Students and parents at St. Mary’s high school, Khorimahua, kept coming from 8.00 to 10.30 am to get the quarterly report on Sep. 17, 2016. Teachers were happy to meet the parents and the students to point out where they need to improve and work on. Rose Toppo, SCN, principal, was pleased that by 10.30 am all the parents had come to get the report cards of their children.

The school had organized a poster completion on St. Teresa of Kolkata. Parents were happy to see the creative works of their children. Each After the report cards given, some the teachers adjudged the best poster and the students and teachers took a photo with that poster.

St. Mary’s High School is one the best schools in the locality every year. There are around 600 students from Class VII to Class X. A hundred and seven students sit in a single class room of standard VII. The diocese cannot afford to pay another teacher to divide the class into two divisions though classrooms are available. A nominal fee is collected from the students. Parents from all religious backgrounds prefer to send their children to a Catholic school. One of the Muslim parents said, though there are 107 students in Class VII, my child is happy in the class and studies well.

The middle school has 950 students from kindergarten to class VI. Margaret Barwa, SCN, headmistress, is concerned the number has come down this year. Children are well disciplined. Clementia Xalxo, SCN, takes catechism class for the Santhal Catholic children from Wednesday to Saturday during the first period. SCN sisters administer the school. The school belongs to the diocese of Baghalpur.

Hostel girls and boys attend daily Mass. They have regular morning and evening prayers. Parish priest instructs the children after the evening prayer and Sisters meets the hostellers after the morning Mass. Sister Clementia is the in charge of the girls’ hostel. Faith formation of the students are important for the sisters.

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