|Gandaki Higher Secondary Boarding School
Nepal Adarsha Bidhalaya
Knowledge, Character and Service
Pokhara, Gandaki Zone, Kaski District, Nepal, 33700
|Established||11 june 1966|
|Principal||Rabi Prasad Baral|
|Vice principal||Chetnath Bhandari|
Gandaki Boarding School (also known as GBS) (गण्डकी आवासीय उच्च माध्यामिक विद्यालय), formerly known as Nepal Adarsha Vidyashram, is a model school of Nepal. It is located in the city of Pokhara, 200 kilometers west of Kathmandu, and is the first and the only regional school of the country.
- 1 Introduction
- 2 History
- 3 Facilities and activities
- 4 Achievements
- 5 Trivia
- 6 Notable alumni
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Gandaki Higher Secondary Boarding School (GHSBS) is a higher secondary school (10+2) (A-LEVEL) located at Lamachaur at the northern end of Pokhara valley. It provides an English medium, all-round education to about 1,072 students, classes 4-12. Of this number 35% are girls, 20% are scholarship students, and 65% are boarders.
The school is a non-profit institution owned by Nepal Government (Ministry of Education) and used to be run by an agreement and in collaboration with the United Mission to Nepal (UMN).
The motto of the school is "Knowledge Character and Service".
Courses of study
- School Leaving Certificate (nationwide curriculum until Class 10, prescribed by the Ministry of Education, Nepal)
- 10+2 in Science Stream (Higher Secondary Education Board (HSEB), Sano Thimi, Nepal)
- BE in Software Engineering (Pokhara University, Pokhara, Nepal)
- GCE A LEVEL (University of Cambridge, UK)
- Mr Rabi Prasad Baral – Principal (Social Studies Dept.)
- Mr Chet Nath bhandaari – Vice Principal (Maths Dept.)
- Mr Khadananda Sharma – GCE-A Level Supervisor (English Dept.)
- Mr Jhapindra Adhikari - Higher Secondary School Supervisor (Science Dept.)
- Mr Krishna Bhahadur Thapa – Secondary School Supervisor (computer Dept.)
- Mr Ganesh Bahadur Kunwar - Junior School Supervisor (P.E. Dept.)
- Mr Mohan Krishna Gurung – Senior Teacher (P.E. Dept.)
- Mr Yagya Raj Sharma – Hostel Supervisor (Social Studies Dept.)
- Mr Kedar Prasad Dhakal – Asst. Hostel Supervisor (Nepali Dept.)
- Mrs Shakuntala Gurung – Extra Curricular Activities Incharge (Science Dept.)
- Mr Surya Bahadur Gurung – Day Students' Incharge(Social Studies Dept.)
- Mr Bhim bahadur Gurung – Scholarship Officer (P.E. Department)
It was established in 1966 on the banks of Seti River with some thatched huts.
Until 1993, courses were available for Grade 4 to Grade 10. Now it offers 10+2 system under the Higher Secondary Education Board. GBS is the first of few schools to introduce 10+2 in Nepal.
In 1999, a new college was started in GBS. Gandaki College of Engineering and Sciences (GCES), is affiliated to Pokhara University and offers Bachelor of Engineering (BE) courses in Software Engineering.
From 2010, it offers GCE A-Level Course under the Cambridge University, Cambridge, England.
- 11 June 1966 (30th Jestha, 2023): established as Nepal Adarsha Vidyashram for boys.
- 1985: Changed to English medium school and renamed to Gandaki Boarding School (GBS).
- 1985: Recognized as the "Regional School" by the Government of Nepal.
- 1985: Adopted co-education system by enrolling girls.
- 1988: Gained a nationwide fame after Rajendra Gurung stood in SLC board first.
- 1991: Celebrated its Silver Jubilee.
- 1991: Started 10+2 in Science stream.
- 1999: Started Gandaki College of Engineering and Sciences (GCES).
- 2004: Awarded Birendra Bidhya National shield for SLC results with 4 boards, 66 distinctions, 100% first division among 113 candidates.
- 2010: Started GCE-A Level studies under the University of Cambridge, England.
- Ms Martha Mukhya – Founder Principal(One and only female principal)( June 1966 to Dec.1968 )
- Mr Tom Valvik - Principal ( Feb. 1969 to 1971 )
- Mr Jonathan Lindell - Principal ( July 1971 to 1976 )
- Mr Larry Asher - Principal ( June 1974 to July 1975 and Jan. 1977 to Oct. 1977 )
- Mr Brian Wood - Principal (Oct. 1977 to Oct. 1980 )
- Mr Bhoj raj Neupane - Principal ( May 1979 to Jan. 1980 and Oct. 1980 to Dec. 1982 )
- Mr Heramba Prasad Koirala - Principal ( Jan. 1983 to June 1984 )
- Mr Narahari Sharma - Acting Principal ( July 1984 to Dec. 1984 )
- Dr David Bambach – Principal ( Feb. 1985 to June 1989 )
- Mr richard Cameron - Acting Principal ( July 1987 to Dec. 1987 )
- Mr Ben Westerling - Acting Principal ( July 1989 to Dec. 1989 )
- Mr John Barclay – Principal ( Feb. 1990 to Feb. 1996 )
- Mr Jay Hutchinson – Acting Principal ( 1993–1993 )
- Dr PV Chandy – Principal ( Feb. 1996 to Dec. 2006 )
- Dr. Dale W. Rosenburg - Acting Principal ( 1999 to 2001 )
- Mr Bam Dev Sharma – Acting Principal ( 2006 to Feb.2007 )
- Mr George John - Principal( Feb. 2007 to April 2008 )
- Mr Kamal Prasad Neupane – Acting Principal ( April 2008 to Oct.2008 )
- Mr Rabi Prasad Baral – Principal (2008–Present)
Facilities and activities
The health center takes care of minor illnesses and first aid services. Serious cases are referred to the bigger hospitals of Pokhara. A CMA counselor and a nurse remain in charge of the health center and of the health education classes.
The science laboratories are for the science courses throughout classes 4 to 12. Each class have science practical classes in the science labs. In addition to the science teachers, the science department has three lab assistants who maintain all the science apparatus and science facilities.
There are 10 hostels in GBS; 7 for boys and 3 for girls. The names of the hostels are named after the famous and some of the highest mountains of Nepal. Currently for 2071 B.S. (2014/15), the hostels for various groups of students are:
- Hostel No. 1 Dhaulagiri (8 boys) Sri Ram Adhikari
- Hostel No. 2 Lamjung (7 boys) Man Bahadur Thapa
- Hostel No. 3 Himalchuli (10 boys) Kedar Prasad Dhakal
- Hostel No. 4 Nilgiri (9 boys) Matrika Prasad Baral
- Hostel No. 5 Machhapuchchhre (4/5/6 boys) Krishna Prasad Dhungana
- Hostel No. 6 Annapurna (4/5/6 boys) Krishna Shyam Sharma
- Hostel No. 7 Manaslu (4/5/6 girls) Sony Thapa
- Hostel No. 8 Everest (10/11/12 and A level girls) Nani Maya Podel
- Hostel No. 9 Gaurishankar (7/8/8 girls) Basanti Tamang
- Hostel No. 10 Kanchanjungha (10+2 and A level boys) Mohan Krishna Gurung
- Gymnasium (volleyball, basketball, indoor football, badminton, softball)
- One volleyball court near hostel 1 and 4.
- Outdoor basketball courts near Hostel 3 for boys, and in Hostels 7 and 9 for girls.
- Cricket pitch.
- Two football grounds.
- One outdoor handball court.
- Table Tennis board in each hostels.
- Tennis Court.
- Hockey ground in girls hostel.
The Library plays a central role in widening general knowledge horizons in meeting specific information needs within the curriculum, and in providing interesting and stimulating material for recreational reading and improving language skills. The Gandaki Boarding School Library was established in B.S. 2025. Set up in a simple building with limited resources, it now stands as one of the prestigious and well-equipped libraries in the western region and Nepal as well. At present, it has more than 25,000 books including the Fiction, Non-Fiction, Reference and others books on different subjects. The library subscribes to most of the notable newspapers and magazines published in Nepal, Audio Visual and open system library.
Library studies form an integral part of the school curriculum, in the course of which all students learn the positive use and exploitation of the library and its materials. Library projects are assessed as a component of the termly examination marks from grades 4 to 6.
- To collect and conserve textbooks, reference books and other nationally & internationally recognized reading books as well as different types of subjects matters audio videos.
- To collect different journals/periodicals
- To encourage students to use library
Facilities and services:
- Borrowing books
- Reference and reading service
- Photocopy, computer printing
- Audio visual
Dining hall and kitchen
The Catering Department serves food for all the boarder students.
- 06:15–06:45 Breakfast
- 08:30–09:15 Morning food (all boarders)
- 13:00–13:45 Khaja (classes 4 to 10)
- 13:45–14:30 Khaja (classes 11, 12 and A-level)
- 18:00–18:45 Dinner (classes 8 to 12)
- 20:30-20:50 Milk time (for boarders)
Note: This timetable is subject to change during winter (due to shorter days) for 10 minutes.
Houses and annual competitions
Students are divided into four houses:
- Seti (red)
- Rapti (yellow)
- Karnali (green)
- Trishuli (blue)
The four houses compete in annual activities.
- Annual Sports Day (athletics)
- Inter-House sports competitions: football, volleyball, basketball, cricket (boys), rounders (girls), badminton, table tennis, soft tennis.
- Inter-House academic competitions: general knowledge, essay writing (English and Nepali), speech (English and Nepali), debate(English and Nepali).
- GBS level basketball, football and cricket tournaments (annual)
- Football, volleyball, and basketball competitions with outside teams.
- Taking part in outside tournaments in football, essay writing, general knowledge, speech contest, essay writing competition, spelling contest, etc.
- Birendra Regional Educational Shield (Western Region) for 15 years.
- Birendra National Educational Shield (Nepal) in 2004 (2060 BS).
- Board First, Rajendra Gurung, in 1984 SLC Examination.
- Board Second, Third, Fifth, and Ninth in 2004 (2060 BS) SLC Examination.
- Ranked as one of the best schools of the country by "Himal" magazine, a Nepali journal.
- Ranked No. 1, by "Nepal" weekly magazine in 2001 in its evaluation of the best 10+2 schools of Nepal.
- Ranked in top 10, by "Nepal" weekly magazine in 2004 in its evaluation of the best 10+2 schools of Nepal. The magazine has, however, excluded GBS in its rankings in recent years. It cites, the fewer number of students GBS has compared to their criteria, as the reason.
- Ranked No. 2, by "Nepal" weekly Magazine in 2011 in its evaluation of the best schools of Nepal.
- Ranked No. 1, by "Nepal" weekly Magazine in 2012 in its evaluation of the best schools of Nepal.
- Ranked No. 1 by "Himal" in its evaluation in "Top Ten Plus 2 Colleges/HSS 2012/13:Outside Kathmandu Valley"
- The song "Kanchi Hai Kanchi" of Nepali movie Kanchi was choreographed on the stage of Gymnasium Hall of GBS.
- Amrit Gurung - singer, composer, musician, song writer of Nepathya
- Kiran Gurung - Nepali Politician
- Nisha Adhikari - Miss Nepal International 2005 A.D and Actress (of First Love fame)
- Saru Bhakta - A celebtrated Nepalese poet and novelist.
- Sonie Rajbhandari - Miss Nepal 2nd Runner Up 2014 A.D. (2071 B.S.)
- Tirtha Shrestha - poet, entrepreneur and social worker
- GBS Homepage
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