St. Michael's Convent School

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St. Michael's Convent School
Shield of St. Michael's Convent School.jpg
Quis Ut Deus? (Latin)
"Who is like God?" (English)
Address
Plot # ST-5, Kehkashan Block – 7, Boat Basin- Clifton
Karachi, Sindh, 75400, Pakistan
Coordinates 24°49′44″N 67°01′34″E / 24.8288°N 67.0261°E / 24.8288; 67.0261Coordinates: 24°49′44″N 67°01′34″E / 24.8288°N 67.0261°E / 24.8288; 67.0261
Information
Type Convent High School
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 1986
Founder Bishop Anthony Theodore Lobo
Principal Mr. Peter Alan Misquita
Deputy Principal Mrs. Seema Naiyer
Gender Co-educational
Houses 4 houses
     Unity
     Faith
     Discipline
     Honesty
Publication Collage
Sports Magazine
Website

St. Michael's Convent School (SMCS) is an independent, English-medium school in Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan. It is an academically selective, coeducational, church day school serving approximately 3000 students aged between 3 and 19 years.

Established in 1986, the school started its first academic session on 23 November 1986 under its founder principal Bishop Anthony Theodore Lobo.[1]

Over the past nineteen years, the school has expanded from a school with a population of a few hundred students to a large institution and teaches more than three thousand students. St. Michael's Convent School is well known for the academic performance of its students, who have managed to secure places in top universities around the world.

History[edit]

After a distinguished academic career at the universities of Karachi, Harvard and Paris, Bishop Anthony Lobo decided to devote his entire life to improve the quality of education in Pakistan. At a very young age he was appointed as the Principal of St Lawrence’s School for Boys, Karachi and later took charge of one of the oldest schools in Karachi, St Patrick's High School. In November 1986, he founded St Michael's Convent School. The school is named after the Archangel Michael who is the school's patron. Every year the school celebrates the feast of Saint Michael on 29 September, the Michaelmas.[1]

The Secondary Section building of St. Michael's Convent School
The Secondary Section building of St. Michael's Convent School.

Organisation[edit]

The school is divided into five sections: nursery, primary, secondary, O levels and A levels sections. The nursery section caters to lower nursery and upper nursery, primary for grades 1 to 5, secondary for grades 6 to 8, O levels section for grades 9 to 11, and the A levels for the AS and A levels.

The Nursery and Primary sections are located in the first building and the Secondary, O Levels and A levels along with the administration offices are located in the second building.

Teaching and facilities[edit]

The school's emphasis is on the O and A Level system of education The admission for LN & UN start in January. For other classes it depends upon vacancies existing. Students are instructed in computer technology on entry to secondary. The yearly calendar, apart from academics, comprises Declamation Contests, Naat Khawani, Field Trips, Drama, Art Exhibitions, Play writing, Story writing, Poetry competitions, the St. Michael's Model United Nations, amongst classes under the tutelage of the teachers.

Inter-school events[edit]

Logo of St. Michael's Debate Championship
St. Michael's Debate Championship

The school hosts several inter-school events and competitions. The most famous of these is the St. Michael's Debate Championship (SMDC), an inter-school parliamentary debated hosted annually. The first SMDC event was hosted in February 2012, with over 20 institutions and private teams participating.[2][3]

Amongst other inter-school events hosted by the school is the Inter-school science competition for A Level students.

Extracurricular and sports activities[edit]

Inter-class and Inter-house matches are held in various sports such as cricket, baseball, volleyball, football, tarlatans, throwball, netball etc. and indoor games like chess and scrabble. Students have won various trophies and championship in cricket, athletics, throwball and football. Recently, a student of the school represented Pakistan in the yachting event at the SAF Games held in 1999. Other extracurricular activities include field trips for various classes which are organised by the school, campfires, fun and food fair. Farewell party for the outgoing O level students and the annual Sports Day of the school are more such activities conducted by the school. In recent years, some of the students have taken an initiative to expand the school's limited base of extra-curricular activities. Students have created an event framework and have been holding events with the administration's assistance. Public Speaking has become particularly prominent in the school and students have acquired accolades at the Rotaract Speak Up, MUNIK, All Pakistan Declamation, PAF KIET Declamation, ENIGMA etc. Intra-school debating events are now being promoted. The school strongly motivates its students towards Community Service and students have taken up leadership positions in this context by collecting donation for, giving donation to, volunteering for and working with Darul Sukun, Marie Adelaide Leprosy Centre and Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation.

Student Council[edit]

The Student Council is the student body of the school that assists the administration in many of its functions regarding maintenance of discipline, assistance in managing school events like the award ceremony, orientation, parent-teacher meetings etc. The Student Council is headed by the Head Boy, Muhammad Amin Khan and the Head Girl, Asfia Khan. The heads are further assisted by the Deputy Head Boy, Daniyal Kaleem and the Deputy Head Girl, Rida Naseem Rana. Head Proctors further help to ensure that the council is run smoothly.

House system[edit]

The four school houses are:

     Unity
Established: 1986
House Captains: salwa saeed & Emran Ali Bukhari
Mascot: Bull's Head

     Faith

Established: 1986
House Captains: Momina Qadri & Ashad Hashmi
Mascot: Swan

     Discipline

Established: 1986
House Captains: Sanaa Khan & Hasnain Haidar
Mascot: Lion

     Honesty

Established: 1986
House Captains: Aswa & Nabeel Ahmed
Mascot: Dolphin

Curriculum[edit]