Tragedy struck a young mother in August. In trying to save their pet dog ,her sons Leonard,aged 9, and Darell, aged 8 drowned in a pool. Mrs Mignon David’s life was shattered. From her grief and loss was born a resolve to dedicate her life to imparting education to children.
Mrs. Mignon David started a hostel in a several rented buildings, for destitute children and children on the streets who were given food and shelter. It was later extended to students who were admitted to schools around Richmond Town but did not get accommodation in their respective hostels. It was ‘A Home Away From Home’ for those girls and boys from ‘Baldwins’ and ‘Cottons’.
She founded The Bethany Home School, as it was called then, with the moral and financial help of her husband Mr. J. David and a very dear friend, late Mr. Satur (ex-Principal, St. John’s High School). It was started with one classroom, one pupil and three teachers in an obscure room on Curley Street, Richmond Town. It was the beginning of a long journey with Our Heavenly Father answering all prayers.
In June ’66 the school was shifted to a rented two storeyed house on Serpentine Street. There were now classes from NURSERY TO 6TH STANDARD. The strength of the school had by now grown to 105 boys and girls . Three months later, on the same road a portion of a building was obtained and rented. It was called ‘Annexe 1’
This was a landmark year in our history as ‘Bethany Home school’ was recognised by the Government of Karnataka and the name was changed to Bethany High School. From several rented buildings ‘Bethany High School’ moved into a single organised unit in Langford Town.
Another feather in Bethany cap… affiliation to the Indian School Council, New Delhi.
A sad moment in our history. The curtain falls… on 15th April 1976, our Heavenly Father looked down upon His child, and felt her task on earth was completed. He took our Founder away from us to His Heavenly abode. However, fortunately by now, she had given sufficient momentum for the school to carry on and the beacon of her wonderful life, still throws its beam, far and wide, constantly reminding us, of the awareness she always possessed for humanity, and its crying needs around, and the simple fact that we, pass this way but once, and we must do whatever we can for our fellowmen. Our first ICSE batch graduated from ‘Bethany High School’ in this year.
After all these years in rented premises this was the year when we managed to secure land in Koramangala. The Bangalore Development Authority, granted it on 6th of November on long lease.
The construction of the building got underway in February. The school had no funds for this purpose but His help has always been with us. The ECLOF (India) (Ecumenical Church Loan Fund of India ) came forward with a loan of Rs. 8 Lakhs, which helped us to build ground/first floor, Library & Science Laboratory. We are happy to state that we repaid the loan on time.
Bethany reached to children with ‘Special Needs’ . On the 2nd of November the Bethany Special School for Differently Abled Children was started.
While all the excitement had been happening at the new premises, the school had been quietly functioning and growing at Langford Town. In this watershed year in our history we moved to the new premises in Koramangala in June. With the new building, the school acquired greater recognition and dignity.
Dr. S.L. Kashiram, ex-Principal of Baldwin Girls School with over 40 years of experience took over the reins of Bethany as Principal. This further helped set higher standards for the school and enhanced our growing reputation.
This Year saw us reach upwards and extend our school to Junior College. We started our 11th and 12th Standard classes approved by the ISC Board.
Mr. Akash Ryall returned from the United States with a Masters in Education Administration and a heart filled with zest and took over as Principal. He brought new enthusiasm into the whole school.
The Special School grew to 45 children and was under the able guidance of Dr. S.L. Kashiram.
As a start to Mr. Ryall’s modernization plans for the school , a new Computer Lab was inaugurated on 14th June 1998, by the Principal of Clarence High School, Mr. Benny Joseph.
Bethany introduced Drama and Fine Arts as ICSE subjects allowing artistically oriented students to drop Science/Maths and concentrate on their strengths.
The Junior College got its own campus. Just diagonally opposite the old campus, the new campus allowed the seniormost members of the Bethany pupils their privacy while still feeling at home in the old campus. Bethany also introduced a Learning Lab which helps children with learning difficulties.
A major feather in the Bethany cap was the completion of the much awaited and beautiful Pre-Primary Block which expanded the Bethany Family by further 30 classrooms which comprise Nursery, Junior 1 and Standard 1 and which hosts about 400 Boys and Girls .
The upgradation and modernisation of the Chemistry Lab was completed.
The Auditorium and the Library were upgraded and modernised to match the swank foyer and Chemistry Lab. The acoustics of the auditorium were improved. Bethany also launched the Bethany Professional Child Care Center allowing children to experience the wonder of Bethany at the early age of 2 years 6 months.
A new junior school was started which will act as a feeder to a new branch is coming up. Bethany also introduced the National Institute of Open Schooling(NIOS) secondary level exams to introduce education for all.
Mr. Akash Ryall took over the position as the Director of Bethany Institutions and Mr. Robert Khin was appointed Principal in June 2011. Another new junior school was started in HSR Layout which would also serve as a feeder to the new branch that is due to come up in the near future.
2013 Golden Year
Bethany completed 50 years - Celebrated the Golden Jubilee year. A new facility was added as Bethany High, Sarjapur was inaugurated in June. It started with 80 students. Mrs Aruna Rao was the first Headmistress of the school.
The 6th Musical ‘Shrek’ was staged to mark the finale of the Golden Jubilee celebrations.
The School stands tall with a strength of 3250 plus students and around 420 employees. Excellent result in the ICSE and ISC exams, students participating and winning laurels in co-curricular Inter-School activities, Bethany is surely a beacon showing the way to many, many young lives. The Bethany Family is growing fast!
“For all we have achieved,we thank God. May all we hope to achieve, glorify Him”.
The year 2014 was another exciting and memorable one with excellent results in our Board Exams - ICSE & ISC with a 100% first classes.
Our students won laurels in many inter-school competition - in particular our school competition - in particular our school relay teams of boys and girls winning most of the inter school relay races.
Our Carnival with the Hawaiian theme “ HIWA HIWA HAWAII” was a hit again and the event helped raise funds for our Special School, the Bethany Family & Helpers Fund.