St. John’s, Chandigarh

 

1988 saw a change in Principal in the person of Brother Pinto and very soon a new two storeyed block as well as a hall came up. By now numbers on the roll had crossed 1200. Bro. Pinto introduced Computer Education, initiated the Learning Centre in St. John s and launched The Galaxy . To cope with the tremendous pressure for admissions, the need for a new section was felt and another section was added to two junior classes and thus the C  section came into existence.

In 1990, Bro. S. D Souza took over the administration of the school as the new Principal. His tenure of six years was remarkable for many notable achievements. The school switched over to the CBSE in 1993-94. With the co-operation of the staff, parents and the active participation of the Old Boys, a basket-ball court and a tennis court were added to the facilities already available. With the construction of the Bro. Edmund Rice Wing, the second phase of construction was also completed by him. This would ensure an adequate number of class- rooms to accommodate the extra section in the coming years.

In 1996 Bro. C.D Abreu took over as Principal. Since then, St. John s has seen rapid change. The vision and charism of the Christian Brothers, which was and still is the education of boys, particularly the poor and underprivileged led to St. John’s launching “Indradhanush”, a special programme for the economically backward children. Bro. D’Abreu also initiated the Creative Learning Integrated Programme (CLIP) and opened “Horizon” for the mentally challenged children.

In keeping with the new policy and thrust of the Congregation of Christian Brothers in India, to involve and include lay men and women in shared leadership and governance of Christian Brother schools.

Mrs. P. Cheema, was appointed and served as Principal with effect from April, 2001 to March 2007. Under her capable administration the school was rated the No. 1 school in 2002 by Outlook Magazine. St. John’s was awarded the National Computer Literacy Award in the category of private schools in 2003 and is the current holder of the Best Library and Best Librarian, Maximum Prizes and Maximum Participation in the Chandigarh Librarians’ Association. She also introduced the Clubs, The Horse Riding School and the Maths Laboratory into St. John’s. In recognition of her great contribution to the field of academics, the govt. of Australia awarded her the prestigious Endeavour India Executive Award.

In April, 2007 Mrs. Kavita Das was appointed as the new Principal. Under her able guidance the school s national rankings have dramatically improved. CCE has also been introduced under her supervision and the school chose to implemented it all the way from KG to Class-X right from the start. This was particularly easy to do as the school was already implementing a majority of the CCE requirements from before. The school has also upgraded to the Senior Secondary level during her tenure.