India Schools : New Era High School, Panchgani
The school was founded as a children’s hostel in 1945 for students from Pune and Mumbai by the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of India. It has now grown into a leading international, educational institution attracting children from all over the world.
Panchgani, a modern hill station, is a well-known educational centre with over 35 schools. Located high in the Western Ghats (4300 feet above sea level), it is 95 km south of Pune. The school campus of over 30 acres commands an inspiring view of the Krishna river and surrounding mountains. Facilities include seven dormitories, the largest of which is set apart for girls, the Health Centre, two separate dining halls for vegetarian and non-vegetarian food, an amphitheatre (seating 1500), an audio/visual centre, physics, chemistry and biology labs, three classroom buildings, vocational workshops, three libraries, art department, a gymnasium/auditorium, modern computer labs, new sports complex for girls, and new primary school complex (under construction). There are also two sports fields and two outdoor basketball courts.
Well-qualified professional staff come from diverse backgrounds, from most states of India, and from abroad. Staff (and students) benefit from regular in-service training programmes in the primary, middle and secondary levels. New students sometimes need to strengthen their foundation in one or two main subjects, e.g. English, Mathematics or Science. A team of dedicated teachers give individual attention and use small-group, integrated learning techniques to help students catch up on their basics. Smaller classes and extra hours of study also help. In one academic year, new students are able to join the regular stream of classes at their own age level, with no loss of time.
The diversity of the student body, with 750 girls and boys coming from many countries, most states of India and all religious backgrounds, ensures that the children learn to appreciate and respect differences in the beliefs, race and nationality of others. Thus the school tries to be a model of Baha’u’llah’s teaching that “the earth is but one country and mankind its citizens”.
New Era offers education from standard one and prepares students for the standard high school exam under the Central Board of Secondary Education (C.B.S.E.). After completing Std. IX, students also have the option of joining the one-year, General Certificate of Education (G.C.E.) programme with ‘O’ and ‘A’ Level courses under the University of London. New Era is a recognized centre for these examinations.
Please contact us for information about the current fee schedule by phone or e-mail. Prospectus and Admission Form of the school cost Rs. 500.00, you may contact the school to receive these by V. P. P. or by prior payment by Demand Draft, Postal Order, etc.
Students are admitted to all classes on the basis of written tests and an interview, usually held from March onward. Please refer to the school web site for more information.
The school enjoys a 100% pass record at the class X level. Several students pass with distinctions every year. students who appear for the ‘O’ and ‘A’ Level exams also do quite well.
Primary children have early morning exercise and afternoon games. The middle school and secondary students have early morning jogging and other exercises. Sports clubs (for middle school and Secondary) give students a long-term practice in the game of their choice: cricket, hockey, football, volleyball, basketball, aerobics, gymnastics, karate, and badminton. Besides increasing the strength and levels of ability in the children, the Sports Department aims to develop in them discipline, self-confidence, co-operation, teamwork and good sportsmanship.
Extra Curricular Activities
Vocational training classes include: advanced computer, art & sculpture, auto mechanics, baking, basic electricity, beauty culture, candle making, ceramic painting, dance, fashion designing, mushroom culture, general knowledge (G.K.) and brain teasers, screen printing, secretarial work, tie, dye and batik, toy making, welding & fabrication, and woodworking & carpentry. Secondly there are recreational outings, camp-outs, song and dance presentations, talent shows, debates, inter-house elocution competitions, class parties and regular service programmes. Also educational field trips take students to visit farms, factories, art galleries, historical places, planetariums, places of worship, museums and science centres. The students also travel to participate in sports, dance, music, art and science competitions.