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About Us

Gopalaswamy Ramesh

I studied from KG (used to be called "baby class") to 6th standard 1960-66. I remember my teachers very well... Janaki teacher, anuradha teacher, unnamalai teacher, christopher teacher, suguna teacher. I also remember sitaram sir who used to give those beautiful notebooks with the lovely emblem of cghs. And Raojee sir in the office as well as shanti vardana sir, shantalakshmi teacher and visalam teacher who used to prepare us for the annual show in r r sabha. Our entire family started our schooling in cghs and we have fond memories and are forever grateful. I took my granddaughter to the school and took snaps

Gopalaswamy Ramesh

Oracle

2016-03-14T15:19:08+00:00

Gopalaswamy Ramesh

Oracle

I studied from KG (used to be called “baby class”) to 6th standard 1960-66. I remember my teachers very well… Janaki teacher, anuradha teacher, unnamalai teacher, christopher teacher, suguna teacher. I also remember sitaram sir who used to give those beautiful notebooks with the lovely emblem of cghs. And Raojee sir in the office as well as shanti vardana sir, […]

Anuradha Swamy

The best school. It had modern facilities way back then itself which most of the schools do not have today also. The school not only taught the curriculum but also implanted some essential virtues necessary for the the mankind

Anuradha Swamy

Psychologist

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Anuradha Swamy

Psychologist

The best school. It had modern facilities way back then itself which most of the schools do not have today also. The school not only taught the curriculum but also implanted some essential virtues necessary for the the mankind

Our Vision

The story of the school begins on the 7th September 1937. The garden of knowledge started its journey with seven children. By 1938 a School Advisory committee was formed and by 1940 a parents committee was started by Mrs. Vasundaradevi and Mr. Panchanadeswara Iyer. These helped systematise the organisation of the school and to enable introduction of a new practical structure of management. By 1945 the strength of the school rose to 260 children and 18 teachers and a middle school was set up. Tamil, Telugu and Hindi were introduced as languages.

Our History

On September 7th, 1937, a little house in Dwarka Colony, Mylapore, Chennai, witnessed a quiet revolution. The Sharmas opened the doors of their school to a new vision of education. On this eventful morning, three little children soon joined by four more, sat down to a new method of education.

On September 7th, 1937, a little house in Dwarka Colony, Mylapore, Chennai, witnessed a quiet revolution. The Sharmas opened the doors of their school to a new vision of education. On this eventful morning, three little children soon joined by four more, sat down to a new method of education.

The house was rented from Dr. E.V. Srinivasan, father of the famous doctor, Dr. E.V. Kalyani. The school was inaugurated by Sri Swami Saswatanandaji Maharaj, the president of the Ramakrishna Mission. The name chosen was inspired from Froebels Kindergarten; the ‘Children’s Garden School’- A garden of learning, where children could learn through play, without fear and with freedom to express themselves and to awaken their innate talents. The symbol of a banyan tree (an ancient Indian symbol of wisdom and shelter) with children swinging from its roots was chosen as the logo. A special three-day exhibition of educational toys and materials organized for this occasion was opened to the public.

Years later, on the occasion of the Silver Jubilee, the Sharmas wrote: “When the school was founded, 25 years ago with three children, the main idea was not to establish what one usually calls a school, but a place where the little children below five years and perhaps upto seven years could develop according to their own speed and capacity. At that stage writing should not be forced on minds and hands not prepared for it, but could be prepared by lots of joyful occupations like drawing or painting on big light boards and large sheets of paper, or by clay-modeling and bead threading which makes the fingers skilful and sharpens the eye. Picture books, stories and matching games may lead one day to reading games introduce numbers-in short, we planned originally a KINDERGARTEN-and not a preparatory school”. (CGHS Souvenir 1963) Over a period of four years during which they started in this new and peaceful colony, the Sharmas shifted from house to house, with an ever increasing number of children. Looking back, they remembered; “These first years will always remain unforgettable. Even before he became the first president of our school committee, Mr. Panchanadeswar used to sit on the floor of the room where his first grandson Giri learned to become an independent little boy-yes this first president played all the games, handled all the materials which the little ones had at their disposal”, (CGHS souvenir 1963).

Many years later they could laugh at their blissful ignorance of the huge task ahead of them. “Trusting that ours was a much needed work we started the school without any financial help and never imagined the Himalayan Task that we had unwittingly undertaken. Thank God we did not know what financial difficulties were awaiting us, perhaps we would not have mustered the courage to go ahead and admit more and more children, engage more and more teachers, taking finally this big house, to build up higher classes till we had not only a kindergarten, an elementary section, a Middle School and a Kindergarten Teacher’s Seminar, today a strength of 1050 children, 40 trainees, 60 staff members, still living from hand to mouth-with an ever increasing deficit.”

From this point onwards, the founders and the school were as one entity, always striving selflessly towards achieving the welfare of many. By July 1938, 25 new children joined the school. They moved into a bigger house with a spacious playground and tried their best not to depart from the homely atmosphere. Despite the increasing number of children, the sense of all ‘Being Family’ was not lost. In the words of the Sharmas, the Children’s Garden School, was to be a Garden of Learning, where, “…the older ones, the teachers are the careful gardeners of the delicate plants; the little ones. Thus the school had endeavored since its inception, to encourage children to move freely with the teachers, freely like the members of a FAMILY” (CGS Annual Report 1938). Within the context of small classes, the experimental methods begun by them were a great success, and the ‘little ones expressed themselves naturally and without shyness or self-consciousness or fear’ (CGS Annual Report 1938)