Collège Saint Joseph – Antoura
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|Collège Saint Joseph Antoura|
|Principal||Antoine Abou Moussa|
|Head of school||Antoine Pièrre Nakad|
|Headteacher||Antoine Abou Moussa|
|Average class size||32|
|Education system||French & Lebanese Baccalaureate|
|School color(s)||Red, Gold and Royal Blue|
|School fees||4800$ per annum|
The Saint Joseph College in Aintoura, Lebanon, is the oldest francophone school in the Middle East. It was established in 1834 by the Lazarist priests. Today, its headmaster is Father Antoine-Pierre Nakad and it has 5500 students. It has more than eight buildings, with a campus, and is one of the top schools in Lebanon.
The school is known for the visit of French poet Alphonse de Lamartine, who wrote about the school and the town of Antoura.
As early as 1651, Cheikh Abou Nawfal Khazen asks the Jesuit Fathers to develop their mission on his lands in Antoura. In 1773,their company is suppressed. The Lazarists are given the mission to preach God's teaching. In 1834,The apostolic delegate, Monseigneur Auvergne encourages the transformation of the mission into a teaching college. The start of the College is quite modest,in October 1834,seven students enrol, thus forming the first secondary Francophile school in the Middle East. The college develops spectacularly, it's in 1874 that the central building surges, the Left wing is opened in 1884 and the big chapel is inaugurated in 1895. The tower is built in 1904, symbol of the school, it's seals the courtyard beautifully.
During WWI and the Armenian Genocide, the Lazarists were expelled by the Turks and the college was transformed into a Turkish orphanage where under the direction of Djemal Pasha and Halide Edip Adıvar, about 1,000 Armenian and 200 Kurdish children were forcefully Turkified.
The college's will resurge in 1919, counting 350 Students. In 1936, The French Academy award the Grand Prix of French Language to the college. In 1970,a Basketball Court is constructed. In 1977, despite the Lebanese Civil War, the Kindergarten building is built. The Centre Lamartine, named after the illustrious French poet who visited the college,is a documentation center who is used by both students and teachers to push further their research. In 1982, the boarding school is completely suppressed.The college Then counts 2500 students. In 1994, the College is 160 years old.1996, the great chapel is 100 years old,it is completely restored. 2004, the Tower is 100 years old. The Saint Joseph Sports center is opened in 2006,it includes a semi-Olympic indoor pool, and diverse sport activities take place there.
The College Offers 15 years of schooling, starting with three years of Kindergarten, and 12 years of schooling (Grade 1 to 12). The school follows the Lebanese program,students in grade 9 pass the Brevet and grade 12 the baccalaureate (Scientific, Sociology-Economics and Humanities). The school as well offers to students the possibility of studying the French Baccalaureate and Lebanese as well, in a Double Baccalaureate intensive program.
The town of Antoura sits on a sloping hill overlooking the Mediterranean sea at an altitude ranging between 250 and 300m above sea level. The Town is bordered by Zouk Mikael and Zouk Mosbeh to the west, Hrash, Jeita and Ain el-Rihan to the east.
- Charles Helou President of Lebanon from 1964 to 1970
- Sleiman Frangieh - President of Lebanon from 1972 to 1978.
- René Moawad - President of Lebanon in 1989 (assassinated while in office) founder of Independence Movement.
- Riad el Solh - first Lebanese Prime Minister after Lebanon's independence from France in 1944.
- Sabri Hmade - Speaker of the Parliament.
- Hamid Frangieh - politician, Minister and Member of Parliament.
- Kamal Jumblatt - politician, Member of Parliament and Minister, Druze leader and founder of the Progressive Socialist Party
- Ziad Baroud - Interior minister 2008–2011.
- Michel Elefteriades - producer.
- Ibrahim Najjar - Justice minister 2008–2011
- Jawad Boulos - historian and politician.
- Elias Abou Chabake - Poet.
- Rudy Rahmé- Painter, sculptor and poet.
- Checri Ganem - Patriot and Poet
- May Ziade- Poet
- Ghassan Tueni- Author, diplomat, journalist, public intellectual
- Mohammad-Ali Jamalzadeh One of the most prominent Iranian writers of the 20th century
- Yousef Salemeh - minister
- Tony Hannah - student
- Robert Fisk: Living proof of the Armenian genocide. The Independent. 9 March 2010. Retrieved 27 November 2013
- S.D. Hunchakian Youth Visit St. Joseph Antoura French College. 30 April 2012. Retrieved 27 November 2013
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