Our History

St. Mary’s School is a day school located in serene, verdant surroundings spread over an impressive campus in the Cantonment area of Pune. Under its banner, it has separate sections for Girls, Boys and a Co-ed Junior College.

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Landmark Events

  • 1866

    St Mary's School Pune The School is founded. Archbishop Leigh-Lye issues a circular to the residents of Poona stating that “a day school for girls is desired to fulfill the same purpose as the Bishop School for boys…..“An appeal for Rs. 500/- is made, and a headmistress, Mrs. Woods, is engaged.

  • 1872

    The name of the School is officially changed from the Bishop’s School for Girls, to St. Mary’s School.

  • 1878

    St Mary's School Pune The School is handed over to the Sisters of the Community of St. Mary the Virgin. They had come from England the year before.

  • 1895

    St Mary's School Pune The foundation stone of St. Lucy’s dorm is laid.

  • 1924

    A special holiday is given to mark the fact that the numbers had reached 250 !

  • 1926

    St Mary's School Pune The Preparatory School is built. Sister Doreen was the Superior.

  • 1953

    St Mary's School Pune St Mary's School Pune President Rajendra Prasad visits the School.

  • 1955-58

    St Mary's School Pune Beginning of the large expansion in buildings, that were required to keep pace with the rapid growth of the School. Sister May was the driving force.

  • 1966

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    Sister Mary Frideswide presides over the Centenary Celebrations.

    “She Stoops to Conquer” is staged.

    The Nursery Building and the Cookery Block are inaugurated. In 1969, the Reverend Mother General- Mother Barbara Charis decided to separate the posts of Sister Superior and Principal- until then they had always been one.

    On 20th December 1969, Sister Mary Columba was blessed as Sister Superior and *Sister Valeria was appointed Principal.In February 1971, Sister Christine Yeshoda became Acting Principal and took over from Sister Valeria while Sister Mary Columba continued as Sister Superior.

  • 1977

    St Mary's School Pune The end of an era. Sister Mary Frideswide was the Last Sister Superior and Sister Christine Yeshoda is the Last Sister Principal.

  • 1977

    St Mary's School Pune Mrs. Elizabeth Matthew takes over as Principal.

  • 1982

    St Mary's School Pune The new Classroom Block is dedicated to the CSMV Sisters by the Rt. Rev. I. P. Andrews, Bishop of the Diocese

  • 1984

    St Mary's School Pune Inauguration of the new Auditorium by Municipal Commissioner K.S.Siddhu.

  • 1986

    St Mary's School Pune The addition of new classrooms and a face-lift given to the Science Block.

  • 1988

    St Mary's School Pune The swimming pool is inaugurated by the Rt. Rev I. P. Andrews, Bishop of the Diocese.

  • 1990

    St Mary's School Pune The new Hostel building is inaugurated by the Rev. D. S. Pathak, Presbyter of St. Mary’s Church. All the 120 boarders were accommodated in this building.

  • 1991

    St Mary's School Pune 125th Anniversary Celebrations. Sister Mary Frideswide is the Guest of Honour.

  • 1992

    St Mary's School Pune A new section for boys is started in St. Lucy’s Building.

  • 1998

    St Mary's School Pune The New Boys’ School Building becomes functional.

  • 2000

    The Boarding section is closed down and the Day School is expanded.

  • 2001

    St Mary's School Pune A face-lift is given to the administrative block and staff residential quarters on the first floor are converted into classrooms.

  • 2006

    St Mary's School Pune Mrs. Elizabeth Matthew retires as Principal and is appointed Executive Director of the School. Miss Jessica Simoes takes her place as Principal on 15th March 2006.

  • 2006-2009

    Mrs Elizabeth Matthew was appointed Executive Director till her passing away in April 2009. The post of Executive Director has been abolished since then.

  • 2010

    St Mary's School Pune Mrs. Sujata Mallic Kumar is appointed as the new Principal after Ms. Jessica Simoes resigns.

  • * Sister Valeria’s photograph was taken on 10/06/2008 by an Old Girl of SMS Pune, at Wantage, UK
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