India Schools : Guru Nanak Vth Centenary School, Mussoorie
Founded in the sacred memory of Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji, on the occasion of his 500th birth anniversary, celebrated in November 1969, the Fifth Centenary School was started in a rented building in Dehra Dun. To manage the affairs of the institution, it was decided to form the Fifth Centenary School Society, which was registered under the Indian Societies Registration Act, in June 1970. The Society decided to acquire Vincent Hill. The society acquired the Shangri-la estate in March 1977, which houses the Girls School and the Junior section (boys up to Class III).
The school has students from Kindergarten to Class XII in two self contained areas within close proximity of each other, The Vincent Hill for boys and Shangri-La for the girls. Shangri-La, situated at 6,750 feet above sea level is on an 11 acre plot, wooded with cypress, cedar and oak, on the south and west, and facing the snow clad Himalayan peaks, to the north. It is at a distance of about 2 Kilometres from Library Point.
A highly qualified and experienced staff is employed, who besides being well trained to instruct in the classroom, are co-operative and always available to help the children. The play way method of teaching is adopted in the Elementary School. Stress is laid on written work in higher classes, by paying individual attention to each child.
The FCS prepares students in accordance with the 10+2 formula for school education, for the Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (10 year course) examination and the Indian School Certificate (12 year course) Examination, conducted by the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examination, New Delhi.
Fees for the full session are to be paid in advance at the time of admission. A child in whose account there is a debit balance may not be allowed to appear in the promotion examination.
Admission to the school is open to all. The minimum age for admission to the school is five years. Only students of good moral character are granted admission. Preference is given to students in the lower age group, the brothers, sisters and children of students , who had earlier passed out of this school, and children coming from English medium schools or having enough proficiency in English language to receive instruction through the medium of English.
For talented students, a number of scholarships are available on merit-cum-means basis. Many philanthropists have donated in memory of their friends & relatives who are no more alive for Scholarships/Medals/ Shields. These are available in the school to encourage talented young boys and girls and to assist deserving students on merit cum means basis in the school.
Students are tested frequently and the results are used as a feed back to further improve teaching.
Facilities for hockey, football, cricket, basketball, badminton, table tennis, athletics, fencing and indoor games are provided. P.T. is compulsory for all. Inter House competitions are organized in all the games every year.
Extra Curricular Activities
All students are encouraged to participate in hikes and excursions, debates, dramas, declamations and recitations. Hobbies and crafts such as painting, carpentry, electronics, paper cutting, gardening, photography, book binding, clay modeling, and nature study are encouraged. Instruction in needle work and knitting is also provided for girls.