Commencement Exercise & the Baccalaureate Service:
The Commencement exercises is carried out every year in January when the graduating students of class X walk up the aisle in traditional white sarees. Deserving graduates are given prestigious awards instituted by various donors. The mantle of responsibility (school banner) is handed over to their juniors and then the Principal and the guest invite them to participate in a solemn, meaningful candle lighting ceremony, as they take the oath to carry their light, ignited by their Alma Mater, into the dark world to shine and reach out to many in whatever situation they are placed in life.
The Baccalaureate service is organized specifically for the School leaving Class (Std. X), in the Richmond Town Methodist Church at which powerful spiritual leaders remind them of values learnt, advise the students and invoke God’s blessing on them before they step out into the world, even as they leave the portals of their Alma Mater. Parents too are invited to attend this sacred service.
The Annual Prize Day is held in the last week of June every year. At this time, academic excellence is recognized and the brilliant performers in the previous year’s examinations are given prizes. The first 3 rank holders in each section from Std. I to Std. X are identified and rewarded for their hard work. A cultural show precedes the prize distribution. Overall winners across sections are presented with the Proficiency cup for the class.
An inter-school literary and cultural festival organized bi-annually is a much awaited event on the school calendar. It is organized by the students, under the guidance of teachers and invitations to compete in various events like quiz, debate, crossword, sudoku, choir and dance performances, creative writing, rangoli, face-painting, art, cooking and a host of other activities, are sent out to many schools in the city. This two day event, judged by experts in each field is fun filled and colourful in which a spirit of healthy competition prevails. The school that scores the highest overall total is presented with a rolling trophy.
Every year in November, the founding father Mr. John Baldwin, is remembered, with gratitude by the students. Miss Urdell Montgomery was the first Principal of Baldwin Girls’ High School and the main hall on the campus is named after her. Through chapels, skits and songs, the struggles faced by these people like the threat of closure due to war and epidemics in the early 1930’s, and the difficulty of girls’ education in Bangalore through the decades, is depicted and the children are made aware of the rich legacy left to them by the founders of the school. Thus the vision and mission of the founders, the values that the school is built upon and their expectation is clearly highlighted. Each student can then truly say “I’m proud to be a Baldwin girl.”
Old Girls’ Association- Thanksgiving Service
Every year on the last Friday in November the Old Girls’ Association conducts the Thanksgiving service. It is a time to reflect on God’s blessings to us during the year. It is also a time to thank God for our founders and remember the values they have taught us. We remember former teachers and students of the Baldwin family who have gone on before us. We thank God for our glorious heritage.
At this service we honour retired teachers and helpers who have served the school for over 25 years. We also welcome the students of Std. X as our newest members of the Old Girls’ Association.