Archbishop Armando Trindade
An educationist himself created the vision for this institution. He was the chairman of the Catholic Board of Education (CBE).
Fr. Henry Van Dan Brook
A Capuchin missionary who had worked for almost 50 years for education. He acquired the land for the school.
Col. L. Charles Rath
He was the principal of St. Anthony’s Mall Road, initiated and supervised the construction of this building in 1987.
The then principal of Don Bosco High School Empress Road for 50 years, coordinated the administrative work in 1989 and 1990.
D. Maxwell Shanti
The then principal of Lasal High School, Faisal Abad, was invited by Archbishop Armando Trindade to start the school. He started the pioneering work on 17th Feb 1990.
Recruitment of staff and registration for admissions up to class 5 started in earnest from 1st March 1990. The first appointee was Lal Masih, the gatekeeper who is well remembered by all the old students of the first ten years. The second appointee was Mr. Inayat Nawab, office secretary, who handled all the office work single-handedly. The first teacher to be appointed was Mrs. Wajid Bennet, who was teaching in Cathedral School.
The First Day
The school was ready to operate by the 7th April 1990 with classes 1-5 with 242 children. On the first day, there were only six teachers, one administrator, one gatekeeper, and two cleaners. The teachers present on the first day were Mrs. Wajid Bennet, Miss Bina Imtiaz, Miss Amna Bukhsh, Miss Jacoline William, Miss Caroline William, and Mrs. Sheena Farooq.
Early Development (1990-2000)
In 1993 the land adjacent to the school of another one canal was bought, and a nursery class and a basketball court were built on it. Due to the ever-increasing numbers and demand by the parents for a complete pre-school with nursery, more classrooms had to be built. For this purpose, another canal just opposite the school’s main gate was bought, and a complete primary school was built. Class 1 to 5 were shifted from the main building to the new primary section in 2000. The Primary Block was blessed and inaugurated by His Grace Archbishop Lawrence J. Saldanha on 20th October 2001. By the start of the new millennium, St. Anthony’s Faisal town was upon firm footing and on its way for further development.
In the following year, a new administration block was erected on columns, thus preserving the space for the play area, which was already limited. In 2003 a hall was erected where the basketball court was for the purpose of assembly and activities. The basketball court was shifted to the roof of the hall. In 2006 part of the basketball court was taken to build a spacious library. In 2008 a new physics lab was initiated.
Mr. Maxwell Shanti shared the difficulties he faced as the founding principal of the school.
“We faced many problems and difficulties. They were: lack of space, people’s demands, car parking problems, electricity problems, and congested areas. All these things contributed to the issues and problems that we had to face daily. Apart from that, there were lots and lots of blessings. The school grew steadily. There was complete cooperation from parents. Even our neighbors, most of them have been very understanding and good people. The teachers were excellent, I would say, despite all the difficulties we faced.
We had no playground, and somehow we managed to get a playground far away from the school. Despite all the difficulties we had games, we had beautiful Sports Meets. Children enjoyed it a lot, especially having football matches, cricket matches, and so forth.”
The Principal says that he gained more spirit to run and manage the school when he saw the remarkable results of the first batch that completed their high school education from St. Anthony’s Faisal Town. He kept working tirelessly to improve the school.