Canisius College, Jakarta

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Canisius College
Kolese Kanisius
Emblem of Canisius College.svg
Jalan Menteng Raya 64, Jakarta 10340

Former namesAlgemene Middelbare School (1927-)
TypePrivate Roman Catholic all-male Secondary (High School) education institution
MottoAd Maiorem Dei Gloriam (Latin) For the Greater Glory of God
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic (Jesuit)
EstablishedJune 1, 1927; 92 years ago (1927-06-01)
RectorP. Drs. Joannes Heru Hendarto, SJ, M.Ed
(2016 - present)
PrincipalP. Drs. Eduard Calistus Ratu Dopo, SJ, M.Ed
(Senior High School
2016 - present)

R.Susanto Dwi Nugroho,S.Pd
(Junior High School
2016 - present)
Color(s)Blue      and      Orange

Kolese Kanisius is an all-male, Jesuit, Catholic high school in Menteng, Central Jakarta, Indonesia, founded by the Jesuits (Society of Jesus) in 1927.


The school has adopted several mottoes:

  • Men for and with others[1]
  • Ad Maiorem Dei Gloriam (For the Greater Glory of God)
  • Competence, Conscience, Compassion, Commitment, and Leadership (commonly known as "4C+1L" in the school)

Administration structure[edit]

The school is led by a Rector, who oversees the Senior and Junior High School Directors (Principals). Each principal has three vice principals, one each for Curricular Affairs, General Affairs, and Student Affairs, the last one more commonly known as the Prefect inside the school. The Rector, Principals, and Prefects traditionally are ordained Jesuit priests.


Logo of Canisius College (1990-1991)


Logo of Canisius College (1927-1977)

Canisius' history began on October 26, 1926, with the arrival of Dr. J. Kurris, its first director. On June 1, 1927, the first class of AMS (Algemene Middelbare School) was started in a plot of land at Mentengweg. The plot of land included a 19th-century Indies Empire house where the school initially operated.[2] The construction continued, and a new plot of land was bought. The land was intended to be used as the construction site of a new house. The construction was finished on July 1, 1929.[3] On October 26, 1931, Canisius College achieved official status with the appointment of Fr. A. van Hoof, S.J., as its first rector.[4]



During World War II, all activities were suspended and the college was used as a public high school. In reality, there wasn't any activity in the school, due to the situation of Jakarta.[5]

After Japan surrendered to the Allies and the Dutch forces returning to Indonesia as the NICA, Canisius was reopened on January 1, 1946. Even though the school was given the freedom to continue its activity by the NICA, the school showed resistance to NICA and supporting the Indonesian Government. The flagpole on Canisius flew the Indonesian flag. This caused the school to be partly occupied by paratroopers. When the paratroopers were replaced by the Gurkha Army, Canisius was able to re-obtain all of its territory, and re-obtained the whole building one year later.[6]


After the reopening of Canisius, a new rector was appointed : Fr. Lodewijk Ingenhousz. Ingenhousz proposed a national focused curriculum and proposed that the Indonesian language should be used as the main language in the school. This proposal met a resistance, due to the fact of the lack of schoolbooks in Indonesian language.[7]


In 1952, Canisius opened junior and senior high divisions. For 15 years (1952-1967), 90%-100% of students passed the national final examination. In 1967, the curriculum was changed and divided into three areas of study: culture-literature, social economics, and science. In 1974, the college implemented a point credit system.


One of Canisius College's Activities

As a private school, Canisius follows the Indonesia curriculum KTSP (Kurikulum Tingkat Satuan Pendidikan). In the high school, students are divided into two programs: Natural Science stream and Social Science stream. The Natural Science stream has five classes, while the Social Science stream has two classes, or seven classes in each of the three years.

Events held by the high school representative and Student Union include the Canisius College Education Fair, the Canisius College Cup, CASANOVA (Canisius Science, Art, and Language on Festival), and the Canisius Art Blast. Each year, Canisius Senior High sends its representatives to the International Science Olympiad.

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]



  1. ^ For others
  2. ^ Merrillees 2012, p. 199
  3. ^ Hok 1967, p. 11
  4. ^ History
  5. ^ Hok 1967, p. 14
  6. ^ Hok 1967, p. 14
  7. ^ Hok 1967, p. 14
  8. ^ Merrillees 2012, p. 199.
  9. ^ "Ginandjar Kartasasmita, Politisi, Birokrat" (in Indonesian). Retrieved 25 July 2018.
  10. ^ "Akbar Tanjung" (in Indonesian). Retrieved 25 July 2018.


  • Merrillees, Scott (2012), Greetings from Jakarta: Postcards of a Capital 1900-1950, Equinox Publishing, ISBN 9789793780887
  • Hok, Th. Lim Sik (1967), 40 Tahun Kolese Kanisius [40 Years of Canisius College] (in Indonesian), Jakarta