“NISI DOMINUS FRUSTRA” – School Motto
Welland Gouldmsith School, Patuli situated at Baishnabghata, Kolkata is the dream child of our beloved Dr. (Ms) G.R. Hart, the Director & CEO of WGS, Patuli. It is an Anglo-Indian, English Medium, Co-Educational School. The school is affiliated to ICSE & ISCE.
Established on 19th April 2004 with 350 students (approx.) from the Nursery to Class V, WGS, Patuli is a unique endeavour with only 12 teachers then on the ground floor and the basement of the then building. The concept of our mission lies in the school motto “Nisi Dominus Frustra” or “Unless the Lord in Vain”. We believe that life without the Lord is in Vain.
The pursuit of academic intelligence and development of diverse talents formed an integral aspect of the school. The school that started with the basement and the ground floor is now housed in the Five Storeyed building on a sprawling campus area of 1.399 acres (approx.) of land with about 1800 students from Nursery to Class Twelve under the care of about 60 dedicated teachers. Nestled in the serene ambience, the foundation stone was laid on 20th August 2002 by His Excellency Shri. Viren J. Shah, Hon’ble Governor of West Bengal and the ground was broken by Shri. Hashim Abdul Halim, Hon’ble Speaker of West Bengal Legislative Assembly, in the gracious presence of Dr. (Ms) G. R. Hart and other distinguished personalities.
Among innumerable milestones which have been achieved by the grace of God, our own High Tension transformer is worth mentioning. WGS, Patuli proclaims the leading principle of effective upbringing of every individual, which is open to all, free from any sort of discrimination. It is a school with a vision for tomorrow, striving to shape up young minds. The school commits a harmonious and stimulating environment where each pupil is encouraged to develop his / her intellectual ability and academic performance, potential; creative energy, the enterprising spirits; physical skills; morality thus providing holistic education to the children to make them responsible and worthy citizens of India. We cater to the education of under privilege children irrespective of any community. WGS, Patuli has evolved in its journey striving always to instill the values of fellowship through various activities conducted in school.
“Life is not just about the milestones; it’s about all the moments in-between.” It is aptly observed that student life is the best part of our life and school is a reflection of the world outside. It is in school that one receives ‘the training for life,’ where effective, meaningful and joyful learning takes place. It is here that students begin to learn their lessons of life to accept challenges, face competitions, failures and rejoice at victory.
At Welland Gouldsmith School Patuli our aim is that our students go out into the world with the strengths not only to reach and excel in their professional aspirations but to remain beautiful human beings who do not succumb to the pressures of life and society but who hold their head up and forge ahead as leaders.
I would like to express my gratitude to the Executive Committee and our Director & CEO Dr. (Ms.) G.R. Hart for their unconditional support and guidance.
I would like to thank our teachers, staff, parents and students for helping the school to grow from strength to strength since its inception in 2004.
May the Lord Almighty be our inspiration and strength through this journey.
MRS. ESTHER D’ROZARIO (PRINCIPAL)
WELLAND GOULDSMITH SCHOOL
NISI DOMINUS FRUSTRA (Psalm 127 vs.1)
Except the Lord bless the house
they labour in vain that build it
Except the Lord keep the city
the watchman waked but in vain.
If the Lord does not build the house, the work of the builders is useless; if the Lord does not protect the city, it is useless for the sentries to stand guard.
Welland Gouldsmith School has come a long way since 1870 when it was first a Parochial Home which gave shelter to 10(ten) little girls, the beginning of the nuclear pattern – which is still being woven till date.
Welland Gouldsmith School has travelled a long way by constantly changing scenery and travelling companions, enriching the lives of those who have undertaken the path of its progress from strength to strength. The pattern of ‘Welland Gouldsmith’ is still being woven into a living pattern for which we give praise and thanks to God.
1. JESUS KING OF GLORY (School Song)
Jesus King of glory, on this happy day
Hearken as Thy children, raise their festal lay;
Telling out Thy praises, in this House of prayer
Owing all Thy goodness, changeless love and care
Welland Gouldsmith children sweetly let us sing
Songs of glad thanksgiving, to the children’s King
That succeeding ages, here might sing Thy praise;
Counting it all honour, to be harassed tried,
So the name of Jesus, might be glorified,
And through all the changes, restless years have brought
Still abides the blessings, of the work they wrought
Still when Sabbath quiet, wraps the busy street
To the place of worship, come the faithful feet
Tired feet worn with travel, young feet firm and strong
Little feet that hasten, mid a happy throng
Welland Gouldsmith Children, jewels bright and rare
By Thee Lord entrusted to our constant care.
Bless then, Lord we pray Thee, that each life may shine
Both in school and playtime, with Thy grace Divine
So a living temple, shall our own school raise,
To Thy praise and glory, through the coming days.
2. LORD BEHOLD US (Beginning of the Term)
Lord behold us with Thy blessing
Once again assembled here;
Onward be our footsteps pressing
In Thy love and faith and fear;
Still protect us (2)
By Thy presence ever near.
For Thy mercy we adore thee,
For this rest upon our way;
Lord, again we bow before thee,
Speed our labours day by day;
Mind and spirit (2)
With Thy choicest gifts array
Keep the spell of home affection
Still alive in every heart;
May its power, with mild direction,
Draw our love from self apart
Till Thy children (2)
Feel that thou their Father art.
Break temtation’s fatal power,
Shielding all with guardian care,
Safe in every careless hour,
Safe from sloth and sensual snare;
Thou, our Saviour (2)
Still our failing strength repair.
3. LORD DISMISS US (End of the Term)
Lord dismiss us with Thy blessing,
Thanks for mercies past received;
Pardon all, their faults confessing,
Time that’s lost may all retrieve
May thy children (2)
Ne’er again thy sprit grieve
Bless thou all our days of leisure,
Help us selfish lures to flee;
Sanctify our every pleasure;
Pure and blameless may it be;
May our gladness (2)
Draw us evermore to thee
By the kindly influence cherish
All the good we here have gained;
May all taint of evil perish
By thy mighter power restrained
Seek we ever (2)
Knowledge pure and love unfeigned.
Let thy father-hand be shielding
All who here shall meet no more;
May their seed-time past be yielding
Year by year a richer store;
Those returning (2)
Make more faithful than before.
Attendance :- Students are required to be in school as per scheduled time (7:45 a.m) and will not be permitted to enter the school premises if late. However , absence will be permitted only incase of sickness on presentation of an application from the guardian along with a doctor’s certificate. Pupils who are absent for more than two months without prior notice are liable to have their names struck off the school rolls. Every child must be present on the first and last working day of each school term, failing which their names will be struck off the rolls.
Conduct & Discipline:- The school authority urges all to maintain harmonious and polite behaviour. Students are to follow and practice general good manners and maintain silence at all times especially during assembly, in classrooms, during break and at dismissal timings. Repeated gross indiscipline will be seriously dealt with and as a result the child may be terminated from school.
School Uniform:- It is compulsory for pupils to wear the following approved school uniforms for school and offical school functions.
1. Nursery to class II :- Yellow blouses and Royal blue tunics, black balerina shoes, navy blue socks, P.T outfits with white keds and school bag.
2. Class III to X :- Yellow blouses and Royal blue skirts, black balerina shoes, navy blue socks, school belts, tie and badge, P.T outfits and socks as per House Colours with white keds and school bag.
3. Class XI and XII :- Yellow blouses and Royal blue long trousers, black ballerina shoes, navy blue socks, tie and badge, P.T outfits with white keds along with socks as per house colour.
1. Class Nursery to VI:-Royal blue cardigans and Royal blue leggings along with the school uniform mentioned above.
2. Class VII to X II :- Royal blue blazers along with their school uniform.
All School Uniforms must be stitched by the authorized school tailor only. Pupils are required to use school bags which are only supplied by the school.
Reverend Joseph Welland, M.A.of Trinity Dublin was responsible for starting the Old Church Day School in 1876. He had collected Rs.6000/- and with a Government grant of Rs.20,000/- the Welland Memorial Hall was purchased and the School moved into its premises in 1884.
In the year 1890 Reverend Herbert Gouldsmith M.A. Oxford took over the responsibility of the Old Mission Church. In November 1891 he began the Free Day School in addition to the Welland School for paying students.
With generous contributions from the H. Kiernandeer who had gifted his property and Rs.40,000/- to the Free Day School – the school grew.
In the year 1900 the school settled into its new quarters at 288 Bepin Behari Ganguly Street where we are still flourishing today.
In 1936 the Welland School was combined with the Gouldsmith Free School to be called the Welland Gouldsmith School.