C.S.I. Ewart Matriculation Higher Secondary School

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C.S.I Ewart Matriculation Higher Secondary School
93 Dr.Allagappa Road, Purasawalkam[1]


Coordinates13°04′56″N 80°15′23″E / 13.08222°N 80.25639°E / 13.08222; 80.25639Coordinates: 13°04′56″N 80°15′23″E / 13.08222°N 80.25639°E / 13.08222; 80.25639
School typePrivate, Religious
Motto"Love and Serve"
Founded1913; 106 years ago (1913)
School boardMatriculation
PrincipalMrs. Sheila Lawrence
GradesLower Kindergarten - 12th
GenderCo-Ed till class 5; girls only from class 6.
Enrollment3000 (2009)
Color(s)Pink and white          

C.S.I Ewart Marticulation Higher Secondary School (Ewart, pronounced you-urt) is a private Christian school founded in 1913 in Chennai, India. It gained matriculation status in 1945, and is managed by the Church of South India, Madras Diocese. The school mainly serves the communities of Purasawalkam, Vepery, Egmore, Kilpauk, Perambur, Sowcarpet.[2] Ewart is fully accredited and is a member of the State School association.[2] The classrooms are co-educational until 5th standard after which they become girls only.



In 1913, the Church of England Zenana Mission began Ewart as a 'finishing school' for Indian girls. Its goal was to bring Christian values as well as the poise and etiquette of an 'English' education to students in India. The school was named Ewart after its first donator, an Irish woman, Miss Ewart. With funding secured, the school started in an old mission house in Chennai with three students on roll.[3]

Development of the school[edit]

Miss Frances Baker was the first principal of C.S.I Ewart matric hr.sec. school, presiding over it from 1913 to 1936. In honor of her services a house, "Frances Baker House", and a wing of the school "Frances Baker Block", were named after her.

Ewart Auditorium Pic
Ewart school's main auditorium, named after second principal Miss Alice Greene

The second principal of the school was Miss Alice Greene, she presided over the school from 1936 to 1952. In 1943 the school adopted the matriculation syllabus and began to offer Tamil and Hindi as second languages.[4] The school auditorium and a house has been named after Miss Alice Green. Succeeding Miss Alice Green was Miss.C.Davamani, the third principal, who presided over the school from 1952 to 1970. She was the first Indian principal of Ewart.

The fourth principal was Mrs. C. Chelladurai (1970–1988). During her service she received both a National and State award for her leadership of the school. In 1978 the school was upgraded to the status of a Higher Secondary School. Following this event, French was introduced as third offered optional language. Miss Chelladurai was the first principal during whose time computers began to be used in the school.

In 2001, under the leadership of principal A. Williams, C.S.I Ewart was chosen to be one of three schools in Chennai to pilot test the Cambridge Young Learners English Tests. The test was designed by the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate (UCLES) for children aged seven to twelve in order to test a child's speaking skills.[5]

In 2009 Mrs. Sheila Lawrence became the seventh principal of Ewart. She is an environmentalist who has brought eco-friendly practices to the school. In accordance with this theme, the school was repainted green in 2009. She has also led the way in adopting the interactive electronic teaching tools by purchasing Promethean electronic whiteboards for every classroom.The school has been awarded 'Best Matriculation School' for the year 2009, by the Mylapore Academy in Chennai.[citation needed].


Name Years presided Notes
Miss Frances Baker 1913–1936 First Principal. House and building wing named after her.
Miss Alice Greene 1936–1952 House and auditorium named for her.
Miss C. Davamani 1952–1970 First Indian principal.
Miss. C. Chelladurai 1970–1988 Started use of computers in school.
Mrs. E.M. Victor 1988–1995 Began to incorporate technology in education.
Mrs Ahalya Williams 1995–2008 Received state award for teaching.
Mrs. Sheela Lawrence 2008 – present Purchased electronic whiteboard for all classrooms,

Planned and erected state of the art library in the school premises, Planning construction of school chapel in the school premises. constructed EWART GLOBAL SCHOOL inside the school premises

School hymn[edit]

The school hymn is written by Rudyard Kipling[6]

Land of our birth, we pledge to thee
Our love and toil in the years to be
When we are grown and take our place
As men and women with our race

Father in heaven, who lovest all,
O help Thy children when they call
That they may build from age to age
An undefiled heritage.

Teach us delight in simple things,
And mirth that has no bitter Springs
Forgiveness free of evil done,
And love to all men neath the sun

Teach us the Strength that cannot seek,
By deed or thought, to hurt the weak-
That under thee, we may possess
Man's strength to comfort man's distress.

Teach us to look in all our ends
On Thee for judge, and not our friends-
That we with Thee, may walk, uncowed
By fear or favour of the crowd.

Land of our birth, our faith, our pride,
For whose dear sake our fathers died-
O Motherland, we pledge to thee,
Head, heart and hand through the years to be.

Ewart school culture[edit]


  • Interact Club is a service-oriented club whose goal is to help the less fortunate. Some of the club's missions have been to collect and distribute old clothes during Christmas, or visit Old Age homes to cheer up the residents there. All 11th standard students are part of this club whose members are known as "Interacters". The club has an organizational hierarchy with a president, vice president, director, treasurer, secretary and committee members.
  • Nature Club is for nature enthusiasts of the school to meet together. Club events include walks around the campus to identify new plants and animals, discussions about the medicinal properties plants in daily life, and quiz competitions on plant identification.
  • Literary Club is a book club where literary plays and dramas are discussed. Club members organize plays and write poetry.
  • Cosmetology Club emphasizes preserving beauty naturally through diet, posture, and choice of clothes. Club members learn manicuring and pedicuring, hairstyles, oil massage and simple face packs.
  • Art Club members learn glass painting, pot decoration, flower making, flower arrangement and pencil shading.
  • Sports Club members participate in sports such as table tennis, chess, volleyball, athletics and badminton.
  • Junior Red Cross members help with hospital services, blood bank and HIV/AIDS programmes.
  • Guides and Bulbuls club is for outdoor enthusiasts. Club members head out on trails. In 2009 club members hosted a camp on the school campus.
  • Cookery Club members come together to learn and share knowledge about cooking. Members experiment with exotic dishes.


Annual events[edit]

  • Sports Day - annually in July, sports day is a one-day competitive event among the five houses in challenges including most track and field events, march past, bicycle races, and dance performances.
  • Prize Day - In August, prizes are distributed to the winners of the events that took place during Sports Day. Other prizes, like the General proficiency prize and Best girl award, are distributed on this day.
  • Pastiche is an inter-school cultural event in which 20-30 schools from Chennai participate in to win contests. It is organized by the Interact club, which consists of all the 11th std. students.
  • Inter house Dramatics - The five houses compete for first place. The event provides a platform for the students to showcase their talents in acting.

Special events[edit]

Carnival, Mission sale and teacher's day

Definite Clean Marina Programme(1997)[edit]

Under the leadership of principal Mrs. A. Williams[8] C.S.I Ewart and Citi Plus, a voluntary organization, jointly co-sponsored an effort to clean Marina beach in Chennai. 1,200 students from 25 schools picked up the litter on a half kilometre stretch on both sides of the Gandhi Statue in the Marina beach on 31 August 1997.[9] For the next 25 weeks, students from schools continued to clean the stretch of land every weekend.[8]

Vepery Science Expo (2003)[edit]

Between 24–25 January 2003, Ewart held a science exhibition called "Vivikta 2003" and themed "A Futuristic Clean World". During the expo Ewarts introduced its plan to clean up the school and the surrounding neighborhood as a part of its larger effort for promoting environmental awareness.[10]

AIDS Awareness (2004)[edit]

On 23 January 2004, the school organized an interactive session on AIDS with Dr.Fuller and Dr.Libman from the United States along with three doctors from Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Research Institute. About 400 girls from standard IX to XII interacted with Jon D.Fuller and Howard Libman, associate professors from Boston University School of Medicine and Harvard Medical School. Students asked a wide range of questions from mother-to-child transmission to the origins of HIV and to the symptoms of AIDS[11]

DEAR, One World Reading Together (2005)[edit]

(Drop Everything and Read) - On 23 December 2005, in celebration of the One World Reading Together program started in 1999 by Scholastic Publishing, Ewart Students gathered together at noon in the school auditorium and read silently. At the end of this "DEAR" time, the students yelled "C.S.I. Ewart reads for 2006" and made pledge to reading for the upcoming year.[12]


Ewart has five houses. Students are assigned a house when they enroll in the school. Houses compete against one another in annual events such as sports day or bake sales.[citation needed]

Name of house House color Nickname
Pandita Ramabai      Pandits
Helen Keller      Kellers
Marie Curie      Curies
Frances Baker      Bakers
Alice Greene      Greens


Teacher awards[edit]

Year Teacher State/National Award
1979 Miss L. Asirvatham State
1982 Mrs. C. Chelladurai State
1985 Mrs. R. Frederick State
1987 Mrs.C.Chelladurai National
1988 Mrs.L.Sahayaraj National
1990 Mrs. A. Lucas State
1991 Mrs. D. Ebenezer State
1998 Mrs. L. Ramamurthy State
2000 Mrs. Ahalya Williams State

SEED School Network Program Grant[edit]

In 2000, Ewartr received donated computer networking materials and a grant from the SEED organization to help improve the technology in the school. The SEED School Network Program offers to disadvantaged schools located in developing countries the financial and technical assistance needed to connect them to the Internet.[13] Ewart used the grant money to set up a computer center and to train teachers on operating Windows 95, NT, and MS-Office. Ms. Mallika Ranjan lead the development, organization, and deployment of the new IT system at Ewart.[14]

Ford Conservation and Environmental Grant[edit]

C.S.I Ewart was one of three schools awarded the Ford Conservation and Environmental Grant in November 2001. The total grant amount of Rs. 15 lakhs was distributed among the winners to support projects which aimed at preservation of their immediate environment and natural resources.[15] Ewart's winning project proposal was titled 'Proliferating Vermiculture Practice by Community Participation,' and aimed to incorporate vermiculture units on camps to battle environmental pollution.[16]

C.S.I. Ewart Global School[edit]

As of January, 2018, there's another campus started inside the school with a name C.S.I. Ewart Global School. Admission for lower kindergarten to 7th is in progress. This new school is claimed to follow CBSE curriculum, but is neither approved nor recognized by CBSE board yet. [17]


  1. ^ "Tamil Nadu Schools". Retrieved 2009-10-09.
  2. ^ a b "TamilNow Ewart Info Page". Retrieved 2009-10-05.
  3. ^ "C.S.I Ewart Heritage Page". Retrieved 2009-10-04.
  4. ^ "Education System". Ewart School. Retrieved 2009-10-07.
  5. ^ N. Subash Jeyan (2001-08-11). "Testing language skills". The Hindu. Chennai, India.
  6. ^ School Hymn
  7. ^ "Clubs". Ewart School. Retrieved 2009-10-06.
  8. ^ a b "India Campaign to 'save' the Marina". The Hindu. 1997-08-30.
  9. ^ "India Children take up Save Marina' project". The Hindu. 1997-08-31.
  10. ^ "VEPERY: Science expo". The Hindu. Retrieved 2009-10-09.
  11. ^ "`Create awareness of Prevention of Epidemic Among Youth'". The Hindu. Chennai. 2004-01-24.
  12. ^ Paromita Pain (2005-12-23). "Power of reading". The Hindu. Chennai, India.
  13. ^ "SEED Eligibility". Retrieved 2009-10-09.
  14. ^ "SEED School Network Program, C.S.I Ewart Report". 2000-09-02. Retrieved 2009-10-09.
  15. ^ "India: Environmental grant for Crocodile Bank Trust". The Hindu. Chennai,India. 2001-11-21. Retrieved 2009-10-09.
  16. ^ "Ford Conservation Grants Announced". Press Release Ford India. Retrieved 2009-10-10.
  17. ^ "Online School Affiliation & Monitoring System - CBSE". CBSE. Retrieved 2018-01-29.

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