Monday, 27 August 2018

Don Bosco International School

Don Bosco International School
session for students.

Fr. Leon conducted a half day session for the students of Don Bosco International School, Matunga.
The session began with leading the students into prayer and meditation to create a peaceful ambience.
After leading the students into prayer and meditation Fr. Leon helped the students put into perspective their lives. The session was organized and carried out keeping the youthfulness of the students in mind. Rather than having a monotonous, "keep listening" pattern, more games, activities giving out important life lessons where incorporated throughout the session.

The topics taken up in the session where few important life lessons, that would not just help them as youngsters but also as responsible adults. Important qualities like leadership skills, communication, hard work and self love were presented to them. The atmosphere was more of a bubbly and cheerful surrounding rather than, 'bored kids listening to a bored speaker.'

The response received by the young participants was overwhelming. The students also exchanged their views on the relevant topics.It was a great sight to see young minds wanting to learn more, to grow more and to do something for themselves and for the society. Thus, indicating that with these young and aspiring youngsters are future would may not be dull after all.

The students not only enjoyed themselves to the fullest but also took back home some valuable lessons that would definitely come handy throughout their lives.

The session was concluded with a short summary of the entire session followed by a vote of thanks by the principal. Thus, another day of learning through enjoyment came to an end.

Thursday, 23 August 2018

St. Agnes High School

St. Agnes High School, Byculla, Mumbai
Session for Students

Today, the 23rd of August 2018, Fr. Leon Rodrigues, sdb the Director of the AVEC and Mr. Rochwyn Fernandes conducted a students session in Byculla.

The session began with a meditation on being AWARE of oneself. The students were helped through activities to understand the meaning of time and management. Through group activities the students were helped to understand the meaning of planning and strategy in this their most important year STD X. They were made aware that through planning and strategy one can easily do well in their board exams.

Saturday, 17 March 2018

St. Thomas Academy, Goregaon

St. Thomas academy
Session for Teachers

Fr. Leon Rodrigues sdb, the director of AVEC, conducted a session for the teachers of  St. Thomas academy. 

When we work we need to do so in unison, understanding the ideals of the organisation where we toil; we need to respect it's culture and ethos. This session was about 'building a sense of belonging' among the teachers that work in the esteemed institute at St. Thomas Academy, Goregaon.

As the session began, Mr. Rochwyn Fernandes, firstly briefed the teachers on the purpose of the animation program and then invited the teachers to relax through an awareness-breathing exercise. Later Fr.Leon facilitated the teachers through an interactive session wherein through games and modules the teachers understood the importance of team work and group building. The teachers attended the session with a lot of seriousness and participated very attentively all through.

The session ended with a vote of thanks.

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

St. Mary's High School(S.S.C), Mazgaon

St. Mary's High School(S.S.C), Mazgaon
Session for Leaders

The Avec team organized a session for the Leaders of St. Mary's High School(S.S.C), Mazgaon.
The theme for the session was Leadership towards a better future.

Over the length of two powerful sessions Fr. Leon Rodrigues sdb and his team engaged the leaders of St. Mary's Mazgaon into helping them understand the nuances of leadership.

On the first day (28th Feb 2018) the session was on discovering oneself. A good leader is one who knows himself - his good and his not so good qualities. The students through games and modules were into understanding themselves better.

The second day (15th March 2018) saw the facilitator, Rev. Fr. Leon, speak about Steven Covey's 7 habits for highly effective people. He helped the students understand that leaders use these 7 principles in their daily dealings and that these principles are a pathway to success.

The two days of learning ended with a short vote of thanks.

Monday, 26 February 2018

St. Charles High School, Vakola

St. Charles High School, Vakola
Session for students

Fr. Leon Rodrigues, the director of the AVEC, conducted a two day value orientation session for the students of Std VIII of St. Charles High School, Vakola. The theme for the session was Love and Relationships

The session began with a short prayer service followed by a short meditation. Later Fr. Leon spoke on what it means to be in a relationship. He started his session by highlighting to the students that one needs to focus more on one's heart rather than one's body in order to be truly successful in life. He helped the students understand their true worth by stressing the importance of talents and the proper utilization of these God given gifts. Then he delved into the topic of Love and relationships. There were various activities also organized for the students in between the sessions. The students enjoyed the session thoroughly. Ms. Pearl D'Souza also one of the spoke persons for the sessions. 

The session ended with a short vote of thanks.

Saturday, 24 February 2018

St. Mary Immaculate School, Kalina

St. Mary Immaculate School, Kalina
Retreat for Catholic Students

Fr. Leon organized a Lenten Retreat for the Christian students of St. Mary Immaculate Girl's School, Kalina. The topic for the session was 'God's Love is so wonderful'.

The session began with a brief introduction and a prayer song that invited all the students to participate in praying for God's abundant blessings. A very youthful and colorful PowerPoint presentation was shown to the students which helped them understand the true meaning of Lent. Videos and games were organised to help the students understand the Lenten message. The 79 girls truly enjoyed themselves while learning a lot about their faith. They learnt that they are called to come into a deeper relationship with their God this Lent.

The session ended with Holy Eucharist. As mass ended many students came forward to express their sentiments of gratitude for a session well conducted.

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Loreto Convent School, Chembur

Loreto Convent School, Chembur
Retreat for Christian Students

Fr. Leon Rodrigues sdb conducted a Retreat entitled 'Friendship with God during the season of Lent' for the students of Loreto Convent School, Chembur.

Mr. Rochwyn Fernandes, AVEC Project Coordinator, began the session with a short prayer service wherein he helped the students to get in touch with their inner beings. He helped them concentrate on their 'breathe' so that they understood that God gives them his grace everyday of their lives.Thereafter Fr. Leon began his session.

Through an attractive and colourful powerpoint, games and different modules he helped the students understand that God is their special friend who wants to come into their hearts this season of Lent. He wants to be their special friend. The session was very interactive and fun-filled.

The session was very interactive and it was concluded by a vote of thanks.