Don Bosco School, Park Circus
|Don Bosco School, Park Circus|
|23, Darga Road, Kolkata - 700017.
|Motto||Virtus et Scientia
(Latin;Virtue and Knowledge)
|Administrator||Rev. Fr. K.A. Raphael s.d.b.|
|Principal||Rev. Fr. Siby Joseph Vadakel, s.d.b.|
|Enrollment||All-boys, around 220 annually through interviews|
|Number of students||3000|
|Classes||1 to 12|
|Colour(s)||White and Grey|
|Affiliation||Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations|
Don Bosco School (Park Circus), located at 23, Darga Road, Kolkata, India, is an all-boys English medium school imparting education from first through twelfth grade. Established in 1958, it is run by the Salesians of Don Bosco, which is a minority institution within the Catholic Church. The school operates under the Indian Certificate of Secondary Education board.
The motto of the institution is Virtus et Scientia, meaning "Virtue and Knowledge".
St Dominic Savio is the patron saint of the school.
The school started on 31 January 1958 and completed 50 years in 2008.
 School Crest
The crest of Don Bosco School, Park Circus, Kolkata, has a cross, an open book placed on a lotus as symbols and the motto of the school "Virtus Et Scientia" engraved on it.
- Cross is the symbol of Love, love that gives up everything for the sake of the other till the end. The school functions on Christian Principles based on the life and teachings of Jesus Christ.
- The Open Book is an invitation to every student to grow in self-knowledge and develop a mind and heart that investigates reality through direct experiences to become a creative seeker of truth.
- Lotus represents the purity, beauty and wisdom of life a student uphold unaffected by his circumstance.
- Virtus (virtue) is the moral and ethical quality of a student’s life which enables him to grow into a mature human being.
- Scientia (knowledge) is the ability to integrate oneself and discover the truth and beauty of life with an enquiring mind. The educative process instills in (the mind of) a student a thirst for this knowledge which leads him to freedom.
 Aim of the Institution
The aim of the institution is to impart sound value based education by forming in the boys habits of piety, virtue, discipline and self-reliance during the years of their studies, thus enabling them to be dutiful sons of the Catholic Church and useful citizens of their motherland, India. The method of education followed in the school is the Preventive System taught and practiced by St. John Bosco. It is based on Reason, Religion and Loving kindness. The school seeks to form the young, through education, into men of character, competence, conscience, compassion and commitment who will foster uprightness in public life.
The school is a Christian Minority Institution recognized by the National Commission for Minority Educational Institutions, Government of India (vide F.No.1710 of 2006, dated 12/01/2007) and Department of Education of the Government of West Bengal, and is affiliated to the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examination, New Delhi (School Code WB013) for the Indian Certificate of Secondary Education Examinations (ICSE), the Indian School Certificate Examinations (ISC) and the Council for Vocational Education (CVE).
 Morale and Discipline
Being a Christian institution, the classes of Christian Doctrine (Catechism) are compulsory for Christian students. All other students must attend classes of Moral Science/Value Education, which deal with moral principles, values and rules of conduct. A student must strive to attain qualities of mind and heart and integrate into his life virtues such as honesty, sincerity, piety, compassion, generosity, love for nature and self-reliance. Special attention is given to ensure a high standard of morality and discipline in the school.
The school is said to have one of the best kept school campuses in the city. The school is an H-shaped four-storied building with an outer courtyard flanking the statue of Mary, Mother of Jesus Christ and an inner courtyard with a bust of St. John Bosco.
The uniform comprises a white half-sleeved shirt with the 'DB' monogram on the pocket, grey shorts (for classes I to V)/grey trousers (for classes VI to XII), maroon tie (till Class X)/maroon tie with 'DBPC' (Classes XI and XII) and the school belt. Classes I to V may wear a grey pullover during winters with the school crest on the top-left. From classes VI onward, students are allowed to wear the school blazer (in navy blue) with the school crest on the pocket.
DBPC uses the house system to foster a sense of competition and belonging. The four houses are Savio (red), Bosco (blue), Francis (yellow), and Rua (green). All activities in the school are organized according to the houses.
Don Bosco School, Park Circus, Kolkata, has the following courses of Studies:
- The ICSE Section (Classes KG to 10) which prepares the students for the Indian Certificate of Secondary Education Examination of the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examination, New Delhi, in the following subjects: English, Hindi/Bengali, Mathematics, Science, History, Geography, and an elective option of Commercial Applications, Economic Applications or Computer Application.
- The ISC Section (Classes 11 and 12) which accepts students who have passed ICSE or its equivalent, and prepares students for the Indian School Certificate Examination of the Council in two streams: Science and Commerce.
- Technical Section, established in 1965, offers a job-oriented training course in Machine-shop Engineering and prepares boys and girls for the following certificates: City and Guilds of London Institute, U.K., Industrial Training Institute (ITI) exam, Don Bosco Technical School Diploma and the Certificate of Vocational Education (CVE) of the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examination, New Delhi. There is also a non-formal section that gives short-term job oriented training.
- Free evening classes are conducted for the poor children of the locality, as well as an Adult Literacy Programme.
 Don Bosco Technical Institute
Don Bosco Technical Institute (DBTI), Kolkata is an educational institution of the Salesians of Don Bosco Calcutta province. It caters to job-oriented skills and overall human development of young people. The technical institute was established in 1965. 
- Rev. Fr. Charles Dyer (1957–1959)
- Rev. Fr. Anthony Doro (1959–1965)
- Rev. Fr. Rozario Stroscio (1965–1966)
- Rev. Fr. Nicolas Flamel (1966–1968)
- Rev. Fr. Attilio Colussi (1968–1974)
- Rev. Fr. Patrick Sheehy (1974–1980)
- Rev. Fr. T. P. George (1980–1986)
- Rev. Fr. P. P. Varkey (1986–1989)
- Rev. Fr. E. V. Chacko (1989–1992)
- Rev. Fr. T. Pulickal (1992–1995)
- Rev. Fr. M. A. Joseph (1995–2001)
- Rev. Fr. T. V. Jacob (2001–2007)
- Rev. Fr. Siby Joseph Vadakel (2007–present)
 School Prefects
- Vatsal Chirimar (2013-)
- Kaustuv Bose (2012–2013)
- Rishab Khaitan (2011–2012)
- Piyush Daga (2010–2011)
- Raunak Rajpuria (2009–2010)
- Nishant Joseph Chacko (2008-2009)
The school has been consistently achieving outstanding results in the ICSE and ISC examinations. In the academic year 2010-2011, the students secured a school average of 85.24% in the ICSE examination and 88.12% in the ISC examination, which is one of the highest in Kolkata as well as in India.
The school offers coaching classes for basketball, cricket, football, table tennis and karate, which are free of charge for the players on the school team. The school has teams for rowing, golf, squash, tennis, badminton and swimming and organises interschool competitions for Basketball and Football.
 Other Extracurriculars
Students are also encouraged to take part in various extra-curricular activities.
- Debate In keeping with the traditions of the school, debating and public speaking have also been taken to new heights under the guidance of experienced and qualified teachers.
- Quiz The Don Bosco School Quiz team is considered as one of the best in the city. The team has won various awards over the last few years, thereby cementing its position in the city's quizzing circuit.
- Dramatics The school is said to have one of the city's best acting troupes and has won numerous awards.
- Dance The school is said to have one of the city's best dance teams which has won countless fests and other dance events.
 Groups and Movements
The school has a total of 14 Groups and Movements:
- Cyber Space Group
- Dramatics Group
- Interact Group
- Leadership Training Service
- Media and Cultural Group
- Nature Group
- Philately and Numismatics Group
- Prayash (Bengali Group)
- Prerna (Hindi Group)
- Quiz Group
- Savio Sports and Games Group
- Science Group
- Scouts and Cubs Movement
- Young Christian Students
 School Activities
Don Bosco School, Park Circus holds numerous intra-school events throughout the Calendar year.
- Quiz Competition is the annual inter-house quiz competition, usually held in April/May.
- Talent Contest is the annual inter-house music and dance competition, usually held in May.
- Debate Competition is the annual inter-house debate competition, usually held in June.
- Extempore Speech Competition is the annual inter-house extempore speech competition, usually held in August.
- Rabindra Jayanti is hosted every year to celebrate Rabindranath Tagore's birth anniversary.
- Workers' Day is celebrated to thank the non-teaching staff for their immense support on the last working day of April every year.
- Teachers' Day is celebrated to thank the teachers for their love and guidance in September every year.
- Independence Day is marked by the inter-class patriotic song competition held in mid-August.
- Bosco Bit is the intra-school gaming competition held in June.
- Christmas is marked by the inter-class carol singing competition held in December.
- Gratitude Day was started in 2009 by the then Class XII students to show their gratitude to the school. It has been a tradition since and is usually celebrated on the last working day of December.
- Farewell is held in January by the Class XI students to bid adieu to the outgoing batch each year.
- Rector's and Parents' Day, held every year in October/November, is the annual concert of the school.
- Sports Day is celebrated in December every year to showcase the school's dedication to the field of sports and discipline.
 Bosco Fest
Bosco Fest is one of Kolkata's oldest inter-school festivals held in July every year. The fest initially began with just two events - Bosco Beat (Inter-school band event) and Bosco Raag (Inter-school classical music event.) Over the years, Bosco Fest has grown to become one of the city's premier annual inter-school events with close to twenty schools participating for top honours each year. Another unique feature about Bosco Fest is the absences of overall winners. Instead, the school hands out five trophies to the best five schools at the event, with the hope of cultivating good sportsmanship and a competitive spirit amongst students of the city.
Bosco Fest completed 30 years in the year 2012 with the theme 'Passion. Innovation. Exhilaration.' True to the theme, the stage ensemble paid a tribute to the passion one must have towards creation and the earth with a backdrop made out of waste plastic bottles. The event saw a collaboration of 33 competitions spanning over two days.
 Bosco Chriz
Bosco Chriz is an inter-school fest organised by the YCS in May each year. The fest is organised exculsively for other Christian schools of the city and is the only one of its kind to be organised on a regular basis by a school. The event was initiated in 2001 and has grown to become the equivalent of Bosco Fest in the religious circuit.
 Bosco Empresarios
Bosco Empresarios is the inter-school business meet organised by the Commerce Department of the school in November each year. The event was initiated in 2011.
 Twinning and Exchange Programmes
Don Bosco School, Park Circus, Kolkata is part of two twinning and exchange programmes:
- Since 2009, the school has established links with the Salesian School, Chertsey, close to London. Thereafter, students from the UK have been visiting Don Bosco School, Park Circus every year.
- The school has also signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Goethe Institut for greater collaboration and the teaching of German in school. This has allowed students to visit Germany for Inter-cultural language programmes since 2010, under the Schulen: Partner der Zukunft (Schools: Partners for the Future) initiative of the Goethe Institut and the Federal Republic of Germany.
 Notable Alumni
- Rakesh Gangwal, President, US Airways
- Rohan Khara, Lead Product Innovation, Quikr. Also only Indian writer at The Stanford Daily
- Sanjeev Agrawal, Head of Marketing, Google; CEO of Aloqa; Vice President at Motorola;
- Amitabha Ghosh, only Asian scientist on NASA's Mars Rover mission
- Samit Basu, author of the GameWorld trilogy which includes The Simoqin Prophecies, The Manticore's Secret and The Unwaba Revelations.
- Bharat Gupta, successful first generation entrepreneur
- Neel Mukherjee, UK-based critic and author of Past Continuous which won the Vodafone Crossword Book Award for Best Fiction of 2008.
- Aninda Sinha, string theorist.
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