St.Joseph's Boys' Hr. Sec. School is commonly known as St. Joseph's College. It is a residential-cum-day School. It was established in 1888 by the Brothers of St. Patrick (Patrician Brothers). The Principal and the senior staff were all Irishmen till the late sixties. The school is still being run by the Patrician Brothers.
The school stands amidst beautiful surroundings, on the crest of a hill 1800 metres above sea level, just a few minutes walk from both Coonoor and Wellington railway stations. The mean annual temperature being 18.3 degree Celsius.
The school has a strong focus on football and athletics and places equal importance on academics. The school is often referred to as the "Sporting Giant of The Nilgiris", having won the Nilgiris District Inter-School Athletics Championship consecutively for the past 22 years and the Nilgiris District Inter-School Football Championship for more number of times than any other school. The school won the Tamil Nadu state-level inter-school football tournament in 2007 and almost every year has reached at least the semi-finals of this tournament. The school has produced a few state-level athletes and footballers. The students are known as "Josephites"
Physical Training, Games and Athletics are encouraged to promote sportsmanship and a healthy spirit of competition.
In 1888, the Catholic Bishop of Coimbatore, the Rt. Rev. Dr. Bardou, considered it opportune to start a school within the premises of their 'House' in the Nilgiris. At the outset, before the establishment of our present school, bungalows owned by the Catholic Mission in Wellington were utilized for the education of Catholic children. The Priests of the Society of the Paris Missions conducted the infant institution, which in the early years, had an enrolment of about forty students. With the increasing number of pupils, it was found necessary to shift the School to where sufficient accommodation could perhaps be obtained. Dr. Bardou, with considerable enterprise, obtained an extensive property in Coonoor and the work of the building was started in 1888. The main block was completed two years later and the pupils attending the School in Wellington were transferred to the new building in Coonoor - still under the Priests of the Paris Foreign Mission.
The new millennium 2000 saw the completion of the ambitious project, started in 1998, after many years of planning. The Gymnasium, Indoor Stadium and Auditorium was blessed on 8th August by His Excellency Rt. Rev. Dr. Antony Anantharayar, Bishop of Ooty and inaugurated by Thiru. Pongalur Palaniswamy, Hon. Minister for Sports and Environment, who said: "St. Joseph's now has facilities no other school or college can afford in the whole of Tamil Nadu. May the good use of these produce future Olympians, bringing glory to the State and country!" The complex houses the Indoor Basket Ball, Shuttle Badminton, Table Tennis and Squash Courts.
“The world has enough beautiful mountains and meadows, spectacular skies and serene lakes. It has enough lush forests, flowered fields and sandy beaches. It has plenty of stars and the promise of a new sunrise and sunset every day. What the world needs more of is, people to appreciate and enjoy it.” -Michael Josephson
Each year we celebrate a theme, to motivate and encourage and also to take care of oneself, the other, the school and the society. In the academic year 2020 -21 we have chosen the theme “Be Positive.” We encourage students to choose to be grateful and happy, look at the brighter side of life, find reasons to smile more often, read inspiring stories and quotes, visualize only what they wish to happen. Positive people bring joy, happiness, uplifting energy and spread positive vibes.
Education plays an important role in enabling a person to face a real-life situation and acquire adequate knowledge. The school is striving hard to make the best possible effort to inculcate strong values combined with academic and extra-curricular activities in students. We aim to create a safe, nurturing yet challenging environment that is built on positive relationships for the overall emotional, social and academic development of each student. We appreciate the unique and distinct talents of our students and try our optimum level in order to cater to the distinctive learning requirements.
I take this opportunity to express my sincere gratitude to the community leader Rev. Bro. Stanislaus, Vice Principal Rev. Bro. Christu, Sports Secretary Rev. Bro. Arun , Coordinators Mr. Paulose, Mrs. Sumitra , Mrs. Pamela Clarke and the staff for their support and commitment to bring the best in quest for excellence.
The parents are the most strengthening power in moulding the future of children. Their constant support empower us to do more and more. I pay my gratitude to them for their faith in us.
My heartiest congratulations to all my wonderful students who make our lives more challenging and meaningful as we empower them to step out into the world and make their mark and contribute effectively to the society in which they live.
With warm wishes and God’s blessings
Bro. Solomon Alexander, FSP
Vision & Mission Statement
We firmly believe that education is not a mere preparation for life but is LIFE ITSELF. Accordingly, it will be our endeavour to provide a stimulating, congenial, conducive school atmosphere so as to enable the child - 'to live, to love, to learn and to imbibe a legacy." While academic excellence will be our primary focus, we will consciously stress on the total personality development of the child - the physical, mental, aesthetic, social and spiritual dimensions.
In pursuit of this, we will seek to provide a curriculum well planned and rich in content, so that each child can attain the joy of achievement to some degree. We will assiduously promote in our children a sense of neighbourhood so that they appreciate the role of the school as a vital community centre and nurture in them a concern for all - particularly the less privileged, irrespective of caste, creed or religion. We will inculcate in our children a healthy concern for the environment and help them understand and appreciate their significant role in the entire biosphere.
Towards the achievement of our goal, we will also encourage our staff to develop their professional competency to play their role as effective facilitators of learning and be a friend, philosopher and guide. In summing up, our grand vision of a Josephite is a true, ideal individual of society transcultural, transnational, transreligious and transracial, with his dignity and divinity fully blossomed.
infrastructure & facilities
- Loudly and proudly our voices are ringing
- Clear over town land and hillside and vale
- Telling our love for the school in our singing
- Loyally flinging out our joy to the gale
- On every Josephite, stand for the school and right
- Semper paratus, each strong heart and true
- Think of our famous name; act to extend its fame
- Now and forever, its trusting to you
- Fair the blue banner above you is shining
- Fair be your name thro' the years yet to be
- So, glory and freedom, their garlands entwining
- Our school and our country good fortune shall see.
Rules for Boarders
The school wishes to inform the parents that every School is basically an Institution and observes no protocol and no preferential treatment. You visit the School at the appointed time as parents only and not as somebody who holds a place or authority in the society. We wish to get your willing co-operation in this regard.
If, for your own reasons or for any other reason, a boarder is not returning to the boarding and school for the next academic year. The parents are requested to inform Principal in writing, through a registered letter.
Your ward's candidature as an old boarder for re-admission to Class XI and all the classes thereof cannot be availed, if admission is not confirmed in time. In case you approach later date for admission, your ward will be treated as one among the new applicant.
Students coming from states other than Tamil Nadu will have to have a local guardian in Tamil Nadu, preferably in the Nilgiris District, or in the neighboring states.
Boarders will be allowed to be taken out the campus only with the permission of the Hostel warden or the person in charge, in the absence of the Warden. A list of holidays and outing days will be sent to you in due course. When you come to visit the students, you are requested to meet the Receptionist in the Boarding Office and give his name before you meet the boy. If anybody is authorized to take out the student (other than the parents) you can give their names, address and telephone numbers, with a specimen signature, at the beginning of the academic year. It will be kept for verification.
Parents are requested to follow the holiday rules strictly. On other days, parents / guardians will not be permitted to see their wards.
Students will not be admitted into the boarding after 4.00 p.m.
Parents are informed that when a child is admitted as a boarder, request for him to become a day scholar will not be considered.
A medical fitness certificate has to be submitted. Please mention if the boy has had any major sickness in the past.
Students coming from abroad must submit their passport to the Boarding office.
Please restrict sending letters and parcels by courier to the minimum, unless absolutely urgent. You are requested not to send money and other valuable/big items by courier. If sent, it will be at your own risk.
Boarders are not permitted to have in their possession, electronic gadgets, cellular phones and gold ornaments. If they are found to be in possession of the same, the articles will be confiscated and payment of a fine and other disciplinary action will also be taken.
All parents are requested to restrict telephone calls to the minimum, unless absolutely necessary and urgent. In case of emergencies, messages can be conveyed to the boarding or school office, which will be conveyed to the boys. You are free to make use of the fax facility. Those messages will be handed over to the students at the earliest convenient time. Ragging is prohibited as per the decision of the Supreme Court of India in writ petition No.(V)656/1998. If an incident of ragging comes to the notice of the authority concerned, the accused student will be given an opportunity to explain and if the explanation is not satisfactory, the authority will expel him from the Institution.
Rules of the school
Pupils must attend school regularly and be punctual for class. They should arrive at the school atleast ten minutes before the first bell is rung. Any pupil coming late will not be allowed to enter the class without permission from the Headmaster.
Absence from school must be supported by a leave letter from the parent or guardian of the pupil. If absence on account of illness lasts for more than three days, the application for leave must be made to the Headmaster accompanied by a Regd. Doctor's Certificate.
Pupils must come to school neat and tidy in their dress. Pupils who do not come in full uniform will be excluded from the class.
Pupils absent from examinations will be considered as having failed, unless it is established that their absence was due to illness.
No pupil is permitted to engage any of the school teachers as private tutors in the school without the written sanction of the Headmaster.
Pupils are not allowed to leave the school premises without permission from the Headmaster.
It is forbidden to write, scribble or splash ink on the school or compound walls or in any way disfigure or damage school property. Severe action will be taken against pupil not adhering to this rule. The cost of repairs or replacement will be charged to the parents.
Hands in pockets, slouching gait, untidy dress, dirty shoes, being unwashed and in the case of senior students, unshaven, are misdemeanours courtesy to staff, visitors and fellow-students is expected at all times.
Every pupil must take part in physical training and games unless declared unfit on medical grounds or exempted by the Headmaster. Pupils are forbidden to join any outside sports organisation without prior permission from the Headmaster.
The school is not responsible for goods lost by pupils. It is not advisable to bring valuable articles (expensive watches, fountain pens or gold ornaments) to school.
Students are strictly forbidden to have cellular phones in their possession on the school premises and if it is captured, it will be destroyed in the presence of the owner. A fine and other disciplinary action will also be taken.
All pupils must attend the general assembly daily at 8:40 am. Students will assemble class wise and absolute silence must be maintained while they get into line and while going to their respective classrooms.
Those who go home alone, particularly after games, should not loiter on the way, but be prompt in returning home.
Fireworks will not be allowed inside the campus in connection with any festival or celebration.
The school reserves to itself the right to dismiss pupils whose diligence or progress in studies is steadily unsatisfactory or whose conduct is harmful to other pupils or whose guardians and parents show little interest in their progress.
All pupils must participate in the games programme. Credit will be given for effective participation.
The Character Certificate Which may be issued to a pupil when leaving the school will depend entirely on his behaviour during his school career; i.e. on how he has kept the School Rules.
The pass mark in all subjects for all students in 40%. Consideration will be shown for co-curricular and extra-curricular activities.
The school has the following clubs, viz. Cricket / Squash / Table Tennis / Shuttle / Chess / Skating / Badminton / Lawn Tennis / Catering / Karate / Music & Band. All boarders are expected to be members of atleast one club and day scholars are encouraged to become members.
Students found copying and practicing other unfair means during examinations will be awarded a zero for the particular examination and they also run the risk of being detained.
For those students who fail to write any examination, the average of other examinations will be considered for promotion. No separate exam will be conducted.
Students of Std. X should obtain 75% in Science and Maths in the quarterly, half yearly and Revision I & II exams, if they are aspiring for Group A or B in Std. XI.
Students are expected to converse only in English, in the school campus, except during the 2nd lang sessions.