Estd. 1893

JOHN FIRTH CHRISTIAN ENGLISH HIGH SCHOOL

CBSE Affiliation Code : 230145
School Code : 30134


INTRODUCTION

The state of Assam came under the British rule as a result of the historic "Yandaboo Treaty" of 1826. It made convenient for the American Home Mission Board, to pave the way for preaching gospel in Assam through the Baptist Missionaries of the U.S.A. In 1836, Rev Nathan Brown and in 1837 Rev. Miles Bronson two pioneer American Missionaries came to Sivsagar. These two missionaries first contributed a lot to educate the Assamese people by establishing two schools. Nathan Brown established a school in Garo Hills in 1836 as well as at Sivsagar.

Rev. John Firth, another missionary from The United States came to North Lakhimpur in 1893. At that time the entire Lakhimpur district was full of Jungle and people moved from one place to another by bullock carts or on horses, 80% people were uneducated or illiterate.

Rev. John Firth purchased a plot of land and started a lower primary school in 1893. His wife Mrs. Eva Webster Firth was a trained teacher and was looking after the school as the first principal. In course of time, other missionaries such as Rev. Joseph, Rev. C.L. Swanson,Rev. H.B. Dickson, Rev. B. Anderson, Rev. Dr.J.W. Cook, Rev. J.S. Gario, Rev.Prior, Rev. Wilbur Sorley, Rev. Dana Larson, Rev. Holm and Rev. Eric Kratophil came here one after another and took care of the school and put emphasis on educating the people of the locality. In 1946, Re. K.W.Hagstrom came to North Lakhimpur and he upgraded the school from Lower Primary School to Middle English School. When the school was upgraded, three American lady missionaries, namely Ms. Swanson, Ms. Peterson and Ms. Jolly came to North Lakhimpur. They took charge of the school as Principals. During that time, many students from Arunachal Pradesh(the then NEFA) came here to enroll their names in this school. In 1967, the school was upgraded to High School and Mrs. Meera Handique became the first Principal of the High School. The first batch of students appeared High School Leaving Certificate Examination in 1971 when cen percent students passed the HSLC Final Examination. Out of 16 students 15 students secured 1st Division and the remaining 1 in 2nd Division.

During the time of Chinese(1962) aggression, all the foreign missionaries were asked to leave Assam for Calcutta or other parts of the country by Indian Government for security reasons. Since then the school is being looked after by Lakhimpur Baptist Association (now Lakhimpur Baptist Convention) and North Bank Baptist Christian Association.

Besides hailing from different districts of Assam, many students from Arunachal Pradesh, Karbi Anglong and Mizoram came here for studies. The school is proud of having Academicians, Administrators, Civil Servants, Social Workers, Sportsmen and even Ministers and MLA as its alumni.

The school has 6 acres of land with a spacious play ground and a Boys' Hostel. Efforts are on to start a Girls' Hostel in near future.

THE SCHOOL IN BRIEF

Our School makes constant attempt to impart quality education by which we mean a kind of education that causes holistic development of a child. With the holistic development, a child not only exhibits his/her potential but also realizes how unique he or she is. That's what the education is all about - inculcating the feeling of being worth. good and unique. Such feeling is the source of positive energy in any individual because of which he/she starts viewing the world beautiful and the one who is able to recognize the beauty of the world turns to be a sound indivisual with the set of high moral values which leads the children to become a good citizen.

This objective and realization has made us accomplish varied activities covering three areas : (i) Curricular Activities (ii) Co Curricular Activities (iii) Extra Curricular Activities. Co Curricular Activities form our Academic part of education for which we employ various innovative methods; i.e. Play-Way Method wherein we make the children play academic gammes. Interaction Method - in which a teacher makes maximum attempts to encourage the children to share their own views; Use of IT to familiarize the children with technology that is the need of the hour; Dialoguue Methode to enhance the participation of a child. This is a novel experiment now a days for peer learning. Library Exploration to inculcate reading habits; Hands on experiences to imbibe concrete ideas; Role play to actualize the concepts.

We provide sufficient number of opportunities to children to grow with some important personalitiy traits like being confident, being competitive, possessing sporty spirit, learning to co ordinate and so on. The extracuriicular activities have been segregated into (i) Competitions, (ii) Celebrations, (iii) Sports, (iv) Skill Development Activities.