Gulmohur High school was founded by a group of dedicated ladies of ALL INDIA WOMEN CONFERENCE (AIWC) in 1954. Initially it was started as a Kindergarten School. It started in two small quarters with 10 students and two teachers only. The initial efforts of its founder members were towards giving a better start to the children of our society. It was the first English medium school in the locality (Telco) at that time.
- In 1974, the school sent up its first batch of students for Matriculation Examination.
- In 1976, the school was affiliated to the Council of Indian School CertificateExamination, New Delhi.
- In 1978, students took the Indian Certificate of Secondary Examination for the first time.
- In 1981, the school celebrated its Silver Jubilee.
- In August 1985, the management of the school was handed over by AIWC (GCB) to a managing committee affiliated to Shiksha Prasar Kendra, Telco, Jamshedpur.
- On 27th March, 1989, the school added the Plus Two course in Science.
- In March 1993, the Humanities Section was introduced and the Commerce Section was added in March 1995.
- In year 2004, the school celebrated its Golden Jubilee.
- The school was selected from the eastern region along with other five schools to go in for partnership with schools in United Kingdom. The United Kingdom India Education Research Initiative (UKIERI) schools, strand aims to facilitate growth of cluster schools partnership so as to significantly increase the level of engagement between UK and Indian schools. Through UKIERI, the school shared its best practices with schools in Wales. There was an exchange of teachers of Indian and UK schools to learn the culture of both countries.
- Gulmohur High School is an English medium co-educational school. The school has classes from Nursery to class XII. Today the school has 2821 students on rolls.
- The school serves children from all strata of the society. The school honours parents’ faith by ensuring continuous improvement in every field of activity. New techniques of learning and teaching are tried at every stage. The school believes in total participation and giving equal opportunity to all the children. The curriculum is designed to maintain high state of academic excellence and to help each child reach his or her greatest potential in stimulating and nurturing environment.
- The school has been a pioneer in introducing innovative teaching techniques like mind mapping, comic strips, constructivist classroom etc. The Tata Excellence in Education Programme (TEEP) has recognised the constant efforts by the school in adopting innovative methods in education. The school received the following awards from TEEP:
- EQUIP (6 Thinking Hats) and Best Practices (Mind mapping) by TEEP in 2011.
- In 2014, the school bagged 8 awards in all categories at the TEEP Award Function; award for EQUIP (Assembly programme), PANKH (Educating our support staff), PEARL (Global Exposure), Innoteaching (Six Thinking Hat, 7 Habits & History); a special award for Innoteaching.
- In 2015 the school got the PANKH (Business Enterprise) and EQUIP (Comic Strips), Innoteaching (History) in the TEEP Award Ceremony.
- In 2017, the school bagged the EQUIP Award for Executing Tasks – Public Speaking Made Easy.
- In 2018, the school received the Best Practices award for Hear See Do Activity Book.
- In 2019 it received the award for Error Analysis at the TEEP Awards function.
- The school won the International School Award by British Council in March 2012.
- The school produced its first state topper in the ICSE exams in the year 2019.
Constructivist Classroom – An outstanding method to involve students into becoming independent thinkers and incorporate technology while learning any topic. It won acclaim under a category called InnoTeaching organised by TEEP. The effective method is now used all through the school to teach various topics in different subjects.
Integrated Projects – In 2018-19 the students were a part of two integrated projects wherein they got a common theme on which they prepared projects for different subjects to realise their applicability in real life situations under the guidance of their mentors.
Gulmohur Radio – The most basic and powerful way to connect to another person is to listen. Gulmohur Radio is a unique initiative to connect with all stakeholders through an audio medium. Informative and entertaining podcasts with our students as RJ’s and content creators is a remarkable approach to promote the oratory prowess among the students.
Gulmohur Chronicles – Just as the caption suggests ‘Innovative! Informative! Insightful! This e-newspaper completely handled by a student-based editing team is a great way to get instant updates about the events and achievements of the school as well as showcase the innovations and creative pursuits of all its stakeholders. It weaves a deeper bond among the school’s administration, faculty, ex- faculty members, students, parents and alumni of the school.
Gulmohur Cares – This is an attempt by the school to inculcate the Emotional Quotient among the students. From raising awareness about the pandemic, making and distributing masks and sanitizers, making care packages for the less fortunate – the students participate in various activities which instills the feeling of empathy in them.
Mandala Art – The school observed that the students were feeling depressed and experiencing monotony staying at home during the pandemic. As a solution to combat this negativity, the school introduced ‘Mandala Art’ as an alternative therapy.
Mindfulness – To cope with the unprecedented and uncertain times all of us faced, the school has introduced ‘Mindfulness’ to the students, teachers and parents. Through various activities, mindfulness is a wonderful way for everyone to learn how to cope with anxiety, uncertainty and other negative feelings.
Online Saturday Activity Clubs – The school started operating eleven online activity clubs to make students assess their inner capabilities and become confident individuals. The students are given a chance to act as mentors wherein they guide the class and train their fellow students in skills pertaining to their respective clubs.
Caring Conversations ‘Speak Your Heart Out’ – It is an empathy-based counselling program which will provide each child in the school a safe place to discuss their problems and seek resolutions. Our student volunteers reach out to their juniors, talk to them one-on-one and guide them accordingly. Our School Counsellor Ms. Aditi Karkhedkar is the head mentor, educating the student volunteers on how to counsel the younger students
SIPAQ/SIMPAAQ – Enhancing the reading and writing skills of our students have been a constant effort by our faculty and many new techniques to achieve the same has been implemented. Some of them are – making comic strips to summarize the plot of a chapter, using SIPAQ for Primary and SIMPAAQ for upper primary – a method of incorporating similes, idioms, proverbs, metaphors etc. while writing a composition has helped the students to understand the usage of these as well as the compositions written by them are much better.
Mind Mapping – Our school is the pioneer among educational institutions in Jamshedpur in introducing Mind Mapping as a tool to help students connect and summarize their understanding of a topic.
Organising the Summer Camp – The school is extremely proud of the democratic initiative taken by the students of High School of organising a Summer Camp for the students of the primary section. This is the second successful year of organising the camp and it is only getting bigger and better. The programme is planned and executed by the Young Leaders of GHS.
Hear-Do-See Activity Book – The Activity Book helps the students to analyse what they learn from a particular activity. It also includes pages where the students assess their understanding of a specific subject.
Story Map / Book Review – To improve the reading and comprehending skills of students, Story Map / Book Review booklets have been developed.
Study Plan– This booklet was introduced to make the parents aware of the 1 Term and 2 Term portion of all the subjects well in advance. It is given to each student right at the beginning of the session. It also includes the various activities to be done in class related to relevant topics. Besides, it includes the Public Speaking syllabus, Spelling worksheets and colour coding as well.
Mothers Meet – in order to improve the communication mechanism between students and parents, mothers meets are held in school thrice a year. The mothers are guided by the teachers so that they can help their wards at home leading to holistic development.
Comic Strips– Generally, students are reluctant to read the chapters at home. Comic strips are a unique way to make the students read and comprehend the lessons. This is done in English Literature and Hindi Literature. After the thorough reading of the chapter, the students draw the characters and frame dialogues. It is widely practised in the pre-primary and primary section of the school.
6 Thinking Hats – This methodology greatly helps the students to think out
of the box. Each student has a different perspective and he or she must have the freedom to express it. Six Thinking Hats is an effective way and that enables a student to think and express.
Public Speaking – It was observed that students were shying away when they had to speak about something in English. They lacked confidence and vocabulary. to help the children speak eloquently, public speaking classes were started with a proper syllabus given for the entire year.
Horizon – It is an enthralling and enriching inter-school event organised every year based on theme decoded by United Nations for classes 1 to 5. Students of various schools of Jamshedpur take part in the various activities and programmes with great zeal and enthusiasm. A unique platform to showcase the talent of students of our school & other schools. The event comprises a cultural programme, an exhibition as well as various interschool events on the same theme.
Gulotsav – It is a great opportunity for class XI students to showcase that talent and organize something for the junior students in a completely democratic way, not only in performing arts but also develop innovative ways to explore their event management skills.