St. JOSEPH’S HIGH SCHOOL – AGRIPADA
April 18, 2012: Teachers’ Orientation Program:
Nearly forty teachers of St. Joseph’s High School, Agripada had a one day Value Education Orientation Program that was organized by the AVEC team on April 18, 2012. Sr. Loveniea, Principal of the school introduced the speakers and welcomed the teachers to make the maximum use of the opportunity at hand to clarify and re-orientate themselves as better educators.
Mr. Rochwyn Fernandes, program coordinator for AVEC, began the session with a prayer song followed by a session on calming down through a meditative breathing exercise. He then briefed the teachers on the various objectives and activities of the AVEC during the last year.
Fr. Glenford Lowe, director of AVEC then challenged the teachers to view Value Education as an ‘Education to Becoming’ rather than a syllabus to be learnt in class. Taking the teachers through a battery of old mind-sets and assumption, he challenged the teachers to think anew in the light of one’s Personal values and Institutional values.
Focusing on the three important acts of people: To Achieve – ‘Being by Doing’, To Connect – ‘Being by being with’ and To Integrate – ‘Being by Becoming’, Fr. Lowe inspired the teachers to ‘Manage By Values’ (MBV). The twentieth century will be guided by MBV and it is our Core Values that will determine our lifestyle and our contribution in making this world a better place.
Through various interactive exercises, reflective moments and a PowerPoint presentation, the participants were able to pick up the importance of Value Education and to create an atmosphere that would be conducive for creating Diamond Valued Students in school and in society.
On behalf of the Management and the teachers, Mrs. Theresa Pinto proposed the vote of thanks.Below are some of the observations made by the participants in the AVEC appreciation log book:
“I thank our management for organizing this seminar on Value Education. I always felt that Value education is a subject, but now I know that is an Education to Becoming. You have changed our outlook to Value Education. Thank you for this inspiring seminar. At the end of the day, it is Values that define a person, more than one’s achievements”. – Theresa Pinto“This seminar has changed our view towards Value Education. It was very creative and the group work was a big help. It has built our confidence to shape and mould the young. The personal examples and experience has helped us to be role models to others. By focusing on the child’s strengths we can negate the weaknesses. It challenged us to move from being efficient teachers to being Effective and fruitful educators too.” Swarna Patil, Serina Pereira and Archana Gonsalves