Cardinal Gracias High School was founded on 12th June 1961 and has been managed by the Norbertine Fathers since 1964.
Cardinal Gracias High School was founded on 12th June 1961 and has been managed by the Norbertine Fathers since 1964. The Nortbertine Fathers vowed to seek Christ by living in common, sharing all things in holy poverty, and dedicating themselves to ministering to God’s People. The St. Norbertine Priory in Mumbai manages the Cardinal Gracias High School, St. Joseph The Workers Church and a social Service center (Bandra East Community Center) in Bandra East. It also manages a parish and social service center in Nerul, besides a priest home in Mangalore.Vision: The main purpose and object of the school is to make your child a good, honest, diligent and industrious, self reliant and resourceful, honest and truthful, just and fair in dealing with all, ever keeping the joy, that God gives to sinless hearts, and sharing joy with others, please help us in this great and noble task.
“Children cannot be made good by making them happy, but they can be made happy by making them good”
Our Scholastic theme: “Laying foundation for vibrant generation”
In the beginning it was all a marshy swamp, barring a few chawls and hutments close to the Bandra Station. On the Eastern side, there was no human life. Then, the Maharashtra Board put up some tenements in the area presently known as Khernagar. In them came to live some catholic families. They had to go to Bandra West for both religious and scholastic activities. Somehow they managed to invite a priest on Sundays to say mass and with this worship donned the idea of starting a school at least for the toddlers. And that is the beginning of what is today called the ‘Cardinal School’.
Foreseeing the rapid development of the area, His Eminence Valerian Cardinal Gracias issued a decree carving out a new parish for Bandra East, on May 1st, 1960 and named it as St. Joseph The Worker Parish. Rev. Fr. Macario Pereira was appointed as the first Parish Priest.
The late Msgr. Macario Pereira was the priest who took interest in the welfare of the children of Kherwadi and Khernagar and with the help of the residents put up a shed with a corrugated tin roof. Two teachers were loaned by the Mount Mary Convent, Bandra, and it was all a makeshift arrangement.
Pereira , a noted educationist, started a K.G. Class with 100 students on June 12th 1961 in a pandal Church cum School with some internal adjustments to suit the needs of class rooms. The school was named Valerian Cardinal Gracias Primary School. Its teaching staff comprised of two sisters from Mount Mary’s Convent, Bandra West, who were later joined by qualified lay teachers.In June 1962 the First standard of the Primary School was started. The total students were then 263.In 1963, the school was shifted to the present plot which was purchased by Msgr. Pereira with the help of the late Cardinal Valerian Gracias, then Archbishop of Bombay. Most rightly Valerian Cardinal Gracias is described as ‘The Greatest Ambassador of Goodwill’, India has ever sent abroad. By then, more housing colonies had cropped up, the highway was constructed and the area was slowly acquiring the status of a township.In 1963 the second standard of the Primary School was opened and the strength of the school was 400.The shed which was also used as a church was expanded to house six classrooms. The school was renamed as “Cardinal Gracias School”In 1964 Very Rev. Fr. R. Rooymans, O. Praem, the Prior of the St. Norbert Priory, Jamtara, Jabalpur came to Bombay to request the Cardinal to entrust a new Parish to the Norbertine FathersThe Cardinal Gracias Primary School received recognition in July 1965.The Secondary section of the school started in June 1966 and also received recognition from the Educational Department. Thus Cardinal Gracias High Schoolcame into being.Though old, Msgr. Pereira kept on adding a higher standard year after year. He acquired recognition for the school in 1966 when it had Std. I to V.In April 1966 came Fr. J. Lamers, O. Praem from Nagpur and Fr. A. Prakash, O. Praem from Jabalpur. Fr. Lamers resided at Mt. Carmel’s Church and Fr. Prakash in Vakola Parish. In November 1966, J. Lamers, O. Praem was appointed as local Superior of the Norbertines in Mumbai and Manager of Cardinal Gracias High School. Fr. A. Prakash, O. Praem was appointed first Norbertine Principal of the School.The Cardinal invited the Norbertine Fathers of The Abbey of Berne, Holland, to take over the school as well as the ministerial activities.In January 1967 a school building committee was formed and started functioning. On 26th January 1967 Abbot A. Hazelager, O. Praem of the Abbey of Berne, Holland, blessed the foundation stone of the school building.On 1st May 1967 – feast of St. Joseph the worker – the Parish was officially handed over to the Norbertine Fathers. Fr. Luke F. Van Helvert was appointed as the first Norbertine Parish Priest and Fr. J. Lamers was appointed as assistant Parish Priest.Two Dutch missionaries, the late Fr.J. Lamers O. Praem., and Fr. Luke Van Helvert O. Praem stepped in and within a year started to construct the school building.The building was inaugurated in 1967 and the school had a Norbertine Priest, Fr. A. S.Prakash O. Praem as Principal. It was he who aimed at setting high standards both in education and discipline.The first batch of students appeared for the SSC examination in 1973 and came out with a sterling performance 100 % pass. That was the goal set by Fr. Prakash who came ,who saw and who conquered. The first Head Boy and Head Girl of this great institution were Mr.Dhananjay More and Ms. Vidya Kokate. The school has since maintained a high standard of teaching, learning, discipline and character formation as a result every year SSC results have been excellent.Gradually it was possible to have more Norbertine priests on the scene when a monastery was constructed. Among them was another energetic priest, Fr. Richard Bent O.Praem to manage the entire church and school complex.Prakash was replaced by Fr. Samuel Kavilfrom Bhopal. In continuation of the high standards set by Fr. Prakash, the new principal added a new quality to the school—Love for Humanity. He established the Social Service branch which is affiliated to the Junior Red Cross Association.The year 1978 welcomed Anthony Vijay Jones O. Praempopularly known as Fr. Vijay, as the Principal. His deep knowledge of school work and his interest in students went a long way in helping the school to progress. The development of the school will not be complete without mentioning the revival of the ,PTA which was started by Fr. Samuel in 1982, with fresh vigour by Fr. Vijay.The Sisters of St. Joseph of Chambery have played an important role in guiding the Primary and Secondary Section.In 1983 we had Franklin Mathais O. Praemas Manager who gave his utmost cooperation and encouragement.In 1984 the school had an energetic and dynamic young principal, Fr Rocky D’souza O. Praem. He introduced the school newsletter – ‘GRACIANA’which served as an effective medium of communication monitoring the progress made by staff and students.The school celebrated the Silver Jubilee in December 1986 under his able leadership. It was a thumping success.
Sr Catherine Laboure, Ms M. Patil, Mr. R. Gupta, Mr. Koman and Ms Grace Colaco, Ms. Mariann Misquittawere the Vice Principals, who guided and drove home the fact that – one cannot climb the ladder of success with their hands in their pockets.1n 1993-94, Albert Xalco O. Praemtook over as Principal of the Primary and Secondary Section.In 2002-2003, Rocky D’souzawas the Principal for the second time. Our school got cent per cent results in the SSC Board Exams 2003.In 2003-04, Arul Amalrajcame in as the Principal. He played a major role giving the school infrastructure a facelift. For him, every child was lovable, capable and acceptable.In Oct 2009, Rocky D’souzawas the Principal for the third time. We were indeed fortunate to celebrate our Golden Jubilee under his expertise.2010-2011 saw the celebration of the GOLDEN JUBILEE with the meaningful theme-‘IN EVERYTHING GIVE THANKS’ beautifully coined by Rev. Abbot Rock D’souza O. Praem.On October 13, 2010, the Gracian Alumni Association (GAA)was established to foster, build and cherish a life-long relationship between alumni and the school to promote a true spirit of loyalty, trust, cordiality and love for their alma mater.The Golden Jubilee of CGHS was celebrated with great zeal, gusto and enthusiasm on December 18 and 19, 2010 with ‘A Festival of Music & Dance’.The Chief Guest for December 18, 2010 was Rev. Abbot Benzes Thomas O. Praem, St Norbert Abbey, Jamtara, Jabalpur. All the staffers were honoured with mementos.In 2011, Fr. Sabu Thomas came in as the Principal. He played a major role in the introduction of Smart Board, CCTV and the School Band.In 2019, Mrs. Loretta Pinto came in as the first laic, lady Principal. Under her expertise, teachers and students were systematically introduced to online education during the pandemic.She continues to work unrelentingly, motivating and encouraging the students to excel in academics as well as extra curricular activities.At present we have 5000 students in the pre- primary, primary and secondary and 152 staff members.We intend to upgrade the school infrastructure that would enable local residents to be well educated, better qualified and equipped to take on challenges of modern life. We need to make “dreams come true” through an upgraded School Library System with collection of books and an English Laboratory, Scholarships and Fees for needy and deserving students.From the days of the marshy swamp, we have come a long way. As we now enjoy the fruits of the sweat, toil and blood of our predecessors, the best debt of gratitude we can render to them is to strive hard and keep the standard of the school flying higher and higher by our sense of diligence, discipline and academic and co-academic excellence.
Ali Yavar Jung Marg, near Teacher Colony, Subhash Nagar, Bandra East, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400051, India
Dear Parents,We are having online Junior K.G. admissions through Google Form.Filling and submission of Google Form will be as per the following details:Date : 05.04.2023Day : WednesdayTime : Between 9.00 a.m. to 12.00 noon
ST. NORBERT NURSERY AND KINDERGARTENADMISSION OPEN FOR NURSERY 2023-24Dear Parents,We are having online Nursery admissions through Google Form.Filling and submission of Form will be as per the following details:
Date : 11.03.2023
Time: Between 9.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.Please click the following link to open the Nursery Admission Google Form.
Please Note:To fill the form, you should have a valid email ID. Once you fill and submit the form, the copy of the same will be sent to your email ID.
The child should be born in the period between 01.10.2019 to 31.12.2020.Parents must be the residents of Bandra- East.Filling admission Google form is no guarantee for admission.Parents should fill and submit the form only ONCE. Double submission will be considered as INVALID.
Mrs. Loretta Pinto
Principal / .