We at GSIS, follow a rigorous academic programme combined with a plethora of co-curricular and extra curricular activities thereby ensuring that the students passing out from our school have an edge over the others to face the challenges in the world and prove to be worthwhile global citizens.
The School's Mission Statement states, "Good Shepherd International School endeavours to prepare each student for academic, social and personal success by creating a community of empowered and diverse learners striving to be globally minded citizens in an atmosphere of mutual respect, understanding and trust."
The Management, staff and students are committed to this mission and work together to obtain exceptional results in the academic, co-curricular, extra-curricular arenas and be happily productive in their very lives together at this completely and fully-residential school.
Good Shepherd International School was founded by Dr.P.C.Thomas in February 1977. An educator to the core, his school is no doubt reflective of his far-sighted vision for Indian education. Dr. Thomas says, “I believe in inclusive education as the key to human enrichment and India’s giant strides to further progress.” State-of-the-art facilities and infrastructure support his vision and ardent endeavour to make education at GSIS a wholesome and enjoyable experience.
A simple yet distinctive and firm underlying philosophy of the school to provide an international education while being steeped in the rich Indian educational tradition and core values, has been received very positively worldwide; it has resulted in the growth of the school to be rated as one of the best international schools in India and to be acknowledged as world class. The institution has further diversified its operations in the field of education to include the Good Shepherd Finishing School.
GSIS is in an idyllic setting; two sprawling campuses amidst hills and fields, fine weather and a natural, pollution-free atmosphere satisfy a crucial need in today’s world for students to be able to learn, observe, introspect and contemplate in a most desirable environment. Education in such an ambience is a rewarding experience for our students, truly their “wonder years”. The Primary School for Classes II - VI is at the Fernhill Campus, the former Baroda Summer Palace in Ootacamund, an elegant, charming location overlooking the famed Ooty Lake, amidst the lush, green hills of the Nilgiris. The Middle School, High School and Higher Secondary School spanning Classes VII - XII are located in the sprawling, relatively new 140-acre Palada Campus at Muthorai Palada, 5 kms from Fernhill.
In rendering holistic learning, delivered by highly qualified, professional staff, within an outstanding infrastructure, GSIS continues a grand tradition of forty successful years and prepares to move dynamically into the future.
“ What a wonderful visit. Good Shepherd is an educational oasis, set in this idyllic location, it appears to be providing a 21st century education – 3D printer and all – to create global citizens and future leaders. I leave wiser, albeit 1 kg heavier.”
-- Mr Bharat Joshi, British Deputy High Commissioner & Head of Mission, Chennai
“Just amazed!! I was here to be a speaker at GSMUN 2017. The campus, the architecture and facilities created for the students’ overall development are models for the rest to follow. This could not have been possible but for the vision, the dedication, the devotion with which it is built by Dr P C Thomas Sir. The commitment and dedication of the staff are seen to be believed. A wonderful experience and an education in itself. Wishing GSIS all the best!! ”
-- Mr Gopal B Hosur, IPS (Retd), Former Inspector General of Police, Former Head of Karnataka State Intelligence
“My admiration, my thanks and my best wishes to the most splendid school, its students and inspirational Founder and his associates.”
-- Shri Gopalkrishna Gandhi, IAS (Retd), Former Indian Diplomat, Former Governor of Bihar and West Bengal
“The experience of attending and speaking at the Investiture and Graduation Ceremony today is quite hard to express in words. The journey of Dr Thomas in bringing this remarkable school to its present milestone speaks volumes of his visionary ambition, unfettering spirit and the impeccable attention to detail. Thank you Dr Thomas and Mrs Thomas for welcoming me warmly to the GSIS family and I wish the school further heights and more accolades!"
-- Ms. Ruchira Ghosh, Regional Director for South Asia, Cambridge International Examinations
“It has been a great privilege to be asked to speak to the students of this remarkable school.”
-- Sir William Mark Tully, Former Bureau Chief of BBC
“Sheer delight and privilege to visit an educational institute of such high standard. Can be easily rated as the best in the country and one of the best globally. Thank you, Dr Thomas for this opportunity.”
-- Mr. Satnam Jit Singh, IFS (Retd)
“A very enlightening visit to one of the finest institutions. I have seen many but there is none other than GSIS. The facilities, the faculty and the atmosphere provide an excellent opportunity to provide the best of knowledge and beyond. And the GSMUN is an excellent idea, conducted professionally and proficiently.
Thank you for inviting us. Thank you Dr P C Thomas and Mrs Elsamma Thomas. Congratulations. All the very best and God bless!”
-- Mr. Madhusudan Ganapathi, IFS (Retd)
“I’ve had the opportunity of visiting many schools in India and abroad, but I am yet to visit a school better organized than Good Shepherd International School; its marvellous infrastructure, its educational, co-curricular, health and sports facilities have greatly impressed me. GSIS is a school the CISCE can indeed be proud of. Both the Investiture and Graduation ceremonies were excellently organized. My wife, Anita and I wish to thank both Dr Thomas and Mrs Elsamma Thomas for their most gracious, kind and warm hospitality, shown to us during our visit. May GSIS be a lighthouse of service, love, peace and communal harmony to its neighbour!”
-- Mr Gerry Arathoon, Chief Executive and Secretary, CISCE, New Delhi
Our visit to the GSIS has been memorable in so many ways. Dr. Thomas and his gracious wife Elsamma, personify the best in human kindness, warmth, dignity and grace. Their hospitality has made us feel truly at home. The GSIS is a model institution, and the care and dedication with which it has been built, brick by brick , over the years, shines through every arch and alcove. The students are so energetic and filled with good cheer. The Founder’s day celebrations were a feast for the eyes and ears. GSIS sets a very high bar for other schools to emulate. May you continue to inspire others to learn from the power of your example. Your vision and commitment make us proud.
-- Smt. Nirupama Rao,Former Foreign Secretary and retired Ambassador of India
Shri. Sudhakar Rao,Former Chief Secretary, Government of Karnataka