Students always have many opportunities to work together across grades. The school works hard to foster a culture that encourages working, achieving and finding happiness as a community that respects each individual’s unique talents.
- Our Middle School Science fairs celebrate the spirit of curiosity and scientific inquiry as student groups develop research questions, conduct experiments, analyse data and present their findings.
- The Middle School Annual Day concert is a celebration of the love we all share to perform and have fun on the stage. Our community is filled with tremendous individual and group talent, and this evening provides the perfect platform for our young teens and tweens to grow their confidence and positivity through hard work.
- Ideas find their voice in our annual BD Bol talk event and TEDx BDSIS (held every two years). Students from the Middle School work individually or as a team to design and present their ideas and projects with verve and passion, to an audience that has been giving them standing ovations for some years now.
- The Middle School hosts an annual singing contest for its students called BD Idol with ‘Raise your voice’ being its message. Our performers, new and experienced, work very hard to get that perfect pitch, tone and song choice to create magic.
We work hard on creating valuable out of class experiences for our students. These include many field trips – short and long. These are critical aspects of our educational experience, where learning happens through planned activities and deepest through the interactions between students. Forming relationships is one of the strongest drivers for an excellent education and for creating good global citizens of an inclusive society, and our trips aim to help this process for our entire community.
- Grade 6 has several day trips through the year, related to their learnings on Mumbai and its history, culture, and geography. They also go on an extended trip to Nashik in the winter. This trip focuses on two broad learning objectives; the first is the relationship humans share with our ecological environment, and second, the relationship between individuals, and the process of self-awareness that a young teenager needs while going through the strange, confusing of adolescence.
- Grades 7 and 8 do more trips stimulating their artistic and scientific skills, to museums and different workshops. Their major extended field trip comes in February as a combined group. Every aspect is meticulously planned to deliver a diverse educational week, while at the same time providing opportunities for students to step out of their comfort zone and build relationships and create new experiences. In the past, students have travelled to New Delhi, Agra, Jaipur and The Andaman & Nicobar Islands. These locations provide students with an excellent opportunity to understand the rich cultures of India.
The Hindi Language faculty hosts Hindi Diwas in September to celebrate the culture associated with the language of Hindi. Different activities and events showcase different aspects of the language, with all students in the Middle school participating.
The school has a healthy and vibrant spirit of inter-house competitions throughout the year, and our four houses – Hawk, Kite, Falcon and Eagle – are led by their Captains and Vice Captains. The different activities include, but are not limited to Dance, Talent shows, debate, quizzes, different sports competitions and our Annual Athletics meet in January.
The Model United Nations events are very important at B.D. Somani. Students from the Middle School take part in the senior MUN in September along with the rest of the school and have their own Middle School MUN in April. It is a pleasure to watch our students research, plan and work together to debate on key global issues. Students who display more enthusiasm and dedication in these events are given more opportunities to attend MUN conferences within India and abroad.
The Middle School Annual Play is perhaps one of the most eagerly awaited events of the year. The play is more aptly called a design thinking project than just an event, since it provides many students across and beyond the Middle School a unique opportunity to learn skills that a classroom cannot replicate. In the past, the Middle School has performed on the stage adaptations of Matilda and Oliver. In the 2016-17 academic year, the Play Project was expanded to be designed completely in-house deliberately as a learning opportunity. ‘Alamgir’ had its roots in our Grade 7 Mughal history curriculum of ‘Sikander-e-Akbar’. Using a script written by the Middle School Coordinator, the theatre faculty worked with a team of 80 students, most of whom were from Grades 6 to 8, some from Grade 9 and two from Grade 11 !. This was the single largest project that the school had ever attempted, and production lasted for half a year as the entire team worked relentlessly to create what would become one of the best experiences in the history of the school. The amount of learning and the increased confidence and self-esteem that resulted from students creating every piece of the massive jigsaw that was Alamgir could not be described, or for that matter assessed by a rubric. Alamgir played at the Sophia Bhabha Hall in Mumbai on the 5th of May, 2017, forever raising the bar of what Middle School students can achieve. The school aims to continue this trend each year and provide this unique learning experience to all our students. Watch the ‘Making of Alamgir‘ and the play itself on video and see for yourself what makes B.D. Somani so special.
Middle School Week is a capstone exhibition week at the end of the academic year with several events celebrating what it is like to be a B.D. Somani Middle School student. Our Middle School students from Grades 6 to 8 showcase their fine art skills with our Art Exhibition led by our wonderfully talented faculty. Grade 6 students then have a day to celebrate their learnings and academic year in the exhibition ‘Mumbai: A City Unveiled’, which is now in its 5th edition. Grade 7 students have their day of ‘Sikander-e-Akbar’ with all things Greek, Hellenistic and Mughal. We end with a final afternoon of BD Ignite again, with our students proudly displaying their ideas to our community through their presentation and critical thinking skills developed through the year. This forms a fitting end to the academic year.