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SelaQui International School shines in CBSE Board exams

Students of SelaQui International School created a new School record in the class 12th CBSE exams that were declared on Saturday. The batch of 2017-18 improved on the school record by 4%. Lipi Koyu of humanities stream not only topped the school but also created a new school record by scoring 97%. The results of humanities stream aggregated an average of 89.2%. More than 85% of 61 students who appeared scored above 80% and 13 students scored above 90%.  Lipi Koyu, the school topper credited the hard work of faculty, academic process and trust of her parents for her achievements. Speaking to the press, she expressed her desire to join the prestigious St. Stephen’s College. Headmaster, Mr. Rashid Sharfuddin informed the press that the myth of Boarding Schools not doing well in academics has been shattered. One has to only look around at academic achievements of boarding schools in Dehradun both in CBSE and ICSE boards. At SelaQui, we aim to create a spirit of academic excellence as well as of sports and co-curricular activities. Mr. Sharfuddin credited the good results to not only a very committed and spirited faculty, focused students but also to the rigorous academic process of the School. The School also sends a large number of students to IIT and Medical colleges every year due to a much focused Gurukul programme.  The aim now is to raise the bar and work on good college placements in the coming days informs the Headmaster.

  

First Inter School Equestrian Meet 2018

The equestrian team of SelaQui International School, among the best CBSE boarding schools in India, is a paragon when it comes to success in horse-riding, which every school in the Doon valley and the country at large tries to emulate.

Our school riders galloped their way to emerge as champions in the First Inter-School Equestrian Meet 2018 that was held in Shri Ram Centennial School, Dehradun on 13th and 14th of May. Six boys and three girls of SelaQui participated in the competition. Eight schools from in and around Dehradun sent their riders to compete in this prestigious event. It was a memorable competition for the riders as well as the audience. It is safe to say, this competition was a total knockout!

Yashvardhan Singh and Eeshan Gupta won 3 golds and one silver each in Dressage, Hack, and Relay. Balharshpreet Singh, Yuvika Jain, Raina Bhatia, Shreshtha Neogi, Sumaer Singh, Aviral Gupta and Priyansh Bajaj also won gold and silver in their respective events. Overall, the school won eleven Gold Medals, fourteen Silver and four Bronze Medals in various disciplines of dressage, open hacks group ‘A’ individual, open dressage group ‘I’ and ‘II’ individual, relay team, and equestrian classes. SelaQui was declared the overall winner and the champions proudly brought the Best School Trophy home.

The riders were all gaga over their riding coach Mr. Jagminder Singh. “Without him, this achievement wouldn’t have been possible!” said Aviral Gupta. (…and we can’t agree more!)

— Raina Bhatia and Shreshtha Neogi

Building Bridges of Hope

The SelaQui International School, one of the best Residential schools in Dehradun, is a beacon of hope in the Selaqui township. The SelaQui community believes in the access of education to those who need it the most and our strong Outreach Program is a testament to our social responsibility and accountability.

The SelaQui campus is one of the most pleasant places one can experience, and it is ever so welcoming to its students – the present and the past. Across the road from the campus, you’ll find the stables, the beautiful horses and a lot of other animals on this farm that the school has. Walk a little more and you can hear a collective laughter, chatter of voices, and kids learning. If you still venture a little farther, you’ll enter a well-lit room with kids sitting and busily filling out their worksheets, laughing, smiling, talking and brimming with undeniable energy;  you’d find Sequins and the master-in-charge helping to keep these boisterous kids engaged and keeping things in order. Welcome to SelaQui’s Outreach program.

An Interview with the master-in-charge, Mr. Ashford Lyonette makes us understand how this program came about in the most wonderful of ways. The program started after our Headmaster Rashid Sharfuddin and Mr. Lyonette visited the slum in Shivnagar, a locality of squatters from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.

The most common job was rag picking for the children. A gentleman by the name of Mr. Deepak ran a small school for these kids, but over the past few days, the frequency of students coming there to study had been fluctuating. The next step was to take the kids away from the slum, as a lot of them were getting abused there and start teaching them in the Equestrian Classrooms, where the floor was laminated and the book shelves were put up and now the kids are able to study here – this wonderful initiative is called ‘Leap’.

The teaching methodology involves dividing the students into two groups – one who are school goers and the others who are not . The kids who haven’t been to a school are taught the basic alphabets and numbers and those who are enrolled in schools are taught body parts, days of the week, months of the year, how to read time on a clock, basic grammar exercises. They start with worksheets and then proceed to memory building exercises and then on to learning.

Kartikeya Puri a student of Class 12 who is actively involved with the program and is one of the most dedicated volunteers writes “And now, since the fun was over with, we meant business! A body of volunteers for this program crossed the road over to the Equestrian Center, yet again with a bunch of assignment worksheets, and a goody bag full of eatables, to impart knowledge to those who were hungry for it! After a mind racking 45 minutes of teaching and being taught, we call it a day, and distribute snacks among the lot, which usually comprises of a menu of chips, biscuits and cakes (the ones confiscated from our very own!) Outreach, quite frankly, has been quite the experience for any student participating in it. And believe you me, it is in giving that I have received the most, maybe not the confiscated tuck, rather the gratification of being a contributor for a better future for someone, who otherwise may not have been privileged enough to have it.”

The aim of the project is “Health, Hygiene and Education”. The School has started with the “Education” and we plan to work on “Health” over a period of time. The basic idea being to make sure that these kids don’t lose out on life, as a lot of them have to face harsh atrocities, teenage pregnancy, and very many of them are even hauled up for police investigations into different types of crime.

As I finish writing this, I’m reminded of a poem we read in class 12 “An elementary School Classroom in a Slum”, “Run azure on gold sands, and let their tongues Run naked into books, the white and green leaves open, History is theirs whose language is the sun“.

— Kartikeya Puri (Class 12) and Jibran Khan (Old Sequin and Headboy)

Fourth SelaQui Invitational T-20 Cricket Tournament

One of the biggest draws of the School year and arguably the most eagerly awaited sporting event in the calendar , SelaQui Invitational T-20 Cricket Tournament took off on 2nd May, 2018. The event now in its fourth iteration highlights the qualities of leadership and camaraderie which are the hallmarks of a SeQuin education at SelaQui International School, one of the best CBSE boarding schools in India. The tournament generated great deal of fanfare and witnessed enthusiastic participation from a host of schools from the Doon valley and beyond.

A total of eight teams took part in the event and were divided into two pools. Over the course of the next few days, the Qui Oval witnessed a plethora of  matches showcasing exquisite stroke-play as well as magnificent bowling by some of the most talented young cricketers around. The home team itself put up a laudable show and scaled new heights when it made its first semi-final appearance since the tournament’s inception. Spirited performances by skipper Rishabh Gupta and Lavesh Tanwar as well as a fine bowling display by Tushar Sharma and Aman Agarwal ensured the team offered a challenging prospect and stake its claim to be among the contenders.

The weather gods also wanted to be at the biggest sporting extravaganza in the valley, and they did so with a bang. Gale force winds lashed the entirety of our campus and stalled proceedings and this resulted in one of the home team’s matches starting at 6 in the morning. The SeQuins were rightly sleep deprived and vented all their anger at the opposition to overcome Indian High School, Dubai with relative ease in a 10-over match.

The highlights of the tournament were undoubtedly the two thunderous centuries by Anmol Sharma of Modern School, Barakhamba, who delivered in the penultimate stage of the tournament, when it was most needed by his team. A consequence of these superlative performances was that Modern School was able to outclass every other participating team.

The semi-final appearance of the home team provided some much needed exposure for our team which will undoubtedly aid them in bringing home many accolades in the days and months to come.

The culmination of the days of blood, sweat and toil put in by everyone involved in organizing the tournament are summarized as follows:

Best Batsman: Anmol Sharma (328 runs )

Best Bowler: Aryan Sharma (12 wickets)

Best Wicketkeeper: Jyoti Pandey

Best Fielder: Mohammad Wasim

Player of the Tournament: Anmol Sharma (double century)

Tournament Winners: Modern School, Barakhamba

— Shaurya Veer Singh

 

 

Career Fair at SelaQui

The Career Fair organized at SelaQui International School in Dehradun, one of the best CBSE boarding school in Indiaon April 20, 2018 saw great fervor among the students. Only a few among the top 10 boarding schools in India, SelaQui takes great initiative and pride in training students of classes 10, 11 and 12 (the SeQuins) and offer them the opportunities available in the different avenues of college education that would make them ready for their future enterprise.

The students interacted in an engaging session with representatives of more than 15 colleges and universities from the USA, among which were the big campuses of Arizona State University and Indiana University. The representatives of these universities gave the SeQuins a brief introduction to their institution following which the students went to the desks of those institutions that interested them and clarified their queries about admission procedures, eligibility criteria and scholarships.

The students were given brochures with complete information and contact details. Interestingly most universities offered 200+ research programs which fortunately, give the students a lot of options to choose from. Such fairs open up the students’ horizon to a plethora of opportunities out there and help us make informed choices. Kudos to our SelaQui!

— Saalik Rather

Third SelaQui Invitational Tennis Tournament

The balmy morning of 21st April saw a bunch of ‘Qui lads warming up alongside scores of other tennis players. Further inquisition (provided you were enterprising enough to do it) would reveal it was all in preparation for our 3rd Invitational Tennis Tournament for boys (and girls!). With participation from 12 schools in total, we looked set for a profoundly enjoyable two days.

Proceedings got underway with the lighting of the ceremonial lamp by the Headmaster and the Bursar. The first round of matches saw our biggest title hope, and defending champion, Kabir Kapur square up against an 8th grader in a (obviously) lopsided contest with the home favorite coasting through without breaking a sweat .

Zealous participation from all competitors ensured the audience had a cracker of a time over the course of the tournament. Spirited performances from the SelaQui contingent enthused everyone as our athletes toiled under the scorching sun to emerge on top. The efforts of our boys were far from prosaic and were exemplary in every way as Kartikeya Puri and Tushar Arya in the doubles category put up a good fight but crashed out against Pathways School and MNSS Rai as did Ansh Agarwal and Kshitij Kaushik after a laudable effort against DPS Khanna. Kabir Kapur and Dhruv Banerjee, showcasing magnificent grit and determination, eventually bowed out after ending up on the wrong side of some edge-of-the-seat thrillers.

After two days of enthralling tennis, the results were as follows:

Boys’ Singles- Mankirat Singh [Rising Star Academy]

Girls’ Singles – Balishta [MNSS Rai]

Runner Up – Jiya Khaturiya

Boys’ Doubles- MNSS Rai

Runner Up – Rising Star Academy

Girls’ Doubles- Pathways School

Runner Up – MNSS Rai

Tournaments such as ours (and the rewards they give) incentivize players and consequently foster tennis talent, and in doing so they provide an invaluable service to the beautiful game that tennis is.

It sure looks like SelaQui has set the tone for an engrossing tennis season ahead.

— Shaurya Veer Singh

Third SelaQui Invitational Golf Tournament

The third edition of the SelaQui Invitational Golf tournament was held on 22nd of April, 2018 at the SelaQui Golf Academy. Twenty nine of the best young golfers from all over the Doon valley arrived at the picturesque SelaQui golf course. The event was inaugurated by the School Sports Captain, Gursher Sandhu at about 8 am. He commented upon the sport’s sophisticated and elegant nature and wittingly borrowed the term from cricket and called it a ‘true gentleman’s game’.

Having declared the tournament open, the officials then took over and explained the rules of the game. They also announced that the game would be played in the Stable Ford format following which the various three balls teed off, kicking start to nine holes of competitive golf. After about two and a half hours of driving, chipping, putting and occasionally calling upon the officials in a tricky situation, the golfers turned in their scorecards and relished the snacks awaiting them at the golf hut.

Manan Mahajan of APS, Dehradun gave a tough competition to Anning Morang but in the end, the latter emerged winner. The morning concluded with the awards being handed out by our Chief Guest, Mr. R. P. Devgan. Amartya Jha of SIS received the award for maximum number of pars, Anning Morang received the award for the maximum number of eagles and was also declared the champion of the tournament. Close at his heels was young Harsh Pegwal as the runners up. It was a perfect conclusion to a memorable Sunday morning of golfing.

 

— Aahan Roy

Marking the End of an Era

The ideal majestic Hogwart’s campus, the weather dancing to the tune of everyone’s emotions – from a sunny and bright start to a dark, windy and somewhat gloomy end as we came to terms with the fact that 61 of our brightest and oldest will be leaving us soon enough to ‘sail in the choppy waters of the world outside’. With teachers and students dressed as caped crusaders, to wage their Holy War upon the leviathan, that is the CBSE, Graduation Day 2018 was a blast!

The session kicked off with Mr. Mahesh Bhupathi – the Chief Guest, playing a few knocks with the school tennis team, along with golf maestro, Amandeep Johl and the Chairman, Mr. Om Pathak and his family gracing the occasion. This was followed by a photography session at the Vishwanangana with Mr. Mahesh Bhupathi, Mr. Om Pathak and Headmaster Rashid Sharfuddin with the graduating batch of 2017-18, around which point the sky began to thunder. The perfect play of light and dark, pride and sorrow was a moment of perfection captured and made immortal by the lens.

After the photographs, the horde moved towards the school amphitheater for a performing arts presentation by the school choir and dancers. The audience witnessed a trip down memory lane with the Headmaster addressing the gathering about the graduating class 12th, the irony wasn’t lost on us with him talking about perseverance while it poured! Humor aside, it was quite an inspirational address leaving the audience awestruck and nostalgic.

Follow-ups were given by the outgoing School Captain, Shivaansh Singh and the current captain, Kabir Kapur, both uniting on the grounds of true leadership while Mr. Bhupathi kept it short, sweet and straight to the point as he wished everyone luck for their lives ahead.

The Headmaster’s Awards for the academic year 2017-18 were given out after which the choir struck a chord with the audience and made everyone’s hearts swell with emotions when they performed the Scottish tune, Auld Lang Syne – (literal translation) Times Long Past – for the ‘twelfthees’ as they received their graduating ties. The staff, students and parents then headed for lunch after which quite a few SeQuins went out for a parent’s outing. And so the day came to an end leaving us with one undeniable fact, the campus would be all the less for it with many a remarkable individual leaving, to make a life outside the lush and green 52 Acres we call ‘Home‘.

– Kartikeya Puri

The Qui Coronation

SelaQui International School in Dehradun, one of the best CBSE boarding school in India, takes great pride in inculcating values of leadership to the many boys and girls (the SeQuins) who call it their home away from home.  The mission statement of SelaQui International School, counted among the top 10 boarding schools in India, identifies ‘Leadership’ as a key character trait to develop and imbibe in young men and women.

So, when the Investiture Ceremony rolls around every year and the new appointments for an academic year are decided, it is an occasion to celebrate the values of Leadership and Excellence.

Sweaty palms, parched lips, shivers down the spine. Now merge it all into one and you get what the SeQuins feel each time. And coincidentally enough, these were the reactions the audience experienced as the batch of 2017-2018 was crowned in the fields of leadership, excellence and meritorious conduct on the 1st of February, 2018 in the amphitheater.

The investiture ceremony began at 11:30 am and had everyone sitting with their fingers crossed. Speculations as to who’ll assume the mantle of leadership in which department had begun months, prior to the landmark event. While some declarations came as a surprise to most, other positions were somewhat expected. Nonetheless, both were welcomed with huge rounds of applause as the new group of appointees marched up the stage to receive their badges or captaincy.

Elaborating on the school policy, the Headmaster talked about pride, honor, duty and the responsibilities that come along with being a leader, a role model. Being able to guide the masses, compassion, empathy and integrity are marked characteristics integral to a sound leader. The opportunity given to this present group of students is definitely a ‘once in a lifetime’ thing – something that will be cherished for years to come. We sure hope, we don’t disappoint.

On Friday, the prefectorial dinner was held. The outgoing batch of prefects, new appointees, HOD’s and Housemasters were seen engaging in conversations and sharing light moments with one another.

NEW APPOINTMENTS: Kabir Kapur (School Captain)   
Kishika Arora (Head Girl)
Gursher Sandhu  (Sports Captain)
Kartikeya Puri (Activities Captain)

Prithvi House: Akash Kundu, Sulaiman Khan and Pragyan Rajkowa
Agni House: Raghunandan Ahuja, Srotriyo Sengupta and Krishna Tripathi
Jal House: Shubham Kaushik, Aman Deepak Agarwal and Bharat Tokas
Akash House: Mirza Mohammad Beg, Sahil Bakshi and Abhinav Shaurya
Girls’ House: Antima Modak and Varnika Bajaj

-Antima Modak

Is My Tie Tied Too Tight?

The SeQuin, Sr. No. 3, February, Issue 3

SelaQui International School was established in 2000 and ever since, a Head Girl has been appointed and this year it’s me. I remember people around me making assumptions about why they think I should be appointed and how I used to shake my head in disbelief. While all this was going on, Shreya (psst… that’s the ex-head girl) and I would talk about the challenges she faced. Frankly, the solutions to those problems were simple, almost obvious but now that I’ve stepped into her shoes, I see the complexity of it all. I never fully understood why she thought through things, played a mental movie in her head of causes and effects when the ‘obvious’ solution was glaring her in the face. But, perhaps now I do. It is never so simple. Situations and people are nuanced. Delicate like tea cups, the weight of everyone’s expectations weighed on her shoulders but yet she rose to the occasion. And now, it was my turn! (Yikes)

Change is a powerful word and somehow the word struck me when the badge was placed on my blazer and my tie was handed to me. These past three weeks have taught me so much about people and how systems work. I have been transformed into someone who (now) uses ‘we’ or ‘us’ instead of ‘I’ or ‘me’. My perspective is changing and I hold myself accountable for not just myself. I am slowly trying to understand the implications of being the Head Girl, to understand the gravity of the situation. (It is still a little unreal for me but I guess that’s with every prefect until they deliver a speech!)

I have a dream to take this institution to a higher level, to mold and guide every boy and girl who enters the realms of this place so that when they go out of this 52 acre lush green campus, they go out as young men and women who will have their heads held high with pride, be the torch bearers for the nation and will become leaders who inspire thousands with their personalities.

Wearing the crown of the Head Girl always seemed fascinating to most of (speaking on behalf of the ladies) but to carry the weight of it is what I am learning after the knot was beautifully placed around my neck. With the authority, came many other things -I had to command the crowd, tackle the 8%, and most importantly have in mind that I am always under the scrutiny of the public eye and hence, my conduct must always be exemplary.

These 20 odd days have made me feel on the top of the world and experience great heights. I have been flooded with both bouquets and brickbats in equal measure – but that’s natural. However, I am firm and clear in my vision to maintain the sanctity of the school and be true to its name. I hope I will be able inspire the ladies to carry and conduct themselves better, to be kind and courteous, to be self motivated and disciplined, to be… gagging

Or wait…is my tie tied too tight?

Let’s hope for the best!

— Kishika Arora