St Joseph's Convent School (Karachi)

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St. Joseph's Convent School
Shahrah i Iraq
Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan
Type High school
Motto Forward God Helping
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 1862
Founder Monsignor Steins
Administration Daughters of the Cross
Principal Sr. Anila Constance
Gender Girls
Age 5 to 16
Enrollment 2000 (approx.)
Affiliations Catholic Board of Education,
Board of Secondary Education, Karachi
St. Joseph's Convent School, Karachi

St Joseph's Convent School (Karachi) is a Catholic high school for girls located in Saddar Town, Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan.


In the year 1861, Monsignor Steins, Vicar Apostolic of Bombay passing through Belgium, called Mother Marie Therese, Superior General and founder of the Daughters of the Cross, and asked for several of her sisters to work in the Indian mission field. Canon Habets, co-founder, advised the Sisters to offer themselves for the mission.

The school was founded in 1862 by the planning of Monsignor Steins, Vicar Apostolic of Bombay of that time and five Sisters of the Cross.

On January 27, 1862, the journey began. Five Sisters set off and arrived on 16 February in Bombay, where they received a hearty welcome from Bishop Steins. There the Sisters heard for the first time that they were to work in Karachi, and that he would travel along with them very shortly.

Thus on March 13, 1862, the five Daughters of the Cross first set foot on the sandy soil of Sindh, and immediately began their apostolate to the people of Karachi.

On March 18, school began with ten pupils; gradually the number of pupils increased. A new building was built, and inside the foundation stone was placed an elaborate inscription hoping that the building raised above it "might be the home whence good morals and sound learning may be diffused throughout this town and the Province of Sindh."

In 1863 a new group of Sisters arrived. In 1869 an upper storey was added to the Convent, providing accommodation for the boarders and from January 1871 the institution was known as St. Joseph's Covent. After many years in 1951 the college was built.

After the new St. Patrick's Church was built, the Convent acquired the use of the old Church, which was rebuilt into the present fine Hall, with a built-in stage. 1901 saw the building of the present Convent Chapel with the classrooms below. The roof of this was torn off six months later in a violent cyclone that swept over Karachi.

In 1911, St. Patrick's and St. Joseph's held their golden jubilee with a combined P.T. display and the performance of a play, William Tell, in the G.P. Hall. That year five pupils, Ethel Raymond, Annie Rodrigues, Eugene Nunes, Mary Lastellino and Mary D'Souza, appeared for their Matriculation Examination, and all passed. Ethel Raymond passed 2nd in Sindh and won a scholarship.

In 1958 the swimming pool was closed and transformed into the Lourdes House, and in 1965 a part of the garden saw the raising of the present Primary Block. With the creation of Pakistan a new challenge was thrown to the Sisters. The people who migrated to Pakistan were looking for schools for their children and the Sisters responded generously, stretching their capacity to the limit. Today the school has more than 2000 pupils on its rolls. The School enjoys a good reputation and is much in demand among the citizens of Karachi.

It has successfully built a large library.

On July 18, 1989, the mayor of Faisalabad and Belgian ambassador to Pakistan renamed a public square "Belgium Square" to honor Belgian nuns who founded St. Joseph’s in Karachi 125 years ago. [1]


The principal in 2008 was Sr. Julie Pacheco FC.[2]

Hindu Students are also members of the school and actively participate in school functions.[3]


Sr. Zinia Pinto joined SJC as a teacher in July 1956 and left in December 1957. She re-joined the convent in 1958. She became the principal on 1 June 1963 and continued as principal for almost thirty years.[4] Sr. Julie M. Pacheco was previously the headmistress of the Matric Section. She became the principal of SJC in 1998-2012. now the principal of school is Sr. Anila Constance.

Extracurricular activities[edit]

Clubs; Sports Day; Field Trips; Computer and Art Exhibition; SJC Events.


Clubs at the school include Scrabble Club, Art Club, Debating Society, Dramatics Society, Book Club, Sewing Club, and Chess Club.

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ ", July 18, 1989". 
  2. ^ "Daily Times, Karachi, April 2, 2008". 
  3. ^ Maher, Emma (2006-03-20). "Karachi's St. Joseph's Convent High School fetes 8 silver jubilee teachers". Daily Times. Retrieved 2007-11-02. 
  4. ^ The Express Tribune, March 20, 2011
  5. ^ Paki Mag, March 21, 2011
  6. ^ Women of Substance St. Joseph's Convent School, Karachi Retrieved on 15 August 2010.
  7. ^ a b St Joseph’s Convent remembers former headmistress, Shafiqa Fikree, one year on by Neha Ansari, Express Tribune 24 November 2010 Retrieved 22 March 2011
  8. ^ a b c Express Tribune March 20, 2012

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