ST.XAVIER’S SCHOOL, SAHIBGANJ
The Jesuit Fathers from the island of Malta had arrived in Santal Parganas District of Bihar in January 1930. They already had started a Hindi Medium school at Guhiajori and another at Tinpahar. They were aware of the need of an EnglishMediumSchool to cater for other children.
At the end of 1953, Rev. Fr.A.Savona, S.J., the then Jesuit Superior in Malta, paid a visit to his Maltese confreres in India and encouraged the Fathers to start such a school, preferably at Sahibganj. Soon after a property at Purani Sahibganj, known as “Nil Kothi” or Coomes Compound was purchased.
The first Superior of the Fathers working in Santal Parganas, Rev. Fr.J.Portelli, S.J., took office in March 1956 and one of his priorities was to open the English medium school at Sahibganj.
The dream was realized on 21st January 1957 when Xavier School, as it was to be called till the end of 1959 was opened with Fr.Roland Ghirlandoo, S.J., as the First Principal. The first seven children, two girls and five boys were placed thus: one in St.I, five in Preparatory-2 and one in the Infant class.