DON BOSCO HIGH SCHOOL, MATUNGA: STD X B & E VALUE ORIENTATION
September 24, 2012: AVEC conducted another session for the students of Don Bosco High School, Matunga. Eighty four students from std X B & E participated in a two hour session that was conducted by Fr. Glenford Lowe. The theme for the day was: "Living Your Life by a Value Compass".
The session began with a Prayer Song "Saveshaam Swastir Bhavatu" that prayed for health, happiness, peace, abundance, and a host of other blessings for our daily journey. Fr. Glenford Lowe, Director of AVEC invited the students to focus on the way in which they respond to life's situations. "It is your 'Value Compass' that determines your direction in life. Without it, you may merely survive just another day with no real contribution to self, the world and God", he affirmed.
Through a lot of real life testimonies that included a video clip from a talk by Wayne Dyer on the inspiration of young 'Ryan's Well Foundation', an interview by Winfrey Oprah with Jacqui Subarido, the influence of Ms. Kia Scherr in promoting a 'Sacredness of Life' and the personal life testimony of Fr. Glenn's Kidney donation a little over a year ago, the students were challenged to look at their life and the Difference they make. No doubt, the video clips and testimonies were powerful enough to set the young minds thinking. "See things differently with a Value filter and then you will act differently too", said Fr. Glenn..
In the last part of the exercise, the students were invited to reflect on the way they Live their Life and on how they invest their time. Through various insights and reflections on their everyday life, the students were made to realize the importance of a sync with life and time. "Unless you invest your life on what is important, your life will always be shallow and insignificant'" he said. Change begins with self and resetting one's life or clock is the first step in the process of Making A Difference.
Many students then came forward to write their impressions of the program in the AVEC Log Book:
"A really amazing experience. We all learned new Values. It enhanced our life" Sanidhya Mathur
"A too good experience. We learnt a lot about our lives and the importance of Values and respect in our life" Jijo Cherian X-B
"It was really good. I am not lying!. I think from now I will change my life and become a better person" - Darren Nunes X-B
"Let's become MAD. Fr. Glenn it was an amazing session. You have brought about a lot of difference in our minds" Sahil Vasan X-E
"It was a great experience and it tells us how to fight our life and fulfill our dreams. Thank you Fr. Glenford for your remarkable teaching to us"- Pranay Panday X-B
"Provided w\us with a new perspective. Helped us reset our clock and life. Made us realize going MAD does make sense" - Jose J. Chiramel X- E
"Congrats to all the Std X B&E students of Don Bosco High School - Matunga for your active participation in the Value Education Program and my wish and prayer for each one of you is to make a significant contribution to the world, starting with a 'Better and Valued Self'. God bless you all as your draw closer to your National Board examinations" - Fr. Glenford Lowe