Good Shepherd Matriculation School was founded by Mrs. Mary George and Mr.George Pallikunath Varghese. It had its beginning in 1979. It was a Christian Minority School. There were 8 pupils only when the school started on 1st June 1979. New construction for the school commenced on 15th August 1979 and was blessed by Rev.Fr. Paul Pallipadam.
Mrs. Mary George (Sr. Presenta.A.C.) was an Apostolic Carmel nun and left the Congregation for her own personal reasons. But she kept in touch with Sr.Nativita. A.C. her batchmate. The Apostolic Carmel sisters came to know that Mr.George, husband of Mrs. Mary George owned a Matriculation School at Pollachi which is recognized by the Board of Matriculation, Tamil Nadu. Good Shepherd Matriculation School has classes from L.K.G. to Std.X. All along they had cent percentage results at Matric School examination. Mrs. Mary George expired on 17th March 2004. Mr. George her husband found it difficult to run the school alone. So he approached Sr.Annunciata. A.C. the Provincial Superior through Sr. Nativita. The Provincial and the Team decided to study the place and if it pleased us then to buy the school. Srs. Rosilina and Maria Karunya were brought to Pollachi on 9th May 2006. They stayed in the Hostel run by the Presentation sisters of Coimbatore for a month. The school was granted recognition on condition that they make up the deficiency of land by buying 15 cents of land for the functioning of a Matriculation School. So the Provincial Superior Sr.Annunciata and her team decided to by a plot of land of 27 cents just in front of the school to use it as a playground.
School reopened on 1st June 2006. Mr.George P V correspondent of the school welcomed the Apostolic Carmel Sisters. Sr.Rosilina was placed as the Principal of the school. On 11th June 2006 the sisters shifted their residence to a rented house. Sr.Rosilina was appointed as sister-in-charge of the community and principal of the school. The sisters took care of the Convent named after Mary Queen of Carmel (Carmel Arasi Illam). The little community survived by sisters Kirthana, Jacintha Maria and Rosilina.
In 2007 Sr.Elizabeth was in charge of Carmel Arasi Illam Convent and Good Shepherd Matric School. They bought an 11 cents of land near our school to build the convent costing Rs.2,00,000/- per cent. Transaction took place on3 1st March 2009. In the month of May 2009 Sr. Maria Thomas was in-charge of the convent and Sr.Jacintha Maria was the Principal of the School. In May 2011 Sr.Maria Celia was appointed as the sister-in-charge of Carmel Arasi Illam and Correspondent of Good Shepherd Matric. School.
On 21st Nov. 2012 Sr. Snehalatha laid the foundation stone for our Convent building. Rev.Fr.Lourdu Irudaua Raj our Parish Priest blessed the land. In the year 2013 Nov. 16th we had the new Convent Blessing by Rt.Rev. Dr.Thomas Aquinas the Bishop of Coimbatore Diocese and Sr.Ancilla the Provincial Superior opened the new convent and inaugurated it.
Sr. Jacintha Maria was appointed as the first Superior of Carmel Arasi Illam in the year 2014 and continued as the Principal of the school. We had the visit of Superior General Sr.Susheela in the month of August 2014. We also had he visitation of our Provincial Superior in the month of Nov. 2014 and in October 2016.
Our Provincial Superior Sr.Ancilla laid the foundation stone for the new school building in the year 2015. We had the blessing ceremony of new school building in the month of May 2016 by Msgr. John Joseph Stains and Sr.Ancilla Provincial Superior inaugurated the building.
We ask God’s Blessing on us, the staff and students, the priests and all those whom we come in contact with that we may carry on God’s work here in Pollachi. May God’s love and compassion continue in the years to come.
Carmel Arassi Illam
Good Shepherd Matriculation School,
Pollachi, Coimbatore Dist,
Tamil Nadu – 642 006