Unveiling the Heart Behind Holy Cross High School: Meet Fr Barthol Machado
1. Explore the Spiritual Journey of our Manager
Embark on a spiritual odyssey with Fr Barthol Machado, the esteemed Manager at Holy Cross High School. Ordained in 1987 for the Archdiocese of Bombay, his journey has woven through the vibrant tapestry of faith.
2. Parishes That Shaped Him
In the scenic landscapes of Talasari, the bustling Mahad, the serene Uttan Chowk, and the vibrant Majiwada, Fr Barthol served diligently, leaving an indelible mark in each parish within the Archdiocese of Bombay.
3. Our Lady of Nazareth Church Era
Venture into the past as Fr Barthol led the faithful as the parish priest at Our Lady of Nazareth Church, Bhayandhar. His pastoral prowess and practicality were evident as he steered the spiritual ship with unwavering dedication.
4. Holy Cross High School Welcomes a Shepherd
With a rich history of service, Fr Barthol Machado took the reins at Holy Cross Church, a pivotal moment in the school's journey. His appointment brought a breath of fresh air, infusing new vigor and a pastoral touch to the institution.
5. The Pastoral Prodigy
Father Barthol is not just a manager; he is a pastoral prodigy. His approach to various pastoral problems is marked by discipline and a keen understanding of grassroots issues. His practicality and punctuality are the cornerstones of his efficient work ethic.
6. Behind the desk : A Kind Soul
Beyond the ecclesiastical attire, Fr Barthol is known for his kindness and approachability. He extends a warm embrace to all, fostering an environment where individuals feel heard, valued, and understood.
7. Fr Barthol is a very kind man at heart
As we unravel the layers of Fr Barthol Machado's journey, we discover not just a manager but a shepherd, a guide, and a compassionate soul. Holy Cross High School is not merely an institution; it's a testament to the spirit of service and leadership embodied by Fr Barthol. Join hands, support the mission, and be a part of this extraordinary journey of faith and education.
- Mrs. Meenakshi Apte
- 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.
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 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’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.
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.
Come summer and everyone looks forward to a good break after a lot of stress due to the exam fever.
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.
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.
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.