The Madras Christian College Rural Service League (MCC RSL) (Graamiya Sevai Maiyam) school has been part of the rural extension work of the Madras Christian College. This comes under the ethos of MCC which is social relevance.
Based on principles of truth, compassion, and holistic education, the school prides itself in its contribution towards academic upliftment along with social outreach.
The school was founded by the First Indian Principal of Madras Christian College, Dr. Chandran Devanesan for the advancement of the economically challenged communities of West Tambaram, Maandhoppu, Irumbilyur, Kadapperi and Kannadiyar Paalaiyam. Further developments in the growth of the school were envisioned and brought into effect by Dr. Robert Guruswamy, former Bursar, Madras Christian College. This unit has continued its stellar services to the suppressed communities in the Tambaram area.
The school that was started in 1948 had humble beginnings. The first classes were conducted in a shed with three teachers. In the early years, Rev. E. O Shaw played a key role in the growth of the school.
In 1963 the school was upgraded to a middle school with Mr.John Deva Anugraham as headmaster and Dr.Chandran Devanesan as Correspondent. Under their leadership, the school expanded into multiple sections with a faculty strength of 23.
In 1963, a park was created by Dr. Chandran Devanesan for the children residing in the hills nearby. The park was opened by the then Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu Mr. K. Kaamarajar. Later the street next to the area was named after Dr. Chandra Devanesan.
The school became a high school in 1993 due to the efforts of Mr. Arjun Gnanaolivu (former, Bursar) and headmaster Mr.Rajkumar.
Classes I to V was categorized as primary school, VI to VIII as Aided and IX to XII self-financed.
The primary school which started in a hay shed was renovated to a building in the year 1974 and further extended with new classrooms. In 1995 the Madras Metro Round Table – 95 set up a deep well for drinking water. In the same year, with the support of the correspondent Mr.Densil S Bob and the headmistress Ms.Sugula Rossyear more renovations were undertaken with the help of the Madras Metro Round table.
The Madras Metro Round Table built Restrooms for the school in the year 2000.
In 2007 a computer classroom was opened for the benefit of higher secondary school students.
In the year 2012 infrastructural extensions were carried out under the leadership of Dr.S Yagnasekar.
In 2013, a refectory was built for the benefit of the students.
The prayer assembly is usually held at 9.20 AM, invoking the blessings of the almighty, followed by which students read out important News, Thirukkural, scientific facts, and thoughts and also take relevant pledges every day. Each course is taught with the help of learning auxiliary devices which develop the ability and knowledge of students in a fun and easy way. The three-term education program formulated by the Tamil Nadu Government is followed. The school is surrounded by a natural environment filled with trees, flowering plants, medicinal plants, and a garden that is well maintained.
The students are encouraged to engage in extra-curricular activities such as dancing, singing, story-telling, drawing, drama, speech and essay-writing to expose their myriad talents. The reading skills of the students is developed through the resources in the library to hone their creative and intellectual ideas. In order to develop the artistic and literary ability of the students and to bring out their unique talents, the Literary Forum Competitions (Ilakkiya Mandra Pottigal) is held every month. In order to enhance the physical fitness and health of the students, activities such as pyramid making, yoga, aerobics are also taught.
The Annual Sports Day for the students is conducted at Madras Christian College and the students are awarded prizes and appreciation certificates. Celebration of festivals and important events such as Republic Day, Independence Day, Children’s Day, Gandhi Jayanti, Kamarajar’s Birthday, and Teacher’s Day are conducted every year with great joy and fervour. The Tamizhar Thirunaal festival of Pongal is celebrated every year in our school in a ethnic manner by cooking Pongal and conducting traditional competitions such as ‘uriyadithal and kolam podudhal’
In order to create awareness about the importance of education to the community people, the faculty continuously engage in activities such as organizing campaigns for the admission of new students, visiting houses in the neighborhood giving away pamphlets and notices. The teachers generously sponsor tasty refreshments to the students. They also sponsor for the transport facilities of a few students who come from faraway places.
Even during the corona period, the teachers went to the neighbourhood, to the houses of the students to teach them. This can vouch for the fact that the school is blessed with dedicated teachers who in spite of the pandemic went an extra mile for the benefit of the students.
Following are the stellar triumphs of our dedicated teachers
Lion’s Club Best Teacher award was bagged by our RSL school teachers way too many times, behold the impressive list:
Proud to delineate the collective prowess and amazing talents of our students who have won many laurels to the school.