Monday, December 29, 2014

BIS # 4307 'A LIGHT IS BORN TO US'

by Cl. Ryan Lobo

JHABUA-MADYA PRADESH, DECEMBER 29, 2014: A pre-Christmas celebration was held for the boys of Don Bosco Jyoti Bhavan hostel on December 22, 2014. In the morning, the boys went to school for their Christmas celebration. On their return to the hostel they were put into various teams in which they were assigned certain activities to be prepared.

Post lunch, some games were animated for the boys. The Eucharistic celebration held at 6 p.m. included a triple thanksgiving to the Lord. Firstly, we thanked God our Father for sending Jesus into this world, secondly, for the gift of Fr. Pratap as we had the celebration of his birthday and ordination day and thirdly, for the gift of Akash a pre-novice from Kudal who finished his months experience in our community. We were indeed grateful to the Lord for showering his graces on us.

The Eucharist was followed by the Christmas Nite. The boys wonderfully sang Christmas carols from the chapel to the hall where we conducted our gathering. This event included various games such as Bible hunt, carol singing competition and other Christmas related adventures. Each boy was later gifted with a jersey with their name printed on it.

We are indeed thankful to Mr. Feroz, (water proofing contractor of our new building at Jhabua) who sponsored these special Christmas gifts for our Jyoti Bhavan family. The boys concluded this celebration with supper followed by a jam session that helped the boys to drain out the stress of exams.

BIS # 4306 PROVINCIAL COMMUNITY DAY AT JERUSALEM


by Mathew Valiyakattel SDB and Romero D'Souza SDB

JERUSALEM, DECEMBER 29, 2014: On December 28, 2014 the Salesian Province of Jesus the Adolescent – Middle East (MOR) celebrated the provincial community day. The communites of Cremisan, Beitgemal, Nazareth and Ratisbonne gathered together at Bethlehem, who were the host for the day . The celebration was held on the day of the feast of the Holy Family after the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph. The celebration was divided into three parts which consisted of the formative; the Eucharistic; and the Fraternal.

During the formative session of the celebration, being the year of the consecrated life, confreres who were celebrating their jubilee were felicitated and  were invited to share their experiences of their religious life. Signor Sante Tombolato, Don Gianni Caputa and Singor Luca Salvatore gave moving testimonies to their long years of religious life. Don Giorgis Giuseppe who could not attend the celebrations due to his sickness wrote a wonderful letter which was read during the meeting by Don Pier Giorgio. 


Later, the Provincial congratulated and thanked every confrere who had given his life to the Salesian congregation and above all to the province of MOR. The formative session was followed by the Eucharistic celebration which was presided over by the Provincial Rev. Fr. Munir El Rai. The liturgy and the singing were organized by the community of Ratisbonne, Jerusalem. During the mass, the Provincial exhorted the Salesians to live our lives of authenticity in our religious life, of love for God, for the community and the missionary zeal, of respect for each other and have the culture of fraternal correction, and also to cultivate the 'Salesian Family Spirit' modelled after the Holy Family of Nazareth.


After the Holy Eucharist, the confreres gathered together for a solemn meal followed by a series of entertainment programmes. The cheerful mood continued with joyful songs sung by young confreres as well as the old, in different languages. To add fun to these moments there was also magic performances by Frs. Pier Giorgio Gianazza and Nguyen Hoang Thi Joseph.


The celebrations came to an end with the Provincial thanking all the confreres for their whole hearted participation in keeping with the traditional Family Spirit and also thanked all the confreres for their service in the province. It was indeed a day to praise and thank God for the gift of the Salesian vocation and of coming together in love, a day to where we gathered to pray for the Provincial and his council, and for the Province.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

BIS # 4305 CHRISTMAS TREE CELEBRATION AT DB VIDHALAYA, SAVEDI

by Fr. Cedrick Sankul

SAVEDI-AHMEDNAGAR, DECEMBER 27, 2014: Don Bosco Vidhalaya Savedi, Ahmednagar celebrated its Christmas tree programme on December 23, 2014 with pomp and merrymaking. The whole management team was present for the programme. The main theme of the day was, "Today, the Saviour is born for you". Sr. Christina Pereira, FMA was the Chief Guest and Fr. Manuel was the Guest of Honour.  The programme started with the lighting of the lamp and a prayer song sung the by students.  On this day, Fr. Manuel completed 19 years of his priestly ordination and so, he was congratulated and prayed for, by the staff and students.  


There were different cultural items that were presented to give the message of Christmas.  The primary section presented a skit, a dance and a song to portray the coming of baby Jesus. The secondary section too presented different songs, carols, dances according to their yellow, blue, red and green groups of the school.  The college students sang carols where they dressed some students to be baby Jesus, Mary and Joseph depicting the scene of manger and situation of birth of Jesus. 


In the end, Fr. Manuel gave the Christmas message to all the students. He told them about how Christmas brought each one the peace of Christ when there is so much of violence and unease in the world. The entry of Santa Claus saw all the fathers and some teachers tapping their feet to the tunes of 'Dashing through the snow.' The certificates were then distributed to the students who had taken part in the district level Science and Maths competition.  Miss Preshita Avinash Rawde of Std. VI B won the first place in this competition.


It was a great day for Don Bosco Vidhalya Savedi since our name appeared in the district level competition. The vote of thanks was delivered by Mrs. Manisha and then all the students and teachers were served Christmas snacks. The Christmas tree celebration was done with a lot of joy, happiness and enthusiasm.

Friday, December 26, 2014

BIS # 4304 ANNUAL PICNIC FOR PREPARATORY AND PRE – PREPARATORY CLASSES


by Mrinalini  Singh


KHARGHAR-NAVI MUMBAI, DECEMBER 26, 2014: Picnic is a trip or excursion to any desirable place or an outing to the countryside. It provides an opportunity of informal communication between teachers and students. This helps in building a bond among teachers and students. It gives them out of class experience, and helps in social development and informal way of learning.

The annual picnic of Dominic Savio Kindergarten for Preparatory and Pre- Preparatory classes was organized on Saturday, December 20, 2014. The children were taken to the Central Park, Kharghar in 6 buses that left at 9.00 a.m. from the school. At the park, the children enjoyed playing on the fantastic new international swings and slides. After a while, the teachers took them around the place for sight – seeing, to see musical instruments displayed at various corners of the park. The children returned to the school by 11.45 a.m.

BIS # 4303 CHRISTMAS PROGRAMME AT NERUL

by Jennifer

NERUL-MUMBAI, DECEMBER 26, 2014: On December 22, 2014 a Christmas programme was organized for the students of the primary section in Don Bosco Senior Secondary School, Nerul.  The programme began with a school prayer followed by the school anthem. The teacher in-charge of the programme was Tr. Shiny. 


Our aim in presenting this programme was to enable our children to understand the meaning of Christmas and the reasons for the celebration. It also enabled the children to present their talents. The programme included a Prayer dance, a skit, a Christmas Medley dance, a Miming act and Christmas Carols. The Primary section put up a good show because of their hard work and perseverance. Rev. Fr. Bonnie spoke words of inspiration on Christmas. Fr. Principal commented on the performance and appreciated the anchors


The programme concluded with a thankful heart, owing everything to God's grace and the spirit of Christmas shining bright as ever. In the end, valuable instructions were given by our Principal Fr. Anthony Fonseca followed by the National Anthem.

BIS # 4302 CHRISTMAS SYMPOSIUM HELD AT DON BOSCO LONAVLA

by Ms. Sarika

LONAVLA-PUNE, DECEMBER 26, 2014: The Don Bosco High School and Junior College, Lonavla, had their Christmas symposium on December 19. This also marked the last working day of the year 2014 and the beginning of the Christmas vacations. 


The programme included the enactment of the Nativity scene, Carol singing and arrival of Santa and the Christmas message. The message of love was imparted through this symposium. The Rector (Fr. Solomon Rapol), in his Christmas message appealed everyone to spread love and harmony among all. While highlighting the importance of Christmas, he emphasized on caring, sharing and the joy of giving. The programme ended with the Bosco Band and carols by the Aspirants of Don Bosco, Lonavla.

BIS # 4301 SPORTS DAY AND CHRISTMAS TREE PROGRAMME AT SAVEDI

by Fr. Cedrick Sankul

SAVEDI-AHMEDNAGAR, DECEMBER 26, 2014: On December 22, 2014, Don Bosco English Medium School, Savedi celebrated its Annual Sports Day.   The Chief Guest for the day was Mr. Gaikwad, API (Assistant Police Inspector) of Tofkana Police Station Ahmednagar.  The Guests of honour were Fr. Manuel Murzello, Fr. Francis Fernandes and Fr. Cedrick Sankul. Teacher Judit was the compere for the Sports Day.


The programme started with students taking the Chief Guest and the guests of honour to the stage in parade.   The students presented a welcome prayer dance along with a message on Christmas.  The lamp was lit by all the dignitaries. The March past was then performed by the four houses that was judged by Mr. Gaikwad. The Chief Guest in his speech guided the students and wished them luck.


The various sports events like running race, sack race, high jump, tug- of – war etc were then conducted.  The winners were thereafter honoured with gifts and certificates. Tr. Shaila Missal ended the programme with vote of thanks and the students were given snacks as the part of Christmas celebration.


In the evening, the Don Bosco Bhavan boarders had the celebration of the Christmas Tree before they could leave for their Christmas holidays.  The programme began at 7:30 p.m. with a prayer service that created a spirit of Christmas.  They then cut a cake to celebrate the birth of Jesus. After which each team sang Christmas carols to honour the arrival of baby Jesus.  Br. Alex Carvalho then conducted some party games for the boarders. 


The main attraction of the programme was the arrival of Santa Claus, who came with lot of gifts for the boarders which he distributed to each one of them.  This was followed by the agape where all the boarders and the superiors ate together. The dance session brought the programme to its end.

BIS # 4300 PRIESTLY ORDINATION OF FR. JOHNSON KSHIRSAGAR AND FR. KIRAN SALVE AT SAVEDI


by Fr. Cedrick Sankul

SAVEDI-AHMEDNAGAR, DECEMBER 26, 2014: The two deacons of the Mumbai province, Dn. Johnson Kshirsagar and Dn. Kiran Salve were ordained priests on December 20, 2014 at St. John Bosco Church, Savedi-Ahmednagar by Rev. Bishop Lourdes Daniel, the Bishop of Nashik Diocese.


The ceremony that began at 10:00 am witnessed a gathering of about 45 priests, 30 sisters and around 2,500 attendants from villages and others from Mumbai. In his homily, the Bishop emphasized on the vocation of a priest, who draws the faithful to God and who represents Christ. The priest is the one who forgives people on behalf of Christ. After the celebration of the Eucharist, a felicitation ceremony was conducted where the Bishop, the newly ordained priests, the Vice Provincial Fr. Ajoy Fernandes, the Economer, Fr. Elson Barretto and Fr. Manuel, the parish priest were felicitated. Food was then served to all present. 


Fr. Manuel along with his community and parish council members worked hard to make this day a grand success. The next day, the newly ordained priests Fr. Johnson and Fr. Kiran celebrated their first mass at 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. respectively.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

BIS # 4299 DON BOSCO - THE MAN FOR YOUTH

by Jennifer

NERUL-MUMBAI, DECEMBER 19, 2014: The Value Education Programme on "Don Bosco - The Man for Youth" was presented by the students of Class VI C on December 16, 2014  at Don Bosco Senior Secondary School, Nerul. The students were trained by Ms. Milan Pinto under the guidance of the Supervisor- Pankaj Rai. The programme began with a Skit. The theme was very well brought out by showing how Don Bosco, always lived and died, working for his boys.


The next to follow was a hymn 'Is there a promise of the young today'. Along with the singing was a PowerPoint presentation was shown with lyrics of the hymn and some photographs of the activities, conducted in Don Bosco Senior Secondary School, Nerul. A dance on the song 'Rise Up' which was wonderfully choreographed, depicting Don Bosco's idea of 'Jump, Sing, Shout but do not sin' was then put up.


The Assembly programme concluded with a Vote of Thanks given by the class teacher, Milan. Sir Dyaneshwar then gave the Morning talk. Students were appreciated for their performance. Overall the programme was a great success.

BIS # 4298 VALUE EDUCATION ASSEMBLY PROGRAMME AT NERUL

by  Tr. Kirtida


NERUL-MUMBAI, DECEMBER 19, 2014: In Dominic Savio Kindergarten the value education programme is presented through a stage programme where children present a value through a skit, Video, Ramp walk and Dance. The Assembly programme was presented by the students of Pre – preparatory E, on Tuesday, December 16, 2014. This programme was organized by Tr. Kirtida Bhat for Pre - Primary students of Dominic Savio Kindergarten, Nerul in the assembly hall.

The main objective of the programme is to inculcate good values. The value of this assembly programme was "We should respect all our community helpers and work done by them". The topic was taken from the syllabus and was well presented. The teachers felt the programme was well executed with creative ideas. The children understood the concept and they enjoyed the programme. Fr's, teachers and parents appreciated the programme.

BIS # 4297 DON BOSCO MEETS CHARLES GASTINI


by Gency Machado

NERUL-MUMBAI, DECEMBER 19, 2014: The Value Education Programme on 'Don Bosco meets Charles Gastini' was presented by the students of class II A on December 16, 2014 at Don Bosco Senior Secondary School, Nerul. The students were trained by their class teacher Mrs. Gency Machado under the guidance of the supervisors. The Value Education Programme began with the School Prayer followed by School Anthem. The audience were introduced to Don Bosco's meeting Charles Gastini followed by a skit on how we should repent for our sins and ask forgiveness.


The students performed a song "THANK YOU, LORD" and a dance on the song "DON BOSCO TEACH US LEARN, LIVE AND LEAD". The assembly programme ended with a vote of thanks by Tr. Gency followed with the instructions by the Principal. Students were appreciated for their performance. The programme was a great success.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

BIS # 4296 DB, NERUL ORGANIZES A PICNIC FOR ITS STUDENTS

by Jennifer

NERUL-MUMBAI, DECEMBER 18, 2014: To give the students a break after their stressful exam days, the Don Bosco School, Nerul organized a picnic to Keshav Shrusti in Bhayandar on December 13, which also served as an educational trip. Students of classes VI-X were taken for the picnic. The students reported in the school at 6.30 a.m. and the buses departed by 7:30 a.m. 


Keshav Shrusti turned out to be a campus spread over 200 acres of lush green valley with agricultural land, fruit bearing trees, herbal plants and forest wealth. It carried an unforgettable aura of peace and tranquility. There were nearly 500 herbal plants within the large campus of Keshav Srushti, some of them being rare species. After a quick breakfast the students were divided into groups. Each group got a chance to involve in a number of activities like preparing Maggi through solar cookers, paper recycling, presentations and a memorable nature walk around the campus.


They were shown a wide variety of fruit bearing trees, Coconut Plantations, Herbal Plants. Students learnt a lot about annual and biennial crops namely, bananas, bottle gourd, radish, turnips, pumpkins and cabbages. Vermi compost and the bio gas plant were also shown.The fruits, vegetables as well as Ayurvedic medicines grown and produced there were also available for sale.After the nature walk

lunch was served in the same premises. They left Keshav Shrusti by 3:00 p.m. 

The next picnic spot was the Global Vipassana Pagoda which is a Meditation Hall near Gorai. The Pagoda indeed turned out to be a great relief after a tiresome day. The best feature of the Pagoda was the center that contained the world's largest stone dome built without any supporting pillars. The students also got to view architecture combining ancient Indian and modern technology as well as Lord Buddha's teaching inscribed on the walls around the Pagoda.


The surrounding was filled with serenity and the entire experience was absolutely enriching. They reached back to School by 7:30 p.m. In all, the objective set by the school was achieved as the trip turned out to be a different one from the regular walk of life and at the same time had a slice of educational value.

BIS # 4295 DON BOSCO LONAVLA BUILDS UP A SCIENTIFIC ATTITUDE THROUGH AN EXHIBITION

by Ms. Sarika

LONAVLA-PUNE, DECEMBER 18, 2014: Don Bosco, Lonavla organized a Science Exhibition for the year 2014-15 on December 15, 2014. All the classes from V-XII participated in it. The students prepared various models and charts on the current topics. Some of the topics were Rainwater Harvesting, Electricity from fruits and vegetables, Robotics, Conservation of natural resources, etc.


The Rector, Fr. Solomon Rapol, inaugurated the exhibition. The students enjoyed observing various exhibits. There were around 100 exhibits from the whole school. The participants were guided by Sir William, the organizer of the science exhibition and also by the other Science teachers. Fr. Rector and Fr. Principal appreciated the students for their hard work and creativity. This exhibition really filled the students with enthusiasm and love for science.

BIS # 4294 PILGRIMAGE TO GOA – ST. FRANCIS XAVIER

by Fr. Cedrick Sankul

CORLIM-GOA, DECEMBER 18, 2014: Sixty parishioners of St. John Bosco Church, Savedi went for the visit and pay their homage to the body of St. Francis Xavier in Goa.  The trip was organized by Fr. Manuel Murezello, the parish priest. The parishioners were mostly from the fourteen villages that they catered their religious services to. 


The journey started from Ahmednagar station on December13, 2014. The pilgrims took shelter at St. Monfort I.T.I. College in Corlim.  On the first day of their arrival, the pilgrims were taken to visit the body of St. Francis Xavier where there had to wait in line for 5 hours to pay their homage. The pilgrims then went around sightseeing to places like Fort Aguada, Calangute beach, Miramar Beach, Dona Paula, St. Agnelo's Church, Don Bosco Panjim, Food Mela and then the long awaited marketing. The pilgrims returned on December 17.


The pilgrims did enjoy their stay in Goa and the spiritual experience and deepening of their faith as they visited the body of St. Francis Xavier as well as the moments when they shared their experiences with each other during their journeys by bus and train.

BIS # 4293 CATECHISM CHILDREN RALLY AT NASHIK

by Romanius Barwa

NASHIK-MAHARASHTRA, DECEMBER 18, 2014: The Diocese of Nashik experienced the heavenly joy by the presence of around 250 lively and cheerful innocent children on the occasion of the Catechism Children Rally organized by the diocese of Nashik on December 14, 2014 at St. Anne's Cathedral, Bishop House. Six parishes participated in the rally, held basically for the English speaking parishes. It was a one day get-together packed with lots of exhortations, competitions, entertainment and above all to give an opportunity to make new friends and grow as one community. 


In the inaugural session, Fr. Peter highlighted the aim and purpose of having Catechism Children Rally. Mr. Ben Clement, the chief resource person spoke on three topics, emphasizing the Catholic values, the historical foundation of the church in India and finally on the importance of involving in the Civil Services. He dealt briefly on the nine Catholic values- faith, love, family, compassion, service, truth, justice, forgiveness and hope. He also spoke about early missionaries and the various congregations which came to India with their specific charisms. 


For the quiz competition each parish selected five members to represent the parish. Fr. Peter animated the competition and the questions were basically asked from the Acts of the Apostles and Saints,  who hailed from India and also the founders of various congregations. Without any prior preparation, the representatives sat for the competition, waiting for the Holy Spirit to inspire as no questionnaire were provided. The quiz was also an indication for catechism teachers to incorporate the life of saints in their lessons.


At 12 noon, the solemn Holy Eucharist was celebrated by Bishop Lourdes Daniel. His introductory talk captured the hearts and minds of the children when he uttered that he felt like a child in the midst of children. Moreover, he added that the presence of so many children made the Bishop House a cradle of Christmas. In the homily, the Bishop spoke about the importance of a child, keeping in mind, the approaching Christmas.


He gave the analogy of an expectant mother who prepares new sets of shocks, caps, pullover etc. even before the birth of the child. He exhorted children to grow up in childlike attitude and also challenged them to make at least ten new friends by the end of the day. The animation and singing of the mass was divided among various parishes. Bishop Lourdes Daniel also surprised everyone by having lunch on his feet, visiting, greeting and taking photos with the children.

 
The lunch break was followed by singing, skit and dance competitions. Fr. Kishore was the compere. Qualified musicians were invited to judge the competitions. The children were totally immersed in their items and performed so gracefully shocking all the catechism teachers. It was an amazing afternoon with much fun and entertainment. The presence of the brothers with their lively action songs added extra colour to the programme.

The prize distribution was once again graced by the presence of Bishop Lourdes Daniel. All the parishes were blessed to receive at least one prize. Don Bosco parish bagged first prize in poster making, second in singing and above all claimed the championship trophy. The Bishop also presented each child with a Christmas gifts and the teachers were gifted a Bible diary. Finally, a special vote of thanks was delivered, thanking Bishop Lourdes Daniel for being the main force behind this rally and also sponsoring the event and all its expenses. 'Thanks a lot to all the parish priests and catechism teachers for making this great event possible.'

BIS # 4292 A FUN FILLED DAY AT UNITED 21 RESORT, LONAVLA

by Lisa Dominic

LONAVLA-PUNE, DECEMBER 18, 2014: The Don Bosco Senior Secondary School, Nerul organised a picnic for students of the Junior College on December 13, 2014. A total number of 118 students, from Classes XI and XII, were taken to the water park at United 21 Resort, Lonavla. The long awaited picnic was a welcome break from studies, as they got an opportunity to unwind and bond with their friends.

The students boarded their buses at 9 a.m. They sang and danced to their favourite numbers during the journey which left them exhilarated. After a scrumptious breakfast at the resort, the students rushed to the water park. The wave pool was an instant hit where the students played and splashed about happily. They also had a great time on the thrilling water rides.


Lunchtime had the students savouring the Indian and Chinese delicacies that were served. Post lunch, some of them waddled around in bright floating tubes, while the others danced till they dropped. However, like all good things, the picnic too had to end. At 4 p.m., the students boarded the buses reluctantly, unwilling to have such a wonderful day draw to a close. "A perfect picnic– I feel refreshed and energised," said one of the students as they returned home with a storehouse of memories.

BIS # 4291 CHRISTMAS PROGRAMME AT AGADGAON

by Evangelo D'Souza, sdb


AGADGAON-AHMEDNAGAR, DECEMBER 17, 2014: The village of Agadgaon in the district of Ahmednagar witnessed yet another joyful event on December 13, 2014. The children and the youth were merrying around and having fun. It was an early Christmas celebration organized by Brs. Justus and Evangelo for the enthusiastic kids and youth of Agadgaon. 


The programme began to the sound of music and one could see joyful faces all over. Entertaining party games were conducted that cheered up one and all. It was followed by the recitation of the rosary. In his Christmas message Br. Justus emphasized the need of preparing one's hearts for Christmas. He also asked each one to make an effort to care and share this Christmas. He invited each one to be grateful to God for the gift of his son Jesus. Santa Claus' joyful visit lifted the hearts of each one as they danced around the Santa and had fun around him.


Santa gave away gifts to the children and made them happy with his cheerful presence. Special gifts were also given to the children who emerged victorious in the party games. Truly one could say that the silver bells were already ringing at Agadgaon.

BIS # 4290 BHAJAN AND KIRTANKARS MELA AT ST. JOHN’S BHINGAR

by Fr. Bento

BHINGAR-AHMEDNAGAR, DECEMBER 17, 2014: A kirtan and bhajan programme for Catechists of Ahmednagar and Beed Districts was held as part of Don Bosco Bicentenary celebration programme to commemorate the 200 years of the birth of Don Bosco. The Bhingar team also helped in its successful outcome. Thirty five kirtankars from the district parishes participated in the one day workshop on Kirtans-Bhajans was jointly organized by Fr. Ashok Ohol, SJ and Fr. Nelson Falcao, on December 14, 2014 from 10.00 a.m. to 4 p.m. 


The day began with singing of the bhajans and followed by an orientation talk that was given by Fr. Ashok Ohol, SJ. Fr. Rajendra Londhe addressed the gathering together with Fr. Nelson Falcao. The Eucharist was celebrated for the group. A satkar samaramb was held and a new directory of kirtan and bhajan groups in the district was released.


The meeting ended with a snehabhojan.  According to Pope Francis, "A catechist is a Christian who puts this remembrance at the service of proclamation, not to seem important, not to talk about himself or herself, but to talk about God, about his love and his fidelity. To talk about and to pass down all that God has revealed, his teaching in its totality, neither trimming it down nor adding on to it."
These expressive words of Pope Francis revitalizes in shepherding the flock for which our Lord has called us.

BIS # 4289 ANNUAL SCHOOL PICNIC TO CHOWKI DHANI

by Jennifer

NERUL-MUMBAI, DECEMBER 17, 2014: The Annual School Picnic for the students of classes I to V was organised on December 13, 2014 to Chowki Dhani, a replica of Rajasthani village. The buses left for the venue at 8.30 a.m. and reached the picnic spot at 10:00 am.
 
The teachers and the students were welcomed by a traditional Tilak and refreshing Nimbu Paani. The children along with the class teachers were left to explore the place. They enjoyed the camel rides, bullock rides and horse riding as well. The culture of Rajasthan was depicted beautifully through various shows such as the traditional puppet show, magic show and show by the rope walkers. The children also danced to the traditional Rajasthani tunes along with the Rajasthani dancers performing Ghumar.


Our children took great delight in trying their hand at pottery and thus learn to mould the pots into different shapes.  After a tiring yet an educational exploration of the place, the children bought gifts for their parents and loved ones from the Rajasthani souvenir shops. Later, the students were treated to scrumptious Rajasthani food for their lunch in a typically Rajasthani style designed dining area. At the end of the day, the students were treated with complimentary nimbu paani and a packet of wafers.


The students and the teachers left for school at 4:00 p.m. with fond memories of the picnic. It was also a learning experience for all the students giving them an experience of a Rajasthani village life and the rich culture of the state. Overall, the picnic was a tremendous success making it an enriching and educative experience for students and teachers.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

BIS # 4288 SYMPOSIUM ON EVANGELI GAUDIUM HELD AT DIVYADAAN

by Nevelle Coutinho and Ian Pinto

NASHIK-MAHARASHTRA, DECEMBER 16, 2014: Many days of hard work and relentless efforts by the SYBPH brothers of Divyadaan culminated in a spirited  symposium on the topic 'Social Dimension of Evangelization' taken from Pope Francis' Apostolic exhortation Evangelii Gaudium, on   December 13, 2014 at Divyadaan, Salesian Institute of Philosophy, Nashik.


The programme began at 2:00 p.m. with a hymn to the Holy Spirit, after which a very creative introduction was presented in the form of Pope Francis supposedly dialoguing via Skype with the audience present at Divyadaan for the symposium. The presentations of the four speakers of the day, Jarnel Syiem, Nevelle Coutinho , Nester Furtado and Ian Pinto who spoke on the topics, 'The inclusion of the poor in society', 'Concern for the vulnerable', 'Common good and peace in society',  and 'Social Dialogue' respectively then followed. The talks were accompanied with PowerPoint presentations.


Each talk was crisp and relevant. The audience participated well with their insightful questions and responses aptly given by the speakers. Later, the audience, divided into four groups, participated in group discussions. The groups were provided with pertinent questions and were asked to come up with practical solutions to problems. This was followed by the vote of thanks, appreciating the efforts of all those involved in the project, particularly Fr. Wyman Gonsalves, the coordinator.


Finally the programme concluded with the Peace hymn of St. Francis of Assisi. The audience left with a sense of satisfaction, enriched with the knowledge of the social dimension of evangelization and with greater awareness of what Pope Francis and the church expects of every Christian in this regard.

BIS # 4287 POSTER PAINTING COMPETITION AT NAVI MUMBAI

by Jennifer

NERUL-NAVI MUMBAI, DECEMBER 13, 2014: The Lion's Club District 323 A2 had organized a poster painting competition with the theme "Peace, Love and Understanding "on Saturday November 22, 2014. We are proud to announce that Ameya Morudkar from Class VI C has been awarded a memento and certificate for his excellent poster painting on this theme. 


He was the only representative from Navi Mumbai carrying this valuable message of spreading peace all over. His art was appreciated as the Best Entry from Navi Mumbai and was also placed Fourth at District Level which stretches from Chembur to Raigad and Ghatkopar to Shahpur. He was guided in this artistic journey by our Art Teacher Kiran Mhatre who helped him in understanding the theme and its nuances in art.

Monday, December 15, 2014

BIS # 4285 BICENTENARY YEAR CELEBRATIONS AT BORIVLI

by Rupali D'souza.

 

BORIVLI-MUMBAI, DECMBER 15, 2014: To celebrate the Bicentenary Birth of Don Bosco, Interschool Competitions were held from December 3-5, 2014. Our fellow Educational Institutes were invited to partake in the bicentenary celebrations. The competitions were organized under various categories. 


Group 1 – Sub Juniors (std. 1st to 4th) – Look Alike, Recreate Picasso (Arts) and Props Rock (Solo Dance)
Group 2 – Juniors (std. 5th to 7th) – Participated in the events viz – Razz Matazz (Fashion Show), Christmas is a Reason for celebration (Art work) and Krazy Kiya Re (Western Solo Dance)
Group 3 – Inters (std. 8th to 10th) – Had events viz – It's time to save the planet:- Poster Design, Chalo Kuch Gungunaye (Duet singing) and Beat it! – Instrumental.
Group 4 – Seniors (std. 11th and 12th) – Participated in Tatto Design, Prop roll and The Retrocals (Solo singing)


The students got a platform for expression and an opportunity for self enhancement. Trophies and Certificates were awarded to the students for their performance in various events. The event helped in inculcating in the students the value of discipline, humility, honesty, fair play and perseverance. The celebration was a grand success.

BIS # 4286 THE GREEN WARRIORS QUEST TO SAVE NATURE

by Jennifer

NERUL-MUMBAI, DECEMBER 15, 2014: The energetic eco-club students of Don Bosco School, Nerul participated in the launch of "I Nature Watch project" held in Don Bosco School, Matunga.The session was organized by Lady Bird's Consulting in collaboration with Green Line on December 8, 2014.


The prestigious project has won the Global Competition of U.S state Department's Alumni Innovation Engagement Fund and is the only project selected for India out of various projects proposed globally. It is a Citizen Science Project for the school which could be used for climate change studies. The mobile apps for climate change will be developed for the use of urban schools in 4 metros (Mumbai, New Delhi, Kolkata and Hyderabad) and to learn about the urban ecosystem.


 The computer savvy students will use their gadgets as a mode of gathering information and record the spotting of indicator species of birds and animals. The students will help to monitor the impact of climate change through collecting data on the urban flora and fauna. The project will offer the students a platform to explore and learn the local trees, birds and butterflies and to become citizen scientist as a part of their studies.

BIS # 4284 DB, LONAVLA ORGANIzES A THREE-DAY SPORTS FESTIVAL

by Cl. Clarence Martis

LONAVLA-PUNE, DECEMBER 15, 2014:    Don Bosco High School and Junior College organised a three-day Sports Festival from December 10 – 12, 2014. All the students participated in at least one game. The Sports Festival began on December 10, 2014 at 8.45 a.m. with the opening ceremony. The school and junior college students were present for the opening ceremony.


The Chief Guest for the event was the Rector, Fr. Solomon Rapol. The opening ceremony began with the colourful march past of the four houses – Red, Blue, Green, Yellow. The Chief Guest took the salute and hoisted the school flag while the entire school and college sang the school anthem. The four athletes Rahul, Siddi, Hari Om and Ashwin took the lap of the school ground before lighting the torch. Thereafter, the Chief Guest spoke a few words and declared the Sports Festival open.


This was followed by the Mass Drill and the Relay (Juniors, Inters, Seniors). The relay was followed by the Tug of War for boys and girls. The last item of the opening ceremony was the Teacher's item. The Brothers, along with Fr. George Carlos, conducted a 'seven-circle bombing the city' for the teachers. After a short break, the students of standards 8 to 12 went for classes while the games for the students of Stds. 5 to 7 began. They played games like football, blind ball, bucket ball and square ball. The games ended at 2:30 p.m.


The next day, December 11, 2014, the students of standards 8 to 10 took part in the games from 8:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. after which classes resumed as usual. They played football, cricket, basketball and throw ball.The Junior College students took part in the games on  December 12, 2014 from 8.30 a.m. to 11.15 a.m. The boys played football, basketball, volleyball, and cricket, while the girls played throw ball, cricket, and kho-kho.


At 2:45 p.m., the closing ceremony commenced. The players who won the various games were given certificates. The volunteers and referees were also felicitated. The overall winners, Red House, and the runner-up, Yellow House, were presented with a trophy and prize. The Principal, Fr. George Carlos, proposed the vote of thanks. This was followed by the lowering of the school flag and putting off of the torch. The Sports Festival came to an end with the singing of the National Anthem.

BIS # 4283 YOU ARE PRECIOUS!!!

by Ms. Pauline Vallado

MATUNGA-MUMBAI DECEMBER 15, 2014: On December 2, STD IX A of Don Bosco High School, Matunga, presented their class assembly and hosted Management Day. The theme of the assembly was the importance of the name which is given to us by our parents emphasizing the unalienable fact that "I am precious" because God made me. The students with their teacher made an attempt to denounce the use of hurtful nicknames and degrading ways of disrespecting one another that sometimes goes on in school. 


The moment of silent reflection on some thoughts highlighted the fact of each one of us being precious and at the end Fr. Wilfred the Rector and Fr. Bosco the Principal commended the class for a very timely and well presented message and reiterated the strong need to desist from this bad practice that is not acceptable in a Don Bosco institution.


This was followed by a crisp felicitation of the School Management for being the wind beneath our wings. After a few well prepared items, we read out a sincere, individual Thank You address to the three members of the Management.  There was a novel putting together a bouquet of flowers arranged right before our eyes that was then presented to them.


They were also presented with a pencil sketched portrait of themselves. Each teacher was given a bookmark with the meaning of his/her name.The afternoon was made enjoyable by the teachers who felicitated Fr. Wilfred, Fr. Bosco and Fr. Roy and then all were treated to a sumptuous meal.

BIS # 4282 INTER-SCHOOL AND JUNIOR COLLEGE COMPETITIONS AT NERUL

by Ms. Lynette Sequeira

BORIVLI – MUMBAI – DECEMBER 15, 2014: As the Saint of the young, our beloved St. John Bosco, turns 200 in the year 2015, all our Salesian institutions everywhere are buzzing with excitement and activity. Don Bosco School and Junior College, Borivali, decided to share this joy with the schools and colleges in the neighbourhood as well. Therefore, Inter-School and College Competitions were held over a span of three days from December 3-5, 2015. About 20 schools and colleges were invited for these competitions.


The aim of organizing these competitions was to provide the students a platform for expression and interaction with their peers and to give them an opportunity for self-enhancement. It was also an event that enabled us to make Don Bosco known in the neighbourhood, especially in this year when we are celebrating 200 years since his birth.

A series of competitions were held over three days in 4 basic Categories:
Sub- Juniors (I –IV) – Look Alike (Dress up and Mimic), Recreate Picasso(Drawing) and Props Rock (Solo- Dance).
Juniors (V-VII) – Razzmatazz (Fashion Show), Christmas is a reason for Celebration(Art Work) and Krazy Kiya Re (Western Solo Dance).
Inters (VIII-X) – Poster Design , Beat-it! (Instrumental) and Chalo kuch gungunaye (Duet Singing).
Seniors (IX-XII) – Tattoo Design, Prop Roll (Dance) and The Retrocals (Western Solo Singing)

Four competitions were held on each day and it was wonderful to see students, teachers and parents from various participating schools enjoying the entire experience. It was a very enriching experience for our students and teachers as well, who were involved in organizing these competitions. This entire Bicentenary Inter-School and College celebration became a reality, due to the innovative ideas proposed by our Principal, Fr. Donald Fernandez, which were then worked on and developed by our teachers, Mrs. Jacinta Cardoz (Primary), Mrs. Cheryl D'Souza (Middle-School), Mrs. Pooja Kadam (High School), and Ms. Brynelle D'Silva(Jr.College).

They were also ably assisted by the members of the P.T.A. and a number of other parents of our students, who came forward to help out on the days of the competition, to turn this event into a reality. We thank God for his continued presence with us through the entire process of planning and implementing this wonderful event.

BIS # 4281 QUIZ COMPETITON ORGANIZED AT NERUL

by Jennifer

NERUL-MUMBAI, DECEMBER 15, 2014: The Derek's Sunfeast Yipee! Noodles challenge quiz competition was held at Ryan International School, Nerul on December 5, 2014. Seventeen schools from across Mumbai participated in this renowned quiz competition. Don Bosco Senior Secondary School, Nerul bagged the second prize. Our students did exceptionally well in the preliminary round securing sixteen points out of twenty and thus qualifying for the final round.


Six different schools were selected from the preliminary round for the final. In the final round, Euro Airoli managed to inch ahead of Don Bosco Senior Secondary School with a few points. The third position was bagged by Bal Bharati.


Congratulations to the participant for their achievement.
1.    Aaryan Hebalkar    VII B
2.    Ameya Morudkar    VI C
3.    Souradeep Halder    V C
It was a wonderful learning experience and a knowledgeable exposure to the participants.

BIS #4280 DON BOSCO - THE MAN OF EDUCATION

by BIS Correspondent

NERUL-MUMBAI, DECEMBER 15, 2014: The Value Education Programme on "Don Bosco- the Man of Education" was presented by the students of class VI A on December 9, 2014 at Don Bosco Senior Secondary School, Nerul. The students were trained by Ms. Neeru Nigam under the guidance of the Supervisor- Pankaj Rai.


The programme began with a skit. A prayer dance on the song   "Krishna ni be gane" then followed. The audience were later introduced to Don Bosco's teaching methods by a powerpoint presentation .The powerpoint presentation also included the various activities that are undertaken in Don Bosco School, Nerul.


The Assembly programme concluded with a prayer by the students followed by a vote of thanks given by the respective class teacher. Fr. Anthony, the Principal was invited to deliver the morning talk.Students were appreciated for their performance. Overall the programme was a great success.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

BIS # 4279 MUSICAL PROGRAMME AT DB NERUL

by Ms. Maithili Deshpande

NERUL-MUMBAI, DECEMBER 10, 2014: The students of the primary section of Don Bosco, Nerul put up a musical programme on December 6, 2014 at Don Bosco Senior Secondary School, Nerul. The students were trained by their music teacher Mrs. Maithili under the guidance of the supervisors.


The programme began with the school prayer followed by school anthem. The objective of this programme was to enhance the singing talent of the students and to give them a platform to showcase their hidden talents.


The audience was introduced to different types of English, Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati and Rajasthani folk songs. The various performances by different classes seemed to display a perfect blend of rhythm and melody.

 
The programme ended with a vote of thanks followed by the instructions given by the Principal.Students was appreciated for their performance. Overall the programme was a great success.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

BIS # 4278 NIGHT OF WORSHIP AT PUNE

by Cl. Evangelo D'Souza


PUNE-MAHARASHTRA, DECEMBER 9, 2014: The community of Don Bosco Youth Centre, Pune organized a 'Night of Worship' on 7th December, 2014 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the DBYC campus in collaboration with the Jesus Youth. The grand evening was open for all the youth of Pune and it was attended by over two hundred youth in and around the city of Pune. The Jesus Youth conducted the worship through hymns and songs praising God thus reminding everyone present of the words of St. Augustine, "Singing once is praying twice." 


The personal testimony given by one of the youth members, Ms. Christina added a spiritual flavour to the evening that helped each one gathered to introspect the depth of relationship they shared with God. The melodious and well-chosen hymns, helped the youth to get connected with God. It helped them to thank and praise God and draw closer to him. The concluding part of the evening witnessed all the youth singing Christmas carols. The singing of the carols gave a true colour to the advent season. During the vote of thanks, all responsible were thanked for the success of the evening.


Dn. Jacob Palaparambil while addressing the youth mentioned that the youth of today are capable of doing great things as against the old bias of the elders, "The youth are useless." He also said that our father and founder Don Bosco, whose bicentenary of birth we celebrate, believed in the potentials of the youth and never lost hope in them. He spent all his energy to realize their capabilities and their potentials. The programme concluded with a song of praise leaving each one with a God experience.