CARMEL CONVENT and SCHOOL-Gwalior from 1957………
February 11th 1957, will be etched in golden letters forever, in the minds of the people of Gwalior. It was then, that the Carmelite sisters of St. Teresa, ventured into North India and established a convent in the heart of Gwalior.
An English medium school was started by the then Superior Sr. Fidelis and four other sisters, enrolling boys as well as girls. It was blessed by Fr. Roger, a Capuchin of the Jhansi Diocese and Bishop Rt. Rev. Bishop Francis Xavier Fenech O.F.M. Capuchin of the diocese of Jhansi.
In the beginning, the school was attended mostly by catholic students. In 1961 under the Principalship of Sr. Depazzi, the school laid stress on discipline, religion and moral science classes which aimed at character formation. This slowly attracted the attention of parents of other religions as well. Sr. Depazzi initiated better standard of education and the school achieved recognition from the Madhya Pradesh Board of Secondary Education. In 1966 the school presented the first batch to appear for the Higher Secondary Examination with 8 students. A small Chapel, a new three storied school building and a boarding house for neglected children from broken homes were built under the supervision of Sr.Depazzi.
In 1967, the school was placed under the guidance of Sr. Berchmans as the superior and Sr. Reparata as the Principal. Their enthusiasm towards education was reciprocated through the 100% results of the students. 1n 1970, when Sr. Marina was appointed as the superior, the school changed to the Central Board of Secondary Education, New Delhi.
Sr. Marina was also responsible for starting a Hindi Medium Co-Ed School (affiliated to MP Board) for the economically disadvantaged of the society. The school allows free and half fee concession to promote education among the poor.At present there are about 600 students studying from Kindergarten to the X. Sr. Susana, Sr. Joachim, Sr. Julian, Sr. Elvira , Sr. Yoland , Sr. Trupthi , Sr. Jose Lynette and Sr. Soumitha were the Headmistresses from 1970 to 2013. Presently Sr. Margaret Ekka is the Headmistress.
In 1973, Sr.Cosma took over as the superior with Sr. Corrine as Principal. Sr. Cosma started a Kindergarten block for the little ones. 1976 saw Sr. Reparata back again as Principal and remained till 1989. In 1979 Sr. Lucinda took over as superior and continued till 1983. During their tenure, the school expanded accommodating new laboratories, classrooms and a thousand five hundred students at the secondary level.
Sr. Claudine took over as the superior in 1983 with Sr.Reparata still at the helm as the Principal. The excellent results in the Board Examination raised the prestige of the school and made it a much sought after educational institution. But with a view to promote female literacy, the school chose to stop admissions for boys in 1991. By the academic year 2002- 2003, it started functioning exclusively for girls.
The administration of the school continued to be managed effectively by Sr. Inez, Sr. Silveria, Sr. Elvira, Sr.Corrine, Sr.Vijaya and Sr.Cassian as superiors and Sr. Ren’ee, Sr. Inez, Sr. Lima and Sr. Noella as Principals.
In 1998, during the Principalship of Sr. Lima, the school presented the first batch for the C.B.S.E senior secondary examination with 82.6% and 86.6% being the highest scoring in the science and commerce stream respectively. She also laid plans to renovate the school building as well as build an auditorium. Sr.Noella, the next Principal saw to its completion in 2004.
In the year 2006 , nearing 50 years of its establishment, the institution successfully shoulder its twin responsibility of charity and imparting knowledge to all sections of the society, under the guidance of Superior Sr.Inez and Principal Sr. Theodorette. The academic excellence had soared to 92% at both Stds X and XII in 2004- 2005 board examination. Sr. Inez continued as the superior till the year 2007.
In the year 2007, the school turned a glorious 50 years. A memory to cherish and hold! We consider the 50 years of growth and development of our Institution, as a matter of jubilation. We are reminded of the pioneer sisters of our institution who, with no knowledge of the geography of this place, and with no knowledge of Hindi, undertook the responsibility of initiating an English medium school in Gwalior. It is a matter of pride for us as we recall, what began as a small seed has today grown into a big tree. The Golden Jubilee was held in February 2007 with the solemn celebration of the Holy Eucharist, variety entertainment programmes and felicitation of the former superiors, principals and staff.
It was a steady growth for the school from a humble shelter to an expansive building with modern infrastructure. By the Golden Jubilee year in 2007, the school had added a laboratory each for all the three science subjects and a library with plenty of books catering to the varied interests of the students. In addition to a big open air stage, an auditorium has also been constructed with an accommodation capacity of around 500 seats.
In the year 2007, Sr.Divya was appointed as the superior. She carried out her responsibilities till 2009. Sr. Eunice took over the superiorship and functioned till the year 2010. After the tenure of Sr.Eunice, Sr.Dechantal became the superior and guided the sisters from 2010- 2013. Sr. Theodorette successfully completed her Principalship in 2010. Sr. Ann Jose became the Principal in 2010 and continues till date. Under her able guidance the school has grown from strength to strength. Most of the class rooms have smart class provisions to enable the students to comprehend the subject matter with audio visual aids.
Sr.Dechantal completed her term of superiorship in 2013 and Sr.Aruna took over as the superior in the same year. In the year 2013 , our new venture in the form of a co-ed school in Piperoli in the outskirts of Gwalior was opened. The school is named as St. Joseph’s Convent School which has classes upto Std I till date. Under the guidance of Sr. Noeline and Sr. Rohini the school functions well with a strength of about 400 students.
The school follows the CCE pattern of CBSE. HOD’s have been appointed for every subject to guide, support and check the teachers when necessary.
The Carmel family of sisters, teachers and students are at the foremost in serving the most needy of the society. During festivals- food, clothing and monetary help is extended to the less fortunate. Carmelites are part of NGO’s like ‘’Let’s Care” & Diocesan Social Service Centre, lending a helping hand to the deprived sections. Thus the students undergo an overall development as they step out to a world beyond the portals of the school. A new initiative in the form of prison ministry has been introduced as an effort to educate the female inmates and children of the central jail in Gwalior, where the sisters and teachers take turns to go once a week to fulfill this noble task.
Today, Carmel Convent Senior Secondary School stands towering in the educational field of Gwalior with around 3000 girl children guided by the management, around 80 teachers, 10 non-teaching staff and 20 auxilliary staff.