St. Mary's Convent School, Sonatalab is a minority Catholic institution established and administered by the Congregation of the Missionary Sisters of Queen of Apostles, a registered charitable society. This Congregation was founded by a German Jesuit Priest Rev. Fr. Antonius Maria Bodewig who came to India as a missionary. On the one hand he had an immense love for the precious qualities and spiritual wealth which Indians possessed and was drawn to Benares for its spiritual significance. On the other hand he was moved by the existing condition of the time, the plight of children, youth and women. He saw education of the youth as one of the best means to uplift the people. Soon his ideas were spread in Germany and attracted many followers who came forward to dedicate their life to God and render service to humanity.
His first followers came to Benares in 1927 and in accordance with his vision began "TO PROCLAIM THE COMPASSIONATE LOVE OF GOD AS MANIFESTED IN JESUS" through various activities such as:
Education of the young, nursing the sick, caring for young girls and women, assisting the poor to develop their own resources and live in dignity and honour.
Thus in 1932 St. Mary's Convent School was started as a primary school in the cantonment area of Varanasi District, and was upgraded to Junior High School in 1965, It is recognized by the Education Department of the U.P. Government. The school is under the religious jurisdiction of the Catholic Bishop of Varanasi. MARY THE MOTHER OF JESUS IS THE PATRONESS of the school and its motto is "SERVE IN CHARITY".
1. Application for admission should be made on the prescribed from obtainable, from the school office.
2. Students are admitted at the beginning of the academic year in April. Odd admissions are made after a test, only when there are vacant seats.
I am glad to welcome the annual magazine of St. Mary’s convent school, Sonatalab Varanasi.
It is an occasion to congratulate the student, Staff and principal for the interest and efforts they have put in to make it an annual feature. It is truly praise worthy. This is a growing school. In the last few years it has grown to be a full fledged school. The progress done is quite satisfactory and gives hope for the future. The academic quality is very good and is appreciated by the guardians who have enrolled their wards in it. The school makes every effort to enhance the all round development of the student. The motto of the school is “Serve in Charity”.