India Schools : The Lawrence School, Sanawar
The school was started with 14 boys and girls on 17th April 1847 by Sir Henry Lawrence and his wife Honoria. By 1853 it had grown to a strength of 195 pupils and was presented the King’s Colours.
When Sir Henry died, the government assumed the responsibility of the finances. It was under the Principalship of Rev, G.D. Barne that Sanawar became a modern institution.
He introduced the House and prefect system and games were organized. The Cambridge Examinations were introduced at this time and the school was affiliated to London University. The military training imparted by the school was of such high standard that the boys were enlisted and sent straight to the battle field during World War I. In recognition of their services the school was designated, ‘The Lawrence Sanawar Military School’ in 1920.
The school is divided into Preparatory, Girls and Boys sections. One of the oldest buildings is the 140 year old school chapel with its exquisite stained glass windows. The newest addition is the indoor sports complex with a solar heated swimming pool. The school is largely self sufficient and has its own printing press, poultry farm, etc. The 60 bedded infirmary on campus is headed by a resident doctor.
The academic faculty consists of 60 qualified and experienced teachers.
The total number of pupils on the roll is 700, of which 230 are girls and 470 are boys.
The school is affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education, New Delhi. Students are prepared for All India Secondary School Examination (Class X) and the All India Senior School Certificate Examinations (Class XII). The subjects offered include Computers, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Psychology, Home science, Mathematics, History, Geography, Hindi, Economics, Art, Music and Sculpture. The school is a member of the Indian Public Schools Conference.
Schedule available on request.
Admissions are made only to Classes V and VII and are conducted in April. Children seeking admission must be registered on or before 31st July the preceding year. Their selection is dependent on their performance in the entrance test. This test is held in November each year. Admissions to Class XI take place in August and are on the basis of the applicants performance in the previous board examination. The academic year begins on February 20th and the first term ends on June 15th. The second term is from August 1st to December 10th.
The Mahindra Talent Scholarships are based on merit while the Government of India Scholarships are based on both merit and means. In addition, the school provides a variable number of bursaries which are need based rather than on merit.
Team games like cricket, hockey, soccer and basket ball receive more attention but squash, tennis, athletics, swimming, rifle shooting, badminton and table tennis are also popular. NCC is compulsory in the senior classes. Annual camps are an integral part of the school’s system and are conducted frequently because of easy access to the remote Himalayan regions.
Extra Curricular Activities
Hobby activities include weaving, art, sculpture, carpentry, photography, music, computers, dancing, needle work, ceramics and bugle and brass band. Debating, dramatics, elocution and quiz contests are organized on a regular basis. There is an emphasis on social work and social forestry. Among the major projects are Adult and Child Education, a craft centre at the Military Hospital in Kasauli and an annual international service camps. Sanawar is a member of SPICMACAY (Society for promotion of Indian Classical Music and Culture Amongst Youth). Artistes of repute visit the school regularly for lecture demonstrations.