St Bonaventure's High School

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St Bonaventure's High School
St Bonaventure's High School Logo.svg
Address
Foujdari Road, Saddar
Hyderabad, Sindh, 71000
Pakistan
Coordinates 25°23′37″N 68°22′03″E / 25.393515°N 68.367534°E / 25.393515; 68.367534Coordinates: 25°23′37″N 68°22′03″E / 25.393515°N 68.367534°E / 25.393515; 68.367534
Information
Type Primary school and High school
Motto We hold the Fort
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic Church
Established 1920s–1930s
Founder Archilles Meersman
LEA Catholic Board of Education
Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education, Hyderabad
Administration Catholic Board of Education
Principals Mr. Bertram DeSouza
Mrs. Angela Desouza
Vice Principals Mr. Abdul Rauf Sherani (City branch)
Mr. Chukuel Samosa (Qasimabad branch)
Gender Boys (City branch)
Boys and girls (Qasimabad branch)
Age 4 to 15
Enrollment Established 2,000 in City branch (usually 200 students per class of three sections each)
Houses      Ayub
     Jinnah
     Liaquat
     Tariq
Color(s) White, atomic tangerine and brown             
Affiliations Aga Khan University
St Mary's Convent High School
Area Foujdari Road
117,040 sq ft (10,873 m2)
Qasimabad
88,610 sq ft (8,232 m2)

St Bonaventure's High School, or St Bonaventure's Boys High School, is a school located on Foujdari Road in Hyderabad in the Sindh province of Pakistan with another branch in the Qasimabad town. It is operated by the Roman Catholic diocese of Hyderabad.

History[edit]

In the years between the 1920s and early 1930s the missionary establishments in the southern Indian subcontinent laid foundations for a school in Hyderabad run by the church to impart education to the masses.[1] It was, however, during the years of the partition and the formation of the nation of Pakistan (1945–1948), Archilles Meersman, a parish priest, born to a Dutch mother and a Belgian father, at the Franciscan seminary at Karachi, built the new school.[2] With deeply rooted Franciscan ideologies, Archilles named the school after the saint Bonaventure of Bagnoregio. Although some suggest that the school was named after the Rt. Rev. Bonaventure Patrick Paul, former bishop of Hyderabad.[3] It was later given the status of a high school after the partition and was formally called St Bonaventure's High School.

The Catholic Board of Education took charge of the development and running of the school and erected a church in the memory of Saint Francis Xavier for his services in Central Asia and India. The church and the school buildings are regarded as cultural heritage monuments in Hyderabad.[4] Formerly a coeducational institution, the school was divided into two schools, one for boys and one for girls named St Mary's Convent High School. Running under a Christian administration, the schools imparted education to upper and middle class students until the 1970s when these were nationalised and taken over by the socialist government of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto.[1]

When in 1972, all privately owned institutions were nationalised under the Government of Pakistan, most lost their quality and charm. The government administration failed to deliver quality education through these schools.[1] It was not until 1992 that with the change of government the schools were denationalised and the rightful ownership was returned to the Roman Catholic diocese. Most Christian institutions in other parts of the nation were denationalised later on in June 2001.[1] [5] The current principals Mr. Bertram DeSouza and Mrs. Angela DeSouza were former teachers at the school during the early 1960s and later married, becoming joint principals in the late 1970s.

Qasimabad branch[edit]

The school administration expanded its operations in 1990 towards the town of Qasimabad and opened a branch there. Once built, St. Bonventure's Qasimabad branch became one of the largest schools in the city. With its significant growth in educational services, Aga Khan University extended an offer for affiliation in 2007 for curricular material to be introduced to enable the school to attain the status of a college.[citation needed]

Administration[edit]

The school is administered by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Hyderabad. The day-to-day affairs and the running of the school is headed by the principal, who is also charged with the recruitment of teachers and staff.

Fr. J. B. Todd OFM was first vice-principal and later principal of St Bonaventure's High School from 1958 to 1974.[6] He was also instrumental in starting the school band in 1958.

Bertram DeSouza and Angela DeSouza are joint principals.

The office superintendent of the school is Sr. Benedict Francis.

Activities[edit]

Following are the extra-curricular activities that are organized annually:

Following are the competitions that are organized annually:

  • debate (English, Urdu, Sindhi)
  • elocution (English, Urdu, Sindhi)
  • CSE (AKU-EB Section)
  • science exhibition
  • singing competition
  • Ramazan[disambiguation needed] quiz
  • computer quiz and exhibition
  • drawing contest

Based on the performances in academic and extra-curricular activities, a house is awarded an Honour Flag each month. Zuhair Akram Shaikh secured more than 50 certificates in all these contests.

Student groups[edit]

There are the following student groups:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "The Vanishing Glory of Hyderabad (Sindh, Pakistan)" (PDF). Unior.it. Retrieved 2008-05-25. 
  2. ^ Diehl, Katharine Smith (August 1978). "Review: Catholic Religious Orders in South Asia (1500-1835)". The Journal of Asian Studies. Association for Asian Studies. pp. 699–711. JSTOR 2054372. 
  3. ^ "Colvale - Village with a view". Goacom. Retrieved 2008-05-25. 
  4. ^ "List of old historical building". Hyderabad District Government. Retrieved 2008-05-25. [dead link]
  5. ^ "News from Pakistani missionary schools". Goanet USENET forum. Retrieved 2008-05-25. 
  6. ^ Dawn 18 December 2005