Purple - Kingship of God.
Gold – Holiness to the Lord. (These are the colours worn by kings)
It is glad to note, that in accordance with the suggestion made by His Grace Rev. Dr. Oswald Gomis - the former Archbishop of Colombo, the Branch school attached to Holy Cross College was started on the 14th January, 2004 at Palapolwatta, Payagala.
The initial arrangement to Branch school was conducted by the principal Rev. Bro. Kumarasinghe in the year 2003. Rev. Fr. Ivan Piterze, the Parish Priest of Payagala, immensely assisted in making the venture a success.
The Branch school initially functioned in the premises of Palapolwatta Church at Payagala in 2004. The inauguration was conducted with the participation of His Grace Rev. Dr. Oswald Gomis together with Rev. Fr. Ivan Peterze, Rev. Bro. Michael de Vaas, Rev. Bro. Charles Fernando, Rev. Bro. Kumarasinghe and Mrs. Amara Nandadi (Zonal Director of Education Kalutara).
The first student admitted to register was Koshala Almeida, initially 70 students were admitted to the school. Mrs.Jayanthi Fernando took over the duty as the first Principal of the Branch School. She endeavoured a lot to upgrade the standards of education. Mrs.Shenuka Fernando, Mrs. Thilini Fernando and Mrs.Indika Perera were enrolled to the tutorial staff as pioneering teachers.
After twelve months of operation, the raging waves of Tsunami completely devastated whole infrastructure in 2004. At that time the Branch School had only four classes. They were shifted to the Main School and held classes in the afternoon since 18th January 2005.
His Grace, the Archbishop Oswald Gomis donated a land near by Payagala Yatadola road in order to build up the Branch school and he laid the foundation stone in March ,2005. Rev. Fathers of the Kalutara Deanary and Rev Brothers of the Marist congregation also participated for the occasion. Rev. Bro. Clinton Perera, took over the task of building the new building.
In the year 2006, part of the new building was completed and six classes were conducted on the first floor. On the 6th February, 2006 the inauguration ceremony was held. Mrs. Jayanthi Fernando was entrusted with the task of managing and setting the track until 31st July, 2008.
On the 1st of August, 2008, Rev. Bro. Clinton Perera took over the responsibility as the Principal of the Branch school at Payagala. On the 1st September 2010, Rev. Fr. Dr. Camillus Fernando, took over the school management under the guidance of Rt. Rev. Dr. Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith. Rev.Fr Chinthaka Perera was appointed as the first Principal of the Branch School. Rev.Fr.Sudham perera took over the responsibilities as the principal of Holy Cross College Payagala from May 2012. He has done a yeoman service to the school during his six years period.
The year 2019 is a mile stone of the school. The school is separated from the mother school and announced as an independent school from the government. Now our school is known as Holy Cross College Kalutara, Payagala.
Rev.Fr.Vincent Ashley is the present Director of our School and he is doing great service to the school from July 2018 to present.
Now the Branch school is consisted of almost nine hundred twenty seven students and a dedicated staff with qualified and experienced teachers.
“ Our vision is to form a morally sound child, in the system of education, who can face the global challenge with wisdom, nourished by Catholic Faith ”
“ Our mission is to crate a productive Generation of students to the world, Nourished by Catholic Faith and equipped With knowledge, attitude and skills ”
CRUX SACRA SIT MIHI LUX - Let the Holy Cross be my Light.
“ Let us arm, like young crusaders Neath the Holy Cross, our Guide Climbing up steep Wisdom’s side When we’re passing by the Grotto Let us pray for Lanka’s sake That from slumbers that oppress her She may to the truth awake CHORUS Should our names be write in story Let our college reap the glory Sons are we: to each. A brother, Proud we are to call Her Mother; And when age fallen o’er us In Her Praise we’ll join the chorus. Fleet as fly the skimming swallows O’er our limped, still lagoon Bright as gleams the glowing pathway Paved by yon slow – sailing moon We shall, to our mother, hasten Eager in our mental quest Keeping white, the soul within us By our Faith - our sield and crest. Let our aims be high and noble Let us to our Symbol cling Let us strive to do our duty Robbing labour of its sting. ”