Finishing School – The Concept
“Our vision is to see our daughters soar high and reach the sky. We give them power under their wings so that they may fly.”
With society undergoing transformational changes and opening up ever newer vistas for girls and young women, the scope and role of the traditional Finishing School has also undergone sea changes. Earlier, finishing Schools were focused primarily on educating young ladies belonging to the upper crusts of society, on social graces, etiquettes and social skills to meet the image that society had created for them and to play out their defined roles. While vestiges of that still remain, now women are more in the forefront of every conceivable social and professional arena and stretching themselves beyond the defined stereotypes. Today she is juggling multiple roles from managing home and community, managing organizations to steering new initiatives as
entrepreneurs and becoming role models. In this increasingly interconnected world, future employers would demand candidates who are able to engage with complex issues from multiple perspectives. She is therefore managing herself and her time to adapt to the rapid changes of a globally connected world to carry out her multiple roles. Right from the time when the little girl takes her first step and learns to make her way into the world, she is shaped by the coaching and experiences of her elders and peers throughout her formative years. If she gets a holistic environment and the required infrastructure where she can learn, practice and master the numerous skills which would empower her to hold her own and make a mark in any event or any occasion of life, she is then ready to take on the world and play her roles with élan.
GIVE US A GIRL AND TAKE BACK A LADY!
The maxim of the School is substantiated by the recurrently updated curriculum which helps the shy and socially awkward girls of today turn into elegant and poised ladies of tomorrow. The regular sessions included in the curriculum is focused towards the vision of the School, ‘Give us a girl and take back a lady’. The transformation that the girls go through during their transition at the School, moulds them into elegant and smart ladies. The motto of the School, Elegance, Excellence and Emancipation turns real when the girls are encouraged to strive for excellence in all their attempts at learning new skills with elegance to achieve their goals of emancipation for life.
An institution which is the lengthened shadow of its founders, Good Shepherd Finishing School was envisioned by Dr. P.C Thomas with the intention of contributing to the empowerment of women. Dr. P.C. Thomas, the Founder President of the Finishing School, the inspiring teacher and the able administrator, leads his team from the front, raising the standards at every level in his quest for excellence.
Mrs. Elsamma Thomas, the co-founder and the Principal of the Finishing School stands as the byword for Elegance, Excellence and Emancipation, the motto of the School. Graceful and resourceful; commanding, yet compassionate, under her able administration, the School has grown in stature and has become a brand in itself in the field of women empowerment.
Girls between the ages 16 to 32 (relaxable) with the minimum educational qualification of Grade 10, 12 or any equivalent examination based on the chosen programme is eligible for admission. The course is strenuous and demands consistent enthusiasm and eagerness all through.
Admission is confirmed after an interview (Telephonic, Personal, and Skype – based on the chosen programme) with the Dean. Candidates are welcome to visit the School and see the facilities any time of the year with prior intimation. The School will undertake travel arrangements to pick / drop from the airport / railway station. To avail this facility, written communication in advance needs to be initiated minimum a week before the arrival.
HOW DOES GSFS HELP IN THIS TRANSFORMATION?
At GSFS we attempt to transform the girl into a poised, confident, elegant, articulate and socially equipped young lady. She learns the art of self-presentation, protocol, etiquettes and social graces to help handle every interaction in every social setup with poise and confidence. She masters the skill of communication and public speaking to shine as a leader in any social or organizational setting. Her knowledge of a foreign language, ability to converse on wide ranging topics in various cultural settings become her assets in a globally connected world. She is prepared for success in her chosen career with sessions in career guidance by experienced counsellors with knowledge of current market conditions and different products and services. She is equipped with team building skills to enable her to shine in her role as a high profile Corporate Executive or a Social Trailblazer. Her confidence of managing her home and family comes from her knowledge of her own strengths and its relevance to the upliftment of her community and the world.
Her knowledge of food preparation, balanced diet and nutrition would enable her to nurture a healthy family and make her equally deft at planning a party or a business lunch. She is trained to not only nurture the home and family but also generate employment opportunities by starting her own business or joining the family business. With opportunities to learn sports like squash and golf, participate in health and fitness regimen like yoga and aerobics, learn professional grooming and beauty therapy from experts, she understands that good habits
ensure a good life. She is also well informed on mother and child care, family planning, first-aid, health, hygiene and safety. Her knowledge of art, craft and music and the finer things of life makes her a very well rounded personality who knows how to make the best out of her own life as well as be a role model for others to follow. From a young, naïve and inexperienced girl, she will now turn into a poised and confident lady who’s ready to rise up and face each challenge and opportunity that life offers her.
ACCOMMODATION AND FOOD
Life at Good Shepherd Gardens
At Good Shepherd Gardens, in well furnished Villas, accommodation is provided on a twin sharing basis. The laundry is taken care of by a very efficient automatic laundry unit, which is housed in the Shepherd’s Farm in Gudalur run by the School management.
The food is organic, wholesome and tasty with almost all the products being grown in the Shepherd’s Farm. The food includes North Indian, South Indian, Jain, Thai, Chinese and Continental cuisines, both vegetarian and non-vegetarian.