Dr. Graham's Homes

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Dr. Graham's Homes
Kalimpong, West Bengal, India
Type Educational Institute
Patron saint(s) R. H Mody
Established 1900
Chairman Lt. General J R Mukherjee (Retd.)
Principal Mrs Hilda Peacock
Color(s) Blue and white

Dr Graham's Homes formerly called the St. Andrew's Colonial Homes was founded in 1900 by Reverend Dr. John Anderson Graham a missionary of the Church of Scotland, who settled in Kalimpong and worked with the local community for several years during the turn of the 20th century. In 1900, more than a century ago, Reverend Dr. John Anderson Graham began giving life to his dream. A dream to build an institution that manifested his love for children. A Home for orphaned and abandoned Anglo-Indian children whose only craving was for love and an opportunity to live a life of dignity. Whilst working in Edinburgh as a clerk in the Civil Service, Graham was influenced and encouraged by the Minister of his Church, the Reverend John McMurtrie, to be ordained in the Ministry of God.

On 24 September 1900, Reverend Graham realised his vision and founded St. Andrew’s Colonial Homes. The beginnings were modest – a rented building, Kiernander Cottage. There were six children – two first generation Eurasians, and four European children whose recently widowed mother became the first ever Housemother of the Homes.

The Homes[edit]

The family of Homes raises children from adolescence through their teenage years, int their adulthood by the process of taking them along the channel of a nursery Lucia king, kindergarten Queen Elizabeth Kindergarten School, Junior Section, Senior Section and, if required, employment. The Homes helps to achieve their aim of providing young people with the opportunity to become successful learners, confident individuals, effective contributors and ultimately responsible citizens. O.G.B.s (an acronym popularly used for alumni of Dr Graham’s Homes), Who continue or return to serve the Homes are given the privilege of being called Grahamites and the rest as O.G.B.s. The school encompasses an area of 400 acres (1.61 km²). The campus is noted as a "miniature town" and is self-sufficient enough to produce and provide its own food, clothing and lodging. It holds together the establishment of a:

  • Offices

Main Office Senior School Office- Strachen Cottage Junior School Office

  • Bank

Central Bank Of India

  • Museum

Homes Museum

  • Church
    Katherine Graham Memorial Chapel

Katherine Graham Memorial Chapel

  • Jarvie Hall
  • Farm
  • Green House
  • Workshop

James Patterson Memorial Workshop

  • Clothing Department
  • Stationary Department
  • Hospital

The Steele Memorial Central Brenchley Memorial Dispensary

  • Central Kitchen

RJG Ballentyne Memorial

  • Bakery

Fyfe Bakery

  • Dairy

Sir John Anderson Dairy

  • Canteen
  • Store's

Carmichael Farm Steading

  • Playground's

Ronaldshay Park Lower Field Upper Field School Garden Tear Drop Garden

  • Hang Out Zones

Honeymoon Hill

  • Football Field
  • Swimming Pool

CC Macleod Swimming Baths

  • Basket Ball Courts

Betty Sherrif Memorial Court

  • Library

Mountbatten's Children Library

  • Computer Centre
  • Technical Room
  • Hornell Domestic Science Block

Biology Laboratory Physics Laboratory Chemistry Laboratory

  • Art Gallery

Pickford Scout Den

  • Music Room

Margaret Lloyd Memorial Hut

  • Gym

Pugh Gymnasium

  • Holiday Home Guest House
  • Ahava Guest House
  • Administration Cottages

(Principal) - Jublee House,

(Head Master) - Graham House,

(Bursar) - Wolsely House,

(Junior Head Master) - Yule House

  • Staff Quarters

Sir Charles Bell Bungalow

Edinburgh Flats/New Flats, Isolation Flats,

Cargil House, Mount House, Ben Creak House,

Shallay Cottage, Deolo Cottage/Gordon Cottage,

  • Student's Cottages


Lucia King Affectionate Lamb
Wales Lodge Willing Rabbit

Boy's Cottages[edit]

Assam Assiduous Yellow Rhino
Calcutta Cautious Red Rooster
Hart Friendly Light Blue Stag
Heathland Helpful Royal Blue Horse
Laidlaw Law-Abiding Brown Lion
Murray United Maroon Panda
Scottish Canadian Fearless Maroon Bear
Grant Enduring Mauve Eagle
Wiston Daring Dark Green Boar
Centenary Challenger Red & Black Snow Lion

Girl's Cottages[edit]

Bene Sincere Pink Lotus
Brissa Begin Maroon Butterfly
Elliot Enterprising Blue Eel
Macgregor Peace Loving Royal Blue Dove
Mansfield Grace Yellow Swan
Thoburn Truthful Dark-Green Lamp
Woodburn Winsome Turquoise Woodpecker


Frazer Fortitude Rasta Elephant
Willing don Will-Power Berets Tiger
  • Cemetery

Garden of Remembrance

  • Vehicle

School Bus ~ Presented by the O.G.B.s of Bhutan.

On the other side, the school overlooks the Rangeet River and its carved valleys. The establishment of the school was greatly responsible for Kalimpong gaining economic prosperity owing to the migration of many families in search of quality education and a salubrious climate.

Academic year[edit]

The school conducts classes in English medium and follow the ICSE, which is equivalent to the GCSE in the United Kingdom & ISC, which is equivalent to the A Levels in the United Kingdom syllabus.

Subjects Taught

Dr. Graham's Homes

The academic year begins around late February and ends in early December, thus having a long holiday of almost three months, owing to the cold weather in the winter. The school attracts students from not only Kalimpong, but also from places as far as Sikkim, Bhutan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Siliguri, Bihar, Calcutta, Assam and the North East States. Internationally from Korea, Australia, Canada and United Kingdom.

The school offers eight Second Languages: Hindi, Nepali, Bengali, Dzongkha, Tibetan, Khasi, Lushai and Thai.

Common Languages used in school by students understood only by one another: P Language, Homes Slang

Also, offering membership of National Cadet Corps / (N.C.C.), Socially Useful Productive Work / (S.U.P.W.), Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme / (D.E.A.S.), Scouts and Guides, Interact Club in association with the Rotary Club of Kalimpong.

Homes encourages students to feel the spirit of sportsmanship, providing training and competition with basketball, volleyball, athletics, swimming, football, throw ball, badminton, table tennis, and cricket.

Further motivating and encouraging students to participate in extra curricular activities like Gardening, Elocution, Quizzing, Dramatics, Choir, Music, Photography, Wild Life Preservation,

Common innocent games played by the children among themselves: Hopscotch, Change pole's, 5 stones, Butterfly, Butterfly what's my number, Chungi

World renown Nursery Rhymes that are taught to impeccable children who learn the rhymes and later in life carry it on to their children and that is how the World keeps turning 'Round & Round'. A few Our school keeps them updated on ~ Orange and Lemons ends with the line Remember me till I'am dead, dead, dead. hickory dickory, The mulberry bush, Jingle Bell


St. Augustine's School ~ Special dedication from Homes


St Joseph's Convent ~ Deep in the Valley ~ Special dedication from Homes


May Fair[edit]

Birthday celebrations[edit]

  • An annual birthday celebration marks the founding of the school in 1900. Held in September, the celebration is spread over a couple of days and includes the annual Flower Service at the Katherine Graham Memorial Chapel and the Graham Re-dedication Service. The event also includes the much awaited Birthday Ball, a dinner party, Picnic by the river side,the school play, the Swimming Gala, the Singing Competition, the Drill Display, and the traditional buns and jalabies with smoked tea. Apart from current students, parents and local supporters, the Birthday Celebration draws former students, friends and well-wishers from across the world every year.It is also celebrated worldwide by the O.G.B.s (Old Girls & Boys) in many parts of the world, who have finished schooling and have been raised by this Institution.

Carol service[edit]

  • The carol service is an event that takes place in November just before the end of the academic year.
Fundraising events[edit]

Sporting events[edit]

  • In addition, throughout the year, Dr Graham's Homes takes part in an extensive calendar of sporting events jointly organised by local schools.


  • The Telegraph Schools Award for Outstanding Excellence 2000 & 2004
  • The choir also had a very successful tour of the United Kingdom in 2007, where they sang before appreciative audiences in Edinburgh, Glasgow, London, Oxford and the Isle Of Arran. Their first concert on foreign soil, they performed at a total of 13 venues both in England and Scotland.
  • The Choir sang live over BBC in 2007, which was a unique opportunity and platform to showcase their outstanding singing.
  • The students have also participated in the Cadbury Bournvita Quiz Contest on Zee TV Internationally. They were quizzed by the quiz master Derek O’Brien



  • 'Daddy Graham’s Homes'

This book is a tribute to Dr. Graham’s Homes School, for hundred years of compassion, dedication and service to those who were unfortunate and in great need of assistance in the field of education, health and well being. Beautifually compiled, over 150 wonderful photos of the school, events dating as far back as the 1900s. The book "Daddy Graham’s Homes" portrays the history of the school from 24 September 1900 when it was established till 24 September 2000 when it celebrated its centenary. Great effort has been taken to maintain the quality of the book. Compiled, composed and sponsored by the ex-students of Dr. Graham’s Homes. One might say a tribute to its OGB’s (Old Girls and Boys) as well.

  • 'Dr. Graham of Kalimpong'

This book is a fascinating story of the life and achievements of one of the missionary giants. In Kalimpong – a beautiful part of northern India – the name of Dr. Graham lives on through the work of the homes he founded.

  • 'A Century of Children'

The story of the first hundred years of Dr. Graham's Homes tells of the enfolding of a vision for children as it has passed on from the founder, Dr John Anderson Graham, to the present day. It is hoped that the record of dedicated work for the welfare and education of children laid out here will not only kept for posterity, but will also serve as an inspiration for the future years and work of the Homes' mission for children.


  • A School Called Home

Documentary on the centennial year of Dr Graham's Homes.

  • We Homes Chaps

Everybody who went to the Homes has a profound, if baffling love for the school. Film maker and alumni Kesang Tseten set out to explore this difficult love when former Anglo-Indian and Tibetan school friends return for the school centennial celebration. Gradually the pabulum of reunion sentiment gives way to an unfolding of a real childhoods of separation and abandonment and of alienation and cultural displacement.


  • Yearly School Diary
  • Thorough Magazines

Distinguished O.G.B.s[edit]

  • Lyonchen Tshering Tobgay is the present Prime Minister of Bhutan. He took over from Lyonchen Jigmi Y Thinley.

School Song[edit]

Forward o'youth forever advancing
  Look to horizons far
Eyes do not grope in depth of the night
  That look on a shining star
Nations fearful in apartness
  Need your sight to light their darkness
Look up o'youth forever advancing
  Look to horizons far.........

Waken this hour is no time for sleeping
  Welcome the rising sun
Nations are stirring out of their slumbers
  Great is the work undone
Waken sisters, waken brothers
  Rise up now and waken others
Welcome the morn' a new day is born
  When people shall live as one

Go on with singing over the land
  Wherever the road ways lie
Freedom shall be the theme of your song
  The watchword of peace your cry
Equal rights for every brother
  Lands at peace with one another
Loyal to truth the singing of youth
  Shall echo from hill to sky

Indian National Anthem[edit]

Jana gaṇa mana adhināyaka jaya he Bhārata bhāgya vidhātā Pañjāba Sindhu Gujarāṭa Marāṭhā Drāviḍa Utkala Vaṅga Vindhya Himāchala Yamunā Gaṅgā Ucchala jaladhi taraṅga Tav śubha nāme jāge Tav śubha āśiṣa māge Gāhe taba jaya gāthā Jana gaṇa maṅgala dāyaka jaya he Bhārata bhāgya vidhāta Jaya he, jaya he, jaya he Jaya jaya jaya, jaya he!


Official Sites 

See also[edit]


  • Yearly School Diary
  • Thorough Magazines (1901–2010)