October 17, 2012: After a
long break, AVEC once again began their animation of schools. Today, AVEC
organized Two Value Orientation Programs for over Three Hundred and Eighty five
Students of Std IX from Our Lady Of Nazareth High School, Bhyandar. Thanks to the Principal, Mrs. Castell who
took the time to get the program organized for her students. The Theme for the
Value Orientation Program was “Live Your Live by a Value Compass”.
Fernandes, AVEC Project Coordinator began the session with a Prayer Song, ‘Sarveshaam Swastir Bhavatu’ – imploring
God’s blessing of abundance, health, peace and life on one and all. This was
followed by a ‘fantasy meditation’ that invited the students to focus on their
breath of life and to calm down. The students really involved themselves fully
into this session. One could see a deep sense of seriousness and participation
in the meditation. Mr. Fernandes then introduced Fr. Glenford Lowe sdb to the
Lowe began by challenging the students to honestly look at their ‘Value
Compass’ of life.
“What gives you a meaning and sense of direction in your life?” he kept asking
the students. “Without a ‘Value Compass’
one can barely survive another day. Values give us the direction in life to
live beyond mere survival”. Through a number of personal examples and
testimonies, interactive discussions, insightful PowerPoint Presentations
coupled with heart rendering video clips, the students were challenged to look
at their life honestly and to ‘reconstruct their Value Compass’. “No matter how
broken your past life was or how battered, torn or abused... you can start
afresh. Today is an opportunity to begin anew. Let you choice be for Values”,
proposed TWELVE DIAMOND VALUES as a means to live life more meaningfully and
abundantly. He spoke on important Life Skill Values that are necessary and
important to get oneself MAD – Make A Difference! He focused on: the Need of
developing a ‘Winner’s Attitude’, to believe in the strength of Team,
Communicating Effectively our ‘Happy and Sad’ stories of life, Exuding
Confidence, Celebrating Creativity, Learning to Grow from Criticisms,
Motivating Self and Leading Others, Multitasking and Prioritizing One’s Time,
Being Truthful about Money, Seeing the Big Picture, Living a Balanced Life and
finally Living a Life of Abundance. The students responded with rapt attention
ended with a song ‘The Climb’ and a vote of thanks by two student representatives
Simren Gomes and Shrey Shoundik and a final word of appreciation by the
Principal herself. We owe a special word of thanks to Fr. Anslem, Manager of
the School for his kind hospitality and keen interest in the AVEC Program.
session, a number of students came forward to write their words of appreciation
in the AVEC Log book:
“It was one of
the most beautiful sessions I ever attended in my life. I assure you that I
will Make a Difference” - Simren Gomes IX
“We enjoyed the
session; It has given us good values for our life. God bless you and continue
the good work you are doing” – Rachel
and heart touching session” – Galvin
“It was pretty
fascinating and inspiring. Felt awesome and grateful to be taught some good
values about how to live our lives by a Value Compass. Thank you very much”- Raj Kotadia IX
“I enjoyed it
very much and liked the concept of M.A.D Make A Difference! And the Twelve
Values which reconstructs my Value Compass in life. I will do my best to follow
this concept. Thank you” - Rishabh Bansal
“I feel very
happy and enjoyed it. The session inspired me a lot. From this session I have
learnt a lot of values. I will never forget this session. Thank you.” – Akash Bajaj IX
“I enjoyed this
session and I like the concept of MAD too. Make A Difference. I will remember
the twelve Value Diamonds forever. Thank you Father very much” – Trisha Irani IX
powerful videos and songs too” – Alroy IX
“It was a great
session, by attending it I really felt good about it” – Rochelle IX
“Thanks a lot
father Glenn for giving us time and giving some good values. By attending this
session, I felt that there are many things in me that have to be changed” – Senjuriya IX
“It was a
wonderful session. It really brings a change in the life of the students” - Gauri
“Thanks a lot.
This session totally refreshed our soul
and mind too” - Katoiishka IX
“It was a great
session. We thank Fatehr Glenn and Mr. Fernandes for giving us their precious
time for us. We will surely Make a Difference in our lives” – Merle, Nicole, Nimisha IX
“It was a
wonderful session. It will surely give direction and a compass to see the
difference between right and wrong” – AparnaWagle
“I take this
opportunity to Thanks Mr. Rochwyn and Fr. Glenn for giving us their valuable
time and enlightening us on importance of values in our life with a very
resourceful audio visual presentations. We will imbibe these values in our
lives and and become responsible and resourceful citizens of India” - Shrey
Shoundik (Head Boy)
“Fr. Glenn and
Mr. Rochwyn, you both are a blessing wherever you go. Doing a great job of imbibing beautiful
values into our students. Thanking you to the fullest” – Ms. Trincia Fonseca (Asst. Teacher)
Congrats to one and all and we pray God's abundant blessings on each one of you. Live life by a value Compass - Fr. Glenford Lowe
DON BOSCO HIGH SCHOOL, MATUNGA - STD X D & E VALUE ORIENTATION PROGRAM
SEPTEMBER 28,2012: The final session for the students of Don Bosco High School, Matunga took place today for a little over a hundred students of STD X D & E. Mr. Rochwyn Fernandes and Fr. Glenford Lowe took the Value Orientation program. The theme for the day was 'Lead Your Life by a Value Compass'. The students were given a small orientation by Fr. Glenford at the start of the session to enable them to be more focused.
Mr. Rochwyn Fernandes began the session with a prayer song 'Sarveshvaam Swastir Bhavatu' and followed it with a brief fantasy meditation. In the course of the meditation, the students were guided to focus on their 'breath of life' and to relax and calm down. The students really took this session very seriously. He then introduced Fr. Lowe to the students. He challenged the students to 'look at what is really loving in life and do it' just like Fr. Glenn had so lovingly donated his kidney to another to save a life.
Fr. Glenn then took over the session with a PowerPoint presentation and through the use of very powerful video clips, true life stories of Kia Scherr, Ryan's Well Foundation and Jacquie Subarido, he invited the students to start living their life with a purpose and meaning. "Get MAD! Make A Difference", said Fr. Glenn. "Never say that your too young, or only just a fifteen year old... start resetting your life to make a significant contribution to the world and self", he affirmed. "Begin by loving yourself and be ready to live for what your stand in life, no matter what the cost", he added.
In the final exercise, he enabled the students to take the courage to reset their life or their clock. "Love what you do and do what you love, When you follow doing what is important in your life, your life takes on a different meaning ", he said. Most of the students took the time to honestly take responsibility for their life and time. At the end of the session, one could notice a new sense of purpose and an new sparkle in their eyes. They were ready to leave the hall now with a difference.
Mrs. Beatrice, the Supervisor of the School, personally sat through the entire session and took the opportunity to personally thank Fr. Glenford Lowe and Mr. Rochwyn for the six valuable sessions conducted for all their students of standard IX - X.
A few students took the time to write their personal words of appreciation in the AVEC log book:
"The era is changing... we are more sensitive than before. We need changers of masses to counsel not only the youth but also the leaders in general. Hence, I conclude with a sincere word of thanks!" - Shraiyash Oniyal X-D
"The session helped me discover the true Value of Myself. To reset my life based on what I love to do" -Abhijit S. Bhandarkar X
"After attending this session, I have been able to re-discover myself. The importance of studies was diminished from my life, but now, because of this session, I have again understood the importance of studies" - Saurabh Tawade X
"This is the best seminar that I have been in my entire fourteen and half years!" - Onassen D'Souza X-D
"Congratulations to all the students and my wish and prayer for all of you is that you become a 'Lighthouse' person, founded on solid Value based principles and ready to shed your light far and wide, beyond all horizons, and saving lives too. - Fr. Glenford Lowe
ST. JOSEPH'S HIGH SCHOOL, AGRIPADA: STD X - VALUE EDUCATION ORIENTATION
September 26,2012: At the invitation of the school Principal, Sr. Lovenia, the AVEC Team visited St. Joseph's High School, Agripada and animated a three and a half hour Value Education Orientation program for One Hundred and Sixty Five students of standard Ten. The theme for the program was 'Live Your Life by a Value Compass' and 'Reset your Life and Clock'. After a word of welcome by Sr. Lovenia, the session began with a prayer song 'Sarveshvaam Swastir Bhavatu'.
Mr. Rochwyn Fernandes took the time to introduce the students to a prayerful fantasy meditation that focused on one's breath and life. It really helped the students to relax and calm down too. He also introduced the activities of the AVEC and then introduced Fr. Glenford Lowe to the students. He also took the time to pick up a few quotes from Fr. Glenn's interview after he had donated his kidney to a fellow Salesian Priest.
Fr. Glenn Lowe divided the orientation in two sessions. The first session focused on the need to Reconstruct the Value Compass so as to give a new direction and purpose to one's life. Through a variety of teaching aids and personal testimonies and true life stories, he challenged the students to make a positive contribution to life and to society. Twelve Diamond Values were presented through various video clips, PowerPoint presentations, songs and time for personal and group interactions. The students were invited to look at life not as a 'race for survival' but as a 'realization for greater significance'.
In the latter half of the session, the students were invited to honestly look at the way they live their lives and on how they really invest their time. Through a very practical exercise, the students were invited to look at what is really important in their life that they were ready to live for, die for, stand for and fight for in life.They were then asked to plot out their normal clock map. "People who live significant lives are those who have the courage to align their 'life and their time'. The two have to sync or else your life and time will be fragmented, defocused and without purpose", he affirmed. Once you have the courage to reset your life and clock, then, change will begin and you can make a difference!
At the end of the session, two video songs 'Be the Best' and "go Light Your World' were played that brought the whole session to a climax. Student Prachi H. Kluthia X-B proposed the vote of thanks.
Many students came forward to write their appreciation in the AVEC Log book:
"He really made me M.A.D... Make A Difference!. The best guide I have met" Ansari Fazila X-A
"STD X is only a comma, not a full stop in the sentence of life. Fr. Glenn, you took away our burdens. We felt very happy when we heard that you were coming to our school once again. You have taught us something very valuable and we will never forget it even if we want too" - Rizpah R. Cardoza X-A Head Girl
"The session was really very rocking and valuable. Now, we can reset out life and life for others.. this is what Fr. Glenn taught us today. He really made us MAD - Make A Difference. Thanks a lot Father Glenn on behalf of std X-B" - Chowki Tejashwini X-B
"It really made us think of myself. I had really never thought of whats so important in my life and had never really spent time on it. Thanks a lot" - Aafreen Khan X-B
"I loved you session. I always wanted to attend such a session. Your session mane me think. It made a to change my thoughts, which would change my actions and life later, The message was great. I'd love to mention it to my friends and even on my blog. You inspired me a lot. Thanks for this session" - Hania Merchant X-C
"I already attended the last session for the Leaders. But this session really inspired me. After I came from my last session, I informed my friends about your session and they wanted to attend it too. Fr. Glenn really inspired us and is like a candle to light our life and give us a light for our path. We were informed about this session two months ago and we were looking forward to this day. Thanks for coming" - Afroz Partawala - Blue House Prefect X-C
"We are really thankful to you father Glenn, because you are the one who really helped us to find and give a direction to our life. Don't live because you are born, but be born to live anew, a message to be valued. You really made us MAD - To Make a Difference and Value Life. You have been a candle in our life to light the right path for us" - Prachi H.Kluthia X-B (Vote of Thanks)
"Congratulations to all the students of St. Joseph's High School, Agripada for your whole hearted cooperation all through this session and for the attentiveness and seriousness you took every point that was given this day. I pray God's blessings on you and on your future too. May the Lord bless your institution and its managements too. Live you life with passion, purpose and let your Value- Compass continue to direct you in life" - Fr. Glenford Lowe