St. Paul's School, Darjeeling
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|St. Paul's School|
Moniti Meliora Sequamur
Latin: Having been advised, let us follow higher things
|Darjeeling, West Bengal, India|
|Religious affiliation(s)||Church of North India|
|Rector||Rev. Joy Halder|
|Age||6 to 18|
|Colour(s)||Maroon and dark blue
|Former pupils||Old Paulites|
St. Paul's School is an independent boarding school for boys situated in the town of Darjeeling, West Bengal, India. Entrance tests for admission are held every September. The school follows the ICSE curriculum till the 10th year and the ISC for higher secondary.
St. Paul's School was founded in Calcutta by Archdeacon Corrie at the instigation of John William Ricketts, a local Anglo-Indian leader, and opened at 11 Park Street on May 1, 1823. The school was moved to its present Jalapahar estate in Darjeeling in 1864 with 31 boarders and a few day scholars. At that time, at approximately 7,600 feet above sea level, it was the highest school in the world. A number of its students fought in both World War I and World War II.
Bishop Foss Westcott, Metropolitan of Bengal, Burma and Ceylon, played an important role in the growth of the school. The Maharajah of Burdwan also made important donations. Over the years a number of estates were purchased and merged with the existing school estate. The Mount Vernon Estate, known as Dawkins, was purchased at the beginning of the 1900s and the Terpsithea Estate in 1955.
The school's original purpose was "to supply a good education at a moderate cost to the sons of Europeans and East Indians", and it remained almost exclusively white until after World War II; after Indian Independence in 1947 it became a school for wealthy Indians and attracted wealthy students from other Asian countries, as of 1960[update] especially from Burma, Thailand and Sri Lanka.
The school is divided into Primary, Junior, and Senior wings. The three wings are run independently with the Primary Wing having its own campus and a slight difference in uniform. The Senior and Junior Wings share many facilities.
Current students are referred to as Paulites and the alumni as Old Paulites. The school lays a great emphasis on uniform, and on off-campus trips all students must dress in prescribed suits and carry umbrellas. The student government is headed by a School Captain, assisted by house captains and prefects, drawn from the Sixth Form. The Junior and Primary Wings have their own system of monitors. The Sixth form is privileged and enjoys an advantage over the rest. The chapel holds a central place in the life of the school where it meets as a community. There are clubs which develop artistic and technical skills. Each house presents a concert from time to time, apart from the major school production in October. The sport curriculum is dominated by football, cricket, athletics and hockey.
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- Eyre Chatterton, A History of the Church of England in India Since the Early Days of the East India Company, London: SPCK / New York: Macmillan, 1924, OCLC 1895674, "Chapter XXVII. The Mother Diocese of Calcutta, 1815".
- Educational Institute, City of Darjeeling, retrieved September 24, 2013.
- Gordon Brook-Shepherd, Where the Lion Trod, London: Macmillan / New York: St. Martin's, 1960, OCLC 411159, pp. 65–66. Text online at archive.org.
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