DON BOSCO HIGH SCHOOL, MATUNGA - STD X D & E VALUE ORIENTATION PROGRAM
SEPTEMBER 28,2012: The final session for the students of Don Bosco High School, Matunga took place today for a little over a hundred students of STD X D & E. Mr. Rochwyn Fernandes and Fr. Glenford Lowe took the Value Orientation program. The theme for the day was 'Lead Your Life by a Value Compass'. The students were given a small orientation by Fr. Glenford at the start of the session to enable them to be more focused.
Mr. Rochwyn Fernandes began the session with a prayer song 'Sarveshvaam Swastir Bhavatu' and followed it with a brief fantasy meditation. In the course of the meditation, the students were guided to focus on their 'breath of life' and to relax and calm down. The students really took this session very seriously. He then introduced Fr. Lowe to the students. He challenged the students to 'look at what is really loving in life and do it' just like Fr. Glenn had so lovingly donated his kidney to another to save a life.
Fr. Glenn then took over the session with a PowerPoint presentation and through the use of very powerful video clips, true life stories of Kia Scherr, Ryan's Well Foundation and Jacquie Subarido, he invited the students to start living their life with a purpose and meaning. "Get MAD! Make A Difference", said Fr. Glenn. "Never say that your too young, or only just a fifteen year old... start resetting your life to make a significant contribution to the world and self", he affirmed. "Begin by loving yourself and be ready to live for what your stand in life, no matter what the cost", he added.
In the final exercise, he enabled the students to take the courage to reset their life or their clock. "Love what you do and do what you love, When you follow doing what is important in your life, your life takes on a different meaning ", he said. Most of the students took the time to honestly take responsibility for their life and time. At the end of the session, one could notice a new sense of purpose and an new sparkle in their eyes. They were ready to leave the hall now with a difference.
Mrs. Beatrice, the Supervisor of the School, personally sat through the entire session and took the opportunity to personally thank Fr. Glenford Lowe and Mr. Rochwyn for the six valuable sessions conducted for all their students of standard IX - X.
A few students took the time to write their personal words of appreciation in the AVEC log book:
"The era is changing... we are more sensitive than before. We need changers of masses to counsel not only the youth but also the leaders in general. Hence, I conclude with a sincere word of thanks!" - Shraiyash Oniyal X-D
"The session helped me discover the true Value of Myself. To reset my life based on what I love to do" -Abhijit S. Bhandarkar X
"After attending this session, I have been able to re-discover myself. The importance of studies was diminished from my life, but now, because of this session, I have again understood the importance of studies" - Saurabh Tawade X
"This is the best seminar that I have been in my entire fourteen and half years!" - Onassen D'Souza X-D