Carmel High School, Gariahat

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Address: 41, Gariahat Road (South), Kolkata 700 031
Phone: 2473-1132/4006-5688
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Course of Studies
The school prepares students for the Madyamik Pariksha (class 10) conducted by the West Bengal Board of Secondary Education and Uccha Madhyamik Pariksha (class 11-12).

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For fresh admission a birth certificate should accompany the application. No change in the name and date of birth is permitted later.

A Transfer Certificate must be produced by all candidates who have previously attended any school and countersigned by the Inspector of Schools.

• AV Room for the Overall development of the Child
• Computer Lab
• Geography Lab
• Psychology Lab
• Science Lab
• Physical Exercises
• Games
• Sports
• Karate
Social Service activities are part of the general education

Examination and Promotion
Examination and Tests are held as indicated in the school calendar. The marks obtained in all exams are counted towards the aggregate which will determine at the end of the year, the promotion to a higher class.
For students who are absent for the Tests and Terminal Examinations, no provision is made for supplementary tests.
A minimum attendance of 80% will be required for promotion.
In order to be promoted a student should secure a minimum of 40%. In all questions of promotion or failure, the Headmistress' decision is final.

Students who have been absent from class must have the reason entered in the Regularity Record, stating briefly the cause of the absence or delay, (reason of a private nature may be submitted in a letter). No leave of absence is given without a previous written application from the guardian.
Every student must be present at the reopening of school ie after Summer, Christmas and Puja Vacations. There will be class tests on the closing and reopening day of every term.
Continuous absence for 15 days without prior permission for leave will be considered equivalent to the withdrawal of the student from the school and her name struck off the rolls.
A medical certificate must be produced for absence due to contagious or infectious disease.

Co- Curricular Activities
• Carmel spice Club
• Drama Club
• Games
• Karate class
• Physical Activities
• Quiz Club
• Social Service Activities
• Sports

School begins with a General Assembly at 8:40 am during which a prayer is recited. Every student should be present for the General Assembly.

Under no circumstances will a student be allowed to enter the school premises in the morning once the gate is closed, and parents are requested not to intercede on behalf of their wards.

Students are forbidden to bring to school any kind of electronic equipment, such as mobile phones, iPods, walkman, cameras, hand video games, video cameras, DVD's, CD's, Pen Drives, Portable Audio and Video devices, cassette players, any mass storage devices, books , periodicals, newspapers of printed matter of an objectionable nature, on a day-to-day basis. A cassette player or a CD player may be brought to school only for practice for a school programme / concert, and will be used under the supervision of the class teacher/ teacher in charge.

A strict code of uniform is to be followed. Students must be neatly dressed and wear clean, knee-length socks. They are not allowed to wear any jewellery nor will they use mehendi. Nails are to be trimmed and no nail polish of any kind will be entertained.

Visitors are not allowed to interview the teachers in their respective class rooms or in the staff room during the teaching hours. They may do so out of class hours, having made an appointment. The use of mobile in the School Premises and in the class rooms is strictly prohibited. If a student is found using a mobile, it will be confiscated and will not be given back to the student or to the parent and the user will be severely penalized.

On an examination day, a student is expected to attend all the classes throughout the day. Otherwise the test stands cancelled. No student will be allowed to go home after answering a test for any reason whatsoever. Guardians are advised not to send sick students to school especially on examination days.

Class excursions, Guide camps, exposure programmes and workshops are a part of our school curriculum. Therefore every student will participate in these activities. They are compulsory activities for the students of Carmel High School.

It is the policy of the school, as a rule, to discourage private tuition. A student should be able to progress in her work as a result of good teaching. The students are strictly not allowed to take tuitions from their own school teachers.

About the School
The ardent desire to be one with the creator, urged Mother Veronica of the Passion to serve humanity with generosity, courage and determination which gave birth to the Apostolic Carmel in 1868.

Mother Veronica, nee Sophie Leeves was born in 1823 in a pious culture to English Anglican Parents in Constantinople. She was gifted with the singular gifts of mind and heart which was nurtured by sound education and wide experience. Though the daughter of a Protestant Pastor, she embraced the Catholic faith in 1950, amidst bitter opposition from the family. God took possession of her heart so powerfully that she courageously and generously responded to the call to religious life. She entered the congregation of the sisters of St Joseph of the Apparition in 1851, taking the name Sister Veronica of the Passion. She came to India in 1862 and worked in Calicut. When in prayer, she experienced a divine call to enter Carmel. She made the difficult choice of leaving her congregation of St Joseph's to join Carmel, a Congregation of cloistered sisters at Pau in France. Again it was terribly difficult for her to leave the peace and happiness of the cloister to set about the task of founding a new Carmelite order for India, to serve the need of faith formation through education of young girls of the West Coast of India.

The need for a third order was very urgent because in those days Education in India was meant only for boys which brought great dissatisfaction to the Indian women, who cried out for knowledge and the light of education.

So God in His infinite wisdom chose Mother Veronica to realize this objective together with Father Marie Ephrem, a Carmelite, who had come as a missionary to serve the Indians. She founded the Congregation of the Apostolic Carmel at Bayonne in France in the year 1868 and established it in Mangalore, India, in 1870. Following the path of the Carmelite tradition of St Teresa of Avila and Mother Veronica, the Sisters of the Apostolic Carmel try to combine in their lives contemplative prayer and serve the needs of the day. The focus of their apostolic service is Christ in His people, the Church and the world.

The pioneering spirit made itself felt from time to time in the Congregation. When there was a need for higher education for women in South Kanara, it was the Apostolic Carmel that started the first Women's College (St Agnes College) in this region in 1921. The Apostolic Carmel extended its mission to North India in 1921 and to Sri Lanka in 1922. To this day the Congregation tries to fulfill the purpose of its existence through formal and non-formal education of youth in its various colleges, regular schools, and schools for the handicapped, women's welfare centres, prison and healing ministry. The Apostolic Carmel is established throughout India, Sri Lanka, Kuwait, Pakistan, Kenya, Bahrain, Rome and Naples. It aims at developing the students entrusted to its care, into committed people who should be leaven in their milieu putting love and meaning into human life and endeavor. Today there are over 170 institutions of the Congregation. Mother Veronica's work lives in 1500 sisters who serve God and people throughout the Country.

On the 1st April, 1956, Carmel School, then known as St Mary's Carmel School, was started at 19, Deshapriya Park Road, Kolkata- 26. It began as a primary school consisting of the Upper and Lower Kindergarten, and classes 1- 4 with English and Bengali as medium of instruction. The need for more classrooms necessitated expansion and classes 5 upwards were shifted to 41, Gariahat Road (South). In 1969 the school was recognized as a Higher Secondary School. It is now known as Carmel High School. In 1970 the first batch of Secondary students were sent up.

In January, 1975 the recognized scheme of studies introduced by the West Bengal Board of Secondary Examination was adopted and a new curriculum was implemented. In 1996, Carmel High School was upgraded to Carmel Higher Secondary School with all three streams - Science, Commerce and Arts.

The School aims at the education of the Catholic community around and extends its service to member of other communities to the extent possible. The School stands for academic excellence, development of skills, and character formation based on the love of God and the service of people as modeled on Jesus Christ, with a view to training citizens remarkable for an all round development and recommitment to god and country.

Carmel High School, Kolkata is affiliated to the West Bengal Board of Secondary Education. It is a Christian school established and administrated by the Apostolic Carmel Education Society of West Bengal under the Roman Catholic Church. The school is under the jurisdiction of Roman Catholic Bishop in Kolkata.

Carmel Anthem
Within thy hallowed portals Carmel dear We learn the truth that casts out fear God is our all, He's always near Thus inspired with faith and wisdom clear.

In dedicated love our duty done And kind concern for every one O Carmel School, of you we proudly sing To you our loyal love we bring.

Mount Carmel School it fashions us to be Women of high thinking brave and free Loyal to our school our home, our land Proud to have a heritage so grand. Responsible, courageous leaders we For social justice, progress, people free Our culture prized, Indian to the core Women with a vision ever to do more.

Raise then on high the Carmel banner bright
To one and all it shall proclaim
We stand for truth, for equal rights
In prayerful trust and in God's name.