More than half century has elapsed since the seed was sown in the little town of Chittaranjan and it has grown tremendously from strength and now stands as a mighty tree in the form of St. Joseph's Convent Higher Secondary School.
The Railway (Chittaranjan Locomotive Works) Administration approached Rev. Fr. Roeland SJ, the then Dean of Asansol, with a request for a group of Sisters to open a school at Chittaranjan. In response, His Grace Dr. Preier, the Archbishop op Kolkata, invited the Sisters of St. Joseph's of Chambery, Nagpur. Heeding the call, the two pioneers, Sisters Michael and Celine, arrived at Chittaranjan on a day of Holi, the festival of colours. Thus 13th March, 1952 became a red letter day for Chittaranjan. On 17th March 1962, They set to work with 27 students and two lady teachers laying the foundation of St. Joseph's Convent High School.
In 1964 the school had strength of 130 students and it obtained recognition for Primary Section from the Government of West Bengal. In 1965 the school was upgraded to Class VIII. The Government of West Bengal accorded recognition for Junior High School in January 1966. In December 1969, however, the good news of opening Class IX with 6 students was short lived as the Inspector of the Schools asked to close down Class IX due to inadequate accommodation.
However, on March 18, 1972, the Government of West Bengal recognized the school as the High School. This laurel infused in the missionaries an undaunted spirit of dedication, and they did not leave a single stone unturned to fulfill the dream of the people of Chittaranjan. The first batch of 5 students who appeared for ICSE examination came out successfully securing cent percent result.
Updated on: [August 22, 2018]