St. James' School (India)
|St. James' School|
|Motto||Pro Ecclesia Et Pro Patria|
|Principal||Terence Hamilton Ireland|
|Location||Kolkata, West Bengal, India|
|Affiliations||Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations|
165/166, A. J. C. Bose Rd, Kolkata - 700014 Ph: +91-33-2244-1545
Other meanings, see Saint James School
The school is associated with St. James' Church, Kolkata, which has a historic building.
The principal is T.H Ireland; past principals have included John Mason and D.L. Bloud. The school has a double steepled church. The school is equipped with a covered basketball court and a very big athletics field. The school also has a computer lab and three science labs. .
The school motto is "Pro Ecclesia Et Pro Patria", meaning "For Church and for Country".
St. James' School was established in 1864. In the first twenty years of its existence the school faced intensive financial difficulties. Apart from its financial conditions the question of the school's relevance as an institute of higher education was also raised. Opinion was sought from Mr. Pedler, Director of Public Instruction, Bengal and Vice Chancellor of the Calcutta University, who stated, "I see little good in propping up an institution of this kind. The present policy of the Education Department is to insist on concentrating on the teaching of higher courses in the European Schools. Judged by this test, St. James' School fails to justify its existence."
The school closed in December 1904. According to reports, there was an upsurge of sentiment on the part of parents, well wishers and old boys at the closure of the school. In 1907, with financial assistance from the Church Education League, the school was reopened. However, it again ran into difficulties and closed in 1918.
It opened its doors again in 1924 under the Rectorship of The Rev.. Thomas H. Cashmore, also the Vicar of St. James' Church. Rev. Cashmore established a renaissance in the life of both church and school. Sport was greatly encouraged as essential to character development and the feats of his pupils in hockey, football, cricket, boxing, swimming and athletics are remembered. Rev. Cashmore left in 1933 to return to England and was succeeded by Mr. I. M. Valentine from 1933 to 1950.
The impact of World War II was felt in the period between 1942 and 1946. Air raid shelters were constructed in the school compound and the school premises requisitioned by the RAF. on rent. The boarders were sent off to Christ Church School, Jabalpore, and to Bishop Westcott School, Allahabad. The school functioned from two rented premises on Ripon Street and Lower Circular Road. The school moved back to its own premises in July 1947 but the entire premises were in a state of disrepair and it took considerable funds to make the place usable. The school now functioned as a day school for boys, the old boarding section having been demolished.
In 1950 Mr. Valentine resigned as Rector and Mr. F. R. Marshall had a two-year tenure and was succeeded by Mr. E. C. Chippendale in 1952, who ushered in a period of considerable change. There was an increased emphasis on the teaching of science and streaming into Science and Humanities began in Class IX. In 1960 the school had above six hundred pupils on its rolls, and with the care of the Rector and the Board of Governors, was at last financially sound.
A new science block was constructed and named after Mr. Chippendale, on his departure in 1961, after nine years of service. Mr. L. N. Bird took charge as Rector in 1961, the designation of Rector being changed shortly thereafter to Principal. Mr. F. P. Pakianathan succeeded Mr. L. N. Bird in 1971 and the numbers of pupils on rolls now increased from 640 in 1971 to 1200 in 1977.
Mr. J. A. Mason joined the school as Principal in 1978. The scope of academic, cultural and extra curricular activities was greatly increased, the school buildings renovated and the gardens nurtured.
The expansion programme initiated by Mr. Pakianathan required additional accommodation, which was provided in December 1979 with the opening of the Schunker Block constructed over the school hall and annexe, consisting of fourteen classrooms to accommodate the Junior School. Numbers during this period rose to 1800 with as much as ten percent of the pupils studying at concessional rates or on freeships. The number of qualified teachers rose to 60.
The students are divided into four houses, each named after one of the school's founding members. They are Copleston (gold, motto "Duty Before Self"), Westcott (red, motto "Work Is Worship"), Cotton (green, motto "Never Despair") and Lefroy (blue, motto "Love Conquers All"). They are named after bishops of the Anglican Church in India. Competition between the houses takes place in the form of interhouse activities like quizzing, debating, athletics, drama, and elocution, as also the Monday morning uniform inspection. Meritorious houses are awarded house points and the house with the most points at the end of the year wins the Cockhouse cup, which was instituted following a gift from the RAF after the school buildings were used as barracks during World War II.There is one house master and one house mistress in each house.
Annual sports day for the junior school is held in February and the meet for the middle and senior school takes place in November–December. Events like march past, relay races, tug of war, and javelin throw are part of this event.
The students competing are divided into divisions according to their age group. All these activities take place on a house basis. The house with the most number of wins and points from the events emerges to be the winner. At the end of sports day the following awards are given:
- Ranjit Sen Trophy for the fastest boy('B' division)
- James Chippendale Trophy for the best athlete ('A' division)
- Archie Edwards Challeng Trophy for the best athlete in field events('A' division)
- Jibran Tyabbi Trophy for the best athlete ('A' division)
- R.S. Paul Challenge Trophy for the best athlete ('B' division)
- Most promising athlete ( 'C' division)
The following awards are given out on the Annual Prize Day:
- Robertson Award for the best sportsman
- Balachander Award for the most promising sportsman.
Activities and achievements 
Interschool activities are stressed at St James', the school having won The Telegraph School of the Year award (given by a local English daily) a number of times for its prowess at interschool activities. In 2005, the school, after having won the award for a sixth time, was inducted into The Telegraph Hall of Fame. This meant that the school would not be eligible for this award again in the future so as to give other schools a fair chance.
School clubs include Interact Club, Drama Club, Nature Club, Bible Club, Space Club, Eastern Cultural Club, Quiz Club, SPICMACAY and others, each hosting public events throughout the year, ranging from the photography contest of the photography club to the interschool quiz organised by the quiz club, known as 'Jaco-Iz'. The Debating society of St. James' School, has organized a new event, Jaco-MUN, 2009 being its inaugural year, which is a Model United Nations.
The Interact Club, which is involved in community service activities in collaboration with The Rotary Club of Calcutta Victoria, had been awarded best Interact Club in town in the academic year 2006-07. One of the most sought after fests, Jaco-Synthesis is hosted by this school, though the year 2009 sees a fest called Jaco-Sanskriti, a cultural fest.
The students call themselves Jacobeans.
Games like cricket, hockey, football, table tennis, rugby are a part of the school's extra curriculum. Cricket, hockey and football are played at three levels i.e. class, house and school. Swimming also constitutes the activities.
St. James' School Alumni Association 
Former students of the School got together in 1998, under the leadership of Mr. Marcus Rodrick (student of St. James’ School and former Senior Headmaster and Vice Principal), and approached the Principal at the time - Mr. Daryl Bloud - to form an Alumni Association. The society now has over 200 members.
The society holds the annual Independence Cup for football, played with teams comprising four house teams, one prefects’ team, one senior staff team, one service staff team, two alumni teams and one parents team, on 15 August.
The society hosts an Annual Dinner. The society has a website.
The members of the Alumni are encouraged to be present at the annual Founder's Day Service, held on the 25th July. Students of class 12 are encouraged to join the Alumni.
Notable alumni 
- Pritam, Bollywood music director
- Somnath Bharadwaj, Theoretical Physicist
- Arjun Atwal, Golfer
- Sanjeev Sanyal, Economist & Environmentalist
- Sujoy Ghosh, Filmmaker
- Mihir S Sharma, Columnist, Indian Express, Business Standard
- O’Brien, Barry (4 December 2004). "All hail hockey on history high". Eye on Calcutta (Calcutta, India: The Telegraph, 4 December 2004). Retrieved 2007-04-13.
- Official site
- Official website of The Telegraph newspaper - conducts the School of the Year award
- Student's quizzing blog