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Welcome to Holy Cross - The only place for academic excellence. Straddling a timeline of a hundred years, since its founding by the Holy Cross sisters, Holy Cross Anglo-Indian School has educated thousands of girl students, empowering them to evolve into women of substance. Be they doctors, engineers, teachers, nurses, homemakers, scientists or corporate administrators, Crossians have always make their mark.

Every stone in our sprawling campus has a story to tell - of the vision of the founding sisters and the courage and commitment of a succession of women principals who over the decades pioneered gender equality and emancipator values in these hallowed portals long before such concepts became part of the collective public consciousness.

At Holy Cross, our rich legacy of all-round education inspires us to even greater heights of excellence, preparing our students from nursery through junior and high school for challenges that lie ahead.

By the grace of God, we shall continue to provide a learning environment that fires the imagination, inspires the intellect and ennobles the glorious human spirit.

Above all, we want the school to be a happy place; a heaven of learning, sharing and caring to which every child and every member of the staff is happy to come to every morning.





Foreword

Correspondent

There was a man who made a living selling balloons at a fair. He had all colours of balloons including red, yellow, blue and green. Whenever business was slow, he would release a helium filled balloon into the air and when the children saw it go up, they all wanted to buy one. They could come up to him, buying a balloon and his sales would go up again. He continued this process all day.

One day, he felt someone tugging at his jacket. He turned around and saw a little boy who asked, "If you release a black balloon, would that also fly?" Moved by the boy’s concern, the man replied with empathy, "Son, it is what is inside that makes it go up."

Yes, there is an inner power within each one of us that forms the most essential ingredient of life. We can make a conscious effort to align our inner power everyday in the following ways.


Physically

Pay attention to how you are spending your time? What type of people do you interact with? Are you taking consistent physical steps that reflect the goal of life?


Emotionally

Negative emotions eat up our inner power. So don’t allow the day to be scattered with emotions such as depression, loneliness, anger, regret etc.


Mentally

Visualize your thoughts and send a signal to the universe telling this force what you desire.


Spiritually

This power goes beyond everything else. Silent prayer is the most suggested path towards this.

As you line up the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspect of your life with what you want to do, your inner power becomes a phenomenal force to achieve what you desire. You are powerful. Take immediate steps today to harness this power as if your life depends on them, because in all reality it does.

Headmistress

"We cannot always build a future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future".

- Franklin Roosevelt

Holy Cross Anglo-Indian Higher Secondary School, an esteemed institution that caters to the pupil community to make the good God known and loved in an atmosphere of spiritual, friendly and academic excellence present to you the proof of our Herculean effort. Holy Cross has been evolving slowly and steadily through a period of 110 years with respect to its curriculum, infrastructure, teaching methodology, evaluation techniques, role of parent-student activities, student-teacher rapport and several other related matters.

At our Alma Mater, our wards are given the wisdom and inspiration they need, to be responsible leaders who understand that power flows through them and not from them. Our school aims at building relationships, developing common concerns, breaking differences of colour, caste, religion and language. The facilitators in our institution are engaged in the noble mission of building a society of justice, love and relationship.

Our school always keeps bustling with a variety of activities throughout the year. The presence of almost 2000 students spontaneously reflects tremendous amount of zest and zeal in our campus. We do not restrict in spreading of knowledge only through means of books. The extent of its activities includes the all-round formation of its wards and hence naturally gets various extra-curricular activities like Yoga, Skating, Bharathanatyam etc., involved in its curriculum. Many of our alumni have migrated all over the world and hold position of importance and have reputed achievement in the respective careers. True to the values inculcated in them by their Alma Mater, they face life with courage and conviction.

The school campus comprises of classrooms, staffrooms, office rooms, prayer room, auditorium, library, Maths and Computer Science Laboratories, Knowledge centre, Dining hall, Basket ball and volley ball courts and a shuttle court which is in the verge of completion.

As academicians in this fast changing world, we aim to build a better community where the Kingdom values are restored.

Vision

As sisters of the Cross, we commit ourselves through the ministry of education, to form integrated and responsible persons, who in turn will become agents of social change through their active involvement in the lives of people, respecting the sacredness of every person and nature.

Mission

The primary aim of this institution is :
  • To provide an inclusive education that will empower our students with the knowledge and skills that make them economically independent and socially responsible.
  • To organise activities that will inculcate in them the values that make them responsible citizens.
  • To create opportunities that will enhance the personalities of our learners to enable them to contribute to the development of the nation and the whole human society.
  • To live and cherish the two great values of the school motto – “Love and Serve”.

Motto

Our Motto ‘Love and Serve’ is a real programme of the Crossian life and an ideal to be realized. Therefore we would like to give you the meanings depth and significance of the Crossian Blazon.

  • The blazon is divided by a vertical line into two equal parts of different colours red and blue.
  • The bright red stands for the blood and fire of Christ. It symbolizes the Love of our Lord Jesus Christ.
  • The cross symbolizes Calvary and the Rays remind us of our continued participation in the death and resurrection of Christ in the events of our daily life.
  • Blue stands for the humility of Mother Mary.
  • Letter ‘M’ symbolizes Mother Mary. To signify more forcefully the Blessed Virgin the letter ‘M’ is topped with a star. This reminds us of our Protector Mother Mary and her continual guidance in our lives.
  • The Anchor between the two partitions symbolizes Hope in the radiant cross and in the Blessed Virgin Mary.

School Song

" O come all ye children of Holy Cross
And fill the air with praise,
To Jesus our Lord and our God all hail
All hail today and always
Beneath thy dear Cross O Jesus
Sure we wish to work and be
Be Thou our way, our Truth our Life
Until we come to Thee.
O Let us be blithe and gay of heart
Amid this care – worn world
For happy are we mid these hallowed walls
Beneath Christ’s banner unfurled.
The Cross is our banner truly
So we must follow it always
For is not the school where we work and learn
The school of the Holy Cross.quotation-end "


Rules & Regulations

Conduct and decorum:

The school expects every student to maintain proper decorum and good behaviour at all times, to keep the high tone of the school. Bad language, bullying and disrespectful behaviour will not be tolerated. Students against whom there are repeated complaints or who are unable or unwilling to benefit from the system of education are liable for suspension or expulsion.


Regularity and punctuality

  • School begins at 8.45 a.m. and closes at 4.10 p.m.
  • Students must be in school before 8.40 a.m.

Payment of Fees

  • Fees shall be paid quarterly at the school Accounts section on the dates specified. No pupil will be allowed to sit for an examination if fees are in arrears. Late payment will attract a penalty.
  • Fees will be collected only on working days from 9.00 a.m. to 12.00 noon, excluding Saturdays.
  • Fee card must be produced at the time of payment.

School Uniform

  • The school uniform is a sacred and prized possession of a student. It symbolizes the ethos and culture of the school, of which the student is an integral part. Any violation of its sanctity calls for firm disciplinary action. Visit to restaurants, cinema, multiplexes other public places etc. in school uniform is a serious breach of discipline inviting action.
  • The length of pinafore should be two inches below the knee. The pattern of the uniform should be followed very strictly. White ribbon, White socks and black shoes are to be worn daily.
  • Students are expected to come to school in the prescribed uniform and to be smartly groomed.
  • Wearing slippers to school is strictly forbidden. Black Sandals should be worn only on rainy days.

Personal Appearance

Students’ hair should always be neatly groomed and tied. Any kind of make-up, nail polish, applying mehendi is not allowed. Colouring of hair, inappropriate hair-styling and body tattoes are not permissible. Eye make-up, fancy hair clips and ear-rings are strictly prohibited.


Admission

The father or guardian should accompany the child for admission. Original Birth Certificate, T.C and the Community certificate must be produced at the time of admission


Withdrawal

  • Application for a transfer certificate should be made in writing by the parent, two days in advance after paying all fees due to the school. If a student wishes to apply for the Transfer Certificate during the academic year, the full year’s fees will have to be remitted.
  • No T.C. will be issued before the promotion results are announced

Examinations and Promotions

  • Students absent from examinations without grave reason will be considered as failed.
  • Malpractices in examination will be viewed seriously. Offenders will be marked zero and they are likely to be suspended/ expelled
  • No recommendations of any sort will be taken into account for promotion. Hard work throughout the year is the only criterion.
  • A student who has to repeat the class for a third year will have to leave the school.

Attendance and Leave of Absence

  • Written application for leave of absence must be sent to the class teachers, before availing leave.
  • Students will not be given leave for various functions and ceremonies.
  • Prior permission should be obtained for more than two days of absence.
  • Habitual late coming and habitual absence will result in dismissal.

School diary/calendar/reports

  • Every pupil must possess a copy of the school diary which must be brought daily to school.
  • Parents should examine the calendar daily, sign any remark made by the teachers or the Headmistress and make sure that the home-work is completed.
  • Reports on progress, application and conduct will be issued periodically. Parents are requested to sign these and return them to the concerned teachers.

Parental Interference

  • Parents are not allowed to see the children or interview teachers during school hours. In exceptional cases and in emergencies they may visit their wards after obtaining permission from the Headmistress.
  • Parents are expected to attend all Parent-Teacher Meetings and collect the report cards without fail.

Contraband Items

  • Students are strictly forbidden to bring objectionable books, newspapers, periodicals and cell phones into the school.
  • Children using mobile phones or found signing into social network will be penalised and the gadgets will be confiscated.

General rules

  • Pupils must take care of their belongings and avoid bringing expensive watches, pens and valuables to school. The school will not be responsible for the loss of articles.
  • Once students enter the campus they should not leave the premises during school hours, without the permission of the Headmistress.
  • Private tuition is discouraged and the teachers are not permitted to tutor students of the school without permission.
  • No student will be exempted from physical exercise and games.
  • Parents are requested to send their children neat and clean to school, in full uniform and always in time.
  • Any destruction or defacing of the school property will not be tolerated and must be made good by those responsible.
  • Breakage in the laboratories and loss of books in the library must be compensated/replaced.

History

All great works of God have humble beginnings and so too the Holy Cross Anglo-Indian Higher Secondary School, like the mustard seed of the Gospel, sprouted and grew slowly but surely. Today it is a mighty tree with innumerable birds nesting in its branches.

Our history began on a bright day, the 10th of August, 1904, when four valiant French Women, in the white habit of the Sisters of the Cross - Sisters Julie, Colette, Mary Francois and Josephine, our noble and indefatigable pioneers, raised their hearts in praise and thanks giving to God, who through His Church had entrusted to them the task of founding the Holy Cross European School At Tuticorin.

1904

Founding of the Holy Cross European School

1905

Commencement of the primary School

1907

Recognition of the Director of Public Instruction

1922

First Set of pupils appeared for the Government Middle School Examination

1930

The Silver Jubilee(1905-1930)

1942

Middle School raised to a High School

1955

Golden Jubilee

1978

Upgraded to Hr.Sec.School Change in the Academic Year-June to May

1998

Revival of Old Students Association

1999

PlayGround Procured at Jothinagar

2005

Centenary Celebration

2007

Common Syllabus Comes into force


As our chronicles show the school has maintained a high academic excellence from the very outset. The students received an all round training, under able Headmistress like

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SR.JULIE1906-1911

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SR.CELINE1911-1919

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SR.VICTORINE1919-1944

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SR.VIRGINA1944-1964

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SR.JANE1964-1973

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SR.MARY JOSEPH1973-1976

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SR.JEANNE1976-1990

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SR.COLLEEN NETTO1990-1997

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SR.TERESA THOMAS1997-2007

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SR.NIRMALA JULIANAFROM 2007

With the departure of the European children, the school came to be known as the Holy Cross Anglo-Indian School. Several thousands, in various walks of life, have passed through the portals of this school and looking back, can proudly say,

“Next to God and my Parents, this school has made me what I am”

Mother Founder

Our Mother Founder Sr. Claudine Echernier was born to Francis Echernier and Anne Dutrel in a village called “ver le creux” – Chavanod, France on the 29th of May 1801. Francis Echernier gave himself from morning to evening which earned the bread for the family. They did not have the means to care for the education of their family. The parents taught the children to fear the Good God; they advised them to be good. That was all they could do. Claudine was placed as a shepherd in the home of a peasant called “Maillet” at Champanges. It was here that she learnt to read and write. About the age of 15 she had the misfortune of losing her mother and had to replace her in tending her brothers and sisters. On 14th October 1828, Fr. Joseph was appointed parish priest of Chavanod and Claudine was appointed as the house maid of the parish priest. Claudine was 27 years when she went to the parish of Chavanod. Her only pre-occupation was to know the will of God for her and accomplish it. She then became a mistress of a small school teaching boys and girls.

Year of forming the Congregation -1838

It will be difficult to enumerate all the kinds of mortifications our saintly mother encountered and the virtues she practiced to overcome them. The virtues of our venerated Mother founder, Claudine Echernier are

Love of Jesus Christ Our mother loved our Lord with an ardent and generous spirit, which manifested itself in her words, and many times by the tears she shed before the Blessed Sacrament and before the Crucifix

Faith was her driving power, her consolation and her hope. Mother possessed admirably the marvelous art of seeing God in all things; in creatures, in events, in everything and everywhere. A sister seeing her pulling out the weeds in the garden showed her surprise: Our Mother replied, “I Love this work very much, it reminds me about my poor heart, where there are always useless plants to uproot”.

Our venerated mother understood perfectly well that Prayer is one of the most essential obligations of the religious life and sShe spent long hours before the ‘Blessed Sacrament’.

Trust in Divine Providence. We can say that our mother practiced this virtue to a supreme degree. Her rule of conduct was, “To do the will of God in everything”.

Devotion to Mary Mother Claudine’s devotion to Mother Mary was remarkable ‘Do like me, never cease praying to the Holy Virgin’ but above all imitate her in her humility, her modesty, and her simplicity.

Centenary

“ What marvels the Lord, worked for us
Indeed we are glad”

Holy Cross is celebrating its Centenary and we have a variety of events planned to take place from its inaugural on 15th October 2014 to honour this great milestone. A big thank you to God who guided us to reach this important milestone namely 100 years in the field of education that too of girls. Holy Cross aims at inculcating in students a sound philosophy of life based on faith in God, an academic competence that shapes the woman of tomorrow, a deep respect for the human person, formation of values an awareness of society and problems-related to justice, peace and equality.

In a world of knowledge explosion, information technology and stiff competition, it is our prayer today, that the students who come out of Holy Cross may make a difference in the society through them.

Today as we relish the Harvest of the seeds sown by our founders, the French nuns, Sr. Julie, Sr. Collette, Sr. Mary Francois and Sr. Josephine, let us pay homage to them in their own mother tongue, in ten heart felt words, denoting the ten decades of excellence:

Nous, nous inclinons devant vous nos che’res Soeurs de Croix

May God continue to bless
The efforts of ALL as we
Begin the ‘Second Century’
At out dear school.

We wish and pray that Holy Cross may continue to shine as a beacon of light dispelling the darkness of ignorance and lighting up the right path for all those who pass through its portals.

“To God, be the Glory”.


Inaugural

  • The Centenary Celebrations of our school commenced with a colorful ceremony on the 15th of October (Friday).
  • The Celebration was held in the school auditorium in the “CENTENARY BLOCK”.
  • The programme began with a prayer song by the school girls invoking the blessings of the Almighty. Undoubtedly it is His sustained guidance and support that has made us reach this milestone of success.
  • Mrs.Kavitha delivered the welcome address. The Centennial Motto was revealed to the audience by the chief guest- Chief Educational Officer Shri.Hariharan. Our Headmistress Rev.Sr.Teresa hoisted the centenary flag, which was followed by the centenary song sung by the students.
  • A short skit was enacted by the students. It depicted the history of the school since inception.
  • Melodious tunes soothed our ears during the light music programme conducted by the school orchestra. The western dance captivated us with its rhythmic movements.
  • Our Chief Guest – Shri.Hariharan distributed the prizes to the winners of the Science Exhibition. This was followed by the President’s Speech. During his speech, the CEO congratulated the school for securing 100% results. He assured that he would render every help for further improvement. He appreciated the school for the social awareness programmes to be held during the year.
  • He expresses his wish that the school should grow into a college and thereforth into a university. May his words come true! He focused on the all-round development of the children and insisted that the students should not only progress in academic field but also strive to become better citizens of the country.
  • It was an inspiring speech, which kindled in each of us a deep desire to do our best for the hundred-year-old Alma Mater. Mrs.Janci rendered the vote of thanks.
  • The Inaugural Programme ended happily with the National Anthem played by the School Band.

Diary of Events

Centenary Celebratory events will be going on throughout the year with the children in school. We celebrate the centenary year with a sense of gratitude for all that had been and with the hope that Holy Cross would continue to shine and enlighten many more hearts and minds. The theme chosen for the celebration is “Enlightened to Enlighten”. The core group was formed during the month of September involving Parents, teachers, old students and the members of the management. The planned events drafted for the year 2004-2005.

October’04

Old Student’s Meet

November’04

100 poor people are to be fed

December’04

New clothes to be distributed to 100 poor children or women

January’05

An Eye Camp to be conducted with the help of Aravind Eye Hospital

February’05

Human Rights Programme to be conducted

March’05

Consumers awareness and interactive sessions to be conducted for parents and students

June’05

Medical Camp to be conducted by Dr.Lakshmanan and his team with the help of teacher/students

July’05

Inter-School Competitions to be conducted by OSA, 100 saplings to be Planted





Welcome to Holy Cross Centenary Celebration
It features all the details of our fun packed 3 days celebration.
August 10th, 11th, 12th – 2005



Aug 10th

Eucharistic Celebration at 8.30 a.m

Centenary Exhibition (Inauguration)

Evening - Cultural programme

Honouring the retired Teachers, Correspondents, and Headmistress

Aug 11th

Alumnae Day

Aug 12th

Cultural programme - Souvenir

We Care Project (Financial assistance to be given to twenty deserving students of the ecnomically weaker section of the society to complete their Higher Secondary Education)

Prize distribution


Alumnae Day

The alumnae day which was held on 11th August 2005, was a wonderful celebration in Holy Cross history. Past pupils, parents and teachers attended the celebration. It was a fantastic evening in wonderful surroundings. A day to remember.

11 a.m Business Meet
12 p.m - 1.30 p.m Fabulous OSA Lunch
1.30 p.m -3.30 p.m Fellowship and viewing of exhibitions.
3.30 p.m - 5.00 p.m Games & Tea at the auditorium.
5.30 p.m - 7 p.m Culturals
Welcoming the Chief Guest
Honouring Eminent Holy Crossians
Variety Entertainment/ Games
Distribution of Prizes / Mementos
Dazzling Fire works display.

Photo History

Here are a few snap shots of Holy Cross’ 100th Birthday celebrations for you.
Enjoy!!!

Cherishable Moments

Centenary celebrations are the auspicious time to reflect the memories of the past in the school campus. For this we would like to find our Crossians over the past 100years to leave their memories in the form of photographs or any other information at aihss@holycross-ais.org, so that we stay connected and cherish the moments spent in our sprawling campus.



Faculty

“Teach us to give and not to count the cost”

Teaching Staff

  • Sr. Nirmala Juliana
  • Sr. Motha Lucy Francisca Fatima
  • Sr. Celine
  • Sr. Maria Helena
  • Mrs.Litwin Fernando
  • Mrs. Virgin Andrews Christabel
  • Miss Vinosha
  • Mrs. Lawrance Infia
  • Mrs. Mary Paulinus Kamel
  • Mrs. Devotta Venitta
  • Mrs. Mary Arockia Jancy Rani
  • Mrs. Rayen Antonet Vasanthi
  • Miss. Maria Sahaya Teena
  • Mrs. Johncy Arul Packia
  • Mrs. Virgin Lolita Fernando
  • Mrs. F. Sheela Felix
  • Mrs. N. Sangeetha/li>
  • Mrs. Jean Benola
  • Mrs. Mary Deshanthi
  • Mrs. Nihila Fernando
  • Mrs. S. Selvi Ezilarasi Sweetline
  • Mrs. Terminsa
  • Mrs. Antony Arulseeli
  • Mrs. I. Sophia
  • Mrs. Veronika Leena
  • Mrs. Jeyanthi
  • Mrs. Babiyola Machado
  • Mrs. Fernandez Christy
  • Mrs. Shamin Frasa
  • Mrs. Kavitha Mascrenhas
  • Mrs. Devotta Argia
  • Mrs. Jeyageetha
  • Mrs. Judy Shayamala Banu
  • Mrs. Johnsy Arul Packia
  • Mrs. Ponselvi
  • Mrs. Arockia Anbu Malar
  • Mrs. Vinora
  • Mrs. Evangeline Pushpa
  • Mrs. T. Annie Beulah
  • Mrs. T. Veera Helan Shanthi
  • Mrs. Vanitha
  • Mrs. Angel
  • Mrs. Maria Jenifer
  • Mrs. Amal Sophia
  • Mrs. Sujitha Therese
  • Mrs. Delina
  • Mrs. Lakshmi Sridhar
  • Mrs. Rajapushpam
  • Mrs. Jeenet
  • Mrs. Yamini
  • Mrs. Jenifer
  • Mrs. Vandhana Jeyashree
  • Mrs. Agnes

Non-Teaching Staff

  • Sr. Anbarasi
  • Mrs.I.Sagayareeda Fernando
  • Mrs.S .Mary Sagaya Gragoria
  • Mrs.A.Jenitta
  • Mrs.N.Anton Rufina Devi
  • Mrs. J. Anandhi
  • Mrs. Fatima Hema Latha
  • Mrs. S. Nancy
  • Mrs.Josephine
  • Mrs.P.Mary Anitha

Supporting staff

  • Mrs. P. JeyaMary
  • Mrs. P. JeyaRani
  • Mrs. A. Ramalakshm
  • Mrs. Pon Muthu Mari
  • Mrs. S. Poomari
  • Mr.Sathis Kumar
  • Mr.Suresh
  • Mr.Elber Fernandez
  • Mr.Murugan