Our Institutions
F.M.M.Sisters :
Sisters of Franciscan Missionaries of Mary (F.M.M) had just opened Nativity Convent in Shirva and they took the management of Don Bosco. Sr. Lucilian became the first Nun-Headmistress and Mother Anju became the first Nun-Correspondent. The next year the sisters started the Nativity High School for girls. Sr. Lucilian, who was a graduate became the first Headmistress of the New High School. Mother Anju became the first nun-Correspondent. The next year the sisters started the Nativity High School for girls. Sr. Lucilian, who was a graduate, became the first headmistress of the New High School. Mother Anju became the Headmistress. She became the first and the last to hold the dual posts.
Mother Anju was a dynamic lady who toiled hard for the betterment of the School. She maintained good relationship with the parents. During her tenure the student strength rose to 940 from 736. Don Bosco was one of the best Schools in Udupi Taluk according to the reports of the inspecting officers.
Msgr. Hillary Gonsalves- Correspondent :
The year 1968 witnessed a change in the management. Fr. Gonsalves became the Correspondent for the second time. The same year H.H. the Pope made him “Chaplain to His Holiness the Pope” and was given the title Msgr. Parishioners of Shirva got the unique opportunity of celebrating the Sacerdotal Golden Jubilee of Msgr.Gonsalves in a grand manner on
The next day the people made him a tearful farewell when he went to Mangalore for his retired life. With his departure another Chapter of the School came to end. For forty years Msgr. Gonsalves toiled for the Social, Economical, Educational and Spiritual upliftment. Rightly he deserves the name “Maker of Modern Shirva”.
Fr.Aloysius Rosario-Correspondent :
Fr. Aloysius Rosario became the Correspondent on 9-1-1972. He repaired all the School buildings, and constructed the flagstaff, a kitchen for the midday meal, a new toilet and a compound wall for the school. He was the Correspondent for over fifteen years.

After Mother Anju’s departure Sr. Mary Jyothi, Sr. Leena D’mello and Sr. Cybil Corderio became Heads of the School. After a few years Sr. Mary Jyothi and Sr. Leena D’mello returned to the school and worked as assistant teachers.
Meanwhile the neighbouring Lower Primary Schools were upgraded as Higher Primary Schools. Besides an English Medium School was started in the School compound. This resulted in the decrease in the number students, divisions and teachers.
After five-nun headmistress Kum.Celestine Rodrigues, an old student and assistant teacher for 33 years became the Headmistress on 25-5-1977. She retired on 31-5-1982. She was associated with the School for 48 years as a student and as a teacher. Mrs Lilly Castelino became Headmistress. She had the satisfaction of being the Headmistress for fourteen years, the longest so far.
The major decision taken by the management was to merge the 6th and 7th standards of St. Mary’s P. U. College with Don Bosco’s H.P. School on 1-6-1986. As a result Sri Borgius D’Souza and Smt. Lilly Corda joined the staff of Don Bosco.
Fr.Sylvester D’Souza-Correspondent :
Fr. Sylvester D’Souza was the Correspondent from 29-5-1987 to 30-5-1994. He encouraged cultural activities in the School. After many years the school celebrated the School Day every year. He also encouraged the students to do well in the curricular activities by giving prizes to the first five rank holders in each division.

In the fifties a combine Old Students Association of St. Mary’s High School and Don Bosco Hr. Pry. School came into existence. In the eighties it was bifurcated and each School had its own old students Association.
Fr. Sylvester D’Souza constructed a huge open-air stage for the School. The Old Students Association of Don Bosco was the leading contributor.
The birth centenary of Msgr. Gonsalves was celebrated in the school on 22-1-1992. His close associate Fr. Bernard L D’Souza unveiled the Msgr’s photo and narrated the multifarious services of Msgr.Gonsalves.
Fr.Lawrence Gomes-Correspondent :
Fr. Lawrence Gomes took charge, as the Correspondent on 31-5-1994 and Sri Borgius D’Souza became the headmaster on 1-5-1986. Both took the initiative to celebrate the centenary of the school. A centenary Committee was formed and the foundation stone for the Centenary Building costing about Rs. 35 lakhs was laid on 11-12-1998. Fr. Lawrence Gomes visited all the families in the parish for donations. With a few others he paid a visit to Mumbai and met a number of parishioners and ex-students of Don Bosco.
His mission was quite successful as people donated liberally for the cause of the Alma Mater. Mumbai unit of Old Students Association was also formed.
Bishop of Mangalore :
The centenary celebrations took place on 21-11-2000. Bp.A.P.D’Souza presided over the function and blessed the centenary building. Shri L. Mendonca proposed the School toast. Bp. Antony Fernandes of Bareilly (an old student) released the Souvenier “Vidya Sagara” Bp. Salvadore Lobo, another old student honoured the Correspondent Fr. Lawrence Gomes and retired headmistresses, Kum. Celestine Rodrigues and Smt. Lilly Castelino. Fr. Bonaventure Nazareth Secretary of the Catholic Board of Education, Mangalore honoured all the retired teachers. In the morning Bp.Antony Fernandes offered the thanks giving Mass with other priests and hoisted the School flag.
Fr.Valerian Pinto-Correspondent :
The present Correspondent, Fr. Valerian Pinto assumed charge on 03-06-2001. He has leveled the School ground. A basketball court also is laid. The Sports-meet of Don Bosco Schools is held in the School playground itself. A spacious open-air stage is under construction. Midday meal scheme is introduced. Children’s corner is laid behind the school building. The present Headmistress, Smt. Florine D’Silva took charge on 01-10-2001. Both the Correspondent and the headmistress with the Co-operation of the staff and the parents are trying their best to raise the qualitative level of the school. May the patron of the School Don Bosco and the patroness of the parish, Our Lady of Health bless them to realize their goal.