Bombay Scottish School
School shield and crest
Address
Map
Veer Savarkar Marg(Mahim)


400016

Coordinates19°2′2.5″N 72°50′21″E / 19.034028°N 72.83917°E / 19.034028; 72.83917
Information
TypePrivate school
MottoPerseverentia et fide in Deo
(Perseverance and faith in God)
Religious affiliation(s)Christianity
Founded18 February 1847; 177 years ago (18 February 1847)[3]
Statusopen
School boardICSE and ISC
AuthorityBombay Scottish Orphanage Society
PrincipalSunita George
Teaching staff120[2]
Age range3 - 17
Number of students3113[2]
Average class size38
Student to teacher ratio27:1[2]
Education systemCoeducational
Classes offeredJunior Kindergarten–12th[1]
LanguageEnglish
Hours in school dayapproximately 8 - 8.5 hours
Classrooms78
Campus sizeapproximately 2 acres (8,100 m2)
Campus typeUrban
Houses  Blue,   Green,   Red,   Yellow
NicknameScottish, BSS
PublicationTartan, the Scottish Herald
School fees90,000 to 1,05,000
AffiliationCouncil for the Indian School Certificate Examinations[1]
Founder's day18 February[4]
School magazineTartan,The Scottish Herald [1]
Websitewww.bombayscottish.in/mahim

The Bombay Scottish School, Mahim, popularly known as Scottish, is a private, Christian co-educational day school located at Mahim West in Mumbai, India. The institution was established in 1847 by Scottish Christian missionaries under the name Scottish Female Orphanage. Bombay Scottish School, Powai is an affiliate of this institution.

The school caters to pupils from junior kindergarten up to class 12 and the medium of instruction is English. The school is affiliated with the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations, New Delhi, which conducts the ICSE examinations at the close of class 10 and the ISC examinations at the close of class 12. The school has been among the top 10 schools in India for the past few decades.[5]

History

The institution was founded in 1847 at Byculla in Bombay, British India by a small group of Scottish missionaries as the Scottish Female Orphanage. The orphanage was set up to educate the daughters of Scottish Presbyterian soldiers and Indian navy seamen. The success of the Scottish Female Orphanage led to the establishment of a similar institution for boys known as the Orphanage for the Sons of Presbyterians in 1857. In 1859, the Scottish Female Orphanage and the Orphanage for the Sons of Presbyterians were merged to form The Bombay Presbyterian Male and Female Orphanage. In 1863, the name of the institution was altered to the Bombay Scottish Orphanage.[3] On 18 February 1867, the first general meeting of subscribers to the Bombay Scottish Orphanage Trust was held.[6] The institution acquired a large plot of land adjacent to the Mahim Bay. Here a boarding school was built to impart education on the model of British schools. The school building was designed by D. E. Gostling and J. Morris and sanctioned by the Government of Bombay on 15 July 1875. The construction of the school building was commenced on 8 December 1875 by Sir Philip Edmond Wodehouse, then Governor and President in Council. The construction of the Bombay Scottish Orphanage was completed on 28 February 1878 at a cost of 84,015. The orphanage was opened by Sir Richard Temple Bart, then Governor and President in Council on 13 April 1878. The children were shifted from Byculla to their new accommodation in the boarding school at Mahim. The orphanage relied on the public to a considerable extent for monetary funds.[3]

When the orphanage was shut down and its 11th and 12th classes discontinued, its name was changed to The Bombay Scottish School. In 1935, the number of students reached 100. The institution, which was intended to cater solely to the requirements of Scottish children, opened its doors to the children of English and European descent.[7] Today, the school is open to children from all communities. The school has a sister concern in Powai, Mumbai which was established in 1997.[6]

Admissions and curriculum

Curriculum

The school follows the Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE) syllabus prescribed by the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations, New Delhi. English is the medium of instruction. Hindi and French are taught as second languages. English and Hindi are taught from class 1. Marathi, the regional language is taught as a third language and is compulsory from class 1 up to class 7.[8]

Candidates for the ICSE examination need to finish satisfactorily courses in a third language (Marathi), Art and Craft, Physical Education, Moral Education, Socially Useful Productive Work (SUPW). These are evaluated internally by the school and the results contribute towards the award of the ICSE pass certificate. Field trips, camps and social service visits are organised regularly.[9]

School life

School flag and shield

The school flag features the white Cross of St. Andrew against a blue background. St. Andrew is the patron saint of Scotland. The flag is flown during ceremonial occasions. The school shield represents the Cross of St. Andrew. The white Crux decussata (cross) quarters the shield into four segments each representing a house colour denoted by the Fleur-de-lis, the Castle, the Lion and the Palm tree.[10]

Motto, school song and school hymn

The school's motto is 'Perseverantia et fide in Deo', Latin for 'Perseverance and faith in God'.[11]

Culture

Bombay Scottish imparts Christian values to its students. A Christmas concert is held every December and is a three-day event. Inter-house competitions are held in cultural activities such as drama and elocution and sports such as football, throw ball, and basketball. An annual survey conducted by the Outlook magazine in 2002 ranked the school at top position in the Mumbai region.[12]

Superintendents and principals

The institution has had fourteen heads. The Gamaliel Hall and the MacKay Hall are named after notable principals Lazarus Gamaliel and Adam MacKay. After the completion of his tenure at Mahim, Mark David went on to become the first principal of the sister school, Bombay Scottish School, Powai.
The school's principals include:[13]

Designation Name Tenure
Superintendent John Anderson 1884–1914
Superintendent D. G. Ross 1914–1916
Superintendent H. M. Green 1916–1921
Superintendent Thornton Ripley 1921–1927
Superintendent/Principal Adam MacKay 1927–1947
Principal S. A. Badvey 1947–1957
Principal Lazarus Gamaliel 1957–1984
Principal A. T. Balraj 1984–1987
Principal Mark David 1987–1997
Principal Rev. Arun Thomas 1997–1999
Principal D. P. N. Prasad 1999–2009
Principal Melanie Chandrashekhar 2009–2014
Principal Molly Paul 2014–2019
Principal Sunita George 2019–present

Controversies

On 11 May 2008, unidentified Shiv Sena activists targeted the name plate of the school and blackened the word 'Bombay' written on one of the school gates with tar and replaced it with 'Mumbai'. The police was notified of the incident and a case was registered. Ironically, Shiv Sena chief, Uddhav Thackeray's sons Aditya and Tejas as well as Raj Thackeray's daughter Urvashi have all studied at Bombay Scottish School. [14][15][16]

Notable alumni

Arts and entertainment

Politics

Sports

Other

See also

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