ST. AGNES HIGH SCHOOL & Jr. COLLEGE - BYCULLA: STUDENTS' ORIENTATION
August 4- 5, 2014
Over two day and four sessions, AVEC animated over 800 students from STD VIII - XIII, for St. Agnes High School and Jr. College. the theme for the Value orientation program was "My Life: A Valued Journey". Sr. Louisa, Principal of the School and Jr. College introduced the two guest speakers. In-spite of their examinations, the students participated in the entire session whole heartedly. The heavy rains too did not dampen their spirits.
The sessions began with a prayer song that set a spiritual tone to the entire program. A meditation, animated by Mr. Rochwyn Fernandes, enabled the students to calm down and to relax. He invited them to exhale all that was negative and toxic and to inhale everything that was wholesome and good. He also introduced Fr. Glenn and the many activities done by AVEC.
Fr. Glenn's session focused on the need and importance to 'choose the higher value'. Society cheats us many times by presenting 'lesser values' as attractive and important. "Until and unless you are guided by a value Compass, you will fall into the trap of choosing the lesser value", he said. With the use of powerful clips from YouTube, like 'Two plus Two equals Five', the 'Little acts of Kindness' and the TOI Advertisement 'Mumbai for Women' were powerful starters to set their minds thinking differently.
The students of STD IX, X and Jr. College took the time to focus on their present 'Now moment' and to listen attentively to their inner voice, the 'Spiral of Life' exercise enabled them to revisit their past - an exercise that really helped them connect with important moments in their life, and finally the 'Wheel of Life' exercise enabled them to reorganize their future. 'Identifying their problems in life' was the final aspect that was talked about. The entire exercise was an eye opener and a real soul searching moment for many. the numerous examples and personal testimonies of Fr. Glenn also inspired the students. On behalf of Std X, school head girl, Annalize Dias proposed the vote of thanks. Ms. Suma proposed the same for the students of Std IX.
The students of STD VIII reflected on 'Diamond Values for the Journey'. The use of many video clips and a well presented Power Point presentation challenged them too. The life stories of Malala Yousafzai and Immacule Ilibagiza were inspiring true life stories that challenged the students to choose the higher values in life. "You have one life to live, live it along the Valued path", he advised them.
"Thank you so much for an inspiring and interesting talk and for spending time with us" - Uzma Patni VIII -A
"Thank you Fr for your inspiring talk and we are sure that it will really help us in our future" - Kaizeene Modi VIII D
"Thank you for your precious time with us" - Archie Rathod VIII D
"Your words were very enhancing and thank you for your blessings. Lots of love" - Shraddha Menon VIII C
"There are some people in the world who get a chance to express their thoughts and many who don't get a chance. What should they do? What about them" - Janvi Kankaria VIII D
"Thank you Fr. Glenn, you taught us so much about how to gain victory in our personal life and be successful and thank you for letting us about all our wrong things we do in our life and for giving a solution. Thank you" - Gracia Jeyarajan VIII D
"Thank you Fr for giving us your inspiring words and I hope these talks have a good effect on our lives" - Maseera Merchant VIII B
"This session will really lead us to a very bright future. Thank you Fr so much" - Aleriya Namid VIII A
"Thank you Fr. Glenn for your inspiring words and for a valuable talk which will help us to be successful in our life" - Zaiba Patel VIII C
"Fr. Glenn your words of wisdom were really very helpful and thank you for letting the 'winner attitude' in us to rise up" - Aamena Baniyan VIII C
"I am very thankful to you Fr/. Glenn for guiding me. I hope I will always maintain a 'winners' attitude and not cry our of failure. Thank you" - Ms. Siddhi Samir Bhor VIII C
"Fr. we are very grateful to you as us have given us good values. We are sure we will inculcate these values in life. Thank you" - Lorna Bernard D'Souza XII Com
"Sorry to my valued life! I'll try to give my life wheel a better shape" - Mewawala Nida XI Com
"Thank you so much for your kind advises and I hope it will affect my way of living. And, I am disturbed" - Aleena Sayed XI Com
"Thanks a lot Fr. Glenn. It was a great time. We all are motivated by your speech. Hoping that you come back" - Saheba Merchant IX A
""You all were too great and you made us realize our weakness and gave us tips to overcome them" - Chelsea Edwinraaj IX B
"Thank you Fr. Glenn for such an inspiring talk and for enlightening our minds for a brighter future" - Numa IX A
God bless you all and keep you always along the Valued path in life.