Tuesday, 12 July 2011

St. Anne's Fort VIII -X Value Orientation

July 12, 2011: St. Anne's, FORT - VIII - X Students Value Orientation Program:
Under the new leadership of Sr. Guilhermina Monterio, Principal of St. Anne's, the AVEC team were invited to take a Value Orientation Program for 203 Students from Std. VIII - Std. X. On behalf of the school management, Ms. Tessy, Value Education Coordinator, welcome Fr. Glenford Lowe to the school.
Fr. Glenford began the session with a motivation song, "Be Your Best". A prayer invoking the blessings on God was then made.

The main Value Education session began with a poem written by Jonathan Reid, 'LOST GENERATION'. The poem at first, seems to be very negative and pessimistic about today's young generation. When read in reverse, the entire poem makes a world of a difference; very positive and encouraging. Fr. Glenn used this poem as a challenge to young people to turn their perception of the world and life upside down and to stop living lives of mediocrity.

Fr. Glenn,  in a very creative and humorous way, enlightened the students to start living 'Diamond Lives' and to discover the Diamond Values in life. Turning your 'Lost Generation' world into something significant needs a lot of refocusing to do.Unless one's life is based on strong values, one will be lost forever! The Twelve Diamond Values were then explained to the students. Through the use of a number of small, yet meaningful, examples and stories and visuals, the students were able to understand the importance of being Value based in everything.

The session ended with the screening of two inspiring songs, 'Tell Me WHY?' and 'The CLIMB'. At the end of the session, a number of students came forward to write their impressions of the day's program in the AVEC Appreciation log book. Some of their comments are here below:

It was an awesome talk. I loved the talk by Father Glenn. It’s going to help me a lot and teach me how to forgive and love more than ever. - Ria Master- Std. VIII


We felt really enlightened and we realized the importance of having an open mind.  Rewa Raykar VIII A

It was a very necessary talk for each one of us to find that beautiful person within us. Sometimes we fear to show our love and affection because we fear rejection but this helped us. It taught us the rule of love; to give your 100% and expect 0% in return. Thank you Fr. Glenn. Ayesha Khan: VIII- A

It was a really enlightening and inspiring value education session. - Saloni Gopani,  IX

It was truly a very inspiring talk. It has inspired all of us to acquire the values of a diamond and to be the future generation. Drishti Bhatt

The session was extremely enjoyable and taught us to be better students and people. It taught us to set our goals straight and was a nice revision of the session that we had two years ago. Your teachings like ‘Imitation is Limitation’ and ‘if you perceive, you change our title of being a lost generation’. A heartfelt Thank You to you. IX A

 It was an extremely interactive session and it inspired us to tap our inner potential. It helped us to channel our energy and goals in the right direction. Fr. Glenn gave us 12 values that will definitely help us to go ahead in life. X- B     

All the values necessary for turning a small diamond into a well shaped jewel were given. I wish we turn out well shaped and beautiful. - Parina Gada: VIII- A

The values that we have learnt today will help us in our daily lives. This session will surely be an awakening to our young hearts. May your blessings shower on us forever. - Janhavi Laud, VIII- B

Special thanks to Sr. Guilhermina, Sr. Simplifer, Ms. Tessy and Ms. Neeru for organizing this Value Education Orientation program for the students.

Saturday, 9 July 2011

Our Lady Of Good Counsel SION

July 9, 2011: Leadership Training for School Prefects of OLGC - SION 

Today was a very special day for Eighty Seven Leaders of Our Lady of Good Counsel, Sion. Thanks to the school management, Fr. Carlos the Principal, Bro. Jerome and the two teachers Mrs. Margaret Pinto and Mrs. Margaret D'Souza for planning a program like this at the Royal Gardens Resort, Vasai. After a very comfortable bus ride and a tasty hot breakfast, the students gathered in the air conditioned hall for their three hour session on Leadership.

Fr. Glenford Lowe, immediately in his usual charismatic style had the students all ears to his challenging  insights and practical sessions. He started by a small video clip, a prayer song to invoke God's blessing on the day. "I am here to upset your world and help you to recreate a better one", he said. Using the presentation, "Youth - a Lost Generation" as a starter, he challenged the students to begin to reverse life's situations and make something beautiful out of it. To do so, one had to create a better self first. The first session was fully centered on "Creating a Better Self". Good leaders first win themselves, and then only have the power to win others.

The second session was a very lively and entertaining one, and yet power packed with deep insights to become better leaders. Through various exercises and group work, Fr. Glenford Lowe touched on important questions that leaders need to ask along the way: Who am I? (self awareness), Where do I want to go from here? (Vision & Mission), How do I go from here? (Planning), Who goes with Me? (Team Work), How can I do things differently? (Creativity), When do I need to do it? (Time Management), How do I delegate responsibly? (Delegation and Communication) and finally, How do I sharpen the Saw? (Self renewal).

The three hours were truly power packed and the entire student leaders would testify that this was an enriching experience. Through fun and sharing, active participation and personal reflection, the students were able to believe in the task given to them and to responsibly lead the school during this new scholastic year 2011-12.


Given below re some of the comments by the Student Leaders of OLGC:

Value yourself and life the most. There is a saying, ‘I pointed my finger to the stars and all that you saw was the tip of my finger’. We had a wonderful experience today and I will implement them in our lives to become good and better leaders.  Manalee Das – School Captain of OLGC

Leadership is in knowing what direction to run. We should first value ourselves. It was a rejuvenating experience and I will always remember that the first and most important victory is ‘personal victory’.  Suthir Nadar – Head Boy of OLGC

“A leader is one who knows the way, shows the way and goes the way.” Be your best friend… and invest time on yourself. I had a good experience. Shakala Sane – Head Girl of OLGC

“ A man must be big enough to admit his mistakes, smart enough to profit from them and strong enough to correct them,” I have learned that ‘Winners never quit and quitters never win’. It was an excellent leadership experience. Suraj Shetty – Blue House Captain OLGC

Don’t be disappointed if the world refuses to help you. Remember the words of Einstein,  “I am thankful to all those who said NO: It’s because of them I did.” Crazy people make history, and normal people read history. I have learnt to synchronize my gift of my Life and my time.  Prachi Metha – Yellow house Captain OLGC

Remember to Be SMART: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Time-bound. I had a wonderful experience and learnt to treat myself very valuable and important. ­ Reemal Vaz – Green House Captain OLGC

“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.” I have learnt that successful people don’t do different things, they do things differently. ­Felix Jeyraj – Red House Captain OLGC

Thanks to the organizers and the Management for this wonderful experience.
God bless you all and wish you every success.

Sunday, 3 July 2011

Lesson Plan COLOUR

Archdiocesan Value Education Centre (AVEC MUMBAI) Resources:
To view or upload the Diamond Value Lesson Plan COLOUR
please click on the link given below