HOLY CROSS HIGH SCHOOL - LOWER PAREL: STUDENTS' ORIENTATION PROGRAM
August 21, 2013
Holy Cross High School - Lower Parel organized a full day's Value Orientation program for the students of STDs IX - X. Sr. Lali Sebastian, Principal of the school welcomed the speakers Fr. Glenford Lowe sdb and Mr. Rochwyn Fernandes to the school. After and initial opening prayer by Ropal Rahul Kamble and an introduction by Mrs. Salomi, the nearly five hundred and forty students were taken through a two and a half hours session, for each class, on 'Living Your Life Guided By a Value Compass'.
The session began with a prayerful invocation and a prayer song 'Sarveshaam, Swastir Bhavatu'. Mr. Rochwyn Fernandes organized a fantasy meditation for the students of STD X. Inviting them to inhale all that was positive and good and to exhale all that was toxic and negative was a new experience for many. After the meditation, he introduced Fr. Glenn and above all, made mention of his kidney donation to a fellow Salesian priest, a little of over two years ago.
Fr. Glenford began his session with the help of a PowerPoint presentation, coupled with a lot of reflective moments, deep insights and a bit of humor too. Using a number of true life role models in Value enhancement, like Ms. Kia Scheer, Malala Yousafzai, Ryan Hreljac, Derrick Redmond, and Nic Santanosasco, he challenged the students to start making a worthy contribution to themselves first, and then to society at large. "You are growing up in a place in Mumbai that is fast developing, and unless you equip yourself with values and education, you will never make it to the top here," he advised them. "Have a dream worth living for and let it be guided by a Value compass, " he added.
He invited the students to stop making excuses and to start each day by focusing on 'meaning questions'. Then taking the students through a battery of everyday examples, he invited the students to start reconstructing their value compass. He highlighted 'Twelve Diamond Values' that are essential in living a meaningful Value based life. The values of 'winner' attitudes in life are the foundation to everything else. He touched upon the need to value the importance of good synergistic teams, communicating effectively, confidently and creatively too. The students were asked to align their Time Management by focusing on the need for accepting corrections, multi tasking, taking accountability and self motivation too. Without living a 'balanced life' and a 'life of abundance', one's life would only be meaningless and selfish too.
What the students really liked was a happy balance between the motivating visuals and the true life examples of people who made a significant contribution to society. The students were really charged to start making a difference in their own class, school and home too. Once could sense a real satisfaction among the students because a number of their daily life's issues and problems were being handled too in a very insightful and humorous way.
At the end of the session, students Raksta Sheety of STD X-B and Mr. Jain Nirav Kishor of IX-C proposed the vote of thanks. A number of students came forward to write their comments in the AVEC appreciation log book:
"The session was very inspiring for all the students of our class. It would be very useful in our future and we will use all your suggestions and guidance. Thanks" - Vrushali Jadav X-A
"There is only one father who has changed my life. Thank you for coming to our school and giving such good suggestions" - Imran Khan X
"I want to thank Fr. Glenn for coming to our school. We had a wonderful session with him. I was really inspired by his teaching. I got to know about my life. i am thankful to him. All the best" - Deepika Manche X
"It was a very enlightening session. It was a good experience. I know what life is all about. Thank you so much. A good experience to remember all our lifetime. Thank you so much father Glenn" - Neha Chowke X-C
" Only to say that it was a wonderful experience to be with you today. Thank you father !" - Mayank Kalal X-C
"This session was very nice and we got inspired by Fr. Glenn" - Prince B. Jain X-B
"Enlightening program. Come back and give us more such talks" - Neha Jaiswar IX-D
"Thank you the session was very meaningful" - Simran Kesharwani IX-C
"The two hours were the most inspiring hours. Thanks a lot" - Sarah Hedge IX-A
"The time which we spent in this session were the most motivating time of my life"- Harsha Jain IX-D
"A very interesting and inspiring session. thank you" - Milind Gudla IX-D
"The two hours were the most beautiful, most interesting and most momentous hours in my life" - Vaibhav A. Singh IX-D
"I like the two hours that I spent here, so beautiful and interesting too. I promise that I will do all that you have taught me" - Hrishikesh Shirkar IX-A
"Such an exciting time spend with you all. Never got an excellent experience ever like this. Hats off!" Aryan N. Kaj IX-D
"These two hours was most beautiful and precious for us all. Thank you" - Nehal Patel IX-B
The students of STD X - C/D had a wonderful experience today in school, when the AVEC organized a one day Recollection for one hundred and nine students. Sr. Tara, Principal of the school welcomed the students with a short prayer and then introduced Fr. Glenford Lowe to them. She invited the students to make use of this golden opportunity, that had come their way, to reflect and set a direction to their life. The theme for the day was - "Who am I and what is my worth?"
The session began with a prayer song - 'Dil Ke Mandir Mei'. Fr. Glenn then asked the students to look at their own worth in life. Looking at human beings only from the 'material point of view' is not worth it at all. One has to discover the 'spiritual aspect' of a human being and today's recollection was an opportunity, in someway, to discover it. The session focused on four major points in one's journey of life: Listening attentively to one's 'Now Moment', Revisiting one's Past - no matter how painful or bad, Reorganizing one's Future, and finally, Writing one's Problems on the sand.
Using a few visuals, inspirational songs and touching on true life stories like Malala Yousafzai, Jacqui Subarido and from one's own religious practices and rituals, the students were able to plot their present moment of life based on various parameters of the 'BODY-MIND-HEART-SOUL' dimension. Sharing in small groups enabled them to unfold the story of their life. It was interesting to see the students take this part of the session very seriously. The next part of the session focused on 'Revisiting one's Past' along the spiral of life. Each student was invited to look at both the good and bad experiences they encountered in their lives. Using a number of symbolic pictures, the students were invited to go deeper into their past life and connect the dots and to recognize the hand of God in it all.
In the final part of the session, the students looked at the 'wheel of their life' and focused on what they need to do to reorganize their future in the various dimensions of life. The students were invited to look at life beyond the confines of the classroom and to prepare themselves for the future with confidence and hope. Believe in a God who cares for you and has plans for every success too. It was indeed a very spiritual moment for one and all the students.
At the end of the session, students Lucia and Warren D'Souza came forward to propose the vote of thanks on behalf of their respective classes. A number of students also wrote their comments in the AVEC appreciation log book:
"At the start of the day, was really depressed and alone, but after the session, I actually felt enlightened and found some hope. He was really amazing" - Lucia X-C
"In this session we learnt the real meaning of life and how to start a new life" - Sidhant X-C
"We loved the session. It was nice of father Glenn to come and speak about life, it really opened our eyes. It felt nice to be guided by someone" - Haren X-C
"The session was really good. We got to learn a lot of things about life. Thank you Father Glenn" - Ryan X-C
"The session was amazing. We could learn a lot from this session about our life. We should live our life to the full even though it has its ups and downs" - Nagma X-C
"The session was amazing. we loved it a lot. Everyone was engrossed in it. Father Glenn shared many insights into our life and how to make it meaningful too. I'd like to say thank you!" - Adecba X-C
"The best session in the school hall. The best get together with a small family in its own! After this session, surely will make my candle brighter day by day" - Daniya Syed X-D
"I really felt it was a good session which totally changed the path of my life" - Riya Lobo X-D
"One of the best sessions that I have come across. Got to know the different situations in life. Thanks a lot for showing us the right direction in life and we want more of it from you. Thank you!" Stephanie Alvares X-D
"I loved the session . it touched us and made us aware of the importance of our lives. Thank you Fr. Glenn from my heart" - Saurabh Sharma X-D
God bless you all my dear students and congratulations for the very attentive and effective participation in the program all through the day. - Fr. Glenford Lowe
ST. JOHN THE EVANGELIST HIGH SCHOOL MAROL - STUDENTS' RECOLLECTION
August 19, 2013
One hundred and thirty five students of STD X -A/B from St. John's High School - Marol took part in a day's recollection that was animated by Fr. Glenford Lowe sdb, Director of AVEC. The school principal, Sr. Taara Ohol, welcomed Fr. Glenn to the school and introduced him too. She highlighted the role that the AVEC plays in inculcating Values among the students. She also made reference to Fr. Glenn regarding his kidney donation to another fellow Salesian priest. She implored God's blessings with an opening prayer.
After an opening prayer song 'Dil Ke Mandir Mei', Fr. Glenn invited the students to avail of the golden opportunity given to them to reflect on their life and to make decisions for change for the future. The theme for the day's recollection was 'My Spiral of Life'. He drew the attention of each students to go beyond the 'material value' a person and to focus on the 'spiritual value' that makes our life so meaningful and purposeful. Citing a story from the latest Readers' Digest, he made the students reflect on four important dimensions: Listen Carefully to God's voice, Revisit your Past, Reorganize your Future and finally Write your problems of the sand.
Through a numbers of reflective exercises and small group sharing, he guided the young students to 'connect the dots' of their lives and to see where their life was heading. He helped the students to look at their 'BODY-MIND-HEART-SOUL' integration and to plot the important events of their past life on the 'Spiral of Life'. The students took the time to share their personal life stories with one another - though for some, it was a very strange experience. Fr. Glenn also invited the students to look ahead into the future and to see where it was heading. "God desires the best in your life and has plans for your peace and prosperity. Everyone needs to align with God's will, rather than allowing your life to be high jacked by someone else," he said. In the end, the students looked at their 'wheel of life' and the necessary resolutions they need to make to new start in life. The session ended with a song ' Carry Your Candle".
A number of students came forward to write their words of appreciation in the AVEC log book:
“A very enriching, refreshing and rejuvenating talk by Fr. Glenn.
Thank you for your help” – Pratik Devnani
“I felt very nice. I felt very
good and it touched my heart. I want you , if you can, to keep this type of session
every year” - Shubham Kalpande X-B
“Father Glenford’s session was
very spiritual. I have no words... I liked it and will improve my life from it.
Thank you Father.” – Mahesh Solanki X-B
“Truly awesome session” - Ambrosh X-B
“Awesome. Once more!” - Delvin X-B
Keep up the good work.
Astonishing” - Dipen X-B
“The session was super cool.
Awesome” – Jitto X-B
“Father I have been inspired from
you. I will improve my life. Thank you Father” – Ebrahim X – B
“It was an inspiring day. Thank
you Father Glenn for making a difference in my life. It was awesome” – Jordan X-B
“It was an awesome session. I
would like to encourage everyone to come and see what the Lord is doing here” -
X - B
“You opened the door of my life. Thank you very much” –Disha Ravindra Lal X-B
“I felt my life come before me like a dream” – Mohsin X – B
“The session was very motivating and inspiring, also it gave us all a moment to ponder and reflect upon our lives” –Lizelle X-A
“A great, inspiring session. Thank you Father Glenn for motivating us and for inspiring us for our future” – Tijo Thomas X-A
Congratulations to all the students for taking the time today to reflect on their personal life and to make commitments to life a more purposeful and meaningful life always. Be blessed always!