Presentation Convent Girls High School
|Presentation Convent High School|
|Established||8 September 1895|
|Location||Rawalpindi, Tufail Road, Lalkurti, Pakistan|
In 1895 Mother Ignatius McDermott, Sr. Xavier Lonergan and Sr. Evangelist Coatsworth arrived in Rawalpindi from Madras. The first Mass was celebrated on 8 September 1895 and the school was opened on 1 October- with ‘three Sisters, three pupils’. The school was for children of Christian parents, the sons and daughters of army personnel, British and Irish.  Since then, thousands have attended Presentation Convent, belonging to all religious denominations.
Today in Pakistan there are branches of this school catering for the educational needs of a total of around thirteen thousand children in Urdu and English-medium schools. These schools, which are managed by Pakistani and Irish sisters, are under the administration of the original Rawalpindi school.
The Presentation Convent Schools of Pakistan had their origin and inspiration in the Ireland of the 18th Century where the first Presentation Convent was founded by Nano Nagle in 1775. Nagle attempted to redress the societal ills she perceived by opening schools to teach the children the rudiments of education, thereby becoming one of the pioneers of popular education in Ireland. To ensure the continuity of her work Nano founded the Congregation of Presentation Sisters.
On 1 October 1995, the school celebrated its centennial with Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto as chief guest. She unveiled a centenary plaque and planted an evergreen tree. The Pakistan Post Office honored the centenary with a stamp depicting the school.
A student of the school secured third position in a speech contest and children’s art competition organised at the National Art Gallery as part of the Japan-Pakistan Friendship Fest 2007 by the Japanese Embassy in Islamabad.
At a ceremony at the Pakistan National Council Auditorium in Islamabad, Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani on 16 December 2008 presented a check for Rs. 50,000 to Sr. Julie Watson, the Principal of the Presentation Convent to celebrate the Christmas season.
On 2 November 2009 the school was shaken when a bomb planted by terrorists exploded 100 metres from the school. The window panes of most of the buildings were broken. began in October 1895 with three students when the brave and courageous Mother Ignatius Mc Dermott with her two companions, Sr. Xavier and Sr. Elizabeth arrived in the northern part of the sub continent having responded to the vision of our foundress, Nano Nagle. Nano Nagle had shared over 100 years previously that she would readily go to any part of the globe to bring the gift of education to children.
Affiliations and accreditation
- Rawalpindi Board
- "UCANews.com March 22, 1996".
- Daily Times 25 October 2007
- ASSIST News Service 22 December 2008
- The News 3 November 2009
- Election Candidates
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