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Pallikkoodam

Pallikkoodam (Malayalam for school) is a school situated in Kalathippady, about two km from Kottayam. The school, formerly Corpus Christy High School, is distinctive - in its architecture, its teaching methods and so on. The school is run by social activist, Mary Roy. Mrs. Roy is famed for the case that she fought and won which led to the passing of the Christian Succession Act that guarantees an equal distribution of wealth between the daughters and the sons, in the absence of a will. She is also the mother of Arundhati Roy, author of the Booker Prize-winning The God of Small Things. The school is the writer’s alma mater.

The school and the campus were designed by the late Laurie Baker, the famous architect who adopted Kerala as his home. The red-brick walls and the architecture bear Baker’s stamp and gives the school its distinctive appearance. 

Along with learning what’s in the text books, the school engages its students in a wide variety of extra-curricular activities and encourages social and cultural awareness and involvement. There is a swimming pool, basket ball and volleyball courts, football field, auditorium and a theatre for performing arts. All the students here learn Kathakali, the classical dance-drama of Kerala. The school also actively takes part in the Greenpeace movement and several other NGO activities.


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