2nd June 15

Dear Parent,

It is time for my first communication with you this year and writing to you at the end of each term gives me immense pleasure.

Like other years, the boys have again given me so much to be happy about and feel proud of.

The one thing that unfailingly marks our annual calendar is activities....wide-ranging activities. Following a successful staff workshop in January, we had the Investiture and Graduation ceremonies. We have a new Prefectorial body and they are doing a great job. In academics, not only has the number of achievers in various categories increased, but have we also had to institute a new award for Vikram Vardhan Singh because he had crossed all the earlier levels of academic achievements that we had put in place!! How can such joy be put in words? I am sure you are one with me in the pride that encompasses my heart.

Our success story in Basketball continues and we have won the All India Golden Jubilee Basketball Tournament yet again. But what truly lives on in our hearts is our comprehensive win in the finals of the Afzal Khan Basketball Tournament in which we lifted the Trophy marking a hat trick. Our Hockey team did us proud this year too. We stormed into the finals after a nail-biting semi final match against RIMC. We are waiting to lift the Kandhari Trophy again and I know that it will not be too long before we do so. The boys have the fire in their bellies and they will soon attain this milestone.

Our Round Square and MUN activities are relentless. Attending, winning and arranging these prestigious conferences   is now becoming a way of life for our boys.

Our mid terms and expeditions have been very successful too. The Theatron came alive with musical presentations from guest artists and our students. Whether instrumental or vocal, the boys won hearts everywhere, every time.

The much awaited Senior Secondary results are out and the boys have done us proud this time too. The School topper, Akshat Jain has topped Dehradun city with 97.2%. Following closely are Ritvik Kuchhal with 97%, Anuj Agarwal with 96.8% and Saket Bhalotia with 96.4%. These four boys also figure in the top ten Dehradun district toppers. Of our 47 students that appeared for the Board, 22 scored above 90%. Congratulations to our boys for scoring a perfect 100 - Ayush Gurtu and Kumar Arunish in Music, Anuj Agarwal in Accountancy, Vinay Bhatia in Business studies and Akshat Jain in History.

Boys who appeared for the X Board exams ensured that their seniors would not steal all the limelight! They too have performed extremely well. The batch average Grade Point is 9.13, a highly commendable performance by any standards. 16 students have scored a perfect 10 CGPA.

This assures us that we are moving in just the right direction, from strength to strength! 

You will agree that our joy and pride in our students is well founded!

Let me share with you about our new initiative at Welham Boys'. The School is very charged up to continue perform in the Outreach programme. The each one teach one programme has strengthened and has taken a new dimension. It has become an integral part of our lives at WBS, and it is a delight to see our students reaching out to the less privileged from the basti areas who attend an afternoon school for one hour fifteen minutes every day. As always I look forward to your cooperation in this endeavour. I extend a request to you to send crayons, coloured pencils, building blocks and whatever educational toys that you could, for us to move in our desired direction.

The exchange partnership programme for Welham Boys with schools across the globe has stepped up phenomenally. This term saw one boy visiting the Scots College, New Zealand on a cricket exchange and wasn’t he lucky to witness the World Cup there! We would now host two of their boys on a reciprocal arrangement. We also had three boys from Scone Grammar School, Australia who spent five weeks with us. To add to this, Mr Paul Smart, Headmaster of Scone Grammar School spent a week with us giving me immense opportunity to discuss our schools and the way forward to strengthen our partnership.

Two staff members went on a reciprocal exchange to the Reading School, UK and we will, next term, see two of their staff members visiting us. Not only that, this staff exchange will now see six students also accompanying them making this partnership move from staff exchange to staff and student exchange.

As I write to you, three of our boys are busy in South Africa on an exchange with St. Stithians School, Johannesburg.

These Exchange programmes have a lifelong impact on the boys making a significant difference by giving them an insight into different cultures, other schooling methods, lifestyles and challenges.

The achievement of the students would not have been possible without the relentless hard work of the teaching staff, housemasters, housemothers, wardens and support staff of the School. I would also like to thank the Old boys of the school for their love and support. The invisible and visible support of our ever encouraging Chairman, Mr. Darshan Singh and the Board of Governors, plays a huge role in our success. And my gratitude goes out to you, parents for standing by solidly beside the School in all its decisions so that we can do everything and more for our boys. The glory of the School is as much because of you as anyone else.

May you have a wonderful summer vacation with your children before they return to us safe, rejuvenated and charged to take on the remaining year with the gusto that only a Welhamite is capable of!

Warm regards

Gunmeet Bindra

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