The House System at Welland Gouldsmith School is a valuable part of school life. All pupils and staff are members of one of the four Houses: HART, VERGHESE, ROBERTS and GRIEF. The House System exists mainly for the purpose of healthy competition based around the philosophy of inclusion and team work. All activities – academic and co-curricular, are based on inter-house competitions. Each House has a House-Mistress, House Captain, Vice-Captain and Games Captain who shoulder the responsibility to ensure smooth and efficient functioning of the House. Every event earns House Points which are collected over the year and updated on the House Notice Board. Every member is significant as each individual brings unique skill, knowledge and experiences. The House System provides excellent opportunities for student leadership, camaraderie and competitiveness.
HART: SEMPERPARATUS – ALWAYS PREPARED
HOUSE CAPTAIN: Mohit Chowdhury
VICE-CAPTAIN: Debangi Banerjee
GAMES CAPTAIN: Ankita Sengupta
VERGHESE: STRIVE AND
HOUSE CAPTAIN: Saptashya Saha
VICE-CAPTAIN: Shounak Das
GAMES CAPTAIN: Ranojoy Chowdhury
ROBERTS: GLORY TO GOD SERVICE TO ALL
HOUSE CAPTAIN: Piyasa Das
VICE-CAPTAIN: Nikhil Agarwal
GAMES CAPTAIN: Souryadeep Roy
GRIEF: EXCELLENCE THROUGH EFFORT
HOUSE CAPTAIN: Ayan Mondal
VICE-CAPTAIN: Akash Chowdhury
GAMES CAPTAIN: Sneha Verghese
“Music is the purest form of art.” Keeping this in mind, Welland Gouldsmith School has allotted Music Periods right from the grass- root level, i.e., Nursery. This enables children to express themselves through rhymes, songs and hymns. It also facilitates better auditory attention.
Dance has existed at all times and among all people and races. At the Welland Gouldsmith School, we believe that dance is a form of expression given to man just as speech, philosophy, painting or music. Acknowledging the validity of this statement, the school organises dance classes where children learn Classical and Western dance forms and view dance as an integral part of a balanced physical education programme.
“The difference between machinery and the human body is unyielding. The former wears out with use while the latter is perfected in motion.” – Prof. Bruno Grandi, FIG President. The given statement forms the guiding principle of our physical education curriculum. The students are given practice in march past, cricket, football, basketball, dodge ball, volley ball and throw ball. Apart from the usual period allotted in the time-table for physical training, the school encourages students to participate in various inter-school competitions. Few of these events in which the students participated are as follows:
There are also inter-house competitions which teach our children to function in a competitive society and develop the virtues of sportsmanship and self-discipline besides adhering to the proverb: A healthy mind in a healthy body.
Welland Gouldsmith School believes in helping a child to discover his latent talent and to express it creatively. In this tech-savvy era, when most children are too often drawn to screens- whether to watch television, text from cell phones or play video games- art offers a chance for creativity and personal expression. It develops hand-eye co-ordination, improves holistic health and extends a child’s fine motor skills.
The simple act of drawing does indeed play an important role in a child’s physical, emotional and cognitive development. It develops problem-solving skills, teaches risk-taking, learning from one’s mistakes and being open to other possibilities. With these aims in view, the school organises sit-and-draw competitions for students and also nurtures their art and craft skills in their S.U.P.W periods in which junior and middle school children engage in productive craft work while the senior school students engage in community service by spreading environmental awareness and benefits of healthy lifestyle throughout the school with their innovative banners and slogans put up on the school boards. They also render their services in the school library by making tags for the books. The efforts of the students are often recognised and honoured with prizes and certificates.
Co-curricular activities like group discussions, elocution contests, quizzes and debates are regularly held in the air-conditioned Gillian Hart Auditorium of the Welland Gouldsmith School to stimulate the thinking process and cater to the holistic personality development of the students. The children are encouraged to hone their talents and skill.
Inter-House Quiz Contests enable students to improve their general knowledge and also create the thirst in them for acquiring more and more information on different topics as well as keep abreast with recent happenings and developments. Quiz rounds at Welland Gouldsmith School are based on General Knowledge, Mixed Bag (Literature, Science, Sports, Entertainment) capped by an exciting Rapid Fire Round and the Joker Round.
Inter-House Elocution Contest is a great opportunity for WGS students to combat the biggest fear factor, i.e., stage fright. It is a great vehicle for learning how complex thoughts, humorous ideas, deep emotions or entire narrations can be expressed with carefully chosen words. It also teaches them to articulate, modulate their voice and express themselves eloquently.
“Honest disagreement is often a good sign of progress.” – Mahatma Gandhi. At Welland Gouldsmith School, debating is taught as an art and made competitive through inter-house competitions. Students are taught to be assertive without being aggressive. They are better able to critically examine crucial issues and make informed judgments.
During quizzing and public speaking contests, all the participants at WGS strive to win for their House the coveted medal, cup, shield or trophy.
The education system is faced with many challenges and obstacles but these are successfully overcome when parents and teachers communicate effectively. It is our belief that a parent-teacher meeting is a time when important people in a WGS student’s life can talk about how the child is performing in school, the areas the student is excelling in and sharing specific ideas in improving the child’s performance in school. Thus, the school maintains a channel of communication with the parents through regular parent-teacher meetings.
In the modern age, students are often under pressure from several sources- peers, parents and teachers- regarding their academic performance or the standard of their behaviour. The mission of counselling at Welland Gouldsmith School is to provide psychological help and ensure the emotional well-being of its students. It gives children an opportunity to share their experience and talk about their feelings in a safe and accepting environment. A collaboration among the counsellor, teachers and parents helps in providing career and remedial counselling thus enabling students in realizing their dreams and achieving their goals.
Morning assembly in Welland Gouldsmith School is one of the most important elements of the school curriculum. A well-planned assembly contributes greatly to academic and behavioural excellence in our school. It provides a calm, settled start to a day of learning. Morning assembly fosters a sense of community and a positive ethos. Themes chosen for the assembly and quotations from famous personalities set the bar even higher.
Assemblies are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays for Classes II-VIII and on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays for Classes IX-XII. Each assembly is scheduled for 8-10 minutes. Students of Classes II-V enact stories with the moral highlighted on a chart which makes the students enthusiastic and eager to participate to bring out their talent on stage.
For Classes VI-XII, each assembly has a reading from the Holy Bible, the Lord’s Prayer, a hymn and a speech/story/poem culminating in a thought for the day. The Class Teachers are responsible for preparing the students and training them for the same. The Music Teacher, along with other teachers, helps the children to prepare for their respective assemblies.
Special assemblies are held on special occasions such as Rabindra Jayanti, Anglo-Indian Day, Independence Day, Children’s Day, Christmas and Easter.
Welland Gouldsmith School assemblies are a time of quiet reflection that enable pupils to develop the deepest values and aspirations of the human spirit, the result being that the school lives in cohesive harmony that sustains the pursuit of excellence in all its forms.