St. Xavier's High School, Patna
|St. Xavier's High School
सेंट ज़ेवियर्स हाई स्कूल
Academia Sancti Xaverii
logo of school
For God and Country
Latin: Pro Deo Et Patria
|West Gandhi Maidan Marg, Patna - 800 001, Bihar, India
|School type||Private, day school|
|Religious affiliation(s)||Roman Catholic|
|Patron saint(s)||St. Francis Xavier|
|Established||17 January 1940|
|Founder||Fr. Marshall D. Moran|
|School district||Patna district|
|Authority||Society of Jesus|
|Administrator||Fr. Sushil Sah, S.J.|
|Rector||Fr. Jose Elampassery|
|Principal||Fr. Jacob Olickathotty, S.J. (2013-present)|
|Grades||LKG to XII|
|Gender||Boys (1940-1999), Co-educational since 1999|
|Enrolment||2500 (approx.) (2013)|
|Pupils||Xaverians, Patna Xaverians|
|Average class size||55-60|
|Medium of language||English|
|Hours in school day||6-7 (approx)|
|Houses||4 (Leopards, Tigers, Lions and Panthers)|
|Color(s)||Gold and blue|
|Slogan||St. Xavier's School till the end, Xaverians for life
Once a Xaverian, Always a Xaverian
|Song||हम सब साथी सेंट जेवियर्स के.. (Translation: We all companions of St. Xavier's..)|
|School roll||in alphabetical order|
|Yearbook||Xavier Yearbook, Xavier's Life Annual|
|Alumni||St. Xavier's Alumni Association|
Old building of St. Xavier's
Saint Xavier's High School, Patna (often abbreviated: SXS Patna or SXHS) (Devanagari: सेंट ज़ेवियर्स हाई स्कूल, पटना), is a private, co-ed, college-preparatory high school, in the neighborhood of Gandhi Maidan in Patna, Bihar, India. It is the oldest Jesuit school in the city of Patna and in the state of Bihar, established by missionaries from the American Chicago Province of the Society of Jesus. Founded in 1940, it is named after St. Francis Xavier, a Spanish Jesuit saint of the 16th century, who travelled to India. The independent, non-diocesan school is operated by the Patna Province of the Society of Jesus and located in the heart of the city of Patna. The alumni association of St. Xavier's, known as St. Xavier's Alumni Association (SXAA), is one of the country's oldest boasting over 3,500 members, some of them very famous personages.
- 1 History
- 2 Campus
- 3 Academic
- 4 Uniform
- 5 Motto & slogans
- 6 Student groups
- 7 House system
- 8 Miscellania
- 9 Xavier's Cricket Academy
- 10 XCCS
- 11 Publications, past & present
- 12 Authority
- 13 Principals of St. Xavier's
- 14 Administration in 2015
- 15 Jesuit teachers and administrators, 2013
- 16 Non-Jesuit teachers in 2013
- 17 St Xavier's Alumni Association
- 18 Notable alumni
- 19 See also
- 20 External links
- 21 References
In the late 1930s, the superior of the Jesuit Patna Mission, Fr. Frank Loesch, was approached to set up a school in the city of Patna. Fr. Loesch was to be assisted in this task by Fr. Marshall D. Moran. Fr. Loesch decided to open a Cambridge school to provide service to the people of Patna and Bihar. There were other such Jesuit schools in North India in places like Calcutta and Darjeeling, including one of the oldest ventures in Patna – the Irish Christian Brother's St Michael's High School. But most of these schools provided education to the children of Catholics, British expatriates and Anglo-Indians. The new school in Patna was to be for Indians of all castes and creeds. St. Xavier's High School opened on 17 January 1940 with Fr. Moran as its first Principal. In 1949, the vice-chancellor of Patna University asked Fr Moran, who also served on the senate of the university, to supervise exams in Kathmandu, Nepal. In October 1949, Fr Moran crossed into Nepal to become the first Jesuit priest to enter the country in over 200 years. Later he was invited by the Nepalese Government to open a Jesuit school in Nepal. Fr Moran went on to establish St. Xavier's School, Godavari, Nepal in 1951.
After Fr Moran left for Nepal, Fr. Edward Niesen became Principal of St. Xavier's, Patna. In 1953, Fr. Niesen also moved to Nepal and the leadership of the school was passed on to Fr. Gordon E Murphy, S.J., who served as Principal of the school for nearly 16 years.
The school ceased to be a Cambridge school when the Jesuit fathers took over St Michael's High School from the Irish Christian Brothers in December 1968. Fr. Murphy left St. Xavier's to become Principal of St Michael's High School. Fr. Joe Paschal became Principal of St. Xavier's. Many of the students and teachers also moved to St Michael's, but many teachers and students stayed behind. The curriculum set out by Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB) was adopted in place of Senior Cambridge Examinations.
In the early 1980s a small computer lab with BBC Microcomputers was set up under the supervision of Fr Tim Ribeiro. In 1995, Xavier's Centre for Computer Studies was established within the campus.
After being a boys-only school for 59 years, in 1999 St. Xavier's became co-educational, one year at a time beginning with grade one. That same year, under the administration of Fr. Peter Arockiasamy, Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE) was introduced as an alternate course for students preferring the English medium education. Today ICSE and Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB) courses run simultaneously. That same year Xavier along with Patna Women's College and the Patna Holy Red Cross Society celebrated Diamond Jubilees. In 2008, under principal Fr. George Nedumattam S.J., +2 was introduced in the BSEB course. In 2009, St Xavier's switched from Hindi to English as the medium of instruction in junior classes. In 2013 Lower Kindergarten (L.K.G.) was added.
The school is situated at west Gandhi Maidan Marg in Patna, in the heart of the city. The school began operations in the early 1940s in what is now the Jesuit residence. In the late '40s under Fr. Frank Loesch the main building which houses the school office and classrooms came into existence, and in the 1950s it was extended. This part of the campus accommodates the school auditorium, library, science labs, and staff rooms. In the late '90s a new building along the southern boundary was constructed, for more classrooms.
Until the late 1960s, the school provided boarding facilities for its students. Xavier has excellent facilities for sports: a beautiful swimming pool with diving board, a cricket pitch, a basketball cum korfball court, a tennis court, a table tennis room, and handball court. The school was one of the first to provide swimming facilities in Patna, in the 1950s. The main campus also has a canteen, a cafeteria, and a church. For sports such as athletics, cricket, football and hockey, the school uses Gandhi Maidan, which is across the main road in front of the school. The main residence for the Patna province of Jesuits is at Xavier. The ground floor in front of the school building is used for assemblies and ceremonies. The school has a principal residence besides the school building, and a guest house nearby along with several gardens besides those at the Jesuit residence.
Infrastructure and other facilities
There are separate school buildings for the Kindergarten (two-storied), for the Primary School (five-storied), and the third for the Secondary School (three-storied) which includes laboratories for physics, chemistry, and biology, two multi-purpose halls, spacious classrooms, and a library. There are five computer labs with over 200 computers equipped with Microsoft Windows and Zip drives. By early 2008, St. Xavier had become the first school in Bihar and one of the first in Eastern India to use Smart Boards in classrooms. The school has also installed Educomp smartclasses in every classroom from 1st through 12th grade.
The school offers private, city-wide transportation services for students and faculty through Pandey bus services. It was one of the first schools in India and only school of Bihar to introduce elevators in the buildings. In 2010 the school installed CCTV cameras on campus and along corridors to monitor the students and premises.
Patna doesn't have a real korfball court. In August 2012, St. Xavier's announced construction of a dedicated Korfball court for the use of the Korfball Association of Bihar (KAB) and future korfball stars. The Cricket Academy (XCA) was set up to provide youngsters specialized training.
The school is affiliated to the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations, New Delhi, which conducts the ICSE exams in grades (i.e., classes 10), as well as the Bihar School Examination Board, Patna.
Subjects taught at Xavier's for junior classes (from classes I to V) are English and Hindi language and literature, social science, mathematics, general science, moral science, drawing and crafts, general knowledge, computer (class III onwards), Sanskrit/Urdu (class V), and writing skills.
For middle classes VI to VIII, the subjects are English and Hindi (language and literature), physics, chemistry, biology, computer science, geography, history, civics, value education, Sanskrit/Urdu (till VII), general knowledge, and SUPW.
For senior classes IX and X, the subjects taught at ICSE level are English language, English literature (differentiated into drama, prose and poetry), Hindi (prose only, ekanki suman and gadya sankalan and language), math, physics, chemistry, biology – math and science are required subjects – geography, history and civics, computer application/economic application (either one), value education, and SUPW.
The school year is from April to March, divided into three semesters. Days are divided into eight-periods, ordinarily from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm. The order in which the classes meet varies from day to day. Saturday is half-day.
|This article is outdated. (July 2013)|
For Classes I to X
The school uniform consists of the school badge, school tie, school belt, white shirt, grey skirts/shorts for classes I-V and grey trousers/skirts for classes VI-X. Plain grey socks and black shoes are to worn by all.
During winter months, students also have the option of wearing a deep maroon blazer.
A metal badge which shows the house colors is worn by the students on the top left side of the shirt. The class monitors, house captains and captains have badges that denote their designations along with the house colors.
Footwear is black leather shoes with laces. On days when students have Physical Training in school, they wear white canvas sport shoes, along with the vests of their respective house colors, blue for Panthers, green for Tigers, yellow for Lion, and red for Leopard.
Motto & slogans
The motto of the institution is "For God And Country", with the implication that God comes first.
The school has a variety of slogans from school spirit slogans to senior slogans to educational slogans to anti-bullying slogans. Some common slogans used by Xaverians are:
- Once a Xaverian always a Xaverian
- St. Xavier's School till the end, Xavier's for life
The Student Council is a body of student representatives, headed by the Head Girl and the Head Boy. 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 Principal moderates the Council with a creative sort of guidance. 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 and the one-act-play festivals.
Each year, the school conducts senior and junior one act play festivals. Students from grade IV-X take part in this.
General Knowledge (GK) Club
Students become members of the junior, inter, and senior G.K. Clubs according to their classes.
As a co-curricular activity, debating is offered to the students of Grade VI and above during and after class hours.
A National Cadet Corps unit has been functioning at St. Xavier's since January 1980. The cadets are entirely from grades VIII to X.
The Air Wing NCC was raised in 1980 at St. Xavier's, with fifty cadets enrolled in the first year. This was troop no. 15 of no. 1 Bihar Air Squadron NCC, Patna. From 1981 onwards, St. Xavier's Air Wing cadets have been represented at Gandhi Maidan Ceremonial Parades, as on Republic Day, Independence Day, and NCC Day. Apart from the regular activities, cadets take part in the ATC and CATC at Air Force Station, Bihta (Patna), or at the Homeguard Training Centre, Anandapur, West Bengal.
LTS and YCS
Leadership Training for Service and Young Christian Students are popular activities. LTS recruits all seniors; YCS is for Christians. Members strive to be faithful to the motto "For God and Country" and to the uplifting of society.
Tarumitra is a student forum promoting ecological sensitivity.
The Society for the Promotion of Indian Classical Music and Culture among Youth (SPIC MACAY) holds weekly meetings on campus and invites students to participate in their activities.
Students are grouped into four houses: Panthers, Tigers, Leopards, and Lions. Each house has a House Captain and a House Vice Captain – generally from grades 10 and 9 respectively. Reporting to them are the House Representatives – one for each of the other grades. Nomination is based on academics, community involvement, behavior, and popularity. In addition to leading their respective houses, the officers maintain discipline around campus. The houses compete against each other in sports. On the annual sports day, the winning house is declared on the basis of points earned throughout the year.
- Students and ex-students from St. Xavier's are referred to as Xaverians.
- Xaverians are known for their well-rounded education, and they have gone on to excel in most every field – medical, educational, political, banking, as well as civil service and the police. 
- St. Xavier's Alumni Association has one of the best alumni association in Bihar, India.
- St. Xavier's and St. Michael's share a rivalry in sports.
- Alumni of St. Xavier's (SXAA) and St. Michael's (SMAA, the alumni association of St. Michael's, a sister school of St. Xavier's) together form the Patna Old Boys Network.
Xavier's Cricket Academy
Xavier's Cricket Academy (XCA) is a cricket academy of St. Xavier's High School, Patna, in association with Amikar Dayal Centre for Cricket Excellence. XCA is managed by former cricket captain of India's under-19 team, Amikar Dayal. This academy is the state's first professional cricket training academy at the school level.
Under the guidance and supervision of its founding director Fr. E.C. Sebastian, the Xavier Centre for Computer Studies (XCCS) was established in 1995. It is a registered society under Societies Act XXI of 1860 bearing registration no. I/1955-56 and later headed by Fr. Arun Ignatious, S.J. It is located on the campus of St. Xavier's High School, Patna. It was the oldest Programme Centre (0516P) for its region of the IGNOU Computer Programme CIC, DCO, BCA and MCA in 1996.
Under the supervision of the Fr. Gregory Gomes, the centre reached several milestones, such as being designated "Largest Centre of India". It had about 9000 fresh candidates in 1999-2000. Even during the slump in the IT industry, XCCS was constantly the most sought after centre admitting the largest number of students, which rises each year.
Publications, past & present
Xavier Life was a magazine published for and by the students, with an editorial board of students interested in journalism. A Jesuit Father usually served as moderator. Students had almost complete freedom in its planning and publication. In the 1970s through 1990s up to four issues of Xavier Life were published each year.
Xavier Yearbook captured life at St. Xavier's in a very creative manner. Though not published every year, Xavier Yearbooks were an integral part of the school's history and tradition. The yearbooks were primarily photographic publications, which highlighted and commemorated life of students and staff through the years. Published regularly in the decades of the 1940s and 1950s, the format was very similar to that of high school yearbooks in the United States. In 1968, a joint yearbook was published for both St. Xavier's and St. Michael's. In the 1970s and 1980s, yearbooks were published in 1972, 1978, 1980, 1981, 1982, and 1988.
Xavier's Life Annual is an annual magazine produced by an editorial board consisting of several teachers, headed by the most senior English language teacher. Features include the talks by the principals, rectors, and vice-principals, group photographs of all classes, photographs of office bearers and major events, and English and Hindi articles written by students, teachers, and alumni.
The Society of Jesus (Latin: Societas Iesu, S.J., SJ, or SI) is a male religious order within the Catholic Church. The members are called Jesuits and are sometimes called "God's Marines" and "The Company," these being references to founder St. Ignatius of Loyola's military background and the members' willingness to go anywhere in the world and live in extreme conditions. The society is engaged in evangelization and apostolic ministry in 112 nations on six continents. Its founding principles are contained in the document Formula of the Institute, written by Ignatius of Loyola. Jesuits are known for their work in education (founding schools, colleges, universities, and seminaries), intellectual research, and cultural pursuits, and for their missionary efforts. They also give retreats, minister in hospitals and parishes, and promote social justice and ecumenical dialogue.
Ignatius founded the society after being wounded in battle and experiencing a religious conversion. He composed the Spiritual Exercises to help others be true disciples of Jesus Christ. In 1534 Ignatius and six other young men, including St. Francis Xavier and Bl. Pierre Favre, professed vows of poverty, chastity, and later obedience, including a special vow of obedience to be sent on mission by the Pope. Ignatius' plan for the order's organization was approved by Pope Paul III in 1540 by the bull containing the Formula of the Institute. The opening lines of this founding document declared that the Society of Jesus was founded to "strive especially for the propagation and defense of the faith and progress of souls in Christian life and doctrine." The Society participated in the Counter-Reformation and later in the implementation of the Second Vatican Council in the Catholic Church.
The Society of Jesus is consecrated under the patronage of Madonna Della Strada, a title of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and it is led by a Superior General, Adolfo Nicolás in the 2010s. The headquarters of the society, its General Curia, is in Rome. The historic curia of St Ignatius is now part of the Collegio del Gesù attached to the Church of the Gesù, the Jesuit Mother Church. Jesuits have been active in the field of education throughout the world from the start. The Jesuits number over 16,000 and comprise the largest single religious order in the Catholic Church. Jesuit priests and brothers are engaged in ministries in 112 nations on six continents. Their work is focused on education and intellectual pursuits, mainly at the secondary and tertiary levels, as well as missionary work and ministry in human rights and social justice. These educational institutions engage roughly 1 lakh collaborators and educate approximately 18 lakh students.
In India the Jesuits are responsible for 153 high schools like St. Michael's and St. Xavier's in Patna, 38 colleges like St. Xavier's Kolkata, Ranchi, Patna, Mumbai, and 22 Technical Institutions. Besides, the Jesuits have 5 social institutes, 11 management institutes like XLRI Jamshedpur, XIM Bhubhaneshwar, XISS Ranchi, 6 centres of scientific research in disciplines like History, Botany, and Zoology, 5 dialogue centres to promote communal harmony and collaboration, and innumerable programmes of adult and non-formal education. In all these, and a variety of other fields of activity, over 3000 Jesuits and their 10,000 collaborators from all religions and ethnic backgrounds shape and mould the lives of over 3 lakh young people belonging to every social class, community, and linguistic group through the medium of English and several regional languages.
Jesuit education is inspired by a vision of the human person drawn from the life and teachings of Jesus Christ, who has always been respected and admired by the people of India. It is also based on the principles of pedagogy elaborated by St. Ignatius of Loyola. This vision and these principles give Jesuit educational institutions a specific character and set before their staff and students high ideals of humanism and service towards which they should aspire.
St. Francis Xavier
St. Francis Xavier (1506-1552), the patron saint of this school, was born in Spain at Xavier castle on 8 April 1506. His association with Ignatius of Loyola changed his life. He was ordained a priest along with Ignatius on 24 June 1537 and they with four others founded the Society of Jesus. On 7 April 1541, Francis embarked in a sailing vessel for India, and after a tedious and dangerous voyage landed at Goa on 6 May 1542. The first five months he spent in preaching and ministering to the sick in the hospitals. In the spring of 1545 Xavier started for Malacca. Then his zeal was aroused by the idea of introducing Christianity into Japan. After working about two and a half years in Japan he returned to Goa. He then set off for China, via the Cochin and Malacca missions, but on his way he was held up off the coast of China on the island of Sancian, due to fever. There was no food, no medicine. Early in the morning of 3 December 1552 Francis Xavier closed his eyes forever in the grace of Christ in a very modest hut of branches and mud lumps. His passionate commitment to the service of humanity lives on.
Jesuit Patna Province
St. Xavier’s School, Patna, established and owned by Jesuits Patna, India, is a body registered under the societies Registration Act, 1860, having its office at Patna. The Patna Province office is in St. Xavier's School, Patna.
On 10 September 1919, Pope Benedict XV issued his apostolic letter Nova in Indiis to establish the Diocese of Patna and entrusted it to the Jesuits. Fr. Vladamir Ledochowski, the then Superior General of the Society of Jesus, assigned the Jesuits of the Missouri Province to this new mission. In 1921, Jesuit Frs. William Eline, Henry Milet, Edward Anderson, Patrick Troy, and Thomas Kelly, the first five Jesuits from Missouri Province, came to the Patna mission. In 1928, the Chicago Province was cut out from the Missouri Province and the Patna mission was handed over to Chicago. Then in 1956 the Chicago province was divided to create a new Detroit Province. Over 155 Jesuits from America, mainly from these two provinces, came as missionaries and served people of Bihar on the Patna mission.
The best-known and largest works of the Patna Jesuits are:
- St. Michael's High School, Patna
- St. Xavier's College of Education, Patna
- St. Xavier's College, Patna
Principals of St. Xavier's
|Fr. Marshall D. Moran SJ||[1940-1951]|
|Fr. Edward Niesen SJ||[1951-1952]|
|Fr. Gordon E Murphy SJ||[1952-68]|
|Fr. Joe Paschal SJ||[1968-1972]|
|Fr. Scaria Mamoothil SJ||[1972-1978]|
|Fr. George Thana SJ||[1978-1985]|
|Fr. George Manimala SJ||[1985-1990]|
|Fr. Lawrence Pascal SJ||[1990-1996]|
|Fr. Peter B. Arockiyasamay SJ||[1997-2003]|
|Fr. Victor L Osta SJ||[2003-2006]|
|Fr. George Nedumattam SJ||[2007–2013]|
|Fr. Jacob Olickathotty SJ||[May 2013 – Present]|
Administration in 2015
|Rector||Fr. Jose Elampassery SJ|
|Principal||Fr. Jacob Olikarthy, SJ|
|Vice Principal||Fr.Manish Osta SJ|
|Treasurer||Fr. Alwyn D'Souza SJ|
|Administrator||Br.Vijay Cherubim SJ|
Jesuit teachers and administrators, 2013
|Fr. Edmund Burke SJ||Fr. Richard Curry SJ [Science]||Fr. E Vincent Gallagher SJ [Hindi]|
|Fr. Frank Murphy SJ [English & History]||Fr. Charles Scott SJ||Fr. Mahoney SJ|
|Fr. Richard Welfle SJ||Fr. Jack Lane SJ||Fr. Jerry McFarland SJ|
|Fr. Harold P Watling SJ||Fr. Joseph P Wroblewski SJ [English & Moral Science]||Fr. Jim Cox SJ|
|Fr. Austin L Reinboth SJ [Hostel Superintendent]||Fr. George Ziebert SJ||Fr. Kevin Cleary SJ [English]|
|Fr. Cyril 'Tim' Rebeiro SJ [Mathematics]||Fr. Francis Stoy SJ||Fr. Norbert Rai SJ [Rector]|
|Fr. John B Thakur SJ [Rector]||Fr. Francis Thottuvelil SJ [Chemistry]||Fr. Philip Poovatil SJ [English]|
|Fr. Jerry Drinane SJ [Vice-principal]||Fr. Paul Faulstich SJ||Fr. Gerald Grace SJ|
|Fr. Mani Poovakott SJ [Mathematics]||Fr. Chandy M SJ [English]||Fr. T.M. Joseph SJ [Vice-principal]|
Non-Jesuit teachers in 2013
|Samuel David [English]||Ira Sinha||Neelam Paschal|
|SD Mishra [Sanskrit/Hindi]||KK Mishra [Hindi]||Dipti Mitra|
|M Sahajwani||Geeta Jain||Margret Paul|
|Uma Verma [English]||KN Pandey [Science]||PK Trivedi [Chemistry]|
|Remi Osta [Social Sciences]||Bimla Mehrotra [Social Sciences]||Sudhir Sheraphim [Science/Maths]|
|VK Pandey [Sanskrit]||MA Zahidi [Maths]||Teresa Gilbert|
|Kamal Das [Music]||Shyama Prasad [Fine Arts]||AP Osta [Sports & Physical Education]|
|Meena Singh [Biology]||Md. Sami [Urdu]||Sucheta Roy [English]|
|Mukul Remy||Gracy Martin|
|Yogendra Dubey [Sports]||Ashok Kumar [Chemistry]||Jyoti Mehra [Hindi]|
|Anil Kumar [Computers]||Nutan Joyce Haroon||Viju Suresh [Maths]|
|Anjana Gupta [Hindi]||K.K Thakur [Physics]||Hemlata Masand [Maths]|
|Madhumita Sengupta [English]||Shahla Kuser [Geography]||Christopher S. Magnum [Physics]|
|J Benedict [Biology]||Ravindra Kumar [Computers]||Deepak Rodrick [Hindi]|
|Asim Kumar Dash [Chemistry]||Sweata Singh [English]||Sharqua Shaftain [Urdu]|
|Kumud Henry [English]||Poonam Gupta [English]||Mrs. Bandana Ghoshal [Maths]|
St Xavier's Alumni Association
St. Xavier's Alumni Association (SXAA) is an alumni organization for former students of St. Xavier's High School, Patna. It was founded in 1947, and is one of the oldest alumni associations in the country, boasting over 3,500 members, some of them very famous names.
- St. Xavier's Alumni Association
- Xavier's Cricket Academy
- St. Michael's High School, Patna
- List of schools in Patna
- List of schools in India
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