Saint Joseph's Convent - Saint Andrew
On September 7th, 1953, four sisters arrived, pioneers for this Mission of Love: Mother Philomena Butler, (superior R.I.P), Sr. Sebastian Haynes (R.I.P), Sr. Anne Marie Kernahan and Sr. Margaret Brady and started the St. Joseph’s Convent for girls in Grenville. The school opened its doors on September 12th, 1953. Mass having been celebrated in the chapel and the Blessed Sacrament installed, the blessing of the school took place that afternoon.
The next day classes began with fifty-five students and Sr. Philomena Fletcher as principal. The curriculum was varied; emphasis was laid on Religious Education and cultural activities: music, song and drama. In November of 1969 it experienced its first major retrofitting; an extension provided a staff room, a small library and a fifth form classroom.By1973 the number of students seeking admission into SJC could not be accommodated; the solution was found in an amalgamation with the St. Charles Lwanga College. This signaled the first time boys were admitted as students of SJC this ended in the late 70’s.Also in 1973 Sr. Genevieve Baptiste replaced Sr. Philomena Fletcher as principal. On 17th January, 1980 the second era of “Convent Boys” began and ended in the early 1990’s.
1985 saw Sr. Gertrude Tang Kai assume the role of principal of the school, a position she held until 1993 when the baton of leadership was passed on to Sr. Anne Keens-Douglas, a daughter of our revered Alma Mater. On February 6, 1996, a new wing of the school was opened. It was funded by the British High Commission. In 2007 to 2012 Mrs. Angela Marrast served as principal and succeeded by Ms. Linda Francis who currently holds the post of Acting Principal.
After sixty five (65) years, the population has now grown to five hundred and twenty seven (527) students; and its curriculum expanded to include thirty one (31) subjects, twenty seven of which are offered at CSEC. Since its establishment on 12th of September 1953, our school continues to build its legacy by consistently producing well rounded young ladies in various disciplines. SJC is now an exemplary secondary school and continues to be a beacon of excellence in both academia and sports. Our athletes have performed excellently in local, regional and international competitions. For five years consecutively, (2000 to 2015) SJC has managed to secure 2nd place in the annual INTERCOL; medalled in CARIFTA on at least three occasions and PENN Relay in 2004. As you may be aware, four of our girls: Aalyiah Jackson (captain), Shawntel Fletcher, Britney Charles and Alleyah Langdon are members of the National Under-17 Football team who representing Grenada in the CONCACAF Under-17 competition to be held in Grenada 2016. There are also inspiring athletes for CARIFTA 2016 from this Great Institution, following the footsteps of persons like Margaret James, Nasha Belfon, Rena Mitchel, Kendra Richards and most recently Nichioner George just to name a few. In table tennis Rhoda Joseph and Nabrusha Sutherland are the top two under-18 national table tennis players. In addition we have students who are making their mark in netball, volleyball, football and cricket both nationally and regionally. In academics Rachel Williams and Liselle Joseph brought the Marryshow Cup to the school twice in 2004 and 2005 respectively. The EU Buckmire award has also been won by students on many occasions since its inception in 2005.
Cum Deo possum
With God all things are possible
We pledge to educate the whole person to instill in our young women Christian values and principles and prepare them spiritually, intellectually, physically and socially for life.
BOARD OF MANAGEMENT
The Cluny Board:
Chairperson - Sr. Maureen Alexander
Acting Principal: Ms. Linda Francis
Vice Principal: Mrs. Avis Alexander