DON BOSCO HIGH SCHOOL, BORIVILI - STD VIII VALUE ORIENTATION PROGRAM
August 29, 2012: For the third consecutive day, AVEC organized a Value Orientation Program at Don Bosco High School, Borivili for One Hundred and Twenty students of Standard Eight. Fr. Glenford Lowe, Director of AVEC was warmly welcomed by Fr. Allwyn Misquitta, Administrator of the School. The Princiapl, Fr. George Carlos also was present to welcome Fr. Glenn and he invited the students to make the best of the the opportunity given to them.
The session was divided into three parts. The first focused on the Power of God's Grace in one's life and one's Time. A prayer song, 'Sarweshaam Swastir Bhavatu' set the prayerful tone that was needed for a focus on the theme: 'Lead Your Life by a Value Compass'. The students were then taken through a brief moment of reflection on the gift of life and the power of one's breath. He then took the students through a personal reflection on 'MY NOW MOMENT'. The students were asked to write about their 'NOW' moment, the Colour of the life, the Face of their life, the Season of their life, the World of their life and the God of their life. They then spent a few minutes sharing with their classmates on their 'Now' moment. It was interesting to see the students talk to one another about their personal life story!
In the second part of the session, in challenging the students to get 'MAD - Make A Difference', Fr. Glenn invited to students to stop living a 'life of mere survival' and start living a 'life of Meaning and Significance' by using the Twelve Diamond Values. "With this Value compass in Life you can never get lost", he said. He focused on the need to : Ask Meaning Questions, Have a Winner Attitude, Think TEAM, Effective Communication, Exude Confidence, Hone Creativity, Motivation and Leading Others, Accept Criticisms, MultiTasking and Keep Schedules, Tell the Truth about Money, Live a Balanced Life and Think Abundance! Through these Diamond Values the students were challenged to be 'Light house' students rather than being mere 'wheel barrows' and 'bouncing magic balls' with no inner drive or direction in life.
In the final session, the students were invited to 'align their life and their time'. 'Only those who have the capacity to reset their life or reset their clock' can start making a difference. "If you keep doing what you always did, you will get what you always got", he said. The students really took the day seriously and actively took part in all the activities and moments for sharing and deep reflections too. At the end of the session, a number of students came forward to express their words of thanks and appreciation. On behalf of the class, Matthew and Mihir proposed the Vote of Thanks.
The following observations were made by the students in the AVEC log book:
"Thank you father Glenn for giving your precious time and you program really challenged me to get M.A.D" - Dreurata R. Borkan VIII-B
"Thank you father for giving us your precious time and your inspirational talk. You are already an inspiring hero for all of us here in Don Bosco. I can't say more about you because you are already a 'perfect man 100% abilities too" - Vikrant Singh VIII-A
"Thank you father, you are really inspirational and makes us fell the need to Live By Objectives too" - Srujan M VIII-A
"It was truly wonderful experience which has made us M.A.D and thanks for disturbing us so much... I can say no more because you are a 'perfect man' - Mihir Hate VIII - A
"This was one of the best LBO programs I've ever attended. The program was very touching and inspiring. We thank you Fr. Glenn for giving us your precious time and disturbing us. I have become MAD. You are a real hero!... I am speechless for a man like you" - Pratik Barot VIII -A
"Thank you father for giving us your precious time and making us go M.A.D, for your inspiring videos and for really 'disturbing' us in this seminar from our everyday life" - Shaun Nazareth VIII -A
"Thank you father for your precious time and for making us go M.A.D" - Avertin Ferrira VIII-A/ Sanvesh Desai VIII-A
"Thank you father for your inspirational videos and words. You are really a 'perfect man'. May God shower blessings on you, and I really got M.A.D" - Kenneth Martis VIII B"
"Thank you father. You are a 'perfect person' and you really made us MAD. God bless you father" - Shivram V. Sankhe VIII A
"Rev. Fr. Glenford organised the LBO at our school in a wonderful way. I thank Fr. Glenn on behalf of the VIII Std. We surely will be boys who will go M.A.D" - Elroi Noronha VIII-A
"Thank you father for organizing this inspiring program" - Tushar M. Apte VIII-A
""Thank you father Glenn. It's been a great honour and pleasure for us. L.B.O was thought provoking and also and eye opener for all of us" - Burhan V. Rangwala
"Thank you father Glenn. It was very inspiring and provoking. You are great!" - Param Suru VIII - B
"Thank you father Glenn for tour precious time with us and for the inspiring videos too. Father come next year also" - Rishabh S Kalida VIII-B
"Thank you Father Glenn. It was really awesome and we really will get M.A.D" - Aziz Y. Rangwala VIII-A
"Thank you Father Glenn. It was very thought provoking and we wish you continue this program in our school" - Ameya Weling VIII-B
"Thank you Father Glenn for spending your precious time with us and making us go .M.A.D. It was really thought provoking" - Rahul Pinhiero VIII-A
"Congratulations to all the students of standard Eight for your very good response and active participation in this Value Orientation Program 'Live Your Life by a Value Compass". Hope to see you sometime again....and keep living you lives lovingly and meaningfully. Go M.A.D and leave a powerful legacy. God bless your educative journey with much success and fruitfulness. Thanks to Fr. George Carlos and Fr. Allwyn and all the teachers for all the arrangements made for this Orientation program" Fr. Glenn
DON BOSCO HIGH SCHOOL, BORIVILI: STD X VALUE ORIENTATION
The AVEC Team today organized a One-day Value Orientation Program for One Hundred
and Twenty Three Students of Standard Ten at Don Bosco High School, Borivili.
The session began with a word of appreciation and welcome from Fr. Allwyn
Misquitta, Administrator and acting principal of the school. The theme for the
day’s session was “Lead your Life by a Value Compass”. The session was divided
into three sections.
In the first section, Mr. Rochwyn
Fernandes, AVEC Program Coordinator, invited the students to join in a prayer
song ‘Sarveshaam Swastir Bhavatu’ that
invoked God’s blessings of peace, prosperity, love, joy, fullness, health on
everyone. This was followed by a moment of fantasy meditation. The students
were asked to focus on their breath and visualize an inner journey to bliss and
restfulness. The session truly enabled the students to relax and calm down. Mr.
Fernandes then introduced Fr. Glenn to the students.
The second part of the session
focused on: The Three Types of Student – Lighthouse, Wheelbarrow or Magic
Bouncing ball Students. “Unless you are built of a firm foundation with an
inner capacity to radiate light and save lives, your life will be meaningless
and directionless”, said Fr. Glenn. Through the ‘Paper Exercise’ the students
were able to focus on the gift of the past and the joy of the future. “Never
let your past remain as your future, and let not your future be thrown behind
you as past”, challenged Fr. Glenn.
“Leading your Life by a Value
Compass” was an opportunity for the students to look at ‘Twelve Important
Diamond Values’ that would enable everyone to live life not on the level of
survival, but rather, on the level of meaning and significance. In his own
creative style, Fr. Glenn spoke in a clear but strong way, through the use of
PowerPoint presentations, personal life testimonies; everyday student based
examples and coupled with a lot of humour
The final part of the session was
the culmination. The students were challenged to ‘Reset their Clock and Reset
their Life’ by focusing on what was worth living for and dying for in one’s
life and investing one’s personal time on it. “Resetting the clock and compass
was a sure path to transform your ‘trashed up past life’ to discovering the
treasure within the future ahead of you. The students took the time to make
three commitments that would enable them to become MAD – Make A Difference!
On behalf of the students, Dhruv
Dholakia and Bravin Fernandes proposed the vote of thanks. Students Kunj
Rawani, Karan Mody, Rahul Tauro also came forward to express their appreciation
for the day’s Value Orientation Program.
Fr. George Carlos, Principal of the school was also present for the
ending. He too, took the time to thank the AVEC Resource team for a wonderful
session with the students.
Many students wrote their words of appreciation in the AVEC
“The session was just wonderful. It was very motivational
and inspiring” - Karan Mody X-A
“This session was extremely magnificent and inspirational” -
Klinzman Vaz X-B
“This was an inspiring and magnificent session” - Kunal Kadam
“This was the best L.B.O from the L.B.Os that I have
attended” – Nathan X-B
“It has been a wonderful experience and very motivational” –
Yash Dhabalia X-A
“It was an amazing program and we really enjoyed it. It was
a wonderful experience” – Chris D’Souza
“It was a very enthusiastic program” – Srashanti
“It was awesome. Father, you really rock!” - Clevin D’Souza X-A
“Everyone enjoyed it. Best experience ever” Dhruvit Shah X-A
“Thank you father for making this year memorable for us and
it was very good” – Godwin J X-B
“It was interesting, motivational and memorable” – Mithil X-A
“Father, thank you very much. You are igniting every
mind. Continue it” – Steven Michael X-B
“It was a very motivating session for all the Std X boys. We
thank Fr. Glenn and Mr. Rochwyn Fernandes for this session” – Rahul Tauro X-B
“It was an extremely motivating session and everybody enjoyed
it a lot. Thank you Fr.” – Abishek Nayak
“Thank you Fr. For the quality time that you spend with us
and I hope you spend it every year” – Alister
“Thank you father
for your interesting motivational talk” – Sarvesh
“it was a joyful and valuable session” – Sunil Noronha X-A
“Fr. Glenn is really a nice man with nice thoughts. The
session he conducted in our school was really good” – Sagar Salvi X-A
“Thank you Father Glenn and Mr. Rochwyn for this awesome
program and you really helped me in motivating me” – Noel D’souza X-A
Thanks to Fr. George Carlos, Fr. Allwyn Misquitta and all the staff and students of Standard Ten for the wonderful experience of today.... I came here 'to disturb' you and you were ready to be awakened. That is the best gift you can give yourself at the important juncture of your life...I pray God's blessings on each one of you and may your lives continue to brighten the lives of those around you. may your light ever shine! - Fr. Glenn Lowe sdb
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...
At the end of the five hour session, Students Marc Gonsalves and Jude Lobo proposed the Vote of thanks of behalf of their respective classes. It was a day 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
"Thanks a lot father, for your words have motivated and inspired many. Please keep doing the great work you do" - Marc Gonsalves 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
"Our future is in our hands. This being proved by you for sure. Thanks a lot" - Aman N. Shah 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
"I want to thank Fr. Glenn and Mr. Rochwyn for such a superb program.They helped us to know today that Values are very important in our life and we should always follow our dream. Thank you" - Aditya Salunke 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
"Thank you father for your precious time. We got a lot to learn from you, the examples were very touching" - Joshua 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
"Fr. Glenn, it was a great program. It showed us how to live life and how to make life a deep ocean rather than a shallow puddle" - Darwin 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 this spiritual talk and very inspirational too" - Kendrick Fernandes IX-B
"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 thank Fr. Glenn and Mr. Rochwyn Fernandes for showing us the real way to live life and to inspire us" - Aman Mendonca IX-B
"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
"Father, your session was wonderful. All the values you set for us, all the humuor too... but, don't you think there should have been some scary videos?"- Andy Baretto 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
"Congratulations to all the students of Standard Nine, you were excellent today. I would rate you as 'Light house' students..built of firm foundations and ready to shine your light to ever new horizons, saving lives and touching lives in the process." Fr. Glenn Lowe