Shapers 2002 – 2007

19. Fr.S. ANTONISAMY – Eco friendly priest (2002 – 2007)

Fr.S.Antonisamy was born on October 23, 1963 at Viriyur to Mr.Solomon and Mrs.Veronical. His Seminary formation was at Cuddalore and Bangalore during 1978 to 1991. He was ordained priest on May 15, 1991. He served as assistant at Cathedral Parish and at St.Agnes’ Minor Seminary, Cuddalore during 1991 to 1994.

He moved to Akkrapalayam in 1994 as Parish Priest and after three years he was made Parish Priest and Headmaster at Michaelpuram in 1997 and in January 2002 he was made Head master of Our Lady of Lourdes Boys’ High School, Villianur.

Fr.Antonisamy came to Petit Seminaire as Principal on August 5, 2002. The school stepped into the eco-friendly era with Fr.Antonisamy. The traditional way of disposing the waste by fire was stopped and pollution free solid waste management method was the first thing to be introduced. Lot of saplings were planted in and around the school and also in Oupalam ground. St.Therese street between Mahathma Ganthi and Mission street was made green with trees. Rain Water Harvest scheme was done in many locations in the school campus and an average of two thousand cubic meters of water is annually harvested and percolated through the tube wells.

Table Tennis auditorium in the Oupalam ground in July 2003, renovation of Eastern wing of the main block and installation of fully air conditioned Audio Visual room at the old library with LCD and OHP projectors, Digital Microscope and Public Address system in 2003. Health care centres for the benefit of the students and staff both in the High and Primary sections with fully qualified physician and nurses in March 2004. A security cum Parlour room near the main gate in March 2004 and in the same year the name boardof Petit Seminaire Higher Secondary school was replaced with brass letters over the main entrance. Eight class rooms with toilet block, the second floor over the Golden Jubilee block, an additional stair case, staff room and health care room both bath attached were built in the Oupalam campus in March 2004. A neat toilet block towards the southern compound wall of Oupalam ground in June 2004. An hygienic toilet cum bath block in the Southern side of main school in June 2005, A twin basket ball courts with fiber glass boards and flood lights and Mgr.Clement Bonnand block Ground floor in October 2005, Eight more class rooms and a spacious hall over the Clement Bonnand block in 2006, New toilet blocks in the first floor of Golden Jubilee block was added in 2006. New and independent Public Address system in Chapel, in Escande Hall and In Mgr.Clement Bonnand Hall at the cost of Rs4,50,000/- New and convenient benches and desks in forty class rooms replacing the old ones. Individual tables and chairs for the purpose of examination in the Clement Bonnand hall, 600 meters length of steel barricades for school and diocesan function functions at primary school. The compound wall of the main entrance was given a face lift and the damaged wall between the mission house and the assembly ground was replaced with new one.

33 new multi media computers, and three at library with broad band internet facility, a laser copier machine, five laser printers of which one is colour, cash counting machine, bio metric electronic movement register were added to the assets column of Petit Seminaire. Only once subscription was collected from the students at the rate of Rs 100/ per students and the rest was done with the local resources.

To improve and to sustain the lead in the academic side Fr.Antonisamy took the following measures like parents meeting with the principal and class teachers on Saturdays, Remedial classes for the slow learners, supervised study for 10 standard slow learners, dummy numbers for the terminal examinations and question papers from the outside agencies.

Housing plots for about 65 teachers were arranged as a well fair measure to teachers in 2004.

God willed that Fr.Antonisamy has to move to St.Mary’s Higher Secondary School, Karaikal, to guide the destiny of that school and left Petit Seminaire relinguishing his responsibilities on Fr. M.S.John Bosco on June 1, 2007.