Birla High School
|This article relies on references to primary sources. (October 2007)|
|Birla High School|
|Motto||Tamaso Ma Jyotirgamay; Lead Us From Darkness To Light|
|Established||11 July 1941|
|Location||Kolkata, West Bengal, India|
|Affiliations||Central Board of Secondary Education|
http://www.birlahighschool.com Official Sitehttp://bhsboys.webs.com/ Unofficial Students Site
The school is organized in two sections in separate buildings, the Junior Section and the Senior Section. The Girls' Section was earlier a part of this school, but they are now affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) under the name of Sushila Birla Girls' School. Students have been admitted into colleges and universities across India such as the IITs,Chennai Mathematical Institute,BITS Pilani, SRCC and across the world at universities like Tufts University, University of Pennsylvania, Northwestern University, Indiana University, University of Michigan, Purdue University, Kansas University and Carnegie Mellon University.
The school motto is Tamaso Ma Jyotirgamay (Lead Us From Darkness To Light).
These include music (vocal and instrumental), elocution, debate, quiz, poster design, chess, creative writing, Shotokan karate and yoga. NCC
- Saraswati Puja
- Felicitation ceremony of school toppers
- All India Inter-Institutional L.N.Birla Debate
- Career guidance programme
- Annual Day
- Orientation programme
- Inter-House Chess Tournament
- Inter-House quiz
- Inter-House debate
- Independence Day
- Republic Day
- Teachers' Day
- Students' Day
- Annual Sports
- Odyssey (The Journey Beyond Nirvana) - The School Fest
Founded in 2005, the Chess Club has emerged as the largest club of the school. The club is coached by Mr. Bipin Shenoy, who has coached Indian National Champions and Junior World Champions, has been a National Level Arbiter - All India Chess Federation certified, and is the national correspondent of chess of “The Telegraph" newspaper.
The Chess Club is recognized by Grand Master Dibyendu Barua Chess Academy, which is a nationally recognized chess academy. The team has done tours to International and National Grand Masters’ workshops, and participated in numerous tournaments all over the nation. In an initiative by Harish D. Gupta in 2008, the Chess Club organized Inter-School and Inter-House Chess Tournaments which are now organized annually. The Chess Team has participated in a number of national and state level tournaments both individually and as a team. The top members of the team are registered with the FIDE, the All India Chess Federation and the Bengal Chess Association.
Grey Matter – The Quiz Club
Founded in 2000, the Quiz Club of the school, named "Grey Matter", was started by Priyodorshi Bhattacharya and Shreyo Sadhu, who took over as President and Vice-President in the initial year.
The club has produced several top notch 'quizzards', some of whom have featured in the national arena. Laurels earned by the club members include the ESPN Star sports Quiz, The Calcutta Boys School Quasquicentennial Quiz, Vibes Brain Storm 2003, and MP Birla Smarak Kosh Quiz ’04.
Intra-school and inter-house quizzes for classes 6-9 are held.
Creative Writing Club
The Creative Writing Club of Birla High School encourages creative thinking in students and develops in them a flair for writing. Students write poems, short stories and articles. These are read out by the writers so that others can comment on their writings. The articles are published in the school magazine.
The Computer club of the school comprises around 40 members. Activities include Computer Programming, Website Development, Multimedia, Presentations and Computer Quizzing.
Social Service Club
With the motto “Coming together is a beginning, keeping together is progress and working together is success”, the Social Service Club of the school was set up. The club help its members by developing in them the virtues of compassion, empathy and fellow feeling. Members make visits to old age homes, sell cards, raise funds, organize walks promoting communal harmony, run cultural shows and conduct literacy programmes.
Instituted in 2004, with members from the senior secondary section, the Nature Club promotes environmental awareness among the members by activities like excursions to parks, field trips to forests such as the Sunderbans, and campaigns against pollution. Other houses like Drama, Photography, Debate etc.
The All India LN Birla Debate
Each year the school hosts a national debate. The inter-institutional L.N. Birla National debate, which began in 1994, is hosted in 12 cities across the country.
The Ninth Odyssey
Odyssey has been that very stage, where heroes have faced every challenge and left a touch of magic in every performance, where young champions have time and time again risen to the occasion and emerged victorious in a test of skill, ability, teamwork, leadership, and a battle of mental strength, where the stars of tomorrow have been born and the dreams of yesterday have come to life. Odyssey this year promises something special as we redefine all boundaries, create the unimaginable and achieve the impossible. The time has come.
- Official Website
- GOETHE Listing of the institution
- Official School Alumni Website
- Facebook page of the institution
- Unofficial Students Website