Saturday, 15 February 2014


February 14, 2014: A few days after their School Annual day, over 150 students of STD IX B/D/E of Don Bosco High School - Matunga, assembled for a Value Orientation program conducted by Fr. Glenford Lowe, Director AVEC and Mr. Rochwyn Fernandes, AVEC Project Coordinator. The theme for the day's orientation program was "Embrace Values: Enrich Lives". The session was for 90 minutes.
The session was highly interactive, insightful and full of everyday situations and examples of a student's life. The session began with a 26/11 episode and the Values that were lived out, by the employees at the prestigious Taj hotel, even in the face of immanent death and terror. "Attitude in life is more important that grades in school" was the clarion call. The students were given an opportunity to focus on their 'Attitudes in life and the values they embrace' in their everyday choices and options to live life meaningfully and purposefully.
The session focused on four major areas: The Present Now and the value of living the 'now' meaningfully, the 'PAST' gave an opportunity to revisit every experience in the spiral of their life, the 'FUTURE' and the value of constantly reorganizing and focusing on their call in life and finally a moment to look at their 'problems' and to 'write them on the sand' and walk free. The four sessions, presented clearly on a work sheet, gave the students ample time to soul search and look at their lives and to value it once again in all the aspects of 'Body-mind-heart-Soul-Earth'. The students were very frank and open in their sharing and very attentive all through the session.
At the end of the session, that seemed to pass by so quickly, a number of students came forward to write their comments in the AVEC appreciation log book:
"It was a very lovely session and was also very meaningful" -  Punit R. IX-C
"It was a nice session. It was nice to know how life should be and what are the changes we should make to improve a lot. Enjoyed the session" -
 "It helped us to visit our past and it was a very thought provoking one. I loved it and it helped us to be cheerful in life" -  Kunal Sheth IX C
"It was nice to recollect our past and I forgot all my stress. It was a nice experience" - Tanmay D IX-C
 "It was a very good session and experience with Father Glenn. We could be good in the future" -  Keith Clement and Shaun Naronha
"It was a pleasurable and unexpected visit to our past" - Bhavya Jain X-B
"It was a pleasant time spent with you Fr. Glenn. it will surely help me to improve in my life" - Harnainsingh  Singh IX
"It was indeed the best session I have ever attended. I will surely try to improve my life cycle" - Akashdeep Singh IX C

Congratulations to all the students who participated so attentively and took part in the entire 'Embrace Values: Enrich Lives' program and for making a commitment to live life on the Valued path.

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