History of Rosary Matriculation School
GROWING IN HIS GRACE
To be born of God’s will be blessing and to grow in His grace a privilege.
19th June 1950 is a significant day in the history of Rosary school as it saw the birth of the institution in response to the wishes of many parents in Madras to give their children education through English medium. The sisters- Francisian Missionaries of Mary came forward to meet the expressed need of parents. Thus, the Rosary Matriculation School was started. The school has grown from strength to strength over these sixty Two years marking milestones in its journey into the future. A glimpse at the growth of this institution will awaken a sprit of service in us and prepare us for a fruitful life in the years to come.
The Founder Principal of this institution was Sr.Mary Proinsias FMM in whose tender care the sapling of Rosary began to grow with Truth and Charity as its motto. The pioneers of the infant Rosary School started building up the school and faced with courage and determination all the challenges in their onwards march.
“To whom much is given,from him much will be required”.Yes, the rapid growth and development of the school demanded greater emphasis on the all round development of the child. The high standard of discipline set a general tone for the school.
The Boarding House opened on 13th June 1962 was indeed a home away from home for the students residing outside Chennai. They were brought together as one family under the motherly care of Sr.Liam FMM.
Today the infrastructure of the school is completed catering to the various needs of the pupils. The Office with its industrious staff, functions as the heart of the institution giving life to every department of the school.
The school Library is a magnetic corner of the school drawing towards it, students of all age access to the books, magazines and newspapers with the help and guidance of the librarian.
Knowledge is acquired in different ways, sometimes by learning and sometimes by doing. The well equipped Science Labs make the learning of the subject great fun.
In keeping with the IT explosion which is monopolizing the modern world, the school has set up a sophisticated computer centre functioning from 13th July 1990. Even the tiny tots of Rosary School derive great delight in operating the ‘magic machine’.
Rosary school believes in the maxim. ‘A sound mind in a sound body. Ample opportunities are provided for the same through various physical activities like Inter House matches and Annual Sports Meet etc. The young sports starts of Rosary School win laurels for the school by participating in the Zonal and Inter School matches.
The open air stage is a venue for the exhibition of the children’s talents and a boon to the school. The number of celebrations throughout the year add much colour to the student’s life in school. A long cherished dream of an auditorium for all seasons come rain or shine came into reality under the able guidance of Sr.Leena D’Souza FMM when Sr.Merlyn D’Sa FMM the Provincial laid the foundation on 16th November 1990. Its stands as a monument of goodwill of parents, well-wishes and patrons of the school.
The crown and glory of life is character ! Creating women of character and responsibility being one of the goals of the school, a strong foundation is laid in the KG Section. It is a paradise for the little princesses of the school. The LKG section was started by Sr.Teresa Xavier FMM, former Principal to appease and to encourage the little ones who showed great interest in accompanying their elder sisters to school.
The house system introduced in 1953 assures a feeling of security to every member of the house-Fatima, Loretto, Lourdes and Carmel. Loyalty to the house strings them together and a competitive Spirit helps them grow. The compete with each other in an enthusiastic manner every year during the Inter House Culturals, which serves as a good platform for students to display their their talents. The students also take part in some Inter School Culturals. Dissolving their own differences, they work together to bring glory, honour, joy and pride to the school.
- Election of school leader on democratic lines is an exciting event at the beginning of each academic year.
- Election campaign, canvassing, voting procedures are as vigorous, creative and serious as in any State
- Election, Leadership seminars are conducted for the student council.
Academic excellence has been the hall mark of the school right from its inception due to effective teaching and eager learning.
The Annal Matriculation results bear testimony to the intellectual proficiency of the education imparted. The First place in the Madras Presidency was secured by a Rosarian from the first batch of 17 students who appeared for the Matriculation Exam. This tradition has been faithful maintained by the future generations too. The school was chosen the Best Matriculation Higher School in the year 2004 by the Mylapore Academy on its 51st Annual celebration.
Right from its inception, Rosary School has been fortunate in having able, dedicated and dynamic Principals. Sr.Leena D,Souza FMM and Sr.Mary Zachariah FMM had received the State best Principals Award for their commendable service towards education. The Rosary staff toil tirelessly to impart quality education. No wonder then, that the National and State Best Teacher Awards have been conferred on some of the teachers of the school.
The recipients are: Natonal-Mrs.Baghyalakshmi State Award: Ms.Lilly Muthayya, Mrs.Emmanuel, Mrs.Joyce Savarinathan Lions Club Award: Mrs.Mary Agnes Ernest, Mrs.Meera koil Pillai, Mrs.Amy Prabu, Mrs.Matilda Ernest, Mrs.Ramani Louis, Mrs.P.J.Mary, Mrs.Sheela Royan, Mrs.G.Louis, Mrs.B.Metilda.
The school is indeed privilege to have Mrs.G.Louisa, a dedicated teacher who has placed her role as a teacher the priority in life. Her attendance in school for the past 29 years has always been 100%. She is indeed a role model and inspiration to the staff and students of Rosary School.
Knowledge is food for the head
Aesthetic sense, food for the heart
A perfect person is a blend of both.
So to develop the aesthetic sense and the artistic skills of the students, the school organize multifarious activities in art, music and dance.
Art classes and competition help tap the talents through their activities. The school choir enlivens every function in the school and dancers add grace to it.
‘Come forth into the light of things
Let nature be your teacher’
Education trips are a part of the school curriculum and sixty years many useful trips have been organized to places like Kashmir to Cape Comorian the southern tip of India.
’Live not for ourselves but always for others. To live up to this motto, the Rosarians spent umpteen hours in social service activities.
The adoption of Muthuvedu, Vippanur and Pappanallur has created social awarness among the students. Fancy Fete and Concerts were familiar features of the annual time table.
The National Service Scheme was started in December 1980 with its first project in Cheshire Home-Kovolong. Later in 1993-94 the Nochikuppam Primary School and the Karunya Leprosy Colony at Thiruvallur were taken up by the NSS group as part of their outreach project. They have been rendering valuable service under the able guidance of Mrs.Vasugi Viswanath.
The RSP unit of the school is well trained in Signal Drill, March Past and School Zone duty. The students are also trained to regulate the traffic inside the campus. The members of the RSP take part in the Republic Day celebrations every year at Fort St.George.
Justice Peace and integrity of Creation (JPIC) the theme running through every activity of the school helps the child to realize her role and responsibility in saving and rebuilding the earth-her home.
Quiet hours in communion with god help in the spiritual growth of the child. Retreats and Monthly Mass are organized regularly for the Catholic students.
The world Youth Day (WYV) is an invitation from the Pope to the Youth of the Globe to Celebrate and learn more about their faith. Two students of our school Sanjana Christine and Carol Joella accompanied by Sr.Mary Zachariah, the then Principal attended the WYD at Sydney Australia in July 2008.
The one week conference helped our young students to meditate on God’s word and focus on higher ideals. It was a great opportunity to build new relationships, strengthen faith in God and be better witnesses to Christ.
To help children attain a sense of inner peace, harmony and clarity of mind, Yoga session are conducted on Wednesdays. Guidance and counseling is an important part of our school curriculum.
Professional counselors in school help the growing children to be in touch with their own process of growth and its needs to adjust with the changing nature of the human behaviors and to adjust with the family, community and society. Sr.Rose Grace, FMM and Ms.Chandrika are always ready to listen to children and help them come out of their problems. Their kind and gentle approach has helped many a child to cope with problems with confidence and to develop a positive self esteem.
An awareness for cleanliness is instilled in the students. The students are encouraged to maintain the school campus clean and green. The school received the clean campus Award at the 19th Students Book Fair in 2005. As the school takes many steps in promoting awarness about the environment, it was given the Green School Initiative Award by the CP Art Centre. In January 2010 the school released a Magazine which was centered on the theme of preserving and protecting our environment. A grand function marked the release of the Magazine, which was presided over by then Edu. Minister for School Thiru.Thangam Thenarasu.
To ensure that the past pupils are not only aware of the rapid strides in the field of education but also to participate in promoting the same, the Alumni Association of Rosary was restarted in December 2009. The credit of initiating the same has to be attributed to Sr.Sriya Pushpam then Principal of Rosary. The Rosary school has carved a niche in the history of education in its own unique way and it has all along been steered by tender but firm hands form Sr.Mary Proinsas to Sr.Mary Zacharia FMM.
The journey ahead is promising with the hand of God leading.