Friday, December 30, 2011

BIS #2747 INAUGURATION OF THE JUNIOR COLLEGE BUILDING- NERUL


NERUL, DECEMBER 30, 2011: 'The School is a building with tomorrow inside.' The future citizens are shaped inside its walls, and under its roof.
On December 21, 2011, the Management, Staff and students  gathered in the School Assembly Hall  to invoke God's blessings as the Provincial, Rev. Fr. Michael Fernandes blessed and inaugurated  the "Work of Human hands" – the Junior College Building of Don Bosco Senior Secondary School, Nerul.
The first phase of Don Bosco Senior Secondary School, Nerul was completed under the able guidance of Fr. Boniface D'souza and blessed on August 15, 2006 by Rev. Fr. Ivo Coelho.
Around two years ago the construction of the second phase began under the management of Fr. Vivian D'Souza, Fr. Monty Rodrigues and Fr. Anthony Fonseca and was completed this year.
The short, but solemn programme began with the dignitaries, the Provincial Rev. Fr. Michael Fernandes, the Vice Provincial Fr. Ajoy Fernandes, Province Procurator Fr. Edwin D'Souza, Rector of Don Bosco Matunga and Nerul Fr. Jude D'Mello, our Manager Fr. Bonnie Borges and our principal Fr. Anthony Fonseca, lighting the lamp signifying God's illuminating presence which dispels the darkness of ignorance and of sin.
A graceful prayer-dance added to the prayerful mood. After the dignitaries were felicitated, Fr. Michael addressed the assembly with his Christmas Message, since it was the season of Advent and the last day of school before the Christmas break. He narrated a story about a Christmas programme put up by some students in which the participants were to display individual letters which spelt  the message 'CHRISTMAS LOVE'.
However, one little girl held the letter 'M' upside down, and oblivious of the error she had made, she happily continued the formation.  Actually it turned out to be a blessing in disguise, as the message now read, 'CHRIST WAS LOVE!!'
God truly works in mysterious ways – what may seem a disaster in human eyes, may be a message from God.
Fr. Michael, then said the Prayer of Blessing and unveiled the slab on which, Deo Gratias was engraved. The dignitaries then proceeded to inaugurate and bless the three floors of the new building amidst the joyous applause of all those gathered.
It was truly a moment of pride and joy.
"Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it". Fr. Anthony Fonseca then delivered the Vote of Thanks to the dignitaries with a special mention about the Provincial Economer, as well as Fr. Boniface D'souza, Fr. Vivian and Fr. Monty.
The dignitaries were escorted to the Refectory while the students waited for their Christmas Programme which followed immediately after. 

Thursday, December 29, 2011

BIS #2746 DRISTI CONDUCTS AN EXPOSURE VISIT

Parmar Mayank


UDAYPUR, DECEMBER 29, 2011: Two day exposure visit to Udaypur was organized by Fr. Mayank and the DRISTI team for the SHGs leaders on December 21- 22, 2011.

The main purpose was to bring out leadership among the women. This whole programme was part of the DB Action India an NGO network of Don Bosco.
                                                                                                                   
On the first day we went to a village named Kesuli. Majority of the panchayat body of that village consisted of women. The women shared their personal life experiences; the hardship they faced and the struggle in their own family as well as from village people. The women also shared how with the help of "Aastha" an NGO working for the empowerment of women through federation were able to overcome the difficulty they faced. Our women were enthused and were grateful for the sharing done by the women.

In the afternoon a session was conducted by a team from Aastha in which they spoke of various federations they have formed and the outcome of these federations. Late in the evening a session was conducted by Fr. Mayank sdb, Ms. Daksha an SHG member and a teacher and Mr. Sanjay our SHG animator. The session consisted of the review of the entire day's events. The things heard, the thing seen and what could be the learning to take home.

There was an immediate reaction among our women. One of the women who is a sarpanch said that she would play a more effective role in her village. All the women said that they would take upon themselves and the responsibility of forming a federation. Women appreciated the work DRISTI does in their respective villages and were grateful for this visit. The women requested DRISTI to lend them supportive hand in realizing this dream of forming a federation. 

The following day the women went out for site seeing. 

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

BIS #2746 CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION AT SHELTER- WADALA

Patole Anthony


WADALA, DECEMBER 28, 2011: Shelter Don Bosco began its Christmas celebration with the Movie Don 2 on December 24 at 11:00am at IMAX. Bollywood celebrity Mr. Boman Irani sponsored the movie.
The boys welcomed the actor with joyful shouts and excitement at the theatre. There was a glittering smile seen on the face of all the boys as they wished Mr. Irani. He made sure to say a hello to all present there. Mr. Irani spent time interacting with the children before and after the movie. This event came after a long time, for which the boys were waiting and wanted to meet their 'Boman Uncle'. The boys gathered together to thank Mr. Irani for his generosity and love shown towards them.
In the evening the boys had their Christmas celebration in a simple manner with the narration of Christ's birth from the scripture, placing of baby Jesus in the manger and carols in Marathi and Hindi. Fr. Rector gave away the Christmas gifts to the boys.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

BIS #2745 "GAT SAMMELAN" TEACHERS' CONFERENCE AT DON BOSCO NASHIK

BIS Correspondent


NASHIK, DECEMBER 27, 2011: A Teachers' Seminar (Gat Sammelan) was held in the Parish hall of Don Bosco, Nasik on December 21, 2011 from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. As many as three hundred teachers of different schools from Centre-14 of Nashik City attended the Seminar. Fr. Diego Nunes, the Rector and Principal of Don Bosco High School and Junior College, organized the entire programme at the request of Mrs. Kalpana Patil, the Centre In charge from the Education Department of Zilla Parishad. Mrs. Shushada Deshpande, the Professor of S.M.R.K College and Mr. Pankaj pawar, the Assisstant Teacher of Nav Rachna Vidyalaya, Nashik were the resource persons of the Seminar.
After the ceremonial beginning of the Seminar with a prayer and lighting of the lamp, pasayadaan was sung by the teachers of Don Bosco. Fr. Diego Nunes felicitated Mrs. Kalpana Patil and the resource persons. Mrs. Patil explained the purpose of the Seminar to the teachers and thanked the Principal and management of Don Bosco for their support. Teacher Meena Chohkar read out the report of all the activities held in Don Bosco School. Fr. Diego Nunes also addressed the teachers and explained to them the Don Bosco way of educating the young minds. He also insisted that the teachers should receive training to handle the 'differently abled children' in their schools. Fr. Diego informed them that the teachers of Don Bosco have been receiving training to handle the children with psychological disorders from time to time which enables them to handle their students in a subtle way.
Mrs. Deshpande emphasized on the need of 'Proper Nutrition' to the growing kids and Mr. Pawar the other resource person shared the concept of 'Vedic Mathematics' with the teachers so that Maths becomes interesting and easy for the students. The primary students of Don Bosco presented a folk dance of Karnataka. Master Kaustubh Ponkshe hailed the Don Bosco way of teaching and praised the Principal and teachers in his speech. A game of Housie was also played by everyone to enliven/enlighten the ambience. The seminar concluded with vote of thanks proposed by Sir Nitin Pawar.

BIS #2744 CHRISTMAS JOY


BIS Correspondent


WADALA, DECEMBER 27, 2011: A week long of Christmas preparation and activity was just the catalyst needed to usher in the Christmas spirit just before the vacations.  The class student representatives began their work on the stars and the crib for the inter class star and the crib competition to set the ball rolling for the Christmas extravaganza.  Teamwork and creativity were the striking features of these competitions.  In the card making competition held in every class, all the students – from the aesthetically gifted to struggling artists – contributed their best art. 

In an attempt to explore the hidden talents of acting, the school held an inter-house Christmas dramatic competition on December 21.   The one act plays presented the students with opportune moments to express themselves on the stage. The Yellow House staged 'The spirit of Christmas', the Red house enacted 'Christmas in Iraq' and the Green house performed the drama 'I never saw you'.  The Blue house with their performance 'The Selfish Giant' were the winners of this close competition. The same day saw the KG students of our school receiving their share of Christmas gifts and presents from our beloved Santa Claus.

The school was abuzz with Christmas activity on December 22.  The first part of the morning saw the Primary students enacting a beautiful tableau on the Christmas story for the Primary section.  The Secondary section treated themselves to a Christmas treat in their respective classrooms around the same time.  Thereafter, it was the turn of the Secondary section to be part of the Christmas symposium while the Primary students had their share of Christmas celebration in their classrooms.  A wonderful Christmas party and lunch awaited all the staff members later in the afternoon.  We had our own three kings with their message for Christmas… and of course who made their subjects scurry around for gifts and presents!

The school broke for Christmas vacations – but not before receiving a wonderful message for Christmas: Joy comes in GIVING!  Merry Christmas!. 

Thursday, December 22, 2011

BIS #2743 CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION IN SION V.V.F. LTD

Patole Anthony


WADALA, DECEMBER 22, 2011: On December 17, 2011 the Shelter Don Bosco boys marched toward V.V.F. Ltd for their Christmas Celebration with the company employees. It was due to the initiative of Mr. Charles Carvallo (Past pupil of Don Bosco) that the Shelter boys were the centre of attraction of the celebration.
The boys along with two staff attended the celebration. They were prepared with carols and Christmas stories in the local Languages. They also entertained the staff with dance, Sher- Shayari, songs etc. and in turn were honoured with gifts and a cheque for the organization. Shelter Staff briefed the V.V.F staff with the history and works of Shelter Don Bosco. Thanks to Mr. Charles Carvallo who thought of us and made this day a special one for the boys.  

BIS #2742 PROVINCIAL VISITATION - WADALA

BIS Correspondent


WADALA, DECEMBER 22, 2011: The Salesian Provincial of Mumbai, Fr. Michael Fernandes sdb, was at St. Joseph's High School for his visitation on December 19, 2011.  He began his annual visitation of the parish and school the previous day.  Fr. Fernandes was given a grand welcome at the morning assembly on the school grounds with a guard of honour by our school leaders and flanked by the members of the management. 

At the impressive ceremony, after the floral tributes and an address by a school student representative, Fr. Godfrey D'Sa our Rector introduced Fr. Provincial to the assembly of staff and students.  A highly qualified person and a man of values, Fr. Michael served the Province in the spirit of Don Bosco.   Fr. Michael then addressed the assembly, and asked the students to never give up when confronted with failures in life, but to always keep on trying and achieve the best we can.  He commended the staff and the students for being an active member of the GreenLine schools Project, for winning laurels in sport, especially basketball, and for maintaining an excellent record in academics. It was a special moment for our u-16 basketball team to receive the MSSA champions' trophy, certificates and medals at the hands of the Provincial. The Principal, Fr. Bernard Fernandes thanked the Provincial for his presence among us, and for the constant support and guidance given to the school and its members.
 
After a brief entertaining encounter with the kindergarten students of our school, Fr. Provincial thereafter met the teaching and the office staff of the school.  He went on to elucidate the important and much needed qualities of a good teacher today viz. creativity, versatility and sensitivity, curiosity, being imperfectly human, and one who an emphasis on fun and learning in life.

It is said that the Provincial's visit is the presence of Don Bosco with us – and indeed, it was.  Thanks Fr. Provincial for spending quality and precious time with us, and bringing us closer to the values and the heart of Don Bosco.