Loyola School, Thiruvananthapuram

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Loyola School, Thiruvananthapuram
For the Greater Glory of God
Sreekariyam, Thiruvananthapuram 695017, Kerala
School type Jesuit, Private, All boys
Patron saint(s) Ignatius of Loyola
Established 1961; 54 years ago (1961)
School district Thiruvananthapuram
Principal Fr. Devassy Paul, SJ
Vice principal Fr. Joseph Kallepalli, SJ
and Fr.Linto Kanchai , SJ
Number of students 1750
Classes offered UKG to Standard XII
Medium of language English
Campus size 8 acres (32,000 m2)
Campus type Suburban
Houses      Apollo Pioneers
     Gemini Giants
     Jupiter Jetsetters
     Sputnik Spacemen
School colour(s)      Black and
Song Cheer Loyola's Sons
Sports Basketball, cricket, football, table tennis
Publication The Loyolite, Loyola School Newsletter, Loyola English News Service (LENS)
Yearbook The Loyolite
Affiliation CISCE, CBSE, SCERT

Loyola School, Thiruvananthapuram, is a private Jesuit school for boys situated in a large, leafy campus in the suburb of Sreekariyam in Thiruvananthapuram (formerly Trivandrum) city, in the Indian state of Kerala. The school serves students from upper kindergarten to higher secondary level. Students of Loyola are called Loyolites.


Founded in 1961, Loyola is owned by the Kerala province of the Society of Jesus. The nominal head of the school has always been a Jesuit priest with the title of "Rector". Often the Rector is also the Principal of the Loyola College of Social Sciences, a post-graduate college that shares a common campus with the school. The executive head of the school has always been a Jesuit priest with the title of "Principal". The Principal manages the day-to-day activities of the school and is assisted by two Vice-Principals. The Rector and Principal of Loyola report to the Provincial superior of the Kerala Province of the Society of Jesus.


ICSE & ISC[edit]

Loyola has been affiliated to the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE), New Delhi, since its founding. Initially the school offered only the higher secondary level Indian School Certificate, Class XI up to year 1976 and thereafter Class XII (ISC) examination course. The Indian School Certificate (both Class XI until 1976 and Class XII thereafter) are recognized by the University of Kerala and many Indian universities as equivalent to a Senior High School Certificate or Pre-Degree Certificate or Higher Secondary School Certificate for admission to university studies. In 1991 Loyola began the secondary level (ICSE) examination course, with the first ICSE batch graduating in 1993. Typically, only those students who opted for the ICSE course in high school were placed in the ISC program after passing the ICSE examination, though exceptions were made for outstanding students from the SSLC stream as well as from other schools.

SSLC & HSC[edit]

In the 1970s, Loyola began offering high school students another option: the syllabus of the Government of Kerala in preparation for the Secondary School Leaving Certificate (SSLC) examination. When the Government of Kerala abolished the university affiliated Pre-Degree Course (PDC) and replaced it with the State Council for Educational Research and Training (SCERT) affiliated Higher Secondary Course (HSC), Loyola also adopted the newly introduced course as a higher secondary level option for students. Typically, those students who opted for the SSLC course in high school were automatically placed in the HSC program after passing the SSLC examination. In 2008, Loyola started phasing out the SSLC course, starting with the eighth standard. LENS, Loyola's student newsletter, reported that poor demand was the reason for the phasing out of the SSLC course.[1]


In the decade after 2000, Loyola started a separate Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) affiliated section in the same campus. Initially, only the secondary level CBSE course was offered, with the first tenth standard CBSE batch graduating in 2007. In 2008, Loyola added the higher secondary level CBSE course to its offerings, with the first twelfth standard CBSE batch graduating in 2010.[1]

Cultural activities[edit]


Every year the school management selects a quiz squad from the students. Under the guidance of a high school teacher, squad conducts quiz competitions in the school. Inter-class quiz competitions begin in junior school.

The Hindu Young World Quiz[edit]

Ever since the inception of The Hindu Young World Quiz (a nationwide quiz competition for school students) in 2000, teams from Loyola have performed very well at the regional level, and won at the national level in 2000, 2011 and 2012, while coming in second at nationals in 2001 and 2002 and third in 2003.[2][3][4] In the Thiruvananthapuram leg of the Hindu Young World quiz competition, Loyolites maintained a winning streak from 2000 to 2007, finished third in 2009 and 2010, and were victorious again in 2011, 2012 and 2014.[4][5][6][7][8][9][10][11][12][13][14][15]

Other quiz competitions[edit]

In 2008, Loyolites won the Kerala leg of the TCS IT Wiz, were runners-up in 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2009, and finalists in 2010.[16][17][18][19][20][21][22] In 2006, Loyolites won the inaugural edition of the National Aerospace Olympiad conducted by the Aeronautical Society of India in Chandigarh, winning both the quiz rounds in the process.[23] From 1999 to 2003 Loyolites maintained a winning streak in both the ICSE and ISC Kerala state level quizzes. In 2006, teams from Loyola won the Kerala state level ICSE and ISC quizzes and both teams went on to be crowned national champions.[24] In 2006, Loyolites were the national champions at the inaugural edition of T.I.M.E. Aqua Regia, a national level science quiz.[25] In 2002, a team from Loyola was one of the three national finalists in the ESPN School Quiz, after having topped both the south zone finals and one of the two national semi-finals of the competition.[26]

LA Fest[edit]

Since 1996, the higher secondary students have organized a talent show called LA Fest (abbreviation for Life and Arts Festival). This single day event has attracted participation from other schools in Kerala. The twentieth edition was held on June 20, 2015. Unlike many other high school talent shows in Kerala, LA Fest is organized entirely by students on a shoe-string budget with students, parents, the school, and some sponsors chipping in. Loyolites promote the event through social media like Facebook and YouTube. They have also released a Trivandrum version of "Happy" by Pharrell Williams.

Awards are presented for winners and runners up in each event. The overall champions are determined by their performance in five on-stage events and two off-stage events. The on-stage events are:

The students emerging as winners of LA Persona are awarded individually and are given the title of Master and Miss La Fest. The award for the overall champions of the show is the statue of Nataraja.

Youth Festival[edit]

The school conducts an intra-school youth festival with competitions organised between the four houses and in three categories, Juniors, Pre-Seniors, and Seniors. Individual and group events include song, dance, poetry, and drama, as well as drawing, painting, and writing. For students of grades 10 and 11 there's also a personality contest called "Attitude Quotient".

The winners of the youth festival competitions, in addition to certificates, win points for their houses. Houses securing most points in each of the three categories, and the house winning the overall competition, are awarded trophies. The youth festival is organised mainly by the students in 11th standard.


The school celebrates important days and festivals, like Onam, Independence Day, St. Ignatius Day, and Christmas. The day is marked by an assembly addressed by an eminent personality, followed by cultural events. As the festivals themselves are usually holidays, the assembly is held before the actual festival. The school celebrates Teachers' day, with the older students taking over the teaching of the younger classes.



Basketball is considered the school's official game and was very popular among the students until the late 1990s. The annual Loyola Junior Invitation Basketball Tournament, with participation from several schools in Thiruvananthapuram, had been a fixture in Loyola's calendar over several decades. The school basketball team won laurels at various competitions, such as the St. Thomas Cup and Christ Nagar Cup, and participated in the city league. A few state-level players came out of the program.


Though Loyola had cricket teams up to the early 1980s, interest waned during the 1980s and 1990s. But with the declining popularity of basketball cricket experienced a resurgence from the turn of the century. Loyola now has a cricket training academy called Loyola Cricket Academy (LCA). The LCA team participates in regional cricket tournaments.[27][28][29] Trainees of the academy have been part of regional and national level junior cricket teams. Cricket teams from the school have toured Sri Lanka and in turn hosted tours from that country. Over the years Loyola has produced some promising cricketers. Although basketball is the school game, Loyolites show a special interest in cricket.


Football is popular at Loyola, with several games on the main field during lunch breaks. Football coaching began in the summer vacation of 2003.[30] In November 2003 Loyola's team made the semi-finals of the sports festival held at Christ Nagar School.[30] In 2007 the Loyola football team won the Shri. Sasidhara Kurup Memorial Interschool Football Tournament in Thiruvananthapuram.[31] Then in 2008 it won the Thiruvananthapuram district high school championship[32] as well as the St. Thomas football trophy.[32]


Loyola School has an annual Sports Day every November with athletic competition between the four houses of the school. The event begins with an opening march and ends with a closing march past, both led by the School Leader and General Captain. The march past has the General Captain carry the school flag, leading the four houses along the periphery of the school ground, while the house captains carry their house flags. Besides track and field events, there are also displays like aerobics and karate. A tug of war between present and former students has a banana cluster for a prize.

School symbols[edit]

The shield of Oñaz-Loyola

School crest[edit]

The Loyola crest is in the form of a red shield with seven red bars on the top, a Nilavilakku in the center, and at the bottom the Christogram IHS (the first three letters of "Jesus" in Greek). The seven red bars at the top are from the shield of Oñaz-Loyola, the family of Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Society of Jesus. The Nilavilakku, a traditional lamp used in Kerala, symbolizes the culture of Kerala where the school is located, and also light, wisdom, and education. Taken as a whole, the school crest means: Loyola School where Jesuits are serving the people of Kerala in education. The renowned architect Laurie Baker, whose son Tilak studied in Loyola, designed the crest.[33]

School flag

School flag[edit]

The flag is the school crest emblazoned on rectangular bands of white and blue. The use of the school flag is reserved for ceremonial occasions, like weekly school assemblies where it is hoisted, preceding the singing of the school song, and at the head of the march past of houses during the annual Sports Day.

School song[edit]

Cheer Loyola's sons is the school song of Loyola. It is written as a hymn with three verses.

The music and parts of lyrics of the song are adapted from Sound the battle cry, a hymn written and composed by William Fiske Sherwin, a nineteenth-century American composer.[34][35] The lyrics of Cheer Loyola's sons are replete with sports imagery and call on Loyolites to cheer till the "game is won" for the school. This imagery is a legacy of the original song (Sound the battle cry), written in the form of a battle hymn connoting spiritual warfare.


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The Loyolite[edit]

Loyola publishes an annual magazine named The Loyolite to communicate about events in the previous academic year to the Loyola community (management, teachers, students, parents, and alumni), and to provide students with an avenue to publish their literary works. Features include the principal's annual report, group photographs of all classes, photographs of office bearers and major events, and English, Malayalam, and Hindi language articles written by students, teachers, and alumni. The editorial board consists of about 10 teachers, headed by the most senior English language teacher, with several student editors assisting.


Loyola English News Service is a periodical brought out by the senior students covering events on campus. It is a wall magazine and is available on the internet.


Alumni of Loyola are called ex-Loyolites or Loyola old boys. The school has an alumni association called Loyola Old Boys' Association (LOBA) that is part of the World Union of Jesuit Alumni(ae).

Notable Alumni[edit]


  1. ^ a b LENS (July 10, 2008) - "A New Dawn" Academic year 08-09
  2. ^ The Hindu (November 2, 2003) - Kochi duo wins quiz contest
  3. ^ Hindu news
  4. ^ a b The Hindu - Cities - Chennai - Young World Quiz 2012
  5. ^ The Hindu (September 17, 2001) - Loyola winners in 'Young World' Quiz
  6. ^ The Hindu (September 29, 2002) - The Hindu-Young World quiz: Loyola wins
  7. ^ The Hindu (October 18, 2003) - Quizzing we will go
  8. ^ The Hindu (October 1, 2004) - Loyola School emerges winners
  9. ^ The Hindu (October 7, 2005) - Young World - Who is the brainiest of them all?
  10. ^ The Hindu (October 6, 2006) - Loyola teams win Young World quiz
  11. ^ The Hindu (November 7, 2007) - Loyola tops Young World quiz competition
  12. ^ The Hindu (October 27, 2009) - Thiruvananthapuram schools bag honours at Young World Quiz
  13. ^ The Hindu (November 16, 2010) - Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan school wins Young World quiz
  14. ^ The Hindu (November 17, 2012) - Loyola lifts Young World Quiz trophy
  15. ^ The Hindu (December 12, 2014) - Loyola School Wins The Hindu Young World Quiz
  16. ^ TCS IT Wiz - Loyola clinch Kochi thriller
  17. ^ Tata Mail (tatamail.com) - Sarvodaya School bags TVM edition of TCS Quiz IT Trophy
  18. ^ The Hindu (November 14, 2004) - Sarvodaya wins IT quiz title
  19. ^ The Hindu (October 17, 2005) - Sarvodaya gets to keep its IT crown
  20. ^ The Hindu Businessline (September 26, 2006) - School wins TCS IT Wiz prize
  21. ^ TCS IT Wiz - Pallikoodam tops Kochi Edition
  22. ^ TCS IT Wiz - St Josephs top Kochi
  23. ^ The Hindu (November 4, 2006) - Loyola wins National Aerospace Olympiad
  24. ^ The Loyolite 2007 - Principal's Report, p. 8
  25. ^ The Loyolite 2007 - Principal's Report, p. 9
  26. ^ NOBLES: News from School (Archives) - Loyola's Best Quizzing Performance in 41 years
  27. ^ The Hindu (September 1, 2007) - Sport - Loyola CA in final
  28. ^ The Hindu (August 24, 2004) - Sport - Second win for Loyola
  29. ^ The Hindu (February 19, 2007) - Sports - Mixed day for Loyola
  30. ^ a b The Loyolite 2004 - "A Ronaldo from Loyola?" by Linto Mathew, p. 15
  31. ^ Kendriya Vidyalaya, Pattom - Loyola wins Shri. Sasidhara Kurup Memorial Interschool Football Tournament
  32. ^ a b The Loyolite 2008 - Annual report, p.7
  33. ^ The Principal's Annual Report, The Loyolite, 1974
  34. ^ ashok.loyolites.com - Loyola’s Original Music Sir
  35. ^ Sound the Battle Cry at the Cyber Hymnal
  36. ^ Sivam
  37. ^ Ajayan
  38. ^ Itspace
  39. ^ MobME

Coordinates: 8°32′31.76″N 76°54′42.55″E / 8.5421556°N 76.9118194°E / 8.5421556; 76.9118194