St. Francis was born in the year 1182 in the lovely town of Assisi in Italy. His father was a wealthy cloth merchant and was very prosperous in his textile business. Francis was a happy-go-lucky, luxurious and handsome young man. When he was 20, he was captured during a war with the neighbouring Perugians and was made to spend a year in prison. While in prison and confined to his bed with fever for several months, he came to realize the emptiness of the life he had been leading. After his release, he abandoned his former wasteful ways and started to serve the poor and the sick, especially the lepers. He tried to find God's will and plan in solitary prayers, meditation and penance. He also single-handedly renovated the church of St. Damiano, when the ancient crucifix commended: "Repair my house which is falling to ruin." His father disinherited Francis of all his wealth and possessions which was gladly accepted by him. Then onwards he lived like a hermit and began to practice poverty in a strict sense imitating the gospel values and the norms of discipleship of Jesus Christ. Francis had a very impressive and affectionate personality. He was very cheerful and unassertive. He was speedily able to effect many reconciliations in his journeys through Italy, Southern France and Spain. A great number of sinners were won over by his loving, winning personality and his all-embracing sympathy.
St. Francis parted away at the age of 44 on October 4th 1226. He was declared as Saint two years after his death and still remains as the world's best known and most loved saint.
After 15 years of his death, a group of pious women, inspired by the life and example of St. Francis of Assisi, started a small convent in the little town of Dillingen near the river Danube in Germany in 1241. The main purpose of this congregation was: “to give due praise and glory to God through adoration and care for the people who were in need.”
For nearly 600 years, the convent continued at the single convent simple in style weathering the storms of time. But the members remained steadfast in their faith and put their hope and trust in the providence of God Almighty. In course of time as more girls wanted to join the congregation, the mission spread to other parts of Germany and the rest of the world. The Franciscan Sisters set foot on the soil of the city of Bilaspur in the year 1979 and settled in Nehru Nagar Area. They soon discovered that most of the local population of the adjoining Ameri Village & surrounding areas were illiterate and the tender buds were wandering around aimlessly without education. The plight of the people ignited the spark in the hearts of the Franciscan Sisters and they felt the dire need to light up the souls of these children with value education.
The School had a very humble beginning in a shed with 7 kids for the Pre-Primary classes on 13th July 1980. The classes commenced in Gandhi Nagar (Nehru Nagar) under the able guidance of its First Head Mistress, Sr. Josita and Sr. Elsa. The school was later shifted to its present premises in Ameri Road Campus on the memorable date of 1st July 1991.
The institution, then named as St. Francis Convent School, commenced its functioning in July 1991 with the pre-primary classes. In July 1993, under the aegis of its Second Head Mistress Sr. Paulit, the school started Primary School Education with Class-I in the Ameri Campus. There were 38 students in the first batch of Class-I and combined with the pre-primary sections, the total strength accounted to 242.
In the year 1998, Sr. Rosilin Augustine took over as the Principal of this institution from Sr. Paulit. Since then, with the joint efforts of the dedicated staff, parents and well-wishers, she has been instrumental in rendering unique service of dispelling abject ignorance and illiteracy. It is due to her hectic efforts and selfless service to humanity, her visionary instinct, motivating leadership, the school has grown with confidence under her experienced and graceful hands. Greatly influenced by the teachings of St. Francis, she spearheaded and successfully paved the path for quality education in Bilaspur District of Chhattisgarh. Previously, the school was affiliated with the Chhattisgarh Madhyamik Shiksha Mandal, Raipur and followed its prescribed syllabus at the Higher Secondary level. Two batches had successfully passed out of this school under this affiliation. But the need of the hour demanded for a challenging learning environment and owing to the untiring efforts and farsightedness of Sr. Rosilin, the school applied and got the affiliation from the Central Board of Secondary Education, New Delhi in the year 2005 for Class IX and X and the very next year i.e. in 2006 for Class XI and XII.
While addressing the needs for the Secondary school and Senior Secondary school students, Sr. Rosilin was also keenly occupied with the roadmap to realize her dream project, a space very exclusive for the budding children to cater to all their special needs. Her dream was fulfilled in the year 2005, when the newly constructed St. Francis Kids World was ready. The St. Francis Kids World was aimed at providing a congenial environment for the all-round development of the tender children and equip them to meet the challenges of the new millennium.
With the increase in student’s strength year by year, the need for additional space to accommodate was felt which led to the construction of San Damiano block in 2010. This block was designed keeping the students of lower primary classes in mind and is easily distinguished from rest of all blocks due to its attractive coloured walls and furniture.
We thank the Lord for blessing us with this wonderful vision.
The School, St. Francis Hr. Sec. School, Ameri Road, Bilaspur (C.G.) is a coeducational institution with a tradition of loving and respecting relations. The school is affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education and follows the curriculum as prescribed by the C.B.S.E. At the higher secondary level, the School provides an array of subjects to choose from Mathematics, Science and Commerce.
Great care is taken so see that not only high standards are maintained in the Academic ideology but the school also ensures that value education, self-discipline and respect for life become an integral part of the student’s life. Games and sports are also given maximum priority and that has helped us create champions representing the school at the various levels in C.B.S.E. interschool competitions as well as various events organized by the School Games Federation of India (SGFI) including the national level. The curriculum also provides ample room for co-curricular activities with wide variety of events organized periodically throughout the year.
The school now stands proudly as one of the pioneer educational institutions in Bilaspur owing to the contribution of its present Principal, Sr. Rosilin Augustine. Time has witnessed the success stories as the glorious years have rolled on adding a new feather to her cap and a new dimension to her personality and the school. School had made sure that positive ideas are inculcated in students regarding scientific outlook, moral values, cleanliness of self and the surroundings, graceful manners, obedience and discipline. Audio Visual room for small kids, spacious playground, science, mathematics and computer laboratories are the tools in the hands of the highly qualified and dedicated teachers who pay individual care to achieve high academic standard. It infuses the thirst for knowledge, devotion to duty, honesty and patriotic fervour besides humanism.
Ever since its inception, the institution has blossomed and continued on the path of nurturing and grooming young buds of the society into mature and responsible citizens of tomorrow. The number of classes and students grew steadily each year and by God's grace, as per the last Academic Session 2019-2020, we have 5133 blooming buds dispersing their fragrance in this institution.
The school is equipped with all basic and enhanced amenities necessary for the proper development of students.
The school maintains an equilibrium between the teaching hours and for activities.
The school is provides digital smart classes to shape up the students of tomorrow.
The school also features a safe and hygenic canteen to cater to the needs of students and staff..
The school follows the Go Gree initiave and works hard at keeping the campus green and harmonious with nature.
St. Francis Hr. Sec. School, Bilaspur is located in a large and panoramic vista of 7.5 acres. A sound palatial infrastructure has been designed to impart quality education with all amenities to all classes. The school has a vast and varied playground to promote all kinds of sports activities. The school also possesses well equipped laboratories for each of the practical subjects from science stream along with multiple high-tech computer practical rooms well maintained with latest computers and devices. The school also has Music and Art rooms for grooming young talents. The school is divided into four main blocks. Each block has been designed specifically for the classes which are conducted there.
This was the First Block to be constructed in the School and it became the cornerstone in the history of the school. Initially intended to serve for the Pre-Primary and Primary Sections together, presently this block accommodates classes III – VI with all basic and specific requirements of an independent block. It has its own Stage, Staff Room, the Supervisor’s Office along with the Computer Laboratory and other basic amenities.
The construction of this block marked another milestone of achievements with the commencement of Upper-Primary (Middle School) classes. At present it hosts the School Administration Workforce in the form of the Principal & the Clerical Office along with Middle, Secondary & Senior Secondary School Classes. The block has been specifically designed to cater to the needs of Secondary & Senior Secondary classes thereby providing room for a spacious and enriched library, updated Laboratories for Science, Computer and Mathematics.
St. Francis Kids World is a separate block specially designed and constructed for the Pre-Primary students. The aim is to provide a happy and homely environment in order to help the kids to learn and blossom in the best possible way. The Kids World also has a play school for children of the age group 2-3 years. There is a playground with various play items.
The foundation of 'San Damiano Block' was laid in the year 2009-2010 and it stands proudly accommodating classes II-IV. This block caters to the special needs of children of Lower Primary classes (II-IV) and thereby giving them free space to develop their own individuality and to maintain their identity. The infrastructure of this block is customized as per the special needs of the students belonging to the Lower Primary Classes with vivid colours and patterns to enhance learning ambience.
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The physical layout of the classroom contributes a great deal to the learning climate for the students. When students feel comfortable in the classroom, they are able to concentrate and engage more on the learning task, retain more of the information presented, and enjoy the learning process. Classrooms are no more just classrooms, instead they have evolved into learning space. Keeping this philosophy in mind, each classroom i.e. learning space of the St. Francis Hr. Sec. School provides a spacious, healthy and hygienic accommodation to the students to help them acquire education in the right environment. All the classes are not only well illuminated with the right amount of lighting, but also very well ventilated to ensure a perfect ambience for learning. Each classroom is equipped with Teachnext® Smart Class system to ensure that correct and relevant information is absorbed by the student thereby clearing their concepts.
Classrooms also ensure that student’s works including charts, writeups, drawings etc. are displayed around the room which celebrates their achievement and shares their ideas with their peers thereby encouraging them in their endeavours.
The classroom furniture is also comfortable and ergonomic. School believes that the best school furniture design isn’t about the furniture itself; it’s about crafting the ideal environment. The school makes sure that a given space and its furniture complement each other and have a transformative effect on the learning experience.
It is imperative for schools to have the latest and high quality science lab in present times. Science is different from every other subject and in order to understand its concepts, one has to look beyond the books and conventional classroom teaching. Effective teaching and learning of science involves seeing, handling, and manipulating real objects and materials. The knowledge that students attain in classrooms would be ineffective unless they actually observe the process and understand the relationship between action and reaction. Science lab allows students to get a first-hand learning experience by performing various experiments on their own. Students are made to use the models and understand different scientific theories and concepts. There are several scientific theories and concepts that are difficult to explain directly from the books. Anatomy models, physics equipment, and chemistry apparatus make it easy to understand the otherwise complex theories of science. Effective teaching and learning of science involves a perpetual state of show and tell. At St. Francis Hr. Sec. School, we combine classroom teaching with laboratory experiments to ensure that the students grasp each and every concept thoroughly. It is also believed that laboratory teaching and experiments help to encourage deep understanding in children. Children are able to retain the knowledge for longer when they see the experiments being performed in front of their eyes. The advances and developments in the field of medical science and technology would not take place if schools did not prepare brilliant and dedicated scientists and researchers. Children develop interest in scientific research in science labs. When they observe various things and carry out different experiments, their reasoning skills are honed and they start thinking deeply on those theories and concepts. School thus plays a vital role in bringing up the next generation of engineers and doctors. The school also has a Mathematics Laboratory which makes the learning of Mathematics more purposeful, integrated and pragmatic. Students and teachers make their own models and designs so that the interest and aptitude in the study and performance in Mathematics could be improved. It helps to clear the concept and increase their practical competence in Mathematics.
The Library occupies a very important place in school. With its books suited to the interests and aptitude of students of different age group, with its magazines, periodicals, newspapers and with its calm and tranquil atmosphere, it has a special call to the students who go there and quench their thirst for reading the material which cannot be provided to them in the class room. Here, they find an environment which is conducive to the building up of habit of self-learning. The library is the centre of the intellectual and social activities of school. Library is the student's key to information storehouse. Keeping this point in view, the school library has been designed and developed carefully to accumulate the wealth of knowledge so that it can:
1. Impact positively on the academic achievement of the students. Students can perform better during examination by reading various books.
2. Facilitate the work of the classroom teaching and ensure each student has equitable access to resources, irrespective of home opportunities or constraints.
3. Equip students with the skills necessary to succeed in a constantly changing technological, social and economic environment.
4. Collaborate with classroom teaching to plan, implement and evaluate inquiry-based programs that will ensure students acquire skills to collect, critically analyse and organize information, problem-solve and communicate their findings.
5. Cater to differences in learning and teaching styles through the provision of, and equality of access to, a wide range of curriculum resources – fiction and non-fiction, digital, print, audio and video.
6. Provide teachers with access to relevant curriculum information and professional development materials within and outside the school; and opportunities to cooperatively plan, implement and evaluate learning program.
The school library presently has more than seventeen thousand books and magazines carefully handpicked to impart best of knowledge to the students. The school subscribes all the major magazines, journals and newspapers useful for the students. The knowledge storehouse is updated periodically to ensure that the purpose is fulfilled.
The entire Library system is computerized with a comprehensive database of all the available material in the library which makes it very easy to locate any book of reference material at just click of a button.
Technology has struggled to find its way into the classroom in all sorts of ways, from projectors and televisions to computer labs and student laptops. Along with improving the way students are taught, it is also vitally important that students learn to use computers to improve their own work and prepare for careers in a world where computers have become as common as pencil and paper.
The school ensures that the students are given good training in the field of computers both theoretically and practically. In order to prepare the students to face the challenges of the emerging times, the school has made computer education compulsory for all the classes from I to XII. Computer applications and software development are the major aspects dealt with. The school takes care each year to review and update the hardware and software technologies to meet the challenges of the ever changing technological world and to help to keep the students up to date with the latest advancement in computer domain. Students of classes XI and XII can opt for Computer Science or Informatics Practices as an optional subject, which helps them to bolster their existing computer knowledge and pave a path for the right career ahead. The school has also joined the bandwagon for promotion of Open Source Software and installed Linux and various other OSS to promote the same among students and teachers.
The school stresses on imparting quality education to the students studying here. The curriculum and syallbus followed is strictly in accordance with the C.B.S.E. and N.C.E.R.T. The salient features of Scholastic Education are:
The curriculum of studies is followed strictly as per the guidelines laid down by the C.B.S.E. and its Grading System is strictly being adhered to in all the classes. C.B.S.E. emphasizes on Continuous and Comprehensive evaluation and to facilitate the same, the entire session is meticulously divided in to individual terms as per the needs of different classes..
For, Classes I to XII the academic year is divided into two terms. Each term has its own syllabus and set of evaluations. The syllabus is split equally into two parts and each term covers 1/2 of the syllabus. This system lessens the burden of the students and makes learning more effective and fun-filled. To reinforce the Continuous Evaluation System, Projects, Assignments and Activities are aptly scheduled in all the terms so that the learning and its assessment remains a continuous process in our system.
A unique system has been adopted in the school to negate the effect of loss of periods due to holidays etc. The school follows a Day-wise Time Table. The entire session is divided into packets and each packet has five days. Each Day is the basic building block of the packet and is derived chronologically from the first working day of the session which is DAY-1. Subsequently all weekdays (working days only) except Saturdays are marked as DAY-2, DAY-3, DAY-4 & DAY-5. The same cycle is repeated till all the working days are covered.
We believe that learning is a continuous process and it should be interesting and should not become a burden on tender minds. Hence varying teaching methods are effectively applied to bring out the best in the child. These include play-way method, class activities, and interactive methods with optimum student participation which induces rational outlook in the child. Teachers make use lots of audio-visual aids for better understanding and a clear concept. A practical approach to the learning process is provided in close contact with nature..
We believe that Education is incomplete without values and the appropriately the school emphasizes on laying down the foundation of value system in students at a very early age.
Just like values, discipline is the backbone of a student's life. Hence the school makes a conscious effort to mould basic disciplinary manners into the students character.
"Lord, grant me the strength to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference."
In modern day Education, Development of co-scholastic aspects of the personality such as Life Skills, Attitudes and Values, participation and achievement in Co-Curricular activities as well as Health and Physical Education need to be considered. For the purpose, the school provides the following facilities:
Physical education is an integral part of any system of education since a sound mind can be developed only in a sound body. Sports and games take their rightful place in the lives of students at this School, where they seek high-level competition and recreation at the same time. This also teaches them the qualities of self-control, self-esteem and leadership and develops the characteristics of a true team player and sportsperson, attributes that will be of value later in life. A special curriculum has been drawn up by the Physical Education Department, which makes it possible for every student to participate and excel in any particular discipline of Sports/Games of his/her choice.
Art plays a vital role in our daily life. A country, a community and a society becomes great by its art and culture. Our tradition, view, costume, living style or choice whatever we think - in all spheres, an aesthetic sense is hidden behind it. We believe that art is the essence of our pure life; It should be implemented from school level? The Art Education Department has developed a board based curriculum in the disciplines of Sketching, Drawing, Water Colour/Oil painting, Glass painting, Ceramic Painting, Textile/Graphic/Creative designing etc.
The idea employed for Visual Arts also applies for the Performing Arts i.e. Music & Dance. Music is an integral part of the fabric of our society itself. With a strong, sequential curriculum that includes music, children develop their abilities to make, create, and respond to music. This is a pattern of success that is supported by a fast-growing collection of data from educational researchers-but it's also a pattern of success that is familiar to generations of parents and to generations of music teachers. Under the performing Arts, students can opt for Music (Vocal/Instrumental) or dance.
The House system aims at fostering a spirit of cooperation, unity and healthy competition for the integral growth of the students. For the purpose, all the students are equally grouped into four different Houses. Each house has a Motto and it is the duty of the students to serve their respective houses and contribute towards its glory. Inter House competitions are organized in all events at the Senior and Junior levels. Extra curricular activities of a varied nature are conducted house-wise to promote a harmonious development of the students. In addition to the houses, various clubs are also formed to encourage the students’ participation in different activities. The clubs include Social Welfare Club, Cultural Club, Discipline Club, Science Club, Language Club, Sports Club etc. Each Club has ten members and each club is headed by two Incharges.
Display Boards serve as a medium of expression and hence are an essential part of school activities. The school has four display boards for each of the four houses and Class Board for All Classes. Periodically a theme is provided to each of the four houses as well the classes and with keen interest and competitive spirit students decorate these boards with theme-based information. These are evaluated and points are awarded to the respective houses or classes based on the quality of content as well as the amount of hard work the students have put in. Each year, all the classes are assigned the responsibility of conducting the Morning Assembly sequentially. It is the duty of each designated class to prepare the pledge, Thought for the Day, Categorized News, Information on the day’s Theme, in addition to the Prayer and the National Anthem. The performance of each of the classes is recorded and at the end of each year, the best performers are awarded for their efforts.
The school also has a dedicated and trained school band to ornament various occasions of celebrations. Our school takes great pride of having our own school band which comprises of a group of student musicians who rehearse and perfect instrumental music together. It is under the direction of one or more band directors who train them in wind and percussion instruments. The school has successfully tapped their hidden talents and brought out the best in them with the sole purpose of performing on various occasions.
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St. Francis Higher Secondary School
Ameri Road, Ring Road 2,
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