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Inauguration of GKV school building on 8th August 2017

 

The school building facade

Every year, at GKV, August 8th is commomerated  as the Founder’s Day, usually with a snack or meal for the children. This year, when Mrs. Gita Krishnamurthy would have been 74 years old, was special as the formal inauguration function of the school building was held on that date.

GKV started functioning in a rental building in June 2009. The land for the school building was acquired in 2012 and the Bhoomi Puja for the school was done by Sri Jayendra Saraswathi Swamigal in July 2013. After all the necessary permissions, the construction of the school building was started in October 2013. With the ground floor classrooms almost completed the school started functioning in the building from the academic term of June 2015. Now with the partial completion of the 1st floor including the facade, the school building has 22 rooms, which will meet the needs for the next few years, including rooms for a computer lab, science labs and library.

The inauguration was formally done by Mr. Sandeep Nanduri, the Collector of Tirunelveli district on 8th evening. Other guests of honour for the function were Dr. A. John De Britto – Registrar Manonmaniam Sundaranar University and Rev. Paul Hunt, Senior Chaplain, of our partner school, Emanuel School of London. All except three trustees, who had other commitments, of Gita Krishnamurthy Trust and family members of Krishnamurthy – the Managing Trustee of GKT were witness to the momentous milestone. The whole function was planned and executed by Mrs. Usha Raman and Mrs. Nirmala Ramrathinam, Principal and Correspondent, respectively, of Sri Jayendra Golden Jubilee School, with the enthusiastic assistance of Teachers and Staff of Jayendra and GKV.  The formal inauguration with ribbon cutting was followed by the traditional lighting of the ceremonial lamp by Krishnamurthy and his family members and the unveiling of a portrait of Gita Krishnamurthy.

Just as the formal portion of the inauguration kicked-off on the stage located in the grounds of the building, it started raining heavily forcing the trustees and guests of honour on the stage as well as the hundreds of parents, children and teachers of the school to take shelter in the School Building. After a brief hiatus, the function resumed in the lobby at the entrance of the building. Mr. Nanduri unveiled the plaque and both he and Dr. Britto talked about the importance of education and the hugely positive impact GKV is making to the under privileged in the area. Mrs. Usha Raman felicitated the guests of honour, the Trustees of Gita Kirshnamurthy Trust as well as the many vendors and partners who contributed to the school over the years as well as the Building Contractor, the Artist who painted Gita Krishnamurthy’s portrait and Dr Ramakrishnan from Aravind’s Eye Hospitals, a large socially active Organisation, who also carry out periodic eye check-ups for the children. Venkat, Gita Krishnamurthy’s son and a Trustee of GKT, talked about how Mrs. Krishnamurthy used to teach underprivileged and physically differently abled children in the after school hours,  while working as a teacher in the different cities she lived. It would have given her immense pleasure to see GKV and the manner in which it is being conducted.

 

Once the rains stopped, the cultural program by the children of GKV  was held on the stage to enable the parents and all other guests to enjoy the same. It is worth mentioning that all the Invitees as well as the Parents of the children waited till the rains stopped.

And what an amazing 45 minutes of dance, music, mime and skits it was!! The energy level, enthusiasm, confidence and talent of the children , performing for the first time ever on such a large stage with sizeable audience, was incredible and everyone enjoyed it thoroughly. It provided a fitting finale to a very satisfying  evening to all those present as well as to the children who put in many hours of practice.

A grand dinner was hosted to all those present after the programme by the children was over.

The GK Trust would like to thank the trustees of partner Sri Jai Sankara Educational Trust as well the teachers  and staff of Sri Jayendra Golden Jubilee school and GKV, without whose commitment and tireless efforts all these years, this milestone could not  have been achieved. Needless so say, the contributions and support of numerous family members and friends as well as  Organisations such as  Grand Circle Foundation, USA, Infosys, Juniper Networks and Microsoft have helped us to get to this stage in our progress to set up GKV. We do look forward to the continued support  from all our well wishers to enable the school to provide holistic, quality education and enable the children to achieve their and their family’s aspirations!!

 

1st Founder’s day celebration – 8th August 2016

 

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Gita Krishnamurthy Trust was setup in memory of Mrs. Gita Kirshnamurthy a dedicated and passionate teacher who was keen on helping under privileged children after her retirement. The management committee of Gita Krishnamurthy Vidyalaya has decided to mark 8th of August, the birthday of Mrs. Gita Krishnamurthy, as the Founder’s day.  The 1st founder’s day  was celebrated with great energy and enthusiasm by the children and teachers of GKV a week ago.

The school was colourfully decorated by the children and teachers of the school.

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In the presence of the parents of the children , as well as the staff and students of London based partner school Emanuel the mini-convocation of UKG students to 1st standard was celebrated with a certificate to each of the children.

 

IMG_20160808_092804_resizedThis was then followed by finals of sports events for the older children. Many parents who were present at the event profusely expressed their gratitude for the availability of such a wonderful opportunity for quality education and overall development at almost no cost.

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Update on School Building

Gita Krishnamurthy Vidyalaya started in June 2009 in rented premises. The longer term goal was to move to its own premises in order to be able to provide sufficient space and better infrastructure and amenities for the children, so as to enable quality education and all round development, in line with that of good mainstream schools. About 3 acres of land was allocated for the school building in a larger piece of land, acquired by our partner trust Sri Jai Sankara Trust, in 2012.

The Bhoomi Puja for the schoool building was done in July 2013 and construction of the 11,000 sq feet ground floor of the building (Phase 1) started in October of that year. With the completion of sufficient number of classrooms and common amenities such as toilets etc the children moved to the new school building at the beginning of the academic year over 2 years ago, that is, in June 2014.  The ground floor is now fully occupied with all Classes along with Computer Lab and Library. Lighting has been completed and all class rooms have beenprovided with fans. Wireless Telephone connectivity is being established so that internet facilities could be operational. A total of fourteen computers are presently installed, ten from Infosys Ltd and four from Jayendra School, run by Sri Jai Sankara Trust.

To cater to the requirements as the school expands to a high school, construction of  first floor (Phase 2 ) of the building  has commenced in May 2016.  Columns and brick work are in progress and three rooms are nearing completion, commencing from the centre. The present status of construction is shown below:

 

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The goal is to construct five classrooms and complete the facade of the building to start with. Towards  this Rs 40 Lakhs has been mobilised. An additional Rs 40 Lakhs is required,as soon as possible, to complete the construction of the first floor and efforts are on to access additional funding. Check here for contributing either in INR and US$.

Welcome class of 2015

IMG-20150702-WA0000The 7th batch of children came on board at GKV in the 1st week of June 2015. Consisting of 23 girls and 22 boys the tiny tots are the first children to join the school after it moved to its own premises last year.  While the goal is to limit each class to about 35 children it has been challenging to turn away persistent parents seeking admission for their children. With this  batch the total strength of the school has grown to 465. After a month of school the LKG children are settling very well.  Here is wishing them all the very best as they embark on their journey of learning and all round development!!

 

 

Mini convocation and Kids day 2015

 

View of the Ground and School Building

Mini convocation and kids day celebration at the new school building grounds

Children singing a song in between sports events

 

This year’s mini convocation and kids day function of the school was held on Saturday 11th April. As always the event was conducted with passion and commitment by the staff of GKV School and Jai Sankara School and there was enthusiastic participation by children from classes LKG through class 6. However, this year’s event was special and this showed in the energy level of the children – this is the first time the event is being held in the grounds of GKV’s own school building. The construction of the building commenced in October 2013 and children moved here at the beginning of the 2014-15 academic year.  The stage facing the large playground with freshly installed children’s play equipment  was completed last month just in time for the function.

The function started with sports competitions for each of the classes. A couple of  songs – one in Tamil and another in English – were wonderfully rendered by a group of older students. And then the much awaited mini-convocation in which every child going to class 1 was awarded a framed certificate. The evening ended with  profiency awards for all round performance  to  one student of each class/section. Mohaideen Fatima and Mohammed Fawaz  of class 1, Sheikh Mohamed and Gayathri of class 2, Rohini M and Kannammal of class 3, Antonyammal of class 4 and Pathirakali of class 5 were the proud recipients of this award.

The occassion was yet another reminder that given the right opportunity and guidance talent has a way of blossoming no matter what the economic or social background of the children!!