Bethany High is Proud to Announce 100% Results in Both ICSE AND ISC Examinations

May 15, 2018 no comments Bethany High

The Bethany family celebrates yet another year of excellent results in the ICSE and ISC Board examination 2018. Our students brought home 100% passes, with all of them securing first classes.

Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed. We’re proud to have been a part in witnessing our children conquer a huge milestone in their lives.

It’s been an action-packed year with our Bethanites leaving their mark in sports, co-curricular activities and in our Mega Musical Madagascar. Apart from this, the students have excelled in all the co-curricular activities and have balanced it well with academics for which we are thankful and grateful to our dedicated and committed team and staff and most importantly to God above.

ICSE-  100% Passes – 100% First Class

We have been blessed with 100% passes in the past years with our students doing extremely well. This year, the ICSE batch of 2018 has made us proud by securing 100% results yet again.

Sl.No  Names  Total Marks  Rank 
1. ALLEN JOEL LOBO 487 97.4 1
2. JANHAVI PRASANNA OKE 487 97.4 1
3. SNEHAL VATS 486 97.2 3
4. ANJALI SUSAN OOMMEN 485 97 4
5. VED PUROHIT 483 96.6 5
6. MOHAMMED RYAAN 482 96.4 6
7. SURYA H T 479 95.8 7
8. TANVI B T 478 95.6 8
9. GARIMA SURANA 477 95.4 9
10. MOHAMED ZAID J 475 95 10

Our students scored centums in the following subjects:

Mathematics
1.Anjali Susan Oommen.
2. Janhavi Prasanna Oke.
3. Snehal Vats.
4. Allen Joel Lobo.
5. Alan Jose.

Computer Applications
1. Allen Joel Lobo.
2. Ved Purohit.
3. Snehal Vats.
4. Anjali Susan Oommen.
5. Aryaman Navale.
6. Spurthy Reddy P.
7. Surya H T.
8. Varun Manish Karlekar.
9. Sravan Karthick T.
10. Manav R Bathija.
11. Mohammed Ryaan.
12. Shraddha Prasad Khanapur.
13.Rida Javed Kutty.
14. Nandan H.

Drama
1. Noah Mayan Ryall.
2.Nandita Udayashankar.
3. Arnav Nathan Barnabas.
4 Kyra Ganapathy.

Commercial Applications.
1. Garima Surana.

 


ISC –  100% Passes – 100% First Class 

The ISC Results 2018 of the Bethany Junior College also saw a cent percent Ist Division for all the 67 students who took part in the exam this year. Join us in celebrating with all our students.

Toppers:

Of the 28 students appearing for Science, Roshan Daivajna and Neha Sudarshan topped their class with a 98% each. Rahul Ganesh Prabhakar and Srujana SP were close behind with 97.75 &97.5 respectively.

Of the 13 Humanities students, the toppers were close behind each other. Mirael Lia Samson (94%), Ekta Jain(93.75)and Rachna N(93.25%)

Among the 26 Commerce students, Anusha Mazumder topped with 96%. Sonia Avdhani was close behind with 95.5%.

Centums:

Roshan Daivajna, and Vikram Nazareth and Neha Sudarshan scored Centum in Physics.

Neha Sudarshan also scored a Centum in Biology.

Sonia Avdhani scored a Centum in PE.

Rachna N and Mirael Lia Samson scored Centums in Sociology.

Vikram Nazareth scored a Centum in Computers


The Bethany Education Board and the management of the school celebrates and congratulates the students and staff of class X (ICSE) and class XII (ISC) once again for the excellent results achieved in the board examination 2017-18. Our prayer is that our students will continue to be successful and do well in life.

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Why Bethany Believes Co-Curricular Activities in Schools Bring Out The Best in a Child

May 11, 2018 no comments Bethany High

How is it possible to gauge just how busily the children are kept engaged in co-curricular activities in schools? Especially at Bethany High! That is easy enough….a glance at the events calendar in the school diary will give one a fair idea. The pages are packed with events, each one more interesting and enriching than the other. The feeder schools which is home to the little ones of Bethany has such a range of activities that it would make an adult envious. Colour days, Readathons, Tell me an Old Story Day, Plant a Seed Day, Newspaper Festival and a multitude of other activities. No doubt the parents are kept on their toes but the little ones thoroughly enjoy these special days. Every single child gets an opportunity to participate in these little but innovative events. Apart from these in-house activities the children also go on field trips to the Special school bakery, the fire station, the police station, the post office and any other place which will help the little ones broaden their horizon. The smaller classes begin their confidence building with their first step on stage with the Choral Recitation. The children sing, recite and even dance with gusto. They do get a little perturbed at first but as each year passes they become so much more confident. This sets the stage for what the child may blossom into, in his or her future years at Bethany.

One such success story out of so many at Bethany High is Alex Koshy. Alex has been a pupil of Bethany from 2003 and passed out of grade Twelve this year. Little did one know that Alex would go on to make his school so proud in the years to come.

At the Pre Nursery and surprisingly, when he heard the drums being played for the first time he ran away refusing to listen to the loud sound.  His mother believes that this was actually because Alex had a very sharp sense of hearing. Alex, according to his mother was a restless and impulsive little boy. When Alex was in the Pre Primary school, the Head of the Department Mrs. Bharathi Ponappa would laughingly say that Alex does not need a mike to make his voice heard. His teacher in grade three Evon d Cruz played a pivotal role in channelizing his impetuous nature towards singing. She recognized that he had a gift and she ensured that he was on the school choir. From there on there was no looking back. When in the fifth Grade Miriam Andrews the genius behind the Bethany musicals gave the children a song to practice over the holidays. Alex sang the song non stop during his vacation and perfected it. When he returned from the summer holidays his rendition of the “Any Dream will do”  bagged him the lead singer’s role. In the Fifth Grade Alex joined the Harmony Choir conducted by Sandra Oberoi. As a part of the choir he went on to take part in numerous singing competitions. Alex was also a part of the Freedom Chorale Festival conducted by William Joseph.  The feather in the cap was when Alex won the second place in the American Protégé ( an international vocal competition) and was invited to perform at the prestigious Carnegie Hall in New York.

The Musicals are a huge part of Bethany’s cultural scene and children right from the Primary school have an opportunity to showcase their singing, acting and dancing prowess’s. Watching Alex perform in Shrek, renowned choreographer Judie Bidappa singled him out and casted him in the musical Cats. Needless to say Alex took part in most of the musicals Under the Sea, Aladdin, Shrek and Pippin. His last stint in a musical will of course remain the most memorable. Roaring his way through Madagascar as Alex the lovable Lion. His powerful roar which reverberated through the packed auditorium and his deep throated singing stole many a hearts.

Alex is superb at sports too. He plays a mean game of basketball, is good at javelin throw, discus throw, shot put and skating.

Alex went on to become the school captain and President of the Bethany Student Organization. His mother’s display picture on Whatsapp shows Alex proudly marching with the school flag.

“All children have within them the potential to be great kids. Our job is to create a place where this potential can flourish.” Said Stanley Greenspan.

For Alex this place was Bethany High. His teachers, the Principal the Director and the Bethany Education Board supported him through and through in all his endeavours. His mother says all that Alex has achieved today is because of the immense support that the school gave him. Alex performed amazingly well in his academics as too which is no mean feat considering the vast amount a child in the ICSE curriculum has to study. A fine balancing act indeed. Bethany nurtures all its children so they can soar. Alex is just one of the thousands of success stories.

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What Makes Bethany a School with the Best Music Department in Bangalore

May 11, 2018 no comments Bethany High

Music is the most potent instrument than any other for education -Plato

If one were to play a word association game, the first word that may pop up at the mention of Bethany is the word music. So deeply ingrained is the love of music in Bethany. Music is an inseparable part of every single event at Bethany. The music department is frantically busy the whole year through preparing the students for songs…be it for assemblies, elaborate prize days, choral recitations and numerous other events both in the school or outside it. The auditorium constantly resonates with the charged atmosphere of a hundred voices joined together in singing and most times accompanied by dance and movement as well.

There should be music in a child’s environment just as there exists in a child’s environment spoken speech –Maria Montessori, this couldn’t be more true of Bethany.

Apart from numerous activities which are packed into the school year like debates, talent hunt, mono acting, quizzes, sports events, lit fests which play an integral role in the all-round development of a child at Bethany, there is no doubt that music plays the most important role. One may be up on stage or seated in the audience when the singing simply envelopes everyone into its fold. It is nothing new to a Bethanite since they have been habituated to this right from the pre-nursery classes. The music teachers are so tuned to spotting children who sing that even the littlest ones are trained to give a solo performance during their choral recitation programmes. The tremendous confidence that a child develops is unimaginable. The child grows up feeling absolutely comfortable to go up on stage and has no trace of stage fear whatsoever. Teachers who have been at Bethany for decades feel a deep sense of pride when they spot a child they have taught in the younger classes going on to perform so beautifully on stage.

The school choir is carefully handpicked by the music department as they go on to represent the school at various events both within the state and outside it. According to Saroop Oomen, our Bethany choir conductor, being a part of this choir is a tremendous opportunity for the child as the Bethany Choir is known to perform some wonderfully innovative pieces. Saroop is known to add a few quirks which leave the audience pleasantly surprised….. a tabla piece in between a song, a beautifully choreographed dance weaved into the performance. The choir was one of the few school choirs invited to perform at the Festival of Festive Music hosted at the prestigious National Centre of Performing Arts in Mumbai. A proud moment indeed.

This year the Senior choir has been invited to participate at the Singapore International Choral Festival a huge step indeed to be able to prove their talent among so many competing choirs from around the world. It would be a transformational exposure for the young singers!

The Director Dr. Akash Ryall who is a virtuoso at playing the mouth organ is known to join in unobtrusively from the audience to accompany the choir on many occasions. The music department at Bethany boasts of immensely talented teachers, headed by Saroop Oomen. Joel, Deepak and a bunch of young talented musicians.

The Musicals which are held once every two years is the jewel in the crown of the Bethany cultural scene. The event only gets bigger and better every passing year. The children are auditioned right from primary school to grade twelve. The practice sessions begin three months prior to the D day. The auditorium is converted into two stages for the two set of casts for the morning and evening shows and for the next three months every Bethanite breathes, sleeps and dreams “Musical”. The school goes out and out to see that the show is of excellent caliber. The lights and sounds, the sets, the costumes, the LED walls are the best that Bangalore can offer and needless to say the shows on all three days are a sellout. Saroop’s take on participation in the Musical is that it is a life-changing experience for all the teachers, students and parent volunteers. So far Bethany has staged eight musicals since 2003, a challenging process no doubt but enriching the lives of so many children and creating precious memories which they will treasure all through their lives. The proceeds are all for a beautiful cause which is dear to everyone at Bethany, the Bethany Family Fund, and the Bethany Helpers Fund.

The beginning of the year sees the beautiful and moving valedictory ceremony an event which is solemn but at the same time so musically rich. The students don’t just walk in, they dance in rhythmically to the choir singing a song which leaves everyone in the audience teary-eyed. The atmosphere is so beautifully encapsulated with the music that one has to be there to appreciate the amazing ceremony.

Bethany High is a school that promotes performing arts like no other. It is one of the few ICSE schools that offer Drama and Western Music in the 9th and 10th standard board exams. The Drama course encourages children to step out of their comfort zones and portray challenging roles. The western music course gives the student the opportunity to choose between playing an instrument or voice and this helps them earn points for the ICSE exams.

Bethany High wholeheartedly supports children who step out of its portals to take part in events. The Harmony Choir recently saw three children from Bethany whose performance was closely followed on television. They had the opportunity to perform in front of famed musicians of India. They were supported wholeheartedly by the entire school and the Director even posted a video on Bethany’s official Facebook page encouraging the performers.

The only thing better than singing is more singing said Ella Fitzgerald and Bethany High believes in this one hundred percent!

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Why Bethany is a Super Example of a School in Bangalore That Encourages Sports.

May 11, 2018 no comments Bethany High

Gone are the days when the word sedentary was associated with an adult. The i pad, X box and smartphone-addicted generation of young children are plagued by unimaginable diseases. Obesity, diabetes, depression, and stress to name a few. Most families today live in apartment blocks which may still allow a child to play or swim in the safe confines of the complex, but what about the vast majority of children who simply cannot step out of their homes to play a carefree game of cricket or football in the fear of coming under a vehicle or being bitten by a stray dog. In such circumstances, it is imperative that the school ensures that their children are engaged in some form of physical activity during and after school hours. The busy parent today faces a major challenge in monitoring the child’s diet and overall physical and emotional wellbeing but this entirely possible in partnership with the right school.

As the child grows older the rigors of academic pressure play havoc with their vulnerable state of mind. Peer pressure, body image and the constant onslaught of the social media doesn’t help either. This is where sports can make a difference….a big one!

Physical exercise is good in every way for the mind, body, and spirit. It is an excellent opportunity for children to release their pent-up energy. It may mean a classroom full of sweaty kids but they’ll be a happy bunch for sure. It has been unequivocally proven that engaging in sports activities will improve a child’s focus on study, improve their sitting tolerance and generally make them happy little people…..simply because of the magical endorphins or the happy hormones that the brain releases due to exercise. Needless to say, a child who has fulfilled his innate urge for play will be ready to focus in class. His mind is no longer sluggish and his attention is sharp…..a settled ready class-a teacher’s delight.

As the famous educationist, Maria Montessori said “Play is the work of the child”

In the western countries, the schools have always emphasized on sports and it has been considered as important as academics. University admissions are determined by a youngsters sports credits. Fortunately, the Indian government has woken up to this fact and is making an effort towards making it an integral part of the curriculum. Children can now choose Physical Education as a subject in the ICSE curriculum. The subject demands a certain fitness level from the children….they require to run a certain distance, do pushups and pull-ups within a time frame. Obtaining good marks in this subject is no child’s play but when children perform well on this subject there is a huge leap in confidence level.

The PE department in Bethany has a strong team of dedicated coaches headed by the Mr. Peter Soundraja. He is legendary for his tireless efforts to ensure that every child at Bethany has an opportunity to be a sportsperson. At Bethany, children are introduced to sports right at the Pre Nursery level and it’s aptly called Games and Movement. The children are made to jump little hurdles, crawl through colorful tunnels and sort colorful balls into buckets. The children improve their flexibility and balance. Their enjoyment is evident as they try and swirl the hula hoop or hop on one foot, try balancing on the balance beam and walk on the agility ladder. Needless to say, they look forward to this period the most.

Children today due to various reasons live a sheltered and cocooned existence taking part in sports teaches them how to get along with their peers and also enables them to accept that it may not be always possible to win……sometimes you win and sometimes you learn.

Bethany High school ensures that the children apart from all the other activities have a minimum of at least 2 periods a week of PE. Apart from this the children who show a natural inclination to sports can opt for the after-school sports practices. Bethany High encourages children from other schools to participate too. Through the year the sports teachers keep a close watch on children during each and every inter-house match. Talent is immediately spotted and after an interaction with the parent, the child’s skills are further honed with rigorous practice. The sports can be either individual or a team event. The selected children then go through a minimum of at least four practice matches before they represent Bethany High at various inter-school tournaments. It’s not surprising than the numerous accolades that the school gathers at these events. The children also compete with sports clubs and registered sports academies (which are a notch higher than clubs). This ensures that the team Bethany is confident and ready before participating in the final match. The Karnataka State Cricket Association tracks talented young cricketers through these inter-school matches and exceptionally talented children then go on to play at the zonal levels.

The immense level of dedication and commitment of the coaches is truly commendable. Organizing the sports day of the different departments over three days and in a smooth and seamless manner is again entirely the onus of the PE department. The coaches are Bethany’s men and women in blue. Rain or shine they are on the sports field and nothing deters them.

Sports teaches you character, it teaches you to play by the rules, it teaches you to know what it feels like to win and lose….it teaches you about life-Billie Jean King

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Why Bethany High is Considered One of the Best All Round Development Schools in Bengaluru

May 9, 2018 no comments Bethany High

Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education – Aristotle.

Ancient wisdom for sure but so relevant considering today’s educational scenario. A decade ago the term “school shopping” would have elicited a laugh but today the informed parent is spoilt for choice with a multitude of schools beckoning with high-end campuses and infrastructure, promising to make the child an Einstein or a Sachin Tendulkar. The social media adds to the pressure with parents comparing notes on which school does what better. The poor child is in the middle of the battle of the better school and is burdened with the immense pressure of living a super organized and “every evening a different activity” life.

With such a mind-boggling choice of schools what would make a parent pick a school like Bethany. To experience the amazing Bethany culture one has to belong to this extraordinary family. The alumni who return year after year to admit their little ones is proof that these ex-Bethanites too want their children to be encompassed in this beautiful enduring relationship that they have experienced.

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