Bagalkot was then a taluk in Bijapur District. It was just a developing town with mostly business people. Most of these are active members of various associations like Lions Club and Rotary Club. These clubs were involved in the development of Bagalkot town. So it was the Lions club which felt the need of good education and therefore was keen on starting an English Medium school as there was none in this town. It was Mr. Shirur the then President of the Lions Club along with the other members and through the influence of the late minister Nada Gowda, approached our late Mother Presentation, the then Superior General. She along with Mother Barbara, Mother Bernadette, Mother Josepha and Sr. Carmel visited Bagalkot in October 1971 and accepted the invitation with the permission of the local Bishop, Rt. Rev. Ignatius Lobo, the then bishop of Belgaum. On 16th May, 1972, Sr. Margaret Mary (Superior and Head Mistress), Srs. Philomena, Lucia and Domtilla arrived at Bagalkot to take up education apostolate. The school named St. Anne’s Lions School was inaugurated on 22nd May 1972 by Fr. Digby, our Chaplain. The Lions Club of Bagalkot provided accommodation for the school by converting the Dharmasthala into an educational centre. Dr. Shirur vacated the first floor of his own house for the use of the sisters. In 1975, the sisters were able to acquire a building for their own convent. In the same year 4 plots of land in close proximity to the convent were purchased for constructing the school. The High school was started in the year 1979. Sr. Beatrice was the first Principal. Our school achieved further growth and development by the combined effort of Sr. Dorothy, Sr. Lawrence (former Superiors) and Sr. Agatha (H.M). In 1992, a site of 110’x 88’ behind the existing school was purchased for the construction of a separate nursery school. Besides, a plot of ground extending 6-7 acres in Veerapur was purchased. Later, the High school was shifted to Veerapur. As there was no approach road to this school, a plot measuring 33’X66’ adjacent to this land was purchased in the year 1993. Now at Veerapur we have Upto PUC and also a ICSE school. All the sisters who worked here have rendered their service with dedication and commitment.
St. Anne's Convent Bagalkot Bijapur Dist-587101 Karnataka Ph. No. 08354-220364