Value Education classes are conducted once a week. Enrichment courses and training cum workshops are also held to aid students. Teenage care programs are also organized frequently.
The School Magazine, “The Pinnacle -2022-23” is the outward expression of the student’s creativity and originality. It is a reflection of their thoughts and an outlet for their feelings. English, Hindi and Malayalam are given equal importance. Apart from “The Pinnacle”, there is also the individual class magazine for Std. I to XII . These magazines are edited, printed and published by the students. Four Awards are given at the Annual Day Celebrations for the Best Class Magazines – for the Primary, Upper Primary, High School and the Higher Secondary Sections.
Various Clubs and Houses (Blue, Green, Violet and Yellow)
Various co-curricular activities are organized in the school with the objective of the all- round development of the pupils. The students are provided ample opportunities for exhibiting skill in sports, arts, games and other activities. To promote a healthy competition, the entire school population has been divided into four houses: – Blue, Green, Violet and Yellow – each led by a teacher and a set of selected students. Eighteen Clubs, catering to the aptitude of the students function in the school. The clubs are very active and the children are taught the basic skills by the concerned clubs. The activities incorporated in the Academic Calendar on behalf of the Maths, Painting, Work Experience, Home Science and Eco clubs, did boost the morale of our students.
Social Service League
Members visit orphanages and homes and distribute clothes and study materials to the poor.
The National Cadet Corps Unit, which functions in the school, gives emphasis to general service knowledge and aero modeling. Cadets are being prepared to appear for the A- Certificate Examination.
Come summer and St. Thomas gears up to welcome the students who choose to spend the vacation in pursuit of adventure, hobbies and exploits in new fields. The summer courses organized by the St. Thomas Schools cover areas like Personality Development, Spoken English, Sports and Games, Music, Art and Craft, Animation and even special coaching for Science Talent Search Examinations. The fun-filled days packed with exciting activities are a welcome change from the tension-filled exam days of the third term.
School Medical Committee
As per the Instructions of the Government, regarding the formation of Medical Committees at Schools, a Committee comprising the Principal, Headmistress, Mrs, Lisa Mathew, Mrs. Latha Rajeev, Mr. Shiji Das, Mr. Jayasankar S, Mr. Rahul R, Sub-Inspector, Mannanthala, Smt. Kasthuri M S, Ward Councillor, Smt. Aneena S, Smt. Ranichandra, PHC, Chettivilakom, Dr. Shaebha L B, was formed. The meeting held on 10.6.2022 addressed the growing concerns of COVID spread and measures to step up Vaccination drive among the target student categories
It is a matter of pride and joy that our school has been the beneficiary of a robust and proactive PTA year after year. Exclusive sessions were held for parents of classes 1 to 12 and the Executive Committee formed thereafter. The office bearers of the Executive Committee assumed charge electing Mr. Shibu Scaria as the President, Mr. Ali Afzal as the Vice President, Smt. Chithra V S as Mother PTA, Shri. Justin Rajan. N the Secretary and Smt. Shalani Sasi as Treasurer of the current Academic Year. The dedication, teamwork and enthusiasm displayed by our PTA team all through the year in building better workplace relationships, discussing educational issues, resolving conflicts, promoting student reform initiatives has indeed contributed positively to our student growth.
STHSS Youth Festival – 2023
An ambience of cheer descended upon our campus when the entire school gathered in the open stage for the Youth Festival 2023-2024, inaugurated by Mr. Biju Kalavedi, a renowned film artist on July 26th. Youth Festival events were held on the 26thand 27thof July 2023. Red House bagged the first prize.
40th Annual Athletic Meet 2023
The Marthoma Stadium became vibrant on the 9th and 10th of August 2023, with our students competing in a variety of events for the 40th Annual Athletic Meet. Miss. Tiji Raju, Sri. Udayakumar Memorial awardee 2016 for the best volley ball player in India, declared the meet open following a colourful parade by the NCC, Band and the four Houses. Our Treasurer, Shri. Cherian Varghese delivered the keynote address followed by a heartwarming message by Miss. Tiji Raju, Guest of the day. Our Secretary, Mr. Mathew George was the guest for the closing ceremony. Green House bagged the first prize. The event embodied the zeal, talent and spirit of sportsmanship of the students!!
All Kerala Quiz for the Secretary’s Trophy – 2023
The All Kerala Quiz Competiton for the Secretary’s Trophy proved an engaging, interactive and intellectual forum for the thirteen city schools with the quiz master Dr. Shafi Thomson quizzing the target audience in his self composed, fine tuned manner. 6 teams made it to the finals. St. Thomas Residential School, Mukkolakkal lifted the coveted trophy on September 13th . Sarvodaya Central Vidyalaya, Nalanchira and St. Mary’s Central School, Poojapura bagged second and third positions. The winners were awarded the trophy by our Treasurer Shri. Cherian Varghese.
Annual School Exhibition -2023
Going beyond the confines of the class room, The Annual School Exhibition held on the 30th of October 2023, exhibited the brilliance of creativity of our students in Social Science, Mathematics, Science, Art and Craft categories.
A team of students participated in Kerala Model United Nations (KERMUN ) 2023 conducted by St Thomas Central School on September 30th and October 1st, an enriching platform, through which our students got acquainted with global concerns and honed their diplomacy and negotiation skills. Rachel Ann Basil of Class XII D received the Best Journalist Award. Other participants who had exceptionally participated in KERMUN 2023 were:
Angelin Merria – XII D
Gautham S Nair – XII C
Nithin Keshav Umesh – XII C
Nivethitha H D – XII C
Riya Binu Smitha – XII C
Indrajit L – XI B
Picnics, Visits and Club Activities – 2023
In connection with World Space week, a talk on Space was led by Mr. Nallaperumaal, senior ISRO Scientist on 5-10-2023 at Juhanon Auditorium. Our children also visited Space Museum, VSSC, Thumba and witnessed the Rocket Launch on 6.10.2023. The activities incorporated in the Academic Calendar on behalf of the Maths, Painting, Work Experience, Home Science and Eco clubs, did boost the morale of our students. Our students distributed 632 food packets (60 sponsored by our staff) to the cancer patients of Regional Cancer Centre on 17-11-2023.
40th Annual Day 2023-2024
40th Annual Day (2023-2024) of our school was held on 27 th November 2023 at 4.30 pm. The Annual Day function was inaugurated by Chief Guest Shri. N P Giri , Former GSLV Project Director- ISRO, Government of India. The Secretary of MTCES, Shri. Mathew George, the School Chaplain and Boarding Superintendent, Rev. Mathew K John, PTA President, Mr. Shibu Scaria, Principals and heads of other sister institutions of MTCES graced the occasion by their presence. The Chief Guest along with our Secretary and School Chaplain gave away prizes for the school toppers of 2022-2023 and other prize winning students. The Annual Report of the academic year 2023-24 was presented by Principal Dr.(Mrs) Lizu Verghis. Our Principal, presented a momento to the Chief Guest designed by Smt. Priya A P (Arts and Crafts teacher). Students of STHSS made us proud by performing dance, skits, drama and other variety entertainment programs. The conveners of the school day program Smt. Manjula Devi and Smt. Anila Mathew along with all Staff worked hard to make the function a great success.
Counselling and Career Guidance
Counselling and Career Guidance, two integral services of our school offer extensive support in the overall development of our students. The School Counsellor Mrs Hannah equips our students in dealing with the academic, social,personal pressures in life and develop realistic, academic and personal goals through regular Life Skill sessions. The series of webinars and career counselling sessions organised by the Career Care Unit, under the guidance of Mrs Betty Ninan George, enlightened our students with the interests, aspirations, aptitudes and abilities required in pursuing various career goals. The following were the webinars organised for the current academic year.
1. Webinar on civil service preparation conducted jointly by Horizon (MalayalaManorama) and Fortune IAS Academy, Kerala’s leading IAS preparation centre. Students were able to interact with Mr.Ananth Chandrasekar ,IPS officer regarding how to prepare for civil service examinations. All doubts and queries were cleared.
2. Webinar on CA, CFA and CMA was conducted for commerce students (11 and12)Lakshya gave a comprehensive coverage on the syllabus, prospects and also cleared doubts of the students regarding exams and career prospects.
3.All about CLAT, IPM and CUET exams was organized by Achievers conclave for all sections of 12th.The webinar dealt with new entrances for Delhi university, IIM’s and Law.
4.Careers of the future with specific reference on courses offered by Ashoka University, Gurgaon,a premier deemed University of India.
5. Webinar on Tech Bee: HCL, new initiative lay HCL Technologies, which gives +2 students training for software Engineer immediately after school. This is a novel initiative where Industry meets school. Students are trained as software Engineers with a stipend of Rs.18000 per month.
Carrier classes for 12th standard Science and Commerce students were completed by the end of November. Follow up Career Counselling for students was also completed by December.
Orientation cum Awareness Programmes
The first in the series was on the 14th of July by Rev Arun Thomas, for Class 11 parents titled “Evolving Lives and Involving Lives”. Our School CounsellorMrs.Hannah held a talk on the consequences of Drugs on June 26th.Dr Arun B Nair, Department of Psychiatry, Govt Medical College addressed Class 11 and 12 students on exercising “Healthy Choices for a progressive life” amidst the various challenges posed before them on the 6th of October. Advocate Anitha representing the District Legal Services Authority enlightened the students of Classes 8,9 about their rights and legal aids/services on the 8th of November. She also shared her experiences with the victims of Drug Abuse, Cyber Crimes and Domestic Violence. Shri Anand V.S conducted a session on Cyber Awareness on the 1st of December.
Teacher Training Programmes
Our teachers Mr Justin Rajan, Mr Harikumar C, Mrs Mini Abraham, MrsAnila Mathew attended a training programme in connection with the Anti-Drug Campaign, organised by the Urban Resource Centre, Pettah. Mr Shijidas D attended Balamithra Training module in connection with Leprosy Awareness conducted by PHC, Chettivilakom. All Government sponsored Initiatives and meetings of the HM forum and Principals’ forum are regularly attended by the Principal.