Holy Family High School
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Location
Mahakali Caves Road, East Andheri, Mumbai

,
400093

India
Coordinates19°07′01″N 72°51′43″E / 19.116999°N 72.861843°E / 19.116999; 72.861843Coordinates: 19°07′01″N 72°51′43″E / 19.116999°N 72.861843°E / 19.116999; 72.861843
Information
TypePrivate primary and secondary school
MottoLoyalty through service
Religious affiliation(s)Catholicism
DenominationJesuits
Established1945; 77 years ago (1945)
PrincipalFr. Malcolm Nato, S.J.
GradesK-12
GenderBoys
Enrollment2,600
Language
Websitewww.holyfamilyandheri.org

The Holy Family High School is a private Catholic primary and secondary school for boys located in the suburb of East Andheri in Mumbai, in the state of Maharashtra, India. While the school is primarily English-medium, there is also a smaller Marathi-medium section that runs in parallel from the fifth to the tenth standard.[1] The school now also has a junior college named Holy Family Junior College for 11th and 12th grade HSC students.

History

Old logo
Old logo

Holy Family High School was founded in 1944 as a parish institution in an old, single-storied structure by Fr. Denzil Keating, S.J. The school's first headmistress was Maud D'Costa.

In 1963, another school building was constructed adjoining Holy Family Church. It was improved and extended with the help of student efforts such as donations, raffles, and school fêtes. A new hall and classrooms were constructed. This building lacked facilities such as filtered drinking water and a cafeteria. It had an inadequate playground and poor sports facilities, requiring the use of the Vinayalaya Jesuit seminary grounds, behind the school and church buildings. The building was extended in the 1970s to have multiple stories, with additional classrooms and a school hall. The school had female students for a few years. Some were admitted for year 11 science and commerce streams. Earlier in the school's history females were accepted at lower levels as well. A mini-stadium was built on the old school ground using funds donated by Jitendra Shah. A few years later, the building became too small to cater to the growing number of parishioners and the building was sold.

A more spacious building was constructed, with its own playground on a nearby plot of land. On 22 October 1985, Fr. Lisbert D'Souza, S.J., (Provincial Superior of the Bombay Jesuits) blessed the foundation stone and on 16 July 1988 Bishop Ferdinand Fonseca blessed the new building. On 7 January 1989, under the tenure of Jesuit Frs. Tony J. D'Souza as vicar and Francis Gonsalves as principal, the new school building was formally inaugurated by Simon Cardinal Pimenta, the archbishop of Bombay.

In 2005, the school added an amphitheatre and in 2009 a semi-olympic size swimming pool, both at the initiative of the school PTA.[2] Craft and painting courses are offered. Class picnics are held once a year.

A Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) was established in 1964.[3]

50th anniversary

In 1995, the school celebrated its 50th anniversary with a grand celebration including a fireworks display. In the large crowd attending were several of the school's former principals. A time capsule containing fifty years of school information was buried at the foot of the Holy Family statue to be reopened in the year 2045.

60th anniversary

In 2005 the school celebrated its 60th anniversary. Under the initiative of the principal, Fr. Francis Swamy, S.J., and the school's PTA, a five-night fête was held on the school grounds. Celebrities were present for the occasion which was broadcast live on cable TV.[4]

Policies

Academic

Merit cards are presented to students who do well academically.

Disciplinary

Some of the school's past principals have been accused of using excessive corporal punishment in the form of caning as well as, allegedly, random implements such as hockey sticks and knotted whips, even for minor offenses such as tardiness. Also, teachers used wooden rulers to hit students on hands and knuckles or slapped them as a means of punishment.

More recently, however, the school frowns on the use of corporal punishment. Instead, the services of the school's counselor are used.[citation needed] And those who require discipline are presented with cards at school assemblies, the colour of the card indicating the number of wrongdoings.

Civic

In 2004, the school banned the use of plastics by its students out of concern for the environment.[5]

Principals

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The following individuals have served as principal of the school:

Ordinal Officeholder Term start Term end Time in office
1 Fr. Denzil Keating, S.J. 1944 1949 4–5 years
2 Fr. Julius Gomes, S.J. 1949 1951 1–2 years
3 Fr. Fred Britto, S.J. 1951 1952 0–1 years
4 Fr. H Jiminez, S.J. 1952 1960 7–8 years
5 Fr. Basil Fernandes, S.J. 1960 1966 5–6 years
6 Fr. Joe D'Abreo, S.J. 1966 1968 1–2 years
7 Fr. Henry D'Cruz, S.J. 1968 1970 1–2 years
8 Fr. Percy D'Souza, S.J. 1970 1971 0–1 years
9 Fr. Valero Aleu, S.J. 1971 1974 2–3 years
(6) Fr. Joe D'Abreo, S.J. 1974 1977 2–3 years
10 Fr. Joaquim Mascarenhas, S.J. 1977 1980 2–3 years
11 Fr. Sebastian Fernandes, S.J. 1980 1982 1–2 years
(10) Fr. Joaquim Mascarenhas, S.J. 1982 1986 3–4 years
12 Fr. Edmund Carrasco, S.J. 1986 1988 1–2 years
13 Fr. Francis Gonsalves, S.J. 1988 1990 1–2 years
14 Fr. Tony Fonseca, S.J. 1990 1995 4–5 years
(10) Fr. Joaquim Mascarenhas, S.J. 1995 1998 2–3 years
15 Dr. Fr. Francis Swamy, S.J. 1998 2013 14–15 years
16 Dr. Br. Thomas Vaz, S.J. 2013 incumbent 8–9 years

See also

References

  1. ^ Stanislites Bandra (24 December 2006), Holy Family High School, archived from the original on 19 December 2021, retrieved 27 August 2017
  2. ^ "Facilities". holyfamilyandheri.org. Holy Family High School & Jr. College. Retrieved 27 August 2017.
  3. ^ "P.T.A." holyfamilyandheri.org. Holy Family High School & Jr. College. Retrieved 27 August 2017.
  4. ^ "History". holyfamilyandheri.org. Holy Family High School & Jr. College. Retrieved 27 August 2017.
  5. ^ Rodericks, Indira (1 July 2004). "'No Plastics' Zone". Cybernoon. Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 4 January 2007.