St. Berchmans Higher Secondary School

St. Berchmans Higher Secondary School[1][2] is an aided school in the Kottayam district and it is one of the oldest Christian schools in Kerala. The Archdiocese of Changanassery runs the school, which serves Grades 5 through 12.

St. Berchmans Higher Secondary School
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Coordinates9°27′13″N 76°32′50″E / 9.45373°N 76.54723°E / 9.45373; 76.54723Coordinates: 9°27′13″N 76°32′50″E / 9.45373°N 76.54723°E / 9.45373; 76.54723
Other nameSBHSS


The boys' school was founded in 1891 by the French Jesuit Charles Lavigne, the first bishop of Changanacherry, as a residential (boarding) school.[3] Until 1997, students were admitted to Grades 5 through 10. In the 1998-99 school year, the school expanded to include Grades 11 and 12. Now the school's higher secondary studies include four science batches and two commerce batches. Built on a 10-acre campus with more than 3,000 students, St. Berchmans is one of the larges schools in Changanacherry. The school is part of the corporate management of schools in the Archdiocese of Changanassery.[4]


Administration of SB HSS, Changanacherry
1 Mar George Cardinal Alencherry[5] Patron, Major Archbishop of Syro Malabar Church[6][7][circular reference]
2 Mar Joseph Perumthottam Archbishop of Changanassery
3 Mar Joseph Powathil Chairman, Inter-Church Council for Education
4 Joseph Mundakathil Protosyncellus, Archdioces of Changanassery
5 James Palackal Vicar General, Archdioces of Changanassery
6 Fr Mathew Nadamukath Corporate Manager
7 Fr Jose P Kottaram Manager
8 Fr Mathew Varuvelil Asst. Corporate Manager
9 Sri P A Kuriachan Principal
10 Sri Jose Pius V Headmaster



The school's library has more than 20,000 books and journals.

Career guidance cellEdit

The career guidance cell of the school gives information to the students on education and career opportunities. Currently, St. Berchmans is the Kottayam district nodal center of student career and counseling.

Orientation programEdit

All students attend an orientation program at the beginning of the academic year. Different batches of 100 students attend two-day seminars of various activities for the students to get to know one another and realize their potential. Parents also attend sessions.

Boarding houseEdit

St. Berchmans was founded as a residential school and continues to operate a boarding house for students whose families live far away.


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  2. ^ "SB SCHOOL". Retrieved 2020-06-18.
  3. ^ "SBHSS CHANGANACHERRY". Mathrubhumi Education. Retrieved 2020-06-18.
  4. ^ "Corporate Management of Schools : Archdiocese of changanacherry". Retrieved 2020-06-18.
  5. ^ "Hearty Congratulations to Cardinal George Alencherry". Retrieved 2020-06-18.
  6. ^ "Syro Malabar Church::Syro-Malabar Catholic Church India::Second largest Eastern Catholic Church::Apostolic Church India". Retrieved 2020-06-18.
  7. ^ "Syro-Malabar Catholic Church - Wikipedia". Retrieved 2020-06-18.