St. John's Diocesan Girls' Higher Secondary School

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Coordinates: 22°32′15.00″N 88°21′15.23″E / 22.5375000°N 88.3542306°E / 22.5375000; 88.3542306

St. John's Diocesan Girls' Higher Secondary School
Logo of St. John's Diocesan High School, Kolkata, India.jpg
17, Sarat Bose Road, Kolkata-700 020 (India)[1]
School type Preschool, Primary, Secondary, Higher Secondary School
Motto The Good Retain, The Better Follow
Religious affiliation(s) originally a Christian Missionary School ,currently under the Anglican Diocese of Calcutta, Church of North India[2]
Founded 1876 (1876)
Founder Sister Angelina Margaret Hoare
Head of school Ms. Carolyn Lionel
Grades Nursery I, Nursery II
Kindergarten or Transition School
I to X (Secondary School)
XI to XII (Higher Secondary School)
Gender previously co-ed now female only
Average class size 60 students in each of 4 sections of a class.
Medium of language English
Language English, Bengali, Hindi
Houses 4
Colour(s) ‹See Tfm›     Green ‹See Tfm›     Pink
‹See Tfm›     Blue ‹See Tfm›     Yellow
Sports Athletics, Swimming, basketball, Karate and others
Nickname Diocesan & Dio
Publication Papyrus
Affiliations WBBSE & WBCHSE

St. John's Diocesan Girls' H.S. School, (also known as St. John's Diocesan Girls' High School or Dio), is situated in the city of Kolkata (old name Calcutta) in West Bengal state, India . It was established in 1876. Standing on the crossing of Sarat Bose Road (erstwhile Lansdowne Road ) and Elgin Road in South Kolkata.

Statue of St.John-the Baptist at School Campus

In November 2004 a branch of the school was established in Bamunbagan slum area with 26 children. On Children’s Day, the 14th of November 2005, a second school was set up at Bedford lane, off Ripon Street, Kolkata with 52 children.


school gate

The school is one of the oldest Girls' schools in Kolkata. In 1894, the school was named St. John's Diocesan by the Clewer Sisters of the convent of John the Baptist, Windsor, England. The school was first started by Ms. Angelina Margaret Hoare, a missionary of Kent, England in 1876. From her diary we get to know that initially the school had started with only 16 female students. From 1908 to 1931, St. John’s Diocesan School remained the first only Christian Women’s College of good repute in Eastern India. On April 7, 1931, freedom fighter, Beena Das who was a student of the school, shot the then Governor, Stanley Jackson for which the recognition of the college status was taken way thereafter by the British Government. During its earlier days till the 1970s, it was a Co-education school. However, during the 1970s, the need of good educational institutions for women in Kolkata was felt and since then the school devoted itself for the betterment of women education only. In its present days, the school has been one of the premiere educational institutions for women in India having more than 3,800 female students and is affiliated to the WBBSE and WBCHSE.

Present day Campus

The Founder[edit]

Ms. Angelina Margaret Hoare was a missionary from Kent, England. She died at the age of 48 in 1892. In 1876, she founded this school.


List of Principals
Sister Hilda Francis -
Charulata Das -
Molina Mukherjee -
Nilima Pyne -
Joya Shome -
T. Samuel Raj 1985-1990
Rosita Chrestien 1990-2012
Carolyn Lionel 2012–present

Academic life[edit]

The school currently admits only female students (previously was a Co-education college) and is predominantly taught by female teachers. The school teaches from the Preschool level to the higher secondary (10 + 2) and is affiliated under the WBBSE and WBCHSE. The medium of instruction is English although Bengali and Hindi are also taught as first languages beside English. Pre-primary, Primary, Secondary and Higher Secondary section starts class at the same time in the morning, five days a week, with the first two sections having an earlier finish than the rest. The school follows a proper code of conduct, a proper dress code, discipline and a great student-teacher bonding. It encourages a proper blend of academic and extra-curricular activities. It ensures its motto of betterment of an individual and society as a whole.

School Motto & Emblem[edit]

The school motto is The Good Retain The Better Follow , as illustrated in the school's emblem. This is printed on all school dresses, sweaters, blazers, Physical Education and athletic uniforms as well as school diaries, bags, note book covers and other articles.

School Prayer & Anthem[edit]

The school everyday before starting classes prays the Lord's Prayer in the chappel.The school anthem is Make Me a Channel of Your Peace which is the hymn version of Make Me an Instrument of Your Peace adapted by Sebastian Temple.


The huge campus of the school is a mixture of natural beauty along with old British buildings and new buildings.It has separate playgrounds for students of nursery classes and other senior classes. Inside the campus there is a park, three play grounds, a basketball court and six buildings with spacious rooms in a lush green surrounding. The school has a small chapel inside one of the buildings.


The school's facilities includes 7 well-equipped laboratories-Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Nutrition, Home Management and Home Nursing, Junior School Computer, Senior School Computer labs.The computer labs provides latest software and complete internet connectivity. The school also has LCD projector in library for audio-visual aid to teaching as well as for showing films to students. The United Bank of India -St. John's Diocesan School branch, Conveyance (23 Buses), Uniform & Stationery, Pay and Use Telephone Booth, Tea and Coffee Booth, School Canteen, Fulbright Scholar Exchange Programme are also provided by the school.

The Library[edit]

The school library called ‘Dio Bibliothique’ is fully air-conditioned having a seating capacity of more than 100 students and has a rich collection of over 15,000 books and subscribes to a large number of periodicals and dailies.

Music Room-Conference Hall[edit]

The School's Music and Audio-Visual room known as 'La Sale Diphony’ is also used for conference and seminars. Piano, Organ, Keyboard, Octopad, Guitar and Drums are the usual instruments which are taught in the school.

School calendar[edit]

The Summer vacation, Durga Puja, and Winter or Christmas vacations are there and the sessions usually starts for Lower Nursery to Class X - Feb through January and for Class XI and XII July through June.

Special celebrations[edit]

Independence day is celebrated every year on the 15th of August in the school premises and so is Christmas, Teacher's Day, Children's Day, St. John's Day, Panchishe Boishakh & Baishe Srabon – the birth & death anniversaries respectively of Rabindranath Tagore, Diocesan Education Mission Fete, World AIDS day, Nabanno Utsav, Winter Carnival (once in 3yrs.), Diotornie, Melior (Annual School Fest) and other special days of the school.


The school uniform contains the school emblem and is of two sets- one for daily use and another for physical education or sports days.There are 4 different types of uniform for the pre-primary section,primary section,secondary section and the higher secondary section.

Co-curricular activities[edit]

The school organizes Games, Sports, Fine Arts, Bulbul (Blue Birds) & Girl Guides, Elocution, Music, Dramatics, Debates, Creative Writing, Science Exhibition, Hand Work Exhibition and various clubs.

  • Clubs:

The Interact Club of Diocesan and other clubs such as Quiz Club, Nature Club are there. The Nature Club of the school also maintains a Butterfly Park.

  • School events:

The school organizes academic prize distribution ceremony, sports, exhibitions, educational excursions or trips, school fests, conferences, various academic & artistic programmes, Christmas Party, Farewell Party (for the leaving batches of 10th and 12th grades respectively) and publishes School magazine.

  • School Magazine

The annual magazine of the school known as 'Papyrus' is published every year highlighting the literary talents and other achievements of the students and the school along with its events.

Houses and colors[edit]

The four houses and their colors are:

‹See Tfm›     Green House ‹See Tfm›     Pink House ‹See Tfm›     Blue House ‹See Tfm›     Yellow House

Social Services[edit]

The school is involved in various social services, charities and community welfare.A very famous tradition since 1990 has been donation of one onion and one potato on every Friday by each student from Lower Nursery to Class XII to the school which goes to the St. Joseph’s old age home run by the Little Sisters of the Poor. Visits to old age homes such as ‘Mulvany House’, ‘Shanti Nivas’ and ‘St. Joseph’s Old Age Home’ are also done by its students. It shares good bonding with Missionaries of Charity, Child Rights and You and certain other welfare organizations. The 2004 Tsunami Relief, 2009 Aila Relief Programme, 2008 Drinking water supply programme, Slum rehabilitation activities, Educational Tours for underprivileged children, a free Seva Clinic at the St. Mary’s Church, Kolkata are some of the reflections of the school's devotion for the welfare of the public at large.


The school has earned several awards and accolades since its establishment in 1876, some of which are winner of 1999 Britannia Trophy for Better Calcutta Project, winner of Best School Award by Pathfinder and Heritage Resources Pvt. Ltd, Centennial Award from the Rotary Club of Victoria, winner of The Best Maintained School Award by TTIS in three consecutive years 2006, 2007 & 2008,[3] TTIS trophy for the school that cares, winner of The Best Maintained School Award by Indian Chambers of Commerce, 2009 "Best School of the Year Award” -Mother Teresa International Award. The 2008 Golden Flame Award was given to one of its teacher, Mrs.S. B. Nandi.

Notable alumni[edit]

Some of the notable alumni[4] are as mentioned below.

Armed Forces of India

Noted Government Officials

Arts, culture and entertainment

Academia and education

Field of Law



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