St Joseph’s Orphanage High school situated in Belgavi District is 16 Kilometres away from the Belgavi city. In 1973 Fr J. B. Silva the then Parish Priest of St Sebastian Church, Santibastwad opened St Joseph’s Orphanage High School for the benefit of the orphan and poor children from the remotest villages of north Karnataka to pursue their high school education.  

The administration of the school was transferred to Bethany Educational Society, Mangalore in 1978. Sr Prima BS the first Headmistress of the school worked untiringly for the establishment of the school, catering to the needs of local students and very specially the orphanage students.
In due course of time a Marati section was added to the high school in the year 1981, for the benefit of Marati population surrounding the place. The institution is gratefully remembered by those who passed out of the school as they had no other school in this remote village. Good many ex-students hold high position in society, as IAS officers, doctors, teachers, engineers, army officers, priest, and religious sisters. The genuine efforts made during the past years to raise the standard of the school had better effects. Sr Prima served the institution for 10 long years, followed by efficient and effective Headmistresses Sr Gladys, Sr Simplina, Sr Valentine, Sr Luicia, Sr Rose Ann, Sr Roman and Sr Sally.

At present there are 374 students pursuing their studies. The patron saint of the school St Joseph has preserved this institution under his powerful protection down through the years. The school is in its 44th year of establishment. The Servant of God Msgr. Raymond Mascarenhas founder of Bethany visited this place in the year 1945 and planted Bethany for the uplift of poor and marginalized of the society. His farsighted vision has borne much fruit in educating the rural poor children and in faith formation.

The dedicated band of teachers strive for all round development of the students and May our service in this village bear fruit for the good of the society and for the glory of God.

Address St Joseph’s Orphanage High School, Santibastwad, Belgaum Dt, Karnataka - 590014
Telephone No 0831-2413228
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Year of Establishment 1973
Status VIII - X
Aided / Unaided Aided
Affiliated to Karnataka  State Board
Headmistress Sr Lavina Mascarenhas BS
Correspondent Sr Thresiamma BS


 Sr Thresiamma BS


Sr  Lavina Mascarenhas BS

School Building

School Building






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