DON BOSCO HIGH SCHOOL, BORIVILI: STD IX VALUE EDUCATION ORIENTATION
August 27, 2012: Fr. Glenford Lowe sdb and Mr. Rochwyn Fernandes today animated one hundred and nine students of standard nine from Don Bosco High School Borivili. The session began with a few words of welcome and introduction by Fr. Allwyn Misquitta, Administrator and Spiritual Animator of the youth. The theme for the day was 'Lead Your Life by a Value Compass'. The students were realy fortunate to be given the luxury of an entire day for the 'Value Orientation Program'
A prayer song 'Sarveshaam Swastir Bhavatu' set the spiritual tone to the session. Mr. Rochwyn Fernandes then enabled the students to relax and calm down through a fantasy meditation that also focused on one's breath and imagination. It was nice to see the students participate in the meditation with silence and concentration. Fr. Glenn was then introduced to the students.
The 'Lead Your Life by a Value Compass' was taken in three parts. The first session focused on one's personal handling of the past and the creation of one's future and how, in an instant of 'unreflected choices', the past continues to remain one's future, and how one's future is lost in one's past. The students were challenged to discover in the 'trash' of an unreflected life, the 'treasure' that still lies within. "Living by a Value Compass' is the way to turn your trash into treasure", said Fr. Glenn
The second part of the session was an opportunity to focus on Twelve Value based principles and skills. Through a variety of video clips, a PowerPoint presentation, small interactive moments and periods of deep introspection, coupled with a touch of humor, the students were taken through a journey of life that involved more the 'sense of direction' than the 'speed of life' in order to reach one's goals. The students took part in the entire session with a lot of attention and active participation.
In the final part of the session, the students were taken through a moment to 'resetting one's life and one's clock'. "Focus on what is important to your life and the rest will follow. You are loved and Valued. Once you make a better you, you make a better world too", said Fr. Glenn. Get MAD...Make a Difference! You have one life to life, live it well with a Difference...
Many students came forward to write their words of appreciation in the AVEC log book:
"Earlier, I was pretty much concentrating on my career, but after this wonderful session, I realised that my parents and myself are very much important in my life" - Devansh IX-B
"Thank you so much Father Glenn and Mr. Rochwyn for spending your precious time with us and preparing us for the future" - Jude Lobo - IX-A
"Thank you Father Glenn for conducting this session about our future. You really gave a session which was thought provoking. At last Thank you!. May you always come to take a session for our life" - Edison Arulraj IX_B
"Father, you are doing a great job! I will surely connect to you by any means as possible. The message for you is: All the best and thank you!" Rishabh Mody IX-B
"Fr. Glenn, I thank you for the time you spent with us. This session was different from our previous ones. It taught us twelve important values and we will incorporate them in our life" - Calvin IX-B
"Thank you Father Glenford Lowe and Mr. Rochwyn Fernandes for the session you conducted in our school. It was very inspiring. Thank you Father" - Wendelin Romell IX-A
"I would like to thank Fr. Glenn and Mr. Rochwyn for holding such a lovely and insightful session. Hope we have many more in future" - Ryan D'Souza IX- A
"I would like to express muy gratitude to Fr. Glenn and Mr. Rochwyn Fernandes for spending their precious time with us and giving us a good knowledge on Values" - Myron DSouza IX-A
"Thank you Father for your wonderful talk on Values. Thank you for spending your precious and valuable time with us and for encouraging us" - Sahil IX-B