The Happy Home School takes children from ages three to eighteen. HHS prepares students for the Matriculation and '0' Level Examinations. The School has developed its own unique system of education over many years. The school is academically oriented and aims to produce socially responsible graduates adequately prepared to become successful citizens of the country.
Our schools are equipped with the latest computers and science laboratories. The schools encourage children to take part in co-curricular activities such as debates, quiz competitions, science projects and theatre. Sports are also a priority, and HHS students have shone in badminton, cricket, table tennis, volleyball and basketball. Field trips are organized to reinforce the students' in-school learning with real-world experiences. Each campus also has a medical assistant and a clinic. Children are encouraged to make use of the school library.
To provide a disciplined, caring and stimulating environment where students achieve their full potential in their academic, creative, physical, moral and spiritual development and strive to serve the country and humanity in general.
Celebrating more than 60 years
Happy Home School celebrates the 60th anniversary of its foundation in 2009. This makes Happy Home one of the oldest institutions in Karachi, with a colourful past, filled with students who have gone on to distinguish themselves as scientists, doctors, engineers, businessmen, teachers and other professionals. Many people have contributed to its history as teachers and administrators. Happy Home School was founded by Mrs. Maryam Faruqi in a house on Jamshed Road in 1949. Her own life is very interesting. She was born Maryam Jaffer to a distinguished business family of Poona. Her father, the late Sir Ebrahim Haroon Jaffer, was member of the Viceroy's Executive Council, as well as a great philanthropist and social worker who did much for the well-being of the Muslims of India. Her brother, the late Ahmed E.H. Jaffer, was a parliamentarian in India.
From the beginning Maryam Jaffer faced stiff resistance to her desire to get an education from a society that did not place any value on education for girls. Even so, she resolved to seek knowledge. Even as a young girl she knew she wanted to be a teacher. Maryam Jaffer taught herself initially. She spent nights educating herself while children of her age played with dolls. After much hesitation, she was allowed to enroll in school. After graduation, she went to Nauroji Wadia College, Poona, where she distinguished herself by winning the Gold Medal of the Bombay University.
To fulfill her desire to teach, Maryam Faruqi enrolled in a Montessori course conducted by Madam Montessori herself. After this, she decided to open a Nursery school in her own house in Jamshed Road. She was fortunate to have the dedication of a few sincere friends in her endeavor including Miss Najma Khan, Mrs. Sahibzadi Hazari, and Miss Zuleikha Ismail Jaffer, now Mrs. Zuleikha Varis, the Head of Happy Home Cambridge Section.
Since Happy Home was one of the few schools in 1949, it soon began to grow and prosper. Mrs. Faruqi helped found New Town Girls School along with Miss Safia Khan, who became the Principal. Now this school has been renamed the Safia Khan Memorial School.
After graduation, her desire to be a teacher was fulfilled when Mrs. Shirazee, the then Inspectress of Schools, prevailed upon her brothers to allow her to join the Government Teachers Training College, Poona. After a year, her devotion and dedication to teaching was much appreciated and she was deputed by the Government for further studies.
She joined C.T. College, Belgaum and secured a high position in Bachelor of Teaching. In 1947 she married Mr. Nooruddin Hasan Faruqi, an advocate and income-tax officer from Lucknow. Her wedding was largely attended by personalities of the Pakistan Movement, such as the Quaid-e-Azam, Mr. Liaquat Ali Khan. Mr. I.I.Chundrigar, Mr. Abdur Rab Nishtar. and Miss Fatima Jinnah. Soon after partition, Mr. and Mrs. Faruqi moved to Karachi, where they secured a bungalow on Jamshed Road.
For a while Mrs. Faruqi tried her hand at various things. She joined Mama Parsi school for cooking and needlework, but this did not satisfy her longing to become a teacher. She joined the National Guards and worked with Mrs. Qazi Essa. Later she assisted in getting Gul-e-Rana club allotted and was among the first few members of The All-Pakistan Women's Association. She worked with women in social work in different capacities and served with Begum Raana Liaquat Ali Khan.
In 1952, the school was shifted to its famous domed building, and its management was assumed by the duly registered Modern Education Society. The first President of the Society was Begum Berlas and Dr. Mahmood Rizvi was the treasurer. The school was also recognized by the Board of Secondary Education. Later, when the school needed expansion, the present building was erected in phases. Happy Home School reached class X in 1958. The first batch of Happy Home students brought laurels to the school in the early days. Ilyas Absar, who is now in the USA, secured second position in the SSC Exams Part II. Shahida Adeeb and Najma Karimullah, now a doctor, secured positions as well. Since then the number of students grew, and pupils continued to secure top positions in the Board Exams.
The school is indebted to late Abdul Karim, Rasul Khan and Abdul Hamid who worked as peons from the inception of the school. Late Munshi Ahmed, Noorali, and Iftikhar Husain worked as honest and dedicated cashiers. May Allah Bless their souls, (Ameen).The school is now functioning under the able guidance of Mrs.
Maryam Faruqi, Founder and Senior Administrator, Mrs. Ghazala Nizami as Principal, Dr. Maliha Ahmed as Deputy Principal, Ms. Farah Imam as Principal of Cambridge Section and Miss Badar Siddiqui also Vice-Principal for the Secondary Section. The school now has two more branches, in Gulshan-e-Iqbal with Mrs. Hamida Mirza as the Vice-Principal, and in Clifton where Mrs. Sameena Zaheer is the Vice-Principal.
It is necessary that the students be in correct uniform at all times during school engagements.
Light grey striped shirt, light grey trousers, grey socks and black leather shoes.
For primary section pupils till class III, it is compulsory to wear shorts instead of trousers.
White socks and white tennis shoes are to be worn for P.T. and sports.
Light grey striped dress, white dupatta with light grey-striped piping, white shalwar, white socks and black flat shoes.
Black simple clips, if needed. Fancy clips and jewellery are not allowed.
Boys: Light grey V-necked pullovers, light grey blazers.
Girls: Light grey V-necked cardigans.
Parents and the School
Parents have an essential role to play in the development of their children.
Though the school undertakes to provide as sound an education as possible, the help and co-ordination of the parents is vital in their child’s progress at school.
Many international studies and researches have confirmed the importance of parental interest in the child as a major factor in the success of the student.
Parents’ cooperation for student success means:
Parents must take a keen interest in their child’s academic work.
This can be done by cooperating with the school in ensuring that all homework assignments are done and submitted on time.
Parents must regularly read teachers’ remarks on children’s work and progress, and must check and sign their Report Cards.
Parents must provide children with regular hours of study at home.
Where possible, parents must guide their children in their academic work, rather then sending them for tuitions.
Parents must send their wards in the proper school uniform.
Parents must make sure that children come to school punctually and regularly.
Absence from school must only be on valid grounds.
Parents must assist the school in ensuring that children follow school guidelines in all aspects, including discipline, academic work, and extra curricular activities.
Parents must be encouraging and understanding towards their children’s school life, and must give sufficient time to listen to their problems and difficulties.
Parents are not permitted to meet their ward during school hours without permission of the Principal/Headmistress.
Parents are requested not to send their wards to school if they are unwell, especially if the child has been suffering from infectious disease such as chicken pox, measles, mumps, etc. If a student is absent from school for more than three days, the Principal or Headmistress must be informed at once.
Parents are encouraged to participate in school activities.
If the parents have any interest in any particular co-curricular activity, they may express it to the Head of Section or the Academic Coordinator, who will be glad to involve them.
Constructive criticism and valuable suggestions by parents and well-wishers are always welcome.
Students’ progress and performance are assessed by tests and examinations held at regular intervals. These are:
First Term Examinations
Second Term Examinations
Rules for Examination
Pupils absent from any examination will not be re-examined, and those absent without a valid reason will be considered as having failed.
The results of examinations are final and will not be reconsidered.
The minimum punishment for cheating in an exam is to obtain a mark of ‘Zero’.
To pass an exam, students will have to obtain a minimum number of marks.
Parents and students must consult the school to find out the precise passing marks and the grading system.
Report cards must be signed by parents and returned to the school as soon as possible.
Parents Day will be held at the end of examinations and all students and parents must visit the school to discuss the child’s exam report with the class teacher during the time given.
Parents and guardians who entrust their children to the school are expected to accept and support the school judgment in all matters relating to the school system and regulations.
For the sake of the children, parents who find any of the above rules unacceptable are advised to consider a different schoo
Arts and Science Academy, Clifton Campus (Happy Home School)
ST-8/C, Block-1, Scheme No.5, Shahrahe-e-Bedil,
Shireen Jinnah Colony, Clifton, Karachi.
Tel: 5833500 - 5876771
Happy Home School - O Level Campus
12/A, Hussainabad No 1,
F.B. Area, Block II, Karachi.
Tel: 6371323, 6371999
Happy Home High School, Gulshan Campus
ST-1/A, Block 13-D/1, KDA Scheme No. 24,
Tel:4990863 - 4971281
Admission to Kindergarten
Children of the age three and above with little or no schooling, may register without being submitted to any testing.
The child and parents will be interviewed.
Applicants need to fill the relevant forms and provide a birth certificate and two recent photographs.
For the new term in April/August, these requirements must be completed by February of the same year.
Admission to Other Classes
Students applying for other classes need to fill in an application form and submit to the school Registrar with a birth certificate, photograph, the last class annual report, and a school leaving certificate from the previous school.
The student will then be given a date for the entrance examination. Placement is reserved upon completion of all formalities and payment of the registration fee.
Acceptance into classes is determined by academic attainment, with age acting as a limiting factor.
Each class has an entrance test in English, Mathematics, Science and Urdu before acceptance.
The subjects presently offered by the school are:
English (the medium of instruction)
Art & Craft
Non Muslims may opt for another subject
Quranic Studies and Namaz
For Muslim pupils, Quran is a compulsory subject in all classes.
Non Muslims may offer an alternative subject.
By the time the students reach class VIII, they are expected to have completed the reading of the Holy Quran.
In the Secondary classes, selected versus (‘Surah’) of the Quran are taught with meanings and interpretation. ‘Zohr’ prayers are held as part of the curriculum in school each day.
Rules and Regulations
The School believes in developing well mannered, courteous, hard working students with good personal conduct and social habits. For this end, the school has established rules that must be strictly adhered to.
A high level of discipline is expected in the school. Students who do not prepare assignments or homework, or who are late for class, or those who cause disturbance inside or outside the classroom, will be punished accordingly. Punishment is often a period of detention and this could be during the weekend. Punishment given by the school are mandatory and no exceptions will be made.
If there is no improvement in behaviour, the student is given a letter of warning. If misbehaviour occurs again the student will be suspended for three days.
Further misbehaviour will result in expulsion. Any behaviour by the school students, whether it is inside or outside the school, that the administration feels reflects badly on the school, or its reputation, will not be tolerated.
Students must come to school on time. Late comers will not be permitted to join their classes.
Students must acquire a copy of the school calendar and syllabus, and must abide by the timings and rules for discipline given to join their classes.
Personal hygiene and cleanliness is expected of all pupils. A shabby, unkempt or haggered appearance will not be tolerated.
Each student must wear correct uniform. A student wearing incomplete, improper uniform will be sent home.
Running, playing or shouting inside the school building, classes and corridors is not permitted. Students must change classes in silence and in an orderly manner.
Students are not permitted to be absent on school working days. Leaves are granted only in exceptional circumstances beyond the control of the pupil. Absence should be accompanied by valid reasons, and leave application must be submitted well in advance to the Principal.
Regular attendance is important. Students who are absent will not be accepted back in class without a valid excuse.
A note from parents, which does not give an acceptable reason, for the absence does not constitute a valid excuse.
Parents should consult the administration before keeping their children away from school.