Friday, 29 June 2012

June 28-29, 2012: Seven Hundred and Twenty students from STD VII-X, of Duruelo Convent High School, participated in a Value Education Orientation program that was conducted by Fr. Glenn Lowe and Mr. Rochwyn Fernandes. Sr. Zarina, Principal of the school welcomed the guest speakers. In all four sessions were conducted for the students. The theme for the Value based sessions was: “Resetting Your Life and Your Clock by a Value Compass”

 The sessions began with a prayer song ‘Dil Ke Mandir Mei’, followed by a reflective fantasy meditation that focused on the power of one’s breath. Mr. Rochwyn Fernandes took this part of the session. Fr. Glenford Lowe, then through the use of several reflective video clips brought home the importance of ‘Oneself: I am Loved and Valued’ and the importance of ‘Making a Difference’ through a Value based life. Taking Twelve Value Skills in life, one can make a meaningful and significant life too. 
 “No matter what your past has been, you can start afresh NOW”, was the motivating message that the students kept hearing. The response of the students was excellent all through. They were highly receptive, attentive and participative too.
 On behalf of Standard VII, Elvira L. Macwan proposed the vote of thanks. Shivani Rao from STD VIII gave the vote of thanks on behalf of her class. Stuti Parmar gave the vote of thanks on behalf of STD X.

The following were comments written by the students in the AVEC log book:

“It was very nice and it taught us nice values. I liked it very much” Nerisa Silveira VII - A
 “It was a wonderful and meaningful session. I liked it very much” Elvira Macwan VII – C

“It was very nice that we got the values from which we achieve our goals. I would really like to attend this session again” Afiya Ali VII – B

“It was very useful to us. The thoughts were very powerful” Aqsa Sheikh VII – A
 “It was a memorable and wonderful session at the start of the academic year. It was superb and I liked it very much”  Aisha Merchant VII – C

“I am very thankful to you Father that you came to our school and for showing us such wonderful and motivating videos and songs. I am sure that I am going to share this day with my friends too. Thank you father” More Mansi VII – B
 “It was a session which will help is to become a real good person. Thank you”  Grizel VIII – B

“I learned from this session how we should live a better life. Thank you” Shakambhari Mishra VIII – B

“We’ve learned a lot of things. It was sensational, emotional and heart touching. I surely know that it will change our lives for the better” ­Malaika Dhamdhere VIII – C
 “I have learnt that all BLOOM where they are planted” Benaifer Nunes VIII – C

“This session was very interesting. We will surely put into use some of the tips and values that you showed us”  Shivani Rao VIII – A
 “After observing this session, I observe and experience that whether we loose of gain, don’t’ give up. Try harder until we succeed” Zainab Ansari VIII – A

“I felt very nice. I learned that I am spending my time on unnecessary things and I learned that I will use the gift of time well”  Michelle DSouza IX C
 “I learnt a lot of things from Father Glenn, especially, the importance of time and life. Values are necessary and important. I learnt that everyone is also special and important as I am too”  Afreen Khan IX C

“I learnt many things about life today which I didn’t even think of before. Life is wonderful to live. So, I would like to say thank you for this to Fr. Glenford” Kshitija Knetle IX – B
 “I learnt a lot of things today which will break many habits and change my life and my friends too. The way you explained things to me made it easy to understand. I liked the way you made us understand important values. I really thank Fr. Glenn and Mr. Rochwyn Fernandes. I assure you that my class and I will live these values too.” Tanishka Shetty IX – B
 “I am very impressed by this Value session. I will try to now use my time and life as you challenged us to. Thank you for this session. I loved it. Thank you Fr. Glenford”  Shaista Shaikh IX – A

“I personally felt that this session was very nice. I learnt many things and I will make use of these values in my life. I am very special to myself. Thank you Father Glenn” Farheen IX - A
 “I am encouraged by this program on Values. I promise that I will live and love myself and treat myself as Important. Thank you”  Alshifa Sayed X – C

“ I am very inspired by whatever is told. I take a promise to fulfill whatever I have written. Thank you father for inspiring and conducting this session” ­ Valeria Fernandes X – C
 “Proud! Feeling lucky for myself to be a part of this Orientation. It is a great feeling. I learned to be myself and to care for myself a lot more. Thanks to Fr. Glenn” ­ Bhaldar Shagufta X – A

“Whatever I say, today I have discovered myself and will always be trying my level best to remain myself with values and remember the statement “I am Loved and Valued – Be the Best” my whole life. Thank you” – Saika Baig X – A
 “I am very happy for all the knowledge and insights that you provided. We are very proud and we all feel very lucky. We are sure that we are going to emulate these values in life” -  Mubashirin Sayed X – B

“I have not much to say, but I will say that today I got to know the value of my life. This seminar was the first and best seminar I ever attended. Thank you!” Shadma Qureshi X - B

AVEC wishes to place on record the enthusiasm and attentiveness with which the students took part in the Value Orientation program. Congratulations and we pray God's Blessings on you, your school and on your final exams.

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

June 27, 2012: Ninety eight students of Standard X from Mount Mary's High School, Bandra took part today in a five-hour Value Education Orientation Program that was conducted by Fr. Glenn Lowe and Mr. Rochwyn Fernandes. Sr. Stella John, Principal of the school, welcomed the speakers and invited the students to make the best use of the privilege given to them through this Value Orientation Day.
 Mr. Rochwyn Fernandes started the program with a prayer song 'Dil Ke Mandir Mei'. Through a Value based story, he invited the students to seek happiness from 'within oneself' rather than from external riches and pleasures. The students were then taken through a prayerful silence and a fantasy meditation that helped them to focus and relax.The introduced Fr. Glenn to the students.
The next four and a half hours were moments for deep personal reflection and introspection. The video clip on the life of Jackie Subarido was truly inspiring and challenging. They took the time to reflect on their 'NOW' Moment, their 'PAST' Memories and their 'FUTURE' Dreams. Through a paper exercise, the students were able to look at life as an adventure in which 'Direction' was more important that 'Velocity'. "In an instant, life changes everything, and we have to be responsible for the choices we make", Fr. Glenn quoted. "Let your past remain your past and let your future continue to inspire you", he continued.
The students then took a reflective moment, while going though the 'RIVER ME' meditation and taking the time to raise a prayer of thanksgiving or to make a prayer of forgiveness. It was really nice to see these young students take this session very seriously, making personal notes and reflecting on their journey of life.
 After the break, Fr. Lowe took the time to explain to the students 12 important Value based Life skills that would enable them to live life 'Queensize'. Through a PowerPoint presentation blended with a lot of   video clips and thought provoking exercises, the students were challenged to add greater meaning and significance to their daily lives. The session ended with the students watching the interview of Fr, Glenn that was given a few days after his kidney donation.  
 At the end of the sessions, the vote of thanks was made by Ms. Nikita.

The following were comments made by students in the AVEC log book:

"On behalf of all the students, I would like to thank you for this beautiful session you had for us. We learnt a lot, though fun too,about how we can use our lives in a useful way. No words would say it all how grateful we are!" - Divya Chawda X
 "Thank you Father for joining us and giving your precious time for us and off course for the good and precious values you taught us. We will never forget this throughout our life." -  Naseha Farooqui & Mariya Shaikh (std X)
 "Thank you father for coming and giving us more knowledge for our life" - Alicia & Nikita Francis
 "From the students of STD X-A of Mt. Mary;s Convent High School, Bandra, we would always like to thank Fr. Glenford and Mr. Rochwyn Fernandes for joining us on June 27, 2012 for this Value Orientation Program. We learnt a lot though fun and personal reflections... Hope you too enjoyed being here with us. We learnt many good values, thoughts and stories. We will always remember to have 'fun' and avoid 'fooling' around. Thank you once again." - Drishti Chawda
 "Thank you Father Glenn for spending your precious time with us and teaching us valuable things hat will help us in our future" - Namrah K, Alvina Khan, Shweta Singh

AVEC wishes to place on record the active involvement and participation of the entire class all through the five hour program. They were highly disciplined,and focus all though the session. CONGRATULATIONS and we assure you of our prayers and best wishes for your final year in school.