St Mary’s Convent High School is a day school established in 1899 by the sisters of the Congregation of Jesus. It is an International Institute devoted to the education of girls.

The School’s vision outlines that this is an Institution open to girls of all communities, irrespective of status, caste and creed. It imparts not only academic education but also helps them to form an integrated personality by developing in them a strong character, love of truth, respect, loyalty, a sense of justice and the necessity for honest, hard work.

The present strength of the school is about 1800 students with 70 members of the staff. It provides Primary and Secondary Education (Class 1-12) and offers graduating students the choice of Commerce or Science streams. The school prepares students for the Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (Class X-ICSE) and the Indian School Certificate Examination (Class 12 – ISC). The results are hundred percent.

The C J Sisters of the Allahabad Province, in collaboration with the staff aim to train our students to strive for personal excellence in order to develop leadership; to create a just society where the underprivileged, the exploited, especially, Children and Dalits are restored to their God given dignity.

The school provides a vast - comprehensive array of activities. In one academic year itself students participate in school and inter-school activities like debates, drama, declamations and tournaments. SUPW, Project Work, Science, Maths and Art Contests, National Day Celebrations and Social- Upliftment Works come under co-curricular activities and are seriously undertaken. A well stocked Library, Computer-lab facilities, well-equipped Laboratories, Stadium, Basketball-Courts and Play-ground equipment are also provided.

The Timetable is of utmost importance and is planned thoroughly and carefully. Its periods include studies, co-curricular activities and value education. Along with daily assemblies it earmarks and focuses on Long Assemblies. Long assemblies deal with topics of social, moral and personal responsibilities. With some guidance the students conduct long assemblies themselves using the help of role plays, power point presentations, songs and dances matching the theme of the assembly - this is a future plan to activate responsible citizens.

As ‘labour is dignity’ the school also honours its workers on labour Day (1st May) every year in cash and kind during a felicitation ceremony, besides, ensuring their welfare whenever required.

‘It takes a whole community to educate even a single child’, keeping this part of the vision of education in mind the school welcomes parents, teachers, counselors, social workers, and other responsible citizens to contribute their wisdom, knowledge and experience during PTA or other co-curricular and national events. Students even work with NGO’s to protect the environment and deal with current social evils.

Against spiraling costs the school has risen to the daunting task and persisted in providing concessions in fees or free education to the wards of guardians with unsteady income or those guardians who suffer medical or physical set-backs and bereavement in the family. At present this school is supporting 52 students in the English Medium section with concessions in fees, stationery and uniforms.

The greatest purpose of education is to empower individuals to transform the society. Empowerment is usually misunderstood as academic laurels or monetary success for few people. Therefore, to instill values of compassion, sharing and reaching out, every student in the school is given an opportunity to take an exposure visit class wise annually. Students visit orphanages, slums, shelter-houses for girls and women, jails, spastic centers, schools for poor children, old-age homes and homes of the destitute and mentally retarded. Students interact with the inmates. They teach, assist or entertain and give them material aid in the form of stationery, clothes, food-grains, eatables etc.

In 1993 the Mary Ward School for the slum children was started. This is a parallel and recognized school in Hindi Medium up to class five. Irrespective of their backgrounds this school provides about 280 underprivileged students basic education, free uniforms, meals, stationery and regular healthcare. Its students and parents receive finance for medical requirements or doctor’s visits. The immediate families are provided with clothes, food-provisions, welfare visits, social upliftment-counselling, and hygiene-education from time to time. Students who complete the schooling here are sponsored for suitable vocational training. This school constantly holds out opportunities for these students to integrate in a socially responsible manner.

Our school is committed to promote sensitivity to diverse religions, cultures, to spiritual growth, help to the deprived, a scientific temper and to its belief that the noble work of education is for Social Transformation. Many students who have passed out over the years have excelled and set this transformation into motion...Jayanti Chandra-IAS, Mrinmayee Shuba Bhave–Educationist /Religious Head, Sujata Dwivedi -Fighter Pilot in the Indian Air force, Sushmita Dass-UNICEF- Member, Bina Gupta-Assistant Judge, Supreme Court and Head girl Malvika Tewari of 2006 who was the winner of the NASA sponsored Best Invention, Phoenix, Arizona.

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