January 18, 2012: The Archdiocesan
Value Education Centre (AVEC – Mumbai) began the New Year 2012 with a two hour
Value Education session at Holy Cross High School, Juhu Tara, for hundred and eight
students belonging to STD IX –X. Fr. Edmund Mascarenhas, Principal of the
school warmly welcomed the resource personnel, Fr. Glenford Lowe and Mr. Rochwyn
Fernandes to the program.
Mr. Rochwyn Fernandes began the
session with a Prayer Song that focused on the presence of God in all things.
He then invited the students to connect with the ‘Woodcutter Story’ by taking
the time to make an inward journey through a silent fantasy meditation. All
praise to the students who were able to go through these moments of self
awareness with a lot of seriousness.
Through a number of practical
examples, video clips and an illustrative PowerPoint presentation, Fr. Glenford
Lowe, was able to capture the minds and hearts of the young students to look at
their life’s journey and to have the courage to re-set the clock of their activity
to sync with their life’s story. The personal sharing by the students and the
insights into the various values that are essential ingredients for a fruitful
and meaningful life were well appreciated by all. The level of sharing was
sincere, deep and very personal; even to the point of tears.
Ms. Ursula Rodrigues proposed the
vote of thanks on behalf of the students and management. One could sense a new
spirit of optimism and hope among the students, especially the final year Std X
A few students have expressed
their thoughts on today’s Value Education program:
“A small but powerful session
that taught us many things and values; I know how ‘important’ I am now.”
“The program was very interesting
and challenging. We learnt a lot of important Values for our Life. God bless
you.” Pravin (X)
“It was a great stress-buster
after our prelims. We will inculcate all the values that you have spoken to us
today.” Nireeksha (X)
“I am very grateful to have had
this opportunity to listen to your kind words of inspiration. I will follow
these Values in my life. God Bless you.” Ankirn (X)
AVEC wishes to thank the Management, Fr. Edmund Mascarenhas and the students of Holy Cross High School, Juhu Tara and assures the students of STD X a prayerful remembrance for a fruitful SCC Examination.