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From the Archives of SJS

Half a century is an important landmark in a life of a person or an institution. It is a time to look back and also forward with renewed confidence.


This is how it all began...


Sr. Justa Maria, a German sister of the congregation of the Daughters of the Cross was a person of vision, wise and far sighted. It is her foresight that led her to open an English school in January 1966 in this steel city of Rourkela. It was a very humble beginning under the Neem tree with few students. The first students were from Rourkela town – the people from business background admitted their children in the school. During the rainy season they had classes in varanda of the convent which does not exist now. As the numbers started to grow few classrooms of the Technical School, where poor girls of the villages were taught needle work. The technical school was closed due to poor response from the village girls.


In the beginning both boys and girls were admitted but in the year 1978 the Board of Trustees decided to admit girls only, Boys were allowed to continue up to class VIII, thereafter they were notified to join other schools. The early days were hard. Sr. Justa Maria faced many difficulties but nothing prevented her from her aim and determination to establish and maintain the school. Her hard work and effort was rewarded. The construction of the school building progressed slowly as funds were scarce. Strength and growth came through the continuous efforts and struggle of Sr. Margaret Rose, Sr. Rosalia, Sr. Mary Vianney, Sr. Mary Lucy, Sr. Dorothy and Sr. Teresa Chungath. Thereafter Sr. Anupama came as the in-charge of the school and contributed her time and energy and brought up the school through loving administration and positive outlook to every situation. The school continues to grow as the tree which has been given sufficient care and attention.