St. Xavier's Collegiate School

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St. Xaviers's Collegiate School (SXCS)
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Location
30, Park Street
Kolkata – 700016
India
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Information
Type Private
Motto Nihil Ultra (Nothing beyond)
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 16 January 1860
Session April–March
Principal Fr. Joseph Kulandai, SJ
Fr. Sebastian Nallail SJ (XI-XII)
Ms. S. Gomes (prep-5)
Headmaster Fr. Benny Thomas, SJ
Faculty 83
Gender Male
Number of students 2300
Classes Preparatory to Class 12
Average class size 40
Education system Unit Test (20 marks) and Block Tests (80 marks)
Medium of language English
Hours in school day 5:30
Campus Urban
Houses Berchmans(yellow), Britto(red), Gonzaga(green), Loyola(blue)
Colour(s) Blue      and white     
Slogan Do You See What I See?
I see SXC!
Song Proud of Our School
Athletics Track and Field
Sports Basketball, Cricket, Football, Volleyball, Table Tennis, Rowing
Nickname Xaverian
Yearbook The Xaverian
Affiliations ICSE and ISC
Alumni Alumnorum Societas (ALSOC)
Clubs LTS, nature, quiz, social service, science, writers, photography, debate
Website
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St. Xavier's Collegiate School (informally SXCS) is an independent private day school for boys located in Kolkata, West Bengal, India. It was founded in 1860 by the Jesuits, and it is named after Francis Xavier, a 16th century Jesuit missionary to India. The school completed its sesquicentennial year in 2010.

History[edit]

The school was founded in 1860 by the Scoiety of Jesus, an all-male Catholic religious order formed by Saint Ignatius of Loyola. The school is named after Francis Xavier, a Spanish Jesuit saint. The founder of the school is Fr. Henri Depelchin,[1] who oversaw most of the groundwork during the early years.[2]

San Souci theatre[edit]

The San Souci theatre at 30 Park Street (now Mother Teresa Sarani), Kolkata-700016, was burned to the ground by fire in 1843. The property was purchased by Jesuits from Belgium and became the present campus.[3]

Foundation years[edit]

The motto Nihil ultra along with the crest of the college date to the rectorship of Jesuit Fr. O"Neill, 1904-1913.[4]

The present imposing five-storied building was built in six years, from 1934 to 1940 at a cost of Rs 9 lakhs, which was collected partly from the public of Calcutta, assistance from Belgium, and the huge rental received from the American army that occupied the building during the second World War.[1][5] Expansion of the school has been a ceaseless effort, with a campus slated for Salt Lake City, Kolkata, and a second boys' hostel not far from the existing one.

A commemorative stamp was issued by the Indian Post on 12 April 1985 depicting the campus, and in its commentary recognising the school's contribution to society.[1]

Programs[edit]

Students have excelled on the Indian Certificate of Secondary Education exam.[6] In 2017 Xavier had the top-scoring boy nationwide, among 73,633 examinees, on the ISC exam.[7][8] In 2013 Xavier was ranked by Digital Learning as the top school in West Bengal.[9]

The school is divided into houses, all trained in synchronized marching.[10] The tertiary section extended to coeducational Honors Arts and Science programs and Teacher Training while still on the high school campus.[1] Xavier runs a large hostel for male students.[11] The school opened a university division division in 2017, at New Town, Kolkata.[12]

In 2011 Xavier was judged the best eco-initiative school in Kolkata City for its preparation of compost manure for organic gardening.[13] The school also won a football tournament organized to promote outdoor exercise, that youth not become addicted to staying indoors with their computers.[14] The travelling cricket team in 1916 won first place in a tournament in Leicester, England.[15] In September 2016 the school hosted an exhibition of about 90 paintings of Mother Teresa to commemorate her canonization that month.

Steps toward university[edit]

Xavier is expanding into tertiary education in collaboration with other groups, as with the Jesuit Xavier School of Management in Jamshedpur, on a new 17-acre campus in Rajarhat near New Town, Kolkata. A research centre with post-graduate courses is also planned. While schools of engineering and medicine are being considered, plans are progressing slowly to assure that fees will remain low and a wide range of students will be able to afford the education.[16]

Notable alumni[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f indianpost.com commemorative stamp Retrieved on 4 February 2008
  2. ^ India, St. Xavier's Collegiate School, Kolkata,. "St. Xavier's Collegiate School for Boys Kolkata Calcutta India". www.sxcs.edu.in. Retrieved 2017-08-22. 
  3. ^ India, St. Xavier's Collegiate School, Kolkata,. "St. Xavier's Collegiate School for Boys Kolkata Calcutta India". www.sxcs.edu.in. Retrieved 2017-08-22. 
  4. ^ "St. Xavier's College (Autonomous), Kolkata". www.sxccal.edu. Retrieved 2017-08-22. 
  5. ^ sxccal.edu history Retrieved on 6 February 2008
  6. ^ "Kolkata's Saugata Chowdhury tops ICSE with 99.20% | Latest News & Updates at Daily News & Analysis". dna. 2015-05-18. Retrieved 2017-08-22. 
  7. ^ "Bengaluru boy tops ICSE exam with 99.4%". SahilOnline | Reflection of the Truth. Retrieved 2017-08-22. 
  8. ^ "ISC results 2017". 2017-05-29. Retrieved 2017-08-22. 
  9. ^ "Top Schools in West Bengal". digitallearning.eletsonline.com. Retrieved 2017-08-22. 
  10. ^ sxcseduvideo (2011-01-21), St. Xavier's Collegiate School, Kolkata - Sports Day 2010, retrieved 2017-08-22 
  11. ^ "St. Xavier's College, Kolkata : SXC Hostel". www.sxccal.edu. Retrieved 2017-08-22. 
  12. ^ "St. Xavier's College (Autonomous), Kolkata". www.sxccal.edu. Retrieved 2017-08-22. 
  13. ^ "Organic gardening: St Xavier’s Collegiate School, Kolkata leads the way | Ecology and Jesuits in Communication". www.ecojesuit.com. Retrieved 2017-08-22. 
  14. ^ "Kolkata students shine in inter-school football tournament". The Hindu. Retrieved 2017-08-22. 
  15. ^ "St Xaviers win Goodwill Cricket Tournament 2016". Cricket World. Retrieved 2017-08-22. 
  16. ^ "St Xavier’s plans new school, newer courses". The Indian Express. 2015-10-29. Retrieved 2017-08-22. 
  17. ^ Quizmaster Derek O'Brien, an ex-student of St Xavier's School... The Times of India, 25 January 2005.
  18. ^ "St Xaviers win Goodwill Cricket Tournament 2016". Cricket World. Retrieved 2017-08-22. 
  19. ^ Rosalie Murphy, Contemporary poets of the English language (St. James Press, 1970)

Coordinates: 22°32′54″N 88°21′21″E / 22.54837°N 88.35596°E / 22.54837; 88.35596