Founding of the Holy Cross European School
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.
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.
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?
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.
Visualize your thoughts and send a signal to the universe telling this force what you desire.
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.
"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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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
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.
Founding of the Holy Cross European School
Commencement of the primary School
Recognition of the Director of Public Instruction
First Set of pupils appeared for the Government Middle School Examination
The Silver Jubilee(1905-1930)
Middle School raised to a High School
Upgraded to Hr.Sec.School Change in the Academic Year-June to May
Revival of Old Students Association
PlayGround Procured at Jothinagar
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
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”
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.
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.
“ 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”.
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.
Old Student’s Meet
100 poor people are to be fed
New clothes to be distributed to 100 poor children or women
An Eye Camp to be conducted with the help of Aravind Eye Hospital
Human Rights Programme to be conducted
Consumers awareness and interactive sessions to be conducted for parents and students
Medical Camp to be conducted by Dr.Lakshmanan and his team with the help of teacher/students
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
Eucharistic Celebration at 8.30 a.m
Centenary Exhibition (Inauguration)
Evening - Cultural programme
Honouring the retired Teachers, Correspondents, and Headmistress
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)
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||
Welcoming the Chief Guest
Honouring Eminent Holy Crossians
Variety Entertainment/ Games
Distribution of Prizes / Mementos
Dazzling Fire works display.
Here are a few snap shots of Holy Cross’ 100th Birthday celebrations for you.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, so that we stay connected and cherish the moments spent in our sprawling campus.
“Teach us to give and not to count the cost”