Friday, 29 June 2012

June 28-29, 2012: Seven Hundred and Twenty students from STD VII-X, of Duruelo Convent High School, participated in a Value Education Orientation program that was conducted by Fr. Glenn Lowe and Mr. Rochwyn Fernandes. Sr. Zarina, Principal of the school welcomed the guest speakers. In all four sessions were conducted for the students. The theme for the Value based sessions was: “Resetting Your Life and Your Clock by a Value Compass”

 The sessions began with a prayer song ‘Dil Ke Mandir Mei’, followed by a reflective fantasy meditation that focused on the power of one’s breath. Mr. Rochwyn Fernandes took this part of the session. Fr. Glenford Lowe, then through the use of several reflective video clips brought home the importance of ‘Oneself: I am Loved and Valued’ and the importance of ‘Making a Difference’ through a Value based life. Taking Twelve Value Skills in life, one can make a meaningful and significant life too. 
 “No matter what your past has been, you can start afresh NOW”, was the motivating message that the students kept hearing. The response of the students was excellent all through. They were highly receptive, attentive and participative too.
 On behalf of Standard VII, Elvira L. Macwan proposed the vote of thanks. Shivani Rao from STD VIII gave the vote of thanks on behalf of her class. Stuti Parmar gave the vote of thanks on behalf of STD X.

The following were comments written by the students in the AVEC log book:

“It was very nice and it taught us nice values. I liked it very much” Nerisa Silveira VII - A
 “It was a wonderful and meaningful session. I liked it very much” Elvira Macwan VII – C

“It was very nice that we got the values from which we achieve our goals. I would really like to attend this session again” Afiya Ali VII – B

“It was very useful to us. The thoughts were very powerful” Aqsa Sheikh VII – A
 “It was a memorable and wonderful session at the start of the academic year. It was superb and I liked it very much”  Aisha Merchant VII – C

“I am very thankful to you Father that you came to our school and for showing us such wonderful and motivating videos and songs. I am sure that I am going to share this day with my friends too. Thank you father” More Mansi VII – B
 “It was a session which will help is to become a real good person. Thank you”  Grizel VIII – B

“I learned from this session how we should live a better life. Thank you” Shakambhari Mishra VIII – B

“We’ve learned a lot of things. It was sensational, emotional and heart touching. I surely know that it will change our lives for the better” ­Malaika Dhamdhere VIII – C
 “I have learnt that all BLOOM where they are planted” Benaifer Nunes VIII – C

“This session was very interesting. We will surely put into use some of the tips and values that you showed us”  Shivani Rao VIII – A
 “After observing this session, I observe and experience that whether we loose of gain, don’t’ give up. Try harder until we succeed” Zainab Ansari VIII – A

“I felt very nice. I learned that I am spending my time on unnecessary things and I learned that I will use the gift of time well”  Michelle DSouza IX C
 “I learnt a lot of things from Father Glenn, especially, the importance of time and life. Values are necessary and important. I learnt that everyone is also special and important as I am too”  Afreen Khan IX C

“I learnt many things about life today which I didn’t even think of before. Life is wonderful to live. So, I would like to say thank you for this to Fr. Glenford” Kshitija Knetle IX – B
 “I learnt a lot of things today which will break many habits and change my life and my friends too. The way you explained things to me made it easy to understand. I liked the way you made us understand important values. I really thank Fr. Glenn and Mr. Rochwyn Fernandes. I assure you that my class and I will live these values too.” Tanishka Shetty IX – B
 “I am very impressed by this Value session. I will try to now use my time and life as you challenged us to. Thank you for this session. I loved it. Thank you Fr. Glenford”  Shaista Shaikh IX – A

“I personally felt that this session was very nice. I learnt many things and I will make use of these values in my life. I am very special to myself. Thank you Father Glenn” Farheen IX - A
 “I am encouraged by this program on Values. I promise that I will live and love myself and treat myself as Important. Thank you”  Alshifa Sayed X – C

“ I am very inspired by whatever is told. I take a promise to fulfill whatever I have written. Thank you father for inspiring and conducting this session” ­ Valeria Fernandes X – C
 “Proud! Feeling lucky for myself to be a part of this Orientation. It is a great feeling. I learned to be myself and to care for myself a lot more. Thanks to Fr. Glenn” ­ Bhaldar Shagufta X – A

“Whatever I say, today I have discovered myself and will always be trying my level best to remain myself with values and remember the statement “I am Loved and Valued – Be the Best” my whole life. Thank you” – Saika Baig X – A
 “I am very happy for all the knowledge and insights that you provided. We are very proud and we all feel very lucky. We are sure that we are going to emulate these values in life” -  Mubashirin Sayed X – B

“I have not much to say, but I will say that today I got to know the value of my life. This seminar was the first and best seminar I ever attended. Thank you!” Shadma Qureshi X - B

AVEC wishes to place on record the enthusiasm and attentiveness with which the students took part in the Value Orientation program. Congratulations and we pray God's Blessings on you, your school and on your final exams.

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