From kindergarten to 4th grade (June 2019) there are 11 classes of 20 students , with a generally equal number of boys and girls.
A new class is opened each year to follow the progression of the oldest into the Secondary.
The children at the School are identified on a ‘’poorest first” policy by a permanent social survey.
Vellai Thamarai provides free uniforms, school stationary and schoolbooks.
Children’s health is a permanent concern and meals and snacks are free ; they are very balanced, composed by rice, fresh vegetables, milk, yoghurt and fruits. Some products (rice, vegetables, and fruits) come from market- gardening around the School.
Daily hygiene is taught, a full time nurse is available and annual medical check-ups are carried out by independent doctors.
The teaching staff is composed of 18 teachers, holder of a State Diploma. In addition, many European volunteers come to teach French and conduct creative activities, games or sports.
Here is the agenda for a typical day for second graders, other days of the week being dedicated to sports and outdoor games, to French and Hindi, to commuter sciences:
8.30 / 8.45 : Welcome, reminder of life values, flag raising ceremony (as elsewhere in India)
8.45 / 9.30 : Tamil
9.30 / 10.15 : English
10.15 / 10.30 : Snack
10.30 / 11.15 : Asana (yoga postures)
11.15 / 12.00: Mathematics
12.00 / 12.45: Sciences
12.45 / 13.40: Lunch
13.40 / 14.20: Written English
14.20 / 15.00: Dance
15.00 / 15.10: Snack
15.10 / 15.50: Social Sciences
15.50 / 16.30: Singing
The smaller children take a nap after lunch. Toys and games are at their disposal and songs, stories and nursery rhymes are offered to them. As the oldest students, they are given a uniform, have a complete meal for lunch and two snacks per day.