St. Patrick's Higher Secondary School

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St. Patrick's School
SPS crest original (1970s) compressed sharp sepia.gif
Address
GT Rd, Chelidanga, Asansol, West Bengal 713301

Information
TypePrivate
MottoSola Nobilitas Virtus
Nobility is the sole Virtue
Established1891
School districtBurdwan
PrincipalNigel D'Souza
Faculty60
GradesKG-12
Number of students1,800
Color(s)Green      and gold     
AthleticsFootball, cricket, swimming, basketball, badminton, table tennis, hockey.
AffiliationCouncil for the Indian School Certificate Examinations
Website

St. Patrick's Higher Secondary School or SPS is one of the oldest schools in eastern India. The school admits students from kindergarten to 12th standard providing them with complete secondary education. Located in Asansol, in the Paschim Bardhaman district of the western part of West Bengal, with a distance of 200 kilometers from Kolkata (Calcutta).

History[edit]

St. Patrick’s School was built in 1877 as a Scholasticate for Belgian Jesuits; the climate of the dry plains seemed to be hard on them hence it was taken over by the Irish Christian Brothers in 1890 and opened the institution as St. Patrick’s Boarding of Anglo- Indian and European Boys;[1] the buildings were first used to host students only in 1891, founded by the Congregation of Christian Brothers, a Catholic religious institute from Ireland that has undertaken missionary and educational work worldwide. This group, also informally known as the Christian Brothers, was founded by Edmund Ignatius Rice. St. Patrick's School, Asansol is one of the 19 Christian Brothers Schools in India. For a brief span of time during the Second World War, when the Royal Air Force was using the school buildings as airforce base and distress quarters[2] while the administration of the School was under the Jesuit Mission of Patna and the school was shifted to Kurji.[3]

Description[edit]

With three sections for each class/grade from KG-10 and two section for 11-12, there are about 1,800 students enrolled in the school; the school follows the 10+2 Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations curriculum which includes the national ICSE exam at the end of Class 10, and the ISC Science exam at the end of Class 12. The school enjoys considerable recognition for academic excellence, having produced many state and national rankers.

St. Patrick's was originally a fully residential school, it started admitting day scholars later, and finally closed the hostel completely in 1984. The school has enrolled girls in Classes 11 and 12 since 2009; the Jubilee Hospital Building on the grounds was built in 1918. It is no longer a functioning hospital, having closed at the same time that hostel was closed, it is currently used as a residence for some staff members.

The school is one of the largest landowners in Asansol, with buildings, fields, a huge pond and acres of virgin wooded areas bordering prime real estate like the residential colony known as Hill View or other schools like Loreto Convent, Maria Goretti, St. Joseph's School and St. Vincent's School.

Alumni[edit]

St. Patrick's Alumni International, is the largest and oldest alumni organization, founded in 2001, it has about 4,500 alumni in its network and does not charge any fees.

Panoramic photo of the school from atop the main school building.

School anthem[edit]

Here all let's sing a school song

For the best school of them all

Cheer all, cheer for St. Patrick's

Cheer for St. Patrick's Asansol

Whatever the task on us depend

We'll fight to the last our school to defend

Whether at books or games

It's all the same

We are always top in the end

So here all let's sing a school song

For the best school of them all

Cheer all, cheer for St. Patrick's

For we are the best of all!

Notable alumni[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Initial Beginning
  2. ^ Fleming, Laurence (2004). Last Children of the Raj. the University of Michigan: I. B. Tauris,. p. 293.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
  3. ^ School Administration over the years

External links[edit]