St. Xavier’s Senior Secondary School, Delhi-54 is a Christian minority school established by the Society of Jesus in 1960. The School is recognized by the Directorate of Education, Delhi Administration and is affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education.
The School Management
St. Xavier’s School is run by the Society of Jesus, an international Christian religious order that follows the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church, founded by Ignatius of Loyola in 1540. The members of the Society are popularly known as the Jesuits. The Society is headquartered in Rome. The Jesuits are primarily known for their work in education (like founding schools, colleges, universities and seminaries), intellectual research, and cultural pursuits, and for their missionary efforts in human rights and social justice. They are one of the largest educational bodies in the world. From their humble beginning in Europe in 1540 they have etched their presence in 112 nations on six continents. Today perhaps the best known education in India has been imparted by the Jesuits. More than 250,000 students belonging to every religious, linguistic and socio-economic group receive their education in the Jesuit educational institutions all across the country.
“There are two types of education- one that teaches you how to make a living and the other that teaches you how to live.”
The agenda of education at Xavier’s is to focus more on formation of the youth rather than just imparting knowledge. In a world that is getting more and more bankrupt on basic human values Xaverians are trained to become better human beings. The school inculcates the qualities of a passion for excellence, desire for freedom, courage, confidence, spirit of inquisitiveness etc. in its students.
Education at Xavier’s transcends the boundaries of the classrooms. The four walls of the classroom and what happens therein do not define education. The teachers as well as students are infused with a rare passion much like that of our patron saint and founder – St. Francis Xavier and Ignatius of Loyola. Without being overtly spoken about, these great saints have found their way into the life blood of every Xaverian student and teacher alike.
WE AIM :
- to develop in the student an attitude of openness to growth and enable him to begin to take responsibility for his own growth.
- to prepare the student to be intellectually competent: to promote the development of the intellectual skills, understanding, and mastery of the academic requirements necessary for advanced forms of education and for life.
- to help the student to become mature religiously: to help him to know the major doctrines and practices of the Catholic Church and to learn to examine critically his own religious feelings and beliefs.
- to help the student to become a loving person: to assist him in the establishment of his own identity and in his movement beyond self-centeredness toward more significant relationships with others.
- to foster in the student a commitment to doing justice: to help him develop as a person for others and to prepare him to take his place as a competent , concerned, and responsible member of society.
“We aim to form leaders in service, men and women of competence, conscience and compassionate commitment.”
FOUR PILLARS OF JESUIT EDUCATIUON:
- Social Transformation: Jesuit education aims not merely at economic enhancement of the individual or society but creating men and women for others
- Spiritual Transformation: Jesuit education focuses on the formation of values, attitudes in the students. We believe that true knowledge leads us to God ultimately.
- Intellectual Transformation: Develop imaginative, affective and creative dimension of the students.
- Personal Transformation: Develop to the fullest possible way the God given talents or the self image of the learners
Objectives of Jesuit Education:/
“The aim of Jesuit education is the formation of principled, value-oriented persons for others after the example of Jesus Christ.”
- proposes Christ as the model of human life.
- aims at bringing about a true metanoia – a change of heart by which a person turns from selfish concerns to complete and unreserved generosity towards God and His Kingdom.
- seeks to form ‘men and women for others’.
- aims to create leaders with the potential for influencing and transforming the society.
- assists in the total formation of each individual within the human community.
- is value-oriented. Imparting right values through education is the prime concern of Jesuit education.
- pursues excellence in its work of formation.
- manifests a particular concern for the poor.
- stresses on extra-curricular activities. These enable students to gain confidence and self-reliance, necessary for face the challenges of the world.
- insists on individual care and concern for each person.
- encourages life-long openness to growth.
- serves the faith that does justice.
- is preparation for active life commitment.
- relies on spirit of community among teaching staff, administrators, Jesuit community, governing boards, parents, students, former students, and benefactors.
- promotes dialogue between faith and culture.