Sainik School, Ghorakhal, Uttarakhand one amongst 24 Sainik Schools in India, is residential school for boys only from class VI to XII. The school is affiliated to Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), New Delhi and is a member of Indian Public Schools' Conference.
The aim of the school is to prepare boys academically, physically and psychologically for entry into the National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla. The school environment provides ample opportunities to its students to flourish in all walks of life as well.
The administration of this school is vested with an autonomous body called the ‘Board of Governors, Sainik School Society� under the Chairmanship of the Defence Minister. In addition, the general administration of the school is governed by a Local Board of Administration chaired by the General Officer Commanding, Uttar Bharat Area.
The Principal is the administrative and academic head of the school. He is generally a serving officer on deputation from the Armed Forces. He is assisted by a Headmaster and a Registrar who are also serving officers from the Armed Forces. The Headmaster is responsible for Academic Training of the cadets and the Registrar looks after the logistics, office and general administration of the school.
SCHOOL EMBLEM AND MOTTO:
The school emblem is built around the motif of the Triveni Sangam i.e. confluence of Rivers Ganges, Yamuna and Saraswati. The three segments created out of the Triveni Sangam motif represent the three services, with the top segment occupied by green, snow capped Himalayas in the background and the eagle of the Indian Air Force soaring upfront. The left segment representing the Indian Navy is coloured navy-blue and the anchor depicts our maritime forces. The right segment coloured scarlet symbolize the supreme sacrifice, and the crossed swords represent the Indian Army. At the base of the three segments lies an open book symbolizing education with the school motto 'Buddhirasya Balantasya' written across it. The school motto 'Buddhirasya Balantasya' constantly reminds and inspires its cadets that 'Wisdom brings Strength'.
The medium of instructions is English. The school prepares students for All India Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (Class XII) and for the UPSC Examination for admission to the National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla.
| Maths Lab
|| Language Lab
NCC Training is compulsory for the cadets. Regular camps are held for Junior and Senior Division cadets.
| School NCC
|| Guard of Honour by the cadets of the school
1st terminal, 2nd terminal and annual examinations are held as per school calendar and progress reports of terminal and annual examinations are sent to the parents at the end of each examination. Regular class tests are held to monitor progress.
SPORTS & GAMES:
Physical fitness and overall development of the cadets is one of the main focus of the school.
Regular PT and a wide variety of games and sports are conducted throughout the year. The school has adequate infrastructure for hockey, football, cricket, badminton, volleyball, basketball, lawn tennis, athletics and gymnastics besides a host of indoor games for use by the cadets.The efforts are on to get an indoor Swimming pool, Shooting range and Squash courts constructed.
|| Flag Display
LEADERSHIP AND ADMINISTRATIVE TRAINING:
The school aims to inculcate the qualities and skill of leadership, self governance and administration in the cadets by involving them in the day to day administration through the Prefecture system. The appointment of the School Captain and House Captains is a much awaited event and instills healthy rivalry between the teaching staff who are distributed among the houses as resident tutors. Apart from the academic aspects, cadets are subjected to the obligations of community living in the school. They are required to conform to the code of conduct and decent behavior on which good citizenship is founded. Good manners and discipline are integral parts of their training.
Cadets get their share of adventure training through frequently organized route marches, treks and hikes.
| Adventure Trekking at Ramgarh
|| Adventure Trekking at Nainital
Cadets stay in Senior , Junior and Holding houses under the charge of selected Housemasters, Hostel Superintends, Matrons and house appointments viz., House Captain, Vice Captain and Prefects.
| Garhwal House
|| Bharat House
| Shiwalik House
|| Kumaon House
A healthy competitive spirit is encouraged among the houses. Trophies and individual prizes are won by the cadets for an ultimate achievement of winning the coveted ‘Cock House� Shield.
The school has a fully equipped auditorium with LCD projector and a seating capacity of 600. Selected Hindi/English movies are screened on Saturdays for cadets as well as the staff and their families at different timings. Apart from this, TVs are also available in the Houses/TV Room for the students.
| Ratandeep Auditorium
|| Cadets' Mess
The School has a well furnished dining hall with a modernised kitchen and bakery. The cadets have the option of both vegetarian and non-vegetarian meals. Regular dinner nights are conducted to make cadets accustomed with mess etiquettes. Month-end birthday dinner is also conducted to celebrate birthday of cadets born in that particular month.
A kindergarten cum primary school known as the Bal Vidya Niketan is not only meeting the schooling needs of the children of the school employees at pre-primary and primary level but also providing education at very nominal fee to the local villagers. This school with strength of about 170 children adds color and gaiety to the campus.
The school session begins on 01 Apr. Normally 70 days vacation is observed in a calendar year split into summer and winter breaks i.e. in 7 weeks winter and 3 weeks in summer.
The school has a 20-bedded Infirmary with a part time Medical Officer and a full time Nursing Assistant for treating minor ailments of the cadets. Cases of serious illness are referred to nearest Civil / Military Hospitals and Parents are intimated accordingly.
The school has a fully equipped Auditorium -cum-Cinema Hall. Selected Hindi / English movies are screened on Saturdays. Apart from this, a TV room with LCD TV, Cable and DTH connections is available on a daily basis. Weekly once, cadets are sent on outing to Nainital by school bus. Parents day is observed on every second Sunday of the month.
CANTEEN AND OTHER FACILITIES:
A well stocked CSD canteen is available in the school which caters for daily needs of the cadets. A cafeteria run by the school meets the additional needs.
The school has two well equipped computer laboratories. Computer education is compulsory up to Class X and is available as an elective subject in Class XI and XII.
BOOKS AND STATIONARY:
At the beginning of the session, arrangements are made by the school for the parents to procure books and stationery, from reputed agencies.
The overall expenditure per cadet per year is approximately Rs. 68,000/- which includes tuition fee, messing charges, pocket money, clothing and incidental charges e.t.c. The tuition fee and messing charges component is likely to increase by approximately 10 % annually to cater for inflationary costs.
Sainik School Ghorakhal hase done exceedingly well to achieve the aim of the objectives of the institution. So far 358 cadets have joined NDA up to 2008. A large number of the alumni have also joined directly at IMA, OTA, Air Force Academy and Naval Academy, AFMC, Coast Guard and Merchant Navy. Many others have joined the IAS,IPS, IIT, Banking services etc, and most of them are presently holding prestigious positions. The school has the honour of winning the 'Raksha Mantri's trophy' for sending the largest number of cadets to the NDA four times since 2000.