St. Xavier's High School Loyola Hall
|St. Xavier's High School
|Motto||Teneris Impende Laborem
(Apply yourself to Hard Work)
|Headmaster||Mrs. Laxmi Iyer|
|Grades||medium primary, secondary|
St. Ignatius of Loyola
St. Xavier's High School, Loyola Hall, is an English-Gujarati medium primary and secondary school located at Navarangpura in Ahmedabad, India. The school is spread over a site of about 4 acres (16,000 m2).
Xavier includes K.G. and Std. 1 to 10 with parallel divisions having Gujarati and English medium of instruction. The school also runs standards 11 and 12 – Science and Commerce streams, the latter only in English medium – to which girls are also admitted. After academic year 2006-2007 girls were admitted starting from K.G.
St. Xavier's School, Loyola Hall, was initially only for standards 8 through 11; the primary section was initiated in 1968.
Geet Sethi, former World Billiards Champion, is an alumnus of the school. Other notable alumni include Mr. Bharat Desai, founder and owner of Syntel and Bimal Patel, and Mr. Mervin D'Souza, Geologist who led the 20th Indian Antarctica Expedition and a recipient of the National Mineral Award. , Dr. Keyur Parikh cardiologist and chairman CIMS Hospital, Mr. Kulin Lalbhai of Arvind Ltd, Manpreet Juneja cricketer were some of the many notable students of St. Xaviers Loyola Hall.
The motto is Teneris Impende Laborem (Latin), meaning Apply yourself to hard work.
Three white bees are symbols of hard work and being busy always. The fruit of such labour is sweet. IHS, the first three letters of "Jesus" in Greek, is written in the center of the sun, and is sometimes given the meaning Iesu (Jesus), Homo (mankind), and Salvator (saviour). IHS is the symbol of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) since their foundation under St. Ignatius of Loyola.
Academic Facilities include a complete library, bookstore, audio-visual rooms, and laboratories for physics, chemistry, biology, and computer science. There is also the Diamond Jubilee Auditorium. Sports facilities provide for cricket, football, hockey, tennis, basketball, paleta, and table tennis, besides skating rinks, a swimming pool, and the Brother Bou Pavilion.
- The Odyssey was an inter-school cultural festival that was a part of the school's tradition for 20 years. The festival spaned three days with more than 15 events. The festival was wholly organised by the 11th and 12th grade students. Participating schools were: St. Xavier's High School, Loyola Hall, St. Xavier's Gandhinagar, Mt. Carmel Ahmedabad, Rachana Ahmedabad, St. Xavier's High School, Mirzapur, Little Flower School, Mahatma Gandhi International School, and Tulip school. In 2006 Father Morondo (the founder of The Odyssey) replaced it with The Chronos festival which runs for two days, has nine events, and involves four schools.
- Sports Day is held each December and reveals talent that has gone on to represent the school, the city, the state, and the country. The students are divided among four 4 dens: Lions, Panthers, Bears, and Tigers. Each year brings an intense battle for top honors. The den captains, the symbolic torch bearer, and the accompanying flag bearers are chosen from the best sportspersons in the school.
- The Annual Play is usually staged by the students of the 11th under the direction of Father Morondo. Represented are plays by such authors as Oscar Wilde, Neil Simon, and Agatha Christie, including "The Matchmaker", "Lady Windermere's Fan", "The Apollo and Bellac", and "Red Carnations". Occasionally plays are produced by 9th standard and also alumni. "The Odd Couple" by Neil Simon was staged in April 2007 by alumni.
- Annual Day is a highlight of the school's academic year, with performances including singing, dance, humour, and skits, performed by all years.
- Intraschool events: every alternate Saturday interclass events are held. These include: debate, elocution, extempore, solo singing, and group singing.
- Mini-sports day is held in the middle of the academic year, with fun events like slow cycling and teachers' events.
- Teacher's Day the school in handed over to the students of 12th grade. A Principal and Vice Principal are selected by the staff. The best teacher's award is handed out at the end of the day.
- Leadership Camps are held for the students of the 6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th. The camps run from 3 to 4 days. The students camp out either at school or at farmhouses and are given tasks to empower them as future leaders.
- The Mathematics and Science Exhibition is held by standards 7 and 11 to develop creativity and research skills.