Tuesday, 31 August 2010

St. Teresa's School, Bandra : AVEC Students' Orientation Programram


The Archdiocesan Value Education Centre, today organized a Students' Orientation Program for over 145 students of Standard Eight at St. Teresa's High School, Bandra. Fr. John Mascharenhas, the Principal of the Secondary section welcomed Fr. Glenford Lowe sdb and Mr. Rochwyn Fernandes to thanked them for their invaluable service to the students and staff of their school. This was the third program organized by AVEC for the school. The theme chosen for the students was "Lead with a Difference". The students were divided into two batches to facilitate better animation. An hour and a half was allocated for each session.

The session began with a Prayer song followed by a small session on self awareness through a Breathing Meditation. The students appreciated the prayer song and meditation very much. For many it was a different form of being aware of self and a new way of finding peace in the midst of daily stress and activity.

Fr. Glenford Lowe sdb, then spoke to the students on to need to lead the world and oneself by developing soft skills coupled with a visionary leadership style. Through a number of small interactive moments he was able to draw the attention of the students to twelve necessary ingredients to become a better leader. A number of short audio visuals were played in between the twelve points. One could see the eagerness among the students to think differently and to imbibe leadership styles based on human values.
The students participated in the entire program with eager minds and were confident of making a difference in their own lives, their school community, their family and society. "This was something new for all of us in this class. We are happy that Fr. John , our Principal organized this for us," said a grateful student. "We had fun, but we also learnt a lot," said another student. "Come again, we want to have you with us for a longer time," another said with a smile.

At the end of the session, one could sense an atmosphere that was more vibrant and alive. The students of standard eight were all set to begin a new way of leading themselves and others too. "We can all be leaders in one way or another," said

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