Vision Statement

To develop exemplary young women, who guided by Catholic values, will contribute meaningfully to society.

 

Mission Statement

To provide an education based on Catholic values which fosters the holistic development of young women while instilling a strong sense of excellence, service and self.

 

 Ethos Of The School
We are guided in all our activities by the principles of our Catholic tradition which considers each individual as precious and a child of God. The concern of Anne Marie Javouhey, foundress of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Cluny, for the development of each human being to the full measure of the perfection intended by God, and for the liberation of people from all forms of oppression and ignorance is a guiding principle of our school.

 

 School Motto

Sapientia et Scientia - Wisdom and Knowledge

In 1882, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Cluny came to the south and established a Convent and a school in the town of San Fernando.

In 1891, a new school was built and in the 1920s, the Secondary School came of age and presented its first candidates for the Overseas Cambridge Examination with outstanding success.

This was due to the zeal and dynamism of Sr. Elizabeth Smyth who pioneered secondary education in the San Fernando Convent.

In 1934, the foundation stone was laid for a new building, which was finished, in the following year. The Convent school continued to flourish and during the forties further classroom accommodation was provided through the acquisition of the Army and Red Cross huts. Domestic Science was added to the curriculum to train the girls in cooking and Home Management.

As numbers began to grow The Montano building across the road, was purchased to meet the ever-increasing demand for school places. The residence provided classrooms, staff room, library, Art and Commercial rooms, and grounds for netball and tennis, Guide meetings and sporting activities. The residence was named ‘St. Philomena’s’ after Mother Philomena Butler, former Superior and Principal.

The School, in 1950, presented its first three pupils for the Higher School Certificate Examinations and in 1955, with 520 pupils on roll, and 14 in the HSE class, one of the girls – Kimlyn Ching (the late Dr. Laurence) – won the Queen Elizabeth Coronation scholarship.

In 1957, Sr. Francis Xavier Urich was appointed Principal and added Drama, Music and Singing to those activities such as Sport and Guiding, which developed, and cultivated character and responsibility. The standard of teaching and student application was improved.

Sr. Paul D’Ornellas was the next Principal in 1965 and built the Science laboratories on the Montano property to meet the demand for Science in the curriculum. Sr. Paul’s energetic leadership ensured the success of the school in the Cambridge examinations and notable results testified to the quality of the teaching staff and the serious application of the pupils.


In 1973, Sr. Theresa Corbie became the Principal and erected the three-storey building on the south side of the quadrangle, giving more space to classrooms. On Sr. Theresa’s retirement in July 1985, Sr. Phyllis Wharfe succeeded her as Principal.

Sr. Phyllis can be credited for improving the school academically and boosting the performance of both staff and students through a variety of new programs and initiatives.

She quickly made her presence felt by recognizing there was a great deal of change to be implemented. This was a time when middle management structures were put into place, and procedures were being established that defined how things should be done in here.

Sister Phyllis has conducted a comprehensive building programme. She was responsible for the North wing, which houses the fourth and fifth forms, and in 2000, we saw the completion of another three-storey building housing the long awaited Auditorium. She was constantly refurbishing and changing use of existing spaces.

Sr. Phyllis’ vision and drive then brought to reality a number of new facilities for Science, Food Technology, Art, Library, fully equipped IT labs, several multi-media facilities and the prayer room. Her care and concern for staff is evident by her investment in the expansion of the staff room as well as the provision of a staff lounge and lunch area. Under her tenure, she initiated and supported procurement of technological tools, equipment, and space.

Sister Phyllis has admitted that her most challenging role has been in education where she sees herself as facilitating the development of people, not just teaching subjects but helping young people to look critically at society and to dream what society can become with their input. Sister always challenged the students to become women of worth. It was her mantra. She would often say to them, “To whom much is given much is expected.” She recognized their innate talents and that they have a valuable contribution to make to society. Sister always cautioned them never to settle for mediocrity. I know that she is extremely happy when ‘at risk’ students benefit from the care and concern of staff and peer, and grow in self-esteem and confidence. This is wonderfully rewarding and to quote her, “It confirms that everything we do inside of here is worthwhile.”

Sister Phyllis retired in September 2004 and Mrs. Dinna Rajpaul-Bainey assumed the duties of Acting Principal. Sister Phyllis has bequeathed to St. Joseph’s Convent, San Fernando a rich legacy. Mrs. Bainey remains committed to treasure it, to guard it well and build on the solid tradition of excellence, that she and the Sisters before her has laid down

The leadership of St. Joseph’s Convent continues to effect the total development of each student by means of an intellectual formation according to the capacity of each, coupled with a clear doctrinal instruction in our Religious classes. Our purpose is to mould women who will not simply fit into society but contribute to our society through constructive leadership keeping in mind the watchwords of integrity, excellence and service.

Sisters of St. Joseph of Cluny in the Caribbean

Blessed Anne-Marie Javouhey

The following are the departments which operate in SJC. Click on the name to visit the department page

 

Mathematics

English

Foreign Languages

Modern Studies

Business Studies

Science

Visual and Performing Arts

April 13 2015

 

Dear Parents,

 

Your daughters are in the final preparation stages for their upcoming Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations. We encourage you to continue to help them to manage their study time effectively as they work towards success.

 

Please be aware of your daughters’ timetables and help to ensure that they are on time for all their exams. All examinations begin at either 9:00 a.m. or 1:00 p.m. and students must be in full, unadorned school uniform, with their individual timetable at least half an hour before the start of the exam. CXC has indicated that no cell phones or electronic devices will be allowed in the examination rooms. Anyone caught with these devices will be disqualified from all exams.

Read more: Sixth Form Parent's Letter

Attention all Form 6 Examination Students:

All Form 6 students are reminded that for your examination on Thursday 4th June 2015 (Corpus Christi Holiday) you are to present yourself for examination in FULL SCHOOL UNIFORM.

 

You are also reminded to BRING YOUR EXAMINATION TIME TABLE.

 

 

 

3rd June, 2015

 

 

Dear Parents/Guardians,

It is with great pleasure that we extend an invitation to you and your daughters to attend the Fifth Form Graduation Dinner and Ball 2015. The details for this elegant and memorable event are as follows:

Date:                     Wednesday 1st July, 2015

Venue:                   Achievor’s Banquet Hall, Duncan Village

Time:                     7:00pm – 1:00am (Dinner will be served from 7:15pm – 9:30pm only)

Theme:                  Unforgettable

Read more: Form 5 Graduation Letter to Parents 2015

SJCSF hosted its Fun Car Rally & Treasure Hunt on Sunday 7th June 2015. Below are the official results as well as some pictures of the event:

Read more: Fun Car Rally & Treasure Hunt 2015

Installation of

Head Girl &Deputy Head Girl

On Monday 03 October 2016, the Head Girl and Deputy Head Girl 2016- 2017 of St. Joseph’s Convent San Fernando were officially installed at a brief ceremony in the School Auditorium.

The elected Head Girl is Miss Chelsea John -Williams.

The elected Deputy Head is Miss Keereyea Phagoo.

 

Here are some memories of the occasion.

Read more: Installation of Head Girl and Deputy Head Girl

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