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St. Joseph & Mary’s School was established on 16th January 1963 by Mr. T. L. Lamb. It started with 17 children and 5 Teachers. After Mr. T. L. Lamb’s departure for England this school was run by Mrs. Sulekha Goswamy. It was a non-recognised private school for a long period of time. Gradually the roll strength of students increased by leaps and bounds. Recruitment of Teachers and the members of the Non-Teaching staff launched by the then school Administration luxuriantly.

DR. Bhakta Sundar Sharma, Principal cum Secretary of the school was appointed and joined on 2nd February 1979, as an Assistant Teacher of the school. Still the school was neither recognized by the Education Depart of Govt. of West Bengal nor was affiliated to any Board. In 1980 the school was recognized and was affiliated to ‘Council For the Indian School Certificate Examinations’, New Delhi. In 1981 eight students from the school appeared at the ICSE Final. Therefore, the school began thriving in various dimensions. There was no ISC (+2) in the school. The students after passing the ICSE Final from the school would get them admitted to St. Xavier’s Collegiate School, Calcutta, Calcutta Boys’ School, St. James’ School etc. and would come out with flying colours. Some of them got chance in I.I.Ts in various places of India, some ex-students took off for England, U.S.A, or SAS countries for higher studies and were given high profile in their career.

As a matter of fact, Mrs. Sulekha Goswamy (the former Principal of the school) left the school on 16th August 1991, and DR. Bhakta Sundar Sharma was given the charge of Principal in the evening on 16th August 1991. He was appointed full-fledged Principal on 11th February, 1993. In 1991, Bhakta Sundar Sharma had a legacy of hassles, impediments, obstacles and odious situation.

There were only 28 Teachers (including the Principal) and 35 classes in both the shifts of the school (Morning shift & Day shift). By dint of untiring efforts of the members of the Teaching and the Non-Teaching staff along with that of the Principal the school’s odyssey was given a remarkable momentum. At present there are more than two thousand two hundred students in the school and there are almost 145 members of the Teaching and the Non-Teaching staff..

We were accorded permission to open ISC (Science, Commerce & Arts streams) in 1998. In the ISC examination of 2002 and 2003 this school sent up fourth largest number of candidates from West Bengal. This school possesses the largest Interact Club in Asia and Asia is the largest continent of the world. Our students go to local slums to serve the poor, take extra ordinary Health care and preventive measures, run “Each one Teach One” project with the poor children of the slum. They very often visit the local ‘Old Age Homes’ and entertain the inmates of those homes with songs, music, sweet etc. our students with the help of the Teachers inoculate Hepatitis B to the poor children from the neighbouring areas of the school. In “Better Kolkata contest”, patronized by ‘The Telegraph’ ‘Indian Chamber of Commerce’ ‘Britannia’ our students were awarded the best prize in ‘Health category project’. The Laurel consists of a big Trophy,

An outstanding certificate and a gift cheque of Rs. 20,000 /- (Rupees twenty thousand only). A few years ago the rural areas of West Bengal was flooded tremendously and that calamity got the villages of W.B. handicapped. Our students and the members of the staff collected a big amount and was handed over to Sri Buddhadeb Bhattacherjee, the Chief Minister of West Bengal, and it was Rs. 110,000/- (Rupees one lakh ten thousand only). Cancer Research Institute, Thakurpukur, Kolkata our students pay visit once a month and they entertain, converse, exchange their views with the patients of the Hospital to enthuse them. They entertain them with edibles, cold drinks etc. with the permission from the Hospital Authority.

St. Joseph & Mary’s School is a member ‘United Schools Organization’ (U.S.O.). It is monitored by U.N.O. (United Nations Organisation). Consequently almost every year we are instructed by the U.N.O. directly to celebrate ‘International peace Day’ in the month of September. Every year we solemnize the ‘Peace Day’ on 21st September by lighting ‘Peace Candle’, ringing ‘Peace Bell’ releasing pigeons and balloons. Once Mr. N. A. O’Brien, the Chairman of CISCE honoured the chair of the Guest-In-Chief. We organized a ‘PEACE RALLY’ with Mr. N. A. O’Brien. Once Mr. Rudra Prasad Sengupta, the Doyen of Modern Theatre honoured the Chair of the Guest-In-Chief. More than twelve hundred students of the school joined the rally, though media coverage was ignobly poor. In a gathering of the schools of U.S.O. in Chennai Master Suchandan Shyamal a student of the school was given away a gold medal for being the top rank holder in painting competition.

Every year our students participate in ‘Contingent Parade’ and ‘Performance’ on 26th January, (Republic Day) on Brigade Parade Ground before the Governor and other plenipotentiary of the country. The Republic Day celebration of Kolkata is second in the country (next to that of New Delhi, the capital of India). This year in the same parade the boys of St. Joseph & Mary’s School bagged the 1 Prize and the team of the girls topped in ‘Performance’ for decoration.

Thus in various chosen field of activities our students do perform magnificently.

The Rotary Club of Calcutta (Kolkata) had chosen our Principal as Teacher of the year in 1998. A memento and an outstanding certificate was awarded to him.

Very recently in Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata, our school conducted an Art exhibition (21 September 2004 to 24 September 2004).

Anyway, this is a brief note of skyrocketing flight for the welfare of the school and upliftment of generation of tomorrow. Our motto is inculcation of culture of ‘Universal Brotherhood’ (Basudhaiv Kuttambakam).
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