ABOUT US - Our school was first started in 1876 by Miss Angelina Hoare and Miss Milman, both missionaries from England and it was named Diocesan Mission School. In 1894, the administration of the school was handed over to the Sisters of the Community of John the Baptist Convent, Clewer, England, who named it St. John's Diocesan School.
It gained Government recognition only in 1900. The first batch of students appeared for their Matriculation Examination in 1909. In the same compound, an offshoot of the High School, the Dio College was started.
Our institution initially pioneered enlightened education for girls in West Bengal. Then, ours was the first and only Christian College for women in this city. The recognition of the college was revoked later, because one of our students Smt. Beena Das (renowned freedom fighter of West Bengal) shot at Stanley Jackson, the then Governor of Bengal.
There were many Clewer sisters who taught but it was Sister Dorothy Francis during whose tenure as the principal the reputation of the school was at its zenith. She was awarded Kaiser-e-Hind for contribution towards woman's education
The first Indian Principal Miss. C. Das took over from Sister Hilda Francis in 1944. Then from 1960 to 1977 Miss Molina Mukherjee was at the helm of the school affairs. Then came Miss Jaya Shome who worked here from 1978 to 1982. From 1983 to 1985, Miss Nilima Pyne was appointed Teacher-in-Charge. In 1985, Mrs. T. Samuel Raj took over from Miss Pyne. Then in 1990, Mrs. Rosita Chrestien joined this school as the Principal. Mrs. C. Lionel served as Teacher-in-Charge from 2011-2014 and was appointed as the Principal from 01.12.2014.
Our second school for the less fortunate children at Elliot Lane (off Ripon Street) is running in full swing. Every aspect of their educational needs is looked after. Nutritious midday meals are also provided to the 59 children. Every year one meritorious girl student is absorbed in the mother school. Another school for the less fortunate children will start functioning in the main school premises from January 2013. It has a roll strength of 50 children.
The Rt. Revd. Ashoke Biswas, Bishop of Calcutta, is the President of the School Managing Committee and Mr. Terence Ireland, Principal, St. James' School, is the Hony. Secretary
MISSION AND VISION - We offer an all-round education upto the Higher Secondary level. The school has a wide spectrum of co-curricular activities, which receive as much importance as the academic disciplines. We help our girls to blossom into women, with many interests in many things. We continue our endeavours in searching for new ways to reinforce and where necessary, rebuild the sense of community oneness. We persist in instilling in our wards the principles of justice, honesty, tolerance, patriotism and discipline.
SCHOOL UNIFORM - 1. It is compulsory for children to come in neat and clean uniform. The uniform is sky blue frock, white socks with blue border and black shoes for classes L.N. to IV.
2. Children of class V to X have to come in house colour uniforms, white socks with blue border and keds on games days. All uniform should be bought from the school only. The regular uniform is white skirt, blouse and school belt.
3.Only black hair bands are allowed. Fashionable ornaments of any kind should not be worn.
4.During winter navy blue, full sleeved cardigan is permitted as per school pattern and navy blue blazers for H.S. Students. Class XI, XII have different uniform, white shirt with blue collars, white skirts, black shoes and white socks with blue border.
5.With a view to maintaining parity and consistency in the uniform of all the students, it shall be obligatory and / or mandatory for the students to purchase and use the uniform bought only from the school uniform counter. Pupils will not be allowed to attend classes not wearing uniforms and badges purchased from the school counter situated in the school premises.
6.Wearing of the Identity Card issued by the School is compulsory for all the students.
FEES - 1. Fees can be paid on quarterly, half-yearly or annual basis. Choice of basis is totally optional.
2. Fees should be paid by the 20th of the first month of the quarter, half year or year, failing which a fine of Rs. 500/- will be levied. If 20th falls on a Sunday or on any Bank holiday, fees may be cleared by the 21st of that month.
3. Fees will be collected by UBI - ST. JOHN'S DIOCESAN SCHOOL BRANCH, 17, Sarat Bose Road, Kolkata 700 020 from Monday to Friday 10.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m. Saturday 10.00 a.m. to 12.00 Noon.
4. Pupils whose fees are over three months in arrear will have their names struck off the rolls and will be re-admitted on payment of arrears and a re-admission charge of Rs. 1000/-.
5. The Students of L.N. to Class XII should pay all their dues, bus fees and tuition fees before they appear for their Terminal Examination. Under no circumstances fees once paid would be refunded.
6. The school reserves the right to increase the fees at any time of the year if an increment is considered necessary. Five percent annual increase in the tuition fee or any other fees is normal
SCHOOL HOURS -
The present school timings are as under :
Pre-Primary & Primary : 8.10 a.m. to 12.00 Noon
Secondary & Higher Secondary : 8.20 a.m. to 2.00 p.m.
1st bell for the Assembly : 8.15 a.m.
Assembly starts at : 8.20 a.m.
All the three Gates will be closed at 8.15AM. Only the wicket gate of Gate No.1 will be kept open till 8.30 AM. No student will be allowed to enter the School after 8.30AM under any circumstances.
Assembly is an integral part of the curriculum. Children must attend Assembly.
WITHDRAWAL PROCEDURE -1. One calendar month's notice is to be given in writing or one month's fees in lieu thereof before the withdrawal of student. T.C. Charge Rs. 100/-.
2. All dues till the date of withdrawal have to be cleared before the Transfer Certificate is issued.
3. Students whose attendance is irregular, who do not pay their fees, who are habitually late or absent, lazy or disobedient, whose conduct is injurious to the moral tone of the school or incompatible with strict discipline, may be dismissed.
4. As a rule, a student who is dismissed/has taken Transfer Certificate, is not re-admitted.
5. The Principal’s decision is final in all cases of dismissal or withdrawal.