St. Joseph's Convent High School, Patna

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St. Joseph's Convent High School
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St. Joseph's Convent High School is located in Patna
St. Joseph's Convent High School
St. Joseph's Convent High School
Location in Patna, India


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Coordinates25°37′13″N 85°9′15″E / 25.62028°N 85.15417°E / 25.62028; 85.15417Coordinates: 25°37′13″N 85°9′15″E / 25.62028°N 85.15417°E / 25.62028; 85.15417
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School typePrivate Girls
Motto"Nisi Dominus Frustra"
("Without God nothing prospers")
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic
Patron saint(s)Saint Joseph
Established1853; 166 years ago (1853)
FounderAnastasius Hartmann[1]
StatusActive
School board
School districtPatna
SessionApril–March
School codeBI004 (ICSE)[2]
PrincipalSr. Lucina CJ
Provincial SuperiorSr. Vimla CJ
GenderGirls School
Enrollment3000
Average class size55-60
Medium of languageEnglish, Hindi
LanguageEnglish, Hindi
Schedule typeMorning
Hours in school day5-6 hrs
ClassroomsWell-Equipped
CampusesBankipur, Patna
CampusUrban
Campus size6 acres
HousesRuby, Topaz, Emerald, Sapphire
SportsBasketball, Martial Arts, Table-Tennis, Carom, Chess, Throw ball, Karate, Yoga, Badminton
School rollAlphabetical Order
AffiliationsICSE, BSEB
Website

St. Joseph's Convent High School, Patna (Devanagari: सेंट जोसेफ कॉन्वेंट हाई स्कूल, पटना), is a private, girls high school in Bankipur neighborhood of Patna, Bihar, India. It is a Catholic Missionary educational institution established in 1853, currently managed by Sisters of Congregation of Jesus.[3] It has two sections, one is affiliated to the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations, New Delhi and another is affiliated to Bihar School Examination Board. It is one of the oldest schools in the state of Bihar[4] and was founded by the first Bishop of Patna, Anastasius Hartmann.[5] The current principal of the school is Sr. Lucina CJ.[6] The school's guiding principle are the teachings of Mary Ward.

History[edit]

In 1849, Bishop Anastasius Hartmann, who was responsible for the Patna-Bettiah section of the North India Mission, acquired a sizable piece of land (about five acres) in Bankipore where he laid the foundation of a chapel on September 23, 1849.[7] The Roman Catholic Church, St. Joseph's, was opened in 1850.[8]

In 1852, on invitation of Bishop Anastasius Hartmann, the Apostolic Vicar of Patna, a group of five Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary Sisters from Munich Province in Germany came to India. These five sisters were Sisters Maria Groeppner, Angela Hoffman, Aloysia Maher, Antonia Feth and Catherine Schreibman. The sisters landed in Bombay by ship and then set out for Patna. They traveled from Bombay to Patna by bullock cart through the thick jungles. They left Bombay in early September 1852 and reached Patna around February 1853. They established the first IBVM House in Bankipore in 1853, on the bank of River Ganges. The house and school bear the name of Saint Joseph. Bankipore, as the first foundation, was considered the mother house of the Institute in India. St. Joseph's was the only convent between Calcutta and Agra at that time.[9]

Initially, in addition to the boarding and day school, there were two orphanages on the school campus. One for native girls and another for European and Eurasian girls. More buildings were added and the institution gradually grew over time. A Hindi section was founded in 1950.[10] Currently the school is affiliated to ICSE as well as Bihar State Board. It has a 100% pass percentage in ICSE examination board results for many years and also produced several state and city toppers.[11][12][13][14]

Campus and Infrastructure[edit]

Main Building
Statue of St. Joseph holding Jesus in School
School Building
Auditorium
Basketball Field
School Field

The school is situated at Ashok Rajpath road, on the banks of river Ganges in Bankipur neighborhood of Patna.[15]

The central building complex houses classrooms, administrative offices and an auditorium. The auditorium is well equipped with PA System and has a stage for plays and performances. The auditorium is also used for annual gatherings and debate competitions.

The School has well equipped laboratories for course related practical work.There are four laboratories within the School - Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Computer.[16] The school has Basketball Court and also includes Martial Arts for girls in its curriculum.[17] The library is well equipped with reference books and caters to students of all grades. The school also offers private, city-wide transportation services for students and faculty through private bus service company.

Academic[edit]

Affiliation[edit]

The school is affiliated to the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations, New Delhi. There is another Hindi section of the school which is affiliated with the Bihar School Examination Board. The school prepares the students for Indian Certificate of Secondary Education and the Indian School Certificate examinations for Class X and Class XII respectively.

Subjects[edit]

Below subjects are taught in the school for classes as per the ICSE curriculum.[18]

  • English
  • Hindi/ Second Language - Indian Languages
  • Sanskrit
  • Mathematics
  • Science (Physics, Chemistry, Biology)
  • Value Education/Moral Science
  • History, Geography, Civics
  • Computer Studies/Science/Applications
  • Economics/Economic Applications
  • Commerce/Commercial Studies/Applications
  • Business Studies
  • Environmental Science
  • SUPW and Community Service

Medium of Instruction[edit]

School follows English medium of instruction for its ICSE affiliated section. Another Hindi section affiliated with the Bihar Board uses Hindi as medium of instruction to teach students.

School session[edit]

The school year is from April to March. Days are divided into nine -periods with summer and winter timings. The order in which the classes meet varies from day to day.

Uniform[edit]

Girls[edit]

  • During Warm Season:
    • Navy Blue colored pleated and divided skirt (knee length), white shirt (half sleeve) with school monogram, black shoes and white socks. Hair ribbons must be navy blue colored.
  • During Cold Season:
    • White shirt (full sleeve), Navy Blue colored pleated and divided skirt (knee length), slacks, Navy Blue colored V-Neck sweaters (half sleeve), Navy Blue colored blazer with school monogram and school tie.

On the days of Physical Training: White divided skirt (knee length), white shirt(half sleeves), white shoes and white socks

Motto & Houses[edit]

The motto of the institution is Nisi Dominus Frustra (Latin), which means Without god, nothing prospers. The four school houses are:

  •      Ruby (Motto: On Wings of Loyalty)
  •      Topaz (Motto: Effort spells Success)
  •      Emerald (Motto: Truth alone Triumphs)
  •      Sapphire (Motto: Unity is Strength)

Student groups[edit]

Student council[edit]

The Student Council is a body of student representatives, headed by the Head Girl. It is made up of the captains of the teams and representatives from other co-curricular activities along with elected and nominated students of each class from grade VI through X. Parliamentary procedure is used at meetings and the main purpose of this group is to assist the Principal, Vice-Principal, staff, and students in fulfilling their responsibilities. The student members help maintain order in the school during the Assembly and breaks, in between classes, and also on important occasions like the Annual Day.

Tarumitra[edit]

Tarumitra is a student forum promoting ecological sensitivity.[19]

LTS[edit]

L.T.S stands for Leadership Training for Service is a social movement. Its motto is “For God and country – let your light shine”. St. Joseph's Convent High School Patna was the first school in Patna to start this movement in the year 1974 with Sr. Genevieve as its guide. LTS promoter Fr. With S.J was invited to give an orientation to class X. Since 1994 it has been working under the guidance of Mrs. Shubhra Roy. The children are motivated and inspired to develop social awareness, love for humanity, social service, self-sacrifice, simplicity, truthfulness and purity at heart.[20]

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bishop Hartmann remembered Archived 30 May 2018 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ St. Joseph's Convent High School - ICSE School Code Archived 30 May 2018 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ History of CJs in India Archived 12 June 2017 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ Book:History of freedom movement in Bihar Archived 30 May 2018 at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ Patna: A Paradise Lost Archived 30 May 2018 at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ Dismiss classes up to VIII by 12 noon: DM to schools Archived 30 May 2018 at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ Christianity in Bihar Archived 8 August 2008 at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ Bengal District Gazetteers, Volume 41, Part 1 Archived 30 May 2018 at the Wayback Machine.
  9. ^ A Brief History of the Congregation of Jesus in India Archived 12 June 2017 at the Wayback Machine.
  10. ^ St. Joseph's Convent High School - Principal Archived 1 September 2017 at the Wayback Machine.
  11. ^ Patna schools post 95 % pass in ICSE, CISCE exams Archived 25 June 2017 at the Wayback Machine.
  12. ^ ICSE result: Omar, Srishti score 97.6% to top in Patna Archived 25 May 2014 at the Wayback Machine.
  13. ^ ISC results 2016: Bhagalpur’s Shruti Priya tops in Bihar Archived 4 July 2017 at the Wayback Machine.
  14. ^ Patna students score up to 97.25% in ICSE, ISC exams Archived 5 July 2014 at the Wayback Machine.
  15. ^ Call to celebrate diversity Archived 30 May 2018 at the Wayback Machine.
  16. ^ St. Joseph's Convent High School - Labs Archived 1 September 2017 at the Wayback Machine.
  17. ^ St. Joseph's Convent High School - Sports Archived 1 September 2017 at the Wayback Machine.
  18. ^ ICSE Curriculum/Syllabus Archived 5 July 2017 at the Wayback Machine.
  19. ^ St Joseph's Convent High School - Tarumitra Archived 1 September 2017 at the Wayback Machine.
  20. ^ St Joseph's Convent High School - LTS Archived 1 September 2017 at the Wayback Machine.
  21. ^ Convent wins debate event Archived 30 May 2018 at the Wayback Machine.
  22. ^ Patna Roundup Archived 12 October 2015 at the Wayback Machine.