A meeting of the Citizens of Vadakara requested the Bishop of Calicut , His Lord ship Proserpio S.J, to establish a School for girls at Vadagara. The Educational Committee set up at Vadagara placed at the disposal of the sisters a suitable building and surroundings and the necessary equipment free of rent for a year . As the deal was finalized on 13th June, the feast day of St. Antony, it was decided to place the new Convent and School under the patronage of St. Antony’s. St. Antony’s Convent was set up on 2nd July 1938, by Rev. Mother Josephine, Superior General of the Apostolic Carmel. Srs. Fidele, Agatha and Juliana were the pioneers of the institution. St. Antony’s Secondary School was opened on 4th July 1938, by Rev. Fr. Zearo S.J, the Parish Priest performed the opening ceremony and blessed the school which was occupied by stray cattle, was the first Convent and Chapel which was blessed by His Lordship, Bishop Leo Preserpio S.J with Rev. Fr. Zearo assisting in the presence of Mother Josephine, Superior General. Mother Lucy and Leonora, the three sisters of the community and half dozen Catholics of the place were present.
For better accommodation, with the sanction of the D.P.I a plot about an acre with an upper storey house near the Parish Church was bought and property was registered in the name of the Apostolic Carmel. The house was transformed into a Convent and on 5th June 1940 the blessing ceremony took place. The number of pupils in the school increased and expansion was inevitable. Application for building grant was sanctioned by the D.P.I and a block with four separate class rooms, a science lab and an office room was constructed. A junior basic School was started in 1952 with L.P Section.
The Present Convent building was put up in 1954 and a new wing, two storeyed was added to the Convent in 1971 for better accommodation for the sisters. Sister Prescilla who had been Headmistress from 1948 – 1963 was awarded the National award for teachers by the President of India. Due to the request of the public, a Malayalam nursery school named Punchiri Nursery School was opened on August 19th 1966.
A Sewing class for the drop outs was started and its expense was met from School Social Service Fund.
The Junior Basic School also has been renovated and completed with financial help from the public, parents, and management. A P.T.A block also was constructed in the year 1994. The Platinum jubilee was celebrated in the year 2013-14, in a fitting manner. Realizing the need of the time, the importance of English education, in St. Antony’s Junior English medium School was opened in the year 1998 by then Provincial Superior Sr. Theresina. It remains as an un- aided recognized School, The school has all the facilities needed and it stands first in academic and non-academic activities in the educational district.
The extension of the convent in front, parlour and recreation room was completed in 2012. And the annex of the house maids, and sisters’ quarters with kitchen were constructed in 2016.
St. Antony’s Convent
Kozhikode – 673101