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Auckland School Shimla
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" A home away from home", yes indeed, that is what Auckland House represents. Standing on Elysium Hill for a century and Fourty odd years, this renowned institution has seen thousands of girls pass through its portals.Entering as shy, hesitant, unsure little girls, they go out as confident young women, ready to face and take on the world in the their stride. That is what we aim at achieving in the school.

Aim of the School
Auckland House School aims at providing a sound Christian education based on the life and teaching of Jesus Christ. It endeavours to promote the highest spiritual, moral, intellectual and aesthetic values.

Special emphasis is laid on the development of a well-rounded personality based on character, initiative and courtesy. Training in leadership and responsibility is an important part of the School's academic and co-curricular programme. In all things, an effort is made to live up to the School motto "Altiora Peto" : "I seek the higher things", which motivates us in our quest for perfection in all we undertake.

History of Auckland School Shimla
Auckland House School Shimla has a long history of 134 years. Founded in 1866, it's the oldest school for girls (now it also has young boys as its students), and was initially called Punjab girls School. The idea of starting this school was conceived by Rev. J. B. D'Aquila in 1864, and the ladies' group associated with the Church in Dalhousie collected funds for it.

At the instance of the wife of Bishop Cotton, it was earlier housed in the Holy Lodge at Jakhu. The school began with 32 girls, most of them being Europeans. The school authorities bought the Auckland House (originally the residence of Lord Auckland, the then Governor-General) in 1868 and shifted there on November 6, 1869. But unfortunately, the building was damaged in an earthquake in 1905. The entire structure was pulled down and rebuilt by January 1921.

A separate building, Belvedere, was bought for the junior school in 1960. While, the Belvedere has 498 day-scholars and 81 boarders at present, the strength of the senior school is about 326 day-scholars and 150 boarders. The school is affiliated to ICSE up to plus two, and has 53 qualified and experienced teachers. It functions under the management of the Diocese of amritsar and has its own governing body of which Bishop of Amritsar is the Chairman.

Auckland House lays emphasis on the development of over-all personality of students. They take part in games, dance, debate and eluciton competitions and various extra-curricular activities. They are also the members of the world wildlife organisation and participate in many environment-related programmes. The school has a paper recycling plant and a loom for recycling polythene, at which the students work during the SUPW (Socially Useful Productive Work) classes.

The school has got a well-equipped library, a science laboratory and a computer room. Some valuable books have been obtained from the British Council Library, of which it is a member. It started publishing its annual magazine, Auktimus, in 1969. It began the Auktimus merit scholarships in 1984, which were given on the basis of the performance of the girls in the competitive tests.

The money was generated out of Auktimus funds. Now, the number of scholarships have been raised and other concessions are also given to the deserving students.        Besides giving donation to the Central Army Welfare Fund during the kargil war, the Auckland House contributed money for the Orissa Cyclone Fund and the Drought Relief Fund.       The school aims to impart the best possible education, with emphasis on "quality" rather than "quantity". Its students and the staff-members make an effort to live up to its motto "Altiora peto", meaning "I seek the higher things.

Auckland House School
Shimla, himachal Pradesh, India.
Phone: +91-177-2620880

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