Friday, July 31, 2015

BIS #4503 A TRIBUTE TO PARENTS

by Anthony D'souza

 

 

VASAI, JULY 30, 2015: Parents day was celebrated with much enthusiasm by the parishioners of Our Lady of Light, Jyoti at Virar. 


Animated by the youth and Sunday school children of the parish, July 26 is when they said a big 'thank you' and an even bigger 'I love you' to their parents. 

 

The celebration began with the Holy Eucharist. Father Sanjay Lopes was the main celebrant. Father Royal- the youngest parish priest in the Vasai Diocese- encouraged parents to follow in the footsteps of Saints Joachim and Ann, parents of Mary. He advised parents to lead by example and nurture their children with good values. 

 

The children animated the liturgy, sang in the choir and even assisted as altar servers. This was followed by a musical, specially prepared by the youth of the parish. 

 

Father Royal ended the festivities with the words, "May Saints Ann and Joaquim help us Salesians in imitating them, especially as we accompany them by our way of loving and leading the young- The Don Bosco way."

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

BIS #4502 CELEBRATING PARENTS

by BIS Correspondent

 

NASHIK, JULY 28, 2015: "Your arms were always open when I needed a hug. You care for me, you support me. I cannot explain it in words. I love you both so much."

"You have seen me laughing, you have seen me crying and always you were there with me, I may not have always said it, but thanks and I love you."

 

These were the sentiments of the children of Don Bosco Church, Nashik towards their parents, as they celebrated the feast day of Saints Joachim and Anne, the parents of Our Blessed Mother Mary.  

 

At the Eucharist, the children and parents expressed their remorse for not giving due importance to the holy mass and begged God's pardon. The celebrant Father Ivan Rodrigues highlighted the vocation to parenthood and to raise children up, in the gospel values. 
 

A programme for parents with music and entertainment followed.

 

Parents day was also celebrated in Saint Dominic Savio Church, Satpur where the main altar was decorated with the words 'Lord bless our parents.' Presided over by Father Anthony Goyal and animated by the youth, the parents cherished every moment of the holy Eucharist praising God for all his blessings. 

 

In his homily, Father Goyal drew the attention of the parents towards the example of Saints Joachim and Anne, who raised their daughter Mary by observing the precepts of the Lord. 

 

A cultural programme followed. Roses were given to each parent as a token of love and gratitude.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

BIS #4501 A CONSTRUCTIVE HOLIDAY

by Jane Pereira

 

KUWAIT, JULY 23, 2015:  A month-long summer club to help children from Saint Therese parish, Kuwait hone in on their skills, ended with a grand party on July 17.

 

The club was themed on the life and dreams of Don Bosco and youth of different ages used it as a platform to compete and add to their skill sets.

 

The organisers introduced the youngsters to a weekly theme through an excerpt from the movie on Don Bosco's life. The film was generally followed by a quiz.

 

Games were tailored for children of different age groups. The youngest took part in colouring competitions, whereas children with special needs participated in button art competitions. There were fancy dress and dance competitions too.

 

Children from the older age group were pitted against each other in eco-friendly competitions like 'bottle cap' and 'wealth out of plastic bag'.

 

The 14 to 18 year-old's competed in 3D sculpturing as well as a video-production contest: where each child choose a song of Don Bosco and prepared a video on it.

 

Don Bosco Oratory sponsored special medals for competition winners that bore an imprint of Don Bosco. Each child went home with a gift and a bookmark with sayings of Don Bosco and St Therese.

 

Father Franco, the chief guest, gave a short talk on the Life of Don Bosco on the last day of the club. He drew insights from the life of the great Saint and asked children to put these virtues into practice in their daily lives.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

BIS #4500 YES, WE CAN

by BIS Correspondent

 

CHINCHWAD, JULY 22, 2015: The Don Bosco Vyawasaik Prashikshan Kendra joined forces with SKF, a leading global engineering powerhouse, to set up a new workshop named YES at Don Bosco Chinchwad on July 20.

 

YES stands for 'Youth Empowerment at SKF' and as the name suggests, its goal is to empower youth to make a difference in their lives.

 

YES is SKF India's flagship corporate social responsibility (CSR) programme for vocational skill development. The workshop will help youth by improving their skills, with a focus on employability and entrepreneurship.  

 

Top management from SKF India were present at the inauguration ceremony. They included KC Mehra, Chairman, Board of Directors, Heman Hattangady, Independent Director and Chairman of CSR Committee and Shishir Joshipura, Managing Director.

 

The Pilot group of SKF at Don Bosco Chinchwad had 40 boys and 1 girl who finished their batch this May with an employment rate of 85%. At present they are 2 batches of 30 students, of which three are girls.

 

SKF has been present in India since 1923, when a trading arm of SKF Group was set up in Kolkata. Today, SKF has 6 manufacturing facilities and 3 solution factories across India. Their vision is to equip the world with SKF Knowledge.

 

The group is a leading global supplier of bearings, seals, mechatronics, lubrication systems and services - which include technical support, maintenance and reliability services, engineering consultations.

BIS #4499 STUDENTS ENCOURAGED TO FOLLOW THEIR DREAMS

by Sheldon Dias 

 

PUNE, JULY 22, 2015: The management of Don Bosco Vyawasaik Prashikshan Kendra, Pune encouraged students of the institution to chase their dreams at the inauguration of the new academic year on July 20.


Father Corlis Gonsalves, the Executive Director, set the tone of the year by telling students to 'dream big'. He used Saint Don Bosco as an example to amplify his point further.

 

"My dream is not yet over," he said "I'm still dreaming." He reminded students that the institute started from a simple jungle land and is now a hub for so many courses.

 

He asked students to dwell on what they want to be in the future, in order to succeed. He added that the youth must keep their feet on the ground, but their heart in the clouds.

 

Father Valersian and Father Joe were also present at the inauguration ceremony.

 

The multi-lingual prayer of the faithful was used to express unity in diversity of staff, management and students.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

BIS #4498 SUMMER FUN IN KUWAIT

by Arlette D'Souza

 

KUWAIT, JULY 21, 2015: 145 children aged between 6 and 18, participated in a month-long summer club extravaganza, which began at the Indian English Academy School, Kuwait on July 7.

 

The event was the brainchild of late Father Francis Kharjia – who  passed away in June this year.  Father Kharjia was fondly remembered throughout the event.

 

The ten animators that ran the event divided it into weekly themes, like  the 'Mad Science Week', 'Sports Mania Week', 'Arty & Crafty Week' and 'Kids in the Kitchen Week.'

 

Youth were taught to make bhel, jelly fish in a bottle, a volcano, summer macroni jewellery, a snow globe, button flowers and lots more.

 

They were also treated to outings at a swimming pool, an indoor play park, an aqua park and a bowling alley.

 

Daily assemblies included a prayer, a thought for the day, a theme song, action songs and a dash of aerobics.

 

The campers were divided into five groups. Each group had a special name, colour and a group yell.

 

Blue Beats, Green Jewels, Orangy Orange, Red Roses and Sunshines competed against each other on a regular basis. Blue Beats was crowned champions of Summer Fest 2015.

BIS #4497 YOUNG ARTISTS AT WORK

by Nelson Mudaliar

 

LONAVLA, JULY 21, 2015: The little Picasso's and MF Husain's of Don Bosco School, Lonavla put their creativity to the test and competed in a drawing competition on July 20.


The competition had three categories. Students were given different themes on which to create their masterpieces.

 

Standard five to seven had to focus on drawing cartoon figures. The concept of 'A Rainy Day' was taken up by the students of eight.

 

Standard nine and ten enjoyed freehand sketching and splashing colours on their drawing sheets. Teaches and brothers gave students feedback and guided them during the competition. 

 

The event ended with a prayer. 

BIS #4496 MONSOON MADNESS IN LONAVLA

by Nelson Mudaliar 

 

LONAVALA, JUNE 21, 2015: Monsoon is a time for reprieve from the sweltering summer heat and for water sport, a time to get drenched.


For students of standard eleven from Don Bosco Junior College, Lonavala, however, the rains brought another reason to smile, they celebrated 'Monsoon Madness'.

 

144 students - from Arts, Commerce and Science streams - took part in the fun-filled 'Monsoon Madness' program on July 13. 

 

They sang, they danced and competed against each other in a series of games. The youth were divided into 12 teams, each with a unique cartoon-character name.

 

They began by dancing to the tune of 'Boogie Woogie' and then played games like 'Robbing the stones', 'pony-tail'- where a girl from each team had to tie as many pony-tails as possible on a boy's head from the same team. 

 

Games like dodgeball, squareball, filling the bottles with water, robbing the tail, dicky-dicky and crossing the river Jordan followed.

 

Organisers of the program used artificial rains with the help of the tank and a pipe, to add to the monsoon feel, when it failed to rain cats and dogs as expected.  

 

Students then had a jam session, before assembling for a prize distribution ceremony.

 

The Captains of the Junior College were instrumental in organising the event. They were guided by teacher Dinesh and Brother Bryce. 

Monday, July 20, 2015

BIS #4495 MASTERMINDS AT WORK IN NASHIK

by BIS Correspondent

 

NASHIK, JULY 20, 2015: Ex-students of Don Bosco School, Nashik conducted an annual inter-house quiz competition on July 17 to test the general knowledge of students of the senior secondary section.


Students donned their house colours during the competition as they pitted their wits against each other.

 

All participants received trophies, medals and certificates for their efforts.

 

Father Anthony Goyal, the Principal was very impressed by the capability and efficiency of all involved in the event. He lauded the organisers and students for their efforts.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

BIS #4494 HONOURING MOTHER MARY

by BIS Correspondent

 

NASHIK, JULY 16, 2015: The staff and the novices of the Salesian Training Institute inaugurated the Marian month on July 16 with a celebratory mass focused on the theme 'Grow and glow with Mary'.


The prayer service began with a procession from the Chapel towards the Basilica of Our Lady. 

 

The Gospel reading was taken from the Gospel of Luke. The Rector, Father Kenneth Pereira, spoke of the aptness of the gospel with regards to the theme of the Marian month. 

 

He called attention to the fact that the Lord is the light of the world and like Mary we are called to be light to others. 

 

The Rector then inaugurated the Marian month by drawing the curtain of the Basilica and displaying the theme. 

 

Novice Nitesh Damor delivered a sermon on the topic 'Mary our Help'. Vice Rector, Father Lloyd Rodrigues, unveiled the Marian calendar and highlighted the various activities slated for the community in honour of Our Lady. 

Friday, July 17, 2015

BIS #4493 THE ART OF TEAM WORK

by Jose Chiramel

 

PINGULI, JULY 16, 2015: Pre-novices at Bosco Udyogshala, Pinguli undertook a four-day intensive course on group dynamics to help them identify possible problems within the group and formulate appropriate strategies for its resolution. 

 

Father Glenford Lowe conducted the course that was aimed at deepening the relationships among the pre-novices and to help them grow as individuals.

 

The course was essentially an inward journey of discovering oneself, in order to strengthen the foundations of the group. 

 

It was also an outward journey where the group shared their lives and built relationships like 'huge edifices'.

 

The pre-novices felt that the course greatly helped them to grow together as a group.  They now converse in the 'Group Dynamic Language'.  

 

Group dynamics is a process that gives rise to a set of norms, roles, relations and common goals that characterise a particular social group.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

BIS #4492 IMITATING DOMINIC SAVIO

by Clarissa Leitao

 

MUMBAI, JULY 16, 2015: The Don Bosco Educational Complex in Borivli commemorated the feast of Dominic Savio on July 3.

 

The day began with the celebration of the Holy Eucharist by the Rector Father William Falcao. He pointed out that it was a special day, as it was also the feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Apostle Thomas. 

 

Father Falcao added that the youth had a very significant role in society. He gave examples of the lives of Saint Dominic Savio and King David- both young lads who contributed significantly to their communities. 

 

Father Falcao suggested Dominic Savio's route to achieving this goal: reciting the Rosary daily, going for confession, receiving the Holy Eucharist every day, staying cheerful and surrounding yourself by good companions.

 

The non-Christian staff and students, celebrated the feast with a special prayer service, where a video and a Power Point presentation on the life little Savio was screened. 

 

Music, dancing, skits, a variety of games, scrumptious snacks were also part of the day's festivities.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

BIS #4491 IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF DOMINIC SAVIO

by Lisa Dominic

 

NAVI MUMBAI, JULY 14, 2015:  Don Bosco Senior Secondary School, Nerul celebrated the feast of Dominic Savio on the July 10 and also installed the office bearers for the academic year. 


Through skits and melodious hymns the great saint was honoured. His virtuous life of 'doing all things perfectly for the glory of God' was the underlying message. 

 

School leaders were then sworn- in though the investiture ceremony. The young heads vowed to follow in the footsteps of the great saint through joyful service.  

 

Father Adolph Furtado, Director of Don Bosco International School, also in-charge of the School Education Board of Mumbai Province was the chief guest.

 

He motivated the student's to imbibe the little saint's extraordinary quality, 'Obedience to the unforced'. To the newly appointed school council he said, "Prefects are significant role models and are expected to uphold the high standards and values of the school."

Monday, July 13, 2015

BIS #4489 GIVING BACK TO YOUR ALMA MATER

by Jayesh Chandan

 

MUMBAI, JULY 13, 2015: Approximately 60 alumni of Don Bosco High School, Matunga met at the Annual Governing Body meeting on July 5 to elect the new members of the Alumni Association.

 

The voting process was presented in detail as per the Statutes of the Association.

 

Those elected would make up the new Managing Committee. There were five main office bearers: President, Senior Vice President, Vice President - GEX, Secretary and Treasurer; followed with 4 posts of Unit Councilors.

 

The annual report and the annual accounts was then presented to the audience.

 

After the prayer and introductions, the Delegate, Father Wilfred D'souza underlined the importance of the alumni and appreciated the good outreach programmes they undertake for the poor.

 

He also encouraged them to come together to play a larger role in the true spirit of the education received at Don Bosco High School. 

BIS #4490 CELEBRATING DOMINIC SAVIO

by Sagar Makasare

 

MUMBAI, JULY 13, 2015: Boarders at Don Bosco, Matunga were treated to drawing and chart-making competitions, lightening tournaments, quizzes talent shows along with novena prayers to mark Savio week, which began on June 27 and ended on July 6.

 

The theme for the week-long celebration dedicated to Saint Dominic Savio was, 'Be young, be firm like Dominic Savio' and Father Bastin and Cl. Sagar Makasare ensured the youth had a week to remember.

 

The festivities were aimed at helping the boarders relive the values of Dominic Savio and also experience the ideals which Don Bosco had in mind for his boys at the oratory.  

 

The celebrations ended with the feast and Savio Nite on July 6. Cl Nathaneal organised games to mark the night, on which house captains and teams were also appointed. The point system and 'star of the week' were also launched.

 

Each of the four teams: Rua, Savio, Magone and Cagliero, enacted skits on the life of the little saint. 

Saturday, July 11, 2015

BIS #4488 TOYOTA AND DBCL JOIN FORCES

by Amarr Prabhu

 

MUMBAI, JULY 11, 2015: Japanese motor giant, Toyota, has joined hands with Saint Joseph's Industrial Training Institute (ITI), Kurla to launch a distinctive one-year training course for vehicular body and 

paint repairs.

The T-TEP body and paint curriculum has a one year syllabus that introduces students to Toyota's advanced technology and service techniques. 

 

Students are trained in basic body and paint repair skills in addition to dealer specific requirements, thereby improving their knowledge of repair techniques and facilitating the adoption of latest technology in body and paint. 

 

Part of this program also includes, on-the-job training, at Toyota's dealerships. Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) will also train the institute's instructors in the latest technology, used at Toyota and the automobile industry. 

 

The current automobile repair industry is characterised by inadequate skilled manpower and lack of professional training for repair and diagnostics.  

 

This program that has been successfully introduced in 53 countries, and through it TKM will enhance the technical abilities and employability of ITI trainees as well as non- ITI students in the age group of 16 to 18 years.

 

Father Adolph Furtado, former Rector of Don Bosco Centre of Learning (DBCL), Father Colbert da Silva, the current Rector, and Mahesh N. Salkar, Senior Vice President, CSG, Toyota Kirloskar Motor Pvt, Ltd were present for the inauguration of the state-of-the-art training centre on July 7.

 

All necessary support has been given with hi-tech training packages and Toyota service training manuals and materials. Training consumables, visiting faculty, training material, tools, equipment all become available to Saint Joseph's ITI throughout the training period.

 

This unique initiative undertaken by Toyota in partnership with Saint Joseph's ITI increases the opportunities that DBCL offers the marginalised youth for their life and livelihood.

BIS #4487 DON BOSCO AND MERCEDES BENZ TO DRIVE SUCCESS

by Sheldon Dias 

 

MUMBAI, JULY 11, 2015: What does Formula One driver, Lewis Hamilton, have in common with Don Bosco Vyawasaik Prashikshan Kendra?

 

Well, they are both associated with German motor giant, Mercedes Benz!

 

How?

 

The Don Bosco institution signed the definitive Memorandum of Understanding agreement with the company to provide educational avenues and technical training for the youth of the country.

 

The company has agreed to financially and intellectually support in the setting up of a skill training centre at Don Bosco, Chinchwad, Pune with the name of "Advanced Auto Body Repair Training Centre".

 

Through this initiative, students will use the immense knowledge, concentration and training that Mercedes-Benz India has to offer for vocational training of students interested in making a career in the manufacturing world in body repairing.

 

Staff and students welcomed the members of Mercedes-Benz India to their campus and Father Corlis Gonsalves addressed the gathering about the work carried out on the campus and the vision of the institution.

 

Suhas Kadlaskar - Vice President, Human Resources and Legal Affairs at the company - spoke about the philosophy they follow. He stressed the need to work for the marginalised and support them with the best facilities and machinery.

 

Devdutta Chandavarkar, Vice President, After Sales and Retail Training, thanked the staff for their passion in teaching.

 

"We strongly feel that we need to keep pace with the changing dynamics in the world of manufacturing and it also believed that there is a need for upgradation at our vocational centres so that we can generate skilled talent tailor-made to deliver in this highly competitive sector," he said.

 

"With this initiative we hope to deliver highly skilled and trained manpower that will cater to the automobile industry and also ensure them of a source of employment and self-sustainability. We should teach our students how to fish and not give them the fish on a platter, because if we give them a fish, their needs will be satisfied for a day but if we teach to fish they will never be hungry."

 

The venture is slated to begin in 2016. 

Friday, July 10, 2015

BIS #4486 MUMBAI SALESIAN CO-OPERATORS ANNUAL MEET


MUMBAI SALESIAN CO-OPERATORS ANNUAL MEET

by BIS Correspondent

 

MUMBAI, JUNE 10, 2015: The rights of children and the Salesian Family Congress – slated to take place later this year – were up for discussion as 83 Salesian Co-operators of the Mumbai Province met for their annual governing body meeting at the St. Joseph High School, Wadala on July 5.

 

Representatives from Pune, Nerul, Kurla, Virar, Borivli, Andheri, Bandra, Matunga and three delegates each from the Salesians and the Salesian Sisters were present for the meeting to discuss programs and activities held at the Provincial level this year and plan for the coming year. 

 

Father Savio Silveira, the Vice-Provincial of the Mumbai Province, celebrated the holy Eucharist before discussions began. In his homily, he exhorted the cooperators to take their vocation seriously, to live the Spirit of Don Bosco and to make a concerted effort to work with the young and for vocations to the priesthood and religious life.   

 

Father Vivian D'Souza, the Provincial Delegate addressed the gathering about a fund raising program for the forthcoming Salesian Family Congress to be held in Kolkata from September 26 to 28. He proposed that as part of the bicentenary celebrations for the birth of Don Bosco, a seminar on the 'Rights of Children' should be held. Members agreed to have the seminar on August 2. 

 

Father Ajoy Fernandes briefed the members on the forthcoming Provincial Chapter and asked them to pray and work with their institutions to plan for this Chapter. 

 

Father McEnroe Lopes joined in and spoke about the vocation strategy adopted by the Province to work towards a deeper understanding of the Salesian vocation.   

 

The Treasurer, Anthony Estebeiro then read out the Financial Statement for the year, which was in turn passed by the delegates. 

 

Sharon D'Souza, the co-ordinator, gave the audience a gist of the reports from various units and pointed out the salient features present there. She also presented a review  of the programs and activities held at the Provincial level, and the proposed program for the coming year.

 

Members were also asked to complete their elections - at the local level - by the end of October, so that Provincial elections could be held by November, in time to host the South Asian Cooperators Conference in the Province at the end of January.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

BIS #4485 A DECADE OF SERVICE

by BIS Correspondent

 

NAVI MUMBAI, JULY 9, 2015: Don Bosco Senior Secondary School, Nerul, reaches another milestone this year as the institution completes a decade of existence.


Senior members of the Salesian community, which included Father Godfrey D'souza, the Provincial, Father Savio Silveira, the Vice Provincial, Father Elson Barretto, the Economer coincided their Team Visit with this special program on July 8, to signal the start of Decennial year celebrations.

 

It was in April 2000, that the Bombay Salesian Society signed an agreement with CIDCO, for a plot of land admeasuring 10,017 sq. meters, for a proposed Composite School in English and Marathi, at the upcoming Nerul Node of Navi Mumbai.

 

Five-years later, the Salesians took up the project in earnest and began construction of the school building in Nerul.

 

The first batch of 245 students commenced their studies. The school began with the Preparatory, Kindergarten, standard one and standard five classes and it gradually progressed over the years.

 

The Decennial Year Celebrations were inaugurated on Wednesday by hoisting the Decennial Flag and releasing ten balloons to mark 10 years of excellence.

 

Students performed a prayer-dance shortly after the symbolic lamp was lit. A Power Point presentation helped capture glimpses of the milestones achieved by the school over the past 10 years.   

 

Father D'souza addressed the audience and congratulated staff and students alike for this achievement.

 

Father Anthony Fonseca, the Principal, presented a vote of thanks at the end of the programme.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

BIS #4484 SECURE YOUR TOMORROW, TODAY

by BIS Correspondent

 

MUMBAI, JULY 8, 2015: Did you know that the Greek debt crisis could affect us in India, by triggering capital outflows and thus adding to inflationary pressures. 

Confused? Worried?

 

Fifteen social workers from Sahara Charitable Trust - who attended the seminar on savings, investment and financial planning - on July 6 had reason to smile amidst these troubling times.

 

The day-long workshop taught them to manage their finances today and plan for a secure tomorrow. 

 

The workshop, organised by the Don Bosco Development Society (DBDS), was divided into four sessions. The first focussed on the thumb rules on saving and investment, RBI and Banking. 

 

The second session was on the dangers of ponzi schemes, time value of money, interest rates, compounding, discounting. 

 

The third session was on investment in small saving schemes to meet financial goals and the fourth dealt with life insurance, risk cover, health insurance and investment in insurance products. 

 

The workshop made those present aware of the kind of financial discipline required to realise financial goals. 

 

Mahesh Kumar, Programme Manager, of DBDS said that in a world where inflation is eating away the purchasing power of money, it is necessary that savings are invested in an instrument which gives better returns. 

 

He said that a small and regular amount invested in a right instrument would create wealth for the investor.  Schemes like Public Provident Fund is an excellent scheme for long term goals, Sukanya Samruddhi Yojana is an excellent scheme for girls upto 10 years of age to fund their higher education and marriage.  

 

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

 

The session on insurance gave them knowledge of the health insurance schemes and difference between risk coverage and investment in insurance. The workshop ended on a positive note where people invited the trainer to hold such sessions for their communities. People were motivated to start investing in small savings to meet their financial goals.

BIS #4483 LEARNING FROM A YOUNG SAINT

by BIS correspondent

 

PUNE-MUMBAI, JULY 8, 2015: The Feast of Saint Dominic Savio served a perfect backdrop for young leaders to be empowered, at the investiture ceremony, at Don Bosco High School, Yerwada and Borivli on July 6.

 

In Yerwada, the solemn festive Eucharist for the Catholic students was held at the onset and Father Briston, the main celebrant, spoke to students about the virtues of the young saint.

 

He used Saint Dominic Savio's motto of, 'Death rather than sin' to highlight the importance of personal sanctity and asked the youth to do little things in an extraordinary manner, like Saint Savio.

 

The Investiture ceremony, for the Secondary Section Student council, was held after mass and it began with the Management being escorted by a Guard of Honor.

 

Students were told about the 'Leader's wheel'. The leadership concept essentially stresses that effective leadership requires balance and the intuition to recognise which set of actions will be the most successful in any given situation.

 

Essentially, when the hub-spoke-rim wheel relationship is properly tensioned the wheel acts as one unit.

 

Father Anton, the Manager, administered the Oath of Office to the various Captains and Father Bosco D'mello, the Principal, did the same to the Monitors.

 

Father William Falcao, Rector of Don Bosco High School in Borivli, inspired the young leaders with a touching speech on leadership.

 

It was a moment of pride and humility for the students – of both institutions - as they took on the added responsibility with accountability and above all made a pledge of making a difference with their leadership.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

BIS #4482 LITTLE GIANTS OF THE SPIRIT

by Jose Chiramel

 

PINGULI, JULY 7, 2015: The paradox 'Little Giant' was aptly used to inspire pre-novices as they celebrated the Feast of Saint Dominic Savio, at Bosco Udyogshala, Pinguli, on July 3.


Father Maxim, the Rector, and Father Roystan celebrated the solemn feast mass and dwelt on the aspect of Dominic Savio the leader, who lead himself as well as others, cheerfully on the way to holiness.

 

The post-mass celebrations kicked off later in the evening as the pre-novices participated in 'Savio Night' by cracking puzzles and quizzes.  

 

Savio Night marked the end of week-long celebrations affectionately called 'Savio week'. The winners of several competitions held, were felicitated at the end.

 

The youngsters took a resolution to be 'Little Giants of the Spirit' like Saint Dominic Savio.

BIS #4481 LEADERS TODAY, LEADERS TOMORROW

by Ashwini Gupte

 

MUMBAI, JUNE 7, 2015: The old adage about the youth of today, being leaders of tomorrow, still holds true. The Management and staff of Don Bosco High School, Matunga empowered the office bearers of the Student Council at the investiture ceremony held on July 6. 

 

It was fitting that the ceremony was held on a day the school celebrated the feast of Saint Dominic Savio, a Saint of the youth.     

 

Students staged a meaningful skit, portraying the sanctity, cheerful attitude, self-discipline, courage and wisdom of the teenage saint.

 

The skit was aimed at reminding the young leaders of their duty towards their motherland, their school and their fellow students, not as authoritative figures but as young men entrusted with the responsibility of strengthening their peers.

 

Father Wilfred D'Souza, Rector, urged the newly installed leaders to recognise the day as a defining moment to uphold the values that Don Bosco High School stands for and as a collaborative effort to raise the school to greater heights.

 

He reminded the students that the institution was a testimony to the success of Saint Don Bosco's visionary system of education.

 

The backdrop used for the stage bore the words of American scholar and author, Warren Bennis, who had said 'Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.'

 

Father Bernard Fernandes, the Principal, lauded the School Captain, Mohnish Shah for reminding his fellow council members not to be authoritative figures, but instead, to empower others. 

 

Father Fernandes reiterated that the school endeavours to encourage maximum student participation in the decision making process for the benefit of the students themselves, and urged the students to stand for their values.

 

Office Bearers for the academic year 2015-16

School Captain: Monish Shah
School Vice Captain: Akash Patki

Sports and Activity captain: Dhiren Dhankani 

Discipline Captain: Krish Sukhani

Red house captain:  Sach Jankharia 

Blue house Captain: Venkateshan Kokkat

Green house captain: Aditya Goud

Yellow house captain: Nishith Desai