In conversation with The Somaiya School topper – Debanjan Bhattacharjee

The Somaiya School is proud that we have scored 100% results. Our students have performed exceeding well and came out with flying colours at the CBSE results exams.

In conversation with our school topper Debanjan Bhattacharjee, who has topped the school by scoring 98.6% and attained 493/500 marks in his exams

The Somaiya School is proud that we have scored 100% results. Our students have performed exceeding well and came out with flying colours at the CBSE results exams.

We  spoke with our school topper Debanjan Bhattacharjee, who has topped the school by scoring 98.6%  and attained 493/500 marks in his exams

SVV Blog Team: First of all congratulations Debanjan! Please tell us how do you feel with this achievement?

Debanjan: It feels great! However, I would feel even better, had I attained better marks in English. I was expecting somewhere around 97-98 out of 100 since my English paper went well but I ended up with 95 marks and my overall percentage decreased because of that. Otherwise, I’m pretty happy.

SVV Blog Team: Can you throw some light on how you prepared for the exams? How many hours did you study? How did you prepare for the exams?

Debanjan: I didn’t have a plan in mind as to how many hours to study in a day, but on average, I studied for around 2-3 hours every day. As much as possible I strived to keep a balance between all my subjects. Also, I studied from the first day itself and that’s how I did not allow myself to build unnecessary exam pressure. I started preparing thoroughly right from the start. I think it is this action that helped the most.

SVV Blog Team: What are your hobbies?

Debanjan: I enjoy playing the tabla, and I also enjoy singing. When I want to unwind or take a break from studies I like to play video games. Even during my exams, I did not give up entirely on these recreational activities. I only reduced the time.

 

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Debanjan with his Parents and Principal Parveen Shaikh

SVV Blog Team: Who would you contribute your success to ? in what way did he/she help?
Debanjan: That would most certainly be my teachers, parents, grandparents, the school authorities and my Principal ma’am. The school has helped me a lot. I don’t think it would have been possible without their efforts.

The school teachers were very friendly since the start. I didn’t hesitate to ask any questions or clear my doubts. They were more than willing to answer my queries. They helped me clear all my doubts. They gave us worksheets and practice lessons regularly. And I think that helped me.

 

SVV Blog Team:  Considering that at your age a lot of youngsters succumb to the pressures of being in social media, either by participating or spending too much screen time. Did you give in or did you resist temptations of social media or reduce screen time when preparing for exams?
Debanjan: Fortunately, in my case, I didn’t have to resist any temptations. I used my phone regularly. But after December and January, I took my studies even more seriously.
It is normal that when exams are approaching, most students probably give up their phones and reduce their usage. However, I think I managed to have self-control, as I didn’t give up on my phone, but I didn’t spend a lot of time on it either. I did not let it affect my studies. I was fully aware of the adverse effects of using my phone a lot. Also, I had a fixed time for using my phone. I used it for one hour daily, and that was enough.

 

SVV Blog Team: What is that that you would you like to pursue? Why?

Debanjan: I want to pursue engineering. I am fascinated by planes since childhood, and I am curious about how they fly and how they function so I plan to go for Air space Engineering. So yes I want to pursue Aeronautics.

 

SVV Blog Team:  What are your plans now?

Debanjan: Currently, I’m preparing for JEE Mains. I hope to get into IIT so if I get in then nothing like because that’s my dream college.

 

SVV Blog Team: So how do you plan to celebrate the success?
Debanjan: I haven’t thought about it yet. I’ve got what I wanted. Right now I am overwhelmed.

 

SVV Blog Team: Lastly, What advice would you give to other students, who are preparing for their exams next year?
Debanjan: I want to tell them, that practice is the key to everything. Solve more and more question papers. That is probably the only thing that will make you more confident. I followed the same. I used to solve 2-3 question papers daily and could finish it before time, so I had the time to revise, and that’s an important thing.

I studied for around 2-3 hours every day. As much as possible I strived to keep a balance between all my subjects. Also, I studied from the first day itself and that’s how I did not allow myself to build unnecessary exam pressure. I started preparing thoroughly right from the start. I think it is this action that helped the most.

The Somaiya School students shine in Taekwondo Competition

Praveen Shaikh, Principal Somaiya School, beaming with pride says “ Taekwondo or indeed any martial art, teaches children self-defence, discipline, concentration and discipline. They learn to respect others. Students get physically fit and energised, and the best part is they learn all this while having fun.”

37 schools from Mumbai, 380 participants

from Standards 1-10th 

at The Taekwondo Games 2018

organised by Pil Sung Taekwondo Academy for children 

The Somaiya School students ranging from 6 years to 13 years lit up the medal chart with 6 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze medal! 

 

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Manuel Mendonca. 4th Degree Belt in Taekwondo from World Taekwondo Competition, Kukiwon trained the students and is now keen for them to go to the National level. He says “Taekwondo is for everybody, there is no age limit for anyone. Even at the age of 80-81 a person can do Taekwondo.

The student’s parents were thrilled as they were a witness to their achievement.

Praveen Shaikh, Principal Somaiya School, beaming with pride says “ Taekwondo or indeed any martial art, teaches children self-defence, discipline, concentration and discipline. They learn to respect others. Students get physically fit and energised, and the best part is they learn all this while having fun.”

Our girls continue to gain glory at the national level sports.

Sharvari Parulekar, a student of K J Somaiya Science and Commerce, represented Maharashtra at the 34th National Junior Athletics Championship. She bagged a silver medal with a jump of 11.99 meters in the Triple Jump event.

 

Sharvari Parulekar, a student of K J Somaiya Science and Commerce, represented Maharashtra at the 34th National Junior Athletics Championship. She bagged a silver medal with a jump of 11.99 meters in the Triple Jump event.

Sharvari’s main events are Long Jump, Triple Jump, 100M Hurdles and Heptathlon. She was selected to represent Maharashtra after her amazing performance at the State level meet at Satara.

She has also won the Gold medal at the Khelo India Youth Games in Pune.

Hearty congratulations to her and her support system. We wish her continued success.

Sharvari joined athletics at the age of 7 when she was in the 2nd standard. Her love for playing outdoor games led her into the sport. With the support of her parents, school teachers and friends she successfully faced the challenge of balancing academics and sports.

Her success is a result of diligent and committed training. Each day she trains for four hours in good sprint workouts followed by some strength and speed endurance workout. A focus on body balance, agility and functional training gets her prepared for the competition. Access to a synthetic athletic track at Somaiya Vidyavihar and guidance from her coaches has added to her training.

Besides continuing in her athletics, Sharvari plans to study Physiotherapy or Psychology in the future.

First among equals

Sangeetha, a class VIII student of K J Somaiya English Medium School, a school of Somaiya Vidyavihar in Rural Karnataka, not only participated in the National Mathematics Olympiad, she came First, competing with a whopping 65,000 competitors from across India.

Very few girls who have just turned 13 can tell you what they want to do in their life. If they live in a rural area, the probability is even less. But defying all the odds, one such girl is Sangeetha. If you ask her, she will say, “I want to study in the IIT”.

For a girl in rural India, life does not give you many choices, to show your talent to the world. Sangeetha, a class VIII student of K J Somaiya English Medium School, a school of Somaiya Vidyavihar in Rural Karnataka, not only participated in the National Mathematics Olympiad, she came First, competing with a whopping 65,000 competitors from across India.

The winning did not come easy. She first attempted the exam when she was in seventh grade and then again in Grade Eighth. Sharing her happiness with everyone, she says, “It was a great opportunity for me, and I got to learn a lot from it.”

This achievement is the result of consistent hard work for months everyday secured her big change in life. She had attempted the same exam in the previous year, but unsatisfied with the result, she gave it a shot once again.

Mr Sachin Hossati, her Maths teacher who guided her, says “She came to me with questions every day. For 1 to 1 ½ hour daily she studied various mental ability questions as well practised solving previous year’s papers”. Sangeetha’s positive confidence does not mean the journey was a fairytale. In the beginning, she had a hard time coping up with the level of complexity. But staying true to herself, she fought the fears with the help of her family, who always believed in her. Her father, Anilkumar, says, “She is a self-independent and a hardworking kid, who never required any motivation from us”.

Sangeetha is now more assured of her positive future than she ever could have been. “I thank the School Authorities, the Principal and my Math teacher for their tremendous support. I was overwhelmed when I knew I won. The unexpected recognition for my effort gives me a sense of confidence. This prize has encouraged me to work even harder and to strengthen my desire.”