HISTORY

A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE SCHOOL

The Saga of Baker Memorial Girls’ Higher Secondary School goes way back to the year 1816, with the arrival of Church Missionary Society on the Indian soil. The missionaries set about lighting the beacon of Education. Amelia Dorothea Baker, wife of Henry Baker Sr, realizing that a whole society can be developed if its women are educated, lost no time in starting Female Education.

The history of education started with the visionary effort of Colonel Munroe. The first College, CMS College Kottayam was started in 1817 and the grid of educational institutions in the same year including CMS College High School for boys education. Discussion were in the air about starting a similar institution for girls’ education and the efforts were realized in the year 1818. It is the pioneering institution in girls education in South India.

Mrs.Henry Baker Sr.and later, Mrs.Henry Baker Jr. persuaded parents to send their daughters to school to avail the far reaching benefits of education. Henry Baker Sr. visited many slaves markets and preached “Goodnews”. He paid the price of slaves and liberated them. He paid ‘6-12 panams’ for the girl children and included them in the journey of a great pilgrimage of love. The efforts of Mrs. Benjamin Bailey were also beneficial to these efforts.

The School grew in number and strength and in 1865, it was shifted to the present premises. It was accorded the status of a lower secondary by the Department of Education in 1894 and became ‘Miss Baker School- a memorial to the early Mrs. Baker. The school was further upgraded into a Higher Secondary School in1998 with Mrs. Ponnamma Jacob as its Principal.

The benefits of the school has been enjoyed not only by Christians but also by people of all class and creed in and around Kottayam. The school still stands as a beacon of light and model for other institutions.

In the initial years the text for learning were prepared as pamphlets in the CMS Press by Rev. Benjamin Bailey. The teachers were trained in modern methods and techniques. South Indian literature was translated into Malayalam and the introduction text enhanced the potential of Education. Craft training was also introduced. The girls were trained in embroidery, needle work, moral education along with the advanced curriculum.

On 27th September 1947 Church of South India was born as a continuation of the missionary efforts in the land of letters. At present the school is managed by CSI Diocese of Madhya Kerala.

The motto’ Love Never Faileth’ which has been the theme of the school for a century and more, remains unchanged and will continue to be so for ages to come.

Pioneers


  • Baker Memorial Girls Higher Secondary School Kottayam
    Henry Baker Sr.

  • Baker Memorial Girls Higher Secondary School Kottayam
    Mrs Henry Baker Sr.

  • Baker Memorial Girls Higher Secondary School Kottayam
    Mrs. Henry Baker Jr.


  • Baker Memorial Girls Higher Secondary School Kottayam
    Miss Isbel Baker


  • M.T Thomas - Baker Memorial Girls Higher Secondary School Kottayam
    M.T Thomas
    Head Master


  • G.E Meager - Baker Memorial Girls Higher Secondary School Kottayam
    G.E Meager
    Head Mistress-1909-1934


  • Miss M.E East - Baker Memorial Girls Higher Secondary School Kottayam
    Miss M.E East
    Head Mistress1934-1938


  • Sr.Anna Benjamin - Baker Memorial Girls Higher Secondary School Kottayam
    Sr.Anna Benjamin
    Head Mistress-1938-1965


  • Miss Sara T Cherian - Baker Memorial Girls Higher Secondary School Kottayam
    Miss Sara T Cherian
    Head Mistress-1965-1971


  • Aleyamma Mathew - Baker Memorial Girls Higher Secondary School Kottayam
    Aleyamma Mathew
    Head Mistress-1971-1990


  • Smt.Sosamma Varghese - Baker Memorial Girls Higher Secondary School Kottayam
    Smt.Sosamma Varghese
    Head Mistress-1991-1997


  • Smt.Ponnamma Jacob - Baker Memorial Girls Higher Secondary School Kottayam
    Smt.Ponnamma Jacob
    Principal-1997-2000


  • Smt.Mariamma Jacob - Baker Memorial Girls Higher Secondary School Kottayam
    Smt.Mariamma Jacob
    Principal-2000-2001


  • Smt.Achamma Mathew - Baker Memorial Girls Higher Secondary School Kottayam
    Smt.Achamma Mathew
    Principal-2001-2006


  • Mr.T.G Oommen - Baker Memorial Girls Higher Secondary School Kottayam
    Mr.T.G Oommen
    Principal-2006-2007


  • Smt.Jaisy John - Baker Memorial Girls Higher Secondary School Kottayam
    Smt.Jaisy John
    Principal-2007-2014


  • Smt.Annamma Mathew - Baker Memorial Girls Higher Secondary School Kottayam
    Smt.Annamma Mathew
    Head Mistress-2006-2008


  • Smt.Sherly P.K - Baker Memorial Girls Higher Secondary School Kottayam
    Smt.Sherly P.K
    Head Mistress-2008-2010


  • Smt.Suja Rai John - Baker Memorial Girls Higher Secondary School Kottayam
    Smt.Suja Rai John
    Head Mistress-2010-2014