Tuesday, 21 June 2011

St. Anne's - Dabul: Teachers' Orientation

JUNE 21, 2011: St. Anne’s Girls High School, DABUL – Teachers’ Orientation 

The entire AVEC Team was present today, at St. Anne’s Girls High School, Dabul to facilitate an Orientation Program for thirty teachers. For the first time, Sr. Vera Almeida and Mrs. Margaret Dubey also joined the AVEC team. After a brief introduction by Sandra Dias, the session began with a prayer song and a few moments of personal relaxation through a fantasy meditation conducted by Mr. Rochwyn Fernandes. 

The Teachers were then taken through a moment of 'Self Renewal' through a number of different interactive activities and personal reflections. "I am here to upset your world", said Fr. Glenford, as he challenged the teachers to look at their role as educators and value gurus in the educative journey of their students. We don't have to be be victims of routine, our lives can be spirit filled by innovative rhythm. The teachers were invited to self-evaluate their IMPACT on students. "To have a Diamond school with Diamond Students, you have first to become Diamond Teachers," said Fr. Glenn.

Giving Students their 'rightful' place in the educative setup is important. To make this happen, a certain part of our 'old world' will have to be turned upside down.This was very well demonstrated in the group activity. This 'old world' has become part of our routine world that at times it is possible, that our heart is no longer in it. The session on COMMITMENT was another opportunity to look at how each one invests their 'personal resource' in the school. The choice now is to 'renew oneself' with a new perspective. What you see is what you get. Fr. Glenn also took time to explain, very briefly, the 12 Diamond Value Project.

At the end of the session, Ms. Colin Cardoza proposed the vote of thanks on behalf of the school management. Mr. Rochwyn Fernandes then explained about the AVEC Blog and invited the teachers to view the blog to keep track of all the AVEC animation and Resource programs.

Here are some of the comments by the Teachers as written in the AVEC Appreciation Logbook:
"Excellent Session! An eye opener... to create a better student-teacher relationship. It was very much motivating and above all has helped me to realize how meaningful it is for one to understand the value of one's self in making a better world around. Keep up the good work" Ms. Regina Fereira

 "It was a short but good session. It was an eye-opener session for each one of us. it has taught me to be more motivated and innovative towards life" Ms. Sandra

 "An awesome session that i have ever attended in my life. As a teacher, I am called to be a 'Princess' in my school. The many practical examples along with the many interesting activities were powerful. I wish the timing for the session was a bit longer! Another two hours with a break. Thank you  for making me realize that I can make a positive impact on my students" Ms. Delia David Gonsalves

"The opening Prayer song and the breathing exercise was really refreshing. The invitation to break from our 'routine' and to give importance to self was great. I was challenged by the sentence "what you see, is what you get" and to view our students as great potential. In all a good session for teachers, highly motivating. Reeta Dube

Thanks to the management for taking the time to invite the AVEC team to animate the students and the teachers of the school at the very start of this academic year.

Monday, 20 June 2011



The AVEC team began their Diamond Valued Project today, by animating the students of standard X at St. Anne's Girls' High School - Dabul. Hundred and Six students participated in the two hour long session that enabled them to take a step back to launch into the future with greater focus and meaning. Ms.Glynise Vittarthy  welcomed the two resource persons on behalf of the school management.  

 Mr. Rochwyn Fernandes, then briefed the students on the purpose of our animation program and then invited the students to relax through an awareness breathing exercise. The students began the session with a lot of seriousness and participated very attentively all through. One could gauge, at the very outset, that these were a set of very disciplined students. 

Fr. Glenford then took over and invited the students to make a worthwhile contibution to self first, before making a worthwhile contribution to others. Through various exercises, insightful and motivating reflections and through a participatory interaction, the students were able to see the deeper meaning of taking time out to reflective on one's self. The exercise of Self, Time and the River Me were opportune moments to make a reflective journey inward and to find one's deepest desire and meaning in life.

With a series of examples of young students who made a difference in the world, the students too were challenged to leave behind a significant legacy. through powerful video clips and songs that students were able to look at their lives and to make a difference.

The vote of thanks was proposed by Rozanne D'Cunha.

After the session, a few students came forward to write their views in the AVEC appreciation logbook. Here are some of their comments:

"It was a very wonderful experience. It helped in developing more self-respect and self-worthiness. I definitely look forward to being a better person in the future. Thanks to Fr. Glenn and Mr. Rochwyn." Chinmayi Std X -A

""It was very motivating for me and I am sure it will help me in my days to come" Pranjali D. Vaidya X - B

"It was truly a wonderful experience. It was great to spend time knowing ourselves and having a clear picture of our goals and what are our deepest desires. All credit and thanks to Fr. Glenn and Mr. Rochwyn." Rajul Mishra X -A

"Thanks for motivating us in our crucial year of studying. Your session was great. Thanks for showing us the colorful side of our life and living it with meaningfully."  Vallari Patwardhav

Thursday, 2 June 2011

Diamond Value BRILLIANCE Lesson plans

Archdiocesan Value Education Centre (AVEC N\Mumbai) Resources:
To view or download the Lesson Plan: Diamond Value BRILLIANCE
please click on the link below