Campion School Bhopal
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|The main entrance|
|Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India|
|Affiliation||Catholic - Jesuits|
Campion School, Bhopal, established in July 1965, is conducted by the members of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits). One of the oldest schools of Bhopal, Campion School is a boys school. Its campus is spread over 49 acres (200,000 m2) of land in the locality of Arera Colony.
In July 1965, at the invitation of the Archbishop of Bhopal, Eugene D'Souza, the Fr. Emmanuel Ferdinand More, S.J., a Spanish Jesuit belonging to the Jesuit Province of Mumbai established a school, which he named Campion School after St. Edmund Campion, a sixteenth-century English Jesuit who was also the Patron of the School.
The School moved from place to place to find a suitable location, which could provide the necessary School climate. The School was held first at Seva Sadan, which had no room for expansion for the increasing number of students. Therefore Fr. More, who was the first principal of the School, negotiated with the Government for leasing a larger piece of land and was allotted about a 10-acre (40,000 m2) patch near No.10 bus stop. He built the School in a ‘barracks’ fashion and extended the classes from Std IV to Std XI. The school was occupied on 17 July 1967. This school, today known as ‘Old Campion’, was handed back to the Government in 1974.
On February 21, 1969, Fr. More acquired 48.54 acres (196,400 m2) of land in Shahapura, the present site of Campion School, in the name of Bombay Xaverian Corporation. ‘The Campion School Society’ was registered on 1 April 1972. In 1971-72, the formalities for the present site were completed and the construction of the building started in late 1972.
Campion School was moved into an incomplete building of the present site on 1 July 1974. In the same year classes from KGI to Std. III were added. St. Mary's School, run by the sisters of PSOL (Poor Sisters of Our Lady), Mumbai, merged with Campion and its students both boys and girls were inducted into this school. Sr. Eleanor, PSOL, was the Headmistress of the Primary section. The girls studied at Campion for a year or two before they were admitted into St. Joseph’s, Idgah Hills or Carmel, BHEL.
In 1979, the Bombay Jesuit Province handed over the administration of Campion School Society to the Ranchi Province. When Madhya Pradesh became an independent Province, Ranchi handed over Campion to the Madhya Pradesh Jesuits. When the Poor Sisters of Our Lady (PSOL), who had been co-workers with the Jesuits from the year 1974, decided to have their own independent School, St Mary’s' School, at Seva Sadan, the M.P. Jesuits invited the Sisters of the Mercy of the Holy Cross to work with them in the Primary School which they have done since 1982. In 1994, the School changed from the M.P. Board of Secondary Education to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE).
Fr. Alphonse Tirkey, S.J., the former Principal, started a Hindi Medium section of the School in July 1993, for those who find instructions through English medium difficult.
The school is housed in two separate buildings. The Primary or elementary section handles students from Pre-K(KG-1) to grade V. The Secondary or High School section handles students from VI grade to XII grade. Upgrades and renovations were done in the primary section in 1994 to accommodate more classes and facilities.
The campus is interspersed with lawns and tree-lined playgrounds and a large no. of trees and shrubs are planted in the entire campus.
The school has an air conditioned auditorium located in the primary section[which is one of the biggest in the state] and a canteen located in the secondary section. Sports facilities include a games room housing sports and other equipment,four Basketball courts, three Volleyball courts, one Soccer field, and a Hockey field. The school regularly organizes its Annual Sports Meet,in which all 3 houses compete.
In addition to computer labs in both sections,there are labs for Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics in the secondary section. Libraries are present in both sections of the school, and audio-visual rooms are also available.
Annual Function, festival celebrations and various inter-house and class-level competitions are regularly held. The school annually elects its school officials. Anyone in 11th and 12th grade meeting the criteria to hold the respective posts can contest in the elections. Campion also publishes its annual school magazine: "The Campionite".
The school is administrated by Fr. Athnas Lakhra, S.J. and Vice Principal Fr. Tej Kumar, S.J
Since 1994, Campion School has been affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). Apart from the compulsory study of English(till 12th grade), Hindi(till 10th grade), General Science(10th), Mathematics(10th), Social Sciences(10th) and a number of other graded subjects like Moral Education, Computers, etc., students from grade 6 to 8 have to choose between Sanskrit and Urdu as a third language. All subjects are compulsory till the 10th grade after which the students have the choice of majoring in a Maths or Biology Stream
Grades I to V: steel gray shorts, white half sleeve shirt, blue cotton tie with red and white stripes, black shoes and blue socks. Navy blue sweaters are worn during the winter.
Grades VI to XII: steel gray trousers, white half sleeve shirt, blue cotton tie with red and white stripes, black shoes and blue socks. Navy blue blazers with long sleeve white shirts are worn during winter months.
White shorts/trousers and white T-shirts with the house symbol are worn during sporting events.
To keep the competitive spirit alive in the students, three houses have been made:
- Gandhi, color red, motto - Unity is strength
- Ashoka, color blue, motto - Never give in
- Tagore, color green, motto - Now or never
THE FIRST MARCHING BAND IN BHOPAL
Started by Father More Campion was the first school of Bhopal which had a Marching Band . With Father More’s death in 1988 the school Band also died a natural death and we saw a wonderful asset and tradition discontinued. The same thing had happened in Campion School of Mumbai. But the Mumbaikar Campionites revived their Band. Campion Bhopal marches fast forward to its Golden Jubilee in 2015. Father E.F. More SJ, would have been proud had his band existed...on his 103rd Birth Anniversary - Justin Xavier Lobo.