India Schools : The Assam Valley School, Balipara
The school was opened on 1st April 1995 by The Williamson Magor Education Trust to provide the opportunity of a high quality education to parents throughout India and the region generally as well as, in particular, for the children of those living and working in Assam.
They are committed to a residential education, believing that it creates one of the best environments for effective pastoral care and support while encouraging mutual responsibility and a sense of community. Children are prepared to take their place in, and create, a caring and forward-looking society.
Amidst the extensive playing fields and campus the school building stands well designed to accommodate modern school facilities, the need of growing children and display traditions of local architecture. There are separate boarding houses for boys and girls. Every hostel is capable of housing 90 to 100 students in a variety of units ranging from 12 person dormitories, for junior students to 4 person bed suits in the senior years. A good number of Class 12 students have a room to themselves.
Set in the heart of Assam surrounded by tea gardens, AVS stands on 250 acres of green, undulating grounds. The climate is pleasant with cool winters and clear temperate nights.
The school has a highly qualified and committed staff. The overall student - teacher ratio is kept low (maximum 12:1) to ensure close monitoring of the progress of each student.
The school is affiliated to the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations, New Delhi and prepares students for the Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE) and the Indian School Certificate (ISC) examinations. Students can opt for either Science, Commerce, Humanities or Arts streams. The school participates in The International Award for Young People, India (The Duke of Edinburgh's Award) and the Headmaster is the member of the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference (HMC).
Boys and girls are admitted to Classes 4 - 9 on the basis of a written test - in English, Hindi, Mathematics and a general paper - usually held in November. Those who qualify in the written tests are called for interview held in December. Admissions are made in the month of April. The academic year is divided into two terms: the Bihu Term, from February to the end of May, and the Puja Term from the beginning of August to mid-December.
Up to nine scholarships are awarded each year by The Williamson Magor Education Trust for students in Class 11 based upon performance in ICSE or entrance examinations. Bursaries are also available for those needing financial assistance.
The games that are played in school are cricket, hockey, football, basketball, tennis, badminton, squash, swimming, volleyball, softball, table tennis, archery and athletics. Adventure activities such as mountaineering, trekking, camping and rafting are popular among the students.
Extra Curricular Activities
The Music School trains students in playing the tabla, piano, sitar, and guitar. The school boasts an enterprising Craft, Design and Technology Department with an emphasis on textile technology. The hobbies and craft that are available for students to follow are many and varied and include carpentry, photography and electronics. Community service activities are encouraged and these include adult literacy and membership of The Junior Red Cross as well as a host of conservation tasks both on and off campus.