Our Lady of the Snows School
Our Lady of the Snows School is a minority school belonging to the Diocese of Simla-Chandigarh. It has a long history. Fr. Emmanuel and Bro. Thomas started a school in Gandhinagar, Kullu, in the name of “Bishop Alfred Grammar School” on 5th June 1968. Later in March 1973 when the strength of the school increased it was shifted to Sultanpur and the name was changed to “Our Lady of The Snows School.
The School became famous in Himachal Pradesh as the students were doing well and secured good marks in the Board Examinations. As the strength of the students increased, the school was shifted from Sultanpur to Dhalpur on 6thJune, 1975 in what was a hotel owned by Mr. Dhaniram.
The School has been over the years administered by different people and various religious congregations of Sisters and Priests.
The Salesians of Don Bosco at Our Lady of the Snows, Kullu
The invitation to come and administer Our Lady of the Snows was extended to the Salesians in 1995 by late Rt. Rev. Bishop Gilbert B. Rego of Simla-Chandigarh diocese. The agreement to manage and administer the school and carry out pastoral care of the region was made on 7th February 1996.
Rev. Fr. T.P. George took up the reins of the school from Rev. Fr. A. Sebastian SJ on 26th February 1996. Fr. Babu Varghese assisted Fr. George Tharayil as Vice Principal.
Twenty-two years have rolled by since the Salesians took the management of Our Lady of the Snows, Kullu. We have had many dynamic Salesians who contributed greatly to make Our lady of the Snows school without doubt, the best school in the valley of Kullu. We recall with a sense of pride and gratitude the Fathers, brothers and sisters who served this Institution – the list is long but it is good to remember them. Those who served the institution as Rector & Principal - Fr. George Tharayil, Fr. P.P. Paul, Fr. Babu Varghese and Fr. Davis Maniparamben. The Vice - Principals – Fr. Babu Varghese, Fr. P.P. Paul, Fr. Vincent Toppo, Fr. Eldefonce Kujur, Fr. Charles Xalxo, Fr. Sujit Augustine, Fr. C.J. Mathew. Fr. Martin Joseph, Fr. Odil Tete, Fathers who were responsible for the Pastoral care and sometimes also exercised the role of asst. principal – Fr. Joe Fernandez, Fr. Edward Dang, Fr. Simon Ekka, Fr. Liberatus Bara, Fr. John Henry, Fr. Godwin Baa, Fr. Isidore Minj. Salesian Clerics /Brothers who acted as guardian angels – Br. Sajin Varghese, Br. Ujwal Emmanuel Bando, Br. Rajesh, Br. Arvind Kujur, Br. Sanjit Kujur and Br. John Murmu. All in all, 24 Salesians have worked at Our Lady of the Snows School, with untiring zeal and dedication in imitation of Don Bosco, the father, friend and educator of the young.
We are thankful to Rev. Sr. Maria Rossa, Rev.Sr. Liliana, Rev.Sr. Rosilin & Rev.Sr. Vinita for serving in this prestigious institution.
From the arrival of Don Bosco society O.L.S School began to consolidate and strengthen the course of studies so as to impart quality and holistic education and to improve the discipline and infrastructure of the school.
By his letters dated 27th June 1995 & 31st July 1995, Bishop Gilbert B. Rego of Shimla- Chandigarh Diocese invited the Salesians of Don Bosco to run the Our Lady of the Snows School, Kullu and carry out pioneering work of evangelization.
Several individual Salesians visited the School in the year 1995 and on 21stNovember1995 the following visited the school at Kullu: Fr. Thomas Polackal, Provincial, Fr. V. V. Mathai Delhi Region Delegate, Fr. K. K. Sebastian, Provincial Economer, Fr. K. C. John, DBTI, Okhla, Fr. T. P. George, Superior and Principal. These were accompanied by Bishop Gilbert B. Rego and Fr. Lourduswamy, Vicar General of the Diocese.
On 26th December 1995 Fr. K. C. John and Bro. Isaac Puthumana of Don Bosco, Delhi arrived in Kullu and on 27th December 1995 the two Jesuit Fathers administering the school namely Fr. Sebastian A S.J. and Father Tony S. J. left the school handing over the charge of the School and all the school keys to the Don Bosco Society.
On 6th May 1996 in the PTA meeting the Salesians expressed their willingness to start Class XI under the ISC Board. In June 1996 Class XI with science and commerce streams began.
ISC course that had been started after obliging to the wishes of the parents, did not meet the expected number of students joining it. Hence, after two years of experience with ISC course, the school management decided to discontinue the ISC course in 1998 due to insufficient number of candidates.
The Salesians continued their work at Kullu with unrestrained enthusiasm. After much discussion with the Governing body members of the Don Bosco Society a decision was taken to build another floor to the existing building. On 1st December 2001 the roof of the school was dismantled and the construction of the second floor to the main building facing the road was undertaken under the leadership Rev. Fr. P.P. Paul, (Principal & Rector). The blessing and inauguration of this new floor took place on 26th June 2002 in the presence of the Bishop Rt. Rev. Gerald Mathias, Rev. Fr. K. A. Joseph, Salesian Provincial, some guests, the architect, the building contractor and other persons connected with the work and the Staff and students.
Our Lady of the Snows School is the second home today to 937 Students. There are 503 boys and 434 girls studying at OLS. We are making every effort to guide our students to become fully integrated and aware persons, endowed with intellectual, moral, emotional, aesthetic, physical and social skills so to enable them to triumph over the challenges of our era. The education we impart at OLS is characterized by superior quality, high principles and a freedom, enabling students to become responsible and response-able persons, self-reliant and wise decision makers. We consider the pursuit of excellence of according to each one’s potential of paramount importance. At our Lady of the Snows School we provide fine blending of curricular and co-curricular activities to bring out the best in every child.
It is our desire that the students who pass out of this school become men and women for others, seeing clearly, believing deeply, living nobly, acting justly, relating humanely, serving decisively, walking uprightly and working zealously to build a civilization of love and service.
I would like to place on record, my appreciation and gratitude for the support and collaboration we have received from our Superiors, the Church authorities, the members of the Managing committee, the district administration, the Education Department, the Forest Department, the Police Department, the utility departments, the Principals of the neighbouring schools, the teaching and non-teaching staff, the representative of the PTA, the Alumni, and students over the years. May the changes that will take place at OLS bring new vigor and vitality to the school. I entreat your whole-hearted support for the new Principal and his team. May OLS climb new heights of glory and remain ever united in the efforts to ensure quality education in this beautiful valley of the gods.