Thursday, 7 December 2017

Don Bosco High School, Borivili

Don Bosco High School, Borivili
Session for Students 

Fr. Leon Rodrigues was invited by the principal of Don Bosco High School, Borivli, Rev. Fr. Flovi D'Souza to conduct a session for the students of Std IX and X on Personality Development.

Mr. Rochwyn, the co-ordinator of the AVEC, started the proceedings by conducting a meditation for the students wherein he invited the students to get in touch with their inner-selves. He asked the students to concentrate on their God-given gifts and the most important of them all - their breathe.

Fr. Leon then continued with the session as he helped the students understand that in today's competitive world what is important is not the outer body but the inner self. Through varied games and modules he helped the students understand that today's need is to develop a heart capable for success.

The students enjoyed the session a lot and they were able to understand the importance of the points put forth.

The session ended with a vote of Thanks.

Monday, 13 November 2017

St. Joseph's Convent, Vile Parle

St. Joseph's Convent, Vile Parle
Students' Session

Fr. Leon Rodrigues sdb conducted Value-Ed sessions for all the students of Std IV of St Joseph's Convent, Vile Parle over three sessions. The sessions were conducted on various value laden topics like choosing a life of value, the importance of the heart full of values, Respect for the other, importance of a life full of love, Direction in life.

The students truly enjoyed the sessions, they enjoyed the games which are truly a part of the sessions.  The students actively participated in the activities that were conducted with a deep sense of seriousness.

We thank the principal of St Joseph's Convent, Vile Parle Sr. Amala for organizing the sessions for her students.

Monday, 16 October 2017

Nirmala Niketan College, Churchgate

Nirmala Niketan College, Churchgate
Session for Students

Fr. Leon Rodrigues along with Fr. McEnroe Lopes conducted a session for the students of Nirmala Niketan College.

The session started by a short prayer service which helped one and all to get in touch with their inner selves. This was a continuation of the session Fr. Leon had taken at the start of the year for the students. Frs. Leon and McEnroe continued to focus on leadership. The session was interactive with many games and fun filled activities. The students were helped to understand that a leader needed proper vision to guide his/her team, yet in-order to develop this vision, a fine-tuning of the heart needed to be achieved.

During the session some students came forward and shared their personal experiences.

The session ended with a vote of thanks.

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

St. Xavier's Fort

St. Xavier's Fort - 10th October 2017

Fr. Leon Rodrigues conducted a session for the teachers of St. Xavier's Fort, CST.
The teachers were invited to take a look on their role as educators. They were invited to forge ahead as makers of the future. They were called to change the collective thinking of their students. "Teachers", Fr. Leon said, "you can make a difference."

The teachers were invited to become aware of their children in class. They were invited not only to become educators but also develop a friendly rapport with their pupils. Following the principle of Don Bosco they were called to 'love what the children love so that the children would follow what they teach."

The teachers were made aware of the present scenario - the growing influence of Social Media on the student. They were told about the 'Blue Whale Syndrome' and how to tackle such a scenario.

All in all it was a very interactive session.

Saturday, 23 September 2017

Loretto Convent, Chembur - Parents Session

 Loretto Convent, Chembur
23rd September 2017

Fr. Leon Rodrigues sdb, the director of AVEC, was invited to take a session for the parents of the Pre-Primary section of Loretto Convent, Chembur on Positive Parenting.

Fr. Leon addressed the gathering on the topic ‘A-Z of Effective Parenting’. He began his talk by highlighting the fact that Parents have been given a great gift. They have been blessed with life and it is their responsibility to take great care of this life. One might think that parenting is easy yet it requires great effort because parenting to us human beings doesn’t come natural. We need to learn effective parenting’.

He helped the parents debunk certain myths about parenting and helped them establish the fact that their ultimate goal is to prepare their child to face the adult world. He highlighted that parents are called to be neither authoritarian nor permissive but ones who follow the mean – democratic who correct with love.

He ended his talk by asking parents to Accept their children, Be good role models, Communicate effectively with their children.

Fr. Leon Rodrigues was thanked for his wonderful insight. 

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

St. Xavier's High School, Vile Parle

St. Xavier's High School, Vile Parle 
 Students Session
19th September, 2017

AVEC organized a value education session on LIFE for the students of St. Xavier's High School, Vile Parle.

The session was conducted by Fr. Leon Rodrigues sdb who explained that many of life's failures are experienced by people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. Our lives 'begins to end' on the day we become silent about things that matter. The students also came forward and shared some of their personal life experiences of failures. Fr. Leon explained to the students that success in life is not possible without having a road-map. One needed to set a goal on where one needs to reach. He asked the students to set priorities before them so that they could do well in their Std X exams.

The students actively took part in this interactive session that helped them to look at life from a different perspective.

In the end they thanked Fr. Leon for the wonderful session.

Monday, 18 September 2017

St. Joseph's Convent, Vile Parle

St. Joseph's Convent, Vile Parle
June - October

Fr. Leon Rodrigues sdb conducted Value-ed sessions for all the students from Std V - Std X over an extended period of four months.
He took sessions on interesting topics like self-worth, life is precious, Heart values, direction in life, positive attitude.

Mr. Joshua D'Souza and Mr. Aditya Salunke, also helped out in animating the sessions.

Saturday, 16 September 2017

St. Peter's High School, Mazgoan

 St. Peter's High School, Mazgoan - 16th September
Fr. Leon Rodrigues conducted a session for the teachers of St. Peter’s Mazgoan.

The teachers were divided into groups in order to discuss the statement “I was born intelligent, education ruined me.” Was this a true? 

There was a split verdict on the validity and truthfulness of this statement but the larger question of whether we need to focus on the ‘curriculum’ or on the ‘holistic education of the child’ came to the fore.

Through a presentation Fr. Leon helped the teachers understand that our vocation as teachers was to help the young achieve an integrated life.

Fr. Leon then touched on the subject of the Blue Whale syndrome that was gripping our nation. He helped the teachers understand that today’s child is a NETIZEN (a citizen on the internet) and that inorder to reach to him/her we need to be physically present in the classroom and the educational environment. Love would bring about greater education than fear.

The session ended with everyone committing to making their classroom a better place.

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

St. Agnes Junior College, Byculla

St. Agnes Junior College, Byculla - 13th September

Mr. Rochwyn began the session by invoking the help of the Lord. He helped the children meditate through a breathing exercise.

Through fun, games and excitement Fr. Leon then began the session. He helped the students realize their inner worth. All are created in God’s likeness he said. With the help of the example of Nick Vujicic and Jiah Khan he helped the students understand that life is precious and that no matter we should never stop living.

During session no. 2 he made the students play the ‘one direction’ game. He told the students that all require a direction in life and that without direction life would be meaningless. He challenged the students to find their true north.