Newman Academy at Vimalagiri was established in 2006 by the Newman Educational and Charitable Trust. Newman Academy is a school that truly imparts education beyond class rooms.
Education cannot be defined by boundaries. Currently knowledge is shared globally through various creative and novel technology platforms. Today’s children need a kind of education which would help them to meet the challenges of the world. Our school provides each and every one, exposure to a wide variety of opportunities to excel in thoughts and deeds. We provide a very good background to the students to develop themselves into matured personalities to compete in the modern world. The school is named after Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman who was a famous educationalist of the 19th century.
Origin & History
The primary work i.e. formation of trust, mobilization of fund & basic facilities, finding out suitable principal, teachers etc. were done under the leadership of Rev. Fr. Thomas Chirakal Manavalan. On 1st June, 2006 the K G section of the school was started in the existing parish hall with 70 students. The school was named NEWMAN ACADEMY VIMALAGIRI in memory of John Henry Cardinal Newman who was a famous educationalist, an English theologian, and poet and later he was canonized as a saint in the Roman Catholic Church in 2019.
The first annual day of the school was conducted on 23rd February 2007. The Newman Educational and Charitable Trust was formed and registered in October 2007. 5 class rooms were constructed for L P. Section and inaugurated in June 2008. In February 2008, Rev. Fr. Thomas Chirakal Manavalan got transfered from Vimalagiri church and thereafter the school faced a lot of disasters up to 2010.
In February 2010, Rev Fr. Varghese Cheraparambil took charge as the Vicar of Mary Immaculate Church as well as the Manager of the school. He has contributed a lot for the development of the school. The new building, comprising of 32 class rooms including different lab facilities for High School section was completed in 2012 on the lease land of Vimalagiri Church. The school got NOC from the Government of Kerala on 28/01/2013 (Reg. No. GO (MS) No. 25/2013/G. Edn.) and thereafter the affiliation process was started. The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) conducted a verification on 29th January 2014 and approved the school up to 10th grade (Reg. No. 931153). The first batch of 10th grade students passed out in 2016 with 100% result and there after the same centum result is kept up year after year till date.
Newman Academy vimalagiri is situated in the outskirts of Malayattoor Hills which is blessed with the footprints of St. Thomas, the disciple of Jesus Christ. The Manappattu Lake is very near to it. Vimalagiri is accessible to people by roadways. It is only 13 km from Kalady, the famous birth place of AdiShankara. The school buses are plying to the remote areas of the Malayattoor – Neeleeswaram Panchayath to pick up the students. River Periyar is also gently flowing very close to this village, adding beauty to it. “MahagonyThottam” which is an awesome tourist spot adds colours to this area where the School is located. These significant picturesque of the area fetch a good number of tourists to this place at all seasons.
The 21st century poses a variety of challenges mainly, social, economic, political and educational – to humanity. The rapid pace of globalization has brought the entire humanity closer. It has re-asserted the dictum of the state of nature: `Survival of the fittest’. In the present world of cutthroat competition, only those who possess professional skills and capabilities can survive. The transformation of education from the traditional to the modern, from formal to professional, has thrown up new parameters in education.
Newman Academy has been conceived as a modern school, which could mould the disadvantaged rural children into women and men who can face the new challenges. It is located in an economically and socially backward area, in line with its mission of taking the fruits of modern education to the doorsteps of the poor and marginalized and thus bringing them to the mainstream of society.
Newman Academy is a co-educational English medium public school. The goal of the institution is to form and develop the total and integrated personality of children irrespective of caste and creed.