Loyola High School (Goa)

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Loyola High School Loyola High School Emblem
Location
Margao, Goa
India
Information
Type Semi-government school
Motto Corde Magno et Animo Volenti
(With a large heart & willing spirit)
Patron saint(s) St. Ignatius of Loyola
Established July 13, 1899; 117 years ago (July 13, 1899)
Principal Fr. Pedro Rodrigues
Sports Football, Basketball, Table Tennis, Volleyball, Cricket, handball
Nickname Loyolites
Affiliation Jesuit (Roman Catholic)
Website

Loyola High School is a Jesuit institution for boys, in the heart of Margao in the South Goa district of Goa, India. Its students take the Secondary School Certificate Examinations.

Staff and enrolment[edit]

Loyola has approximately 1500 students, 150 teachers, and 20 support staff. Classes run from 1st to 4th standards (primary) and 5th to 10th standards (secondary). All classes have four sections (A, B, C, D), not based on performance.

Admission to the school is competitive. The Loyolite uniform is a sky blue shirt and navy blue pants, with an "L" on the left shirt pocket.

Culture[edit]

Three times a week an assembly is held in the open quadrangle, organized by students of each class. The student-chosen topics for these assemblies range from the importance of moral values, to current affairs, to scientific discoveries. On the first Friday of each month there is a Eucharistic celebration (Mass) held in the school hall for the entire school community.

Organizational structure[edit]

The school administration consists of a principal and vice-principal, assisted on occasion by other Fathers and Brothers. Class teachers handle also attendance and other administrative tasks.

There are 4 student houses, Red, Blue, Green, and Yellow. Students are randomly allotted a house on their first day of attendance. The calligraphic "L" on the shirt is in the colour of the student's house.

Elections are held to select the Student Council. The Council is headed by the Head Boy, with the other members being the Deputy-Head Boy and Captains and Vice-Captains of each house. The primary section has its own house captains and vice-captains, although the Head-Boy and Deputy-Head Boy are common to both sections.

Building architecture and facilities[edit]

The building has three floors above the quadrangle, with the section below devoted to the primary section. Each standard has four divisions, located adjacent to each other. There is a large hall, a staff room, a gymnasium, three laboratories, and the largest school library in Goa – all surrounding the quadrangle, overlooked by the statue of St. Ignatius of Loyola, the school's patron saint.

The basketball court hosts inter-school, taluka-level, zonal level, and statewide games. The soccer field is situated outside the main campus, and known as the Loyola Grounds. The old Loyola Ground is being renovated and a football (soccer) stadium built.

The main school building was formerly L-shaped, with the longer arm containing the main school and the shorter arm containing the boarding and resident priests' quarters on the upper floors, the Chapel of St. Ignatius and the administrative offices on the upper ground floor with a bridge leading to the quadrangle, and the primary section on the lower ground floor.

The new school building is G-shaped, with the new sections housing a hall, library, staff room, gymnasium, laboratories, toilet complex, computer room, and classrooms. In 1993, Loyola High School became the first public school in southwest India to replace black boards with green-boards.

The quadrangle, which is used for morning student and staff assemblies, flag hoisting, student concerts, and school fetes, is surrounded by colourful flowering creepers growing on the walls of the school building. The quadrangle is home for South Goa's best-attended English services for Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter, Christmas, and New Years, when scores of people participate accompanied by school choirs.

History[edit]

Loyola was founded as Union High School in Salcette, Goa, on July 13, 1899, by the late Roque Santana Gracias. The Archdiocese of Goa took it over in 1932 and renamed it St Theotonius Union High School. In 1944 Goa Jesuits took charge and renamed it Loyola High School after their founder St. Ignatius of Loyola.

LESA (Loyola Ex-Students' Association) is the alumni association of the school. There is also a forum for parents to voice their opinions on the running of the school, called the PTA (Parent Teacher Association). The forerunner to LESA was LOBA (Loyola Old Boys Association). Loyola being an all-boy school, traditionally Loyola teachers refer to students as "boys" and ex-students as "old boys".

The premier, nationwide, school football tournament, the Annual Subruto Cup, is a tournament where Loyola High School has achieved success. It has also represented Goa at the Bournvita quiz contest.

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Coordinates: 15°16′26″N 73°57′21″E / 15.27389°N 73.95583°E / 15.27389; 73.95583