Mount Hermon School, Darjeeling
|Mount Hermon School|
|Darjeeling, West Bengal, India|
|Established||March 11, 1895|
|Principal||Mr. Terrence Wharton|
|Website||mounthermon.co.in (it is not prefixed www)|
Mount Hermon School is a co-educational school in the town of Darjeeling, in the Indian state of West Bengal. It is located on North point Singmari. It follows the American education style, rather than the British style in vogue in the other schools of the area. It has ICSE (for grade 10) and ISC (for grade 12) board.
It is the only school in Darjeeling hills where facilities for both boys and girls from standard KG to 12, day scholar and boarder are available.
Mount Hermon was founded in 1895 under the auspices of the Methodist Episcopalian Church of America by Miss Emma Knowles who was the first principal. It was known as Queen's Hill School, and meant for girls but the name was changed to Mount Hermon School in 1930 when boys were admitted.
The present principal of the school is Mr. Terrence Wharton along with Rev. Noel Prabhuraj as its Secretary and Chaplain. Mr. Wharton took over from Mr. George William Fernandez who retired end of 2012.The student body is divided into four houses - Dewey, Fisher, Knowles and Stahl, which are named after previous principals of the school.
The school has three departments - the Infant Department (KG to standard 2, the Junior school (standard 3 to standard 6), and the senior school (standard 7 to standard 12).
The subjects taught in the school are English, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, History, Geography, Civics, Computers, Commerce, Accountancy, Political Science, Physical Education, Business Studies, Economics etc.
In standard 11 and 12 the stream is divided into Science, Commerce and Humanities.
Several languages are taught during the vernacular language classes - Hindi, Bengali, Nepali, Tibetan, Mizo (Lushai), Dzongkha and Thai.
The discipline of the school is looked after by the Prefects of the school. Usually chosen from a group of standard 12 students. House captains are elected from students of standard 9 to 12 by the Senior school students by way of vote among themselves to arrange for extra co-curricular activities. Every class has a Class captain. Junior school students are looked after by their teachers in classrooms, matrons in the hostel and guarded by the junior school monitors selected from a group of standard 5 students when they play outside.
Co-curricular activities include football, cricket, swimming, basketball, volleyball, throwball, badminton and table tennis.
The school has a swimming pool, a playground named the Downfield, and a top flat for the junior school. There is a play ground for the infant department students with swings, merry go rounds, slides, sea saws, and monkey ladders.
Singing classes from KG to Standard 8 are taken twice a week. Piano, violin, guitar lessons are individually given. The school has a grand piano in its chapel hall, seven upright piano in the music room and several other upright pianos in the small lounge, big lounge, and cottages. Every year several students sit for the Trinity College of Music, London grade examinations ranging from Initial to Grade 8.The School has three choirs - Infant Choir, Junior Choir and Senior choir.
- Every Saturday morning a class presents a Chapel Play based on a theological topic. Every Saturday evening a class presents a class play.
- The school major production has included My Fair Lady, The King and I, and the Sound of Music.
- Inter-house competition is organized among the students for quiz, debate, elocution, extempore, music competition, basketball, football, swimming, and cricket.
- For the Morning Chapel Service, every day at 7:40 AM, the school assembles at the School's Chapel Hall where they sing a hymn accompanied by the music teacher on the grand piano, a reading is done from the scripture and a short prayer is made by the Chaplain. Thereafter, the Principal of the school makes announcements for the day.
- The students take part in various activities and play against various schools in Darjeeling , Kalimpong , Kurseong and Siliguri district.
- Altamas Kabir - Justice Altamas Kabir, Chief Justice of India and Judge, Supreme Court of India.
- Emil Wolfgang Menzel, Jr. - primatologist and Professor of Psychology.
- Tom Stoppard - English playwright, attended the school from 1943 to 1946