Loreto Convent, Tara Hall, Shimla
|Tara Hall, Shimla|
|Shimla, Himachal Pradesh
Loreto Convent, Tara Hall belongs to the worldwide family of the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary, also known as Loreto, which was founded by an English woman named Mary Ward, away back in the 16th century. Loreto Sisters and the Loreto Associates are involved in various ministries in every continent, carrying forward Mary Ward’s vision who saw Integrity, Justice, Freedom and Love as essential qualities for any person. She desired that women in particular find their rightful place in the world and society in which they live, becoming people of reflection and discernment in making choices, and learning to "refer all things to God". Developing sincere and right relationships was central to her way. Mary Ward also emphasised the need for deep joy, or ‘felicity’.
Loreto Convent, Tara Hall, Shimla is one of 15 Loreto schools in India. It is an English medium high school for girls, managed by the Simla Loreto Educational Society. The school is a day school, affiliated to the CBSE Board, Delhi and has classes from Nursery to Class XII. Till a 2010 the school was affiliated to the ICSE Board.
The school is affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) boards of Delhi. It is one of the best convent schools in Shimla. The school has about 50 staff members with more than 1000 students.Tara Hall,an intrinsic part of the town’s heritage, gets it name from a building of the same name in Ireland.
The school is divided into two wings: Junior School and Senior School. The school campus is one of the largest in Shimla and comprises two large buildings and more than four playgrounds.
The Loreto Sisters came to Shimla in 1892 with a view to provide good quality education for girls in the hills. After purchasing the twin properties of Tara Hall and Bellevue, the Loreto Sisters established themselves on the present site on 30.11.1895. Soon after, to cater to the needs of the underprivileged St. Joseph’s School was opened in the vicinity. In 1904, Tara Hall and St. Joseph’s were amalgamated. In 1946, the Day School at Willows Bank on the Mall, known as Loreto Chalet Day was opened. Darbhanga House was procured from the Maharaja of Darbhanga in March 1964, where now the new School Building stands.
In 1913, the Cambridge Exams were introduced and in 1916 the school secured first place in Punjab in the High School Examination. In 1992, the School celebrated its centenary year.
From 1995 for 13 years the school was under the management of the Sacred Heart Sisters, but in 2008 the Loreto Sisters were welcomed to Shimla on their return. In 2010 the School changed over to the CBSE Board and Classes 11 & 12 was introduced. The educational and cultural heritage of Loreto Convent, Tara Hall School is a by word not only in Shimla but in northern India.
The School is divided into two wings. The Junior Wing consists of classes from Nursery to Fifth and the Senior Wing Consists of classes from Sixth to Twelfth in the two buildings, Belle Vue and Tara Hall.