ST.FRANCIS’ CONVENT INTER COLLEGE JHANSI
A Higher Secondary Girls’ Day School – Affiliated to the Council for Indian School Certificate Examination New Delhi – Medium of Instruction: English
Year of Establishment: 1898
A VIRTUAL TOUR OF THE SCHOOL
Unique beginning: In 1898 two Loreto Sisters had founded St. Francis’ Convent School but old age and illness forced them to abandon the project. Then in 1913 the Congregation of Jesus (then IBMV) was asked by the Bishop to run the school for Catholic children. Though the sisters wanted to change the name to St. Mary’s, they did not succeed as several obstacles came in the way. We have St. Francis of Assisi as our patron Saint. The school is located in the cantonment and just about 1 km. away from the Railway Junction. The historic Jhansi Fort is only 4 km. away.
Our Mission: The integral human development of girls from every social background in the spirit of freedom, integrity and justice, so as to enable them to respond critically and creatively to the needs of the world around and live the fullness of life to which they are called.
Therefore through all our curricular and co-curricular activities we strive to:
- Inculcate in our students competence, conscience and compassionate commitment.
- Promote sensitivity towards diverse religions, cultures and ethnic groups.
- Direct our attention and resources towards the education of children from disadvantaged backgrounds.
- Develop a scientific temper
- Cultivate empathy for the disturbed ecology.
- Provide opportunities to make our students socially conscious.
Formation of Students
Intellectual development: The School has a rigorous academic programme. Classes U. K.G. to Cl. 5 have a joyful and less burdensome curriculum which includes a Five Step teaching – learning cycle with particular emphasis on developing conceptual skills, understanding skills, language and comprehension skills. We prepare the students for Cl. XII (ISC) exams in Science and Commerce. Smart classes enhance learning.
Formation of character: What is especially helpful in fostering values of self-discipline, initiative, sharing and caring, caring for the environment, social consciousness etc. are value education classes, school assemblies, prayer services, celebration of some national festivals and international days, exposure programmes, art and craft, socially useful and productive works, camps and orientation days, sports and games, charities, cultural events etc. Through House system students get training in participatory and democratic leadership.
Besides we have the following Youth Movements
- LTS: (Leadership Training Service) to inculcate leadership qualities (Servant Leadership model)
– USM (Universal Solidarity Movement) which aims at Self transformation before social transformation by following the five paths namely: do a good deed every day, skip a meal a week, pray daily for peace, honour parents, teachers and every human being, and save our natural resources. This movement also fosters respect for other religions.
– Eco Club: Inspired by our Patron Saint we ‘care for our common home’. Paper re-cycling by students is a small step towards conserving nature besides keeping our campus green and clean, tree plantation drives. It is a polythene free school.
– NCC: National Cadets Corps is in its initial stages.
Pastoral care: For the Catholic/ Christian students we conduct catechism classes, prepare them for sacraments etc. and have the Eucharist on a regular basis. We celebrate different religious festivals with prayer and reflection. To some extent, students are provided with guidance and counselling. Students, teachers and parents have orientation days conducted by experts to reflect upon various issues and needs confronting us today.
Special Weeks observed:
-Giving Week: to collect food and clothes for the needy usually around Christmas time
– Mary Ward Week: to help children grow in the knowledge and love Mary Ward
Love Offering: Students save their pocket money to contribute towards our charity projects.
Evening Class: for disadvantaged children from neighbourhood particularly government schools.
Friends of Mary Ward: Our teachers have formed a small ‘Friends of Mary Ward’ group.
Their motto: “to be a leaven’ in the school.
Our Communication channels: We communicate with parents almost on a daily basis through
e-care, school website, and News Letters (News File), besides Parent- Teacher meetings at least four times a year.
For further information please visit: www.sfcjhs.org