Loyola Oriya School, Bhubaneswar

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The Beginning:

The Jesuit Community had a number of community meetings, where they discussed the concept of “Rainbow School” in our campus. But each time, they ended with a note that there is no one who can start such project. So, Fr. Tony P, S J, the Principal of the main school, decided to start the movement like this. On Aug 15, 2005 he let the slum children to play football in the field. Till such time, they had no access to the school campus.They played for a week happily. Then he told them that they should also spend some time to study. They agreed. Fr. Tony used to sit on the step of the small gallery and started telling some stories etc. The children kept coming as they thought that they can play as well as study too. Then with nod of the community, he appointed a spinster by name Ms. Jemma Kullu as the first or class teacher to commence the formal classes while Fr Tony used to function as first headmaster of  the project. At the start, the number stood as 40 odd children consisting heterogeneous group and differential age group. She did just an additional coaching.

Ms Jemma Kullu

First Group of Students

Growth and Development into a Regular School:

Rainbow School that existed merely in a form of a tutorial under the care of Ms. Mary Tirkey who regularly came to the campus to coach these handful 34 students every afternoon. Thanks to the coming of Fr. Dayanidhi Bisoi,

S.J whose tireless efforts  breathed life into Rainbow School to make it a regular school.

Keeping in mind the outreach program of the school, Fr. Pius Fernandes, S.J, the successor of Fr. P. Tony S.J; introduced Fr. Dayanidhi to this job and encouraged him to do something to bring the slum children to school.  Moved by his encouraging words, Fr. Dayanidhi visited the slums around the vicinity of Loyola school. He held meetings with the parents and encouraged them to send their children to school. His efforts began to bear fruits and the number of students began to increase gradually. As the number of students increased steadily the old name Rainbow School was changed into Loyola Oriya Medium School. Then in March 2008, with formal new admissions, the number of children increased to 198 from class UKG to IX.

The total number of children further increased to 512 as the school made serious efforts to admit the children of riot victims of Kandhamal by the end of October 2008.

Grant of Permission and Recognition:

As the school began to take a shape of a regular school, there was a need to obtain Permission and Recognition. Fr. Dayanidhi initiated this process by the beginning of May, 2009. The District Inspector of Schools (DI), Mr. Kulamani Nath Sharma inspected the school and after a month’s time, granted permanent recognition upto class V in 22 May, 2009. He also submitted reports in the office of the Director of Mass Education for the grant of permission and recognition of classes VI and VII. The recognition and permission order was awaited. Meanwhile, Fr. Dayanidhi was exploring the possibility of making the 9th standard students get enrolled themselves to write the board exam in March 2011 through some government school at the vicinity.

It is a beautiful sight to see so many children from the slums entering the school with beautiful uniforms. All the more it is nice to see them gain confidence day by day at par with children of many other good schools of this temple city, Bhubaneswar.