Petit Seminaire Higher Secondary School

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Petit Seminaire Higher Secondary School
பெத்தி செமினேர் மேனிலைப்பள்ளி
Petit logo.jpg
Address
355, Mahatma Gandhi Road

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605 001
Coordinates11°56′00.12″N 79°49′46.14″E / 11.9333667°N 79.8294833°E / 11.9333667; 79.8294833Coordinates: 11°56′00.12″N 79°49′46.14″E / 11.9333667°N 79.8294833°E / 11.9333667; 79.8294833
Information
School typePrivate Higher secondary school
MottoLatin: Nil Magnum Nisi Bonum
(English: Nothing Is Great Unless It Is Good
Tamil: நல்லதே மேலானது)
Religious affiliation(s)Catholic
Patron saint(s)Saint Joseph
FoundedJanuary 1844
Opened19 March 1846
StatusOpen
School boardMatriculation / State Board
PresidentMost Rev. Antony Anandarayar
PrincipalRev. Fr. R. PASCAL RAJ
Genderall-male
ClassesLower and upper Kindergarten
1 Std to 12 Std
Average class size50
Medium of languageEnglish
LanguageTamil, French, Hindi
Hours in school day8
Classrooms90
CampusesMain Campus
Upalam Campus
CampusUrban
HousesRed House, Blue House, Yellow House and Green House
Colour(s)White and grey         
NicknamePSHSS
Website

Petit Seminaire Higher Secondary School is a higher secondary school for boys in the union territory of Puducherry, India started in 1844.

History[edit]

The history of Petit Seminaire dates back to 1844 as a seminary attended by 89 students of whom 25 seminarians. In 1873 it became a public college. In 1880, Petit Seminaire stopped receiving government subsidy, and has maintained its financial independence.

The student population showed an increase from 800 in 1903 to 1100 in 1907, of whom 700 were Catholics. In 1932, the English section was upgraded into a high school, preparing boys for matriculation and was affiliated with the Madras university. In July 1978, Petit Seminare was born again, this time as Petit Seminaire Higher Secondary School, offering two courses of study at the higher secondary level.

The school's motto is "Nil Magnum Nisi Bonum" meaning "Nothing is great unless good".

When Fr. J. Paul became the principal of the school in December 1984 there were 3,500 students and when he left the strength was 6,100. He produced 100% results quite a few times both in Matriculation and higher Secondary. The school got the first few Ranks consistently in Puducherry territory.

Curriculum[edit]

Languages[edit]

Tamil is taught as a compulsory subject to all students up to 5th standard. Tamil, Hindi and French are offered as optional from 6th standard onwards.

Physical health education[edit]

Physical training and health education is given to all the students from Lower Kindergarten(L.K.G.) to Higher Secondary level. 'Human Resource Development' subject is taken from 4th standard to 9th standard.

Computer education[edit]

All students from the L.K.G. to 10th grade are given computer experience. Computer science is taught as a subject along with Mathematics. It has been extended to 11th and 12th standard students.

Majors/subjects offered in higher secondary course[edit]

  • Part I - Languages - English
  • Part II - Tamil, Hindi, French
  • Part III - Optional
  • Group I - Biology, Physics & Chemistry, Mathematics (3 sections)- A1, A2, A3
  • Group II - Physics & Chemistry, Mathematics, Computer Science (1 section) B
  • Group III - Commerce, Economics, Accounts & Business Mathematics. (1 section) C

Leadership[edit]

The principals of this school over the time are:

  1. Fr. Marion Bresillac Melchior Marie Joseph (1844 – 1846)
  2. Fr. Joseph-Isidore Godelle (1846 – 1850)
  3. Fr. Godet Louis Prosper Adolphe Marie. (1850 – 1855)
  4. Fr. Henry Joseph (1855 – 1883)
  5. Fr. Dury Ernest (1883 – 1887)
  6. Fr. Jegorel Jean Marie (1888 -1894)
  7. Fr. Leroy Pierre Gustave (1895 – 1900)
  8. Fr. Escande Pierre Etienne (1900 – 1933)
  9. Fr. Guillerm Francois (1933 – 1948)
  10. Fr. P. A. Swamikannu (1948 – 1960)
  11. Fr. S. Peter (1960 – 1970, 1973 – 1980)
  12. Fr. R. Ratchagar (1970 – 1971)
  13. Fr. C. N. Philip (1971 – 72)
  14. Fr. P. Jegaraj (1972 – 73)
  15. Fr. M. Peter (1981 – 84)
  16. Fr. J. Paul (1984 – 1997)
  17. Fr. A. Arulappan – (1997 – 1999)
  18. Fr. M. Dominic Rozario (1999 – 2002)
  19. Fr. S. Antonisamy (2002 – 2007)
  20. Fr. M. S. John Bosco (2007 – 2013)
  21. Fr. P. Arulnathan (2013 - 2015)
  22. Fr. R. Pascal Raj (2015 - present )

Notable alumni[edit]

Clergy[edit]

Politicians[edit]

  • Mr M.Ilango, Former Member of the Legislative Assembly

External links[edit]