Tuesday, September 30, 2014

BIS # 4159 DOMINIC SAVIO KINDERGARTEN ORGANIZED A VALUE EDUCATION PROGRAMME ON ‘FOREST ANIMALS’


by Tr. Sweta Supriti

NERUL-MUMBAI, SEPTEMBER 30, 2014: Value Education aims at promoting broader capabilities, attitudes and skills that matter not just in schools but, also life beyond schools, making the world a better place not just for themselves but also for their family, friends and society. The Preparatory B class of Dominic Savio Kindergarten, Nerul organized a value education on tuesday, September 23, 2014 in the assembly hall at 8.45 a.m on the topic "Forest Animals." They were assisted by their class teacher, Sweta Supriti. 

The objective of the programme was to inculcate the value of Friendship, irrespective of size, colour, and language among students, as friendship is a feeling of love, sharing and caring. Children portrayed the characters of various Wild animals and depicted the value of 'Friendship.' The children were made to understand that a real friend was one who helped his/her friend in need and stands by them in the day of their adversity; children also develop stage confidence and communication skills.

The topic was apt as per the syllabus and very well presented. The teachers felt the programme was well executed with creative ideas. Fathers, teachers and parents appreciated the programme. The children enjoyed the programme.

BIS # 4158 DON BOSCO’S UNDERSTANDING OF AN EDUCATOR’S PRESENCE

by Ms. Parul Saxena


NERUL-MUMBAI, SEPTEMBER 30, 2014: The students of standard V A, of Don Bosco Senior Secondary School, Nerul organized an assembly on September 23, 2014 in the ground floor assembly hall, with the theme "DON BOSCO'S UNDERSTANDING OF AN EDUCATORS PRESENCE." Thirty-seven out of forty students in class participated in the programme. The Class was supervised by their class teacher, Parul Saxena. The assembly began at 1:00 p.m. The chief guests for the programme were Rev. Father Bonnie Borges, Rev. Father Anthony Fonseca and the Supervisiors Madam Adarsh and Poonam.

The entire primary section assembled in the assembly hall at 12:40 p.m. and the programme began with the School Prayer followed by the School Anthem. The Chief Guests and the assembly were then welcomed.
Thereafter, a skit depicting Don Bosco's Idea of an Educator was presented. The skit portrayed a newly appointed teacher who was helped by his senior teachers of the school by giving him awareness about 'Educational methodology of Don Bosco.' A scene from the staff room of Don Bosco Senior Secondary School was also depicted.

The students, understanding the importance of presence of a teacher in their lives, performed a dance and a group song dedicated to all their lovely teachers. Teacher Parul Saxena, then expressed her gratitude to one and all for making this programme a success. Teacher Mamta enlightened the minds of the students by her noon talk during which she spoke to them about a very renowned teacher, A.P.J. Abdul Kalam.

Finally, the principal and supervisior Adarsh Maam came to the stage to express their opinion about the programme, congratulating the students of class V A for presenting a wonderful programme on the topic "Don Bosco's understanding of an Educator's presence".

BIS # 4157 DON BOSCO, BORIVLI ORGANIZED A FIELD TRIP TO KESHAVSRUSHTI

by BIS CORRESPONDENT

BORIVLI-MUMBAI, SEPTEMBER 30, 2014: Don Bosco Junior College, Borivli organised a one day nature trail for the students of the Std XI and XII on  September 20, 2014. It was organized by Adventure Tours. A total of two hundred and forty one students participated in the same along with the staff members.

The journey started in the morning at around 8.00 from the college campus. Students were all ready for the trail and even more excited. The students reached their destination at 9.15 a.m. A farm-fresh breakfast was served to all. After which, the students were taken for a trek. The staff members also followed them. The students were very excited when they reached the final point of the trekking session. The drizzling rain added to the fun. Walking upwards was not an issue for anyone but walking back downwards was a task due of the rains.

After coming down the students were taken to a hall where a power point presentation was shown to all the students which gave detailed information about the whereabouts at KeshavSrushti. Students were given detail information on topics like, greenhouse gases, vermicomposting, organic manure, solar gadgets, apiculture and ways to conserve the nature. The speaker also spoke about the issues concerning the environment.

This was followed by an organic farm-fresh delicious lunch. The students enjoyed the food. Thereafter, the students were divided into groups of two, wherein, the group of boys went for a nature walk around the park. Students were shown the 'gaushala' and various other species of plants, fishes and insects. The group of girls had a session conducted on Paper-Recycling. This was the most interesting session of the day where all of them came to know how paper could be recycled at home also.

It was a bitter-sweet moment for all as they started the journey back home. All-in-all it was a well spent day as all of them needed a break from the daily-routine. The students were told to write a report on the field trip.

BIS # 4156 SINGING COMPETITION HELD AT DB, LONAVLA

by Ujwala and Sarika

LONAVLA-PUNE, SEPTEMBER 30, 2014: A singing competition was held on September 26, 2014 at Don Bosco, Lonavla. The students were categorized into two groups; V-X and Junior College.
The first category (V-X) performed in the morning after which the second category (Junior College) performed. Various genres of songs were chosen by the participants. They were well rehearsed.The competition was headed by Br. Bryce along with the Principal Fr. George Carlos.


Sir William and Ms. Savita judged the competition. Sir William and Fr. Principal also performed on stage. Fr. Principal then congratulated the participants and gave them few tips regarding the selection of the songs. A vote of thanks was proposed by Kaitan Lobo, followed by Fr. Principal, who congratulated the winners.

BIS # 4155 DANDHIYA COMPETITION ORGANIZED AT DON BOSCO, LONAVLA

by Br. Bryce Fernandes

LONAVLA-PUNE, SEPTEMBER 30, 2014: The Don Bosco School and Junior College organized an evening of dandhiya in the school and college premises, on September 26, 2014. The invitation was open to students, teachers and also the family members of the students. The programme started at 6:00 pm. 


In the beginning, the students were allowed to dance in their own groups and to learn some dandhiya steps after which, there was a competition which was organized by the Principal and the teachers. Some students had come in traditional 'dandhiya' costume. Majority of the students took part in the competition and a few were selected and given prizes. There were also canteen facilities provided for those who wanted to replenish their appetites. 


The success of the programme was due, to the careful and detailed planning of the P.T.A members, college captains along with the Principal. The students and their parents enjoyed their day. The programme ended at 8:30 p.m. The proceeds from this venture would be sent for the relief of the people in Jammu and Kashmir.

Friday, September 26, 2014

BIS # 4154 MEDICAL CHECK-UP CONDUCTED AT DB, BORIVLI

by Rupali D'souza

BORIVLI-MUMBAI, SEPTEMBER 25, 2014: Don Bosco High School, Borivli, conducted a medical check-up for its students from September 17-19, 2014. The staff members expressed their joy at the doctor's visit to their school once again for this scholastic year 2014 – 15, to conduct a medical checkup for their young boscoites, inspite of their busy schedule. The check-up was arranged by the Don Bosco Alumni. 


The boys were sent for the check-up class wise. Each child was examined by the doctors with a written feedback on the medical form. The staff members said," We thank all the doctors for their dedicated services rendered as a doctor parent. May God shower his blessings on them and their families with good health, peace, joy and happiness."

BIS # 4153 ALTAR SERVER'S ANNUAL APPRECIATION DAY AT KUWAIT

by Susan D'costa

NORTH ARABIAN VICARIATE, SEPTEMBER 25, 2014: On 20 September 2014 at about 11:30 am the courtyard of St. Therese of the Child Jesus Parish, Salmiya was abuzz with sounds of innocent laughter and joyful voices. It was the Salmiya Parish's "Altar Servers Annual Appreciation Day" organized by the Salesian Cooperators in collaboration with the Parish Priest.  Appreciation Day is held annually to express gratitude and appreciation to the altar servers for their service to the parish. Altar servers who are regular for the monthly meetings and for altar serving are invited for the programme. Around fifty five kids gathered to celebrate a day of prayer, fun and games!


The programme began with a prayer by one of the altar servers – an exciting day awaited, thanks to the planning and pains taken by the cooperators. An interactive ice-breaker game was followed by the screening of a short film on Dominic Savio, action songs and a set of lively games. Compere Jesley and DJ Marcus kept the boys on their feet. "The dance and music was the best part of the day, and DJ Marcus was fab" exclaimed Jayson Fernandes. 


Just before lunch, the award ceremony – the highlight of the day, was conducted. Three boys were awarded gifts and medals for their extraordinary and excellent services as altar servers, while seventeen boys were awarded medals for their outstanding services as altar servers. The awards were presented by Fr. Lionel Braganza and Fr. Blany Pinto. Post lunch a biblical quiz, was conducted on the format of Kaun Banega Crorepati, which was named "Kaun Banega Jesus ka Friend" which was enjoyed by one and all. Jophin, one of the participants remarked, "It was a good quiz; we gained a lot of knowledge." 


A short talent show was held, where the boys showcased their talents through dance and song. This was followed by more interactive, fun-filled games and spot prizes.  The day ended with a dance session followed by a vote of thanks by Fr. Blany Pinto. Nikhil Sajan said "This programme is once a year which gives me great joy; having fun with my friends and learning something new", while Favin Fernandes remarked, "I think this was the most incredible day of my life. I thank the Lord and the Cooperators for arranging this function for us". The kids unanimously declared that they had never experienced a more memorable and fun filled day!

BIS # 4152 CELEBRATING FRESHER'S DAY AT DB, LONAVLA

by Br. Bryce Fernandes

LONAVLA-PUNE, SEPTEMBER 25, 2014: Don Bosco Junior College had the fresher's day for the students of Std. XI on 19 September 2014. The fresher's day was organized by the students of Std. XII. The Management, Staff and the students of Std. XI and XII attended the programme. The dress code for the freshers' was 'Retro.' 


The programme began at 9:00am with a short prayer service. Thereafter, a speech on the laurels achieved by Don Bosco Lonavla was given and the institute extended its gladness at receiving a new batch of students in its care. The 'Ramp Walk' that followed was an instant hit. Many students participated in it. Fr. Rector gave a thought to all the students on the challenges that each student had to endure on their journey of life.


The students of Std. XII danced to a retro medley. This was followed by some spot prizes for the fresher's.  The students showed their appreciation with a dance. Fr. Principal proposed the vote of thanks. This was followd by snacks and the 'Jam Session'. The students enjoyed themselves to the hilt. The programme concluded at 11.30 a.m. 

BIS # 4151 DB, LONAVLA ORGANIZES FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT

by Cl. Clarence Martis

LONAVLA-PUNE, SEPTEMBER 25, 2014: Don Bosco High School and Junior College, Lonavla organized an interschool 5-A-side football tournament on September 21, 2014 at Don Bosco Lonavla. This tournament was in view of the celebration of the bicentenary of the birth of Don Bosco. Few schools from Lonavla, Khandala and Pune participated in this tournament. The tournament began at 9.30 a.m with a prayer service after which the rules of the game were explained to the participants. 


The Rector of Don Bosco Lonavla, Fr. Solomon Rapol, welcomed the participants and declared the tournament open. The first match played was between Don Bosco Lonavla 'B' and Ryewood International. This match resulted in favour of Don Bosco Lonavla. The other matches saw a tough competition from the teams. The final match was played at 2.15 p.m between Don Bosco, Pune and Don Bosco, Lonavla 'B'. The game was intensely played and went in favour of Don Bosco Lonavla 'B', the result being four goals to three. 


During the presentation ceremony, Fr. Rapol thanked the organisers, referees, teams and the coaches. There was a prize given for the Best Player which was awarded to Aaron Ashirvadam and  Harsh Gadiya from Don Bosco Lonavla. The runners-up (Don Bosco Pune) and winners (Don Bosco Lonavla) were presented with trophies, medals and certificates. 

BIS # 4150 MONTHLY RECOLLECTION AND VOCATION COMMISSION MEETING HELD AT DB, LONAVLA

by Cl. Clarence Martis

LONAVLA-PUNE, SEPTEMBER 25, 2014:    The monthly recollection for the community and the apostolic boys and aspirants was held on September 22, 2014 from 5.00 p.m to 8.00 p.m. The preacher for the recollection was Fr. Pratap Damor sdb, the vocation promoter for the Madhya Pradesh region. 


Fr. Damor, spoke to the boys about 'vocation'. He said, "God loves us and we must love him back". He spoke of every vocation as an invitation from God and that each person to whom this invitation is given has to make a choice and respond. After the talk, the community spend some time in silent reflection. This was followed by confessions. The adoration began at 7.30 p.m. After supper, Fr. Mayank Parmar sdb, the vocation promoter of the Gujarat region gave the good night talk. He spoke of the seven vital lessons that one could learn from a glass of water. After the good night talk, all the boys went to meet their respective vocation promoters.


On September 23, 2014, the vocation promoters along with the Vice-Provincial, Fr. Ajoy Fernandes, joined the community for the Eucharist at 6.30 a.m. The Eucharist was celebrated by Fr. McEnroe Lopes, vocation promoter of the Mumbai region. At 9.00 a.m, the meeting of the vocation commission commenced. It ended at 12.00 noon. After lunch at 12.30 p.m, the members of the vocation commission left Lonavla for their respective communities.

BIS # 4149 TERI FELICITATES DB, LONAVLA

by Sarika and Ujwala

LONAVLA-PUNE, SEPTEMBER 25, 2014: TERI (The Energy And Resource Institute) evaluated Don Bosco, Lonavla as one of the best performing schools for implementing activity based environment education. The school was felicitated on friday, September 19, 2014 with a cash prize along with a Trophy and Certificate. Don Bosco, Lonavla dedicated one month each to a specific environmental issue such as water pollution, air pollution, land/ soil pollution, waste, water conservation, harvesting, etc.


They also have an active Eco-Club. Besides this, papers collected from the school are sent for recycling. The students have become active environmentalists over the course of the project by taking up the cause of pollution with local authorities and also working with various corporate companies on important environmental issues.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

BIS # 4148 CELEBRATING MARIAN NITE AT ST. ANNE’S, AHMEDNAGAR

by Ian Lemos

AHMEDNAGAR-MAHARASHTRA, SEPTEMBER 24, 2014: The parish of St. Anne's, Ahmednagar organized an "Evening with Mary" for the youth of the parish. The probable vocations of the parishes of: St. Anne's, Don Bosco – Savedi and St. John's – Bhingar were also present for the event. The response was truly phenomenal with hundred and thirty eight youth participating in the programme. The focus of this event was to bring the youth closer to Our Blessed Mother.


The programme began at 5.30 pm with a prayer service, followed by a talk by Fr. Thomas D'costa during which he welcomed the gathering and spoke on the topic "Have devotion to Mother Mary and see what miracles are". The programme consisted of various games, video presentations, quizzes and other activities which aimed at inspiration through entertainment. All these activities dealt with topics like: Mary in the Bible, various apparitions of Mary, different forms of Marian devotions, Marian shrines in the world, etc.


Fr. Thomas the parish priest thanked and congratulated Frs. Rolvin and George who were the main organizers of the event and the Salesian cooperators of the parish who assisted them. The participants not only had a ball of a time but also learned a lot about Mother Mary which would eventually help them increase their devotion to her. The programme ended around 10.30pm with a sumptuous meal for all.

BIS # 4147 CELEBRATING THE 164TH ANNIVERSARY OF ST. JOHN'S, BHINGAR

by Bento D'Souza

BHINGAR-AHMEDNAGAR, SEPTEMBER 24, 2014: St John Baptist Church, Bhingar celebrated the 164th  anniversary of its foundation's on September 21, 2014 with a well animated Eucharist and a dance festival. The principal celebrant was Fr. Ramesh Tribhuvan, SJ assisted by Fr. Siji Varghese, SJ and Fr. Nelson, the Parish priest and Fr. Bento. The celebration began with a prayer dance and entry into the Church of the altar servers and Celebrants.


The faithful participated whole heartedly in the liturgical celebration as the Parish council animated the function with the introduction, prayer of the faithful, offering of gifts and thanksgiving prayer. The Junior youth choir beautifully sang and kept the service lively with a set of well-planned hymns. After communion, four air condition mechanics, youth of our parish, who completed four months of training at Don Bosco Karjat gave their testimony and expressed their plans for the future. After the mass, minority commission officials spoke and gave valuable information to the people.


After the church event, cake and tea was served to all. Four dancers of Victor Dance troupe gave a hip- hop dance performance. A few children from the parish also danced for the assembled crowd. All in all, the people left feeling grateful to God for the gift of the 164 year old church, parish and institution of St John the Baptist, Bhingar, that has been the vineyard of the Lord's blessings.

BIS # 4146 CRICKET TOURNAMENT ORGANIZED AT DB, SAVEDI

by Fr. Cedrick Sankul

SAVEDI-AHMEDNAGAR, SEPTEMBER 24, 2014: On the occasion of the Bicentenary of Don Bosco's birth, the Junior College of Don Bosco, Savedi, Ahmednagar organized a two day inter college Cricket tournament on September 17-18, 2014.  There were eight colleges of Ahmednagar that took part in this tournament.  The colleges were Residential Junior College, Sarada College, Rupibai Bora Junior College, Sun Pharma Junior College, Auxilium Junior College, Karmavir Bhahurao Patil Vidhalaya, Ahmednagar College, and Don Bosco Junior College Savedi. 


Honourable Rajabhaji Kothari, the industrialist was the Chief Guest, who sponsored the first prize of Rs. 11,111/- and second prize of Rs. 7,777/-. He also lighted the lamp and garlanded the statue of Don Bosco. In his inaugural speech, he emphasized on the importance of sports and education that helped the students to gain discipline.  Honourable Sampathji Baraskar, the member of the Municipal cooperation was the Guest of Honour, who sponsored the third prize of Rs. 5,555/-


Sir Nitin Gaikwad and Sir Nitin Pandit were the main organizers of this tournament and were helped by the other teachers of the college and Vidhalaya.  All eight teams placed their best foot forward.  At the end of the two days of cricket tournament, the first place was won by Ahmednagar College, the second place was won by Sun Pharma College and the third prize was won by their own team, Don Bosco Junior College, Savedi.  


Fr. Manuel, the Rector, Fr. Francis, the Principal and Fr. Anthony, the Principal of English medium school were present and distributed the prizes, medals and certificates to the winning teams. Thereafter, Sir Nitin Gaikwad gave a vote of thanks acknowledging the sponsorers and well wishers for their support, all the teams, teachers and students who put in a lot of effort and hard work to make this Bicentenary project a success.

BIS # 4145 AN EVENING WITH MARY AT PUNE

by  BIS Correspondent

PUNE-MAHARASHTRA, SEPTEMBER 24, 2014: The community of Don Bosco Youth Centre, Pune organized an inter-parish Marian Nite on  September 21, 2014 for the youth of the parishes of St.Joseph, Ghorpuri ,Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Tadiwala, Sacred Heart, Yerwada, St Anthony, Yerwada, Immaculate Conception, City Parish, St. Anne's Solapur, St.Thresa of Avila, Panchaud, St. Anthony, Shivaji Nagar and Mother Teresa, Hadapsar of the Poona diocese together with St John, Bhingar of the diocese of Nashik along with the Jesus Youth.

The event was organized as part of the preparation for the bicentenary of the birth of Don Bosco. Fr. Nelson Carvalho, the rector of the institution welcomed the gathering and felt proud that two hundred and twenty youngsters were part of this event. The Marian evening began with a very meaningful and prayerful adoration animated by the Jesus Youth. The intentions placed before were for the youth gathered for the grand evening. A very joyful atmosphere could be witnessed as the youth actively participated in quiz rounds and puzzles given to them.


The evening culminated with the youth of St. Anthony's Shivaji Nagar being crowned the Marian Knights. Br. Jacob informed the gathering that they were the Soldiers of Christ and they were to guard the sons of Mary and increase her devotion to all. Dennis, a youth from St. Joseph's parish, Ghorpuri thanked the community of Don Bosco Youth Centre for the efforts put in, in organizing the grand event. Kudos to Br. Jacob and the other brothers for the hardwork put in, in making this event a successful one!

BIS # 4144 GROUPS AND MOVEMENTS TRAINING PROGRAMME AT HYDERABAD

by Andrea Serrao

HYDERABAD-INDIA, SEPTEMBER 22, 2014: Three youth (Pearl D'souza, Savio Khare and Andrea Serrao) from Salesian parishes of the Bombay province travelled on the September 11 to the beautiful state of Telangana.  The next day they arrived at the Don Bosco Provincial House in Hyderabad for the Don Bosco Youth Animation South Asia Groups and Movements Leadership Training programme 2014. They were later joined by other groups from the different Salesian provinces of India. In all, thirty-two youth leaders and youth animators from Tiruchy, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Mumbai and Kolkata participated.


On September 13, the programme began with the inauguration ceremony by Fr. Edwin Colaco and Fr. Benny Joseph. Fr. Brian Moras conducted the first session on "Salesian Pedagogy" which gave us an insight on the work of Don Bosco, his functioning with the youth and how as today's youth leaders, one needed to follow his example. After a short break Fr. Edwin, launched the book "Handout for Youth Groups and Animators" which contains practical resources to help the functioning of Salesian youth groups. It also gives guidance for youth animators. 


A session on "Accompaniment of the Youth" was taken by Fr. Thathireddy. He spoke about the qualities that a youth animator should possess such as leadership, positive thinking, listening presence, etc. This was followed by an interesting "demo youth meeting" that gave us further understanding of how our youth groups should function in reality.Besides the informative and exciting sessions, there was also a lot of fun, games, song and dance.


These not only got us communicating with each other but brought us together as one Salesian family working towards a common goal; building up the Salesian Youth Movement.  They journeyed back to Mumbai on the evening of September 14, taking with them plenty of useful resources for their own Salesian parishes. "The power and choice both lie within us. For someone rightly said, 'if you've never failed, you've never tried'." 

Monday, September 22, 2014

BIS # 4143 VALUE EDUCATION PROGRAMME AT DB, NERUL

by Ms. Keya Basu

NERUL-MUMBAI, SEPTEMBER 22, 2014: A Value Education programme for class III-B was held on 16th September, 2014 in Don Bosco Senior Secondary School, Nerul. The topic for the programme was 'DON BOSCO – A MAN OF SERVICE'. The teacher-in-charge of the programme was Tr. Keya Basu. The objective of this programme was to make the students aware about Don Bosco's service to mankind. He is remembered as a man who dedicated his life to the service of abandoned young people.

The programme began with the school prayer, followed by School Anthem. Later, a play  'AN AFTERNOON AT THE SHOEMAKER'S, based on an incident from the life of Don Bosco, was enacted to show how he took a step forward to help under priviledged children. The play was followed by few of Don Bosco's Quotes and then an Inspirational song 'This Day' that included a short act on Don Bosco's Services for the young people who had been abandoned and lived in hopelessness.

The programme concluded with the Vote of Thanks, given by Class Tr. Keya Basu followed by the Noon Talk given by Tr.Poonam, who emphasized on how we can help poor children who are a prey to child labour. In the end, Father Principal gave a few instructions to the students. Overall, the programme was successful in creating awareness about Don Bosco's hard work and dedication. The teacher intended to project the message that the underprivileged children shouldn't be ostracized but honed and nurtured lovingly. People should help and support them in every way possible, as they too are the future of our country.

BIS # 4142 CELEBRATION OF SCHOOL RED HOUSE PATRON: MICHAEL MAGONE

by BIS CORRESPONDENT

MATUNGA, MUMBAI, 22 SEPTEMBER 2014: "The taming of the firebrand" was how the students of Don Bosco, Matunga, titled their School Academy.  Guided by their teachers, they were able to vividly portray brief glimpses into the life of their mentor, Michael Magone. Mickey was the leader of a gang of street kids and his voice commanded respect. Don Bosco,while waiting to catch the train at Carmagnola, happened to have a chance meeting with Michael one evening. That meeting changed the course of Michael's life.


Michael's fiery nature made Don Bosco realize that if lively nature and evident leadership qualities were to be cultivated, Michael would do great things. Divine providence led Michael into the able hands of Don Bosco at his Oratory in Turin. While enacting specific episodes that happened there, the audience was brought to understand how a life lived under the guidance of the Salesian system of education helped a youngster discover the true mission of his life.


''If a ruffian like me could become good enough to become a priest, then I will most certainly become one!" affirmed Michael Magone who in time transformed his life to an admirable degree. He did not live long enough to fulfill his dream. He died at the tender age of fourteen. The boys of the Red House backed up their presentation with a colourfully prepared backdrop and posters pasted around the school, offering inspirational thoughts.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

BIS # 4141 WORKSHOP ON THE NEW JJ BILL, 2014

by Dr. Susan Mathew

MATUNGA-MUMBAI, SEPTEMBER 20, 2014: A half -day workshop on the topic  'Repeal and Re- Enactment of the JJ Act : Understanding the New Provisions' was jointly  organized by Don Bosco Research Centre, Shelter Don Bosco and Don Bosco Balprafulta on 12th Sept, 2014 at the Don Bosco Provincial House, Matunga. More than fifty representatives from various NGOs within the city of Mumbai participated in the workshop. Mrs. Dakshayani Madangopal, the CEO of Don Bosco Research Centre welcomed the gathering, followed by a short PowerPoint presentation on the bicentenary celebration (1815-2015) of Don Bosco. Fr. Gregory Almeida, Director of Shelter Don Bosco, Don Bosco Research Centre and Don Bosco Balprafulta introduced the main speaker for the day, Ms. Mahrukh Adenwala, advocate at the High Court, Mumbai.


Ms. Mahrukh, spoke on various provisions of the new JJ Bill and the flaws which were not child friendly and called for a re-examination before the Bill was passed by the Parliament to become the law. Questioning the very logic behind the new Bill, she remarked that the new Bill contained only cosmetic changes and lacked pro-child provisions. The Bill should have been sensitive to the philosophy of Juvenile Justice on the basis on which the existing JJ act was formulated. Some of the important contentious provisions in the new Bill which she wanted to raise objections were (a) the very move to lower the age of juvenile offenders from 18 years which went against the objective of reformation theory (b) no provision for children with families on the street, (c) no distinction made with reference to Children's Homes, Shelter Homes and Open shelters (d) no clear definition of care plan and rehabilitation. 


Ms. Mahrukh said that, the new Bill removed the schemes for after care (for post 18 years) and reduced reconsideration period of adoption from 60 days to 30 days. As per the new JJ Bill, the power of Child Welfare Committee (CWC) has been diluted by allowing the State Government to assume the authority over CWC and CWC being made accountable to report to the District Magistrate. CWC has turned out to be more of an administrative body and not getting enough time to spend with the child to come up with child sensitive or child friendly approach while tackling the cases.  It was pointed out that it was essential to put CWC members on a payroll i.e. grant them regular salaries and re-examine the reformation process.


She added saying,"It is important to revamp the correctional and rehabilitation facilities that are integral to the reformation process in order to curb the heinous crime committed repeatedly by the juvenile offenders." Planning after care programmes, maintaining a list of children moving out of Children's Homes, to initiate aftercare programmes, appropriate skill development before the children moved out of shelter homes were topics that were emphasized. The topic for the day was discussed immensely by NGO's with feedbacks, experiences, follow-ups to be taken ahead before the JJ bill could be passed.  The workshop ended with a vote of thanks by Dr. Susan Mathew and lunch being served.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

BIS # 4140 DBRC COLLABORATES WITH CARITAS INDIA

by Marina D'costa
KHANDWA - MADHYA PRADESH, SEPTEMBER 20, 2014: Caritas India hosted Prabhav 4 under the Jeevika Project, at Khandwa Diocesan Social Service Pastoral Centre from September 10-12, 2014. Jeevika is one of Caritas India's finest project on sustainable livelihood with seven partnering dioceses of Madhya Pradesh. Jeevika is also supported by Caritas Spain. All the seven directors, Co-ordinators, Cluster Co-ordinators and Field Co-ordinators, along with the accountants of the project were present for this programme. Mr. Vinod Pandey, Project Officer for Projects and Advocacy from Caritas India was present along with three representatives of Caritas India.

One of the aspects in this community based approach project of Jeevika focuses on savings and financial inclusion. The Don Bosco Research Centre (DBRC) under the project of Social and Financial Inclusion has collaborated with Caritas India Jeevika project for Financial Inclusion. Ms. Marina D'costa, Project Co-ordinator of the Social and Financial Inclusion programme participated for Prabhav 4 (Impact Assessment phase of Jeevika project) as a resource person and she also visited the fields of the project. On the third day, she conducted a session on 'Financial Inclusion' based on her learning of the Jeevika project.

The financial literacy model has a research component and is designed in a unique way for different partners in order to suit the community needs. DBRC is also in solidarity with Caritas India's International Campaign on "One Human Family, Food for All", a campaign to eradicate hunger.  DBRC thanked Caritas India and Mr. Vinod Pandey for their support and congratulated them for the work they did under the Jeevika Project.

BIS # 4139 TRAINING WORKSHOP FOR TEACHERS AT MULUND

by Dr. Susan Mathew

MULUND-MUMBAI, SEPTEMBER 20, 2014: A half day training programme for teachers in identification and prevention of substance abuse among school children was organized by Don Bosco Research Centre (DBRC) and Wamanrao Muranjan school, Mulund in the school hall on September 13, 2014. The workshop was attended by twenty teachers of the secondary section and junior college and some teachers from the neighbouring schools.


The programme began with a welcome speech given by Mr. Chaskar, the Principal of the school, followed by a brief introduction about Don Bosco Research Centre and its activities by Dr.Susan Mathew. Prior to the commencement of the programme, a pre-workshop evaluation form was distributed among the participants to assess the teacher's level of knowledge.The first session on `Substance Abuse Prevention' was conducted by Mr. SwapnilPange, psychologist and Counsellor at TISS. Talking about risk and prevention, Swapnil pointed out that a person's curiosity to experience drugs, to be part of the group, and the notion that one could work faster if he/she experiences the effect of drugs were some of the driving forces for substance abuse. Monitoring and regular follow ups with child's behaviour, professionals, doctors, and families were essential for identification and prevention.


 Skills building, open dialogues with children, debates, forums, discussions on substance abuse were some of the preventive measures that could be undertaken at the school level. Life skills included; enabling the child to think critically and constructively, problem solving, empathy, awareness and coping with negative emotions. At family level, it would mean improving conflict resolution skills, improving dialogue with families and helping parents to develop effective parenting skills to deal with the issue.


Talking on the `Role of Teachers in Prevention of Substance Abuse in Schools', the second resource person Ms. Mayuri Jain who  works at the rehabilitation centre, KEM hospital, explained the prevailing situation among the children based on the latest research findings. Accordingly, among children from class VIII-XII, sixty percent tried substance abuse at some point of time more so among urban male students coming from nuclear families. Aggressive behaviour, drop in academic performance, withdrawal from teachers and peers, absenteeism and socially inappropriate behaviours were some of the common symptoms displayed by children into substance abuse. However, all such symptoms necessarily would not amount to substance abuse.


It is the responsibility of teachers to be sensitive to identify such symptoms and to go beyond what met their eyes in order to draw a correct conclusion. Risk factors such as family history, trauma, rejection by peers, and lack of skills could trigger such symptoms leading to addiction. Teachers were not only to identify symptoms but also needed to enhance protective factors to such vulnerable children as a preventive mechanism. Protective factors to promote self esteem, resilience, communications skills, decision making, stress management etc. were to be given utmost importance at school.


A school should take initiative to enforce clear rules for parental involvement, to provide supportive or nurturing environment, alternatives for recreation, youth activities, parental involvement etc. As a teacher it was essential that the teacher build a personal rapport with children so the children would like to confide in him/her if they had personal problems.The programme concluded with a post-workshop evaluation to gauge the impact of the training and then a vote of thanks.

Friday, September 19, 2014

BIS # 4138 VALUE EDUCATION TEACHERS’ FORUM 2014

by Alan D'silva

MATUNGA-MUMBAI, SEPTEMBER 19, 2014:The Archdiocesan Value Education Centre (AVEC) organized a seminar for teachers which was open to Catholic as well as non-Catholic schools and institutions on, September 18, 2014 at Don Bosco International School (DBIS), Matunga. The Seminar began with Mr. Rochwyn Fenandes welcoming the teachers of the various schools and institutions. Thereafter Sr. Vera Almeida, led the group into a moment of prayerful reflection through a prayer service. The Assembly was then addressed by Bishop Agnelo Gracias, the Auxillary Bishop of the Catholic Archdiocese of Mumbai. 

Fr. Ian Doulton the keynote speaker for the seminar then spoke to the teachers on 'Insights into Don Bosco's Pedagogy for today.' He beautifully presented the values of Don Bosco's Preventive System and its relevance in the 21st Century. He mentioned three types of pedagogies that would enhance the quality of relationship between adults and youth; Pedagogy of Trust, Pedagogy of Hope and Pedagogy of Alliance. 

After a short tea break the group reassembled for the second part of the seminar which was the 'Presentations and Panel discussion.' The Chairperson for the same was Fr. Savio Silveira, the Director of the DBIS, Matunga. Six speakers were invited to share their views on the theme 'VALUE EDUCATION: CORE AND FOUNDATION OF EDUCATION.' The first speaker, Mr. Paul Machado, the Principal of Campion school, Cooperage spoke on 'Management fostering value based Environments in schools.' The second speaker, Sr. Romana, the Principal of St. Anne's Dabul spoke about 'Schools as Sacred ground for Religious Harmony.' The next speaker was Fr. Godfrey D'sa, the Principal of St. Joseph school Wadala, who focussed his talk on 'Schools as Caring Environs for Mental health of students.'

After which Fr. Ryan Alex, the Director of Diocesan Pastoral centre, Bandra spoke on 'Forming students to be responsible youth in the society.' Mr. Martin D'souza, the Director of Light Infotainment, shared his views on 'Degrading Values in society and parental concerns.' The final speaker for the seminar was Ms. Angel Abraham who spoke on 'Treasuring Values caught in my school Days.' The floor was then open for discussion. A lot of educators asked questions, clarified their doubts, gave suggestions, shared their experiences and also brought out many important aspects concerning value education.

The speakers were then awarded trophies of appreciation. Twenty-six schools participated and won in the AVEC competitions for the academic year 2013-14 and were awarded trophies and certificates for the same. The winning schools in the AVEC competitions for the present academic year were also awarded certificates. The seminar came to an end with the AVEC team being felicitated for their work and then, the concluding words by Fr. Glenn Lowe. After which the vote of thanks was delivered by Ms. Joan Dias of St. Mary ICSE, Mazagaon.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

BIS # 4136 THE “DB WAY” OF EDUCATION ORGANIZED AT KUWAIT

by Susan D'costa

NORTH ARABIAN VICARIATE, SEPTEMBER 15, 2014: On Tuesday, September 9, 2014 a talk on "The DB Way" was organized for the Salesian Cooperators, by their delegate Fr. Blany Pinto sdb. About 30 cooperators participated in this event. The evening began with Fr. Blany Pinto, welcoming the cooperators to the programme. The talk was given by Fr. Franco Pereira sdb. Fr. Franco began the session by presenting the three basic methods of raising and educating children – Repressive, Preventive and Expressive methods of education. He then proceeded to explain each method in greater detail.

He said,"The Repressive Method is centered more on the goal to be achieved. In this method of education parents control their children by fear and threat of punishment. Teachers use the cane and other sorts of punishment to get children to obey. The Preventive method is typically used when dealing with juveniles in remand homes. Through this method, educators aim to steer youth away from crime and consequently away from punishments for their crimes. This method involves educating the youth about their fundamental rights and how to avoid becoming victims of abuse. Here, the reasons of a law are explained whilst they are given a warning to respect it lest they get punished."

And finally,"The Expressive Method is a method that encourages students to showcase their talents. Expressions go hand in hand with Preventive education. Experimental learning, talent-searching, skill-development and training for livelihoods – all these possibilities are made available in order to create the positive reinforcement needed for a healthy self-esteem and for growth in self-recognition."

Having laid out the basics, Fr. Franco then introduced the group to Don Bosco's approach to education – a judicious mix of the Preventive and Expressive methods. The teacher's influence on the child would be the teacher's presence (Rapport, Reason and Religion) where the child's growth is met in his emotional, rational and spiritual needs. Fr. Franco concluded by stating that the 3 basic needs Emotional (Rapport), Rational (Reason) and Spiritual (Religion) were very important for every Salesian. He then ended the session with a prayer and blessing. Everyone who attended this talk found it illuminating and enriching. Evelyn, one of the cooperators remarked "The talk was really amazing! It will help me a long way – as parent, catechist and cooperator."

Monday, September 15, 2014

BIS # 4135 DBYS ORGANIZES 'FOOTBALL FOR A CAUSE'

by Fr. Glenford Lowe

MATUNGA-MUMBAI, SEPTEMBER 15, 2014: Don Bosco Youth Services (DBYS) – Matunga brought the Don Bosco International Turf grounds alive from September 13 -14, 2014 by organizing a novel FOOTBALL FOR A CAUSE tournament. 40 Teams, 400 players, 20 playing hours and a large gathering of Salesians and sports lovers joined hands to play for a cause: To sponsor over 50 SYM youth to make a pilgrimage to Goa to participate in the Decennial Exposition of the Sacred Relic of St. Francis Xavier from November 21-26, 2014. 

Football is more than just a game of 22 players. It is a culture that promotes fellowship, fair play and discipline. Football is a great leveller, age has no bar. Players as young as 14 and those young-at-heart at 57 stretched their limits to promote the worthy cause. Football is a career! The Turf ground was definitely a launching pad for many a young footballer. The presence of many professional players, coaches and young sporting stars took the 'Football for a Cause' to a level unimaginable. The skill, speed, stamina and synergy of each team kept many a spectator glued to their seats. For many a team, the tie-breaker was the only thin line that made the difference. Everyone team was a potential Trophy winner.

The Salesian team too took a keen interest in the tournament, playing in the +35 years category. Practicing under flood lights after a busy day's schedule to burn the extra fat or oil the rusty joints was their only option. Many of the veteran past pupils, playing in the tournament, expressed it best with these words, "It was such a joy playing with the Salesian priests once again, and to see them so young at heart. I was a privilege to relive our school days again". 

The +35 category ended with St. Joseph's Wadala and St. Anthony's Vakola being declared joint winners. The open category too was a thriller, from 32 teams participating teams, going right down to a nail biting tie-breaker, Parle United defeating Deadly United DBYS by 5-4. Fr. Godfrey D'Souza, provincial of the Mumbai Province presented Trophies to the winning teams. 
When the final whistle was blown and the lights were off, one could hear an emotional inner voice that said, "I was happy to be part of a worthy cause, and thanks to the organizers who made it possible." A special word of thanks to Mr. Augustine and his team of referees, and to the DBYS Sports Youth Commission, who ensured that this would be a tournament with a difference.  

Saturday, September 13, 2014

BIS # 4134 HINDI ELOCUTION COMPETITION AT DB, LONAVLA

by  Sarika and Ujwala

LONAVLA-PUNE, SEPTEMBER 13, 2014: Don Bosco High School and Junior College, Lonavla organized a Hindi Elocution competition on September 12, 2014 in the Boarding Hall. It was conducted under 2 categories - seniors (VIII – XII) and inters (V-VII). The students prepared and delivered their speeches excellently. The topics selected were appreciated by Fr. Rector as they dealt with current issues in the world.


The Rector, Fr. Solomon Rapol, Fr. Gregory (Administrator), Mrs. Savita along with other external judges judged the competition. It was organized by Mrs. Sunita Sonavane (Hindi Teacher), Sir Dinesh and Sir Chatterjee under the able guidance of Fr. George Carlos (Principal). The students were appreciated by all. Fr. Solomon congratulated the speakers and gave them some tips concerning language skills. Thereafter the Principal proposed a vote of thanks and congratulated the winners.

BIS # 4133 ‘DON BOSCO: THE EDUCATOR’ MONTH COMMENCES IN LONAVLA

by Bro. Bryce Fernandes

LONAVLA-PUNE, SEPTEMBER 13, 2014: On September 4, 2014 the School and Junior College of Don Bosco Lonavla began their animation for the month of September, the theme being 'Don Bosco: the Educator'. The XI Commerce class who was in-charge of the month decided to focus on the topic of 'Humanization through Education' which would mean, "Becoming more human through Education, and letting education transform us into living as better human inter-relational beings."


The first programme began at 8.45 for Std. IX to XII while the V to VIII came to witness the assembly at 10:00 a.m. They were familiarized with the person of Don Bosco and the Salesians. After which there was a short prayer service invoking God's presence. The short skit which followed depicted the different ways in which Don Bosco approached the boys of his times, who later became his successors. There were three instances portrayed to inspire educators, to touch the lives of their pupils to whom they are sent to and for students to love and obey their educators.


Towards the end, the boys and girls danced and sang the song of Don Bosco and later the various activities and competitions for the month where announced so that the entire school and Junior College would be attuned and be prepared for the upcoming events of the month.

BIS # 4132 'EDUCATING 21ST CENTURY INDIA': SEMINAR AT DIVYADAAN

by  Cl. Lawrance Vincent, sdb

DIVYADAAN-NASHIK, SEPTEMBER 13, 2014: As 21st century India is witnessing advancement in all sectors, improvising new methods of education has become the need of the hour. Paying heed to this, Divyadaan, Institute of Philosophy, Nashik organized a Seminar on September 10 and 11, 2014. Commemorating the Bicentenary of the Birth of Don Bosco the educator, the Seminar was titled "Educating 21st Century India: Challenges and Strategies." The students of Philosophy, Practical Trainees of the province of Mumbai, members of the neighboring religious communities and the Principals and teachers of the nearby schools participated in the two day programme animated by Fr. Joe Arimpoor SDB, Director of Don Bosco ARC, Delhi. 


After invoking the Holy Spirit, Fr. Felix Fernandes, the Principal, introduced the resource person. At the outset, Fr. Joe proposed Don Bosco's 'Education of the Heart' as a foundation for any effective educational system. In the first session, he focused on the importance of receiving 'Insight', which he creatively explained as the 'AHAaaaa!!!' experience. The speaker invited the participants to take note of their moments of 'Insight' and to plan strategies to implement them.  He also elaborated on the need for strategies to be SMART- Tested (Specific, Measureable, Attainable, Realistic and Time bound).
He challenged the educators to initiate a change of mindset and to incorporate the pillars of the preventive system of Don Bosco, i.e., Reason, Love and God in their strategies. Speaking on the difference between a 'Learned teacher' and a 'Learning teacher', he emphasized the importance of continuous improvement with a reference to 'Banking System of Education' of Paulo Friere and the Multiple Intelligence theory of Howard Gardner.


On the second day, Fr. Joe dealt with the concept of 'Whole Person Paradigm' in education, highlighting the importance of Body (PQ), Mind (IQ), Heart (EQ) and Spirit (SQ) in Education. He also spoke about the DAAD (Do An Ark a Day) project. The term Ark refers to 'Act of Random Kindness.' In the last Session, he highlighted, that education is not complete without evangelization.  He clarified the concept of evangelization as value building, which is the only possible way to evangelize in the context of a multi religious society like India. He held that the youth have the right to know and love God.
Every one of the participants felt privileged to be a part of the seminar.  This was made explicit in the words of one of the Principals of a local school, "If I only knew that the seminar would be so good I would have brought the whole teaching staff along with me." 

Thursday, September 11, 2014

BIS # 4131 TEACHER'S DAY CELEBRATION AT BORIVLI

by Rupali D'souza

                                                                                  "Oh! What a Splendid Surprise to step into our classes – to a Welcoming Class."
BORIVLI-MUMBAI, SEPTEMBER 11, 2014: On Septenber 4, 2014 the celebration for teacher's day began with a special Assembly for all the Primary Teachers, that was conducted by the Co-ordinator, Mrs. Marina Desouza. Children delivered a speech through the intercom appreciating their teachers. Beautiful songs on Teacher's Day were played during the assembly.


Thereafter the P.T.A members of each class felicitated their teacher with a decorative card and a flower bouquet. Children entertained their teachers with dances, songs and speeches. Later, a short programme was organized by the Vice-President Mrs. Mariolla Kostaka along with all the P.T.A members in the Primary A.V Hall. Teachers were surprised to see the tree full of yellow and pink hearts with acronyms on it ( Their names explained with their qualities).


All the teachers were given beautifully decorated sapling pots as a token of appreciation. Rev. Fr. Donald and Mrs. Marina together sang a melodious song for the teachers. The P.T.A members too, entertained the teachers with their singing. Paul Kostaka and Kennan Trinidade of class III A delivered an inspiring speech for all the teachers. The programme concluded with a cake cutting ceremony and by giving a small token of appreciation to the P.T.A members, thanking them for all their efforts.

BIS # 4130 CELEBRATING TEACHER’S DAY AT NERUL

by Ms. Jennifer Dias

NERUL-MUMBAI, SEPTEMBER 11, 2014: Don Bosco Senior Secondary School, Nerul, Navi Mumbai celebrated Teacher's Day on September 5, 2014 in the school premises. The programme comprised of various activities for all the teachers of the school.

The celebrations began on September 4, 2014 with the Pre – Primary and primary sections felicitating their teachers in their respective classrooms which was organized by the PTA members. On September 5, all the Teachers were invited for a Staff get together in the school hall.  There was Karaoke session organised for the teachers with students from various sections performing on English and Hindi Songs from the 70's.

After a sumptuous meal, a programme was organised for the Teachers by the students of the Secondary section.  Fr. Anthony Fonseca, the Principal headed the event.  An orchestra performance, speech and dance were a part of the programme.  Thereafter, the speech by the Honourable Prime Minister and students kept the students glued to the screen during the entire interactive session. At the end of the day, children were provided with snacks and they mingled with the teachers wishing them a Happy Teacher's Day.

BIS # 4129 WELCOMING NEW CATECHISTS INTO THE LORDS VINEYARD AT KUWAIT

by Bertha D'sa

NORTH ARABIAN VICARIATE, SEPTEMBER 10, 2014: On September 5, 2014 which is traditionally celebrated as Teachers Day in India, the St. Therese Parish in the Northern Arabian Vicariate was buzzing with the sounds of children and teachers alike; bright eyed for start of the new Catechetical year. The new Catechetical year was launched with a Holy Mass celebrated by the Catechetical Director for the Vicariate, Fr. Franco Pereira along with the Parish Priest, Fr. Blany Pinto.
 
A warm welcome and heartfelt thanks was extended to all the children, Catechists and parents present.  Fr. Franco congratulated the parish for having the highest number of teachers among all the four parishes in Kuwait.  His homily was centered on people's relationship with God which is characterized by Love, Charity and Reconciliation. St. Mother Theresa of Calcutta, whose feast was also celebrated on that day was a fitting example of God's love for humanity.  Fr. Franco concluded with the saying "If we judge people we have no time to love them". 


The Catechists assembled to take the Pledge before the Nicene Creed, after which they were inducted and blessed. "It was nice to see so many Catechists; it felt like the arms of the Church were extending to all the Catechists all around.  Like Mother Mary 'do what my son says'" exclaimed Evelyn D'souza. While Myra D'souza said, "Being commissioned and pledging to do my best to teach the faith to the little ones entrusted to me reminded me of the enormous trust placed in us Catechists.  God will provide the grace we need."


Fr. Blany expressed his sincere thanks to Fr. Franco and Francis Sam for their service to the Vicariate. He also thanked the Don Bosco Management for providing us the school premises to conduct the classes each weekend. And finally, he thanked the Catechists and their families who supported them for imparting the faith to their children. "I was in awe from the beginning to the end of the service. I feel truly called to work in God's vineyard and blessed to be a part of His great plan" said Paloma D'sa Rodrigues as she was leaving the induction ceremony.

BIS # 4128 TEACHER’S DAY CELEBRATION AT SAVEDI

by Fr. Cedrick Sankul

SAVEDI-AHMEDNAGAR, SEPTEMBER 10, 2014: The celebration of teacher's day at Savedi began with the Holy Eucharist on September 5, 2014 at 8:45 a.m, where all the teachers and catholic students were invited to take part.  The liturgy was animated by the students which focussed on thanking and praying for teachers. The teachers were then taken to their respective classes.


At 10:30 a.m, a cultural programme was organized by the students of standards X and XII. Fr. Francis Fernandes, the principal of the school inaugurated the programme by garlanding the frames of Jesus, Don Bosco, Mother Teresa, Dr. Sarvapali Radhkrishnan.  The students of std. VI welcomed the teachers with a welcome dance, which was followed by a speech given by Master Sandesh Thribhuvan painting a beautiful picture of the qualities of Dr. Sarvapali Radhakrishnan. Teacher Puspha Sagalgire too gave an inspiring speech connecting life of Mother Teresa and teachers. 


Thereafter, all the teachers were called on the stage and given a rose each as a sign of gratitude and thanks for all that they did for their students. After which, the students of different classes entertained their teachers with various items like koli dance, skits, film dances etc.  At the end of the programme teacher Manisha and Miss Mayuri Borde of standard XII thanked all the organizers of the day. The management organized a festive lunch for the teachers on this auspicious occasion. The lunch was served at 12:30 which was enjoyed by the teachers. The dialogue between our honourable Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi and the few selected students all over India that was aired at 3:00 p.m, was viewed by the Marathi primary section who had invited their students and few parents.

BIS # 4127 TEACHERS DAY CELEBRATION AT DB LONAVLA

by Cl. Clarence Martis

LONAVLA-PUNE, SEPTEMBER 10, 2014: Don Bosco High School and Junior College students felicitated their teachers on the occasion of Teachers Day on September 5, 2014. The programme began at 9.30 am and it went on until 12:00 noon. 


The programme began with the teachers being honoured by applying a 'tika' on their forehead while the prayer service commenced. The management along with the coordinating teacher were invited to light the lamp. The students prayed for the teachers and their well-being. The teachers were then escorted to their respective seats. The programme was studded with a variety of dances and songs performed by the students of the institute (V standard toddlers to the XII standard teens).


The address to the teachers brought out the importance of a teacher in the life of a student. The PTA members showed their appreciation by presenting each of the teachers with a gift. The teachers were also presented a token of appreciation from the management. The students presented their cards, which they had made for their teachers, after the programme. After the felicitation by the students, the teachers were taken out for a meal which was arranged and sponsored by the PTA members. The gratitude shown towards the vocation of a teacher by the students was an amazing sight.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

BIS # 4126 LITURGICAL WORKSHOP ORGANIZED AT BORIVLI

by Miss Carol Lasrado

BORIVLI-MUMBAI, SEPTEMBER 6, 2014: A workshop on "The day of the Lord" was held on August 29, 2014 from 10:00 a.m – 12:30 noon in the A.V. room of St. John Bosco Church, Borivli (West) conducted by Rev. Fr. Wilfred D'souza SDB. About seventy five people belonging to the PLT(Parish Liturgical team), ushers, Eucharistic ministers, choir, lectors, and others were present for this workshop. The workshop began with a prayer followed by a welcome speech by Mrs. Cynthia D'silva and a floral tribute being presented to Fr. Wilfred.
 
Fr. Wilfred began by placing a couple of general questions like; 'What is the Eucharist?' 'Why do we celebrate it?' etc. He then stressed on the five important chapters of the apostolic letter, Dies Domini of the Holy Father John Paul II, on keeping "The Lord's day holy." He began by saying,"Dies Domini explains that God is our creator and on the completion of the creation, God rested. The Lord's Day – as Sunday was called from apostolic times, because of its close connection with the Christian mystery. It recalls the celebration of Christ's victory over sin and death and the dawn of a new creation. Hence, it is a call to remind us of the grand and wonderful work of God and inspires us to praise and thank him."


He further said,"Dies Christi – The day of the risen Lord.  According to the common witness of the Gospels, the Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead took place on "the first day after the Sabbath" (Luke 24:1). On the same day, the Risen Lord appeared to the two disciples of Emmaus and to the eleven Apostles gathered together (John 20:19)." He also spoke on 'Dies Ecclesiae– The Eucharistic assembly – Heart of Sunday (Matthew 28:20).'saying,"This promise of Christ resounds in the Church as the secret of her life and hope. Sunday Eucharist is not only the remembrance of a past event but is a celebration of the living presence of the risen Lord in the midst of his own people. It is gathering of those who have received the grace of baptism are not saved as individuals alone, but as members of the Mystical Body, having become part of the people of God. They become one in Christ through the gift of the spirit." 


He also added saying,"Dies Hominis : Day of joy, rest and solidarity. Christ came to accomplish a new "exodus", to restore freedom to the oppressed. He performed many healings on the Sabbath (cf. Matthew 12:9-14 and parallels), certainly not to violate the Lord's Day, but to reveal its full meaning: "The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath." If Sunday is a day of joy, Christians should declare by their actual behaviour that we cannot be happy "on our own". They look around to find people who may need their help. It may be that in their neighbourhood or among those they know there are sick people, elderly people, children."


Finally, he spoke on 'Dies Dierum : Sunday the primordial feast, revealing the meaning of time.' saying,"In Jesus Christ, the Word made flesh, time becomes a dimension of God, who is himself eternal". In his speech in the synagogue at Antioch in Pisidia, Paul applies the words of Psalm 2 to the Resurrection of Christ: "You are my Son, this day I have begotten you".  It is precisely for this reason that, in celebrating the Easter Vigil, the Church acclaims the Risen Christ as "the Beginning and End, the Alpha and Omega". These are the words spoken by the celebrant as he prepares the Paschal candle, which bears the number of the current year. These words clearly states that "Christ is the Lord of time; he is its beginning and its end; every year, every day and every moment are embraced by his incarnation and resurrection, and thus become part of the fullness of time." The speech given about the Eucharist by Fr. Wilfred was truly helpful in understanding the meaning of The Lord's Day.

Friday, September 5, 2014

BIS # 4125 INAUGURATION OF THE BICENTENARY OF DON BOSCO'S BIRTH AT DB, DAKOR

by Cl. Jerome Edison

DAKOR-GUJARAT, SEPTEMBER 5, 2014: The community of Don Bosco, Dakor inaugurated the Bicentenary year of Don Bosco's birth on August 30, 2014. The occasion was graced with the presence of Fr. Ivan, who is the Rector of Don Bosco, Kapadvanj.  


The programme began with a hymn of praise to honour God for the gift of Don Bosco. The effect of Don Bosco on the school and various other fields was elaborately explained to the students. The dignitaries for the programme were Fr. Ivan and Sr. Rita, the superior of Pushpanjali. Fr. Ivan, in his speech mentioned that, "Don Bosco is a great friend and father of youth. This still remains a live fact which is translated in the followers of Don Bosco's congregation. He did not act much –he acted. He did not write long and elaborate treatises – his life and work became the model. His success hinged on the Preventive System of Education with its three vital components – Reason, Religion and Loving Kindness."


He added saying that, "Don Bosco made every boy to feel that he is loved in a very personal and unique way. He was able to exhort with words of love and sacrifice; 'For You I Live, For You I Study, and For You I Die.' More than a half a century after his death, he continues to stir up the church and educational circles with his novel approach, commitment and dedication." He further said that, "Every Salesian gets an opportunity to witness this kind of love and sacrifice of Don Bosco made immortal and legendary. Inspired by Don Bosco, a man of nature and grace, and following preventive system of Education, the Salesians transform to make the young good and useful citizens and thus strive to usher in God's Kingdom that is characterized by justice, peace, tolerance and joy." Finally Fr. Ivan exclaimed, "Let's learn and know Don Bosco to become transformers of hearts and minds in today's worlds' vast complexities. Jai Don Bosco."

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

BIS # 4124 DON BOSCO, NERUL’S PARTICIPATION AT THE INTER-SCHOOL QUIZ COMPETITION

by Tr. Muriel Fernandes

NERUL-MUMBAI, SEPTEMBER 3, 2014: An Inter-school quiz competition was organized by the Rotary Club of New Bombay Seaside, on August 10, 2014 at Apeejay School, Nerul. The competition had two categories: Written and Oral. Don Bosco, Nerul emerged as the first runners up in the quiz competition. 

About fifteen schools participated in the first round of competition, of which, only three schools were to be shortlisted for the final round in the oral category. Don Bosco Sr. Secondary school, stood first with highest qualifying score in the first round. The final oral round consisted of four sub-rounds; General Knowledge (Restricted to knowledge on India), IQ – a buzzer round, General Knowledge – Open (National + International) and Picture Recognition (National & International).

There was a tough competition between Apeejay School, Nerul, Apeejay School, Kharghar and Don Bosco School, Nerul.  Don Bosco School, Nerul managed to answer and position themselves at the second place. The intellectual stars of Don Bosco Sr. Secondary School, were Aaryan Hebbalkar (VII C),  Gopikrishnan Menon (VIII C), Naresh Balamurgan (IX A). They were trained by Tr. Muriel Fernandes and her team, under the guidance of the Principal, Rev. Fr. Anthony Fonseca.