St. Peter's College, Agra
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|St. Peter's College(SPC)|
St. Peter's College, Agra
|Wazirpura Road, Agra,
|Motto||Palma non sine pulvere
No Reward Without Labour.
|School board||ISC (Class XII),
ICSE (Class X)
|Principal||Rev. Fr. Paul Thannickal|
|Number of students||3500|
|Campus size||50 acres (200,000 m2) approx.|
|Houses||St. Paul's (red)
St. Francis' (blue)
St. Lawrence (green)
St. Peter's (yellow)
St. Peter’s College, Agra is one of the oldest convent schools in India. The students are commonly referred to as Peterians. It is a Roman Catholic Institution granted Minority Rights under Article 30 of the Indian Constitution. It is located east of Paliwal Park and opposite the commercial district of Sanjay Place. The campus is 50 acres (200,000 m2). The school is accredited under the Indian Certificate of Secondary Education board for grade 10th and under the Indian School Certificate board for Grade 12. In the 2006 ISC exams, a student of the school ranked first in India with 98.25% marks.
- 1846 : St. Peter's College established.
- 1846 : Moved to existing building; date taken as founding year of St. Peter's.
- 1870 : Affiliated to Calcutta University. First Entrance Examination conducted. Title of College added.
- 1946 : Celebrated 100 years of its existence.
- 1963 : New block built (presently hosts the middle section).
- 1963 : Adopts Indian Certificate of Secondary Education system.
- 1966 : Head of institution changed from Rector to Principal.
- 1977 : Adopts the Indian School Certificate for Grade 12.
- 1984 : Boarding facility discontinued. St. Peter's College becomes full-time day-scholar system of education.
- 1996 : Celebrates sesquicentennial anniversary of 150 years of existence.
- 2003 : Construction changes, with 33 rooms, an administrative block and a multipurpose hall constructed.
- 2012 : Completed entrance construction.
- 2016 : Celebrated Athletic Meet.
Principals and Vice-Principals
Since inception, the head of the college had been known as the R. When the college was opened for day-scholars only, the name of the Head was changed to P, a nomenclature which continues till date. He is assisted by a Vice Principal who looks after the affairs of the middle section (i.e. class 6 - 8) and a Head Mistress who looks after the primary section (i.e. class 1 - 5). The Rectors, Principals and Vice-Principals of St. Peter's College have been as under;
Vice - Principals
The college promotes co-curricular and extracurricular activities. It conducts elections in the starting days of each academic session to form a parliament-type governance system with the Principal as the head of the Parliament with the activities carried out by the elected students. The functionaries work in official capacities such as the Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister, Speaker of Assembly, and Ministerial positions.
On the co-curricular front, the college organizes activities.The college organizes each year a Cultural Festival ,with the name Eternia, which starts in late August and culminates in mid-September. It involves all the sections of the college. Competitions take place and activities like debates, quizzes, elocution, essay-writing, paper-presentations, plays and performances, dancing, and singing. The school also organises many inter-state school fests like B-World.
The biggest debate of Agra, DLA am Debate, is organised in the school and is the counterpart of the Shri Dorilal Hindi Debate, which has been organised in the city of Agra for the past 12 years. The DLA am Debate was initiated by the Editor of DLA publications, Mr. Ajay Agarwal, in 2008. The first edition, which saw participation from nine schools, was a clean sweep by St.Peter's College with both its speakers winning. St.Peter's has been the champion of the DLA am Debate for the past four years.
St Peter's organises the Saroj Devi Memorial Interschool Debate for the middle section. All the top schools of Agra take part in the debate and St Peter's has been the winner for all four years.
On the extracurricular front, the college is grouped into four Houses; namely, St. Francis, St. Lawrance, St. Pauls, and St. Peters'. These houses are for the purpose of conducting intra-college co-curricular and extracurricular competitions. Each of the Houses is headed by a House Captain and the Houses are together represented by the College Captain. While the House Captains represent the Houses internally in the intra-college sports competitions, the College Captain, along with the Captains of the various individual sports teams, represent the college in inter-college competitions at district, state and national levels.
The college has teams for cricket, basketball, football, hockey, lawn tennis, table tennis, badminton, handball, volleyball, tug-of-war, as well as dance teams.
October (and sometimes November) is devoted to sports and outdoor field activity which involves intra-college tournaments. The month begins with the trials and selections and culminates on Sports Day, which is usually attended by a national sporting figure. Kapil Dev, Milkha Singh, P. T. Usha, Kiran Bedi, Ajay Jadeja, Murali Kartik have been the few dignitaries who have attended the Sports Day. The college also organizes inter-collegiate events. The most popular of these is the "Archbishop Athaide Memorial Football Tournament" which has been running for around 40 years. Other tournaments include those for basketball, cricket, tennis, swimming, Roller skating, and athletics.
St. Peter's College has won the 'Shah Jahan Trophy' for seven consecutive years in the Moon School Olympics, an annual sporting event in which students from the schools of Agra District participate as teams.
The building of the college was shown in the A-V clip prepared for Agra's Rakesh Maini, a finalist in the talent hunt show, Indian Idol 5, as part of Agra's heritage structure.