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Infant Jesus School, Kollam

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Infant Jesus Anglo-Indian Higher Secondary School, Tangasseri, Kollam
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Tangasseri, Kollam , Kerala

MottoOra et labora
Patron saint(s)Bishop of Kollam
School districtKollam
PrincipalRev. Fr. Silvie Antony classes_offered = LKG to Standard XII
Medium of languageEnglish
Campus size6 acres (24,000 m2)
Campus typeSuburban
Houses     Boscos
SportsBasketball, football

The Infant Jesus Anglo Indian Higher Secondary School, Kollam is an educational institution affiliated to CISCE based in Kollam city in the south Indian state of Kerala. It was established in 1940 by Jerome M. Fernandez, the Bishop of Kollam. The school is situated in Tangasseri, which was a stronghold of western culture with a historical background of ancient Portuguese, Dutch and English settlements. The school was founded primarily to cater to the education of the Anglo Indian Community, the then predominant community of the region.

It was started by the Anglo Indian community (people who remained when the British left India) to educate their children. It was later opened to the public in and around Kollam.


The Infant Jesus Anglo-Indian Boys School was started to educate the Anglo-Indian boys in the locality; the girls were educated at the Mount Carmel Convent Anglo-Indian Girls High School in Tangasseri itself, opposite to IJHS. Bishop Jerome M Fernandez inaugurated the school, offering a Holy Mass at the nearby Infant Jesus Pro-Cathedral (elevated as Cathedral on 3 December 2005) on 8 January 1940. At first there were 15 students and two staff members, which eventually increased to about 3,500 students and 110 staff members. Mrs. Mary Netto was the first principal.

The school started out as a boys school which changed in the late 1900s. By 2004 the school was open to both boys and girls.

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Jiffy Shams, Entrepreneur, UAE
  • Jithesh John IES
  • Syam Sundar IPS
  • Suresh Babu - Olympic athlete
  • Alphonse Earayil - former DGP of Kerala
  • Eugene Pandala - Architect known for building with environmental sustainability
  • Suresh Gopi - National Award winning actor & rajyasabha MP
  • Mukesh - Actor and Kollam MLA
  • Ignatius Pereira (author and Journalist-retired from The Hindu)
  • Dr. K.M. Abraham IAS (Retired Chief Secretary-Kerala)
  • Mohan Sivanand - former Editor-in-Chief of Reader's Digest India
  • Sunny Varkey - recipient of Padma Shree, the world`s largest provider of private education


  • Sajiv K. Menon, Managing Director, Nitta Gelatin India Limited


The principals of the Infant Jesus school:

  • Mrs. Maryan Netto - Headmistress 1940
  • Fr. Mathew Fabian - 1941-1955
  • Fr. Gracian Fernandez - 1955-1958
  • Fr. Stephen S. Gomez - 1958-1963
  • Fr. Elias Lopez - 1963–1966
  • Miss Mary J. Camoens - 1958, 1966–1967
  • Fr. Thomas Thundiyil - 1968-1970
  • Fr. A. Varghese - 1974-1975
  • Rt. Rev. Msgr. Dr. Ferdinand Kayavil - 1975-2005
  • Rev Sr Estelle Vas - 2005-2010
  • Rev. Fr. Silvie Antony - 2010-2018
  • Mrs. Dona Joy - 2018-2019
  • Rev. Dr. Silvie Antony - 2019-

See also[edit]

Other articles of the topic Schools : Hong Kong Adventist Academy, Mater Spei College, Tarsus American College, European International School Chennai, Lycée Français de Luanda, Clifton College (Botswana), Harehuwa school
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  1. Kerr, Simeon. "School rooms for everyone". Financial Times. 18 June 2013.

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