Dr. Graham's Homes
|Dr. Graham's Homes|
|Kalimpong, West Bengal, India|
|Patron saint(s)||R. H Mody|
|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.
- 1 The Homes
- 2 Collections
- 3 Distinguished O.G.B.s
- 4 Gallery
- 5 See also
- 6 References
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:
- Jarvie Hall
- Green House
- Clothing Department
- Stationary Department
- Central Kitchen
- Hang Out Zones
- Football Field
- Swimming Pool
- Basket Ball Courts
- Computer Centre
- Technical Room
- Hornell Domestic Science Block
- Art Gallery
- Music Room
- 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
|COTTAGES||MOTTO||COLOUR & TIES||EMBLEM|
|Centenary||Challenger||Red & Black||Snow Lion|
|COTTAGES||MOTTO||COLOUR & TIES||EMBLEM|
|Macgregor||Peace Loving||Royal Blue||Dove|
Garden of Remembrance
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.
- English Language, Second Language, Third Language
- English Literature, History, Geography
- Mathematics, Accountancy, Commerce
- Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Environmental Science, Science, Political Science
- Physical Education, Value Education
- Computer, Technical Drawing, Art
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.
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.
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
- Homes is proud of its long and distinguished heritage. We celebrate two very important dates in the calendar every year. The May Fair is a traditional carnival day in the month of May during the spring. Interesting stalls are put up where students can display their skills and dedication at the request stall by sending love messages, secret admirers, friendship funnily lost and found children and belongings.Other skills in arts and crafts, cookery, candle-making, stitching, technical drawing, dancing, dramatics, choir and school band performances. It also includes events like Maypole dance, Snow Lion dance & the Yak dance in association with the Indo-Tibetan Buddhist cultural Institute of Kalimpong. The Fair also sees the Crowning of the traditional May Queen by the Chief Guest who is always an important dignitary. Invitations go out to all parents and children to attend. It is during this time of the year that we also have the annual Inter-Cottage Garden Competition, an event which is closely contested as boys and girls, and staff, vie with one another to create the brightest and most striking floral garden displays.
- 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.
- The carol service is an event that takes place in November just before the end of the academic year.
- These Events include Walkathon, Seminars, Webinars, Bike Bengal, Jars for Change, sponsorship, annual subscriptions, trust funds, raffles, and dinner dances, save environment, walk away from drugs,
- 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
- Lyonchen Tshering Tobgay is the present Prime Minister of Bhutan. He took over from Lyonchen Jigmi Y Thinley.
- Norman Douglas Hutchinson - Famous British Royal painter noted for his 1988 painting of Queen Elizabeth II.
- Lyonchen Jigmi Yoser Thinley - was the Prime Minister of Bhutan between 2008-2013.
- Thuten Kesang
- Dawa T. Norbu
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
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
- Tale of a Food Lover on Zee News ~ (1 October 2011)
- Media's Push on Telegraph ~ (22 September 2011)
- Natures Push on Telegraph ~ (18 September 2011)
- Natures Push on NDTV ~ (18 September 2011)
- Daddy Graham's Homes
- Dr. Graham of Kalimpong
- A Century of Children - Simon Mainwaring
- The Road Ahead - Dawa T. Norbu
- Yearly School Diary
- Thorough Magazines (1901–2010)