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The School Chapel
School Chapel, Front View (filter), St. Paul's School, Darjeeling.jpg
The front view of the chapel
Type Building
Proximal To Lower Field
Founded In 1922
Founder Rev. F.V. Dawkins
Wing All Wings
Status Functional
Purpose Place of Worship
Description Services:
Senior Wing: Sunday - Friday
Junior Wing: Sunday - Friday
Primary Wing: Saturday

The Chapel is the central place of Worship of the school. All Boys and staff of diverse faiths worship together here. The construction of the present day Chapel was initiated by Rector, Rev. R.L. Pelly in 1933 under design of Builder William Ingram Keir. Adjacent to the Chapel is a garden which in 2005 - 2006 underwent reconstruction for the Underground Water Harvesting project.

Prayers and Services[edit]

Morning service is held daily from Monday to Friday for Senior and Junior Wings and on Saturday for Primary Wing. Every Sunday there is Choral Matins, suitably adapted or Evensong, and Holy Communion for the Christian staff and boys.[1] Many of the Occasional Prayers used in the services are poems from Gitanjali or other works by Rabindranath Tagore, quotations from Shri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa and Swami Vivekananda, from the Bhagavad Gita and the Holy Quran.

History[edit]

1878[edit]

The first Chapel was built on the site of the present Westcott Hall by the then Rector, Richard Carter. It was an iron structure.

1920[edit]

This chapel was eventually demolished to make room for the building of Westcott Hall.

1922[edit]

During the Great War of 1914 – 1918, a number of old boys had served in the Armed Forces in various capacities and it was in their memory that the present Chapel was conceived by Rector Rev. Frederick Vincent Dawkins (1922-1928), who planned and raised the Funds for building the Chapel. A Plaque commemorating his efforts has been placed inside. His successor as Rector, Rev. R.L. Pelly (1928-1933) initiated construction in 1933.

1934[edit]

The Foundation Stone was laid by Bishop Foss Westcott, Lord Bishop of Calcutta and Metropolitan of India on 13th October, 1934. The Builder in charge was William Ingram Keir (ARIBA)[2]. He also went on to design the Chapel of St. Joseph's College, North Point the same year (1935). Meanwhile Rector Pelly’s ill health ushered in the "Goddard Era" of Rector Leslie James Goddard from 1934-1964, which also saw the completion of the Chapel around 1935.

References[edit]

  1. Page on Official Website of School
  2. Page on Lascar War Memorial. See Year 1935
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