St. Joseph’s School, Rihand Nagar was established in July 1984 and is managed by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Allahabad with the Agreement of NTPC, a Company incorporated in the company act 1956 and having its registered office in New Delhi and its Rihand super thermal power project at Rihand Nagar, Sonebhadra Dt.
In 1984 the school began with an agreement between the bishop of Allahabad, the late Bishop Rt. Rev. Baptist Mudartha and Shri Manohar Sahay the then G.M. NTPC, Rihand to educate the children of NTPC employees. The principal who steered the institution of the school was late Fr. Noel D’Souza and Rev. Fr. Avenlin Louis along with the 4 CJ sisters, Juliana, Stella, Anette, Brigit, Ms. J. Jude and Mrs. M. Roy. The school was blessed with a total no. of 87 children and by the end of the year it had shown remarkable growth having 142 students. The 1st Annual concert was held in 1986 by the pioneering teachers with co operation of the parents. The St. Joseph’s School was shifted from TTS area to NH-1 area in the year 1990 and in the year 1991 the 1st batch of cl. 10 with 4 students, 3 girls and a boy passed out with 1st Division. In the Year 1993 the SR. Sec. was started and got affiliated to the Central Board of Sec. Education New Delhi in 1994.
Situated against a backdrop of rolling hills on the shores of Govind Ballabh Pant Sagar Lake, the school provides serenity and tranquility for unrestrained development and growth. This school is run for the national thermal power corporation ltd. at Rihand Nagar, Sonebhadra District.
The school imparts to its people knowledge and moral values in a unique combination of intellectual, moral, emotional, aesthetic, physical and social education with its motto to spread the light of truth and justice under the care of St. Joseph, the patron of the school. It is committed to integral quality education through innovative, progressive methods that foster attachment to our cultural heritage and nurture the growth of pupils into responsible citizens, building a just and humane society.
St. Joseph School has celebrated its Silver Jubilee in November 2009 and for the past 28 years it has produced many worthy students serving the nation in and abroad as well in various capacities in the field of engineering, health science and social works etc. with the commendable excellence. Today the students of the school bring laurels not to this institution but the society too.
The Principals who served SJS are:
Rev. Fr. Noel D’Souza:1984 – 1986
Rev. Fr. Charles D’Almeida:1986 – 1989
Rev. Fr. Richard Fernandes:1989 – 1997
Rev. Fr. A. James Francis: 1997 - 2003
Rev. Fr. Rajesh Simon: 2003 - 2008
Rev. Fr. Santosh Kumar:2008 -2014
Rev. Fr. Robert Sunil Noronha: 2014 to till date