Good Shepherd School

Good Shepherd School

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In 2007 Our Home opened The Good Shepherd School, which provides primary-medium English education for approximately 300 local children. The school offers affordable quality education and is open to students of all religions and ethnic background.

The Good Shepherd operated from two rented buildings in Kavumannam between 2007 and 2011. Each room ran up to 4 classes at once, separated by curtains which made teaching a difficult task. April 2011 bought news that the lease would not be renewed. This left Chacko and Avi in a desperate situation as they struggled with the responsibility they share for the education of local children. Chacko decided to hold back building the boys home and built a new school on the grounds of Our Home instead.

 

Good Shepherd Public is constantly at maximum enrolment of around 300 students. It is well supported by the local, surrounding communities as its secular nature encourages and supports its diversity. Six large and airy classrooms help to support a happy and healthy learning enviroment for both students and the trained, committed staff of Good Shepherd.

 

Along with embracing each student and families individual beliefs and circumstance, the schools philosophy also realizes the importance of developing and nurturing the physical and emotional wellbeing of the child. When money is available for materials and teachers, which is unfortunately not often, children are encouraged to participate in non-academic activities such as Karate, Dance, Art and Yoga


Future plans include laying grass for a play ground and building play equipment for the children both of which they have never had.

News Feed

July 2013


June has seen the end of another school year. Most of our younger children managed to pass their exams at The Good Shepherd and look forward to moving up a grade. Our older children have also enjoyed their first year at High School and are eagerly waiting for the results of their exams. Hopefully this will bring good news and all will be able continue to the next level.


Binish has just returned to Our Home after spending 6 months on a leadership course in Mumbai. This has been a great learning experience for Binish and will benefit all at Our Home. Binish attended his Graduation ceremony on the 5th July and has returned full of confidence. Well done Binish.


Rajeeve has managed to complete the first year of his Hotel Management Degree. It has been a hard year for Rajeeve as there has been little finance available to keep him at school all year. Never the less Rajeeve made the most of what was available to him and is presently taking his end of year exams. We are all eagerly waiting for his results and wish him all the best for his hard work.


Kala is our first child to leave Our Home and study. Kala has been living in Bangalore for the last 3 years doing her Nursing Degree which is almost complete. At present she is on placement at a hospital in Bangalore. All at Our Home are very proud of Kalas effort, she has worked hard and is an inspiration to all children. A huge thank you must go to Irene, a very generous sponsor from Perth who has payed all of Kalas tuition and made it possible for Kala to find work and make her own way in life.


It has been a struggle finding the money for education but we managed to make it through and now set our sights on next year. We have been very fortunate to get a generous donation from Mark in Melbourne which has allowed us to cover most school fees for our children this year. Many thanks to all our sponsors for playing a major role in the education of our children and giving them the opportunity to study.

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Our Home Community is a grass-roots organisation established by a local Keralan, Chacko K Mathew, which provides a safe and loving family environment for approximately 40 orphans and homeless children in Southern India.

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