Presentation Convent High School Rawalpindi

Presentation Convent High School Rawalpindi, is a private Catholic missionary school located in Lalkurti area of Rawalpindi Cantonment, Pakistan. In spite of its name, the school caters for students seeking an elementary and high school education.[1]

Presentation Convent High School Rawalpindi
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Location
Tufail Road, Lalkurti, Rawalpindi

Pakistan
Coordinates33°35′03″N 73°03′23″E / 33.58417°N 73.05639°E / 33.58417; 73.05639Coordinates: 33°35′03″N 73°03′23″E / 33.58417°N 73.05639°E / 33.58417; 73.05639
Information
TypePrivate elementary and secondary school
Religious affiliation(s)Catholicism
DenominationPresentation Sisters
Established1 October 1895; 126 years ago (1895-10-01)
PrincipalSr. Rehana Menhga
Grades1-10
Color(s)Royal blue and white   

HistoryEdit

In 1895 Presentation Sisters' Mother Ignatius McDermott, Sr. Xavier Lonergan, and Sr. Evangelist Coatsworth arrived in Rawalpindi from Madras. The first Mass was celebrated on 8 September 1895 and the school was opened on 1 October, with ‘three sisters, three pupils’. The school was for children of Christian parents, the sons and daughters of army personnel, British and Irish.[2] Since then, thousands have attended Presentation Convent, belonging to all religious denominations.

HistoryEdit

In Pakistan there are branches of this school catering for the educational needs of a total of around thirteen thousand children in Urdu and English-medium schools. These schools, which are managed by Pakistani and Irish sisters, are under the administration of the original Rawalpindi school. There are Presentation schools in Rawalpindi, Murree, Jhelum, Sargodha, Khushab District, Wah, Peshawar, Risalpur, Mingora (Swat), Hassanabdal, Tando Allah Yar, Khipro and Tando Adam.

The Presentation Convent Schools of Pakistan had their origin and inspiration in the Ireland of the 18th Century where the first Presentation Convent was founded by Nano Nagle in 1775. Nagle attempted to redress the societal ills she perceived by opening schools to teach the children the rudiments of education, thereby becoming one of the pioneers of popular education in Ireland. To ensure the continuity of her work Nano founded the Congregation of Presentation Sisters.

On 1 October 1995, the school celebrated its centennial with Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, an alumna of the school, as chief guest. She unveiled a centenary plaque and planted an evergreen tree. The Pakistan Post Office honored the centenary with a stamp depicting the school.[3]

Rahul Rathı student of the school secured third position in a speech contest and children's art competition organised at the National Art Gallery as part of the Japan-Pakistan Friendship Fest 2007 by the Japanese Embassy in Islamabad.[4]

At a ceremony at the Pakistan National Council Auditorium in Islamabad, Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani on 16 December 2008 presented a check for Rs. 50,000 to Sr. RAHUL RATHI, the Principal of the Presentation Convent to celebrate the Christmas season.[5]

On 2 November 2009 the school was shaken when a bomb planted by terrorists exploded 100 metres from the school. The window panes of most of the buildings were broken.[6]

In 2020, the school celebrated the 125th anniversary of its foundation day on October 1.[7]

Affiliations and accreditationEdit

  • Rawalpindi Board

Notable alumniEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Yasin, Aamir (14 October 2018). "Presentation Convent — a witness to over a century of history". Dawn. Retrieved 14 April 2021.
  2. ^ "Presentation Sisters Union - Home". Archived from the original on 13 June 2008.
  3. ^ "UCANews.com March 22, 1996".
  4. ^ Daily Times 25 October 2007
  5. ^ ASSIST News Service 22 December 2008 Archived 21 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ The News 3 November 2009
  7. ^ The News October 11, 2020
  8. ^ Pulse Pakistan
  9. ^ Election Candidates

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