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St. Berchmans' HSS Changanacherry: The best aided school in Kerala

St. Berchmans' HSS Changanacherry is now the best aided school in Kerala, with the third prize victory in the Harithavidhyalayam reality show conducted by the education department to select the best schools in Kerala. St. Berchmans' remained the only aided school to reach the top positions. Here is a short profile of this great school...

St. Berchmans' HSS Changanacherry or SBHSS, one of the best aided schools in Kerala was established in 1891, by Dr. Charles Lavinge SJ, the first bishop of Changanacherry. St. Berchmans' HSS was the first english medium school established by the catholic church in Kerala. This is directly under the ownership of the Archdiocese of Changanacherry. This is a boy's school where the classes are from std 5- higher secondary. There are about 2500 students and 100 teaching staff. St. Berchmans' holds the record for most number of candidates appearing for SSLC examination from the Kottayam district, every year.
Value and quality of education provided by a school rests in it's students. The name and fame of the school also resides in the alumnus of the school. In this regards, St. Berchmans' is one of the high profile schools in Kerala with a great pool of famous students. It includes

Dr B Iqbal (Neurologist, Former VC Kerala university)
Mar Joseph Powathil(Archbishop Emeritus of Changanacherry, Chairman Inter church council )
Mar George Kochery( Vatican delegate of Zimbabwe)
Pathmashree Mar Antony Cardinal Padiyara (First major archbishop of Syro Malabar Church)
Muttathu Varkey (Novelist)
Sri CF Thomas (Ex Minister and MLA of Changanacherry)
Mr Joby (World champion, Punching)
Sri Boban Alummoodan (Cine Artist)

The list has no ending. It continues. Over the last 120 years, St. Berchmans' had a bunch of excellent students who made her proud. St. Berchmans' was also honored with the presence of eminent personalities as teachers and headmasters. Kerala Gandhi, Sri K Kelappan was once a teacher here. Boarding facility is also provided for the students

Modern Technologies and Infrastructure

St. Berchmans' HSS Changanacherry has one of the best IT@SCHOOL wings among the schools in Kerala. Continuing education in Information Technology is provided from the 5th std itself. There are 3 computer labs exclusively for the school section which sums up about 75 computers. Each lab is also furnishes with LCD projectors. Students from the school consistently participates in the state IT mela for the past years. St. Berchmans' HSS are the champions in Kottayam district IT mela for the past 5 years. Along with the lab facilities, school provides smart classrooms with TV and DVD Player. Education is enhanced with the resource CDs of Education department. Edusat receiver facility is also available in the school.

Along with IT@SCHOOL, St. Berchmans' Provide Enrichment and Excellence programs for the English medium students and the selected batch of students from malayalam medium. This project includes special coaching in Communication English, IT etc.
School has a well furnished set of Labs. Language Lab, Physics Lab, Chemistry Lab, Biology Lab and Mathematics Lab provides a good platform for the students. School has the facility of edusat receiver also. SBHSS has the units of Naval NCC, Army NCC and Bharath Scouts. Surely this is one of the best schools in Kerala.

Haritha vidhyalayam Reality Show

In the recent Haritha vidhyalayam reality show conducted by the education department and Victors channel, St. Berchmans' proved her potential to come up to the final round of top 12 government and aided schools in Kerala. Now St. Berchmans' becomes the best aided school in Kerala, with the third prize victory in the show. St. Berchmans' remained the single aided school, to reach the top position, where all other prizes were bagged by the government school. St. Berchmans' HSS shared the third prize with Cotton Hills GHSS Thiruvananthapuram and won a prize money of Rs 3.5 lakhs.

Governing Body

Patron: Archbishop Joseph Perumthottam
Local Manager: Rev Fr. Jos P Kottaram
Principal: Mr PJ Abraham
Headmaster: Mr TD Josekutty
Deputy Headmistress: Smt Tessy MT
Staff Secretary: Mr Thomas T Thomas


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