Saint Paul's School, Rourkela is an eminent institution imparting education to boys from the Pre- Primary level to the Higher Secondary level. The school is owned and conducted by the Society of the Divine Word (SVD), a religious minority institution under article 30(1) of the constitution of India. St. Paul’s is a Catholic school that admits students of all religions. The School exempts non-catholic students from participating in the exercises particular to the Catholics. The aim of St. Paul’s is an all round development - academic, physical, moral and cultural – of its students into mature and responsible citizens who will be ready to take their rightful place in society.
In 1964, Fr. Thomas Morris, SVD,[disambiguation needed] an Irish priest, who was working in a parish in the Sundergarh district, was entrusted with this new venture at Rourkela. While returning from his home visit in England, in 1963, Fr. Morris met an elderly British lady, Mrs. Ethel Brown, a war widow who was his co-traveller in the same ship. He took her under his charge and gave her accommodation at Rourkela. She consented to assist Fr. Morris with the running of this English Medium School. The school began with a strength of about 50, and had Stds. 4, 5 and 6 in a tin shed by the side of a small church. Fr. Morris had to go personally in his motorcar to collect the students every morning. Every year a lower and a higher class was added and in no time the school had classes from Std. I to X. Armed with funds from the Society of the Divine Word and the building plan from Britain, the construction of the first school building was started with full earnestness. Within a few years, the building took shape to accommodate students from Std. I to X. It had office rooms as well as lab facilities.
Fr. Morris had dedicated and loyal friends like Mrs. Brown, Fr. Wollcot, and Mrs. Florrie Alvaraz, to help him in the beginning, to make this school well known. He had on his staff, Mr. Nair, a physical education teacher who trained the students in discipline and fitness; Rodericks and Stevens, two Canadian youth who were on a student exchange programme, to teach English to classes X and Senior Cambridge; Mr. Behera for Biology; Fr. Felix for Physics and Mr. T.S. Tripathy for Mathematics. Mr. Tripathy is a strong pillar and support to the school management to this day. There was Mr. Varghese too, a clerk in the office, who was extremely efficient in handling all official business.
The school had, since inception a vision for extra curricular activities and to support that was Mr. V.B.Nair, an ex-serviceman entrusted with Physical Training of the students.Recently,the 1983 batch set up a trust in his name and instituted awards to the meritorious as well as economically weaker students of the school.
The first batch of STD X and the last batch of the Senior Cambridge appeared for the public exams in 1969 winning accolades. Then on, there was no looking back, so, academic laurels were achieved year after year. The strength of students increased to a great extent in the 70s. Fr. Joseph Mannamparambil, SVD became the Principal. This period was marked by growth and consolidation. A building, exclusive for STDs. XI & XII was put-up. The first batch of students for Std. XI was admitted in the year 1987 with both boys and girls. The demand for Pre-Primary education was so high, that Fr. Joe had to start the Pre-Primary sections in 1994–1995. He was a very good principal and was very important for the success of the school .
The building with the auditorium on the first floor and the Pre-Primary section on the ground floor was made ready in no time. The 18 years that Fr. Joe was at the helm, gave him the onerous task of guiding and leading the school into the 21st century.From 1999 till 2009, Dr. Rev. K.C. Thomas, SVD took over the operations. Dr. Rev. K.C.Thomas who has spent ten years in the States has a wide perspective regarding education. His rich experience helps him with farsightedness and a modern outlook. He emphasizes the need for extra curricular activities along with academics, so as to help the development of personality and character building in the students. He has only seen students’ growth in the school. Now its one of the largest schools in Eastern India.He is now the principal of the new school St.Arnolds in Jhartharang, the sister campus of st.paul's. The new principal of this school is Fr. S.Joseph who has took charge of this school from June 2009.
TS LIBRARY: The Library has been revamped and refurnished. Thousands of books covering a range of subjects have been added -- reference books on various subjects, encyclopedias, books of knowledge and science quest, books for competitive examinations, magazines and newspapers, books of fiction and short stories, novels-modern and classic -- all to cater to students from Stds. VI to XII. The Pre-Primary to Std.V have a mini library in each classroom. The staff too has a section exclusively for itself, stacked with reference books and novels.
PAULINE MUSING: In 2000-2001, the school started publishing its colourful quarterly journal/magazine. ‘Pauline Musing’ gives an opportunity to the staff and the students to exhibit their creative writing talent. It conveys a report on the activities and achievements during that period.
ORIENTATION PROGRAMMES: Eminent persons with a vast experience visit the school, to conduct development programmes for the staff and parents, which help in problem solving and dynamic approach to students’ needs. Parents are frequently invited to meet the teachers, thereby getting an opportunity to interact with each other. The collective responsibility of a student’s growth is recognized and realized. This also helps the school in playing an active role in the development of the community, and society as a whole.
INTER SCHOOL CO-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: Students are encouraged, in fact, are trained by efficient teachers, to participate in various co-curricular activities like quizzes, debates, elocutions, science exhibitions, etc. conducted by various schools and institutions within the State and outside. Our students do very well in these events and bring glory to the institution. Recently our students went to Lucknow to participate in an International event.
SPORTS EVENTS: The school provides football, basketball, volleyball and badminton courts, besides, tables for table tennis. Modern sports equipment is made available in large numbers for the use of the students. Students participate in various tournaments in great numbers. Zonal and State Sports Meet conducted by the I.C.S.E. Schools Association have become a yearly feature. This year St. Paul’s was the Zonal champion. Four of our students participated in the National I.C.S.E. School Athletic Meet, 2001, at Bangalore.
WALL MAGAZINE: An interesting topic is given to the students every term. Collages are made and displayed on huge cork/notice boards.
The first Saturday of every month has been devoted for conducting intra-class competitions in recitation, story telling, essay writing, debate, quiz, singing, dancing, and drawing. Prizes, certificates of merit and participation, are given in all these activities to encourage students.
There is a dedicated band of teachers who help the students develop in all these fields, for all activities. It is their dedication and commitment to the school and the nation, that today we are what we are. St. Paul’s is now placed as one among the best in the Eastern region of India.
With great joy we present this website. Our aim is to reach out to our parents, well-wishers and especially our ex-students. With this site we hope to build a community of friends based on love, truthfulness and peace. We also earnestly desire to form an ‘Ex-students Alumni’, so we plan to hold an alumni meeting in the near future.
St Paul’s school, Rourkela, Orissa, India is an eminent institution imparting education to boys from the Pre- Primary level to the Higher Secondary level. The school is owned and conducted by the Society of the Divine Word (SVD), a religious minority institution under article 30(1) of the constitution of India. St. Paul’s is a Catholic school that admits students of all religions. The School exempts non-catholic students from participating in the exercises particular to the Catholics.
ITS AIM: The aim of St. Paul’s is an all round development - academic, physical, moral and cultural – of its students into mature and responsible citizens who will be ready to take their rightful place in society.
ITS MOTTO: The Latin words “UT OMNES UNUM SINT”, ‘That they may be one’- a saying of Jesus, are the words beneath the school emblem. These words of Jesus reveal His vision of humanity. Jesus wanted that all children of His Father (God) be one people of God, one community, and one family. This is the vision of the school as well. Though this is a Christian school, the majority of students belong to different religions and tribes. All are considered and treated as equal and allowed to develop and grow as equal - as children of one Father, who is God of all. Hence, the school endeavours to build a community of love and fraternity in the school and in society.
ITS CAMPUS: The school is an impressive sprawling complex spread over four acres. It consists of six huge buildings: one for the Primary School - from classes I to V; the second for the High School, classes VI to X; the third for classes XI and XII. The ‘Chemistry’, ‘Physics’, and ‘Biology’ labs, are also in the same building which are at par with the local engineering colleges; the fourth is a huge auditorium and the computer labs, both very well equipped. The fifth one is our preparatory wing. The sixth one is under construction and is meant to accommodate the chemistry and biology labs. The quadrangle at the centre serves as the assembly ground, where the students and staff gather for the Morning Prayer, which is conducted by the Principal, Rev. Dr. K.C Thomas. The school has also a large play ground adjacent to it where athletics and games are held regularly. The student strength now is 2544, most of them employees of RSP employees. The school takes great pride in the fact that its students have settled all over the world, as highly placed professionals and eminent entrepreneurs. Many second-generation students are in the school now, adding glory to it. The school prepares the students for the ‘Indian Certificate of Secondary Examination’ (I.C.S.E) and ‘ Indian School Certificate Examination ‘ (I.S.C) both of which are internationally recognized for their excellence. The I.C.S.E is conducted at the end of class X and the I.S.C at the end of class XII. The syllabus for the I.S.C is the same as that for the Senior Cambridge Examination.