Bombay Scottish School, Mahim
Perseverentia et fide in Deo
Perseverance and faith in God
|Veer Savarkar Marg, Mahim
Mumbai, Maharashtra, 400016, India
|Founded||18 February 1847|
|Vice principal||Molly Paul|
|Number of students||3113|
|Average class size||45|
|Student to teacher ratio||27:1|
|Medium of language||English|
|Campus size||approximately 2 acres (8,100 m2)|
|Houses||Blue, Green, Red, Yellow|
|Affiliation||Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations|
|Founder's day||18 February|
The Bombay Scottish School (BSS) popularly known as Scottish is a private, co-educational day school located at Mahim in Mumbai, India. The institution was established in 1847 by Scottish Christian missionaries under the name Scottish Female Orphanage.
The school caters to pupils from kindergarten up to class 12 and the medium of instruction is English. The school is affiliated to the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations, New Delhi, which conducts the ICSE examinations at the close of class 10 and the ISC examinations at the close of class 12.
- 1 History
- 2 Campus site and layout
- 3 Admissions and curriculum
- 4 School life
- 5 Notable alumni
- 6 Famous Alumni
- 7 Superintendents and principals
- 8 Controversies
- 9 See also
- 10 References
- 11 External links
The institution was founded in 1847 at Byculla in Bombay, British India by a small group of Scottish missionaries as the Scottish Female Orphanage. The orphanage was set up to educate the daughters of Scottish Presbyterian soldiers and Indian Navy Seamen. The success of the Scottish Female Orphanage led to the establishment of a similar institution for boys known as the Orphanage for the Sons of Presbyterians in 1857. In 1859, the Scottish Female Orphanage and the Orphanage for the Sons of Presbyterians were merged to form The Bombay Presbyterian Male and Female Orphanage. In 1863, the name of the institution was altered to the Bombay Scottish Orphanage. On 18 February 1867, the first general meeting of subscribers to the Bombay Scottish Orphanage Trust was held. The institution acquired a large plot of land adjacent to the Mahim Bay. Here a boarding school was built to impart education on the model of British schools. The school building was designed by D. E. Gostling and J. Morris and sanctioned by the Government of Bombay on 15 July 1875. The construction of the school building was commenced on 8 December 1875 by Sir Philip Edmond Wodehouse, then Governor and President in Council. The construction of the Bombay Scottish Orphanage was completed on 28 February 1878 at a cost of 84,015. The orphanage was opened by Sir Richard Temple Bart, then Governor and President in Council on 13 April 1878. The children were shifted from Byculla to their new accommodation in the boarding school at Mahim. The orphanage relied on the public to a considerable extent for monetary funds.
During the early days of the school, its student strength was around 30. For many decades the student strength did not exceed 55 to 60. As classes were added and the quality of education improved, the orphanage was raised to the level of a high school and was renamed The Bombay Scottish Orphanage High School.
When the orphanage was shut down and its 11th and 12th classes discontinued, its name was changed to The Bombay Scottish School. In 1935, the number of students reached 100. The institution, which was intended to cater solely to the requirements of Scottish children, opened its doors to the children of English and European descent. Today, the school is open to children from all communities.
Campus site and layout
The school is situated on Veer Savarkar Marg (formerly Cadell Road), overlooking the Mahim Bay. The P. D. Hinduja National Hospital and Medical Research Centre is located opposite the school. The campus has an area of approximately 2 acres (8,100 m2).
The school buildings are divided into the Heritage Block (formerly Middle Block), North Block, East Block and South Block. The East Block is the newest addition to the school, joint to the North Block. It opened in June 2009. The school has a playground, two basketball courts and two separate play-areas for younger students. Adjacent to the playground is a large Banyan tree which is over 150 years old. There are three halls in the campus – the MacKay Hall, the Gamaliel Hall and the Saint Andrew's Hall.
The Heritage Block was the first building of the institution. It was a one-storeyed edifice built in colonial style and made of black granite using Ashlar masonry. The Heritage Block also includes the MacKay Hall, the School Library and the principal's residence. The MacKay Hall was originally a chapel which was later renamed after Adam MacKay, the last Scottish principal of the school. Today, MacKay Hall is used as a multimedia theatre, singing room, and meeting hall. All Kindergarten classrooms are located in the Heritage Block.
The ground floor of the North Block was constructed in 1937. Subsequently, two more floors were added to the North Block. The science laboratories, Art Room and Senior School classrooms are located in the North Block. It is adjacent to the East Block
The South Block was constructed in 1967 and consists of three floors, excluding the ground floor. The large Gamaliel Hall is located on the ground floor of the South Block and is named after Lazarus Gamaliel, the first Indian principal of the school. The Gamaliel Hall is used for Morning Assembly, inter-house competitions and board examinations. The Gamaliel Hall includes a grand piano which is over a century old. The South Block includes the Middle School classes and the computer laboratories.
Construction of the East Block commenced in late 2007 and was completed in early 2009. It was opened for use before the start of the new academic year, 2009–10. It was constructed adjacent to the North Block, where common walls were broken to provide passageways between the two buildings. As it was constructed on the ground that served as the main basketball court, the ground floor, 1st and 2nd floors were merged to provide a new basketball court, which is open to the playground on two sides. The 3rd, 4th, and 5th floors are used as classrooms. A small, new library is on the 5th floor for use by class 11 and 12.
Admissions and curriculum
The admission notice for Junior kindergarten is put up in January. For Senior kindergarten to class 8, the notice is put up in April. During the admission procedure, preference is given to siblings of former students, Protestant Christians and relatives of teachers. An interview of each candidate is conducted as a part of the admission process.
The school follows the Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE) syllabus prescribed by the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations, New Delhi. English is the medium of instruction. Hindi and French are taught as second languages. English and Hindi are taught from class 1. Marathi, the regional language is taught as a third language and is compulsory from class 1 up to class 7.
The style of teaching ranges from an informal type at the pre-school level to a semi-formal type in early primary school and moves on to a progressively more formal type in the late primary, middle and secondary school levels. No formal homework is assigned in the lower primary levels and limited homework is assigned in the higher levels.
The academic year which commences in June and concludes in April consists of two terms. The first term is from June till November and the second term is from November till April. Tests are conducted periodically and examinations are held at the end of every term. The courses of studies extend from kindergarten to class 10, at the end of which students appear for the ICSE Examinations. The school's students have consistently performed well at the ICSE examinations and the school has maintained a 100% pass-rate. And then Harish came along. Ek exam, ek fail!
Candidates for the ICSE examination need to finish satisfactorily courses in a third language (Marathi), Art and Craft, Physical Education, Moral Education, Socially Useful Productive Work (SUPW). These are evaluated internally by the school and the results contribute towards the award of the ICSE pass certificate. Project work is assessed from class 1 to class 10. Field trips, camps and social service visits are organised regularly.
Emphasis is placed on extracurricular activities and there are student-led clubs on campus, including the Nature Club, Interact Club, Science Club, Scouts and Guides, and Scottish Junior Rifle Club. Inter-house debates, elocution, PowerPoint presentation competitions, essay writing competitions, dramatics and sporting competitions are also a part of the cultural lives of the older students. Sports activities at Bombay Scottish School include football, cricket, basketball, swimming, throwball, roller skating etc. The Duke of Edinburgh's Award is also conducted at the school.
School flag and shield
The school flag features the white Cross of St. Andrew against a blue background. St. Andrew is the patron saint of Scotland. The flag is flown during ceremonial occasions. The school shield represents the Cross of St. Andrew. The white Crux decussata (cross) quarters the shield into four segments each representing a house colour denoted by the Fleur-de-lis, the Castle, the Lion and the Palm tree.
Motto, school song and school hymn
The school's motto is 'Perseverantia et fide in Deo', Latin for 'Perseverance and faith in God'. The school song is generally sung during the morning assembly and on special occasions. 'Courage Brother, Do Not Stumble' is the official school hymn. Psalm 23 is also rendered at every school function.
The objective of the house system is to foster a sense of collective responsibility and solidarity amongst students. The house system also serves as the centre of school life, with students from different houses often competing at sports and other co-curricular activities.
Boys from class 1 through class 8 wear grey shorts and boys of class 9 and 10 wear trousers. The rest of the boy’s uniform consists of a half-sleeved white shirt, a blue tie with house badge, black leather belt, white socks and black leather laced shoes. The uniform for girls consists of a grey tunic, half-sleeved white blouse, blue tie and house badge, blue sash, white socks and black leather shoes with buckles.
Bombay Scottish is a cosmopolitan school. The school imparts Christian values to the children. The Christmas Concert is celebrated every December and is a three-day event. A sports meet and a farewell party for students who are passing out of the institution are also held annually. Inter-house competitions are held in elocution, drama, song etc. An annual survey conducted by the Outlook magazine in 2002 ranked the school at top position in the Mumbai region.
The school has a large library with over 20,000 books that are accessible to the students throughout school hours. There are separate science laboratories for Physics, Chemistry and Biology. The science laboratories are utilised by students of class 9–12 to carry out practical work. The school has three computer laboratories where students from classes 1 through 10 are made proficient in computers. There is a cafeteria run by the Interact Club of the school for use by both faculty and students. For sports activities the school has a large sports field at the rear, two basketball courts and a separate playground for the students of junior school.
The school is managed by a Managing Committee. The current principal, Melanie Chandrasekhar, replaced the previous incumbent, Dr. D.P.N. Prasad. A Chief Academic Coordinator manages the curricular activities of the school. The present Chief Academic Coordinator is Molly Paul, who replaced Monica Bose at the end of the 2005–06 academic year. In addition, there are academic coordinators at the Junior School, Middle School and Senior School levels.
A School Captain and two Vice-captains are selected from amongst the students of class 10 by the Principal upon recommendation by the faculty. Additionally, House Captains and Vice-captains (two for each house) are selected by the House-mistresses. A Games Captain and a Games Vice-captain are also selected to manage the sports activities of the house. A team of prefects is also selected from each house.
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- Imran Khan – Bollywood actor
- John Abraham (1988) – Bollywood actor and former model
- Leslie Lewis – composer, best known for his work as part of Colonial Cousins
- Lucky Ali (1974) – Indian singer songwriter, composer and actor
- Mansoor Khan – movie director
- Meghna Reddy – model and Channel V VJ
- Pia Trivedi – model and Channel V VJ
- Rahul Jagtiani – model
- Rahul Sharma – Musician of Hindustani classical music
- Ranbir Kapoor (1998) – Bollywood actor
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- Rishi Vohra (1990) - Author
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- Tusshar Kapoor – Bollywood actor
- Uday Chopra (1989) – Bollywood actor
- Vikas Bhalla – Indian television actor and singer
- Rensil D'silva – Indian Bollywood Director and Script Writer
- Amrita Puri - Indian Bollywood Actress and daughter of Adiya Puri, managing director of HDFC Bank.
- Manavendra Singh Gohil – LGBT rights activist, belongs to the royal family of the former princely state of Rajpipla, India.
- Neerja Bhanot – Senior Flight Purser with Pan Am Airways, awarded the Ashoka Chakra posthumously.
Superintendents and principals
The institution has had twelve heads. The Gamaliel Hall and the MacKay Hall are named after notable principals Lazarus Gamaliel and Adam MacKay. After the completion of his tenure at Mahim, Mark David went on to become the first principal of the sister school, Bombay Scottish School, Powai.
The school's principals include:
|Superintendent||D. G. Ross||1914–1916|
|Superintendent||H. M. Green||1916–1921|
|Principal||S. A. Badvey||1947–1957|
|Principal||A. T. Balraj||1984–1987|
|Principal||Rev. Arun Thomas||1997–1999|
|Principal||D. P. N. Prasad||1999–2009|
|Principal||Melanie Chandrashekhar||2009–Till date|
The school has been involved in a few controversies. In March 2007 about 60 students of classes 7 and 8 used social networking website, Orkut, to voice their complaints against the school's principal, D. P. N. Prasad, and the vice-principal. The students participated in a forum on Orkut, named "All those who hate DPN", alleging that the principal together with the vice-principal had tarnished the image of the school. Rather than punishing the involved students, the principal called in cyber-crime officials to explain to students why they should keep away from social networking sites. The principal later addressed students and parents of classes 7 and 8.
On 11 May 2008, unidentified Shiv Sena activists targeted the name plate of the school and blackened the word 'Bombay' written on one of the school gates with tar and replaced it with 'Mumbai'. The police was notified of the incident and a case was registered. Ironically, Uddhav Thackeray's sons Aditya and Tejas as well as Raj Thackeray's children Amit and Urvashi have all studied at Bombay Scottish School.
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