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 Girls 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)      Green      pink
     blue      yellow
Sports Athletics, swimming, basketball, Karate and others
Publication Papyrus
Affiliations WBBSE and 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 at Sarat Bose and Elgin roads 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 (14 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 Calcutta (present-day Kolkata). In 1894, the school was named St. John's Diocesan by the Clewer Sisters of John the Baptist from Windsor, Berkshire. The school was started in 1876 by Angelina Margaret Hoare (17 May 1843 – 10 January 1892), a British missionary from Kent, England who devoted her life to the advancement of women's education in British India. From her diaries we know that the school started with 16 female students.[citation needed]

From 1908-31, St. John's Diocesan School remained the only Christian women's college of good repute in eastern India. Hoare wrote in a letters to her brother in England : " idea of the future of our Diocesan School is that it should be an institution not confined to any particular society or an elite group..." She died at age 48 in 1892. Upon her death, Bishop of Calcutta, Bishop Johnson, praised her in the following words: assured, all of you that her devoted life has not been lost, for the public of Calcutta. The work she has done can never be altogether lost sight of. Not to mention the seed she has sown in the hearts of her beloved children in the Diocesan School of Calcutta and other schools in the Sundarbans , which will bear fruit in the generations to come...


On 7 April 1931, 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-educational school. However, during the 1970s, the need for educational institutions for women in Kolkata was felt and since then the school has devoted itself to the betterment of female education only. It has more than 3,800 female students and is affiliated to the WBBSE and WBCHSE.[citation needed]



List of Principals
Sister Hilda Francis -
Charubala 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 admits only female students 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.

Motto and 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.

Prayer and anthem[edit]

Before starting classes students pray the Lord's Prayer in the assembly. 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 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 in a lush green surrounding. The school has a small chapel inside one of the buildings.


The school's facilities includes seven laboratories - Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Nutrition, Home Management and Home Nursing, Junior School Computer, Senior School Computer labs. The school has an LCD projector in the library for audio-visual aid to teaching as well as for showing films to students. There is also the United Bank of India -St. John's Diocesan School branch, transport (23 buses), uniform and stationery, booth, tea and coffee booth, school canteen, and a Fulbright Scholar Exchange Programme.


The school library called ‘Dio Bibliothique’ has a seating capacity of 200 students and has a collection of over 35,000 books and subscribes to periodicals and dailies.

Music Room - Conference Hall[edit]

The school Music and Audio-Visual room known as 'La Sale Diphony’ is also used for conference and seminars. Piano, organ, keyboard, Octapad, guitar and drums are the instruments which are taught in the school.


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


Independence day is celebrated every year on 15 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, Winter Carnival, Diotornie, Melior (Annual School Fest) and other special days of the school.[citation needed]


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 four types of uniform for the pre-primary section, primary section, secondary section, and higher secondary section.


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

     Green House      Pink House      Blue House      Yellow House

Social services[edit]

The school is involved in social services, charities and community welfare. A 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 made by students. Some of the reflections of the school's devotion for the welfare of the public at large include the 2004 Tsunami relief, 2009 Aila relief programme, 2008 drinking water supply programme, slum rehabilitation activities, educational Tours for underprivileged children, and a free Seva Clinic at St Mary's Church, Kolkata.


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 and 2008,[7] 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.[citation needed]

Notable alumni[edit]

Notable alumni[8] include: Armed Forces of India

Noted Government Officials

Arts, culture and entertainment

Academia and education

Field of Law


  1. ^ School Website "About Us" Check |url= value (help). 
  2. ^ Official website of CNI/Schools/India/Kolkata
  3. ^ St. John's Diocesan Girls' Higher Secondary School website,; accessed 17 June 2016.
  4. ^ CNI Diocese of Calcutta – Bishops,; accessed 17 June 2016.
  5. ^ Chapter XXVII: The Mother Diocese of Calcutta, 1815 - A History of the Church of England in India, SPCK, 1924.
  6. ^ Diocese of Kolkata,; accessed 17 June 2016.
  7. ^ The Telegraph Official Website
  8. ^ School Alumni

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