Kuriakose Elias School

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ST.KURIAKOSE ELIAS CHAVARA Our Heavenly Patron [1805 - 1871]

On the Arabian coast at Kainakary in Kuttanadu, in the diocese of Changanassery, Kerala, India Kuriakose Elias Chavara was born on February 10, 1805 as the sixth child of parents Kuriakose and Mariam. The Chavara family is believed to be the descendant of the Pakalomattom family, one of the four that claims descent from the time of St. Thomas at Palayur, central Kerala. On September 8, 1805 the child Kuriakose was dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary at the Marian Shrine in Vechoor. In the year 1818, he joined the Pallipuram seminary under the tutelage of Malpan Thomas Palackal. Frs. Thomas Palackal, Thomas Porukara and Kuriakose Chavara having the same motivation of starting a religious community life, had founded the congregation at Mannanam on May 11, 1831. This was the first indigenous religious institute for men in the Indian church of modern times, known now as Carmelites of Mary Immaculate (CMI).

Starting seven religious houses, besides the first one at Mannanam, in different parts of Kerala, the new congregation made great strides in the spiritual renovation in the Kerala Church. Seminaries for the education and formation of clergy, introduction of annual retreats for priests and laity, publishing house for the propagation of Catholic doctrine and social information, home of charity for the destitute and dying, special attention to start catechumenates, schools for the general education, were the few activities initiated under the leadership of Kuriakose Elias Chavara. The Sanskrit School he started in 1846 at Mannanam and his mandate to start schools attached to every church in 1864, made tremendous changes in the educational scenario of Kerala.

Chavara spent his last days at Koonammavu. On January 3, 1871 at 7:30 in the morning he calmly slept in the Lord. His mortal remains were later transferred from Koonammavu to Mannanam in 1889 and were venerably entombed in St. Joseph’s Monastery church. On April 7, 1984, Pope John Paul II solemnly declared Chavara, Venerable, evaluating the heroic virtues of the Servant of God. On February 8, 1986, during his historic visit to Kottayam, Kerala, Late Pope John Paul II, raised Venerable Kuriakose Elias Chavara to the honors of the Altar declaring him the ‘BLESSED’. We are proudly waiting for the moment, he be declared as Saint in the Catholic Church, in this academic year itself.

The Kuriakose Elias Group of Educational Institutions was established in the year 1991, situated at the eastern side of the hillock of Mannanam, Kottayam, Kerala. Mannanam is the Holy place, where Kuriakose Elias Chavara started the CMI Congregation and his first Sanskrit school. Schools are named after this great luminary of the 19th century Kerala and managed by the CMI St. Joseph’s Province, Thiruvananthapuram.

Kuriakose Elias School, was started on July 16, 1991 as an unaided English Medium School, recognized by the Government of Kerala, with the UP and High School sections. In June 1995, Kindergarten Section and Day Care Center were added to the School. The ICSE syllabus was introduced in the year 2000. The ICSE Board approved the new School and so it got affiliated to the ICSE in February 2002. The ICSE School became permanently affiliated to the ICSE Board, Delhi, with the Higher Secondary Section (ISC). In July 2002, it was upgraded to a Higher Secondary School with courses in Science, Commerce and Computer Science. The School started a Boys’ Boarding House, K.E. Boarding house, in August 2001, under the supervision of the CMI fathers. A Boarding House for girls, Suvidhya Bhavan, was started in June 2002 in a building near to the School by the Salvatorian Sisters. The School obtained ISO 9001:2000 Certification in March 2008 by DAS Certification Ltd. UK. The scope of operation under this certification covers the quality evaluation of Primary, Secondary and Higher Secondary education. The School established K.E. Boarding for girls in the campus, in the year 2013.

Our Aim The School aims at preparing students to build up a just and peaceful society by enabling them to take their right place in the intellectual and civic life of the nation. Ultimately the School aims at producing successful leaders with competency, excellence and moral uprightness.

Our Objective The School is established to provide quality education to the students with the help of competent, experienced and dedicated teachers and thereby providing the students with ample facilities and opportunities for developing their intellectual, spiritual, creative, artistic and athletic potentials. Thus, we cherished our academic excellence and character nobility.

The Motto “Light of the World, illumine” is an echo of the age old prayer of the Rishies of ancient India, "Thamaso Ma Jyothiramaya". The staff and students of the School strive together for the light of wisdom and knowledge.

Our Mission The mission of Kuriakose Elias School, Mannanam is to lead the younger generation of the nation to the ends of the world in right Ways,Truth and Life illumined by the rays of the “Perfect Light and Wisdom” in to the construction of a society holding up the principles of equality, fraternity, justice and social concerns.

Our Vision We aim at the holistic development of the students through the curricular and co-curricular activities. Our students must be intellectually well maintained, physically fit and emotionally mature to be adapted to the challenging life situations.

We, with the seminal influence of the vision and mission of our Patron, Kuriakose Elias Chavara, toil to impart the priced goal of wisdom and learning to the generations.

Our aim is not just a good School, but a successful School that gives satisfaction to our students and to their parents.

Our educational endeavour is not merely helping the students for pass examinations, but to prepare them to meet the challenges of life positively and with confidence.

The school is registered under Kuriakose Elias Educational Trust (KEET) and is owned and managed by the Fathers of the CMI Congregation, Province of Trivandrum. The President of the Trust, who is the Provincial of the CMI Province of Trivandrum, is the ex officio manager of the schools.

Following are the names of the Administrative Personnel

  • Manager (ex. officio) : Rev. Fr. Cyriac Madathil CMI (Provincial and President of the Trust)
  • Local Manager & Principal : Rev. Fr. James Mullassery CMI
  • Vice Principal, Bursar and Rector (KE Boarding) : Fr.Xavier Ampatt CMI

It is a consultative committee that helps the administration personnel in the running of the School effectively according to the goals and motto of the School.
1.  Fr. James Mullassery CMI, Principal
2.  Fr. Sebastian Attichira CMI, Member
3. Fr.Xavier Ampatt CMI, Vice Principal, Bursar and Rector (KE Boarding)
4.  Fr. Santhosh Kayyalaparambil CMI, Member
5.  Mr. Shaji George, Headmaster
6.  Mrs. Suman Anil, Head of the K.G. Section
7.  Miss. Rukku P. Thomas, Counsellor

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