Principal’s Message

In Principal's message on December 5, 2014 at 9:38 am
KIS Principal

KIS Principal

Greetings from KIS! As you’ll see as you browse through this newsletter, it’s been a busy semester here at school. So busy that our newsletter is a little late: Please accept our apologies! The highlights for me this semester include working with many wonderful new staff from all over the world, including senior management team members, teachers, and volunteers, and becoming acquainted with a diverse group of new KIS students as well. I never fail to be amazed at how the KIS community continues to grow and thrive while at the same time maintaining a sense of identity that is as recognizable to alumni from the past just as much as the present.

Another highlight this semester is the blessing we’ve received in the form of a new organ for the school chapel, made possible by gifts from many of you through Kodai Friends International. The organ is surely acclimatizing to its new home, and has already blessed our worship services in so many ways. Thank you, Alumni, for your support—and continued support—in bringing this dramatic instrument to KIS.

The Dedication of the Pipe Organ

In Music on December 5, 2014 at 9:30 am


Pipe Organ Dedication

Pipe Organ Dedication

On Sunday, Sept. 28, the Dedication of the Vogelpohl-Spaeth pipe organ took place at The Church That Meets at Kodaikanal International School.  Dr. Gregory Vancil opened the service with the first movement of Felix Mendelssohn’s Organ Sonata No. 1, which is built upon the hymn tune “O God Our Help in Ages Past” (ST. ANNE), which was the first hymn of the service.  Additional music included a faculty choir leading the hymn singing, as well as arrangements of “He Shall Feed His FlocK” from “Messiah” for organ and flute (Barbara Block, flute), and “Savior, Like a Shepherd, Lead Us” for organ and piano (Nancy Vancil, piano).  The service concluded with an arrangement for organ of the beloved “Hallelujah Chorus” from Handel’s “Messiah.”

Visit by Hon. Consul General of South Korea

In Uncategorized on December 5, 2014 at 9:29 am
Visit by Hon. Consul General of South Korea

Visit by Hon. Consul General of South Korea

The Consul General of the Republic of Korea’s Visit to Kodaikanal International School

When the Consul General of South Korea in Chennai committed to coming to Kodaikanal, the Korean students at KIS felt exhilarated that our much anticipated wish had come to fruition. A shared sentiment among many international students is that it is hardly a walk around the park to study in a foreign country separated from our parents and indigenous friends. Moreover, adapting to new cultures and eccentric foods among other novelties is often a huge challenge for us to overcome. For this reason, many of us often resort to each other for comfort and strengthening. So, it was a huge morale boost for the Korean students at KIS to hear the news that the head of the Korean Consulate General Office in Chennai was driving up 12 hours with his lovely wife to spend two days of his time to encourage us. He left behind hundreds of important appointments and grave responsibilities to share his life with us. To me, this special occasion was truly inspirational.


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