Holy Cross Convent High School, Thane

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Holy Cross Convent High School is an all-girls school located in K'Villa, Thane, Maharashtra, India. It was founded in 1964 and celebrated its Golden Jubilee in 2014.

Holy Cross Convent High School Emblem

The medium of instruction is English. The school houses classes from kindergarten up to class ten. It is one of the premier primary and secondary educational institutions in the Greater Mumbai (Bombay) area and has a widespread alumnae network.

History[edit]

In 1839, Mother Claudine Echernier founded the Congregation of the Sisters of the Cross of Chavanod [1] in France with the help of Friar Peter Marie Mermier (who founded the Congregation of the Missionaries of St. Francis de Sales, known worldwide for its Salesian Convent Schools).[2] The Sisters of the Cross spread to India in 1886 [3] propagating their charitable educational goals for women in Amravati and then spreading to other parts of the country - Kolkata (Calcutta) and Vishakhapatnam amongst many places. Holy Cross Convent High School in Thane was founded in 1964 and while it quickly shed its character as purely an institution of charity, a true charity school for children in need of special care was built in the 1990s for which all the students raised significant amounts of money. The school retains its mission to help the deprived, and continues to embrace and teach the values of Peace, Purity, Knowledge, Achievement.

School Uniform[edit]

The school uniform consists of a red and white checkered pinafore dress, worn with a white half-sleeved blouse.This is common for both the primary section as well as the secondary section of the school.The only difference between the two uniforms is the distinctive tie worn by the two sections. The primary section wears a red tie with two downward sloping stripes with HCCS on it in the colors of the houses the students belong to. While the secondary section wears self-colored ties (red, blue, green and yellow) based upon the house in which the student belongs to. The Physical Education uniform of the primary section consists of a white round neck T-shirt with the school emblem on the front, in red. This is worn with a black pant with two strips of their house colour on either sides of the legs. While the secondary girls wear a white blouse with the red collar and the school logo of the colour of their house they belong to with a red divider skirt.

School Motto[edit]

"Lighted to Enlighten" is the motto of the school.

School Anthem[edit]

The school anthem is the same as all Holy Cross Schools all over the world. The lyrics of anthem goes as follows:

Long live our dear Holy Cross School,
May its Glory ever live!
May the students of the Holy Cross,
To the Lord all Glory give!

Onward march we, Holy Cross girls,
Let our light shine through the land!
Brave, upright, sincere and honest,
God help us to be a loyal band!

Work and play is now our motto,
All our trust is in the Lord!
Work as if all dependent on us,
Pray as if all dependent on God!

Onward march we Holy Cross girls,
Let our light shine through the land!
Brave, upright, sincere and honest,
God help us to be a loyal band!

Lets be true to our 'Alma Mater',
Never smearing Her good name!
Holding high her lofty ideals,
Spreading far her literary fame!

Onward march we Holy Cross girls,
Let our light shine through the land!
Brave, upright, sincere and honest,
God help us to be a loyal band!

House system[edit]

The school is organized into four houses, namely– Red, Blue, Green and Yellow. Each house signifies a virtue and has a certain role-model for each virtue. The Red house stands for peace and is represented by Mother Theresa, Blue for purity and is represented by Rani Laxmi Bai, Green for knowledge and is represented by Indira Gandhi and Yellow for achievement and is represented by Sarojini Naidu. Holy Cross girls in the primary section wear red ties with their house stripes whereas the students in the secondary section wear ties of their individual house colours as a matter of pride and distinction within the School.

Each house participates actively in various events ranging from literary to sports. Points are awarded based on the house's performance in academics and extra curricular activities such as music, dance, painting, debates, elocution etc. The Inter–House competitions generate a healthy and competitive atmosphere for the girls which encourages them to succeed.

On Annual Sports Day, each house participates in different sporting events. The drill display by the Houses is the most spectacular part of the Sports Day. The House that earns the maximum points is awarded the 'Best House of the Year Trophy'.

Each house is headed by a Captain and a vice-Captain, popularly elected by the teacher of the class.

Principals[edit]

  • Sr.Gerard D'souza (1964–1965)
  • Sr.Eugene Dias (1965–1969)
  • Sr.Loretta Aguiar (1972–1982)
  • Sr.Charlotte Bala (1982–1988)
  • Sr.Alzira Furtado (1988–1990)
  • Sr.Rosita Jacques (1990–1996)
  • Sr.Marina Fernandes (1996–2001)
  • Sr.Veronica Fernandes (2001-2008)
  • Sr.Synthia Fernandes (2008-2010)
  • Sr. Anita Rodriques (2010–present)

Prominent Alumnae[edit]

Fashion and Films[edit]

  • Amrita Arora - Former MTV Veejay, Bollywood Actress
  • Parvati Balagopalan - Movie Director/Producer/Writer
  • Sonali Bendre - Movie Actress
  • Jasmine D’souza née Moses - Former Gladrags Mrs. India 2002, Mrs. World 1st runner-up, Fashion Model, Actress
  • Poorva Gokhale - Television actress
  • Malaika Arora Khan - Former MTV Veejay, Ramp Model, Bollywood Actress
  • Mini - Choreographer (Nach Baliye - 2)
  • Prajakta Potnis - Artist ('Artist of the Year' award in 2005 by the National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai).
  • Manasi Salvi - Television Actress
  • Kavita Lad - Television Actress, from Majiwada Thane
  • Sulekha - Actress (acted in two Malayalam films )
  • Deepti Agarwal - NDTV Journalist
  • Shweta Gulati - TV Serial actress, Bollywood Actress
  • Diana Pinto - Miss India America 2009
  • Shefali Alvares - Jazz musician
  • Vaidehi Thakkar - Television Actress, from Thane

Sports and Knowledge[edit]

  • Madhurika Patkar - Indian Top seed Table Tennis player
  • Sharda Ugra - Leading Sports Journalist, Sports editor, India Today
  • Sandhya Prabhu - Shiv Chhatrapati Award Winner in Athletics
  • Arti Pradhan - Youngest swimmer in the world for the year 1987-88 to swim the English Channel (Arjuna Award 1988, Shiv Chattrapti Award— 1988, Maharashtra Gaurav Puraskar– 1990, Rajiv Gandhi Puraskar– 2000)
  • Veena Panicker- national level karate gold medalist and

References[edit]

Coordinates: 19°12′15″N 72°58′44″E / 19.204225°N 72.978997°E / 19.204225; 72.978997

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