Two schools, one Annual Day.
The two schools are not hugely well-known ones. But they serve the community.
Vijay Vidya Nursery and Primary School was started in 1970 in Ramakrishnan Nagar in R. A. Puram. Its management later brought the Sabhesan Bala Brindavan Primary School under its umbrella; this one is located in the same locality.
On April 18, the staff and students of these schools collaborated to put up a formal and colourful Annual Day at Mylapore Fine Arts Club auditorium. And applauding the children on stage were their parents and guardians.
Vijayalakshmi Muthuvelu is the schools’ correspondent and S. M. Natarajan is trustee of the Vijay Vidya Trust.
Natarajan says that his father, S. Muthuvelu launched Vijay Vidya in order to educate the children of the poor and middle-income families of this zone of the neighbourhood. The families in the sprawling colonies developed by what was then called the TN Slum Clearance Board found this school just the kind that suited them and their children, when they sought nursery education.
At one point, the school had close to 500 children on its rolls.
Over time, as other nursery schools opened and families migrated, the strength came down.
In recent times, the Trust took over Sabhesan Bala Brindavan Primary School located in the same area. Currently, the students at this school have been moved to the Vijay Vidya school because renovation is going on in that campus.
Natarajan says that though the Sabhesan school’s strength is low, he and the Trust hope to develop the schools and provide good nursery-primary level education on the lines its founder followed.