Principal, Fr. Norbert D'Souza
Holy Cross High School is over 100 years old. We are proud of its long legacy and great tradition. The great standards of the past and the success of the institution over the years have left its mark over hundreds of students. But the danger lies in the years between the then and now. We would like Holy Cross to be new, fresh and relevant and never old. This is the challenge before us. To never be so old that we are not relevant. To reinvent ourselves today to serve the nation and the society.
The school has always maintained its high academic traditions and this is reflected in the impressive alumni. We are proud of men and women who have taken varied careers and also excelled in their line of work. We are proud of some wonderful scientists, sportspersons, politicians, artists, journalists and teachers from our alumni who make our school proud.
This year, the school has kept as its area of thrust the area of developing leadership among the students. The theme for this year is “Students of today; leaders of tomorrow’. The school has always encouraged our students to develop leadership skills that will hold them in good stead as they grow up. This year, besides the many activities and student groups which students usually take part, we plan to imitate a project that will help our students to lead by service. In following the example of Pope Francis, the Church is devoting her energy towards building a ‘culture of mercy’. Cardinal Oswald Gracias, Archbishop of Bombay has asked Catholic institutions to translate this teaching of mercy towards a practise of mercy that will be an ongoing service to the needy. We, at Holy Cross High School, plan to adopt a certain learning projects that will help disadvantaged kids to learn along with our students.
The Year of Mercy project for our school will see the school holding hands with two institutions; one from the city and the other from the villages surrounding Mumbai. The school plans to help kids at a remand home and a village in Raigad district. The kids at the remand home and the students of the village school will be helped with educational aid through volunteers among students, teachers and parents. While our students learn at school, ensuring good education to students in the remand home and a village school will be our concern for this year.
We hope this project leaves a mark of mercy on the children in our school and to those children we reach out to. May we live up to our motto of ‘Lead kindly Light’ amidst the encircling gloom.