Activities

Investiture ceremony – 4th February 2020

The investiture ceremony of the newly appointed council members was held on Tuesday, 4th March, 2020. Students of Std IX were elected as student council members for the academic year 2020 - 2021.

The following students were elected as the student council members:

Ms. Kyra Devadiga - Head girl (English Medium), Ms. Vanshika Badala (Red House), Ms. Parnavi Chauhan (Green House) , Ms. Jancy Patalikadan (Yellow House), Ms. Iram Shaikh (Blue House), Ms. Sanika – Head girl (Marathi Medium). The head girls of both English and Marathi medium were instructed about the duties to be fulfilled and the rules and regulations of the school to be abided by. The head girl Ms. Kyra Devadiga along with her team of council members pledged an oath in the presence of Principal Rev. Fr. Norbert D’souza, Asst. Head Mistress Mrs. Aldila Miranda and the other staff members. The ceremony concluded by the assurance of each student council members that they would fulfill their duties and responsibilities well. The Principal and the staff members wished them best of luck for their forthcoming endeavors.

-      Mrs. Meenakshi Apte

Tech-fest – Don Bosco Institute of Technology, Kurla

Our students were invited by the engineering students of Don Bosco Institute of Technology, Kurla for their college festival (Tech – fest) on Wednesday 4th March, 2020 at 11 am. 150 students accompanied by their teachers attended the Exhibition and an interactive session with the robot ‘Rashmi’. Students got to learn a lot from the exhibits on display and also interacted with the college students who accompanied our school students and explained to them everything in detail. The special appearance of robot ‘Rashmi’ was indeed praiseworthy and gave our children a wide exposure on robotics in real life. Students were offered light refreshment and dispersed at 1.00 pm.

LEAD 2020, Alibaug – 29th January 2020

A seminar was held by Lead 2020 – An Edelweiss initiative on the topic ‘Start Up’ on 29th January, 2020. 22 schools across the city had participated in the event which was held at Fountainhead, Alibaug. Each school had to register one teacher and three students for the seminar. Schools were asked to assemble at Gateway of India by 7.30 am. I-Cards were dispatched to the teachers and students on arrival at the Gateway of India. Thereafter, all were taken by the private launch followed by the connecting bus to the venue.

Students got great exposure on the topic of ‘Start Up’ from the following speakers: Mr. Ketan Gawand (Entrepreneur, Motivational Speaker & Crypto Expert), Dr. Megha Bhargava (Deputy Commissioner of Income Tax & associated with the organization – Samarpan), Mr. Anirudh Kumar (Partner – Rainforest Venture Network). Each speaker concluded with a brain storming session along with the students.

An activity was conducted post lunch wherein the students were asked to make products they would like to sell in the market as a – start up. Due to the bad sea weather, the seminar had to be wrapped up by 4.30pm (than the allotted time of 5.30 pm).

- Mrs. Christabel Pereira

Christmas Party, 20th & 21st December 2019

Christmas tree celebration was held on 20th December 2019 for all the children from Kindergarten to 10th std. Children sang Christmas carols and danced to the songs. Santaclaus, dressed in red and white, danced to the tune of ‘Jingle bells’ and children enjoyed with him. They received food packets and toys as gift from Santa at the Christmas party.

Christmas party was also organized for the teaching and non-teaching staff on 21st December 2019. It included prayer service thanking God for all the good that we have received the entire year and praying for a bright new year. This was followed by some amazing games, spot prizes and carol singing. Refreshments were served at the end. The program ended on a joyous Christmas spirit.

Wishing one and all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2020!

Principal’s b’day celebration, 18th January 2020

The school children and staff celebrated Fr. Principal’s ruby b’day in anticipation on Saturday, 18th January 2020 with lots of surprises and a fun-filled program.

Each section expressed their love, fondness and conveyed their best wishes and blessings through flowers, cards, heartfelt wishes, meaningful words and broad smiles. Special assemblies were conducted and children sang the birthday song.

The entire school staff organized a special birthday celebration for Fr. Principal which included a surprise where the beloved parents of Fr. Norbert D’souza were also invited. The celebration began with a prayer service. No birthdays are complete without a birthday cake. Hence, a cake was ordered to make this event more sweet and memorable one. This was followed by a short PPT presentation and a warm speech by Miss. Gwen D’mello, Head teacher of English Primary Section. A special birthday card and a laminated birthday poem were handed over to Fr. Norbert as a token of love and appreciation. To bring in some giggles and laughter, we had the Kindergarten teachers along with the MIEB teacher put up a skit cum dance performance. The primary teachers danced to the tune of Goan Masala and the secondary teachers put up a dance performance on a fusion of bollywood songs. Fr. Principal then addressed all and expressed his joy and happiness on this wonderful day. Fr. Manager also conveyed his love and gratitude to Fr. Norbert for his hard work and help all throughout the year. It was a joyful occasion where the whole school came together to greet and wish Fr. Principal. Mrs. Aldila Miranda, Vice-Principal of secondary section ended the short program by extending a vote of thanks to all.

Age is just a number to embark on a new journey and we wish Fr. Norbert many more years of joy and happiness as he continues to work in God’s vineyard.

Annual Sports Day, 7th December 2019

School Annual Sports Day was held on 7th December 2019 at 7:30 am on our school grounds in which all the students from K.G. to class X participated with great fervour and manifested their athletic skills with an unimpeachable finesse. The chief guest for the day was Mr. & Mrs. Gaikwad, proud parents of Miss. Aditi Gaikwad who is an ex-student of our school and also the 2nd place merit holder at the SSC examination held in March 2019. Rev. Fr. Manager Anselm Gonsalves, Rev Fr. Principal Norbert D'souza, along with the Vice Principal Mrs. Aldila Miranda, Head Teacher of Primary section Ms. Gwen D'mello, Head Teacher of MIEB Section Mrs. Rachana Shinde and our Chief guests were led by the slow march girls and the band to the school ground. Taking God’s blessings is of paramount significance; hence a Sportsman prayer was recited by our head girl of Secondary section Miss. Giselle Savichan. This was followed by the Lighting of the Torch and the Floral Welcome to our Chief guests Mr. & Mrs. Gaikwad. All the row houses along with our School band gave a bang start with their march past followed by an oath taking ceremony.  Inspection of the troops was conducted by 2 RTO officials. This was then followed by the legim by the Marathi section students. The Holy Cross school band also gave their best performance who also won a consolation prize at the ‘L’ ward level. The day saw the finals of many events on the track. Parents and ex students also took part in various events. The day ended with certificates and medals been awarded to the students who gave in their best at the sports meet. The event ended with the announcement of the results of the row winners in various events. Red row won the championship trophy and was also declared as the best house. Blue row won the trophy for the March past. The event concluded by singing the School Anthem 'Lead kindly light'.

Annual Prize Distribution Day, 14th December 2019

Annual Prize Distribution cum Parent’s Day was held on 14th Dec 2019 to felicitate our students for their excellence in academics. The chief guest for the day was Mr.  Avinash Sanas, Deputy Commissioner at State Election Commission and the guests of honor Mr. & Mrs. Umesh Shinde (Proud parents of Miss. Shrusti Shinde our SSC topper of March 2019). This year the theme of the Annual Day was – India – A Celebration of Music and Dance. The program began with a prayer dance by the secondary section and a welcome song by the English Primary Section. Children put up folk dance performances of different states for e.g. Bihu, Goan, Gujurati, Koli and Sambalpuri. The Kindergarten section children put up a wonderful performace in their Koli costume. The MIEB section also put up a dance performance featuring the harvest festival. Four of our teachers completed 25 years of their service this year – Mrs. Sushila Rodricks, Miss. Bina Pereira, Mst. Jerald D’souza and Mrs. Velena D’souza. They were felicitated for their hardwork and efforts put in all these years to shape the minds of young achievers. Our students were then felicitated for their excellence in academics and best behavior in school. The annual report (MIEB & SSC board) was read out along with the PPT presentation which showed our school's performance at the 'L' ward and school level. The program ended on a high note where the high school students put up a dance performance to bring out the theme. It was indeed a day worth remembering.

Children’s Day, 14th November 2019

A ‘Fun-n-fair’ was organized by the school on the occasion of Children’s Day on 14th November 2019. Every year Children’s day is celebrated to mark the birthday of our India's First Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru fondly known as Chacha Nehru among children. He advocated for children to have fulfilled education. The program at the school began at 8 am for Secondary section and 9 am for Kindergarten, MIEB and Primary section. Games stalls, food stalls, Disco Fever were some of the things arranged for the children. Children enjoyed playing the games and dancing to the tune of disco as they walked from one stall to the other and relished some mouth watering snacks and soft drinks. All the children had a great time and they went back with smiles on their faces.

Singing Competition, 18th November 2019

Singing competition for the students of Standard 1st to 4th and Senior KG was held on 18th November 2019 in the School hall. The eminent judges were Mrs. Cynthia Mendes and Mrs. Rheanka Ferreira. Both the judges are an ex-student of HCHS, Kurla and were glad to come back to their Alma Mater to judge the competition. All the students sang in their melodious voices and certificates were awarded to the students for their excellent singing. The program ended around 5pm and on a happy note.

Global Handwash Day, 15th October 2019

15th October 2019, was also observed as ‘Global Handwash Day’. A special assembly was conducted by the students of Holy Cross High School English Primary section marking the importance of washing their hands. A video consisting ‘7 steps on how to wash their hands’ was shown to the children in their respective classrooms. The children then participated in the activity where each one washed their hands and followed the steps accordingly.

 

 Manager's Day Celebration

 

Our dear Manager, Rev. Fr. Anselm Gonsalves' birthday was celebrated in anticipation on 19th October 2019. A special assembly was conducted by the students of the secondary & primary section which included a prayer service and birthday celebration. Children gave bouquet of flowers, birthday cards and sang the happy birthday song for our dear father Manager. A cake cutting ceremony was also held. Fr. Manager also expressed his sentiments.

World Food Day, 16th October 2019

‘Roti Bank’ along with their donors on World Food Day, 16th October 2019 distributed pre packed meals to children, pavement dwellers and needy persons in our vicinity. At the morning assembly the students were informed about the value of food and the problem of hunger. The students were asked not to waste food and share their food with the less fortunate. World Food Day also pays tribute to farmers who work to make food available to us. Let us pledge to end the scourge of hunger in our city of Mumbai by avoiding food wastage and sharing with others during the upcoming festive season.

 

Vachan Prerna Divas, 15th October 2019


On the occasion of former President Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam’s birth anniversary, 15th October 2019 was observed as ‘Vachan Prerna Divas’. A special assembly was conducted by the students of Holy Cross High School English Primary section marking the importance of this day with special emphasis on making reading a habit everyday. Each student was given a story book to read in their respective classrooms with the help of their teachers wherein they showed great interest in reading the story books.

Farewell party of Mrs. Maryanne and Mrs. Rubertina

 

Mrs. Maryanne Colasso and Mrs. Rubertina Barretto from the Kindergarten section were bid farewell on 28th September 2019. The teachers were warmly welcomed in the Church community hall in the presence of Rev. Fr. Manager Anselm Gonsalves, Rev. Fr. Principal Norbert D’souza, Rev. Fr. Milton Gonsalves, Head teacher of English Primary section Miss. Gwen Dmello, family members of both the retiring teachers and all the teachers of the English Primary and KG section. The program started with a prayer service conducted by the KG and Primary teachers which included also singing of hymns, praying to the Lord to continue blessing them during this next phase of their retirement life. Bouquet of flowers and gifts were given to dear teachers as a token of love and appreciation and a cake cutting ceremony was held as both the teachers celebrated their birthdays recently. Our Kg teachers, Mrs. Arfina Vegas and Mrs. Silvia Vaz spoke a few words about Mrs. Maryanne Colasso and Mrs. Rubertina Barretto respectively. The retiring teachers also shared their sentiments and thanked the management for all the help they received throughout their tenure in the school which was followed by their family members sharing their parent’s fruitful journey in school. The program ended with a surprise farewell song sung by the teachers and some photographs that were clicked as memories to be cherished forever. The teachers also joined in a dance that followed with wishing and bidding adieu to Mrs. Maryanne Colasso and Mrs. Rubertina Barretto.

 

Wall Painting Activity, 12th October 2019

Kindness Unlimited, a city non profit organization that inspires people to be kind for no reason, brought together volunteers from across the city to paint the walls of our school Kindergarten section which also hosts the MIEB Board for the Marathi section. The volunteers comprising youth artists helped our parents to paint the entrance and the passage leading upto the stairs to create an inspiring theme of connected images of persons, inspiring others to nurture and support each other.

 

Kindergarten is German for children's garden and the theme very aptly depicts the school as a garden that plants seeds of good deeds which will inspire them to pass on the goodness of life. The activity was conducted to build up to International Kindness Day which will be observed in Mumbai on 13th November. The school has partnered with Kindness Unlimited on many such causes that bring together people from all walks of life around simple acts of kindness.

 

For the children who walk into school to see the colourful decor, Kindness Unlimited, you have left your mark in the smiles of the little ones. You can visit Kindness Unlimited on Facebook and also their website https://www.kindnessunlimited.in/

 

Fr Norbert D'souza

Holy Cross High School, Kurla

Solar Lamp Assembly Workshop, 2nd October 2019

 

The 150th birth anniversary of the Father of our nation, Mahatma Gandhi was celebrated in a unique way by our school. The school partnered with IIT Powai, held a Solar Lamp Assembly Workshop. About 160 students participated in this workshop. The workshop began at 7:30 am. Our Principal Rev. Fr. Norbert D'souza spoke to the students regarding the importance of the workshop. This was followed by a presentation on climate change and a brief explanation of the components of the solar kit. The students were then divided into groups and they moved towards the allotted classrooms with their teachers. Each student received the solar kit and with the help of the step-by-step instructions provided by the teachers, they successfully assembled their Solar lamps. The workshop came to an end at 1:00 pm. The students thoroughly enjoyed the workshop and in a small way did their part to conserve energy. 

- Ms. Andrea Pinto

(Teacher, Secondary Section)

Session on 'Careers in the Indian Navy', 3rd October 2019

 

Students of Holy Cross High School, Kurla along with students of Michael High School & Marceline Junior College attended a session conducted by the Navy on 'Careers in the Indian Navy' as part of their ongoing 'Know your Army' awareness program.

The session was conducted by Commodore Sachin Pawar and Lt. Puja.

Commodore Sachin Pawar is an avid trekker, Marathon runner and photographer. He specializes in gunnery and missile warfare. Lt. Puja has been in the Indian Navy for 5 & 1/2 years and has specialized in Air traffic control.

The session was an excellent one, giving  a detailed and comprehensive insight into the various careers available for girls and boys. Students and parents who were present also had an interactive session with the officers at the end of the session.

- Mrs. Aldila Miranda

(Vice Principal, Secondary Section)

Teacher’s Day, 31st August 2019

 

Teacher’s day was celebrated in anticipation on 31st August 2019. The day commenced with a Eucharistic celebration attended by all the staff members. The main celebrants were Fr. Milton Gonsalves and Fr. Anselm Gonsalves. Special prayers were prayed during the mass for all the teachers that they may continue to lead the students to greater inspirations, constantly remembering the needs of the students in their care. The students of the Secondary section then put forth an hour of entertainment for the teachers with their singing, dancing and some spot prices which was hugely appreciated by one and all. The program continued thereafter with the teachers of the Primary section leading the teachers in games. The special surprise for the teachers was finally out – teacher’s received a customized table calendar each with their personal memories at various events in school. It brought great joy among the teachers and they were thankful for the memorable & well-cherished gift. The program ended with a meal together and happy faces.

Holy Cross Feast (School Feast) 14th September 2019

School feast was celebrated on 14th September 2019. The priests and the teachers were accompanied by the school band in a procession from the Main building to the Church. Students and teachers participated in the Eucharistic celebration. Fr. Norbert D’souza was the main celebrant.

Know your Army

Come summer and everyone looks forward to a good break after a lot of stress due to the exam fever.

This year some of our children had something exciting to look forward to …… a camp up to Sikkim at an army base. At the invitation of the convener (Mr. Peter deSouza), of the B.I.R.D Group we were blessed to be part of this party! With a lot of planning that went into the making of this trip and with meetings of parents concerned to give them a blue print to schedule the day, was finally at hand.

Children came along with their big bags accompanied by their parents assembled in the school premises where a bus was arranged to reach them to the CSTM railway station. At the station the teachers were there with their registers to take the attendance and this time the children felt extra alert to respond to their name when called out, for the celebration had begun. As the train took off from CSTM station one could see the freedom that the children felt as they were away from their loved one’s probably for the first time. The journey time flew with lots of chatter, fun and sing song sessions. On reaching New Jalpaiguri station the men in uniform were already there to receive us with big broad smiles and reaching out hands to carry our bags as if they had their own relatives come over and lead us to their buses.

On reaching Sikkim – Sevok we were warmly welcomed by Major Abhishek Bakshi who briefed us about our National Integration Tour 2019, giving us a glimpse into what was to come during our stay (7-14 May).

Then began Brigadier Abhinaya Rai, who organized  some exciting events with his men who show cased  displays such as para trooping from heights, drills like slithering from helicopters, a visit to see the equipment and historical silver pieces which is a rare thing because no amount of money could buy this experience. We were then treated to an evening of relaxation with bonfire as we had the officers display their talents while they played lovely music and the icing on the cake was the Piper’s band and performances from the seven schools that had come from Mumbai for the camp. This was followed by a sumptuous dinner that was informal and one could freely chat with these so called ‘officials’.

A trip to Bagrakote is where we saw a display of a bunker buster drill that gave us an idea of how these men in uniform risk their lives for us at every given moment even though we may not be related to them in any way – this is the spirit of sacrifice for which we need to salute them!

Going up to Gangtok made us understand that nothing is taken for granted when we all had to undergo health checkups as we had to went up to a higher altitude. The fineness and care of these physically tough men came to light when they took care of minute details of every single individual on this trip both back and forth. In each bus that carried us up we had a medical team with an emergency kit along with military commandos who travelled by jeeps alongside in case of any emergency – a royal treat indeed!

Nature was at its best as we saw snow and ice clad mountains and had a chance to touch the same. Finally the day that we all looked for came as we travelled to Nathula pass to visit the Indo – Chinese border; a moment of God’s grace indeed, for entry there is not permitted to any ordinary person and even for officers themselves.

Coming down we stopped at the Baba Harbhajan Mandir and the beautiful Tsomgo Lake where cameras rolled out to get pictures of nature and huge yaks as they posed for us. We also had a day out at the Bengal Safari and got to see animals such as the Bengal tiger, bears, leopards, elephants, deer’s and more from real close quarters as we travelled in meshed jeeps.

A visit to the war memorial is where we paid our respects to all those martyrs who have laid down their lives for us. With a sense of pride and gratitude we stood in a moment in silence praying for them and their families who paid the price for our safety which so often goes unnoticed. We also had the privilege of meeting with Major Deepika who shared her testimony of climbing Mount Everest not once but Twice!!!

To top it all each school was given a memento and each individual a certificate of participation and an Indian army cap. No words of praise or gratitude would suffice for the meticulous planning for this trip by the men in uniform would suffice and so a big God Bless!!! We are extremely proud of our Army who are the soul of our nation! – Jai Hind!!!

Special gratitude to our dear Principal, Fr Norbert Dsouza without whom this trip would not have been possible. It is because of his association with the convener of the programme that Holy Cross High School got this gift of a life time. Sure it will be etched in the memory of all who were part of this trip. Thank you Aldila Teacher, who followed us up every single day by staying connected.

 

Sr. Joyce

Counselor, Holy Cross High School

Independence Day was celebrated in our school along with students, parents and parishioners. The Chief Guests for the event were Mr. and Mrs. Anthony and Molly Fernandez who are parishioners of Holy Cross Church, Kurla. Mr Anthony Fernandez worked in the Indian army and was a Shipwright. He has worked on India's first indigenously built INS Vikrant and was part of the 1965 war.

The function started with the members of Inter Religious Dialogue Cell of Holy Cross Church leading the gathering into prayer for the country. The flag was hoisted by our chief guest, which was followed by the students of primary and secondary section singing patriotic songs. Speeches by students on India's freedom struggle also brought in the zeal among the students to work tirelessly for the country’s betterment. The event ended with the shouting out of slogans led by our secondary teacher.

International Day of Yoga

 

International Day of Yoga was observed on 21st June 2019. Yoga is an invaluable gift of India's ancient tradition. It embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfillment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and well-being. Children from the Secondary, English Primary and Kindergarten section performed yoga asanas to mark this day.

 

Farewell of Mr. Rakesh Shukla

 

Mr. Rakesh Shukla from the Secondary section was bid farewell on 02nd August 2019 by the students and the staff bid him farewell on 03rd August 2019. The program was held in the Main building School hall in the presence of Rev. Fr. Manager Anselm Gonsalves, Rev. Fr. Principal Norbert D’souza, Rev. Fr. Ryan Alex, Vice – Principal of Secondary section Mrs. Aldila Miranda and all the teaching and non-teaching staff of the secondary section. The program started with a prayer service, praying to the Lord to continue blessing him during this next phase of his retirement life. Bouquet of flowers and gifts were given as a token of love and appreciation. Our teacher, Mrs. Gloria spoke a few words about Mr. Rakesh Shukla. Our sir also shared his sentiments and thanked the management for all the help he received throughout his tenure in the school. The program ended with a mixed feeling of sadness and joy, sad because our dear sir will be missed by teachers and students hereafter and feeling of joy for having blest our school with a wonderful teacher with his immense knowledge which helped our students to excel in all walks of life.

Inauguration of Maharashtra International Education Board

& STEM Labs

The air was abuzz with excitement on the 15th of June 2019, the day of the formal inauguration of the new MIEB (Maharashtra International Education Board) and STEM laboratories. The ceremony was presided over by our Chief Guest Mr. Moses Michael Gomes and Mrs. Jean Moses Gomes proud founders of CES’s Franciscan Nursery Kindergarten School, CES’s Michael High School and Marceline Junior College. Fr. Manager Anselm Gonsalves, Fr. Principal Norbert D’souza and Fr. Milton Gonsalves were also present at the event along with the sisters of the Holy Cross convent & Holy Family Nursing Institute, supervisors of various sections, teaching and non-teaching staff as well as ex-staff members. The formal ceremony commenced with our School band welcoming the Chief Guests followed by the lighting of the lamp. With the ribbon cut they then proceeded to have a close look at all the classrooms and corridors which were colorfully painted to make the students experience a deep love for learning. The dignitaries on the dais then addressed the audience in turn: Mr. Moses Gomes spoke of his journey which began in the ‘Holy Cross Marathi Medium School’ and how gradually he was inspired to have his own educational institution to give every child the privilege to complete his /her education. Mrs. Jean Gomes proudly spoke about her own institution ‘Holy Cross High School’ where she completed her schooling and began her journey towards a bright future. She was indeed happy to see that her alma mater is taking a great flight in making every child proud to learn in an international schooling environment. The encouraging words, motivational spirit and enthusiastic charisma of the dignified speakers extended comfort and confidence and also made us feel proud. Fr. Manager Anselm Gonsalves also enlightened us with his few words of encouragement. The program ended with a vote of thanks and smiling faces as we begin another chapter in the school history of Holy Cross.

Teacher’s training program on Soft skills

 

A teacher’s training program on Soft Skills was conducted on Friday, 14th June’19 from 9am to 12 noon in the school hall for the teaching staff members. This program was conducted by Parisar Asha, an institute highly known for its mission to provide a joyful, holistic and child centric quality education through the environment, for the environment, that will empower children to be creative, sensitive & successful positive global citizens. Ms. Aarati Savur, current CEO of Parisar Asha was the facilitator for the day. She explained that it is very important in this 21st centaury to replace the traditional ‘rote learning’ method in formal & non- formal learning systems by the Environmental Studies Approach to Learning. This was practically explained by having short activities like theatre, etc. The program ended with a feedback session and a vote of thanks by Ms. Lucy Balan.  

A report on the workshop - How to polish and enhance leadership skills? 

The students of Holy Cross High School, Kurla were invited to attend a workshop on how to polish and enhance our leadership skills. The event was organised by the well known company Edelweiss. Ms. Gizelle Savichan, Ms. Pearl Correia, Mst. Earl D'souza and Mst. Mohd Talish represented our school for this event. They were accompanied by Mr. Savichan Thomas.

Our journey began from school as early as 7 am as we had to reach the gateway of India for our ride in the ferry. The ferry ride took us 45 mins approx. to reach Alibaug. From the jetty we were taken to the Fountain Head resort by a bus.

The event was divided into 2 parts. In the first session the students of various schools who were invited to participate brought about the various social issues by means of power point presentations.

The second session was the highlight of the entire programme. The topic was 'How to be successful in life'. The participants were asked to define success, the answers differed from individual to individual, showing the different perceptions of success by students. Later we were addressed by an expert who explained us various aspects of leadership and summarized by saying that 'success is a journey, not a destination'. The workshop also helped us to identify our talents, which would be very useful for us while choosing our career. After the event, we headed back to the jetty, got into our ferry and reached the gateway and drove back to school. We returned back to school at 7.30 pm.

Miss Gizelle Savichan

Head girl of English Primary Section

Holy Cross High School, Kurla

Armed Forces Flag Day

Our school was awarded a certificate for the vigorous and sincere efforts taken by the students in the year 2017-2018 towards the collection of Armed Forces Flag Day fund. The students council members along with the Vice Principal attended the award function. They appreciated us for the continuous support and assistance that they have received all the years towards this noble cause.

Christmas Tree party 2018

Christmas Tree celebration was held on 21st December for all the children. Children sang Christmas carols and danced to the songs. They also enacted the Christmas story by putting up a tableau. Santaclaus, dressed in red and white, danced to the tune of ‘Jingle bells’ and children enjoyed with him. They then received food packets and toys as gift from Santa at the Christmas party. 

Teaching and non-teaching staff also had a Christmas party on 22nd December 2018. It included prayer service thanking God for all the good that we have received the entire year and return refreshed and ready to do our best in the New Year. This was followed by some amazing games and spot prizes. Refreshments were served at the end.

Wishing one and all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2019 !

Republic Day Parade 26th Jan, 2019

The girls of Road Safety Patrol (RSP) took part in the Republic Day Parade along with the school band at Bandra, Bandstand. Admiral Karve, from the Indian Army was the chief guest. Representatives of the Armed forces ad the Coast gaurds made the programme a special event. The parade comprising of 22 schools was lead by a display from the Sikh Regiment of the Indian Army. There were commando and military hardware on display where students were allowed to view the exhibits at close range. The students were delighted to see the men and women in uniform from the Armed Forces. They were treated to a special breakfast at the Taj Lands.

Annual Sports Day, 8th Dec'18

School Annual Sports Day was held on 8th December 2018 at 7:30 am on our school grounds. The chief guest for the day was Mr. & Mrs. Pramod accompanied with their daughter who was an ex-student of our school and also the merit holder at the SSC examination. Rev. Fr. Manager Anselm Gonsalves, Rev Fr. Principal Norbert D'souza, along with the Vice Principal Mrs. Aldila Miranda, Head Teacher of Primary section Ms. Gwen D'mello And Head Teacher of Marathi Section Mrs. Rachana Shinde were also present at the event. All the row houses along with our School band gave a bang start with their march past followed by the legim by the Marathi section students and mass drill by the students of secondary section. The day saw the finals of may events on the track. Parents and ex students also took part in various events. The day ended with certificates and medals been awarded to the students who gave in their best at the sports meet. The event ended with the announcement of the results of the row winners in various events and the singing of our School Anthem 'Lead kindly light'.

School Annual Day

Annual Day was held on 14th Dec 2018 to felicitate our students for their excellence in academics. The chief guest for the day was Rev. Fr. Adrian Ferreira, ex-principal of our school. It all started with a prayer dance by the secondary section and a welcome song by the English Primary Section. The students of our Marathi primary section also put a dance performance which was followed by a folk dance performance of our secondary students who won the 1st prize at the 'L' ward level. Rev. Fr. Adrian Ferreira expressed his sentiments and brought back some fond memories of him in school and about the staff then. Fr. Principal and Fr. Manager also made an important announcement of the Marathi section adopting an International board from the next academic year 2019 - 20. This announcement brought great cheer for the whole management for having taken this incredible initiative. Our students were then felicitated for their excellence in academics and best behavior in school. The annual report was then read out along with the PPT presentation which showed our school's performance at the 'L' ward and school level. The program ended on a high note where the high school students put up a fusion of dance performances to bring out the theme: "Happiness - A Reflection of Good Health". It was indeed a day worth remembering.

Feast of the Triumph of the Cross, (School Feast)

 

School feast which is marked on 14th September was celebrated in anticipation on 12th September. The priests and the teachers were accompanied by the school band in a procession from the school to the Church. Students and teachers participated in the Eucharistic celebration. Fr. Lenny Noronha, Parish Priest of St. Jude’s Parish, Jerimeri celebrated the Feast Mass and gave us a beautiful homily on the importance of cross in our lives.  

Guinness Record at IIT Powai

 

25 students of Holy Cross High School, Kurla took part in a Guinness World Record on 2nd October 2018 at IIT Powai for the most number of LED lamps lit simultaneously. We congratulate the students and are proud of their achievement.

INDEPENDENCE  DAY  2018

 

Independence Day was celebrated in our school along with students, parents and parishioners. The members of Inter Religious Dialogue Cell of Holy Cross Church lead the gathering into prayer for the country.  

Rev. Fr.  Manager Anselm Gonsalves hoisted the National Flag. Patriotic songs and hymns were recited by the children. Speeches by students on India's freedom struggle were followed by awarding the prizes to the prize winners in various inter school competitions.

Teachers Day, 5th Sept 2018

Teachers Day was celebrated on Wednesday, 5th September with great fervor. The day began with the Holy Eucharist celebrated by Rev. Fr. Ryan Alex along with Rev. Fr. Manager Anselm Gonsalves and Rev. Fr. Principal Norbert D’souza. Special prayers were prayed during the mass for all the teachers that they may continue to lead the students to greater inspirations, constantly remembering the needs of the students in their care. The students of the Secondary section then put forth an hour of entertainment for the teachers with their singing, dancing and skits which was hugely appreciated by one and all. The programme continued thereafter with the teachers of the Primary section leading the teachers in games and spot prizes. The programme ended with a meal together and happy faces.

Vianney Day

Feast Day of St. John Marie Vianney, patron saints of all the priest, was celebrated on 4th August 2018 in our school. Rev. Fr. Manager Anselm Gonsalves, Rev. Fr. Principal Norbert D’souza, Rev. Fr. Milton Gonsalves and Rev. Fr. Ryan Alex were present for a felicitation at the assembly in the secondary section. The assembly began with a short prayer service where our students prayed for the good health of all the priests and that they may continue to render their service as Christ has taught them and grow in deeper experience of the Joy of the Priesthood everyday of their life. The students then felicitated them with cards and bouquets. Our Vice Principal handed over a token of love for all the priests.

The celebration continued in the Primary & KG section with an assembly led by the students of Std 4th. Children gave lovely cards and bouquets. Miss. Ayesha from KG section recited a beautiful poem for our priests. The students sang the hymn ‘John Marie Vianney’ followed by the happy feast day song. Fr. Anselm & Fr. Milton spoke a few words and thanked the students & teachers for the wonderful felicitation. Miss. Gwen D’mello, Head Teacher of English Primary section also thanked the priest for all their help and service and assured them of our prayers.

 Investiture Ceremony Primary Section 2018

A students council was formed in the English Primary section and the Investiture ceremony was held on 4th Aug 2018, a day when we felicitated our Priests on their feast day. Miss. Petunia Correia was appointed as the Head Girl and Master Aaron D’souza was appointed as the Head Boy for this academic year. They expressed their sentiments on receiving the post and thanked madam & their teachers for giving them an opportunity. 4 majors were also appointed – Master Joash Carvalho – Red House Major, Miss. Sancia Ferrao – Green House Major, Master Nathan Lobo – Blue House Major and Miss. Netanya Fernandes – Yellow House Major. The program ended on a happy note.

Karate Championship

 

 

Our student Master Aaditya from std 9A won gold at the Karate Championship. We congratulate him for his hardwork and achievement.

Gwen Madams Birthday – 22nd June

Miss. Gwen D’mello, Head teacher of the Primary section celebrated her birthday on 22nd June. A special assembly was held for our dear teacher by the students and teachers of the Primary section along with the presence of Rev. Fr. Principal Norbert D’souza. The children gave Birthday card and a bouquet to our madam. Rev. Fr. Principal Norbert D’souza spoke a few words on this occasion. It was truly a memorable day.

Farewell Ceremony of Mrs. Suman Ferns

Mrs. Suman Ferns, Asst. Head Mistress of our school retired after completing 31 years of service. She served as a teacher and rose to the post of a Supervisor and Vice Principal of the school. An able Math and Science teacher, Suman teacher has left an indelible mark on the institution. We will miss you Suman teacher. On behalf of the school, we wish you good luck and all the very best for the rest of your life. So, remember the past with fondness, look to the future with eagerness and live each moment to the fullest.

Wishing you a exciting and stress-free RETIREMENT!

Inauguration of Smart Boards and Teachers Training Programme

The inauguration of 'Smart Boards' was done by Rev. Fr. Manager Anselm Gonsalves accompanied by Fr. Principal Norbert D'souza, Fr. Milton Gonsalves and Fr. Ryan Alex. The whole teaching and non-teaching staff along with the Church parishioners and P.T.A. members were present for this ceremony. The inauguration started with a solemn prayer service as we invoked God's blessings over the Smart boards and the teachers who will use the same to impart knowledge to the students. The programme ended with a video introducing the Smart boards in every classroom.

A training programme was held immediately after the inauguration in the School hall for all the teachers. Sr. Joyce, our school counselor and Dr. Angelica D'souza were the resource persons for the day. The training included a brief explanation on the theme for this year - Preparing healthy and happy students to face a technologically driven world - stressing on health and happiness,as a key to excel in all walks of life. The programme ended with a a vote of thanks.

Farewell Ceremony of Mrs. Suman Ferns, Mr. Dhanraj Chaudhary & Mr. Alex Gomes

Our dear teacher Mrs. Suman Ferns, Head Mistress of Secondary section, Mr. Dhanraj Chaudhary, Supervisor and Mr. Alex Gomes, Clerical staff were bid farewell by the students on 7th April 2018. The farewell ceremony was held in the school office in the presence of Rev. Fr. Manager Anselm Gonsalves & Rev. Fr. Principal Norbert D’souza. Beautiful cards, floral bouquets were handed over by the Head boy, Head girl & the four majors to our retired teachers. Our students also spoke a few words about our retired staff. Mrs. Suman Ferns, Mr. Dhanraj Chaudhary & Mr. Alex Gomes also shared their sentiments of their journey with this institution. The program ended on a very emotional note as the students would miss their teachers hereafter.

Farewell Ceremony of Mr. Dhanraj Chaudhary & Mr. Alex Gomes

The school bid farewell to two senior staff members on 24th April, 2018 - Mr. Dhanraj Chaudhary (Supervisor) and Mr. Alex Gomes (Clerical Staff). The program was held in the community hall in the presence of Rev. Fr. Philip Falcao and Rev. Fr. Principal Norbert D'souza along with the Secondary and Clerical staff. Bouquet of flowers and retirement cards were given as a token of love and appreciation. On behalf of the school and management, we wish you joy and happiness as you begin a new chapter in your life. Wishing you both a happy retirement!

Investiture Ceremony at Holy Cross High School Kurla (6th February 2018)

 

Leaders are not born but are made by their experience in life. Inorder to inculcate the leadership qualities in our students, a student council was formed at Holy Cross High School and the Investiture Ceremony was held on 6th February 2018 on the centenary ground.

The Investiture Ceremony began at 7:45am with a prayer service conducted by the outgoing student council members. Mst. Chritian Rose, the outgoing Head Boy and the outgoing Head Girl from the Marathi section, Miss. Priyanka Jadhav expressed their sentiments.

Our Principal, Rev. Fr. Norbert D'souza, Asst. Head Mistress, Mrs. Suman Ferns, the house teachers and Std 10th class teachers were invited on stage to invest the newly appointed student council members. Fr. Principal then administered the oath to the members of the student council followed by a common oath taken by the student council members wherein they promised to carry out their duties with integrity, faith and excellence.

Miss. Sancia Fernandes, the newly appointed Head Girl recited a prayer on behalf of all the other student council members. Mst. Dylan Oliveira, Head Boy from the English Section and Mst. Yash Dawal, Head Boy from the Marathi Section expressed their sentiments.

In his address to the students, Fr. Norbert D'souza congratulated the newly appointed student council members for their preparedness to take on the responsibilities. He also wished them well and encouraged them to take their responsibilities and duties seriously.

The programme concluded with a hymn 'Power of your love'. The outgoing students were choked with emotion as the management and staff thanked them immensely.

Ms. Catherine B. Jacinto

Secondary Teacher

‘Handy – Mandy – Art & Craft exhibition’

 

An Art and Craft exhibition titled ‘Handy – Mandy’ was organized by the Art and Craft teachers of the Secondary section along with the students of Std. 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th. The exhibition was beautifully put up in the Main building School hall from 21st February to 24th February 2018 for viewing. The inauguration ceremony began with a prayer service and lighting of the lamp. Beautiful art and craft work made by the students was on display. It surely displayed the talent which the children have. The beautiful paintings and art work left the spectators mesmerized. Various art work like paper painting, clay modelling, thumb impression, stamp printing, rangoli, glass painting, best out of waste were on display.

'Best out of Waste - Activity'

A 'Best out of Waste' competition was held for all the students of Primary section (1st to 4th) on Sat, 3rd February 2018. Children brought their articles and made useful things out of it. Best article was chosen from each class and certificates were awarded to the students for the same. All the children enjoyed this activity in the class.

 

SSC Farewell 2017-18 

 

The students of standard 10th both English and Marathi medium were bid farewell on 7th February 2018. The program began with a solemn prayer service, praying to the Lord to bless our outgoing students with choicest blessings for their exams and future life. Our dear Principal addressed the students and gave a small gift in the form of prayer and blessing as all the teachers along with Fr. Principal raised their hands towards the students and prayed for their success and wellbeing. The students of standard 9th of both English and Marathi section then enthralled the students with their performances like dancing, singing and instrumental. One student each from class 10th came up on the stage to express their feelings as they bid adieu to their school. The program ended on a mixed felling of sadness and joy, sad as the students will surely miss their school and happy as they will venture out as proud students of Holy Cross High School, Kurla. The get together concluded with fellowship and photo session.

 

So

Good-Bye

Good Luck

You’ll sure be missed

But keep in touch… J

Republic Day Celebration

Republic Day was celebrated by the staff and students of Holy Cross High School with patriotic fervour. Mrs. Barbara Gomes, teacher from the English Primary Section hoisted the national flag and also spoke to the gathering the importance of this day. Children from the KG section in their beautiful Indian attire sang patriotic song ‘Hum Hindustani’. Students from the 5th, 6th, 7th & 8th also sang patriotic songs in Hindi and Marathi. Miss Jayden Braganza from class 9 gave a wonderful speech asking each and every one to do their bit in the development of our country. Rev. Fr. Principal Norbert D’souza also spoke about the ABCD of education, A – Attendance, daily attendance at school is a must, B – Behaviour, C – is Character the true test of a student & D – is Discipline. He also motivated our students to take keen interest in Mathematics and Science if they want to lead the country in technology. The program ended on this inspiring note.

Interschool Prize Distribution and Honor’s Day - English Primary section

 

Interschool Prize Distribution and Honor's Day for the year 2017-2018 of the 'L' Ward Private Primary English medium schools was held on 3rd February at Gopal Sharma Memorial School, Powai. 7 students of our English Primary section were awarded trophies and certificates for their excellent talent in drawing, recitation and elocution held at the 'L' Ward level. We congratulate each and every student who received an award as well their teachers for the motivation and hard work put in. We also congratulate Miss Gwen D'mello, Head Teacher of English Primary Section for all the inspiration, support and help offered by her to the students and teachers.  

Mayor's Drawing competition

Mayor's drawing competition was held on 14th January 2018 at Jai Javan Jai Kisan School for the students of standard 1st to 4th on topics such as Mumbai's jatra / Mumbaiche Samudrakinari, Ami Ganpati banavto, etc. Students were granted certificates for the same.

Farewell of our teacher Mrs. Barbara Gomes


Our dear teacher Mrs. Barbara Gomes from the Primary section was bid farewell on 30th January 2018. The program was held in the Church community hall in the presence of Rev. Fr. Manager Anselm Gonsalves, Rev. Fr. Principal Norbert D’souza, Head teacher of English Primary section Miss. Gwen Dmello and all the teachers of the English Primary and KG section. The program started with a prayer service, praying to the Lord to continue blessing her during this next phase of her retirement life. Bouquet of flowers and gifts were given to dear teacher as a token of love and appreciation and a cake cutting ceremony was held. Our teacher, Mrs. Gloria D’mello spoke a few words about our dear teacher Mrs. Barbara Gomes. Our retiring teacher also shared her sentiments and thanked the management for all the help she received throughout her tenure in the school. The program ended with a mixed feeling of sadness and joy, sad because our dear teacher will be missed by teachers and students hereafter and feeling of joy for having blest our school with a wonderful teacher with her immense knowledge which helped our students to excel in all walks of life.

Technical Writing Workshop

Our school organized a Workshop on'Technical Writing and Communications in emerging careers' on 27th Jan 2018 from 10:00 am to 01:00 pm for the students of std 8th, 9th and college youth. Neighbouring schools also joined in for this session. It covered basics of technical writing and skills to communicate professionally. The resource persons (Dr. Mini S Philip and Mr. Makrand Pandit) were veterans in the field of Technical writing and they introduced the students to a wide and exciting career fields across various media platforms. There were activities involved for the children to know the subject more in detail. Overall it was a very informative session.

Principal's Day - 19th Jan

Principal's day was celebrated on Friday, 19th Jan with enthusiasm and joy. The secondary section had a wonderful assembly and bouquets were given to our dear Fr. Norbert. The teachers also organised a short program in the community hall which included a prayer service conducted by the primary teachers, thanking the Lord for the gift of Fr. Principal to this institution. It also included cutting of the birthday cake, a small speech and a momentum given by our dear Vice Principal Mrs. Suman Ferns and a short but a jovial skit organised by the KG section teachers. The celebration continued in the Primary section with a lovely assembly conducted by the students and the children gave birthday cards and floral bouquets to Fr. Norbert. The children too received sweets from Father. It was truly a memorable day for Fr. Norbert.

Christmas Tree - Children's Party

The KG and Primary children enjoyed a Christmas party at school. The party was a real treat with mascots, magicians, juggler and a tattoo artist entertaining the kids. The kids enjoyed the games and they danced to some Christmas carols. Each child was given toys as gift and a snack.

Drawing Competition - English Primary Section

 

Drawing Competition was held on 9th January 2018 for the students of Standard 2nd of the English Primary Section. The children were awarded with certificates for the same.

Sports Day, 16th Dec

The Annual Sports day at Holy Cross High School was held on 16th Dec at the school ground. The Chief Guest, Mr. Brian Nunes, a sportsman and bank officer graced the occasion and took the guard of honor while the four houses marched past the podium. The day saw the finals of many events on the track and field and also competitions. The school band in bright colours was a sight to see. Parents and ex students too took part in various events. Our Manager, Fr. Anselm Gonsalves and Principal, Fr. Norbert D'souza gave the prizes to the winners.

Child Safety and Protection Workshop 

A seminar on Child Safety was organised by Majlis, an NGO that works with children and women facing violence in the city of Mumbai. The session informed the parents about the Do's and Don'ts of children protection and the role of parents in dealing with cases of abuse and violence. 

4th December - World Disability Day

4th December is observed as World Disability Day. Miss Nidhi from Holy Cross like so many disabled children at our school was made to feel special and not 'disabled' but able to face the world. The day was observed at the Holy Cross with an awareness campaign and with a special felicitation of our differently abled staff and students. Gifts were given and a physically challenged teacher spoke about the rights of the disabled to the students.

Green run at KSHITIJ, 17

Our students completed the 7 km Green run at KSHITIJ, 17 held at Mithibai college, Juhu.

Singing Competition 24th November

Singing competition for the students of Standard 1st to 4th and Senior KG was held on 24th November 2017 in the School hall. Our Judges for the competition were Mrs. Ghea Dmello and Mr. Larry Pereira, both ex-students of HCHS. All the students sang in their melodious voices and certificates were awarded to the students for their excellent singing.

 

Farewell of Teachers Mrs. Rosemary Vaz and Mrs. Lourdes Dmello

Our dear teachers Mrs. Rosemary Vaz and Mrs. Lourdes Dmello from the Primary section were bid farewell on 31st October 2017. The program was held in the Church community hall in the presence of Rev. Fr. Manager Anselm Gonsalves, Vice principal Mrs. Suman Ferns, Head teacher of English Primary section Miss. Gwen Dmello and all the teachers of the English Primary section. The program started with a prayer service, praying to the Lord to continue blessing them during this next phase of their retirement life. Bouquet of flowers and gifts were given to dear teachers as a token of love and appreciation. Our teachers Mrs. Virgin Fonseca and Mrs. Melanie Rodrigues spoke a few words about our dear teachers Mrs. Rosemary Vaz and Mrs. Lourdes Dmello. Our retiring teachers also shared their sentiments and thanked the management for all the help they received throughout their tenure in the school. The program ended with a mixed feeling of sadness and joy, sad because our dear teachers will be missed by teachers and students hereafter and feeling of joy for having blest our school with two wonderful teachers with their immense knowledge which helped our students to excel in their walks of life.

 

Prerna Vachan Divas

On the occasion of former president Dr. Abdul Kalam's birth anniversary 15th Oct is observed as 'Prerna Vachan Divas'. This was held on 13th October 2017 in the English Primary section. Children brought their story books and read them in the class to observe this day. Madam Gwen Dmello, Head teacher of English Primary section also explained the importance of this day during the assembly with special emphasis on making reading a habit to all students.

 

Manager's Day Celebration

Our dear manager, Rev. Fr. Anselm Gonsalves' birthday was celebrated in anticipation on 14th October 2017. All teaching and non-teaching staff from the Primary, Secondary and KG section (English and Marathi both) gathered for this celebration. The celebration included prayer service and birthday celebration. Birthday cards and bouquets were given as a token of love and appreciation by the Head teachers of Primary, Secondary & KG section. The celebration ended with Fr. Manager expressing his sentiments. The celebration continued in the English Primary section and KG section. Children gave bouquet of flowers, birthday cards and sang the happy birthday song for our dear father Manager.

 

Parent's Day Card Competition

Parent’s Day Card competition was held on 26th July 2017 for the students of Standard 2nd of the English Primary Section. Best 5 cards were selected and the children were granted certificates for the same.

 

Cleanliness Poster Competition

Cleanliness Poster Competition was held on 30th June 2017 for the students of Standard 2nd of the English Primary Section. Winners of this competition were granted certificates.

 

Handwriting Competition

Handwriting competition for the students of Standard 2nd was held on 1st September 2017. 9 students were picked up for their good handwriting and certificates were awarded.

 

World Environment Day

World environment Day was observed on 1st July 2017. Students of standard 1st to 4th of the English Primary Section with the help of their teachers planted saplings in the school premises to observe this day and making them aware to protect the environment.

 

Singing Competition

Singing competition for the children of Standard 2nd was held on 23rd September 2017. 6 students were awarded certificates for their excellent singing.

 

International Yoga Day

International Yoga Day was observed on 21st June 2017. Yoga is a physical, mental and spiritual practice attributed mostly to India. Children from the English Primary section performed yoga asanas to mark this day.

 

English Debate

‘Eat to live or live to eat’, set the stage for the English debate for this year. The debate between the students of standard 9 th and 10 th on Friday, 4 th August had a animated discussion on both sides and also involved the audience. The students of Std 10 th were declared the winners by the judges.

 

Card Making

Parents Day was marked with a card making competition in the school. The students prepared colourful cards with special messages to their parents handwritten with a lot of creativity. The teachers selected the best cards and certificate was awarded to the winners.

Vianney Day

The Feast Day of Fr. John Marie Vianney, the saintly French Priest, who is the patron of priests who work in a parish, was celebrated in our school. The priests from the parish were felicitated at the school assembly. The priests were escorted to the office by the Vice Principal, Mrs Suman Ferns as the band played. Spiritual bouquets, cards and flowers were presented to the fathers to appreciate their dedicated service to the community.

 

Eco Club

The Eco Club observed July 1 to 7 as Tree Plantation Week. The school assembly during the week had the students sharing information on preserving nature and a pledge to protect and grow more trees. The students joined hands with the local police in planting saplings around the school campus. The Senior Inspector from the local Police Station addressed the students of standard 10 on the importance of tree plantation.

The Eco Club organised a special programme on Monday, 14 th August to inaugurate the yearlong activities that are lined up for the year. Zero Garbage is a theme for many of the activities that will involve the entire school. The Eco Club plan a Zero Garbage campaign through Greenline, a NGO working with school children on eco based themes.

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