September 25, 2010: HOLY CROSS - Lower Parel, TEACHERS' ORIENTATION PROGRAM
The AVEC Team organized a two hour Teachers Orientation Program for the Primary and Secondary Teachers of Holy Cross High School, Lower Parel. Over fifty-five teachers gathered together in the school library to participate in the program. On behalf of the teachers, Ms. Margaret, the Value Education Coordinator, welcomed the guest speakers and introduced the purpose of this Orientation Program.
The program began with one of the teachers imploring God's blessings on the program. An opening prayer song then set the mood for deeper reflection and meaning. Mr. Rochwyn Fernandes introduced the session through an awareness exercise by focusing on one's breath. He then took the participants through a very practical session of appreciating their past and focusing on their future.
Fr. Glenn Lowe then began to focus on the need to give value and 'importance' to self and to share this 'value and importance to everyone' around. Change must being with self before it begins with others. Going through a long of personal experiences and clarifying various assumptions along the way, the teachers were able to appreciate their vocation as educators and sought how best to put them into practice.
Some of the Teachers expressed their views and appreciation in the AVEC log book.
"Your Orientation Program was very encouraging and the thing I like most was the invitation to be a 'coach' rather than a 'referee' " Pre Primary Section
"The presentation was very informative and thanks a lot. God Bless." Anthonette Vaz - KG
"The presentation was really enriching. Would like to have more of your presentations." Secondary Section Teachers
The program ended with a word of appreciation and a floral bouquets to the speakers. A sumptuous meal then followed. Thanks to the Principal, Sr. Laila and to all the Teachers for their very active participation and enthusiasm shown all through the sessions.