Foundress of the Apostolic Carmel
Mother veronica nee Sophie Leeves, was born in 1823 at Constantinople, in a God fearing, Cultured English family. She had all the opportunities for sound education and rich experience. She was fluent in many languages such as English, Greek, French, Italian and German. A lover of music, She could sing and play on musical instruments. She enjoyed the beauty of nature and had great love and concern for the poor, the sick and the disabled, helping then in every way. Her Father encouraged her to travel far and wide. Both patents took keen interest in her welfare and spent time with her and so she was emotionally secure, able to face the challenges that came her way later in life.
Even though she was endowed with the good things of the world, her heart longed for intimacy with the good things of the world, her heart longed for intimacy with God. She became a Sister of St. Joseph’s of the Apparition. As such she spent some time in India at St.Joseph’s of the Apparition. As such she spent some times in India at St. Joseph’s Convent, Calicut in 1862, where she learned some Malayalam and worked as a sister, teacher, boarding mistress and orphan’s mistress. It was there that she was asked to found an Indian Order – the Apostolic Carmel, which would meet the educational needs of the young women along the Malabar Coast.
Later Mother Veronica founded the Apostolic Carmel at Bayonne France in 1868. Due to unfavorable circumstances she had to close this Convent by 1873, when she joined the Cloistered Carmel at Pau, France. Meantime, some of the sisters trained by her proceeded to Mangalore established St. Ann’s Convent there in 1870. Today we have a large number of Apostolic Carmel Institutions in India and abroad. These institutions cater of the educational, spiritual, emotional and social development of children of all castes and creeds at every level of development.
Christ King Matric. Higher Secondary School in one such institution established in Tambaram in 1935, to meet the needs of the children in this area and caters to the children of tall castes and creeds giving preferences to Catholics.
Christ King Matric. Higher Secondary School is conducted by the Sisters of the Apostolic Carmel.
Goal and Objectives
To promote an all round human development – spiritual, intellectual and Physical – a life permeated and enriched by Christian values.
To provide an education which serves for excellence in the pursuit of knowledge, truth, integrity and justice
To arouse and sharpen in the students, a social awareness and a sense of social responsibility, so as to make them active agents of change and creative leaders in society.
To promote in the academic community a fuller appreciation and greater identification with the cultural heritage of the country and its national goals and at the same time training them for world citizenship.
The School Department at present consists of standards I to X and Kindergarten. The curriculum of studies followed is that approved by the Department of Education.
Christ King Convent also runs a Higher Secondary School in Selaiyur with English and Tamil Medium and a Middle School in the Railway colony Tambaram with Tamil as medium of Instruction. A craft Center and a Children’s Home function in the Convent premises.