Garden Hills Public School, (CBSE Syllabus), Mankulam, Idukki District, Kerala.
The Garden Hills Public School is the result of the vision of Dr Kunjappan John and Dr Vimala John, the couple behind the formation of the school. A property admeasuring 2.2 acres situated in the picturesque Mankulam, close to Munnar in Kerala’s Idukki District was purchased and registered in the name of Stewards Association in India. The construction work of the three-storied school building started in January 2017 and completed by June 2017. The school commenced its first academic year in June 2017. Aim: Providing quality education to tribal children and those belonging to the lower socio-economic status, so as to enable them to work towards building a better life. The school also benefits children from affluent families, who would have otherwise had to travel over 70 km to get a good education elsewhere. The school charges a reasonable fee from parents who can afford to pay for their wards; however, no fee is collected from the tribal children. Curricular Activities: The school offers classes from Lower KG up to Grade 7, with an average of 28 students per class. From its first year, the school has seen a steady growth in the number of students, with a current strength of 209 students including 60 tribal students, 13 teaching staff and 4 non-teaching staff. Daily classes are held from 9.30am to 3.30pm. Also, 3 term examinations and 3 mid-term examinations, class tests and remedial teaching, smart classes, spoken English and personality development classes, PTA Meetings and student forums etc. are conducted. High School: Started Std. 8 in the new Academic year, 2022 – 23. Other Activities: Besides providing regular education, the school also has a free mid-day meal programme, art and dance classes, gardening, school tours and field trips, cultural and Sports Day programmes, celebration of
national and state festivals, school anniversary and many more extra-curricular activities. Health Care measures such as polio vaccines, de-worming doses given every year, as per schedule of Health & Resources Dept. of Govt. of Kerala, Hygiene classes by Health officials, visits by Health Inspector, post- flood anti-bacterial dosage, anti–leprosy awareness classes, Yoga classes and medical camps. Awareness classes from Police & Forest departments were also given to students & Parents. Transportation: In 2018 December, the school acquired a new bus for the purpose of transporting children, especially the tribal children. One more new School bus (Ashok Leyland 34 seater) is being added to meet the transportation needs. School Expansion: Completed three more rooms, Two rooms are used as classrooms, One room is used for multipurpose, Library, Computer Lab, Science Lab etc. An Auditorium is completed. Fire & Safety Systems fixed. Mr Arun K. Paul, Mr Koshy K. Paul and their team are directly involved in the day-to-day functioning of GHPS, Mankulam.