DON BOSCO SENIOR SECONDARY – NERUL: Teachers’ Value
March 27, 2012: Nearly forty teachers
of Don Bosco Senior Secondary, Nerul were given a one-day Value Orientation
Seminar by Fr. Glenford Lowe in the school computer room. The day’s program
began with welcome words by Fr. Anthony Fonseca, Principal of the School and a
brief introduction to the sessions ahead. Fr. Lowe then took over with an
opening prayer song and a hymn to Don Bosco.
The entire program had three
sessions: Clarifying our Assumptions and Setting the Foundations, A deeper
Understanding on Value Education in the light of ‘Value Shift’ by Tonna-Hall
and, finally, the Practical Applications for Value Clarification in the context
of a School Assembly.
Using a PowerPoint Presentation and various
handouts, the Teachers were involved in a reflective discussion that challenged
them to have a perspective change on their Vocation as Value Educators of the
Young. Value education is an Education to Becoming. Through the use of ‘Value
Shift’, Fr. Lowe invited the teachers to Manage By Values (MBV) and to have a
deeper sense of Value Alignment to one’s Job satisfaction with Organization’s Job
In the afternoon, the teachers
were asked to get into smaller groups and to prepare a ‘school assembly
outline, based on one of the Diamond Values. The teachers were guided in their preparations
based on the Value Clarification method as proposed by Louis Rath, Merrill
Harmin, and Sidney Simon in Values and
At the end, on behalf of the school’s management
and teaching staff, Mrs. Joyce proposed the vote of thanks. Fr. Fonseca too
thanked Fr. Lowe for his insights and for enabling the teachers to a committed Value
Education in the entire school. Fr. Lowe took the opportunity to thanks the school management and the teachers for their very active participation in the Diamond Values Competition for the year 2011-12.
Some of the teachers made these comments in the AVEC log book:
"Enriching and Learning Experience through different perspectives, through a child's mind and to help them to choose Values from various alternatives" Kiran Mhatre
The seminar on Value Based Education conducted by Fr. Glenford Lowe, was an eye-opener. It broadened my vision and changed my perception of how we should concentrate on the 'Education of Becoming' rather than just 'being'. The activity with the jigsaw puzzle, made us realize that we often need to deconstruct in order to construct something new and larger. The seminar gave me 'hope' to help be a catalyst of change in a 'hopeless' situation.
ST. ANTHONY’S HIGH
SCHOOL, BYCULLA: TEACHERS’ ORIENTATION PROGRAM
March 2, 2012: A three hour Value Based Teachers’ Orientation
Program was organized today for thirty five Teachers of St. Anthony’s High
School, Byculla. The Principal, Sister Maria Selvam introduced the guest speakers
and a floral bouquet was presented to each speaker. The teachers were in for a
new experience and it could be seen from their expectant eyes.
Mr. Rochwyn Fernandes began the
session with a prayer song that brought home the message that God’s presence is
everywhere. Through a silent breathing exercise he helped the teachers to
appreciate the gift of life and inner peace. He then explained briefly the works
undertaken by the AVEC to promote Value Education in the schools affiliated to
the Archdiocesan Board of Education.
Fr. Glenford Lowe invited the
teachers to be ready for a ‘mind shift’ process. “Unless there is a perspective
change, a procedural change will never happen,” he emphasized. Going through a
list of Teachers’ assumptions, he clarified the need for a ‘New way of being an
Educator today in the world of the student’.
After the break, through a lot of
group work and interactive reflection moments, he brought home the need for a
greater commitment to their vocation as Educators. Your personal resource is most
needed in commitment. Without the proper mindset and a learner-heart-attitude,
levels of commitment will be shallow and passing. A PowerPoint presentation
summed it all.
Ms. Victoria Lewis, proposed the word of
thanks on behalf of the School Management and Teachers. She summed it well in
these words: “On behalf of the school Principal and the Staff, I express my
gratitude to Fr. Glenn and Mr. Rochwyn for conducting this Value Education
session teaching us how to achieve academic excellence by enabling our students
to increase in all dimensions and to see beyond what we see with a renewed mind
and a big heart. This, we can achieve only by a proper paradigm shift accompanied
by a paradigm enlargement. In this way, we can work in the ‘rhythmic way’. You
challenged us not to be ‘a baggage to the school’ and to make the students
become more responsive to life’s journey. It was really a lively and lovely
session and we wish you good health to conduct many more sessions and make it a
Mrs. Annie G. Pereira had these
words of appreciation written in the AVEC Appreciation Log book: “The session
was really excellent and an enriching experience one, by which at least, we
surely and definitely try to put into practice and make it a reality. In this
stressful life of Mumbai, when we get some opportunity, to remind and enrich
our minds, we definitely consider ourselves to be lucky.”
Thank you to all the Teachers and management of St. Anthony's High School for this wonderful opportunity to share our time and resource with you. We wish you all the best and assure you of our prayers for a meaningful and committed teaching process ahead of you.