|Established Year||: 1990|
|Address||: Carmel Convent School Belwali, Badalapur, Dist. Thane, Mumbai 421503 (M.S.) (WDA)|
CARMEL CONVENT HIGH SCHOOL,
BELWALI, BADLAPUR (EAST)
DIST : THANE , MAHARASHTRA, PIN : 421503
Carmel Convent High School, Badlapur was founded on 26th June 1990 by the sisters of the congregation of Mother of Carmel (CMC). CMC is the first indigenous congregation of India founded in Kerala in the year 1866 by Blessed Kuriakose Elias Chavara. It is a religious and charitable association of a Religious minority congregation. It's main apostolate is Education aiming at the over all integral development of the women and children. No distinction of Caste, Creed or race is allowed in the school.
Carmel School keeps the high standard in education. The value based education in Carmel makes them conscious of their responsibilities towards the country. It also helps to infuse in them the higher values of life such as love, peace, justice, patriotism, generosity, service mindedness and love towards hard work. Close attention is paid to the many hives of education to provide them an education that is relevant and meaningful.
Blessed Kuriakose Elias Chavara
In every society at sometime or the other extraordinarily talented persons take birth. He must usually be talented in one sphere of life or the other like an excellent singer, writer, social worker, charismatic leader etc. But people who are multifaceted and talented in many spheres of life are very rare in human kind. Fr. Chavara was one among them, who through his skills and talents co-flamed the social, educational, and spiritual spheres of almost fifty years of Kerala's history. At the same time he was a man of contemplation and spiritual 'Guru' of great intuition.
CHAVARA: A GREAT RELIGIOUS LEADER
The 100 odd Religious Congregations of India must be grateful to this great luminary of religious life in the Indian Church. In 1831, when there existed no Indian religious congregation in this land, Blessed Chavara along with two other diocesan priests, Fr. Thomas Palackal and Fr. Thomas Porukara, founded the now-existing first Religious Congregation of India. That is the CMI Congregation. In 1866, by the cooperative effort of B. Chavara and Fr. Leopold Beccaro, an Italian Carmelite Missionary priest, the now-existing first religious society for women in the Syro-Malabar Church was founded. That is the CMC congregation. Today it has a membership of more than 7000 Sisters. These two religious congregations later in the 20th century inspired the emergence of so many religious congregations for men and women in the Indian Church.
Blessed Chavara was luminant and unique not only in the religious field. His contributions in the ecclesial and socio-cultural levels remain ever remarkable.
CHAMPION OF SOCIAL REFORMATION & AN EDUCATIONIST PAR EXCELLENCE
Blessed Chavara is a luminary not only in the spiritual and ecclesial levels. He was also one of the topmost social reformers India has even seen. Imagine the socio-cultural situation of Kerala just two centuries ago. It was a place with practically no literacy and systematic educational systems. There existed radical casteism triggering inhuman discriminations. He visualized a society when all people can live in the joy of the children of God, enjoying equality, freedom and prosperity.
The basic vision of Bl. Chavara for brightening up the society started with the idea of imparting literacy to our people. He firmly believed that a society could make progress only through knowledge and wisdom. Education is the central factor for any basic development. He established at Mannanam the first Catholic school of Kerala in 1846. That school is the mother of all private educational institutions in the Catholic sector in Kerala. He started that tiny little centre of learning as a Sanskrit school. It also was indicative of his far-reacting vision. At that time, only high caste people were allowed to learn Sanskrit the Vedic language. Other people were not only prohibited from learning that language but also prevented from going to any learning at all. Bl. Chavara opened the portals of his school, and all the other schools established by his followers in other places, to all people irrespective of caste and creed. Later, his decisive order in 1861 added to this great momentum. His radical vision of education motivated him to issue an important order when he became the Vicar General of the Syrians in 1861. He ordered all Churches to open schools adjacent to them compulsorily. This order became the magna carta for a revolutionary paradigm shift in the socio-cultural development of Kerala. If the Kerala society is topping the list of literacy in this land today, and making great advancement in the fields of science, technology and inter-national service through incessant migration, it should be indebted to this great visionary called Bl. Chavara.
Bl. Chavara is also the champion of printing and publications in the Kerala Church. He established the first printing press at Mannanam in 1844 and from there emerged many books for the enrichment of our people. Later in 1887, Mannanam saw the inception of the newspaper DEEPIKA, the first Catholic Daily of India.
Blessed Chavara also believed that the health and strength of the society depends not only the growth of the people in general. It depends greatly on how the society takes care of the weak, the disabled, the sick and the aged members of the society. In view of caring for them, it was Bl. Chavara who founded the first 'Charitable institution' in Kerala. It was in Kainakari in the year 1869.
When Bl. Chavara took the initiative to start the first religious congregation for women in India in 1866, namely the CMC Congregation, he had also a far-reaching social mission in his mind. Well-trained and well-motivated religious women must come forward as the catalytic agents for social reformation from the grass-root level. He thought, these women should enter the field of family apostolate, motivating our families to enter the path of progress in every level.
A man with a deep concern for the poor and the destitute
It was also Blessed Chavara who started the first Charitable Institution in the Syr-Malabar Church. In the year 1869, he started a Home for the destitute at Kainakari. He advised his confreres not to abandon the aged, the sick, the orphans and the poor. The Chavarul can be considered the valedictory advice to his confreres and to his people. In that precious little book, he gives clear guidelines about the inevitability of the social concern we need to make our own lives sublime.
A SUBLIME LIFE EMBELLISHED BY PERSONAL HOLINESS
Blessed Chavara's activities were unique and unparalleled in history. His services and achievements were multifaceted and pioneering. However, the sterling quality that shines forth in Fr. Chavara is his personal holiness. That aspect of his life surpasses all the other achievements. All his activities were natural expressions of his inner divine experience. Wherever he went and in whatever he did, he remained basically a man of God.
Blessed Chavara was radically a contemplative in action. His preoccupations and his enthusiasm to render maximum services to the Church and to the society around him did not dwindle or block his basic orientation to God. Just opposite was the case in his life. Wherever he went and got involved in the affairs of the people, he was burning with zeal for God and for his Church. There was a divine fire burning deep within him that prompted and empowered him for any action. In fact, that is the essence of the word enthusiasm. The etymological roots of the word 'enthusiasm' are from two Greek words: en + theos. En means to be in. Theos means God. Its derivative meaning refers to the intense joy, zeal, dynamism and vibrancy resulting from a basic and assiduous awareness of the indwelling presence of the divine deep within oneself. That awareness transforms every action, even unrelated to spirituality outwardly, holy and self-sanctifying. This was the secret of his personal holiness.
Blessed Chavara's confreres certify that they have seen many instances in his life when he was rapt in contemplative trance. Even in the midst of strenuous activities, Chavara could maintain a hotline contact with God. This is integral spirituality: a spirituality that emerges from the awareness of the indwelling presence of the divine and a radical openness to the needs of fellowmen. It is not a spirituality alienated from the stark realities of everyday life, but a spirituality that is life-touching and life-transforming. Blessed Chavara practiced it in his life, making this the basic vision and mission of his entire life. The Church recognized his personal holiness and officially declared him BLESSED in the year 1986.
BASICALLY A MAN OF GOD AND A MAN OF INTEGRATION
Blessed Chavara was a man of action throughout his life. His was a multifaceted personality with great vibrancy and efficiency. Within the span of less than half a century, he triggered innovations, which ordinary humans could do in centuries. However, the central feature behind his marvellous success can be sourced back to his radical spiritual vision. That was his basic darsan and his close affinity with the divine. His commitment to God was radical. The ultimate source of his power was prayer. His prayer life was constant and consistent. He used to pray hours before the Blessed Sacrament shedding tears. It was from here that he learned the lessons of holiness. Receiving power and inspiration from his Master Jesus, he sanctified himself. In him we find a perfect integration of a Jnana Yogi, Karma Yogi, and a Bhakti Yogi. The power he received from this basic integration of wisdom and action with commitment to God, in turn, sanctified and enriched the whole Church and the society.
Recognizing the personal sanctity of Fr. Kuriakose Elias Chavara, the Holy Father Pope John Paul II beatified him in 1986. The Government of India also acknowledged his great services towards social reformation and released a commemorative postal stamp in 1987.
The commemorative postage stamp of Blessed Kuriakose Elias Chavara was released by the then President of India Mr. R. Venkataraman on Sunday, the 20th December 1987, at Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. The stamp has been designed by India Security Press, Nashik Road.
President R. Venkitaraman spoke at Stamp Release Function:- " .... It is well over a hundred years since Father Chavara left us. And yet he is a living inspiration for thousands and thousands of persons. He is gratefully remembered as a profound scholar, an educationist, a builder of institutions for the underprivileged, the illiterate, the destitute and the needy. Few people have been able to combine the contemplation of God with the service of man as naturally and creatively as Father Chavara did. There was in fact no dichotomy in his mind between the world of faith and the world of action. Father Chavara represented both. A mystic, he could also be an engine of activity. Capable of withdrawing in to his innermost being, Father Chavara was at the same time a motive force for the establishment of a social order in which everyone could live in dignity and faith. It is only appropriate that His Holiness the Pope declared Fr. Chavara 'Blessed' during the Papal visit to India in 1986....."
Governor P. Ramachandran spoke on the occasion of the Stamp Release:- ".....Fr. Chavara is the pride not only of Kerala, but of entire mankind. It is rare indeed where so many sterling virtues have blended so perfectly in one individual. Fr. Chavara was born a mortal, but the good he did over a span of six and a half decades cast him in the mould of immortal of humanity. Yesterday, today and forever to the last syllable of recorded time this God-realized soul will remain among mankind's most cherished possessions...."
EDUCATION, A SCARED CALL
"Education is not just a profession but a sacred call, a great apostolate through which we participate in the teaching mission of a church. Our aim in the pursuit of intellectual and professional excellence should be the total formation of the human person as much for her/his own enrichment as for the service of the society and the nation in the spirit of God"
SCHOOL ACTIVITIES :
To ensure maximum participation and to inculcate leadership qualities and team spirit among students they are divided into 4 houses, Mount Carmel, Chavara, Avila and Lisieux. This house system fosters in students the sense of healthy competition, co-operation, active participation and collective responsibility. Co-Curricular and Extra curricular activities like Taekwando, Karate, Classical Dance, Music, School Band and Yoga meet the requirements of the students. The school has adequate facility for Athletics, Cricket, Football, Volley Ball, Handball, Basket Ball, Table Tennis, Chess and Other indoor and outdoor games.
Literary and cultural competitions - Quiz, Elocution, Extempory speech, Drawing and Painting, Fancy Dress, Recitation, Story telling, Flower arrangement , Rangoli, Singing and Dance are conducted regularly. In order to convey the message that India is one from "Kashmir to Kanyakumari" , the school celebrates national and state festivals in the school.
One day picnic is organized for all the students to different places. It unravels the mystery of many unknown facts of history to them. It also helps in enriching their treasure of knowledge.
The Social service club is very active in the school. Every year the school spent a good amount of money towards marriage expenses of the poor girls, hospital expenses of the patients and orphanage visits etc.
Different programmes are organized to enlighten the teachers and students in spiritual and temporal matters, Help from competent persons are also make available. The teachers have ample opportunities to be more equipped in subjects they handle through various refresher courses arranged by the Government education department. Apart from this, they are also encouraged by the institutional authorities to participate in the programmes conducted in various centres by different agencies.
The School is affiliated to Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education, Vashi Divisional Board, Navi Mumbai.
Our vision is an excellent and integral society
To promote the all- round development of students through sound, intellectual, physical, and moral education in an environment of social and spiritual outlook.
"MOTTO" OF THE SCHOOL
The Motto of the school is "Light & Love"
The School provides highly efficient coaching to the students according to the syllabus prescribed by the Maharashtra State Board. The objective of the curriculum is to fully develop Student's individual potentialities rather than to confine him/her to books alone.
The medium of instruction is English but very special emphasis is given to Hindi, Marathi and Sanskrit together with the essential subjects:- Mathematics, Science, Social Science, Environmental Science, Physical and Health Education, Art Education, Value Education, Work Experience, Dance, Music, Yoga & Taekwondo. The school has well-equipped laboratories for science, modern Computer Lab and library to allow the pupils to develop and foster their innate talents and keep abreast with the modern education from the very beginning.
The School lays a great deal of stress on character formation and development of spiritual and ethical values which are imparted regularly to students through the teaching of Personality Development. The Social Service League actively encourages students to help generating the spirit of "Service to Humankind" and enhance the love for socially useful and productive work.
Carmel Convent High School has its own band Photo
comprising of 45 students playing various instruments. School Band
Career guidance and seminar for the students of Std. X.
Seminars and Workshops on various topics for the staff.
the Principal by Science Olympiad Foundation Photo
Talent Search Examination - 2011. Photo
Students of Carmel Convent High School , Badlapur, Belwali, kept the traditions of securing 100 percentage result at the Secondary School Examination March 2012. Not only the school gets the 100 % in the Board exam but the topper of the school Atharva Dilip Korde also achieves 100% (550/550) marks in the Board Exam and became the pride of Carmel, Badlapur Town & Thane District. Principal Sr. Philo congratulated Atharva and gave him all the wishes for his future so that he may bring honour and glory to the society and Nation through his great contributions. Kothavade Rohit Vijay proved his excellence and intelligence by securing an aggregate of 96.55 Percent & stood second in the school. Gore Shivanjali Santosh and Sandansing Aashay Anil with a score of 95.82 percent got the third place. Out of total 143 students who appeared for the SSC Examination, 19 students passed with a score of above 90 percentage 96 students with Distinction, 46 in first division and only one in second division.
CARMEL CONVENT HIGH SCHOOL
BELWALI, BADLAPUR (EAST)
DIST : THANE , MAHARASHTRA
PIN : 421503
TEL : 0251-3208335
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