In November 1843, a fire broke out in the San Souci Theatre, No. 10, Park Street, Kolkata. It was an accident that changed the history of Park Street and that of The City of Joy, Kolkata as well. Fire is indeed a destroyer but is also a purifier that gets rid of the old and creates something new. The fire that destroyed the San Souci Theatre on that day rekindled another fire - The fire of education. Eventually that burnt out Theatre became the home of an institution that redefined modern education. A small band of Belgium Jesuits headed by Father Henry Depelchin opened their hearts and the doors of their abode at 10 Park Street (Now 30, Mother Teresa Sarani) to become what today stands as a symbol of quality education in the country ... St. Xavier's Kolkata.
It was 16th January 1860, St. Xavier s Collegiate School, Kolkata was established for the education of Catholic boys. Today, however, boys of all religious denominations are admitted.
The patron of the School is St. Francis Xavier (07.04.1506 - 03.12.1552). Born of a noble Spanish family, Francis became a follower of St. Ignatious of Loyola during his studies at the university of Paris and was one of his first companions.
St. Ignatius of Loyola, is the Founder of The Society of Jesus.The Society of Jesus, a Christian Religious Order founded by St. Ignatius of Loyola in 1540, has been active in the field of education throughout the world since its origin. The Society of Jesus is responsible for 1865 educational institutions in 65 countries, 356 of them being secondary schools.
The school celebrated its 150th Year on 16th January 2010.
It is a matter of great pride for all Xaverians that St. Xavier's Collegiate School completed 150 years on 16th January 2010. Our institution has survived the passing of imperialism, the struggle for independence and the tumultuous times that accompanied the birth of our beloved country. Through the changing times the principles of our beloved Jesuit Priests have remained the same and have strengthened our solidarity, belief and attachment to our alma mater and our resolve to give back to society at large.
The inaugural programme of the 150 years celebration was held on 21st January, 2009. The Hon'ble Prime Minister of India, Dr. Manmohan Singh had confirmed his participation in the programme, but unfortunately, due to sudden illness, which resulted in a heart bypass surgery, Dr. Singh could not attend the function. The Hon'ble Chief Minister of West Bengal, Mr. Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee attended the function as Chief Guest. The Mayor of Kolkata Municipal Corporation, Mr.Bikash Ranjan Bhattacharyya and Speaker of West Bengal Assembly were also present. The Primary and Senior school boys of SXCS gave a performance which was well appreciated by the audience. The college students also drew applause with their cultural performance.
The year long celebration concluded on the 16th of January, 2010 with the presence of Dr. Manmohan Singh the Honorable Prime Minister, which was the Hallmark of the celebration. The Governor Mr. Devanand Konwar and Chief Minister Mr.Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee were also present on this great occasion. A Special Portrait painted by eminent painter Mr.Paresh Maity depicting young Rabindranath Tagore in class with Fr. Pernanda was presented to the honorable Prime Minister by alumnus Mr. Aveek Sarkar.
The other functions were as under:
16 January 10 - The Prime Minister, Governor & Chief Minister had attended the program.
17 January 10 - Mr. P. Chidambaram, Home Minister attended the program.
18 January 10 - Multi Religious prayer meet co-ordinated by Mr. Dipanker Bose, School Teacher
19 January 10 - Mass with Cardinal Toppo from Ranchi.
20 January 10 - Classical Music Performance by Aman & Ayan Ali Khan on Sarod in fusion with Geno Banks followed by Sandeep & Sanjeev Vyas in a Musical Soiree.
21 January 10 - School & College Students Cultural program followed by dinner with- Priests, Teachers, all Staff and Alumni accompanied with some light music.
January saw the concluding ceremonies of the 150th Sesquicentenary celebrations of the School and College. On the 16th January the School together with the College welcomed the Prime Minister as the chief guest for the opening of the celebrations. January 18th saw 150 boys of the Primary School welcome the Religious leaders with diyas on the occasion of the Multi-Religious Prayer Service.
At the cultural programme a play on the life (a segment) of St.Francis Xavier was put on by the boys of the Primary section along with some of the boys of class 6 and an audio visual presentation of the birth of St. Xavier’s School! A tribute was also paid to an old Xaverian and ex Chief Minister of West Bengal, Shri Jyoti Basu, who passed away the previous day. The Secondary boys presented two excellent dance dramas invoking the blessings of the Almighty on this 150 year old Institution. And they also put up various events, fusion and classical music, Eastern songs and dance items. Our thanks go to all the teachers and students who gave of their time and energies to make the occasion a memorable one.
150th year School Wall Calendar and the School Calendar
A staff team consisting of Fr. Sebastian James, Mr. J Kallor, Ms. V. Hildreth and Mrs. Aarti Hirjee worked tirelessly to bring out a most beautiful wall calendar, with the theme being the School anthem. A copy was given to every member of the Staff and Student body. The same team worked hard to bring out the special School Calendar for the Jubilee year 2009-2010.