Kuriachira is well known for her exceptional educational facilities- Institutions like St. Paul’s Convent English Medium School, St. Joseph Model High School, Mar Themotheous High School- MTHS and Pope John L.P. School etc. have nurtured the value of high quality education and the importance of discipline in the young minds of Kuriachira and helped Kuriachira become the “Intellectual Capital of Thrissur”.
Below-we have given a brief information about the most relevant educational institutions in our town.
Mar Themotheous High School- MTHS is the oldest school of this town. It was started as an L.P. School in the year 1926 and was later upgraded to a U.P. School in the year 1950 and became a fully functional High School y the year 1958. As the town became more affluent and English medium education became a must for advancing through this fast moving world- the school is slowly becoming a lesser preferred alternative for most parents. Nevertheless, it would not be fair not to mention the names of some truly notable personalities of our town- who got their education through this once great institution.
MTHS is proud to associate with Mrs.Sara Joseph- The winner of Kerala Sahitya Academy Award and Vayalar Award for her novel “Aalahayude Penmakkal”. She is one of the leading feminist voice in Kerala and was the founder of “Manushi”- an organisation of thinking women.
Another notable personality associated to MTHS is Mr. N.O. Inasu- He had studied at MTHS and later became a lawyer and is now serving as the Counselor of Thrissur Municipal Corporation.
Yet another gem who had received his educational foundation from this great learning center is Dr. Benny Jacob Chalakkal. Through hard work and dedication, this young man has climbed various rungs of the Department of Education ladder and is now serving as a high ranking senior official in the department.
St. Joseph’s Model Boys High School: We were lucky to have the genius of Acharya J.C.Chiramel- who has pioneered the concept of Un-Aided school in the State of Kerala( Probably in All of India). Acharya J.C.Chiramel -also known as “Chakkoru Mash” among his close friends- is the founder of St. Joseph’s Model Boys High School – the first “UnAided” school in Kerala - wherein the schools are designed to function financially independent from the government. President V.V.Giri ( who was then the Governor of Kerala) had inaugurated this great institution in the year 1961.
Acharya J.C.Chiramel stayed as the manager while his Son Fr. Antony Jees lead this great school as the head master. During their management this school remained as one of the very few High Schools in the state of Kerala churning out students at a 100% success rate. innumerable students from this school later took various professions including Teachers & Professors, Specialized Doctors and Medical professionals, Engineers & Lawyers, Law Enforcement & Financial Professionals and highly successful celebrated business tycoons- many of them serving in the country and many others around the globe.
Since the death of both Acharya and his son, the School was entrusted to the Archdiocese of Thrissur. Find more information about this school at http://sjmsk.org/
St. Paul’s Convent English Medium School:
Excellence at its best- that is the only way to describe this great institution. This is also a privately managed Unaided school, which was opened in the year 1964 with only a hand full of students has now become a highly rated learning center of approximately 3000 students from Kindergarten through 12th grade (Plus 2) offering both Central board as well as Kerala State board syllabus to their students. Private schools have now become commonplace; but until the last decade, every parent from all across the state used to compete to get admission for their children in this reputed school.
The school is managed by [Congregation of Mother of Carmel] CMC Sisters of Nirmala Province, Thrissur. The school embodies the concept of “success through hard work and discipline” and has become a model for many private school in the State of Kerala.
Like St. Joseph’s, this school is also a place where students are guaranteed success and more than likely the students from this institution ended up becoming professionals serving all walks of life. Please visit the related link- St. Paul’s Convent
Pope John L.P. School- Kuriachira:
This school is the brain child of another genius- Fr. Joseph Vadakkan, who had served Kuriachira St. Joseph Parish. Fr. Vadakkkan had been the force behind ’Pope John Nagar housing scheme for the poor’ - the first project of its kind in the State of Kerala. The School became an integral part of the residents of this once poor neighborhood. The Pope John Nagar has since evolved to become a flourishing housing development area.
This school is probably the only L.P. school in Kuriachira, which is receiving aid from the State Government.
I have to be honest- while researching about this school, the only dependable content which I found online was from a blogging site - www.jocalling.com. I am impressed with the writing style of the blogger Mr. Joseph Thomas and I appreciate the way he spoke his mind about both this school as well as the other schools in our town.
Mr.Joseph is found to be an accomplished musician- techie; and the fact that, he is probably the most well known person in the Music blogosphere shows that this school can boast about being the stepping stone in the life of many successful and accomplished professional. Mr. Joseph has also founded the first music podcasting site mpod.in along with blogswara.in .