Thought for the day
"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened."
- Matthew 7:7-8
The Bicentenary celebration of the first-ever Girls School in India, the Baker Memorial Girls’ Higher Secondary in Kottayam under the Madhya Kerala Diocese, had a colourful beginning when Justice (Retd.) P Sathasivam, the Honourable Governor of Kerala formally inaugurated on 29th January 2019 at 11.30 a.m. at the Baker School compound. He drew the attention to the fact that by educating the girl child we would be able to remove the gender imbalances in the society. He told that education should enable the students to understand the pulse of the society. He conveyed a message to impart the preamble of the constitution and the fundamental duties of the citizens along with the school curriculum. The great contribution of Ms. Baker in the field of girls’ education was recalled by him. The meeting was presided by Mr. Thriruvanchoor Radhakrishnan, MLA. He said that it was an auspicious moment for this prestigious institution to celebrate its bicentenary in this challenging era where many schools in the state could not celebrate their centenary. The Treasurer of the Madhya Kerala Diocese Rev. Thomas Paikad and the school chairperson Kum. Kavya Krishnan felicitated the function. Alumni, Padmabhushan Justice. K. T. Thomas and Prof. Anna John shared nostalgic moments to the gathering. PTA President Sri. M U Thomas and Diocesan officers were present in the function. The vote of thanks was delivered by the Headmistress Smt. Jessy Varghese.
On the eve of the inauguration, a torch-bearing ceremony and proclamation marking the beginning of the bicentenary celebration took place at the Diocesan office compound, which was led by Most Rev. Thomas K Oommen, Moderator of the Church of South India, and Bishop in Madhya Kerala Diocese. Treasurer Rev. Thomas Paikad, Clergy Secretary Rev. John Isaac, Lay Secretary Dr. Simon John, Registrar Mr. Jacob Philip were present on the occasion. Students representatives from standard 8th to 12th, students of guides units, NCC Cadets, SPC Students, NSS Volunteers and Red Cross members were also present on the occasion. The programme started by invoking the blessings of the Lord Almighty led by Very Rev. Daniel George, Bishop’s Commissary and the Local Manager of the school. School Principal Dr. Jegy Grace Thomas welcomed the gathering and later Most. Rev. Thomas K Oommen lightened the torch and handed over to Mrs. Sally Abraham, octogenarian alumna of the institution and she thereby handed it over to Kum. Arya Sabu (Sports Champion of the School). She brought the lighted torch and handed it to the school leaders and the Head of the Institution. It was followed by a get together of the old teachers and the alumni addressing the present students.
The Baker Memorial Girls’ Higher Secondary School founded in the year 1819, paved the way for a great change in the society, leading women from ignorance to learning, from darkness to light. This was an idea which kindled the embers in Amelia Dorothea Baker an apostle of ‘renaissance’, wife of Rev. Henry Baker (Sr). Amelia Dorothea Baker, a woman with profound wisdom, strong dedication and a visionary zeal set to create a development in the society with her new ideology of women education. The advent of the Church Missionary Society in 1816 in the Indian soil set the torch of love and faith burning.
The school started with 6 girls as a result of the hard and sincere efforts of Mrs. Henry Baker (Sr) and their children. The school grew in strength. In the year 1865, it was shifted to the present premises. In 1894, it began with the status of a lower secondary school. Later it became Miss Baker School – which was a memorial to her daughter Miss Isabel Baker. Further, it was upgraded into a higher secondary school in 1998. Presently there are around 1500 students enrolled here and it has spanned a period of glorious 200 years. The benefits are reaped by all class and creed in Kerala.
This great institution stands as a beacon of light and a model for other institutions. The motto “Love never Faileth” has stood the test of time and still continues to spread its fragrance and be a source of inspiration to many.