what you see – In the now congested lanes of Hyderguda in Himayatnagar is St. Paul’s High School, part of the trio of All Saints’ and Little Flower. ‘The truth is light’ etched in green at the top of the main building welcomes students as they walk through the front door onto the grounds.
Former All England Badminton Champion Pulella Gopichand and Dr K Srinath Reddy, who heads the Department of Cardiology at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, are known to have graduated from this school.
Like Little Flower, St. Paul’s was started after All Saints completed the centennial celebrations. In 1954, Brother Juan de Dios decided to start a new school as part of All Saints in King Koti. Then about 300 students and teachers were transferred from All Saints’ to St. Paul’s. In 1955 the school moved to its current premises in Hyderguda and in 1958, under Brother Stanislaus, the school became a self-contained institution.
What you get – The coeducational school follows the state prescribed curriculum (SSC). The education process is based on traditional values well fused with modernity. Students up to class 9 even have a mandatory Moral Science class as part of the curriculum. Here they are taught important lessons in life, morals, and honesty.
Then there is a fine for throwing garbage out of the dumpster and as an incentive to any student who reports another’s disobedience to the rule, a portion of the money earned from the fine is given. There is also a strict “English only” policy that is enforced during school hours to encourage students to develop their communication skills.
The examination system followed is the same as that of Todos los Santos and Little Flower, where 50% of the marks are for performance throughout the year and 50% for the Annual Exams. There are special classes for students who need more attention.
The school has four medium buses to transport students and the charge is around Rs 250 per month. The school also has many clubs to encourage extracurricular and co-curricular activities. It has a state-of-the-art badminton court, a conference room equipped with two projectors for presentations and 12 ping-pong tables. The St. Paul Table Tennis Academy is led by Nagendar Reddy and Ibrahim, both former national level table tennis players. The school also has two full-size basketball courts and two volleyball courts. There is also a HAM Radio training center at Alphonsa Hall there. The school has a large canteen, which provides lunch, office supplies, textbooks, and uniforms.
The average number of students in each class is 60 and there is enough space in large classrooms to accommodate students. The school has about 80 teachers and about 3,300 students. The school has an active alumni network and association to help students stay connected.
Our verdict – Admission is difficult here as there is a common admission form for All Saints’, Little Flower, and St. Paul’s. Also, you cannot give your order of preference while filling out the admission form. However, St. Paul’s has good facilities for training badminton, table tennis, volleyball and basketball. In fact, it is widely known for hosting the Annual State Table Tennis Ranking Tournament.
Lead to – St. Paul High School
Hyderguda, Hyderabad – 500029.
Call to – 040-23222092
Anytime between – 8.45 AM – 4 PM.