Monday, 30 June 2014

St. Joseph's HIgh School - Juhu: Leadership Training

June 30, 2014
Thanks to Sr. Beena for her foresight in booking AVEC to conduct a full day's session for 72 leaders of the school. The session focused on the theme: "Leadershifts or Leadership". Fr. Glenford Lowe, Director AVEC animated the four hour session in the school auditorium this morning.
The young leaders were taken through a battery of interactive moments and though a very playful style, Fr. Glenn was able to draw the attention of the students to some very important Leadership principles and values necessary for everyday leaders. The students took part very actively all through and were able to derive the important elements for effective and fruitful leadership. With the help of simple bits of paper, balloons, strings, marbles, bouncing balls, pens and scrabble coins, the students were able to grap many essential qualities like: Self Awareness, Vision, Planning, Team Work, Creativity, Responsibility, Problem Solving, Time Management and Leaving a Significant Legacy.
 At the end of the session, the students came forward to write their comments in the AVEC log Book:
"It was a very good session and very enjoyable too. I have learnt many things from this session. thank you Fr. Glenn" - Mark
"It was very very good. It was nice and every bit of it was really enjoyable" -  Grayson
"A motivating session to be remembered though out my life, An inspiring Fr. Glenn motivated us. Thank you - Abhiraj Ayare
"It was a very great session. It changed all my views about leadership. Thanks a lot Fr. Glenn" - Absalom Creado
 "It was a very nice experience. By this session I changed my thinking of leadership. thank you Fr. Glenn" - Chris Gomes
 "It was a very superb session for all of us that made us learn something new about leadership. I would remember this session throughout my life. It has made me a good leader now and I hope I will be able to guide the students as a good leader from now. thank you so much" - Tanmay Jha

Congratulations to all the young leaders for your very active participation, cooperation and ability to pick up the many Leadershifts I challenged you today.
God bless you all and may your leadership qualities grow and develop always.


June 28, 2014
Over two hundred and sixty five Std XII students from Don Bosco Jr. College, Yerwada, Pune participated in a unique Value education Orientation program that was organized by AVEC - Mumbai. Fr. Lorenzo D'Souza, newly appointed Principal of the Jr. College welcomed the guests. He took the time to also educate the students on Don Bosco's Educational System and the role of religion in the institution. "Today, Value education is given the same importance", he added.
The students took part on the theme of the Orientation program : "My Life: A Valued Journey". The session began with an interfaith prayer song that invoked God's blessings for peace, good health, abundance,  and prosperity on all. The students were then thrown a set of questions that enabled to check on their daily decisions. "If your value compass is broken or traded for something else, today's session is an opportunity to reset your value compass and get back on the right track", he added.
The entire session was an eye opener to all the students. They were invited to 'listen Attentively' to the 'now moment' of their life in the four important dimensions of 'Body-Mind-Heart-Soul'. Fr. Glenn helped them to see their present life through a new perspective and challenged  them to rate their own life on a scale of 1-10. The second part of the session focused on connecting the dots of their life and to 'Revisit their past'. most of the students were really stumped! their past looked so distant and trying to pick up their significant experiences of life was not an easy exercise. In the latter half of the session, the students were invited to focus on the 'Wheel of their Life' and to 'reorganize their future". "Only you can make the decision to change and 'Make a Difference' by living a life of daily contribution" , he challenged them.
At the end of the two sessions, the vote of thanks was proposed by Mr. Leo DSouza and Ms. Vasuda Pai respectively. The students from all the three streams: Art, Science and Commerce really found the entire Orientation Program highly refreshing, motivating and also challenging too.
Many of them came forward to write their comments in teh AVEC log Book:
"Got something new to learn" -  Sarranum Sayyed
"After listening to the session by Fr. Glenn we got to change our life" -  Janet
"After this session by Fr, we felt inspired and we will 'surely let our light shine'
"Thank you Fr. Glenn for making me realize the importance of life" -  Felicia
"Your talk was fabulous and invoking. Thanks very much" - Calvin
"Your session was excellent. I loved it and I received a lot from it. I will surely live it all" -  Hitesh
 "It was like a mirror showing me what I was before, what I am now and what my future will be if I change" -  Brian Raj
"Thank you Fr. This will help me to live my life more better and recover from my failures" - Neha Tushmar
"I really felt very nice listening to your talk adn from today, i'll start obeying my parents" - Sandra Jerome
 "Good to listen to you Fr. Glenn" -  Vijaylakshmi V.R
"I liked the talk alot. It was very inspiring and got a lot to learn. I'll follow that was taught today and let my light shine" - Akshay Deshmukh
"It was really a very inspirational talk. I really loved it. long live people like you! God bless" -  Shahenaz Sultana
"I will always keep in mind how you inspired us all. I will come out with flying colors" -  Neha Sakat
"Thank you Fr. Glenn for giving us a bright way to live our life" -  Aishwarya Bhalerao
"It was very interesting and continue to work in the future too" -  
"I found it very helpful too"
Wonderful session. Really felt good!"
 "It was very useful for us all and to understand more about ourselves. It was really awesome" -
"Awesome session. Feeling good now" -
"Was really inspiring and wonderful too"
 "Had a great time. Realized my mistakes in the past"
"It was an inspiring session and wonderful. I learnt to much in such a short time"
 "This session gave me a very good message to choose and make right choices. Thank you"

Congratulations to all the students for your active participation and above all for your sense of discipline. I pray that many schools look up to you and follow up style of participation and discipline.
Thanks to the Management and staff of Don Bosco High school, Jr, College and College for making our stay a very comfortable one.


 DON BOSCO COLLEGE - YERWADA: Value Orientation 
June 27, 2014
For the first time, the students of Don Bosco College - Yerwada, had the privilege of having the AVEC team animate a value education orientation program in the evening. The students of the evening college participated very actively in the entire program. Fr. Lorenzo D'Souza, Principal of the College introduced Don Bosco's educational system and invited the students to see the importance of Value Education in this college, He introduced Mr. Rochwyn Fernandes and Fr. Glenn Lowe to them. 
The program began with a Prayer Song and an invitation to a fantasy meditation that enabled every student to calm down and to get in touch with their inner most self. The rhythmic breathing exercise and the accompany guidance by Mr. Fernandes enabled them to really calm down and to focus on the upcoming session too. He then introduced Fr. Glenn and the various activities being done by AVEC in the filed of Value Education.
 Fr. Glenn then took over, he focused on the theme 'My Life : A Valued Journey'. The entire session centered on four important dimensions of one's personal life; the present, the past, the future and the problems that accompany one's daily life. Working on the simple principle of 'Choice-Consequence', he guided the students to make right choices by ensuring that their life is directed by a Value Compass. The students were invited to listen attentively to their present lifestyle, and to acknowledge their past - however painful or joyful, and then to make personal decisions to reorganize their future.
The two hours were really worthwhile and every student took personal interest in this session. In spite of a busy working day and then to sit in an evening college is no easy task. But the students went beyond their daily schedule to accommodate this orientation program.
Ms. Pearl Fernandes proposed the vote of thanks on behalf of the students. At the end, a number of students came forward to write their comments in the AVEC log book:
"It was nice and a very good experience" -  Namita Francis
"Made a real difference in us by your talk. Thank you Fr. Glenn" -  Alfiya Shaikh
 "Thank you so much Fr. Glenn for your words of encouragement to us to improve our life" -  Babli Chahar
"Wonderful session and yes, I will get M.A.D"  Kajal R. Pillay
"Today we have learnt that we need to arise form the past life and make a difference in our future" -  Salve Lavina
 "Thank you Fr. Glenn for giving us and teaching us wonderful thoughts on Values of life and the knowledge to improve by learning to make a difference" -  Melvina Lobo
"I wanna thank Fr. Glenn for helping me to know about my life and my deeds and to know the meaning of the word 'Difference' -  Brillius Sahayarajan
 "Thank you for your words were more than true" -  Pralik Pandit
 "You were the source of inspiration. Today, I learnt to see myself well and learnt to reorganize my life through the wheel of life. I learnt how to set a good future" -  Shivraj Pujari
"Really was a motivational session. Will definitely help to make a difference. Thank you"  Mickson Nathan
 "Wonderful session. Would like to have you more often" -  Anosh Joseph
"Helpful for life change" -  Nikhil Inaniya
 "Thank you for your wonderful session. Definitely will make a difference in our life" -  Suraj Makse

Thanks to Fr. Lorenzo, Mr. Leo and Ms. Pearl for making the necessary arrangements to conduct this Value Orientation program for the students of the evening college.
God bless you work in the field of educating the young! 


June 27, 2014
After a number of years, the students of Don Bosco High School - Yerwada were fortunate to have a Value Education Orientation program conducted by AVEC. Thanks to Fr. Donald Fernandes, the former principal for an early booking. Mr. Rochwyn Fernandes and Fr. Glenford were warmly welcomed by Fr. Lorenzo DSouza sdb, Principal of the school. A prayer song put the students into the right frame of mind right at the start. Two hundred and seventy students of STDs IX-X took part in the Value education orientation program.
 Fr. Glenn Lowe, began his session with a call to have a 'perspective change and to get M.A.D'. His session, 'My Life: A Valued Journey' focused on twelve important values to live life meaningfully and in the process, Making a Difference! The personal testimonies of Kia Scherr, Ryan Hreljac, Malala Yousafazai and Fr. Glenn himself were truly inspiring and challenging. "In a world of today, when Hollywood and Bollywood present a negative set of values, it is important to be guided by a Value Compass", he said. He challenged the students to look at 12 important values to get on to the right direction in life.
With the help of a PowerPoint presentation, a lot of deep insights, personal examples and various moments of 'choices and consequences', the students were able to set their gaze on the importance of living a Value based life. The students were invited to look at their everyday life and to focus on the need to have a winner's attitude in life, to work as a TEAM, to focus on communicating their 'inner life'. to work on creative energies, to see the bigger picture, to be truthful with money, to live balanced life and to have an abundance mentality.
 At the end of the session, a number of students came forward to write their comments in the AVEC log book:
"First and foremost, I would like to thank Fr. Glenn for conducting this beautiful session. It was very inspiring and it motivated me to think over it and made me feel the need to Make a Difference. I first need to start with myself" -  Simran Tadke IX - B
 "We are thankful to Fr. Glenn for giving us this innovative lecture. This session must have changed the mindsets of students and very soon the change can be seen . We have learnt to live our life to the fullest. The line by Malala, 'one child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world' inspired me the most" -  Harshal Jorwekar X-B
 "Thank you Fr. Glenford for your wonderful session. It was extremely inspiring and I shall remember it for my life time. "In life, Direction is more important than Velocity', is the quote that really motivated me and inspired too. It took me to a direction in life and to live and let live to the fullest, making use of all creative and innovative skills. This session is the one which molded me and also created a sense of awareness into me" -  Shraddha Kadgi X-A
"The session was indeed an inspiring session for all the students. We think that Fr. Glenn who gave us really very inspiring values of life which are essential to today's generation. You gave us a message of being M.A.D which can lead us to a better future. It enriched us with all motivating values. thank you once again" -  Neha Rewane IX-A

On a very personal note, I have been taking sessions for the last five years, spoken to over 20, 000 students, but I must confess, that this was the most disciplined class I have ever come across. I was also very impressed by the quality of good handwriting among the students. Congratulations and may God bless you all in every endeavor you take to make this world a better place - Fr. Glenn Lowe