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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!!


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!!

Mini-convocation and Annual sports Day 15th March 2014


UKG students with their diplomas  

Ever since GKV started in 2009 it has been a tradition to conduct  an annual  mini-convocation and sports day function towards the end of the academic year. The 5th such  function was held on 15 th March  2014 in the premises of Jayendra school.  Sports competitions such as sack race, musical chairs, bursting the balloons , slow cycling race etc  were held for each class.

The children participated with high energy and enthusiasm watched by their parents and siblings.  Bhasker Sharma  and Satish Sangameswaran – Trustees of GK Trust attended he function. While all the children who gave their best were winners the top three in each event were recognised  with a medal. After the sporting events the 70 or so children graduating from UKG to 1st Standard were individually called upon the stage and awarded a diploma. The function ended with a  wonderful speech by Mrs. Usha Raman.  The passion and commitment of the teachers of GKV and teachers and student volunteers  of Jai Sankara school  resulted in a well organised function. The energy, skills and competitive spirit of the young children , most of whom are first generation school goers, was quite amazing!!


GKV at Kiddival 2013


The 23rd edition of the annual RMKV  Kiddival event was held on Saturday 23rd November at the Sarah Tucker college in Palayamkottai outside Tirunelveli town. Around 1250 students of class LKG to class 5 from 60 schools in Tirunelveli, Kanyakumari and Tuticorin districts showcased their talent across  events such as  Handwriting, Quiz, Pencil Sketching, Fancy Dress, Group Dance, Classical Dance, Singing, Elocution, Instrumental Music, Essay Writing and Fashion Parade.

Seventeen children from GKV participated in this competition across 13 events. Children of LKG and UKG participated in fancy dress, English recitation, crayon coloring and Thirukkural recitiation; children from classes 1,2 and 3 in dance solo, Tamil handwriting and English handwriting  while children from classes 4 and 5 participated in Quiz,Mathemagic, pencil sketch, Tamil elocution,clay modeling  and Word Power.

While it was a wonderful experience of learning and confidence building for all the children who participated,  a notable performance was that of Ajita of class 5 who got merit citation for coming 4rth in the pencil sketching event.