Burn Hall School
|Burn Hall Higher Secondary School, Srinagar|
Industria Floremus - “In toil we shall flourish”
|Gupkar Road, Sonwar
Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir
|Founder||Fr. J. Boerkamp|
Burn Hall School is a missionary school for boys which was established in 1943 in undivided India in Abbottabad (present day Pakistan). Its motto was "Quo Non Ascendam" (Latin), which means "To what heights can I not rise?".
The last missionary left Abbottabad and moved with the school to Gupkar Road in Srinagar, Kashmir, India in 1956. It was restarted on 17 April 1956 with its first principal Father J. Boerkamp. It is a Christian Missionary Institution for boys and falls under the management of the Catholic Diocese of Jammu – Srinagar. It is directed by the Education Society of Jammu- Srinagar Diocese and is registered as Charitable Society and affiliated with J&K State Board of School Education and recognized by the Education Department of the Government of Jammu and Kashmir. Classes range from L.K.G. to XII. The higher secondary division was opened during its Golden Jubilee celebration in 2006.
Burn Hall School is located in Sonwar, Srinagar. It is located at the foothills of Shankaracharya Mountain. It is neighbored by Ziarat Sharief Hazrat Syed Yaqoob Sahib (RA)and Sher-i-Kashmir Cricket Stadium.
Being an English medium, the school lays special emphasis on the usage of English language in student-teacher and student-student interaction. This helps students to get a good hold on the English language.
The school has four houses, named after four scholars of English literature:
- Keats House: yellow
- Milton House:green
- Shakespeare House: red
- Wordsworth House: blue
Burn Hall School's football, basketball and cricket teams are famous teams in Jammu and Kashmir. The teams have played in the premier Subrato tournaments. Other sports available are badminton and lawn tennis. District Srinagar Handball team players are all Burn Hallians. The school organizes hill races, cross country run and camps.
“What is the leaf in your armour, my brother?”
Like a leaf, So’s my life:
Budding forth in my spring:
“lost in the numberless foliage of summer,
Giving greatness and strength
To the mighty chinar”
“Little yet great is my life like, a leaf.
Swept away by the wind
“In the fall-who knows where?”
“What is the round in your armour, my brother?”
And the gold lines within
Rising up to the light?”
These are the shapes of our letters and learning
“Of the search of our mind
For who’s beauty and truth”
“Circle and sine make up science and its ways
“Move the world and its wheels
Work our factories and fields”
Therefore, “In toil we shall Flourish”, Oh brothers
As the leaf provides food
And fresh air to the worlds
We too spread life and new strength all around us
Doing humbly our task
To seek Knowledge and light,
Little yet great is my life, like a leaf,
Giving glory and strength
To a mighty chinar.
Burn Hall School Alumni group
- Mirwaiz Umar Farooq
- Omar Abdullah
- Rohit Bal
- Sajjad Lone
- Haseeb Drabu
- Sanjay Suri
- Agha Shahid Ali
- Army Burn Hall College, Abbottabad, Pakistan