Friday, 6 June 2014

St. Marys ICSE - Mazagaon: Teachers' Orientation

June 6, 2014:
AVEC began its first session for the new scholastic year 2014-15 at St. Mary’s ICSE, Mazagaon with a Teachers’ Orientation program. Sixty three teachers participated in the four-hour ‘Management By Values’ (MBV) program. Thanks to Fr. Kenny Misquitta, Principal of the school for his warm welcome and words of introduction
The session began with Mr. Rochwyn introducing Fr. Glenn Lowe, Director AVEC and briefing the participants on the various animating roles of AVEC to the schools affiliated to the ABE. A prayer song, ‘Sarveshaam, Swastir Bhavatu’, set the right tone to a day, that would be a moment of deep ‘soul searching’ for all. A small reflective awareness meditation animated by Mr. Fernandes, calmed the participants
 Fr. Glenn Lowe divided his session, “Management By Values’ (MBV) into three smaller reflective moments: the need to make Significant Qualitative Changes in life, the World and Attitudes of the Young, and the necessary Value Shifts to be made to lead a Significant life’. All through the sesion, Fr. Glenn touched on deep insights coupled with numerous life situations and examples. A PowerPoint presentation accompanied the interactive session.
 The participants were invited to look at their contribution as ‘educators of the young’ in a world that is slowly becoming value-less. “Young people are looking for ‘significant others’ in their lives and it is the teacher to who has to compete for that space. Otherwise, media would caputure that place and present values that are bound to destroy the lives and society as a large”, he affirmed.

 The value and power of ‘WORD’ was stressed upon. As teachers, we are dispensers of words… words reflect our values and our lifestyle. When we as teachers make te necessary value shifts in our life, our words also change! Change your words and change your world!  A

At the end of a four-hour long session, Mrs. Sharda Shukla proposed the vote of thanks

 Many of the teachers came forward to signup for the AVEC Value resources and the ‘Values for the Yatra’. A few participants also wrote their comments in the AVEC log book:

“Your insights into the mind of the students was an eyeopeneer. I hope it brings about a change in my outlook” – Anita Deshmukh

“Excellent and enriching session” -  Mr. Rushaad D
 “Thoughful, inspiring and grateful to you Fr. Glenn” – Fernandes
“Very enriching and informative. Helped us to give directions to ourselves and our students” –
“Thought-provoking, exzcellent, enriching and informative” – George Hilbert
“A very vibrant personality and an active approach towards his topics of discussion. Exemplary in execution of ideas, very expressive, innovative and productive…” R. Rodrigues
 “It was a beautiful session and I learnt so much. It was an inward journey which is much needed. Thank you and God Bless”- Priscilla Pereira
“It was a wonderful learning session which touched our heart and made us change our way of thinking by changing our ‘words’.” -  Ms. A. Ghogari
“Thank you for such a wonderful session of inspiring values and words. I will definitely shift towards significance. God bless you both.” – Sharda Shukla

“Thanks to the management and staff of St. Mary’s ICSE - Mazagaon for your whole hearted participation and desire to become ‘significant value-gurus’ in the lives of the young” – AVEC Team

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