History of St. Ursula´s

The first Presentation Sisters arrived in Madras on the 13th January 1842 and started their work for the Lord in this land.

The sister's first foundation was at George Town educating both Indians and European girls. This foundation was established by the widow of an English Officer, Colonel Smith. After the death of her husband this lady led a very pious life looking after orphans of Catholic Soldiers. In 1810 Mrs. Smith started a regular school for the orphans, this school was none other than St. Ursula's which was formerly known as St. Mary's Orphanage School, George Town.

During World War II our school was shifted to Trichy for fear of the city being burnt. After the war was over the school was again setup in Madras.

Our school with the boarding children was functioning in George Town till 1946. In 1947 the school had to be shifted to the Church Park Campus to make room for the Catholic Centre at Armenian Street. Then the school came to be known as St. Ursula's European and Anglo-Indian Middle School.

Mother Basil was in-charge of the school and the boarding children at the time of transfer. Later Sr. Joan took over the school for many years following Nano Nagle's principles. St. Ursula's owes a great debt of gratitude to stalwarts like Mother Basil, Sr. Joan and Sr. Elaine who were the pioneers of Ursuline education. We also acknowledge and sincerely appreciate the efforts of all the Presentation sisters, Correspondents and Principals through the years- Sr. Rosemary, Sr. Leela, Sr. Marian, Sr. Josie, Sr. Gracy, Ms. Shobha Souriar and at present Sr. Prabha for their significant contribution for the welfare and progress of St. Ursula's.

In 1963 our school was recognized as St. Ursula's Anglo-Indian High School and in 1978 it was upgraded to a Higher Secondary School.

Now we have more than 1700 children studying here. We also help the under privileged children in our area by conducting free evening tuition and offering healthy snacks.

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