R.Meenakshi – Vaels International School​, Chennai

Vaels International School, headed by Principal Ms. R. Meenakshi, is a unit of VELS Group of Institutions, a premier educational group in Tamil Nadu which runs 12 educational institutions Chennai, since 1992. Vaels International School is affiliated to the ICSE Board and also offers IGCSE from Grade III. The school is located near the sea front at Injambakkam, a suburb of Chennai on the East Coast Road. This is an extension of the campus at Sri Kapaleeswarar Nagar, Neelankarai, ECR, where Play school, Nursery, Junior KG and Senior KG classes are conducted.

Ms. R. Meenakshi, the current Principal, has been associated with Vaels International School for the last 11 years.

R.Meenakshi, Principal Vaels inernational school pic 1A

“Quest, Explore, Discover” Method of Education

Ms. R. Meenakshi believes that site visit are important in teaching as it brings in first-hand knowledge to the student. She shared, “When we discussed about water scarcity, rain water harvesting, linking of water bodies wherever we found complexity for the student to grapple with some ideas., we need to help them. Then we adopted this technique. Visited sites, inspected installations and interacted with the general public. Students got enthused and started asking a lot of questions. Definitely this experience of site visits is an innovative idea that helped to address learning needs of the students.

vaels 3  V. Venkatcahalam, Dean, Vels Group of Schools,
receiving the prestigious School Excellence Award 2017, from Brainfeed Magazine 2017

Teachers at Vaels International School get trained to teach different subjects through Quest, Explore, Discover experiments too. Practice make a man perfect – with base concept of knowing science VS doing science experiments and nurturing memory techniques of keyword concept in science. Diverse learning needs projects presented through puppetry, Multiple intelligence, art work, singing, skit presentation etc also to enhance teaching, learning.”

vaels 2a  Principal receiving International School Award from Rob Lymes, Director, British Council India

The goal is to create fun and rewarding learning experiences that would last in children the rest of their learning. I am very excited to move forward in this journey.

International Links

  • Vaels International School shares a sister relationship with Billanook College, Australia, for the mutual benefit of international educational links and resource sharing.
  • Accompanied under my leadership, our students went on a One week (17/04/2017 – 25/04/2017) intensive Indo-Swedish Student Exchange Academic Programme with Hersby Gymnasium, Sweden which helped our students to learn, internalize and incorporate cultural expertise, ideas and opinions on learning processes of both the schools.
  • Students from Vaels International School participated in a week long Global round of WORLD SCHOLARS CUP competition held in Kualalampur, Malaysia where students from countries like Ireland, Hongkong, Malaysia, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Dubai, China, Korea, Japan participated.
  • We established partnership with many schools for our International School Award (ISA) project. Some of the other collaborations that we had were Mill Hill School ( now, Ripley Academy, Derbyshire, UK) , Cyfartha school, Uk, Global Indian School, Singapore, and the latest link that we have received is from St. Francis Girls High School, Tanzania , Hersby Gymnasium, Lidingo -Sweden , Mouroe Township School. NewJersey,  Johns College Cardiff ,Uk  Bois Iole, France, Keimei Gokuen High School, Tokyo & Akshayah Matriculation High School, Chennai . Vaels International School was awarded the British Council International School Award (ISA) for the period 2015-2018


Vaels International School is ranked, Tamil Nadu’s No. 1 International Day Schoolin the EducationWorld India School Rankings 2016.

Vaels International School has been adjudged as the No.1 ICSE school in Chennai and is ranked and No.18 among the Top 20 ICSE Schools under All India Ranking by Education Today Survey 2015.

Vaels International School has been adjudged as the Second Best International Day School in Tamilnadu under All India Ranking by Education World Survey 2015.

Looking Ahead

Ms. R. Meenakshi talks about her future plans, “In another five years, as a Principal it is my dream to explore the benefits and challenges of working with schools in other countries and to identify ways of effectively supporting education for global citizenship enhancement.
She is also looking ahead to get linked with village classrooms to reach teachers in remote, rural areas and bridge the rural- urban knowledge divide.”

For more details, please visit the school website

Vaels International School
Pon Vidyashram Gardens
Valmiki Street, Injambakkam
Chennai – 600 115
Tamil Nadu, India
Phone : + 91 – 44 – 6565 2992
Mobile : + 91 – 96000 39910
For general enquiries: enquiry@vaelsinternationalschool.com
To Principal: principal@vaelsinternationalschool.com