Mount Carmel Convent Anglo-Indian Girls High School

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Mount Carmel Convent Anglo-Indian Girls High School
Location
Tangasseri, Kollam , Kerala
Information
Established 1885
School district Kollam
Classes offered LKG to Standard XII
Affiliation CISCE

Mount Carmel Convent Anglo-Indian Girls High School (abbreviated as MCCAIGHS or MCC) was founded on July 22, 1885 in the Kollam District in the state of Kerala, India, by Mother Veronica of the Passion, the foundress of The Congregation of the Carmelite Religious (earlier known as the Third Order Apostolic of Our Lady of Mount Carmel).

It consists of a boarding house located within the convent and a day school. The school is situated in the picturesque town of Tangasseri, with the scenic beauty of the Arabian Sea as the backdrop. Tangasseri, the site of ancient Portuguese, English and Dutch settlements, has an Anglo-Indian community. The school celebrated its Quasquicentennial (125 years) anniversary in July 2010.

The Main Gates and Chapel

The school was founded by Mother Veronica to cater to the educational needs of girls, empowerment of women and the less privileged. In 1889, it was recognised by the erstwhile Madras presidency as a 'European Convent School'. The establishment changed its name to Mount Carmel Convent Anglo Indian Girls School when India gained independence in 1947, before which it was known as The Mount Carmel European School. The strength of the school is around 4000. The school is affiliated to the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations. The students are known for their fluency in the English language.

The school is headed by Rev. Sr. Elsy Paul.

MCC offers classes from LKG up to Std XII. The students are divided into four houses: Blue, Green, Red and Yellow. The Inter-House Cultural Fest and the annual athletic meet fosters the competitive spirit and sportsmanship of the houses. There are clubs and groups like The Literary Club and The Eco Club. A science exhibition is held annually.

The school offers classes in Catechism, Moral Science and Value Education for the spiritual well-being of its pupils. First Friday Holy Masses and rosary recitals are conducted for the Catholic students. Scapulars are also provided to the Catholics. Every year, the students from Classes VIII to X visit old age homes and provide alms to the poor.

The school motto is 'Hold Your Light Up High'.

Le Revenir - the homecoming of the Carmelites[edit]

The maiden alumni reunion of the institution was held on July 16, 2011, on the feast day of Our Lady Of Mount Carmel. Styled Le Revenir (French- "The Return"), the function was inaugurated by Mrs. Lida Jacob, Chairperson of the Commission for Right to Education Act. The website of the school was launched by leading playback singer and former student Chitra Iyer, who was the celebrity guest.

Youth festival[edit]

The school hosts an Inter-House Cultural Fest, dubbed the Youth Festival, every year to bring out the budding talents in its pupils. The current winner of the Youth Festival is the Red House.

School magazine[edit]

An annual magazine, christened Carmeline, is published by the school. It has literary articles, poems, short stories in English, Malayalam and Hindi languages and artworks including pencil drawings and ink sketches featured in it.

Former Principals[edit]

Some of the former Principals who contributed to the growth and flourishing of Mount Carmel with each of their unique touches:

  • Sr.Lawrence
  • Sr.Bertha
  • Sr.Mary Patricia - who was at the helm for nearly three decades, making her the longest-serving Principal of the school
  • Sr.Mary Antoinette
  • Sr.Angel Thomas
  • Sr.Helen Lois
  • Sr.Pramila Fernandez

School anthem[edit]

Flower Of Carmel

Flower of Carmel, shining bright,
You're our day star, our beacon light,
Guide our footsteps, great and small,
Pledge we to be always yours.

Truth, goodness and beauty will we divine,
Love, kindness and generosity shall be our sign,
Watch your children with loving care,

Mother of God, Mother of mine,
Mother of God and Mother divine.(2)

Next we offer thee a prayer that
Mount Carmel, on the shores of
Tangasseri fair be blessed with copious
Graces and blessings rare.

Mother of God, Mother of mine,
Mother of God and Mother divine.(2)