Jayapura is a village in Koppa Taluk of Chikmagalur District on Chikmagalur- Sringeri road. Sringeri Sharada Peeta established by AdiShankara, Hindu theologian and exponent of the Advaita Vedanta philosophy, in the 8th century is 24 kilometres away from Jayapura. Surrounded by tea and coffee plantations the place remains green throughout the year with a pleasant weather. At the invitation of Most Rev. Alphonse Mathias, the then Bishop of Chikmagalur and through the instrumentality of Fr Joseph D’Souza, the parish priest of Jayapura, the Sisters arrived at Jayapura on June1, 1973. As their residence was not yet ready they stayed at Nirmala Convent, Balehonnur till June 10, 1973.
The Sisters on their arrival started visiting the villages and substations. They began coaching the Class X students of government school and prepared them for public examination. Gradually they started a nursery school by gathering children of the locality. The only place they could find to conduct classes was the parish church building. A portion of the church building was curtained of and used as a classroom for six months until the class was shifted to the new convent still under construction.
In 1973, 3.25 acres of land was donated by the Diocese of Chikmagalur for the purpose of the convent and school building. The school building was erected braving all odds. Fr Ignatius Quadros, parish priest of Jayapura took keen interest to help financially through some local donors. Sr. Jeswita D’Souza was the first headmistress (1975-80) whose undaunted spirit and dedicated service in the infant stage of the School needs to be acknowledged. In spite of all struggles and inconveniences of the initial stages the Sisters have persevered in maintaining the standard in the School. In the succeeding years Sr. Nelly D’Souza (1980-84), Sr. Alicita Lasrado (1984-85), Sr. Celomia Olivera (1985-95), Sr. Lilly D’Souza (1995-2004), Sr.Alice Mascarenhas (2004-2008) and Sr. Dulcine Moras (2008- 2015) were the able headmistresses. At present Sr. Cynthia Fernandes is the headmistress of the School.
At present 325 students are studying in the School. About 26 poor children from far away villages are given accommodation and their educational needs are well taken care of. Due to the restrictions by the Karnataka Government in appointment of the teachers, the teachers post are vacant and the students look forward to the Government to provide teachers to them.
Though it is a Kannada medium school there are enough students in the school. School has a very spacious playground. Computer education is introduced in keeping with the need of the time. Committed and supportive staff works hand in hand in the noble task of literacy promotion and holistic education in Malnad Area.