HISTORY OF THE SCHOOL
  • To give a brief history of “Waverley” we must go back to 1845 when the school was established. It had its formal opening on 18th September, not in March as we have it now. Waverley was the second school to be established in India by the Religious of the Congregation of Jesus and Mary, three years after they arrived in Agra. It was the first of the Convent Boarding School on the hills of the Northern Provinces,
  • The original estate belonged to an Indian and there were three houses on it- Waverley, Belmont and Thistle Bank. Waverley became a first class boarding school, chiefly for the daughters of officers Belmont was run as a second class boarding school for a short while and then became simply a junior school Thistle Bank was, and still, is the Chaplain’s residence.
  • The first community consisted of five Nuns of whom Mother Gonzaga was the Superior, and they arrived from Dehradun in bullock cart a very different mode of transport from our comfortable jeep! Through the years was necessary to make changes and additions to the original buildings as the original ones were almost completely destroyed in the great earthquake of 1905. Further addition and improvement were made by the different Superiors as the years went by. With the recent addition of new class rooms laboratories, dormitories, playgrounds and infirmary the school has almost completely changed its original appearance.
  • Waverley has kept pace with the educational needs of the times. Where in the old curriculum students were prepared for the Cambridge School Leaving Certificate, in keeping with the changes taking place in the country, Waverley now follows the syllabus the All India Higher Secondary School Examination of the Central Board.
  • Following old traditions, concerts and operettas are still staged by the pupils.
  • It is clear that the pioneers wished to impart a sound education to their pupils. They wished to help them to form a good character and to bring out the best in themselves to that they could later occupy an honorable, even a high position in society. They felt the need for well regulated discipline and for fact and patience in dealing with the children’s problems.
  • Waverley celebrated its Centenary in September 1945 and despite changes in all other spheres, Waverley has maintained its “homelike” quality. Almost every account of the school has mentioned this. One reference to it was made in the Welcome Address given at the Centenary Celebration. It said “Waverley has never been a very big school and perhaps that helps to account for its particular characteristics – the homelike atmosphere that has been so marked throughout its history”.

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