- Nursery to XII
- CISCE Board
- English Medium
- Day School
- Co-ed School
- Grades: Nursery, 1-12
- School Day: Monday - Saturday
- Timing: 10am - 5pm
- Gender: Co-Educational
- Religion: All
- Curriculum: CISCE
- Language: English
- Fees: www.gardenhighschool.org/ghs/tiki-index.php?page=fee%20structure%20and%20rules
The School premises at Hatirsur (Rajdanga), off the Rashbehari Connector, measure in all 105 cottahs or 1.75 acres approximately.
The main School building, with a total covered area of about 70,000 sft, has spacious, airy, and bright classrooms, a seminar room (2340 sft), an examination hall (3500 sft), two music rooms, a games room, a medical room, a large well-stocked library, an art and craft room, an audio-visual room, fully-equipped laboratories for physics, chemistry, biology, home science, and computer studies, and offices. All offices, the seminar room, examination hall, medical room, computer laboratories, library, audio-visual room, games room, and teachers’ rooms are air-conditioned. There are two generators (320 kv) and two lifts.
An annexe, about 37,700 sft in all, on the extreme east of the School premises, now houses classes from Nursery I to Class II. The annexe also has a waiting room, a medical room, a computer laboratory, a library, and a music room. The Director’s office (Nursery & Primary Department), waiting room, teachers’ rooms, medical room, and computer laboratory are all air-conditioned. There are two lifts, a generator (125 kv), and a water purification plant.
In compliance with the directions of the Fire Department, Government of West Bengal, both the main building and the annexe have adequate fire-fighting arrangements, including two water reservoirs (150,000 litres & 100,000 litres), separate fire pumps, and smoke detection sensors.
Nearly 5,000 sft of the covered area on the ground floor of the main building is open on all sides. In addition, a total area of about 58,000 sft (about 80.5 cottahs) of vacant land is available at present as a playground.
Extra Curricular Activities
Extra-curricular activities form an integral part of the routine. Efforts are being made to plan these activities in such a way that they become a lifelong acquisition or passion, or at least a hobby. The aim is to delve below the surface: if it is music, then principles of music appreciation-the ability not only to distinguish the good from the bad, but to give reasons for such an evaluation-must be taught.
Extra-curricular activities currently held are as follows.
Football coaching classes: for pupils with an aptitude for the sport
Scouts & Guides: Classes V – XII
Cubs & Bulbuls: Classes II – IV
Table Tennis: Inter-House Competitions
Scrabble: Classes XI & XII
Music: Classes XI & XII
Bridge coaching classes, conducted by the Calcutta Bridge Club in association with the West Bengal Bridge Association & the Bridge Federation of India.
N. B. No fee is payable for any of these activities.
The School motto echoes what many thinkers of many lands and many ages have said in many different ways: knowledge is not enough, and mere knowledge may dazzle and make one blind. Learning must lead to wisdom which gives one the capacity to see things in a proper perspective, and enables one to grow out of oneself. It is through wisdom that emancipation comes. Very few can attain it, but it is this straining after a goal, knowing that it will probably always be beyond one’s reach, that makes a man, a man.
...a compromise between the ideal and what is practicable in existing conditions.
Ideal education has no ulterior purpose. It is not concerned with teaching the techniques of how to do well in examinations. It must not also be confused with training for a profession: how to produce a good doctor, lawyer, or an engineer. Nor does it intend to provide a ready-made moral or intellectual outfit that will help a pupil get through life. It is concerned with ‘the pupil himself, in what he is thinking, in his quality of mind, in his immortal soul’.
At the same time, we cannot ignore the fact that the prevalent socio-economic conditions of our country have made the chief, and perhaps only, aim of education, at least at the school level, the training of a pupil to pass examinations so that he may secure admission to an institution that will, in turn, train him for a profession. Teaching has thus been reduced to a mere imparting of knowledge and training. Following suit, learning has become a mere acquisition, without assimilation, of knowledge and of an ability to use skills blindly, without imagination or innovation. It is a reality that cannot be ignored and must be dealt with on its own terms.
The School thus aims at a compromise between the ideal and what is practicable in existing conditions.
Garden High is thus a school
- where pupils come first, and all else later.
- which thinks that education is concerned with pupils as persons, not with how they can be trained for a career.
- which believes that a school should be ‘training minds, not stuffing them’.
- which, therefore, encourages pupils to think for themselves, and tries to kindle their curiosity, so that they may venture out on their own beyond the beaten track of the syllabi.
- which does not try to impress with inessentials at the cost of what is essential: academic integrity and excellence.