School Motto: Virtus Et Labor (Virtue and Labour)
School Colours: Green and Gold
St. Patrick, known as the Apostle and Patron Saint of Ireland in the fifth century, was the founder of Christianity there. The figure of St. Patrick is usually seen holding the shamrock, a small plant with three leaves on each stem, symbolizing the Three Persons of The Triune God. The symbol of shamrock can be seen depicted in the School emblem. The 17th of March is celebrated as St. Patrick’s Day every year all over the world.
St. Patrick’s School was founded in Secunderabad in 1911 by the Patrician Missionaries, with Rev. Fr. H. Collias as the first Headmaster. The School was named as St. Patrick’s European School. The School became a full-fledged high school in 1936 in the hands of the Brothers of St.Gabriel. The Jesuits of Andhra Province took over the School in 1973.
St. Patrick’s High School, Secunderabad, is a Christian Minority Educational Institution of the Andhra Jesuit Province. It is governed by Article 30 (1) of the Indian Constitution as elucidated by the Supreme Court of India. It was established to give all-round education – academic, physical, moral and spiritual, primarily to the Catholics and also to the other children irrespective of caste and creed insofar as it is consonant with the Catholic principles.
The Society of Jesus, whose members are known as the Jesuits, is a Male Catholic Religious Order founded by St. Ignatius of Loyola in 1540, and it has been active in the field of education throughout the world since its origin. In India, the Society of Jesus is at present responsible for 170 Schools and 55 Colleges in which students and staff belonging to various social classes, communities, creeds linguistic groups etc., are being educated and working.
Jesuit education visualizes the vision of humans, drawn from the teachings of Lord Jesus Christ, who has always been respected and admired by the people of India. The School is also based on the principle of Character Formation and sets before its Staff and Students high ideals of humanism and service.
The School, thus, aims at making its own contribution towards a radical transformation of social conditions so that the principles of social justice, equality of opportunity, genuine freedom and respect for religious freedom and human values etc., as enshrined in the Constitution of India may prevail and the possibility of living a fully human existence may be opened for all. The School, thus, strives to make its students aware of unjust structures and motivate them to work against them.
The School aims at the integral development of the personality of its students. To accomplish this, special efforts are made –
- to help the students to become mature and spiritually oriented men and women of character ;
- to encourage them to continually strive after excellence in every field ;
- to make them value and judiciously use their freedom ;
- to help them be clear and firm about principles and courageous in action ;
- to enable them render selfless service to their fellow human beings, thus forming them into men and women for others ; and
- to mould them into agents of the much needed social change in our country.