. Yet, the stop that I liked the most was definitely Loh Samah Bay, which is in the same complex of rocks.


The water depth is around 5 meters, and the boat stops for a quick snorkeling immersion. This was my favorite stop because it seems like a whole underwater paradise untouched. This bay is faced towards the deep sea, so there is very little human interference, which makes the underwater biodiversity truly spectacular. After exploring the hotel’s beach, you can ask for a boat to take you a little further off from shore, where water hits around 7 meters deep. I highly recommend doing this, since the deeper waters allow you to see a greater variation of species than closer to the shore. In this snorkeling immersion, I was able to spot a group of sharks, which justified the excursion for me. Staying at the hotel can make you feel like you are isolated from the world, but, lucky for the tourists, there are several options to make this feeling go away. I would recommend going for dinner at the main pier. Of course, like everything in the island, you need to go by long boat, but that makes for a truly amazing experience since you might end up catching a glimpse of the Phi Phi sunset. In the mainland, there are several dining options, with live music and a view of the ocean. Any of them are good, depending on your dining endeavours. I recommend getting local food, since it’s their specialty. There are also several local shops, where you can buy souvenirs for your friends, or even for a random student-reporter that suggested Phi Phi in a school magazine as a vacation destination! Phi Phi is a marvelous place, and has earned the podium as one of my favorite places in the world. It combines everything one could ask for, including beautiful scenery, palatable food, and many fun activities that make your time there, a true vacation. Vinicius Sousa



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