English schools in Asia
The Aims of Hebron School: Hebron School is an independent, international Christian residential school. Recognising the value of each individual in the community and believing that the best foundation for life is a personal relationship with Christ, its aims are:
- To provide excellent educational opportunities through an academic curriculum and a wide range of extra-curricular activities.
- To provide a personalised, caring, family-based environment.
- To encourage students to strive for excellence and to develop to their full potential in all areas of their lives.
- To challenge students to work out the focus and direction of their lives in preparation for life after school.
- To foster a genuine respect for others and to inspire the school community to live in the service of God and others.
- To serve the neighbourhood and wider community.
- To provide a resource for Christian workers in Asia, and business communities requiring an international education for their children.
The current enrolment of 358 students consists of 165 girls and 193 boys (274 resident and 84 day students). Entry is usually from Std 3, age eight (Staff children enter at age five) in Junior School, and most students progress through the school to the Higher Secondary stage when they sit for 'A' and 'AS' levels GCE (Cambridge) at age eighteen. The student body represents 22 countries and a variety of cultural and religious backgrounds. 39% of present students are Indian and 61% are other nationalities (see below).
Hebron School is in the town of Ootacamund or Udagamandalam (Ooty), which is known as 'The Queen of the Hill Stations' in the Nilgiri Hills, situated at 2200m (7500ft), above sea level. The town dates back over 200 years to when the British chose it as the summer seat of the Madras government, because of its temperate climate.
Hebron is delightfully situated in 20 acres of wooded grounds of Lushington Hall, a nineteenth century bungalow. The grounds overlook the Government Botanical Gardens and provide a setting of great beauty, whilst from the hills above the School a panoramic view can be seen over The Nilgiris.