Tuesday, June 30, 2015

BIS #4474 STRESSING ON HOLISTIC EDUCATION

by Ashwini Gupte

 

MUMBAI, JUNE 30, 2015: Father Bernard Fernandes, the new Principal of Don Bosco High School, Matunga met with members of the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) over three days starting from June 24; to appraise them about the measures undertaken by the school management for a holistic education.

 

On day one, Father Wilfred D'Souza, the  Rector introduced Father Fernandes to the PTA. He then spoke about the theme for the year, 'Like Don Bosco - With The Young, For The Young,' reiterating the importance of parents and teachers alike being there for the boys.  

 

The day was demarcated for meeting PTA members of standard nine and ten. PTA of standard seven and eight met on June 26 and standard five and six met on June 29.

 

During these meetings, Father Fernandes informed the parents about the administrative effort that had gone into making the school a welcoming, comfortable institution for the students.

 

He also briefed the parents of the preparatory work the teachers had put in before the start of the academic year, through seminars and leadership training programmes attended by the members of the Student Council.

 

He then exhorted parents to dissuade their children from attending coaching classes and instead encouraged their wards to take competitive exams. He stressed that students go beyond the scope of the class by joining the various clubs the school offered. He added students could keep themselves up to speed with current affairs by reading periodicals and newspapers.

Monday, June 29, 2015

BIS #4473 DOUBLE CELEBRATION AT YERWADA PARISH

by Father Francis Fernandes

 

PUNE, JUNE 29, 2015: Parishoners of Sacred Heart church, Yerwada had a double celebration on offer as 48 youth were conferred with the Sacrament of Confirmation, a day before the parish celebrated its annual feast on June 28.

 

Bishop Thomas Dabre of Pune, conferred the Sacrament of Confirmation on the youth and stressed the importance of nourishing the soul, as much as the body.

   

Following the special mass, he was felicitated to mark the occasion of his Silver Jubilee of Episcopal Ordination.

 

He thanked Father Anton D'souza, the Parish Priest, for preparing the youth to receive the Sacrament and felicitating him.

 

Confirmation is a sacrament instituted by Jesus Christ and is different from Baptism. It is administered by laying-on of hands and anointing with chrism accompanied by prayer.

 

The chrism is blessed by the bishop and the bishop administers the sacrament.

 

As part of the celebration to mark the feast, Father Benjamin Alphonso, the Rector of the Capuchins in Pune- who celebrated the Festive Eucharist- stressed on the importance on nurturing our 'common home' -- the earth.

 

Father D'souza also used the occasion to welcome Father Bosco D'mello, Father Cletus D'souza and Father Francis Fernandes, who have joined the parish. Students who secured 70 percent and above in the standard 10 and 12 exams were felicitated for their efforts.

BIS #4472 UNDERSTANDING THE PSALMS


BKaitan Lobo

 

PINGULI, JUNE 29, 2015: We have sung the Psalms and read them, but not many of us fully comprehend them. The pre-novices at Pinguli had all their questions about these songs of praise, answered in an intensive three-day long 'Course on Psalms' that began on April 25.

 

Father Steve Rodrigues SDB conducted the course and interspersed his teaching with quizzes to keep the pre-novices enthused through the sessions.

 

He spoke at large about the authors and history behind the Psalms, the various methods to study them, their classification and the different technical terms.

 

The Book of Psalms is the longest book in the holy Bible. It is made up of 150 chapters, 2461 verses and 43,743 words.

 

It provides a wealth of information for prayer and worship which includes commonly used verses like, 'The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want,' (Psalm 23) or 'How lovely is your dwelling place oh Lord,' (Psalm 84).

 

Father Steve also introduced the audience to the 'Prayer of the Church' also called the Breviary.

 

The Breviary is best described as the daily prayer of the Church, beginning with morning prayers, called Matins, and ending with night prayers, Compline.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

BIS #4471 AWARD FOR FIGHT AGAINST DRUGS

by Father Gregory Almeida 

 

MUMBAI, JUNE 27, 2015: Shelter Don Bosco claimed yet another award for its contribution to the upliftment of street children in Mumbai.

 

Father Gregory Almeida, director of the shelter, accepted the 'Felicitation award' from Dr Harshdeep Kamble (IAS), Commissioner, Food & Drug Administration, Government of Maharashtra, at the Karnataka Sangh Auditorium on June 26.  

 

Vision Rescue and Crime Branch (Anti- Narcotics), Mumbai felicitated Shelter Don Bosco, for spearheading the fight against drug addiction.

 

The institution has organised a number of drug prevention programmes to help youth avoid and beat the drug habit.   

 

College-going youth organised a silent play, entitled 'Drug Free Campus' to stress on the importance of keeping youth off drugs.   

 

Principals and teachers from different schools and colleges present, pledged to say 'No' to drugs.

 

Benny Dayal, a renowned singer and the band 'Funktuation' added a musical touch to the event and kept those present entertained.   

BIS #4470 STEWARDS OF THE EARTH


by Father Francis Fernandes

 

PUNE, 26 JUNE, 2015: Sacred Heart Parish, Yerwada was specially chosen by the Bishop of Pune, Thomas Dabre  to promote 'Laudato Si' – Pope Francis' second Encyclical. 
 

On June 18,  Bishop Dabre celebrated the Holy Eucharist, exhorting the faithful to work towards a green planet. He set an example by planting a sapling himself.

 

The Bishop then held a press conference at Don Bosco College, where  he presented a synthesis of the encyclical. 

 

Sacred Heart, is the first parish in the diocese of Pune to 'Go Green'. The youth of the parish are instrumental in driving this initiative. They have conducted seminars, set up kitchen gardens, held tree plantation programmes to create awareness among parishioners. 

 

"We owe it to our generation next to go green," said rector and parish priest, Father Anton D'souza SDB, who has seen his vision of a green community bear fruit.  

 

The Vicar General of the Pune diocese, Father Malcolm Sequeira, together with several priests and religious were also present to encourage this pioneering effort.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

BIS #4469 A NEW BEGINNING


by BIS Correspondent

 

AHMEDNAGAR, June 24, 2015: Don Bosco English Medium School Savedi, Ahmednagar welcomed children for the new academic year, firmly focused on its vision to help them face the challenges of a materialistic and competitive world.

 

Teachers - of the pre-primary section - greeted their toddlers on June 8 with sweets, toys and by singing action songs. Auneet Kaur, Neha Motwani, Versha Kadam and Angel Swami were instrumental in organising activities.

 

Children from the primary section took part in a prayer service on June 15. The new management was welcomed on June 16 and each member was given a shawl and bouquet.

 

Students- new to the institution- were given a flower each by their class teachers, as a gesture of welcoming them to the Don Bosco family.   

 

Father Vishwas Pereira, the rector advised the students to study diligently, to  live up to the school motto, 'Learners Today, Leaders Tomorrow.'

The teachers were highly charged following their two-day orientation before school could reopen. Around 40 teachers from - Don Bosco  English Medium School, Don Bosco Marathi Primary School, Don Bosco Vidhalaya and Junior College  - attended sessions on motivation, hardwork, goal setting and time management. 

On day two, they touched upon topics like smart techniques of learning, group dynamics and problem solving. Their interactive training sessions have inspired the teachers, to replicate the same model in their classrooms. 

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

BIS #4468 DISCERNING A VOCATION

by BIS Correspondent

 

MUMBAI, JUNE 23, 2015:  What is God's plan for you? 26 boys sought the answer to this question at the annual vocation camp organized by the Salesians of Kuwait from June 11 to 13.


The camp focused on three dimensions of faith, i.e. me, others and Christ. The youth took part in a number of interactive sessions to help them open their minds and hearts to God's voice.

 

Father Lionel Braganza SDB, the chief coordinator of the camp, set the tone for the camp each day with a number of action songs. He also shared information on the founders and charisms of different priestly congregations.

 

The theme for the first day was 'Who am I?'  Father Ben Barrameda addressed the children on the life of a Diocesan priest. 

 

'Living in this world' was the theme for day two and Father Francis Kharjia SDB, introduced the youth to the Salesian life and charism.

 

The theme for the final day was 'Following Christ'. Father Noel D'Almeida OFM, shared with the youth about the Capuchins.

 

Father Franco Pereira SDB, also conducted a daily session on 'prayer moments' through which he showed the youth ways to incorporate prayer into their daily routine. Father Johnson Nedumpurath SDB and Father Blany Pinto SDB, also helped in engaging the young boys. 

 

A session on testimonies from family members of priests and nuns was incorporated into the programme for the first time. Mrs Fortes, the mother of Ethan Fortes who will join Don Bosco, Lonavla in June - shared her thoughts.

 

The sisters of Father Joe Ameida, a missionary in the North East, also shared their happiness of having a priest in their family.

 

Father Johnson, who celebrates the silver jubilee of his first profession, celebrated holy mass on the last day. He shared his own vocation story during his homily, which helped inspire those present.

 

"It was a wonderful experience. I learnt a lot from the talks given by the various priests. It was a joy to see the youngsters so very attentive and docile," Elvis D'mello, a Salesian cooperator, said.

 

"I had a memorable experience at the vocation camp. I came to know more about priesthood and the manner in which one ought to discern God's will," Ethan Dsouza, another youth at the camp added.

 

A campfire at the end of the camp helped ignite a little lamp in the hearts of the youth to guide them in discerning the Lord's voice more clearly. 

Monday, June 22, 2015

BIS #4467 SAVE TODAY, FOR A BRIGHTER TOMORROW!

by BIS Correspondent

 

MUMBAI, JUNE 22, 2015: Is the Systematic Investment Plan a better option than a Fixed Deposit? Is the Public Provident Fund a safer bet than a National Savings Certificate? Are Tax Savings Mutual Funds better than diversified mutual funds? Finally, is playing the stock market safe?

 

Scores of people that attended special seminars on June 5 and 18 found the answers to such finance-related questions.

 

48 people attended the session on 'Savings and Financial Planning' organised by the Don Bosco Development Society (DBDS) in conjunction with an NGO called Association for Christian Thoughtfulness (ACT) at St. John's Church, Kurla on June 18.  

 

This followed, a similar session for the staff of Centre for Social Action (CSA) at Goregaon, East on June 5. Mahesh Kumar, Program Manager for DBDS, conducted the seminars. He divided the workshop into four sessions and touched upon separate financial issues in each session.

 

In the first, he discussed the thumb rules on saving and investment, the Reserve Bank of India and banking. In the second session, he touched upon issues like Ponzi Schemes, time value of money, interest rates, compounding and discounting.


In the third session he spoke about the importance of investing in small saving schemes to meet financial goals and in the last session he focused on life insurance, risk cover, health insurance and investment in insurance products, like the ones mentioned above.
 

The session helped inform participants about the array of instruments at their disposal to financially plan for children's education, career, marriage and retirement. They were also advised on the dangers of fraudulent schemes and how to avoid falling prey to them.

 

The session on small saving schemes gave them the knowledge of the various saving schemes run by post offices and how saving in these schemes helps create wealth for them.

 

The session on insurance shed light on health insurance schemes and difference between risk coverage and investment in insurance.

 

The seminars helped equip participants with knowledge to save today, for a brighter tomorrow!

Saturday, June 20, 2015

BIS #4465 FROM "ŒCAN I?" TO "ŒI CAN!"


FROM 'CAN I?' TO 'I CAN!'

by Ashwini Gupte

 

MUMBAI, JUNE 19, 2015: Over 325 teachers from seven Don Bosco schools from across Mumbai attended a workshop entitled 'Design for change' on June 11.

The workshop was conducted by personnel from Riverside School, Ahmedabad and focussed on the need for student collaboration in order to bring about necessary changes in the functioning of schools.

 

Teachers from Don Bosco High School, Matunga; St. Joseph's School, Wadala; Don Bosco School, Borivli; Dominic Savio School, Andheri; Don Bosco School, Naigaum; Don Bosco School, Nerul and Don Bosco School, Yerawada took part in the workshop.

 

Design for change is a movement that cultivates the 'I Can' mindset in a child. This 'I Can' spirit helps empower children and gives them an opportunity to express their own ideas for a better world and put them into action.

 

The programme stresses that children are not helpless and can use a four-pronged plan to help introduce change.

 

 

Teachers were taught that through a simple design process of Feel-Imagine-Do-Share, children can identify and transform anything that bothered them in their community – shifting their mindset from 'Can I?' to 'I Can!'

BIS #4466 DEALING WITH LEARNING DIFFICULTIES

by Ashwini Gupte

 

MUMBAI, JUNE19, 2015: The Management and staff of Don Bosco High School, Matunga participated in two seminars to help them better manage students with learning difficulties and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

 

Father Edison Fernandes made staff aware of Myers-Briggs Personality Typing, which will help them cater to the needs of a large body of students, with a wide range of learning styles and potentials. This new knowledge equipped teachers with the confidence to usher in a new academic year.

 

Myers-Briggs used in vocational, educational and psychotherapy settings, is a  widely used personality test, to evaluate personality type.

 

Niru Chheda, from the Mayurpankh Counselling Centre, spoke on the dynamic role of a teacher in educating a child. She stressed that teachers need to work in tandem with students and parents to help them deal with ADHD and learning difficulties. 

This new knowledge equipped teachers with the confidence to usher in a new academic year.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

BIS #4465 100% RESULTS AT SSC AND HSC EXAMS

by BIS Correspondent

 

NASHIK, JUNE 17, 2015: The success story for Don Bosco schools continues, with Don Bosco High School, Nashik securing a 100 % pass percentage in the standard 10 and 12 examinations.

 

Pranav Dhamangave topped in school at the Maharashtra Secondary School Certificate Exam (SSC) with an impressive 95.60% . Varad Gorhe and  Vedant Patil came second with 94.80% each. 

 

At the Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) exam, Arunbabu Manapelty  got the highest marks in the commerce stream with 84.31% . Riddhi Momaya and Tabitha Flavius came second and third with 83.57% and 82.31% respectively. 

 

In the science stream, Kundan Patil  stood first with 73.23%. Kalyani Kulkarni and Akshna Ottali came a joint second with the same score of 72.46%.

 

Congratulations to the management, staff and students for this commendable performance.

BIS #4464 SUMMER FUN, THE DON BOSCO WAY

by  Glen Pereira

 

KUWAIT, JUNE 16, 2015 : 'Special' angels are part of the annual Theresian Summer Club which began at the St. Therese parish in Kuwait on June 12. 

The programme, themed on the dreams and the life of Don Bosco, will run for six weeks and is aimed at children between the ages of four and 18. The club this year will include a class for Gods "special" angels, dedicated especially for children with special needs.     

 

Organisers have added a 'Prayer and Fun team' to enable a smooth flow of all events and a security team to ensure the safety of the children.

 

Another unique addition to the club- this year- is the introduction of a 'colour-coded week'. Coordinators will ask the children to dress in different colours every week. Coordinators also distributed birthday cards to the children who celebrate their birthdays.

 

Father Lionel Braganza inaugurated the club and made the youngsters aware of the various hardships which Don Bosco encountered as he pursued his dream to study.

 

The youth were also shown a short movie clip on the early life of Don Bosco. This helped them reflect on the life and ethics of the great Saint, in this his bicentennial year.

 

"The movie on the life of Don Bosco is so inspiring that I would like to put it into practice.  I wanted to watch the movie again," Celine Pereira said.

 

The goal of the club is to help children learn through discovery, practice, mentorship and collaboration.

 

"The Summer Club has been not only a source of reliving my younger days but has ever since opened my eyes to seeing things through the eyes of a child and through the mind of an adolescent. It has brought an absolute fulfilment to a greater part of my life and I can only say that I learn more than I could ever teach and impart to these kids," Sally Furtado, a senior volunteer, said.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

BIS #4463 DON BOSCO ORATORY SHINES ON FOOTBALL AND HOCKEY PITCH


by Christopher Fernandes

 

KUWAIT, JUNE 15,1015: Teams from Don Bosco Oratory (DBO) in Kuwait stamped their credentials as champions as they excelled on both the football and hockey field at prestigious tournaments.  

 

Godfrey Aguair, the Captain of Don Bosco Oratory, led his side to a narrow 1-0 win over Rising Stars in the Final of the prestigious J. P. Dmello League cup organized by Kuwait Indian Football Federation on June 12.

 

DBO dominated the final from the start but they failed to break the ice, as Rising Stars defender Nikhil Rodrigues prevented DBO's strikers from finding the net.

 

Rising Stars played to a defensive strategy that helped keep DBO's attack in check for most of the game. DBO finally drew first blood after they were awarded a penalty.

 

Rising Stars refused to give-in and attacked DBO's goal in the dying minutes of the match. But DBO managed to keep a clean sheet.

 

"We should have sealed the victory in the first half. We had our ups and downs, but in the end we came through. The team is young and talented, I will always love my team and Don Bosco," Aguair said.

 

"On the whole the victory goes to all our supporters, well-wishers, committee, support staff and players. All the sacrifice and teamwork the lads have put in has paid off," Carlos Fernandes, DBO's coach, said.

 

DBO shone on the hockey pitch as well. Sherwin D'Souza scored a brace to help his side beat KOC Green, 2-1 in the Final of Khalid Arshad Memorial Hockey Tournament on June 10.

 

The Greens relentlessly attacked DBO's goal in the first half and striker Mushtaq sounded the boards early. DBO counter-attacked and D'Souza equalised shortly after.

 

DBO dominated through much of the second half and D'Souza netted the winner two minutes from the full-time whistle.

 

"Hockey is a passion and the lads in our team have the attitude and physical skills needed to compete. Team spirit needs effort and our team has matured over the years and gel well with each other. We are looking forward to continued success in the coming tournaments," D'Souza said.

 

"It was my silent prayer, that through the intercession of St John Bosco, his name known through our boys of the Oratory in the field of sports. The teams and support staff did Don Bosco proud," Father Franco Pereira, the priest in-charge of the Oratory.

 

"What took place on the 12 June (football) and a few days earlier (hockey) is the fruit of all the struggles, pain and great commitment."

Saturday, June 13, 2015

BIS #4462 A Œ'SMART' WAY TO START THE ACADEMIC YEAR

By BIS Correspondent

 

LONAVALA, JUNE 13, 2015: The management of Don Bosco School, Lonavla used anecdotes and games during their annual orientation programme, on June 11, to help staff understand the goals set forth for the new academic year. 

 

Father Leslie Pereira, the Principal, set the tone by narrating a story of a successful woodcutter, who sharpened his axe regularly to increase his output. He encourage d his teachers to regularly top-up their skills and to think out of the box, to be successful.

 

Father Pereira used the opportunity to introduce a number of new teachers and held an ice-breaker to make them feel at ease.

 

Rector Father Solomon Rapol, used a unique case-study method to help teachers develop an action plan to deal with certain situations.

 

He reflected on the spirituality of Don Bosco and underlined the 'Preventive system' of education, which essentially meant teaching through kindness as opposed to the cane.

 

The goal of the system was, 'To obey not from fear or compulsion, but from persuasion. In this system all force must be excluded, and in its place charity must be the mainspring of action.'

 

Father Rapol highlighted that a child can develop an 'integrated personality' only when a proper balance is maintained between 'reason', 'religion' and 'loving kindness'. He said that an educative interaction between pupil, teacher and family is essential to the development of a child.   

 

Principal Father Pereira, spoke about the importance of setting 'SMART Goals': S – Specific, M – Measurable, A – Achievable, R – Relevant, T – Time bound.  

 

He used a game to put forth his perspective and asked teachers to throw ping pong balls into bins placed at a distance, that the teacher thought fit.

 

The point of the exercise helped teacher's understand the need to have attainable goals and yet continually push oneself to realize these goals.

 

Everyone then took part in a brain-storming session and discussed certain goals for the institution, the teachers and the students.

BIS #4461 100% RESULT FOR DON BOSCO MATUNGA

by BIS Correspondent

 

MATUNGA, JUNE 13, 2015: Don Bosco High School, Matunga boasts of a pass percentage of 100% for the fifth consecutive year at the Maharashtra Secondary School Certificate (SSC) Examination. 

 

Of the 306 students who appeared for the exams, 46 secured above 90%; 106 between 80% - 89%; 94 scored 70%-79%; 49 got 60% - 69 % and 11 students between 45%-60%.

 

The success report does not end here. One student scored 99 marks in Maths, 12 got 98 in General Science and 3 scored 95 in French.

 

Dawankar Safal topped the school with 96%.

 

Kudos to the principal Father Bosco D'mello, the teachers, students and their parents for all the hard work.

 

All glory to God for another year of super success, for the school, at the SSC exams.

Friday, June 12, 2015

BIS #4460 A NEW BEGINNING AT DIVYADAAN

BLawrance Vincent

 

MUMBAI, JUNE 12, 2015: Divyadaan - Salesian Institute of Philosophy, Nashik echoed with the sentiments of newness at a ceremony held to mark a new academic year on June 11.

 

Father Savio Silveira, Vice-Provincial of the Salesian province of Bombay invoked God's blessings on the institute with the celebration of the Holy Eucharist.   

 

Father Silveira used examples set forth by Blessed Oscar Romero to induce some key attitudes that must characterise priestly formation. He emphasised the importance of the schooling of the entire person and released the academic handbook.

 

Catholic philosopher Father Bernard Lonergan's philosophy of culture was the subject of discussion and set the ball rolling for Philosophy students.

 

Father Lonergan - a Canadian priest - who died in 1984, was known for his seminal works on Theology. He saw the concept of culture as something dynamic and ever-evolving, rather than static.  

 

Father (Dr) Maria Anthuvan, the key-note speaker at the event, used several practical examples to help explain the key contributions of Father Lonergan in the understanding of culture.

 

Father Anthuvan noted that culture is made up of the values that permeate life. He drew attention to the fact that humans and culture co-existed from the very beginning.

 

"We need to realize that all of us are cultured persons and we need to appreciate the differences in our respective cultures," he said.   

 

A cross-cultural mix of students and academic staff identified with what Father Anthuvan had to say.

 

Father Robert Pen, the Rector, delineated four key elements that should characterize the philosophical journey in Divyadaan.

 

Father Felix Fernandes, principal of institute, also presented last year's  academic report. 

 

The ceremony infused a new vigour among the staff and students of Divyadaan, to embrace the academic year. 

BIS #4459 TOWARDS A DRUG- FREE FUTURE FOR THE UNDERPRIVILEGED

By Sister Jacinta Pinto

 

MUMBAI, JUNE 12, 2015: Surveys conducted suggest that an alarming 13% of the people involved in substance abuse, in India, are below 20 years. Statistics of this nature have prompted Don Bosco Balprafulta (DBBP) to launch 'Ashiana', an initiative to help children struggling to combat the drug menace.  

 

A panel discussion entitled, 'Substance abuse amongst marginalised youngsters' was held at Don Bosco Provincial House, Matunga on June 6.  

 

During the discussion, the Chief Guest Father Savio Silveira, Vice Provincial of Mumbai province, released a book on the stories of children who have successfully beaten the drug-habit.

 

Saloni Shah, the project co-ordinator, then presented the journey of DBBP. A panel discussion followed, moderated by Sister Jacinta Pinto, assistant director of DDBP.

 

Among the other noted speakers was, Dr Sunita Shanbaug who addressed the patterns of substance abuse among marginalised children. Mayuri then spoke on the issue of prevention and need based intervention.
 

Finally, Dr Susan Mathew, co-ordinator at the Research Centre, Matunga advised on how to put all the talk into action, by implementing the one-step action-oriented approach.

 

India is one of the few countries that does not have a substance abuse policy. Children without access to high quality drugs often use volatile substances, such as cough syrups, that are easily available.

 

Childline estimates that 20 million children a year and nearly 55,000 children a day are drawn into a tobacco addition in India. The number is shocking when compared to the 3000 a day new child smokers in the US.

 

Several Directors of NGO's and Father Ajoy Fernandes (director of Don Bosco Research Centre), Father Gregory Almeida (director  of  Don Bosco Balprafulta) and Father Jesu (executive director of Shelter Don  Bosco) were present.

 

They underlined the urgent need to work in close collaboration with like-minded NGO's to create a drug free future for the lesser-privileged children. 

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

BIS #4458 INDUCING 'LOVE' INTO NEW-AGE PARENTING

by BIS Correspondent

NAVI MUMBAI, JUNE 10, 2015: Parenting in this age of iPads, iPhones, tablets, palm-tops and Wifi can be a challenge! How do parents make the right decision when it comes to disciplining children or even educating them?  

Don Bosco's preventive system of education is the answer to that question.

Parents from Don Bosco Senior Secondary School, Nerul learnt of the preventive system through a seminar conducted by Father Wilfred D'Souza, the Rector of the school, on June 6.
 
The central premise of Father D'Souza's talk was 'Don Bosco's way of educating youngsters' and he dealt with the issue through music and video presentations.

By the 'preventive system of education', Don Bosco essentially meant education through kindness as opposed to the cane.

The goal of the system was, 'To obey not from fear or compulsion, but from persuasion. In this system all force must be excluded, and in its place charity must be the mainspring of action'

Father D'Souza brought out the meaning of this through a video presentation of the hymn 'Is there a promise for the young'.

"We, as educators, need to read more about the life of Don Bosco and live the idea of this great saint," he said.

Father D'Souza drew up on the vision of former Rector Major, Father Pascual Chavez who asked the laity to deepen their understanding of the preventive system and to update it according to the demands of our times.

Father D'Souza also met catholic staff members and shared information about the various lay groups that are part of the Salesian family.

BIS #4457 SUCCESS AT SSC EXAMS FOR DON BOSCO LONAVALA

by NELSON MUDALIAR

 

LONAVALA, JUNE 10, 2015: The Maharashtra SSC results have been declared and Don Bosco High school and Junior college, Lonavala is rejoicing. 

 

71 of the 72 students who appeared for the examination passed and secured a pass percentage of 98.61%. 

 

Saurabh Pawar topped with 92.60%. Durvesh Palkar stood second and Shubham Palrecha came third with 91.80% and 88.80% respectively.

 

The management expressed gratitude to God, the teachers and students for a commendable result.

BIS #4456 VILLAGERS WORK TOGETHER TO END WATER WOES

by Mathew Gonsalves

 

WALVANDA, JUNE 10, 2015 : Bosco Samajik Vikas Sanstha (BSVS) has ended the water woes of over a hundred families in Walvanda village in Maharashtra, with the construction of two check dams which will now supply water for their day-to-day needs.  

 

Construction of the dams began in April 2015, after villagers identified a site and brought it to the notice of BSVS.

 

The first check dam has been constructed in Sadakpada village and the second in the Umbervangaon hamlet of Walvanda.

 

Father Anaclete D'Mello and Brother Alex Gonsalves studied the possibilities of constructing the check dam on the site and work began thereafter.

 

Locals from the area joined forces to provide manpower for construction. They formed seven groups and 20 to 25 people worked each day, as laborers, to complete the project.
 

Gram Panchayat members of Walvanda helped mobilize workforce and monitored the daily progress of the work.

 

The dams will now provide drinking water, water necessary for washing clothes, feeding livestock and also help locals cultivate crops.

BIS #4455 TRIBAL CHILDREN ŒLEARN ENGLISH FOR A BETTER TOMORROW


 by Melvin Pangya

 

WALVANDA, JUNE 10, 2015: Sixty one children hailing from two talukas in Palghar district are attending a special camp to learn English, computers and other life skills necessary for a secure future.

 

The camp, organised by the Bosco Samajik Vikas Sanstha (BSVS), began on June 1 and will conclude on June 13.

 

A majority of children are currently studying in classes eight and nine and are from various villages in the Jawhar and Mokhada taluka.   

 

Melvin Pangya, the camp coordinator and Father Anaclete D'Mello, Director of BSVS have ensured that all necessary arrangements are in place for the smooth running of the camp.

 

Gulab Vijal, the Sarpanch of Walvanda and Pandurang Dandekar, from Walvanda police were the Chief Guest's at the inauguration of the camp.

 

Those present at the camp stressed the importance of learning English and even shared their own testimonies of how the language has helped them.