SANTHOSHA VIDHYALAYA – A brief history
Santhosha Vidhyalaya is an act of God in response to the prayer of Missionaries who faced severe difficulties in educating their children in the fields where they were working.
Santhosha Educational Society was formed with a team of men and women who were prompted by the Holy Spirit to provide first rate educational facilities in a homely atmosphere for the children of missionaries serving in remote mission fields.
The society was registered in October 1981 and Santhosha Vidhyalaya was opened in June 1982 with 36 children on the register. Prof. Ivan Balasingh M.A.,M.Phil., was the founding secretary and the first correspondent
Though the school is primarily for the children of Missionaries it also provides accommodation for others irrespective of their caste, creed or religion.
Santhosha Vidhyalaya is purely residential and Co- educational, endeavouring to promote all round growth of the personality of the child entrusted to it.
Santhosha Vidhyalaya is in the premises of the Dohnavur Fellowship. Dohnavur where Amy Carmichael’s work for children grew and is continuing ever since. Dohnavur is in Tirunelveli, one of the Southern Districts of Tamil Nadu and the school is housed in a sprawling campus amidst sylvan surroundings with the picturesque Western Ghats as its back drop.
The School was started with 5 standards and subsequently upgraded to a High School by the addition of Standards VI – X. The school was affiliated to the Board of Matriculation and was recognized by the Director of School Education, Tamil Nadu.
The first batch of students appeared for the Matriculation Examination in April 1988.
The School was upgraded into a Higher Secondary School during 1995 – 96.