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St Stephen's School, India

World Class 2012 in partnership with the British Council bring you the stories of the schools where the dreams begin.

St Stephen's School is twinning with Vale First and Middle School, Worthing


Pupils at St. Stephen's talk about their hopes and dreams for the future

St Stephen's School

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St. Stephen's School is a Christian co-educational school in Chandigarh, India.

Principal, Harold Carver wants his students to live up to the school's motto of 'Semper Sursum,' meaning 'always aim higher'.

The school aims to develop the all round skills of their pupils in the hope they can all "excel and reach for gold," like former pupil Abhinav.

Abhinav at St Stephen's

Abhinav was seriously commitment to shooting during his time at St Stephen's, but this never affected his studies.

Harold Carver remembers, that despite Abhinav's growing success, he was always able to "focus on the right things at the right time."

2010 Previous pupil, Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, is a member of the football team which will represent India in the Asian Games in China
2004-2010 - 11 students from St. Stephen's represent India in the Asian Football Confederation Football Festival
2009 - St. Stephen's Girls team win the under 19 state level inter-school championship for a record nine times in a row
2009 - St. Stephen's Football Academy become the Champions of Chandigarh region in the Tata Tea Arsenal Cup
2008-2009 -St. Stephen's Football Academy became Champions of India and represented India in the Manchester United Premier Cup Asia Pacific qualifying round in Malaysia

Footballing fame

St Stephen's aim to encourage all-round development has led to international and national success for the school's choir, debate team, dance and drama clubs.

The school also has a long list of sporting stars, with a number of pupils reaching regional and national level in various sports.

It is football however that tops the table.

The school's football team have been Indian champions and achieved notable success in the Manchester United Premier Cup.

Olympic hope

St. Stephen’s Girls football team
St. Stephen’s Girls football team

Abhinav is India's only individual Olympic gold medallist and the school couldn't be more proud that he is one of their former students, but they don't intend to rest on their laurels.

Harold Carver has high hopes for Abhinav at London 2012, but believes St. Stephen's can produce more sports stars for 2012 and beyond.

"We hope to have many more names figuring on the list of winners," he said.


Teachers at St. Stephen's reminisce about their school memories of Abhinav

World Olympic Dreams

Abhinav is one of the athletes being tracked as London 2012 approaches and they strive to make their Olympic dreams a reality.

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see also
Bindra claims India's first gold of Delhi 2010
05 Oct 10 |  Commonwealth Games
Bindra targets London 2012
26 Jul 10 |  World Olympic Dreams

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