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1India International School INSIDE IISJIndia International SchoolIn JapanTel: , Fax:,Ojima, Koto-ku, TokyoDear Readers,All that wait with bated breath has been so worthwhile! We have surprises in galore!Before we send this year’s first edition of the newsletter, let’s thank the Almighty for keeping us alive!With the string of events in IISJ, it once more goes to prove that when the spirit is high, life goes on undeterred.Republic Day CelebrationOn 26th January 2011 we went to the Indian embassy to sing a patriotic song to celebrate the 62nd Republic Day of India. Our beloved principal accompanied us to the embassy. The honorable ambassador started the function by reading out excerpts from the speech delivered by the President of India on the eve of the Republic Day. There were some Japanese people there too and many dignitaries, which made us even more nervous.We were all dressed in traditional costumes depicting the various states of India. The students from the GIIS were also there, they sang a song about the soldiers who fought for our freedom. There were also some light refreshments at the end of the programs, with fries and desserts, all packed in a bento box. There were choices of drinks and a variety of sauces served. We will all remember this day as a very beautiful memory of our 4th grade at IISJ and the 62nd Republic Day of our country. Modhur Bhattacharjee, 5A.“What though the field be lostAll is not lostThe unconquerable will……”John MiltonParadise Lost
2Art Corner The IPL Mega Bazaar Nitya Chopra Sanidhya Sanjida The players auction for the 2011 Indian Premier League (fourth season) was held on January 8 and at the ITC Royal Gardenia, Bangalore. It was the beginning of the Year Beginning Extravaganza which all the billions of Die Hard fans wait for. After 3 years the auction was held again with players from all the teams lined up for Sale. The teams could retain only four of their players but most of them decided not to. The two new teams Sahara Pune Warriors and the Kochi IPL team added glitter to the event. There were many highs and lows of the event which made the headlines frequently.The auction comprised of 350 players (reduced from an initial list of 416 players) put for auction in British style. Each player in the auction pool had a bidding base price under which franchise owners could not bid. Players were allowed to set their base price between $200,000 to $400,000. The players with a base price in the top three tiers:First Tier ($400,000): Daniel Vettori, Brendon McCullum, Ross Taylor, Adam Gilchrist, Brett Lee, Shaun Marsh, James Anderson, Kevin Pietersen, Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, Luke Wright, Michael Yardy, Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid, Yuvraj Singh, Graeme Smith, AB de Villiers, Mahela Jayawardene, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Brian Lara, Chris Gayle.Second Tier ($300,000): Jacques Kallis, Muttiah Muralitharan, Zaheer Khan, Yusuf Pathan, VVS Laxman, Shaun Tait, Andrew Symonds, Angelo Mathews and Kumar Sangakkara.Third Tier ($200,000): Gautam Gambhir, Shakib Al Hasan, Michael Hussey, Doug Bollinger, Dirk Nannes, Eoin Morgan, Robin Uthappa, Sanath Jayasuriya and David Hussey.Highest Paid Player:-Gautam Gambhir $11million<KKR>Abhishek,IX.Art CornerNitya Chopra3ASanidhya3ASanjida4BMarin Yukimura4Bvanditha agila.s3B
3Knowledge is not powerWe are often told that knowledge is power. Not really, knowledge is information. It is potential power and it becomes power only when it is acted upon.What is the difference between the person who cannot read and a person who can, but does not read? Learning is not like eating. It is not how much you can eat that matter, what matters are how much you digest. Knowledge is potential energy; wisdom is the real power.Education takes many forms; it is not just grades and a degree. It is Cultivating your strength, Learning self discipline, Listening, Eagerness to learn. Our minds are like muscles, stretch or shrink; it all depends on how much or how little we exercise them.If you think education is expensive, try ignorance. -Derek BokMuna Dhakal, IX.ICC Cricket World Cup 2011The ICC cricket world cup is the premier international championship of men’s one day international (ODI) Cricket.The event is organized by the sport’s governing body, the ICC, with preliminary qualification rounds leading up to a final tournament which is held every four years. The tournament is the fourth largest and most viewed sporting events. The 2011 ICC cricket world cup is the tenth cricket world cup and is being played in Bangladesh, India and Sri-lanka. It is Bangladesh’s first time co-hosting a world cup.All matches in the world cup will be accorded one day international status, with 50 over. Fourteen national cricket teams will compete in the tournament, including ten full members and four associate members. The world cup will take place between February and early April 2011 with co-hosts India and Bangladesh facing of all the sher-e-banglanational stadium in mirpur, Dhaka. The opening ceremony was held on 17th Feb at banglabandhur national stadium, Dhaka, two days before the start of the tournament, with the final on 2nd April 2011 at wankhede stadium Mumbai.Mansi Nataraj, VIMy SchoolMy school is the pride of Tokyo. It is one of the most famous schools of Tokyo. It gives complete Education of Mind, Body, and Character to every student . It has a very big building. It has Many rooms to accommodate the students in a very nice manner. All the rooms are ventilated. There is a big gymnasium where we conducted many events. There is a big playground. There is a big library with a large collection of interesting books. Our teachers and many other members of the school are nice and caring. Our principal is always ready to listen to our problems. She loves us and motivates us to work very hard for our bright future. I pray and wish that my school continues to make progress.Riya Fartyal, 4B.
4World maths day-Uniting the world with numbers A successful event made me and my friends unite with all the children around the world with numbers. I have always had a passion for numbers as they have fascinated me from t he age of 3 and this competition gave me a platform to work on my mental arithmetic skills with speed and accuracy in a very enjoyable and interactive way with students across the world.This is my third thrilling year of world maths day and the excitement of the challenges increase year after year made it even more special when I was selected as the Ambassador for world maths day 2011 to represent Japan on the world stage as it has made me reach the 2nd rank with all the motivation and support from Jain Madam, teachers, friends and above all, my parents who have been pillars of strength. I wish children all over the world could have this awesome experience which will help them to grow more confident and competent in this challenging world. I will cherish all these wonderful moments as an IISJ student for life time.Sai Mithran, VI.Facts about Life…When Snake is alive, Snake eats Ants. When Snake is dead, Ants eat Snake. Time can turn at any time. Don't neglect anyone in your lifeA good way to change someone's attitude is to change our own. Because, the same sun melts butter, also hardens clay! Life is as we think, so think beautifully. Life is just like a sea, we are moving without end. Nothing stays with us, what remain is just the memories of some people who touched us as Waves. Whenever you want to know how rich you are? Never count your currency, just try to Drop a Tear and count how many hands reach out to WIPE that- that is true richness. Never change your originality for the sake of others, because no one can play your role better than you. So be yourself, because whatever you are, YOU are the best. Baby mosquito came back after 1st time flying. His dad asked him "How do you feel?“ He replied "It was wonderful, Everyone was clapping for me!“ Now that's what I call Positive Attitude. Varsha KrishnaKumar, VACan U Answer?1. What does the Japanese call their country?2.When is the environmental day observed?3.Which is the coldest place on the earth?4.Which is the biggest stadium in the world?5.Who invented vacuum cleaner?Abha Borle, VA
5My Parents End of 7th grade The memories of seventh grade, Many things happened.Some were really great,Some were sad.We had so much ,The joy we had,Was as bright as the sun.We shared so muchOur joys and sorrows.We cared only about present,Who knows without friends,What would happen tom morrow.Seventh grade was a gifted grade,Sad to leave it,But I think we would fit,In eighth grade.As much as I have to say goodbye,To seventh grade,I would have to say hi,To eighth grade.Tanusha, VIIIMy ParentsI Love My ParentsMy Parents are my worldIn which I live,My Parents are my lifeThey make me smile,My Parents are my angelsBecause they make me fly,When they scold me I feel badBut I know they love me as well.Parents loveIs softer than a dove,Which makes me feel specialIn this beautiful world,My Parents mean everything to meBecause without them I will just not be me.Avanthika, VIIITeachersI look forward to your classWhen I come to school.You are an awesome teacher;I think you are very cool.You are smart and fair and friendly;You are helping all of usAnd if I got to grade youFrom me you did get A*I will remember you always teacherRarely does someoneGet influence a persons lifeIn a positive wayFor a lifetimeAs a teacher can,Optimism and confidenceProviding knowledge that leads to success,And being a good role model,As you areAnd you will….ForeverI’ll remember you always.Uma Shankari, VIII.
6My PetA snail is an animal. It is a mollusk, which means it does not have bones. Most of them have a shell. Most snails are herbivores, though some are omnivores. Fewer even are carnivores.Snails eat a lot of vegetables such as lettuce, cucumber, and carrots. Snails also eat fruit like apples. Snails use their radula to cut food. The radula is the mouth.The biggest snail is the giant African snail. It is 35 cm long. This snail turned into a giant pest. The rarest snails are the giant African snail and partala snail. The fastest snail is the Helis aspersa snail. It can reach speeds up to 0.03mph.I know about the snail pretty well because before 3 years, i had them in my home. It was not the ordinary snails but the Pet snail which they sell in the pet shop. In 1100 yen, I bought 2 white snails and 2 gold snails. It was in the size of child's fist. Growing them for 1and the half year, I've given them to my cousin. Now in my cousin’s house, there is 7 great grandson snails are there. I wish them to be healthy.Jin, VIIRiddlesHow do you communicate with a fish?Drop him a line.Why is tennis such a noisy game?Because every time the ball comes to you have to raise a racket.What tongue never talks?The tongue in your shoe.What did the sea say to the sand?Nothing. It is just waves.What has four eyes and a mouth?MississippiWhat is the smallest ant in the world?An infant.Aneek Nag,VII
7After March 11 . By Dharini Bharathi Graduation DayBy Dharini BharathiOn 14th May 2011, IISJ witnessed its graduation ceremony, an event that repeats every year. But this particular year, it cannot be passed off as yet another graduation ceremony. I’m sure IISJ will witness many more successful graduations in the coming years, but this graduation would be forgotten by none – at least by none of the graduates.I’ve always thought that 7 was a lucky number. That being the case, I wondered – why is it that the 7th graduation wasn’t as lucky as it should have been? Our graduation was postponed due to the devastating earthquake that hit Japan on 11th March 2011 right in the midst of our board exams. Though Tokyo wasn’t as badly affected as Sendai or Fukushima, none of us were spared from the contretemps waiting for us. Our board exams had been postponed for that moment and we absolutely didn’t know what was awaiting for us next. Then, all of a sudden, things started happening so fast that I thought I was living my worst nightmare. The situation was snowballing out of control and many of us fled back to our home countries out of radiation fear and anticipation of another tremor. This was something totally unexpected. We didn’t know if we would ever come back again to Japan. The worst part was that – we hadn’t even said goodbye to ANY of our friends. That was when we truly realized what it meant to be wrenched away from your friends and the place you loved.Fortunately, many of us returned and it was such a relief to meet our friends and teachers again and have the normal course of life restored. Despite the frequent small tremors and constant radiation fear, IISJ ran as usual – thanks to all our teachers. Our board exams were conducted in the same structure that I thought I would never see again.Then, I realized – it had indeed been a lucky ceremony! It was the first time all of us gathered in the hall after the disaster of March! We had a grand graduation and the IISJ graduates walked onto the stage proudly with the tassels gleaming in the light. I have completed my third year here, in IISJ and I’ll say – indeed it’s a home away from home!.
8IISJ Premier League By - Sampreeta pradhan Grade 12 IISJ Premier League “Cricket to us is more than play; it is the worship in the summer sun.” By - Sampreeta pradhan Grade 12Cricket has become synonymous with the identity of being an Indian sports enthusiast. Such is the charisma of the game in the nation and so badly are the people influenced with the aura of Cricket-stars that their glory and fan following can be witnessed in the recent cricket world cup. Cricket is a speed-driven game of passion and enthusiasm. It has emerged as one of the most popular games in India. To keep the spirit of cricket alive and to popularize the sport in Japan, India International School in Japan made plans to organize the IISJ premier league. The basic idea behind the league was to inculcate team spirit and improve the cricketing skills of amateur players. More over IISJ Premier League was a package of glitz, glamour and game.IISJ premier league began with the motto “Play for Passion, Play for fun”.The event began with the player auction on 10 June 2011 (Friday). The premier league had six teams : Dragons, Griffins ,Unicrons, Peagasus, Lions and Eagles. The owners of the teams were: Mr.Cameron and Mr.Martin (Team Dragons), Ms. Rasmee and Ms.Ritu (team griffins), Ms. Bhanoo and Ms. Hiya (team unicorns), Mr.Suresh and Mr.Rajesh (team peagasus), Ms. Rashmi (team lions) and Ms. Vinita and Ms.Preeti(team eagles). Mr. Thomas was the umpire of all the matches in the league. All the owners were from different departments , but the common thing they shared was the target to win the league.The first day of the premier league began with the group A and group B matches.The scorching heat, the burning pitch ,the sweat trickling down the fore head of the players and a chain of fours and sixes ; this was how IISJ premier league began. At last the teams which qualified for the semi- finals were Dragons, Unicorns ,Peagasus and Griffins. Meanwhile the battle for the title of the champions of the premier league was getting fiercer and irresistible. The dragons were Declared the champions of the IISJ premier League and their victory was celebrated with the lavish victory party given to the team by their owners Mr.Cameron and Mr.Martin. When asked to the captain of the winning team , Navin Jinasena about the success behind their victory he said “I hate losing and cricket being my first love, once I enter the ground it's a different zone altogether and that hunger for winning is always there. I give the whole credit of winning to my teammates. If they wouldn`t have supported me we wouldn`t have won.”Mr. Cameron was filled with joy about the teams victory and said with a flashing smile “I had full trust in my team and I knew that we were going to win with Navin`s dedication, Neel`s bowling abilities, Prathamesh`s batting skills and the sincerity of the other players of the team.”Altogether IISJ Premier league was a mesmerizing event where people came to help each other, to involve themselves in the joy and sorrow of wining or losing the match.There were some moments where the spectators witnessed emotional moments .but the IISJ premier league also had spice added to it when the board was accused of helping a few teams to pass through the matches by either manipulating the score or by allowing players to use unfair means. In the end the premier league was indeed a fair play and the winning team deserved their credit. So as the motto says KEEP PLAYING FOR PASSION AND PLAY FOR FUN!!
9Book Review Geo challenge 2011 Audrey Niffenegger Audrey Nefenegger is an American writer, artist and academic. A film version of Niffenegger's debut novel, The Time Traveler's Wife (2003), starring Eric Bana and Rachel McAdams was released in August She has also written a graphic novel or novel in pictures, called The Three Incestuous Sisters. This book tells the story of three unusual sisters who live in a seaside house. Another graphic novel, The Adventuress, was released on September 1, The short story 'The Night Bookmobile' is currently being serialized in 'Visual Novel‘ format in The Guardian. In March 2009, Niffenegger sold her second novel, Her Fearful Symmetry. The book was released on 1 October 2009 and is set in London's Highgate Cemetery where, during research for the book, Niffenegger acted as a tour guide. She is currently working on a third novel called The Chinchilla Girl in Exile, about a girl called Lizzie Varo, who suffers from hypertrichosis (excessive body hair)By Damyanti Chaudhuri Grade IXGeo challenge 2011It feels very good to be the winner of the Geo Challenge.I was really very nervous at the beginning.But,I went through the zones and I was really happy.Road to victory:There were five ranks.The were Geo-Graduate,Atlas Expert,Explorer,Globe Trekker,and the highest rank,Ambassador.There were then zones.North America,Caribbean,Antarctica,Europe,Africa,Australia and New Zealand,East Asia,Indian Subcontinent,South America and finally,The World.The tension I went through was very tiringRank in:Zone 1-Globe Trekker,Zone 2-Globe Trekker,Zone 3-Globe Trekker,Zone 4-Globe Trekker,Zone 5-Ambassador,Zone 6-Ambassador,Zone 7-Ambassador,Zone 8-Globe Trekker,Zone 9-Globe Trekker,Zone 10-Globe Trekker The tension I went through was very tiring.At last,I was at the end of the arduous journey!I could not believe my ears when my name was announced as the geo champion.By Neel Datte, Grade V
10Book Review Geo challenge 2011 Audrey Niffenegger Audrey Nefenegger is an American writer, artist and academic. A film version of Niffenegger's debut novel, The Time Traveler's Wife (2003), starring Eric Bana and Rachel McAdams was released in August She has also written a graphic novel or novel in pictures, called The Three Incestuous Sisters. This book tells the story of three unusual sisters who live in a seaside house. Another graphic novel, The Adventuress, was released on September 1, The short story 'The Night Bookmobile' is currently being serialized in 'Visual Novel‘ format in The Guardian. In March 2009, Niffenegger sold her second novel, Her Fearful Symmetry. The book was released on 1 October 2009 and is set in London's Highgate Cemetery where, during research for the book, Niffenegger acted as a tour guide. She is currently working on a third novel called The Chinchilla Girl in Exile, about a girl called Lizzie Varo, who suffers from hypertrichosis (excessive body hair)By Damyanti Chaudhuri Grade IXGeo challenge 2011It feels very good to be the winner of the Geo Challenge.I was really very nervous at the beginning.But,I went through the zones and I was really happy.Road to victory:There were five ranks.The were Geo-Graduate,Atlas Expert,Explorer,Globe Trekker,and the highest rank,Ambassador.There were then zones.North America,Caribbean,Antarctica,Europe,Africa,Australia and New Zealand,East Asia,Indian Subcontinent,South America and finally,The World.The tension I went through was very tiringRank in:Zone 1-Globe Trekker,Zone 2-Globe Trekker,Zone 3-Globe Trekker,Zone 4-Globe Trekker,Zone 5-Ambassador,Zone 6-Ambassador,Zone 7-Ambassador,Zone 8-Globe Trekker,Zone 9-Globe Trekker,Zone 10-Globe Trekker The tension I went through was very tiring.At last,I was at the end of the arduous journey!I could not believe my ears when my name was announced as the geo champion.By Neel Datte, Grade V
11Phoenix Flare Shines in the skies of Sano By Navin Jinasena (Grade XII)In one of the warm Sunday mornings, Phoenix players gathered at the Phoenix headquarters and headed into the battlefield which was situated miles away. After a tiring drive through the roads of Kanto, we managed to get to Sano, where the brand-new Sano 3 Cricket Ground was located. After the regular warm-ups, Phoenix checked their luck against My-Ys, with the toss but unfortunately it was one of those days where Lady Luck was not aboard our side. After losing the toss, Phoenix was sent in to bat first and a new pair of openers were clubbed together to see us through. Kenji took guard with Atharva at non-striker's and we were all set to go. Phoenix boys did great, opening up the account from the first ball and kept on taking sharp singles and occasional boundaries. Team was also assisted by the extras offered by opponents. In this 15-over encounter, IISJ marked their dominance by raising away to 25 off just 4 overs before Atharva got bowled mainly due to lack of Concentration to the opening pacer-Shun. Next in was the IISJ-Skipper and Shark's Opener, Navin. With Kenji nicely scooting along, Phoenix was in for a big one. Boundaries start leaking all over the ground. Singles became a rare sight and scorers start having the most difficult period of their life. Navin reached his 50 in no time as IISJ crossed 100 runs in-round 8 overs. Once the partnership reached over 100, Kenji decided to take a break and give opportunity to other players as well and he retired at the score of well-made-unbeaten 21 which included some delightful stroke-play you can ever come up with. Shubham was next to the creace and took command from first ball. With Shubham punishing bowlers at will, Navin took the back seat and concentrated much on rotating the strike. By the end of 15 overs saw Phoenix climb to the score of 196 with just loosing only one wicket. Navin was unbeaten at 88-off-36 which includes numerous boundaries and couple of hard-hit sixes. Shubham had raced his way to a very aggressive 30, individual career-best.Having a stiff-target of 197 off 15 overs, Sano openers started off decently against a much depleted IISJ Phoenix bowling line up which did not include the usual openers with the new ball Asef and Navin(taking a break), Amit and Atharva shared the work load. Shubham took charge as the stand in skipper and the man behind the stumps. Extras started to frustrate Phoenix bowlers as My-Ys played some smart cricket to steal away singles and occasional odd boundaries. But some smart decision taken by Shubham and deciplined bowling from the IISJ boys managed to restrict the opponents to 127 in their allotted over’s banking 3 wickets. IISJ won the game comfortably by 69 runs. It was a great effort by the team to beat one of the leading youth-cricket clubs in the country which is also sponsored by Japan Cricket Association(JCA). Many positives to be taken from the game as young players such as Kavin, Neel D., Sushant, Muneeb and Maku played with lot of heart and their efforts at field worth noticing. Shubham proved his capabilities as a leader and Kenji showed lot of responsibility in his batting. Amit and Atharva also chipped in with all they got and it was a good experience for many. With the curtains coming down, off went the Phoenix into the shades of dark, leaving a lasting impression on the opponents.
12Event Gallary Editor: Ms. Hiya Bhattacharjee Compilation: Ms.Mala PandeyHelp and Support: Sampreeta Pradhan Gr 12Designing: Shubham Rathuri and Navin Jinasena Gr12