Monday, September 30, 2013

BIS# 3684 AVEC TEACHERS’ SEMINAR 2013

by Carissa Gudino

MATUNGA-MUMBAI, SEPTEMBER 29, 2013:  Learning is a life-long process... it is said that we learn from the womb to the tomb. Keeping this in mind, the Archdiocesan Value Education Commission (AVEC) organised a seminar for value education co-ordinators/ teachers of all the ABE schools in Mumbai on the 26th of September 2013. This year there were 225 participants from 104 schools.

This seminar - conceptualised by Fr. Glenford Lowe sdb - aims at familiarising the value education co-ordinators of the various schools with the activities of AVEC as well as helps them exchange ideas and get to know one other. It helps the teachers work hand in hand with AVEC towards the common goal of instilling values in the hearts and minds of the young children entrusted to their care.

The program began with a prayer service by Sr. Vera Almeida of the AVEC team. Fr. Bosco D'Mello, the principal of Don Bosco High School, Matunga then welcomed all present. The seminar was inaugurated by Fr. George Athaide, the secretary of the Archdiocesan Board of Education. Kia Scherr spoke about her Peace Forum and the One Life Alliance of which she is the founder. She also released a DVD containing the 30-day pledge for respecting the sacredness of life. One of the teachers commented "The 30-day pledge was very exciting and inspiring - the highlight of the day."

AVEC awards were presented to the winners of the various competitions organised.  The participants were enthused by the talk of Fr. Ajoy Fernandes who took them through the value of understanding mental health, which is often overlooked. The session was lively and interactive with videos to help the teachers be attentive to special children. Fr. Joaquim Fernandes spoke about the effects of media and networking upon the academic and social development of students.

A representative from Macmillan Publishers, Ms. Avinash Kaur Dhanoa introduced those present to their Xpress series' integrated teaching-learning resources. Macmillan also distributed copies of their book 'More than a Teacher' which speaks about the dynamics of teaching. It attempts to shed light on some of the constraints teachers face and offers possible solutions to common problems.

Fr. Glenn Lowe concluded the seminar by presenting the AVEC team and proposing the vote of thanks. 

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

BIS # 3683 ASSEMBLY PROGRAM

by BIS correspondent
NERUL-MUMBAI, SEPTEMBER 24, 2013: The term "Value Education" refers to the education of children about the values which are set forth as being a solid standard for living one's life by. It is taught in schools and colleges in order to make the students realize the importance of values and inculcate those values in their life. The value education program in Dominic Savio Kindergarten is presented through a stage program where children present a value through a skit, song and dance.
On 19th September, 2013 the assembly program was presented by the students of preparatory C, with good enthusiasm. This program was organized by Tr. Diana Rayan for Pre-Primary students of Dominic Savio Kindergarten, Nerul.
The main objective of the program is to inculcate good values. The value of this assembly program was to speak the truth, to know about the different farm animals and how they help us.
The teachers felt the program was well executed with creative ideas it was also a very colorful program. The children understood the concept and enjoyed the assembly.

BIS # 3682 WHAT IS YOUR CAREER GOAL

by BIS correspondent

BORIVLI-MUMBAI, SEPTEMBER 24, 2013: With the gates of hundreds of career avenues open to the young minds of today, it has become virtually impossible for these minds to be focused on "The one" choice for them. It is generally observed that towards the fag end of their school life, most of the students are confused as to what stream of education they intend to pursue post S.S.C. It is truly a great predicament.
The same plight was observed in the students of Don Bosco High school as well. It is indeed the far-sightedness of the Principal, Rev. Fr. George Carlos, who, having studied the scenario; put forth the suggestion of having a career guidance talk for the high school boys of the 9th, 10th and FYJC. Fortunately, this suggestion was instantaneously implemented. The school was lucky to have Mr. Ryan D'souza, a successful lawyer, who very spontaneously took the students through an introductory session on career goals. He familiarized the various streams available and also threw some light on the scope of different professions available ahead.
However, this is just the beginning. Confidently, there will be weekly session for the student conducted by different resource persons from various fields elaborately explaining the pros and the cons of their field. Helping the students make better career choices in the near future.

BIS # 3681 DIVYADAAN APPROACHES THE CHRISTIAN VISION

by Cl. Romero D' Souza SDB

NASHIK-MAHARASHTRA, SEPTEMBER 24, 2013: "The Christian Vision: Philosophical Perspectives" was the theme of the seminar convened by Divyadaan - Salesian Institute of Philosophy, on 18th and 19th of September, 2013. The seminar was bifurcated with four sessions on the first day and two sessions on the second day. Fr. Robert Pen, the Principal of Divyadaan, welcomed the participants and speakers. Fr. Matthew Coutinho sdb, set the ball rolling with his introductory remarks on the Christian vision and how philosophy helps uncover it aiming for greater clarity in order to achieve better coherence.
The first speaker on day one was Fr. Savio D'Souza sdb, who presented "Emmanuel Mounier: Personalism." The second paper prepared by Fr Brian Bandya OFM Cap shed light on "Pandita Ramabai: Liberating Mission of Christ." In the afternoon session Fr Felix Fernandes sdb offered a paper entitled "Gabriel Marcel: Appreciating Mystery." The last session of the day was on the "Theological Contributions of Brahmabandhav Upadhyay" and was prepared by Fr Robert Pen sdb.
The second day commenced with Fr. Kenneth Pereira sdb, presenting to the participants "The Place of Christ in an Evolving Universe: The Christic Vision of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin." In the last session Fr Ashley Miranda sdb focused on "Benedict XVI: Call to Live a Joyful Life." The discussions that followed each paper were enriching and insightful helping the participants delve deeply into the issues at hand. Many misunderstandings were cleared and misinterpretations laid to rest.
Concluding the proceedings of the two days Fr Matthew Coutinho highlighted the confluence of thought in the six presentations and highlighted some salient insights. The papers had the common thread of the Christian Vision running through them with all unearthing more of the rich Christian tradition.
The seminar ended with the felicitation of the presenters (all members of the academic faculty of Divyadaan). This seminar was a learning and growing experience for all, enabling better understanding of faith and life. It has also helped inculcate the need for greater reflection and dialogue in the study of philosophy and our faith. It was a journey towards becoming 'good Christians and honest citizens,' as Don Bosco our father and founder termed it. One noteworthy feature was that all the papers were authored and presented by teachers in Divyadaan making it an occasion for joint reflection and mutual enrichment within the faculty.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

BIS# 3680 SWISS SELF-DEFENCE WORKSHOP FOR WOMEN

by BIS correspondent 

BORIVLI - MUMBAI, SEPTEMBER 17, 2013: Don Bosco Junior College organised a self-defence workshop for women on 17th September, 2013. The workshop was conducted by United Social Development Foundation. Mr. Martial Vout, a Swiss self-defence instructor and Mr. Manish Gray, Indian instructor conducted the workshop on instinctive, easiest and the most effective fighting method.

The goal of this workshop was to help women defend themselves and avoid being harassed. During workshop Mr. Martial Vout insisted on the link between women's attitude in everyday life and efficient response in case of an assault. A woman who is too submissive at home and at her work place will not be able to let her survival instinct work the day she has to fight against an aggressor. Mr. Martial Vout further said that there are two weapons which women should use. First is her brain and second her feet. He also taught and demonstrated various tricks and strategies by which women can protect themselves.

The workshop ended with a vote of thanks.

BIS# 3679 MATUNGA ALUMNI ORGANISE MOTIVATIONAL TALK

by Kailash B. Parekh

MATUNGA-MUMBAI, SEPTEMBER 17, 2013: The Don Bosco Alumni Matunga Unit arranged a very fruitful program on Sunday, 8 September, 2013. They sent out invitations to the neighbourhood and received a good response with about 185 persons present; they also extended an invitation to the youth from Shelter Don Bosco. 

The Rector, Fr. Wilfred D'Souza presided over the function with a warm welcome to all and thanked the people present for making time on a Sunday morning. The Alumni President Mr. Jayesh T. Chandan in a short speech also welcomed everyone and introduced the speaker Mr. Jayyant Lapasia. Mr. Jayyant Lapasia an eminent speaker and a past pupil (1974) presented the topic "Live Life The Way It Should Be Lived."

All present appreciated the initiative taken by the Alumni to organise the motivational talk. By the end of the program everyone was filled with positive thoughts and promised to live their life more meaningfully. They also asked for more such programs to be organized in the future.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

BIS # 3678 ALTAR SERVERS CAMP


by Bis Correspondent

BORIVLI-MUMBAI, SEPTEMBER 14, 2013: The Altar servers of Don Bosco Parish, Borivli attended an Altar Servers Camp. Thanks to the efforts of Mrs Geraldine, Juliana and Cleven the servers enjoy and take delight in being a part of an elite group privileged to be close to the altar.
The new servers were introduced to the group and were trained for serving the mass in a dignified manner. Fr. Carlos spoke to the children emphasizing the importance of the mass and the privilege of being servers that was granted to them.
The camp ended with distribution of toys and gifts.

BIS # 3677 PROUD PROCLAMATIONS IN THE NATIONAL LANGUAGE

by BIS Correspondent

LONAVLA- MAHARASHTRA, SEPTEMBER 14, 2013: The School and Junior College of Don Bosco Lonavla conducted a Hindi Elocution for its students on 13th September, 2013. The co-ordinator for the competition was the Hindi teacher, Ms. Sunita Sonawane. The competition was divided into three parts: the first being recitation of stories by students from Stds. V to VII; speeches by students from Std. VIII - X and the third part also had speeches but by students from Stds. XI and XII.
 The competition was judged by Mrs. Lakshmi Dalvi, a Post Graduate from Symbiosis Institute and a Hindi teacher; Dr. Garote, a PhD in Physical Education from Mumbai University and a well-known Yoga Instructor and Fr. Solomon Rapol, Rector of Don Bosco High School and Junior College Lonavla. The students of Stds. V to VII began the Elocution competition by reciting interesting stories in Hindi. One of the judges remarked and appreciated the fact that all the stories recited were folk stories of India.
The second group comprising of students from Stds. VIII - X presented speeches on diverse topics like environment, women's rights and political issues. The next group of students also deliv
ered speeches on different topics but the common thread running through most of their speeches was the importance or the use of Hindi in the modern colloquy and how the influence of the Western culture has adulterated the Hindi language. Pure and pristine Hindi is now a rare phenomenon and hence the need to revive the language and literature. 
Though difficult to judge, the winners were rewarded based on their choice of topic, clarity of speech and manner of deliverance. Shashank Rajavat of Std. VII took the first prize in the V-VII category for his story on the thoughts of a bird. Mrityunjay Chikne of Std. IX grabbed the first place in the VIII-X category for his speech on the sanctimonious attitude of a lazy man and Shraddha Singh of Std. XI Science won the seniors category for her speech on the evil of abortion.
Before the prize distribution, one of the judges, Dr. Garote gave an interesting insight on what language really is and how each language has its own beauty. He also admonished all the students to speak only the language that is appropriate and fitting to the place and situation; in short to give each language its rightful due. The competition ended with a vote of thanks, appreciating the participants as well as the organizing team for the efforts they put in to make the event successful.

Friday, September 13, 2013

BIS # 3676 BASIC CHRISTIAN YOUTH-TRAINING WORKSHOP

by Bento D'Souza 
AHMEDNAGAR, SEPTEMBER 12, 2013: On 8th September, 2013, more than hundred youth gathered for the Basic Christian Youth-Training Workshop. The workshop began with the rite of the lighting of the lamp and singing of a bhajan.
At the beginning of the session the group was asked about their expectations from BCY. They were also asked as to what sessions they would like to have during the course of the year.  "Draw my life" a poster drawing exercise was conducted, where the youth had to draw and explain their life goals.
Fr. Nelson took the session on the Dynamics of Motivation Exercise in groups. Followed by Ms. Aucilia who took a session on 'Six Study Formulas' and 'The Employment/Career set of skills needed'. Mr. Kiran Shelke conducted a session on 'Preparation of students for employability'. Mr.Tushar Ranavare spoke about careers in Photography, Videography and Drama. Mr Victor Mavely worked on the dance and choreography careers.
A Question Box was held and a Panel Discussion followed giving the youth ample time to sort out their issues and queries about the future. A Role Play was Planned on the Topic: Who is an the Ideal youth? Or what are the dangers to life of young people?  3 minutes was given to each group to perform. The three judges evaluated the performances. 
Group work:
1. Preparation for cultural program on 22nd Sept. Foundation day was chalked out and time to practice was given animated by Dance academy trainer, Victor Mavely.
2. Planning the year ahead – ambitions as a group: Awards were discussed and worked towards.
The final session was based on creating a road map for success and personal resolutions to succeed. Feedback was sung in Antakshari style– about happenings of the day's program.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

BIS # 3675 A TWO DAY CELEBRATION OF TEACHERS' DAY

by Br. Clarence Martis 
MATUNGA-MUMBAI,SEPTEMBER 12, 2013:  5th September, 2013 was a day of games and entertainment for the teachers of Don Bosco, Matunga. The boys of the 10th standard conducted classes for the Secondary section. During this time the Student Council organized interesting games for the teachers in the quadrangle, gymnasium and the boarding hall. The teachers enjoyed the morning. But this was not the end of the celebration. After some snacks in the afternoon, the teachers as a group went out for a movie.
On the 6th September, 2013 the day began with the Eucharistic celebration in the Shrine of Don Bosco's Madonna. The teachers entered the shrine in a procession. Fr. Bosco D'Mello the main celebrant invited all to pray for the teachers and their intentions. After the Eucharist, they were then escorted to their respective classes by the class monitors for a felicitation program.
The students vied with one another to perform their best for their teachers. The teachers were then escorted to the gymnasium for a common felicitation with the students of the 9th and 10th. Students from the Pre-primary to the Secondary staged colourful items. Ms Beatrice Pinto, the Assistant Head Mistress thanked the students for making the Teachers day memorable for all of them.
Many retired teachers were also present. The management presented every teacher with a token of appreciation for their work through the year. The festivities ended with the Principal thanking the teachers for all that they do and wishing them well for the year ahead.

BIS # 3674 JAITUN PRAKASHAN SAMARAMB & TEACHER'S DAY


by Bento D'Souza 

AHMEDNAGAR, SEPTEMBER 11, 2013: On 4th September, 2013 The Jaitun Prakashan Samaramb and Teacher's Day gathering was conducted on the Clara Bruce Grounds. The host and main promoter of the event was entrepreneur-Shri Vishvasraoji Dalvi.

The Co-ordinator of the event was Pastor Robin Mahaadkar. Among the chief guests was Fr Nelson Falcao. The Jaitun group, part of Christi Sahitya Prakasan, who run a weekly paper have now decided to begin an official monthly magazine. Jaitun means 'olive'.  This event served as a launch for their new magazine and the release of the first issue.

The principals of all the schools were present and officially felicitated for their performance and contribution in the field of education and values formation.

BIS # 3673 MBA STUDENTS LEARN THROUGH BOOK REVIEWS

by Andrea Vaz

KURLA-MUMBAI, SEPTEMBER 11, 2013: On the 23rd of August, 2013, a Book Review presentation was organised for the first year Management students of Don Bosco institute of Technology – MMS, Kurla. Prof. Conrad Saldanha, the Principal, Advisor coached the students. The students were given 3 weeks for preparation. The main purpose of the book presentation was to encourage the students to read the books, understand the key concepts and examine their application in the business environment.

The books reviewed included:

1.         Zara and her sisters - Enrique  Badia

2.         Enterprise Social Technology – Scott Klososky

3.         Likeonomics - Rohit Bhargava

4.         Judgement Calls – Thomas  H. Davenport

5.         One click – Richard L. Brandt   

6.         New age Entrepreneurs – Mint business series

7.         Tata Log –Harish Bhatt

8.         Why People Fail – Simon Reynolds

9.         Toyota Culture – Jeffrey .K. Liker

10.       Indianomix – Vivek Dehejia and Rupa Subramanya

The judges were: Fr.Mario Vaz, Executive Director, Professor Leslie Rebello,

Prof. Sunil Madhok, Ms. Immaculate Fernandes, and Mr. Roscoe Dsouza. Professor Pranjal Mule was also present. 

The Book Review was a very challenging and a fruitful experience as many of the students were doing this for the first time. Each presentation of a book was made interesting, digestible as well as enlightening.

The entire session was an exchange of unique learning and their application. The students were highly appreciated for their efforts as they succeeded in understanding the key concepts as well as tried to see how those concepts had been applied in the Indian industry and how they could be applied to Don Bosco Centre for Learning.

The session concluded with feedback from the respective judges who highlighted areas for improvement and motivated the students to read and reflect. The flavour of the outcome of this exercise has been captured through a few shared comments by the students who participated in the book presentation.

"The book review was a first for me .We initially had our share of hiccups. But going deeper into it, we learned a lot even about Amancio Ortega's entrepreneurial and social skills."(Zara And Her Sisters)                                                     -Ruchelle Fernandes 

"The Book Review was a wonderful experience. I got to learn new concepts and Mr. Conrad Saldanha also helped me with concepts that were difficult to comprehend. I am sure it will help me in the long run."    (Enterprise Social Technology)                     -Anisha Anthony

"I learned to be in a team and learnt various things like seriously considering suggestions, opinions and views of my team members. It encouraged me to read books as it helped me gain knowledge and improve my language." (Indianomix)               -Stephy Sol

"I learned about what an entrepreneur has to go through while setting up a business. The book was inspirational and talked about values such as hard work, self-confidence and taking risks."(New Age Entrepreneurs)              -Wilson Sequeira

Sunday, September 8, 2013

BIS # 3672 U-14 STATE FOOTBALL CHAMPIONS

by BIS correspondent

MATUNGA-MUMBAI, SEPTEMBER 7, 2013: Don Bosco Matunga claimed the under-14 Subroto Mukherjee Football Trophy after defeating Amravati Dynmata School in the finals of the U-14 State Football Champions at Yavatmal in Nagpur. The Matunga boys beat Dynmata School with a difference of 3 goals to one.

The school authorities were hesitant to send the boys for the matches because of late intimation as it would be impossible to make all the necessary arrangements in a single day.  The parents, not able to bear the disappointment on their kids' faces took up the initiative and assured their support in arranging for their transport and stay. They even agreed to accompany the boys to Nagpur.

The boys gave their best. In the quarterfinals they beat Aurangabad 4 goals to nil and in the semifinals they beat Pune 3 goals to nil. One of the players, Clivert Millar, was so jubilant that he said, "We thought we were the underdogs but after drubbing Aurangabad, we knew the title was ours". His father was equally upbeat, 'The kids were the real heroes. They dominated all the games. I'm glad the school authorities supported the boys in the end."

Don Bosco Matunga are now State champions and they will represent Maharashtra at the National level tournament which will be held at New Delhi starting 20th September 2013. The boys, parents and the school are eagerly waiting for the competition and are hoping they become National Champions. 

BIS # 3671 YOU MAKE US GROW

by Cl. Nevelle Coutinho sdb

NASHIK-MAHARASHTRA, SEPTEMBER 7 2013: Teachers hold a very important place in the life of every student after his family; and so rightly there should be a day set apart for all teachers to make them know how precious and valuable they are to the students. Indeed the students of Divyadaan, Salesian Institute of Philosophy expressed this in a very unique way with the theme YOU MAKE US GROW.

The day began with a prayer service followed by a felicitation program in Fr. Vincent Vaz Hall. The teachers were brought in procession to the hall. The whole show was handled and rocked by the enthusiastic and creative comparing by Vivian and Sachin, which gave a flow to the whole program. In his welcome speech Fr. Robert expressed his gratitude towards the teachers and the students with the message that 'Divyadaan is not about learning philosophy but learning to live, love, care and share with each other and thanking God together.'

The MPH brothers played a melodious tune of instruments in complete harmony. The TYBPH brothers set the stage on fire with their lively dance. An address was read by Nigel and Sagar expressing their sentiments of gratitude towards the teachers. This was followed by the presentation of gifts and cards to all the teachers. The SYBPH went a step ahead to express themselves through a skit which highlighted the sense of duty coupled with love.

The staff members then cut a cake to lively songs. This was followed by a delightful song sung by the FYBPH brothers. The teachers were in for a surprise when they were called to participate in the animated games. The program concluded with a group photo of the staff members and a vote of thanks.

 'Every teacher ultimately lives on to inspire others…' the legacy lives on. 

Friday, September 6, 2013

BIS # 3670 VISITING AHMADABAD, THE CITY OF KNOWLEDGE


by BIS correspondent 

AHMADABAD, SEPTEMBER 6, 2013: The community of Don Bosco Kapadvanj along with the aspirants went on one-day educational tour to the city of Ahmadabad on 4th September 2013.

The whole community set off in the morning after invoking the protection of our Blessed Virgin Mary. They visited the place where the father of our nation, Mahatma Gandhi spent a large part of his life. On reaching Gandhi ashram, the aspirants were taken to the exhibition-hall where various articles and letters of Mahatma Gandhi were displayed. Thereafter they visited the room that Mahatma Gandhi occupied.

A lady working with the 'Charakha' gave a brief talk on Mahatma Gandhi's work in the ashram. After looking at the pictures, articles and the room of Mahatma Gandhi, one of the aspirants exclaimed, "Coming here was like meeting Mahatma himself!"

After the Ashram the journey continued towards Science city. The aspirants visited the planet and space sections. They were taken up with the things that were displayed and exhibited. They also watched a 3D movie for 60 minutes. The visit to the Science city was really beneficial to all. For some it cleared their doubts and for some it created more doubts with questions like: 'How is all this possible?' Or 'How was this universe created?'

Thereafter the group left for the Kankaria River Front where the aspirants enjoyed themselves by taking a ride on the toy-train that has been running since the 1960's. It was really a wonderful experience.

The visit to Ahmadabad really enriched the aspirants and increased their knowledge about the universe and how things came into being.

BIS # 3669 TEACHERS' DAY 2013


by Mrs. Joyce D'mello Fernandes

 

NERUL-MUMBAI, SEPTEMBER 6, 2013: Teachers' Day – the day that every teacher looks forward to – was celebrated at Don Bosco Senior Secondary School, Nerul, with great enthusiasm on 5th September, 2013.

Celebrations began on the eve of Teachers' Day, with the Pre-Primary and Primary Sections felicitating their teachers during their respective mini-celebrations, organized by the P.T.A. members.

The teachers dressed in their best were escorted by fine youngsters, amidst thundering applause, to the Ground floor Assembly Hall for the main event. The Variety Entertainment Program was prepared exclusively for teachers by the Office Staff, P.T.A. Members, the Activity teachers and students under the able-guidance of the Manager and the Principal.

The main objective of felicitating, appreciating and thanking the teachers was beautifully fulfilled through the excellent performances which included a soul-rendering orchestra, foot-tapping dances and impressive speeches.

Students loved seeing their teachers sashaying down the aisle to the stage to collect their bouquets and gifts. Teachers felt really special and loved through the heartfelt wishes, handmade cards and flowers. The variety of the program, with exclusive performances from students across classes, was well-appreciated. The teachers truly felt on top of the world.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

BIS # 3668 BRAIN TRAIN PROGRAM

by BIS correspondent 

MATUNGA-MUMBAI, SEPTEMBER 4, 2013: Tej-Prasarini, Don Bosco Communications, Matunga organized a workshop for students, teachers and adults – 'Master Your Mind' at Don Bosco, Matunga from 15th August  to 1st September, 2013. Mr. D. P. Mahesha, Founder Director of Masterminds International, Bangalore, conducted this workshop in Mumbai for the eighth consecutive time in association with Tej-Prasarini - Don Bosco Communications, the communication arm of the Don Bosco Society.  RJ Bosco Rodrigues compared the valedictory program and enthralled the crowd with quips and anecdotes.

Mr.D. P Mahesha is a pioneer in the field of Creative Memory and Mind Management. By virtue of trained memory, he gained entry into the Limca Book of Records and was the proud recipient of the "Memory Wizard Award" in the Memory Asiad Competition held in 2001. He has conducted these workshops for a number of companies in different parts of India and abroad.

Fifteen teachers from Don Bosco School, Matunga and Six teachers of Don Bosco High School, Nerul, attended the Master Your Mind workshop on August 22 & 23, 2013. The session was conducted by Mr. D. P. Mahesha, Mr Zafar Mahmood, Mrs Poornima Radakrishnan and Fr. Joaquim Fernandes on the various memory techniques, rapid reading, Neurobics, super accelerative learning skills and Enlightened Leadership for Teachers. They were also made aware of the seven major types of intelligence and how they could use this knowledge in the classroom while dealing with children with different types of intelligence. The teachers will now break the rote memory system of learning and train the children through association techniques and new learning strategies developed in the 21st century.

A four day Master Your Mind Workshop was held at Tej-Prasarini, Don Bosco Communications Centre for Twenty Five adults. During the workshop the participants were introduced to multiple intelligence, ambidexterity, concentration, memory techniques, speed reading, mind maps, neurobics and a number of techniques to help the brain perform to its optimum best. Another important aspect during this workshop was to learn total relaxation techniques where the body is completely relaxed but the mind is fully alert. "This workshop provides a complete change of perspective and is one of the best courses that I have attended," said Mr.Sitesh Dutt, "It was a very good and well organized course. I enjoyed learning about mind-maps, Alpha waves and the different types of intelligence," said Mrs. Ujwala Mistry who is a teacher by profession. "It opens several avenues to you and gives you a fully empowered and enriched experience in life said Mrs Rupal Nagda and her husband Mr Rahul Murdeshwar.

Nearly 150 children from the various schools participated in the "Brain Training Program".  This was one of the best program I have attended so far said Dev from Don Bosco High School. It was an amazing experience said Erica from J B Wacha School

The chief guest Fr.Bosco Dmello, Principal of the Don Bosco High School, Matunga  speaking on this occasion congratulated the participants on the amazing skills presented by the participants during the demo at the conclusion of the seminar.  The Master Your Mind certificates were distributed to all the participants. Mr Nicolas Peris was the guest of Honour for this occasion and he also distributed the certificates for the Program.  Fr. Wilfred D'Souza, Rector of the Don Bosco High School congratulated the trainers for the exemplary and exceptional capabilities with unbounded capacities to unravel the power of the mind.  

Mr. D. P. Mahesha trained the boarders of Don Bosco, Matunga in Master your Mind workshop and the children were delighted to see the amazing powers of the brain.

This seminar taught each of the participants to work smarter and to use our potentials to our optimum level. It was a spiritual reawakening through the past life regression it healed the emotional scars and I learned to forgive and let go to attain fulfilment and peace.  I laughed after almost 21 years and I feed proud said Mr Umesh Kamat a business entrepreneur.  Tony Buzan the mind power expert says "Instead of teaching the individual facts about other things, we must teach him facts about himself… like how he can learn, think, recall, create and solve problems". This Brain Training program was indeed a journey to self-exploration. Nearly 450 people who attended the valedictory program were mesmerized with awe and amazement at the way the children and adults grasped words, numbers, and dates and above all to learn the power of the mind.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

BIS # 3667 ORIENTATION PROGRAM FOR CLASSES VIII TO XII

NERUL-MUMBAI, SEPTEMBER 3, 2013: Orientation means giving a direction and helping one find a proper bearing in life. This was exactly the 

purpose of conducting Orientation sessions for the students of standards 8 – 12 from 12-16 August, and from 26 August – 3 September at Don Bosco, Nerul.  Fr. Cleophas Braganza of Don Bosco Youth Services – Mumbai was the resource person for these sessions.

The students of standards 8 – 10 were guided in evaluating their life's compass, defining goals and learning how to cope with stress. During the session, they verified their own development in various areas of their personality and their relationship with others. Since they have to face a lot of academic pressure, the topic of stress was touched upon, to help them understand its meaning, its effects, how they can cope with it, and make optimum use of the time and resources available to them.

The students of standards 11 – 12 were introduced to "Education to Love" (understanding the true meaning of love, sexuality and relationships). Looking at a human being as composed of different dimensions (body, mind, heart and soul); the students were able to understand the difference between lust, romance and infatuation as compared to an enduring self-sacrificing love. Other issues related to sexuality and relationships were also discussed in a frank and open manner.

BIS # 3665 A WEEKEND TO REMEMBER

by Charlene Gibbs 

LONAVLA, September 2, 2013: On the 31st of August 2013, the SYM members of DBYS set out for Don Bosco Lonavla, for a weekend full of fun and frolic. On arrival, the rector - Fr. Solomon addressed the youth and extended a warm welcome to them. After lunch, the enthusiastic group marinated a pigling (renamed SYGgie the Pyggie in honour of the Salesian Youth Group) to be barbecued for dinner.

After the BBQ preparations were done, the group set out on foot for Bushi dam, enjoying a beautiful walk through the green hills and cool drizzle. The walk took a bit of effort but was worth it. The icy water gushing down the steps of the dam revived the exhausted youth as they splashed about in it. After a hot cup of tea, they started their return journey eagerly looking forward to the BBQ party. SYGgie was royally roasted, with the youth singing, making humorous comments and having fun. Dinner was preceded by a thanksgiving prayer for all the wonderful experiences of the day.

On Sunday, the group participated in the Holy Eucharist presided by Fr. Glenn, along with the boys from the boarding. After Mass, the group set out on a hike to Tungarli Dam and to Microwave hill. It was a steep climb up mountains and along winding tracks - an adventure everyone enjoyed and will treasure forever. The scenic panorama of the valley below was simply breathtaking and serene. To top it all, Mr. Chris J. Ndallo, the director of Tanzania Youth Cultural Exchange Network (TYCEN) who joined the group on this trip, shared his memories of being in a Salesian school in Tanzania and his experience of heading an NGO that empowers youth through networking across countries.

Before the group left, they played a football match with the boarders. They then trekked to the railway station to catch a train back to Mumbai, rejuvenated and ready to get on with their busy schedules.

Monday, September 2, 2013

BIS # 3664 TO LORD GANESHA WITH LOVE - GOING GREEN

by Ms. Sunita D'Souza 

WADALA-MUMBAI, SEPTEMBER 2, 2013: It's that time of the year again when streets, shops, homes and offices are decked up and prepared for the installation of the idols of Lord Ganesha. St. Joseph's High School has also begun preparing the students for the festival – the Green Ganesha way. On the 30th of August, 2013, ten students from very class from Std. I - X assembled in the school hall for the 'Green Ganesha Workshop'. An eco-friendly organisation - Vidyamargam, demonstrated and helped the students in the preparation of Lord Ganesha idols that were eco-friendly, adorable and creative.

Ms. Ashwini from Vidyamargam addressed the students and stressed the importance of using eco-friendly material in the preparations of the idols of Lord Ganesha. Her team members conducted a presentation that outlined the harm caused by idols made with materials such as Plaster of Paris, etc. at the time of immersion. During the discussion there was an active participation from the students with amazing responses aimed at creating an eco-friendly atmosphere around the time of the season of Ganesh Chaturthi.

The students, divided into ten groups in order of their classes, were provided with clay by the members of Vidyamargam.  The ten instructors of Vidyamargam distributed themselves in each of these groups to personally instruct and assist the members of the group. It was indeed an efficient and effective arrangement since there was individual guidance and encouragement. To express their love and gratitude to Lord Ganesha for being with us, some students melodiously and joyously sang the 'Aarthi Prayer' – a prayer of praise and thanks to Lord Ganesha.  Another group of students joined in singing the song 'Bholenath'.

The Greenline team members, Mr. Aristo and Ms. Jessica, were in attendance. They marvelled at the eco-friendly idols of Lord Ganesha intricately and artistically designed by the students. Besides capturing the snapshots on their cameras, they were assigned the difficult task of selecting the best five designed idols from each of the two sections – the Primary and the Secondary.  They announced the results at the end of the workshop Fr. Bernard Fernandes (Principal), Ms. Nicole Britto, the Headmistress, and Mrs. Matilda Fernandes, the Primary Head teacher interacted with students moulding the idols in their own distinctive style and their own 'vision' of Lord Ganesha.

The workshop ended with a prayer. Fr. Bernard thanked the entire team of Vidyamargam, in particular the coordinator, Ms. Sunanda  Nevase, for their guidance and assistance. He also thanked the Greenline team members for their presence and assistance in all the greening activities.

Ganpati Bappa Moorya!

BIS # 3662 BCY-CAREER GUIDANCE WORKSHOP

by Bento D'Souza

BHINGAR-AHMEDNAGAR, SEPTEMBER 2, 2013: On 29th August 2013, thirty youth, the office bearers of the Satellite Youth project, leaders, secretaries and treasurers of the various zones met at St John Baptist Church, Bhingar for a training session and a workshop to help them articulate their aspirations and career goals. Planning and choosing a career path for themselves, is what the two hour workshop aimed at.

At the very onset of the workshop the participants were asked to prepare posters in groups on their target ten years from today.  Fr. Nelson animated the session and the Pastoral youth animation team members, (PYAT) Solomon Gaikwad and Shyam Pol assisted the youth in the preparation of the charts and gave them useful tips to present their views before the group of elders, parish council members and others.

This planning exercise helped the elders as well as the Salesians understand what the youth want for themselves in their future. This way they could facilitate the direction of the journeys of the youth, help them focus on goals and also help remove obstacles along the way.

This was the first Basic Christian Youth event of the year, the ball is now setting rolling for other events to follow. This is the beginning of the Salesian Youth Movement in the Bhingar Parish.

BIS # 3663 OATH TAKING CEREMONY

by Fr. Bento D'Souza 

BHINGAR-AHMEDNAGAR, SEPTEMBER 2, 2013: On 31st August, 2013.  Fr. Michael Fernandes, the Salesian Provincial and Fr Ajoy Fernandes, the Vice Provincial who were on their regular Provincial team visit at St John the Baptist Church, Bhingar attended a unique program. They were honoured with a satkar and a phetta, which crowned their foreheads. They were also presented with a shreephal and shawl in the church.

After the satkar, the young members of the newly formed group of the Basic Christian Youth (BCY) took an oath of commitment to abstain from all forms of bad habits, focus on their aspirated goals in life and achieve success in what they set their minds on. Mr. Solomon Gaikwad, of the Pastoral Youth Animation team (PYAT) compered the event.

The youth listened in attention to the words of advice from the Provincial covering many issues that the youth should care for. Mr. Mark Anthony entertained the group with his melodious violin. Fr Nelson Falcao, the parish priest, gave a vote of thanks. The event ended with a prayer and a renewed vision of the enthusiastic youth eager to build a better future for themselves and their environment.

BIS # 3662 BCY-CAREER GUIDANCE WORKSHOP


by Bento D'Souza

BHINGAR-AHMEDNAGAR, SEPTEMBER 2, 2013: On 29th August 2013, thirty youth, the office bearers of the Satellite Youth project, leaders, secretaries and treasurers of the various zones met at St John Baptist Church, Bhingar for a training session and a workshop to help them articulate their aspirations and career goals. Planning and choosing a career path for themselves, is what the two hour workshop aimed at.

At the very onset of the workshop the participants were asked to prepare posters in groups on their target ten years from today.  Fr. Nelson animated the session and the Pastoral youth animation team members, (PYAT) Solomon Gaikwad and Shyam Pol assisted the youth in the preparation of the charts and gave them useful tips to present their views before the group of elders, parish council members and others.

This planning exercise helped the elders as well as the Salesians understand what the youth want for themselves in their future. This way they could facilitate the direction of the journeys of the youth, help them focus on goals and also help remove obstacles along the way.

This was the first Basic Christian Youth event of the year, the ball is now setting rolling for other events to follow. This is the beginning of the Salesian Youth Movement in the Bhingar Parish.