Gandaki Boarding School
Gandaki Boarding School (also known as GBS) (गण्डकी आवासीय उच्च माध्यामिक विद्यालय), formerly known as Nepal Adarsha Vidyashram, is a model school of Nepal. It is located in the city of Pokhara, 200 kilometers west of Kathmandu, and is the first and the only regional school of the country.
- 1 Introduction
- 2 History
- 3 Facilities and activities
- 4 Achievements
- 5 External links
- 6 References
Gandaki Higher Secondary Boarding School (GHSBS) is a higher secondary school (10+2) located at Lamachaur at the northern end of Pokhara valley. It provides an English medium, all-round education to about 1,072 students, classes 4-12. Of this number 35% are girls, 20% are scholarship students, and 65% are boarders.
The school is a non-profit institution owned by Nepal Government (Ministry of Education) and used to be run by an agreement and in collaboration with the United Mission to Nepal (UMN).
The motto of the school is "Knowledge Character and Service".
Courses of study
- School Leaving Certificate (nationwide curriculum until Class 10, prescribed by the Ministry of Education, Nepal)
- 10+2 in Science Stream (Higher Secondary Education Board (HSEB), Sano Thimi, Nepal)
- BE in Software Engineering (Pokhara University, Pokhara, Nepal)
- GCE A LEVEL (University of Cambridge, UK)
- Mr Rabi Prasad Baral – Principal
- Mr Shiva Lal Dhital – Vice Principal
- Mr Khadananda Sharma – GCE-A Level Supervisor (English Dept.)
- Mr Jhapendra Adhikari - Higher Secondary School Supervisor (Science Dept.)
- Mr Chet Nath bhandaari – Secondary School Supervisor (Maths Dept.)
- Mr Mohan Krishna Gurung – Senior Teacher (P.E. Dept.)
- Mr Yagya Raj Sharma – Hostel Supervisor (Social Studies Dept.)
- Mr Ram Prasad Lamichhane – Asst. Hostel Supervisor (Nepali Dept.)
- Mr Shakuntala Gurung – Extra Curricular Activities Incharge (Science Dept.)
- Mr Laxmi nanda Dhakal – Day Students' Incharge(Science Dept.)
- Mr Bhim bahadur Gurung – Scholarship Officer
It was established in 1966 on the banks of Seti River with some thatched huts.
Until 1993, courses were available for Grade 4 to Grade 10. Now it offers 10+2 system under the Higher Secondary Education Board. GBS is the first of few schools to introduce 10+2 in Nepal.
In 1999, a new college was started in GBS. Gandaki College of Engineering and Sciences (GCES), is affiliated to Pokhara University and offers Bachelor of Engineering (BE) courses in Software Engineering.
From 2010, it offers GCE A-Level Course under the Cambridge University, Cambridge, England.
- 11 June 1966 (30th Jestha, 2023): established as Nepal Adarsha Vidyashram for boys.
- 1985: Changed to English medium school and renamed to Gandaki Boarding School (GBS).
- 1985: Recognized as the "Regional School" by the Government of Nepal.
- 1985: Adopted co-education system by enrolling girls.
- 1988: Gained a nationwide fame after Rajendra Gurung stood in SLC board first.
- 1991: Celebrated its Silver Jubilee.
- 1991: Started 10+2 in Science stream.
- 1999: Started Gandaki College of Engineering and Sciences (GCES).
- 2004: Awarded Birendra Bidhya National shield for SLC results with 4 boards, 66 distinctions, 100% first division among 113 candidates.
- 2010: Started GCE-A Level studies under the University of Cambridge, England.
- Ms Martha Mukhya – Founder Principal
- Dr David Bambach – Principal (1985–1989)
- Mr John Barclay – Principal (1990–1995)
- Mr Jay Hutchinson – Acting Principal (1993–1993)
- Dr PV Chandy – Principal (1996–2003)
- Mr Bam Dev Sharma – Principal (2003–2005)
- Mr Kamal Prasad Neupane – Principal (2006–2007)
- Mr George John-Principal(2007–2008)
- Mr Rabi Prasad Baral – Principal (2008–Present)
Facilities and activities
The health center takes care of minor illnesses and first aid services. Serious cases are referred to the bigger hospitals of Pokhara. A CMA counselor and a nurse remain in charge of the health center and of the health education classes.
The science laboratories are for the science courses throughout classes 4 to 12. Each class have science practical classes in the science labs. In addition to the science teachers, the science department has three lab assistants who maintain all the science apparatus and science facilities.
current 2070 B.S. (2013/14)
- Hostel No. 1 Dhaulagiri (7 boys)
- Hostel No. 2 Lamjung (10 boys)
- Hostel No. 3 Himalchuli (7 boys)
- Hostel No. 4 Nilgiri (8 boys)
- Hostel No. 5 Machhapuchchhre (4/5 boys)
- Hostel No. 6 Annapurna (5/6 boys)
- Hostel No. 7 Manaslu (4/5/6 girls)
- Hostel No. 8 Everest (9/10+2 and A level girls)
- Hostel No. 9 Gaurishankar (7/8/9/10 girls)
- Hostel No. 10 Kanchanjungha (10+2 and A level boys)
- Gymnasium (volleyball, basketball, indoor football, badminton, softball and karata)
- One volleyball court in each hostel.
- Outdoor basketball courts near Hostel 4 for boys, and in Hostels 7 and 9 for girls.
- Cricket ground.
- Two football grounds.
- One outdoor handball court.
The GBS library has more than 25,000 books both in English and in Nepali. The library subscribes to most of the notable newspapers and magazines published in Nepal. International newspapers such as Sportstar, Newsweek, and Times are also available. The library is managed by two librarians.
- 08:30–17:30 on weekdays
- 13:30–17:30 on Saturdays
Dining hall and kitchen
The Catering Department serves food for all the boarder students.
- 06:15–06:45 Breakfast
- 08:20–08:45 Morning food (Classes 4 to 7)
- 09:00–09:30 Morning food (Classes 8 to 12)
- 13:00–13:45 Khaja(classes 4 to 8)
- 13:45–14:30 Khaja(classes 9 to 12)
- 17:45–18:15 Dinner (Classes 4 to 7)
- 18:30–19:00 Dinner (Classes 8 to 12)
- 21:30-21:50 Milk time (for all)
Note: This timetable is subject to change during winter(due to shorter days).
Houses and annual competitions
Students are divided into four houses:
- Seti (red)
- Rapti (yellow)
- Karnali (green)
- Trishuli (blue)
The four houses compete in annual activities.
- Annual Sports Day (athletics)
- Inter-House sports competitions: football, volleyball, basketball, cricket (boys), rounders (girls), badminton, table tennis, soft tennis.
- Inter-House academic competitions: general knowledge, essay writing (English and Nepali), speech (English and Nepali), debate(English and Nepali).
- GBS level basketball, football and cricket tournaments (annual)
- Football, volleyball, and basketball competitions with outside teams.
- Taking part in outside tournaments in football, essay writing, general knowledge, speech contest, essay writing competition, spelling contest, etc.
- Birendra Regional Educational Shield (Western Region) for 15 years.
- Birendra National Educational Shield (Nepal) in 2004 (2060 BS).
- Board First, Rajendra Gurung, in 1984 SLC Examination.
- Board Second, Third, Fifth, and Ninth in 2004 (2060 BS) SLC Examination.
- Ranked as one of the best schools of the country by "Himal" magazine, a Nepali journal.
- Ranked No. 1, by "Nepal" weekly magazine in 2001 in its evaluation of the best 10+2 schools of Nepal.
- Ranked in top 10, by "Nepal" weekly magazine in 2004 in its evaluation of the best 10+2 schools of Nepal. The magazine has, however, excluded GBS in its rankings in recent years. It cites, the fewer number of students GBS has compared to their criteria, as the reason.
- Ranked No. 2, by "Nepal" weekly Magazine in 2011 in its evaluation of the best schools of Nepal.
- Ranked No. 1, by "Nepal" weekly Magazine in 2012 in its evaluation of the best schools of Nepal.
- GBS Homepage