St. Britto's, Goa

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St. Britto High School, Mapusa
Mapusa, Goa, India
Type All-boys, classes 1-10
Motto Facta Non Verb (Deeds, Not Words)
Patron saint(s) St. John de Britto
Established 1946; 72 years ago (1946)
School board Goa Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary
School number 0832-2252266
President Fr. Simon Fernandes, SJ
Principal Fr. Cedric Fernandes, SJ[1]
Staff 42 teachers
Affiliation Jesuits (Catholic)

St. Britto's, Goa, is on the west coast of India in the headquarters town of Mapusa. It was founded in 1946 and is run by the Society of Jesus (Jesuits). It is all-boys and includes grades one through ten.[2] In 2017 all 142 graduates passed the secondary exam.[3]


Indo-Portuguese historian Dr. Teotonio de Souza, part of the school's staff in the 1970s, says this was the third institution set up by the Jesuits in Goa. Its founding was assisted by Valentino Pinto, a wine-merchant of Mapusa. Initially, the school was called Sacred Heart High School. Its original owner faced difficulties in staffing and running it, and handed it over to the Jesuits on 22 June 1946, in Portuguese-ruled Goa. Dom Caetano Menezes, the owner of St. Mary's school nearby, also handed over his institution to the Jesuits. The school's name was changed to St. Britto High School on 18 May 1948.

Early days[edit]

Dr. Teotonio R. de Souza suggests that the reputation of the Jesuits in Goa had been on the rise with their management of Theotonio High School, owned by the Goa Archdiocese.

Fr. Sylvester D'Souza was the first principal of the schools taken over, and both were initially co-educational. The Jesuits transferred the girls from the schools to the Apostolic Carmel (AC) nuns, already active in education in Goa, who went on to form the St. Mary's Convent High School, also at Mapusa along the Altinho hilltop where St. Britto is itself located.[4]

Initially, St Britto's functioned from the Bardez Gymkhana site. Priests running the school and boarders rented houses atop the hill, an inconvenient arrangement especially during Goa's torrential monsoons. The new site of the school was purchased from Cipriano da Cunha Gomes. The Goa Archdiocese assisted construction with a loan. Fr. Ubaldo de Sá, of Moira, is credited with the construction.

The school's large facade dominates the town of Mapusa from a distance.[5]

Coat of Arms[edit]

The School Coat of Arms is divided thus:
At the top, against a field of blue, is the monogram of the Society of Jesus, in a golden sun: IHS (the Greek shortform for the name of Jesus), surmounted by a cross. Below that, against a field of golden yellow, are the palms of martyrdom, which pay tribute to the Patron of the School, St. John de Britto. A red chevron separates the lamp of learning (to dispel darkness and ignorance) at the bottom of the coat of arms. At the bottom is the school motto, "Facta non Verba" on the scroll below the coat of arms, which means Deeds Not Words.

Activities and sports[edit]

The school has a Consumer Club and Eco Club, but emphasizes seasonal events and celebrations in which the whole school participates: Swachha Bharat Day, St. Ignatius day, Goa LIberation Day, and Christmas festivities including a carol competition.[6]

Intramural sports include football,[7] table tennis, badminton, chess, and basketball. Students are also trained after school hours in cricket, basketball, kabaddi, touch rugby, throw ball, net ball, sepak takraw, and boxing.[8]

School anthem[edit]


Student Parliament (2015-2016)[edit]

Student Parliament (2016-2017)[edit]

Prominent alumni[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Faculty
  2. ^ "St Brittos Hs School, Mapusa, North Goa - Goa". iCBSE. Retrieved 2017-09-08. 
  3. ^ "[PDF]GOA SSC result booklet - Government of Goa" (PDF). Retrieved 8 September 2017. 
  4. ^ "". Retrieved 2017-09-08. 
  5. ^ Sankalpkanyalkar (2015-05-08), English: View of Mapusa circle, retrieved 2017-09-08 
  6. ^ "". Retrieved 2017-09-08. 
  7. ^ "Dempo SC renew partnership with St Britto's High School". Retrieved 2017-09-08. 
  8. ^ "". Retrieved 2017-09-08. 
  9. ^ Anthem

Coordinates: 15°35′34.25″N 73°48′41.61″E / 15.5928472°N 73.8115583°E / 15.5928472; 73.8115583