ST. SEBASTIAN HIGH SCHOOL, CHEMBUR: STANDARD X VALUE ORIENTATION
August 8, 2012: At the invitation of Sr. Carmine D'Costa, Principal of St. Sebastian's High School, Chembur and the animating presence of Mrs. Manju Chhabra, Value Education Coordinator for the school, AVEC accepted a two session Value Education Orientation Program for Two Hundred and Fifty students of Standard Ten. After a brief introduction by Mrs. Manju, each of the two sessions began with a prayer song 'Sarvesham Swastir Bhavatu', to which the students prayerfully joined in.
Mr. Rochwyn Fernandes took the students through a fantasy meditation while assisting them to focus on their breath. The students took part in this session in a very serious manner. One could see the relaxed and calm faces after this brief meditation. Mr. Rochwyn Fernandes then took the time to say a few words about AVEC and then introduced Fr. Glenford Lowe to the students.
Fr. Glenn began his session by focusing on the need to have a direction in life that was guided by a 'Value Compass'. Only in the 'law of the jungle' does 'velocity' play a greater role that 'direction'. In life, direction is more important than velocity. "It is not how fast you run that matters, but whether you are in the right direction, that counts!" said Fr. Lowe. Meaning Questions are the key to living a significant life, not the survival questions that we daily ask. Live your life guided by a Value Compass! You will never get lost on the way.
Fr. Glenn inspired the two hundred and odd students with his creative style of presentations, his insightful and challenging life experiences and with quite moments for personal reflection. Numerous Values were taught through songs, personal testimonies, group interactions and personal insights and powerful video clippings. There never was a dull moment. The time looked too short for the entire session. Students were challenged to get M.A.D..Make A Difference!
“It was a wonderful session. We got to know the real truths of life and also received a lot of encouragement” – Rupal A. Kaldate X-A
"It was a very beautiful and encouraging session. I could learn something new and a way to live our life on Values. It made life for me an extreme change now. It made me extremely happy to learn new things from today's Value session. And the very best part of today's session was to think positive" - Gaurav Kamble X-D