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Jisu Niketan, Matigara
Estd: 1992Post Box 3Matigara - 734 010Dt Darjeelingint, West Bengal
Jisu Niketan School was started as a Temporary Health Home with about 50 children and their widowed mothers living around the old Siliguri Railway Station in 1974 at Jesu Ashram. Two young women were hired to teach them ABCs, singing and dancing. As time went on the children living on the riverside, especially the children of the stonebreakers and of Leprosy and Tuberculosis patients, were admitted. Terre des Hommes from Switzerland helped for many years to provide the children with food. Mr Claudio Romano of Switzerland carried on after them. Today the school is helped by the Phil Nevett Foundation, London, and the Jesuit Mission Office, Nurenburg.
In 1991 the school was shifted from the Health Home to the Chaprasi quarters, which were used as the living quarters for the male staff members of Jesu Ashram. In 1993 Fr Cherian Padiyara, the then Provincial, separated the school from Jesu Ashram and appointed Scholastic Shaji Joseph as the Head Teacher and Fr Mike Hawkins as the Headmaster. In the same year the school was officially named as Jisu Niketan Primary School.
In 1996 the RNDM (Our Lady of the Missions) sisters were requested to look after the school with Fr Mike Hawkins acting as the Animator. The sisters were relieved of this responsibility from the year 2013.
In the course of time as the number of students kept on increasing from 50 to 200, the chaprasi quarters could not accommodate all the students. Hence a one-storey building was put up in 2003 on the Matigara Property to replace the temporary building which had become rather dilapidated. The future plan is to shift this school to the Jesu Ashram Campus for better management and administration.
St Peter's, Gayaganga
Estd: 1933Gayaganga - 734426Dt Darjeeling, West Bengal
St Peter’s Primary School was established in 1933 at Gayaganga, Dist Darjeeling, by Fr August Bossaers S.J., a Belgian Missionary. The School was upgraded to high school in 1963 and to higher secondary in 1990.
St Xavier's, Uttar Panialguri
Estd: 2011Uttar PanialguriPO- Majherdabri -736123Dt Jalpaiguri, West Bengal
St Xavier’s School, Uttar Panialguri, was in response to a long-standing plea of the people of the Terai and Jalpaiguri to have a good Catholic English Medium School in the area. Situated along the national highway 31C by-pass going to Assam, about 9 km from Alipurduar town, the School is a Co-educational Christian Institution established and administered by the Darjeeling Jesuits under the umbrella of Xavier Educational Society of North Bengal, a Government Registered Society.
The school was established in 2011 with just 5 students in pre-kindergarten under the headmastership of Fr Joseph P. Victor. Today the number has grown to 300 up to Class IV under the headmastership of Fr Santhy Mathew Padappananikel. The classes were held in a small shed from 2011 to 2013 when the first block of the main school building was under construction. With the completion of the first block, the classes were shifted to the new building in 2014.
The two aims of the school were: (i) to give the students from Bhutan, Cooch Behar and Alipurduar, the facility to get quality education in English; (ii) to educate the poor children especially the Rajbansis and the Tribals who otherwise would not go to any school in the neighborhood. The strategy for achieving these aims was to have two shifts: (i) the Morning shift for students seeking English Education and (ii) the afternoon shift for students who cannot afford to go to any school.
The school has 7.2 acres of land for its future expansion and development. The immediate plans are: (i) construction of the second block; (ii) construction of a boundary wall, and (iii) development of sports facilities.