History

Sophia High School, Bangalore is a Catholic Institution founded in 1949 by Mother Andersson of the religious order of the sacred heart. The school is placed under the patronage of Mary Mother of Jesus. The motto of the school is "truth and universal love"

1949: The three pioneer sisters of the society of sacred mother, mother Catherine Andersson, mother Ivy Bourke and mother Dorothy Bullen began the school under the name "Convent Of Sacred Heart" with just 17 children.

1950: The convent was recognized as a primary school by the department of public instructions of the Mysore Government.

1952: The school was upgraded to Middle School Level.

1953: Student leadership was recognized.

1954: The Duchesne building with two floors was built.

1956-57: The school was recognized as high school by the government.

1957: The name of the school was changed to Sophia High School. The school crest and motto "Truth and Universal Love" were chosen. The school song was composed by Mother Andersson.

1958: The first batch of Sophia appeared for the ICSE examination. Six students appeared and Rowena Mathais stood first in India,Ceylon and Pakistan.

1960-61: Construction of more building took place. The Fatima fund in aid of mission school was started.

1965: Centenary celebration honouring Saint Madeline Sophie Barat was held on her 100th death anniversary.

1968-69: Introduction of school uniform.

1969: Introduction of nursery classes.

1970: Sisters of Notre Dame took over management of the school. The school was affiliated to ICSE.

1974: Sophia Silver Jubilee Celebrations.

1980: First issue of Sophia news bulletin "Sophia Says It" was brought out.

1981: Introduction of school diary.

1982: Construction of basket ball court and nursery park.

1986: Introduction of computer classes in Sophia.

1991: Introduction of interact club, Sophia Parent Teacher Association.

1996: Upgrading of boy's classes upto std. IV.

1997: Grand celebration for Golden Jubilee of Sophia High, Brochure; Fashion show; Charity show; Build Sophia brick by brick; Golden jubilee souvenirs.

1998: Sophia enters her Golden year! Holy Eucharistic celebrations was performed. Cultural celebration; "Sophia Run" by Sophia students; Walkathon by Sophia parents; Notre Dame inter-high school meet; Charity ball by members Sophia Old Girls Association; Grand Carnival on the month of November.

1998: Sophia enters her Golden year! Holy Eucharistic celebrations was performed. Cultural celebration; "Sophia Run" by Sophia students; Walkathon by Sophia parents; Notre Dame inter-high school meet; Charity ball by members Sophia Old Girls Association; Grand Carnival in the month of November.

1998 Dec : Closing functions of Golden Jubilee year - Felicitation of past principals and faculty who completed 25 years of services in Sophia, Cultural extravaganza 'IN THE BLAZE OF LOVE'

1999: Up gradation of Sophia to ISC (Plus Two) - new Biology lab, new Computer lab, new Library and new Administrative rooms were built along with a new ISC block of class rooms.

2000: Inauguration by Mr. Francis Fanthome, Chief executive and secretary of ISC Council. Commencement of class XI.

Sister Mary Kripa awarded P.R.S.I award for excellence in educational service for the year 1999 which included a citation, a shall and a memento

2000: High School Concert: The Fiddler on the Roof at Chowdiah Memorial Hall.

2001: Middle School Concert ' ANNIE' at Chowdiah Memorial Hall.

2002: Graduation of the first batch of ISC - 51 Students.

2003 Sep 30: Farewell to Sr. Mary Kripa Pricipal of Sophia after a tenure of 10 years and 10 months and welcome to new principal Sr. Mary Sandhya.

2004: Introduction of mentoring classes in the Middle and High School ( Zero Period on Wednesday / Friday ).

Parent Teacher meeting introduced for M-School and H-School. Career counseling programme for std X, XI and XII organized by PTA

2005: Permission to construct Sophia auditorium.

Fund raiser activities begun in Aug 2005

India's first 20-20 Cricket match at Chinnaswami Stadium - Aug 19, 20, 21, partially sponsored by Sophia.
Launching of Raffle by Nisha Millet and Lathika Baliga - Sophia Alumni .
Sophiesta - Grand Carnival - 2,3,4 Dec 2005.
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dream Coat - a broadway musical by Lloyd Webber and Tin Rice at Bishop Cottons Boys School auditorium by Senior Students.
The Greatest Show on Earth, by Carl Crack and The Magic Basket staged by the Primary and Pre-primary Students.
Mega Concert by Sonu Nigam in Chinnaswami Cricket Stadium initiated and conducted by Sophia PTA, Mr. Arun Ponnappa and Team.

Ground Breaking and laying of the foundation stone for Sophia auditorium on 8th Dec 2005 by Rev. Arch Bishop Bernard Moras in the presence of Sr. Mary Jayanti, provincial superior, Sr.Jaya, Sr. Prathima and all the Notre Dame Sisters, PTA Staff and Student representatives

2006: Re-introduction of BMTC buses (11 numbers)

Return to the original Sophia Uniform.
Introduction of the Yoga Lessons for class V - XII
A School Counselor appointed

2007 June: Introduction of Smart Card for Staff Attendance.

2007 June: Blessing and Inauguration of the basement and ground floor of the new Aud. Block and Middle School Shifted to auditorium block. This academic section named CUVILLY is in memory of the birth place of Saint Julie Billiart, The foundress of the Sisters of Notre Dame.

2008 : Feb 11,12,14th Inauguration of the Sophia Auditorium Block.

Dignitaries present- Governor of Karnataka Rameshwar Thakur, Dr. Kiran Muzumdar CMD Biocon India, Dr.,Devi Shetty, Mr.Anil Kumble All Sponsors and special benefactors, Visiting Sisters of Notre Dame from abroad and Sr. Mary Jayanthi. Arch BP. Ignatius Pinto and Retd Ambassador Mr. Alan Nazareth also were present

Theme of the Programme - The Four Corner Stones of Notre Dame Education System

Dignity of the Teacher
Worth of individual Student
Thoroughness of Instruction
Centrality of God

These four foundational principles were enacted by students from nursery to XII in the form of dance and music both contemporary and traditional.

Our Sincere gratitude to Sr. Mary Sujita, superior general and her council in Rome.

Sr. Mary Jayanti, provincial superior and council Bangalore.

The Architects - Mr and Mrs. V. Vishwanath and Team

The Contractors - Mr. Thomas of Gina Engineering and all Staff

The Advisors - Principal - Mr. Manohar Shetty,

Technical - Mr. Kadirvelu

Consultants, Subcontractors, Supervisors, Laborers

The Sponsors, Well Wishers, Parents, Staff and Students of Sophia.

JULY 31st : Fond Farewell to Sr. Mary Aneeta, Principal Sophia Primary after a 12 year tenure and Welcome to Sr. Mary Rosilin as Sophia Primary School.

Nov 3rd : Golden Jubilee of Religious Profession of Sr. Mary Anina, Former Principal of Sophia Celebrated with gratitude and pride.

Dec 18th,19th : Celebration of the Diamond Jubilee of Sophia High School- 1949-2009

Theme ' The Legacy Lives On…..'

Dignitaries present - Mrs. Rohini Nelakani founder chairperson of Pratham Books ( w/o Mr. Nandan Nilakani)

Sr. Mary Jayanti - Provincial Superior

Dr.Kasturirangan - former ISRO Chief and Chairman of NIAS

Mrs. Geetha Narayanan - Alumnus Sophia and the founder Principal, Malya Aditi International and Sriti School

Mrs. Mahapara Ali - Alumnus Sophia National Head of SBI.

About 40 Staff members and 5 Sisters were felicitated on this occasion for there 25 or more years of service to Sophia.

2009: Sophia welcomed the ‘Missile Man of India’ – Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam to give his vision for India Mission 2020; I.D Cards introduced instead of name badges as part of the uniform; ‘Sophiesta III’- a carnival held in aid of a school and its infrastructure in Andhra Pradesh.

2010: High School concert – MULAN: Farewell to Sr. Mary Jayanti, Provincial Superior
Farewell to Sr. Mary Sandhya, Principal of Sophia after a tenure of 7 years and welcome to new Principal Sr. Mary Priscilla

2011: Seal system introduced to improve discipline; ‘Metronome’ – A kaleidoscope of music conducted by the music club in September;

2012: ISC Basketball team won the National Champions trophy; Inter-school Dramatics competition ‘Persona’ held; ‘Sophiesta IV’ – a carnival held to raise funds for new Mater Building

2013: High School Concert – ‘The Alternative Snow White’; ISC Basketball team won the National Champions trophy; Inter-school throw ball tournament held in December.

2014: Walkathon held on World Earth Day to raise awareness on environment; inauguration of Plant Initiative; SOGA- Sophia Old Girls Association meet in July to renew old ties Blessing of Mater Building and inauguration of new digital library held on September 1st.

Walkathon held in October to raise awareness about pollution during Diwali.

Tin Jubilee Celebration held commemorating the formation of Our Lady of Visitation Province in November.

‘A Journey of a Thousand Smiles’ – a fund-raising event held in December with Deepika Padukone and Farhan Akhtar.

Farewell to Sr. Mary Priscilla, Principal of Sophia after a tenure of 4 years and welcome to new Principal Sr. Mary Alpana.