St Joseph’s Girls Higher Secondary School, Changanasserry
It had been the long cherished dream of Blessed Chavara to open a school for the education of girls at Changanassery. St Joseph’s Girls Higher Secondary School, a realization of this blessed priest’s dream, is situated at the heart of Changanassery town known for its religious tolerance, and rich cultural heritage.
The convent school meant for girls is patronized to Saint Joseph, the guardian of virgins was founded by Msgr. Cyriac Kandankerry together with its co-founder Thoppil Rev. Thresia Kathrena.
The then Bishop of Changanassery Diocese Mar. Charles Levinge and the then secretary to the bishop Rev.Fr. Louis Pazhayaparampil took pains for the realization of the dream of Blessed Chavara.
St Joseph’s Girls School was started as an English elementary school on 30th October 1894 by the religious sisters of the Congregation of Mother of Carmel with the purpose of imparting education to women. It was the first one of its kind in this part of the country. In a society where the girls were not even allowed to get to the veranda of the house, a school for girls was of course a revolutionary and daring step which later led to the social, economic and cultural development of the locality.
The elementary school was later upgraded as a secondary school in 1917. Later when Pre-Degree education was de- linked from colleges to schools as Higher Secondary Rev.Fr. Joseph Manalil, the then Vicar of Metropolitan church and Rev. Sr. Sancta CMC, the then Mother provincial of Changanassery tried their best to get the school upgraded as Higher Secondary. Thus by the joint efforts of the Priests, the catholic community at Changanassery and the religious sisters of CMC, it has become a full fledged Higher Secondary School managed by the Archdiocese of Changanassery.
The school which was upgraded as a Higher Secondary School in 2000 started functioning in the vacant class rooms of the High School Building.
As the classes doubled the number of class rooms were found insufficient, the section was moved to the Sunday school building of the Metropolitan Church where it functioned for one year. In the next year itself a three storey building with almost all infrastructural facilities was erected for the purpose in the heart of the town.
Later the roof top auditorium was made ready for use, the courtyard beautified by interlocking bricks and a beautiful garden was set in front too. The whitewashed building of the school was then painted in 2009.
When a principal took charge of the office for the Higher Secondary Section alone, every facilities needed for the smooth functioning of the office was arranged.
In 2010 a MAT (Multimedia Assisted Transaction) Room was modified for facilitating ICT enabled transaction.
In order to develop the attitude of sharing and a concern for the needy ones in society, among students, the school constituted two scholarships which would help the students in need financially and give them emotional support too.
The programmes are:
- ‘Bloom A Bud’ Project to help the outgoing needy students for higher education
- ‘FAPS’ Project (Financial Aid to Poor Students).
The school is proud to have in its credit an alumni association in the name ‘Ormakkoodu’. The alumni includes 19 Medical students, one IIT students, College Professors, Bank employees, Chartered Accounatants and several Engineering students and Employed engineers.
The school is whole heartedly accepted to its bosom by the region which includes Changanassery town, its neighboring panchayats and part of Kuttanadu as it is easily accessible and approachable to all people irrespective of their caste, community and financial status.
Right from its beginning onwards, the school met periodical and steady growth.
Now the school stands as a full fledged Aided Higher Secondary School with all infrastructural facilities.
Being the first and only Higher Secondary School for Girls under the Corporate Management of the Arch Diocese of Changanasserry, St Joseph’s Girls Higher Secondary School excels and stands as a pioneer in the field of women’s Education. The school with its competent faculty, spiritual atmosphere, beautiful and spacious building with all infrastructural facilities is known far and wide as a centre of excellence and an abode of spirituality. The all round development of young and budding talents is ensured by fostering their physical, mental, intellectual caliber and by maintaining equilibrium of emotional, spiritual and moral traits. The psychological and scientific approach of the teachers and the inter personal relations among both provide an emotional balance and positive attitude to life in the brittle children having distinct characters of youthfulness.
- Best Higher Secondary School under the Corporate Management for Three times.
- Overall championship for the two successive years in Science, Mathematics, Social Science and Work Experience Fair in the Sub-District level for two successive years.
- Overall championship in the sub-district Youth Festival in 2008-’09 and overall second in 2009-’10 & 2010- ’11
- Overall championship in KCSL Archdiocesan level in 2009-10 and overall second in 2010-’11.
- Our students won 1st prize in almost all Inter Higher Secondary Debate competitions,Elocution and Quiz competitions
- State level first prize in Mime and English Skit for three successive years.
- 100% result in both Science and Commerce in 2010-’12 and in Commerce in 2011-’13.
- Nineteen Medical students in thirteen years and one IIT student.
Steering hands till date
Sr. Emerit CMC
Sr. Marietta CMC
Sr. Flowerlet CMC
Sr.Tessy Rose CMC (First Principal)
Sr. Reny CMC
Sr. Jane Rose CMC (First Principal For HSS Section Alone)
Sr. Claris CMC