Billabong has been enthusiastically encouraging and engaging in debates and creative writing since the very beginning of the child`s school life. We have been doing so in the past, the present and will continue to do so in the future.Debating and creative writing are an integral part of the regular curriculum.Creative writing is an art that helps one master their ability to put their thoughts into words. It ignites imagination and originality in the mind. Competitive debate is a challenging and highly rewarding activity for those who participate in it.There are a range of benefits and skills associated with being on the debate team. Debating not only helps the child in building a healthy personality and intellect but also in developing important skills that prove extremely useful later on in life. Many of this nation`s top lawyers, business executives, doctors, engineers, and elected leaders were a part of debate teams during their High School careers, and for good reason. To put it simply, debate-related skills help one get a head start towards the top and ensure that once the summit is reached, a new destination is created. The power of critical analysis and persuasion are highly respected in every field of life and there isn`t a better way to master this art than through debate.
Students from middle school present and witness a debate before the school during every Monday morning assembly and the speakers are judged by skilled and experienced teachers. These routines makes debating fun and the children learn to, both accept different views on a topic, and present their own opinion.
Creative writing is the most important component of academics and most subjects deal with some sort of creative writing activities. The children are free to express their views on any given topic and are encouraged to aim for a masterpiece in all their attempts of creative writing.
These activities have enabled the children to enhance their vocabulary, public-speaking skills and individualism. The students have participated in a number of competitions like Frank Anthony Debating Competition, Model United Nations Conferences, and have earned accolades.
Billabong Debate Premier League (BDPL) is a new upcoming initiative taken up by us where senior students mentor their capable juniors on their quest for achieving excellence in the fields of debating and elocution. Potential debaters from middle school have been taken under the wing by active high school debaters. This squad will undergo several competitions over after a period of extensive training.
Three years ago billabong started inter-house debates, held annually. Many students have found their hidden talents in debating and creative writing through this and the school has played a catalyst role in enabling them to do so. Apart from this, we have also been an integral part of Inter-school debating with some of the other schools of Bhopal and Indore and have also organized superb inter-school competitions ourselves.
MUN is an international conference similar to the United Nations in which students participate as delegates to various UN Committees. Participants research and formulate political positions based on the actual policies of the countries they represent. Our school represented India and 3 students received an honourable mention.
It is amongst the most prestigious inter-school, annual debate competitions organized at the zonal, state and national levels by the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE). Participants represent their schools and are divided into two groups, Group I for students of Grades XI and XII and Group II for students of Grades IX and X. Over 1,600 schools participate in the event each year.
It is one of the most prestigious creative writing competitions organized by the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) at the all India level. It has two categories, Category-I consists of Grades XI and XII and Category-II consists of Grades IX and X. The topics are challenging and all the participants need to showcase their writing skills.
Languages, especially English, have always been given great importance in Billabong High. Once we felt that there was a need to introduce new vocabulary to the children on a regular basis, we came up with an idea; that is what initiated the 'Word of the Day' concept. This had been introduced so as to add to everyone's vocabulary on an everyday basis. For every increasing level of difficulty (on the basis of grades) there was a tougher word on display. Periodic dictations were held in classes to help them remember the words they learned every day. Then, to build up the competitive spirit between children, we started an inter-class Spellathon. The response was great and thereafter we decided to take it a notch higher by making it an inter-House event. Seeing the success of inter-House Fest, we decided that Spellathon should go inter-school as an annual event.
Consequently, the first Inter-school Spellathon was hosted by Billabong High International School in February 2010. Results of the 2010 Spellathon were heavily tilted towards Billabong.
Once our kids had been exposed to such a competition, there was no looking back. In the following year itself, 8 students made it to the Spelling Bee State Championship 2011-12:
Arjun Shekhar (II)
Harshvardhan Rastogi (VIII)
Aanya Kekre (III)
|Kashvi Matwani (III)||Priyal Gupta (IV)||Rishi Lalchandani (I)|
|Sanidhya Balwani (III)||Khushi Chhabra (III)|
The words, selected by a panel of experienced academics for the Spellathon are very child friendly and we ensure that the participants learn not just the spelling but its root, meaning and application as well. Not only the participants, but the audience also is illuminated as they learn spelling, pronunciation, usage and application of words as they witness the competition.
In 2012, our students participated in the Marrs International Spelling Bee Interschool Championship, and won both the 1st position (Priyal Gupta) and 2nd position (shared by Kartikay Dutta and Ananya Kekre).
As if this wasn't enough achievement already, five students qualified for the National Level:
|Kartikay Dutta||Medha Prakash|
Since the past four years our school has been working steadfastly and doing a yeoman's job to encourage the concept of 'Spellathon' throughout the city. Every year, 8-10 schools participate and send two students for each category (there being a total of 6 categories: grades 1 and 2, 3 and 4, 5 and 6, 7 and 8, 9 and 10, 11 and 12). There is a winner and a runner up for each category.