Wednesday, August 16, 2017


by Mehtab Shinde 


PUNE, AUG 16, 2017: The staff and students of Don Bosco High School, Pune used skits and dances to mark the 70th year of India's Independence on August 15.


Father Michael Bansode, the Rector, was the chief guest and hoisted the National Flag, while the National anthem was sung. Sai Sonawane, a student of standard eight, then delivered the Independence Day speech. Ranraj Kaur, a teacher, from Junior college, melodiously sung "Ae mere watan ke logon..." evoking sentiments towards the Indian soldiers.


Students of standard eight portrayed the contrasting picture of our nation in their skit, which left the audience thinking whether we are truly free. Equally spectacular was the theme-dance by the students that depicted the execution of our freedom fighters.  


"Most of the things that we have seen today are under the title of sacrifice that speaks about our freedom struggle as well. Independence being the fundamental right of every nation, calls for the use of it in the right spirit.  We need to emulate Mahatma Gandhi  as our role model.  We need to uphold the spirit of secularism and respect the preamble of our constitution," Father Bansode said. 


"It was so mesmerising.  For an instance I felt I am actually in the era of Independence. My eyes were welled up," Nayan Rathod, a student of standard 12, said.


by Andrea Gonsalves


MUMBAI, AUG 16, 2017: Students and staff of St. Dominic Savio School, Andheri reflected on the words of Harivanch Bhacchan in his poem entitled, 'Himmath karne valo ki har nahi hoti' during a special assembly marking India's 70th Independence Day on August 15.


Father Brian Moras, the rector and manager of the institution, urged the gathering to listen attentively to the poem in a bid to draw inspiration to reach for greater heights. Alumni, who have achieved success and bought laurels to the institution, were honoured during the course of the assembly.


The parents of Harsh Agarwal – the school topper with 94.4 per cent in the state examinations - were the Guests of Honour and were present alongside Father Moras, Valerie Mascarenhas, the principal, Vice Rector and Administrator Father Shekar Mariadas and Father Mylin Noronha, the vice principal. 


Father Moras hoisted the National flag, while a group of students sang the National Anthem. Father Moras then lauded Agarwal for his accomplishment. "We have decided to felicitate Harsh Agarwal and his dear parents, to show that hard work, sincerity of purpose and the willingness to sacrifice can bear fruit."


"We also felicitate our under 14 football team which were the runners-up in the Subrato Cup football tournament zonal level and the boys who won Tai Chi Event -9th All India Suburban Sub Junior/junior Wu shu Championship, 2017 for their accomplishments."


Mascarenhas and Father Moras honoured the Under-14 football team and coaches Dayanand, Sachin and Tai Chi competitors. Shubham Herale, a current student, then addressed the gathering in Hindi on the issue of corruption, crime and public lynching.


Following the certificate presentation to Agarwal, his parents said, "It was an honour and privilege to be a part of the institution. Children are the focal point of a parent's life, but if there's anything that you can give your child it is time. Every child needs their parents presence, more than gifts."


"Apart from mastering academics, opportunities for adapting to debates, music, dance or sports should not be left unexplored as these are a method of self expression that leads to good communication skills, which lead them with flying colours at their work place."


by Cleric Agnel James 


MUMBAI, AUG 16, 2017: Boys from Shelter Don Bosco participated in a series of games, quizzes and slogan presentations as they brought an end to the month dedicated to Mother Mary on August 13.


The programme began with a Marian hymn and lighting of lamp by Father Pratap Damor and the captains of the four teams. Father Damor, in his address, told the boys that Mother Mary was taking the place of their mother at Shelter and hence they could turn to her in their times of difficulties.

A round of games, such as maze, decoder, word search and picture puzzles followed. The quiz rounds were unique since the questions were on different religions, which were dealt with during the Marian month. The teams then prepared lively slogans on their team names which they presented. 

Team Nehru, under the leadership of Yuvraj Pandey, won the Marian Nite with 450 points. "Our team is the best. Everyone cooperated and worked together as a team, hence we were able to win," Pandey said.


"The programme was very creative and lively, I liked it because children enjoyed it very much," added Father Damor.


by Cleric Justus Mendis


PUNE, AUG 16, 2017: Twenty-five youth from various Pune-based parishes, like Sacred Heart Church- Yerwada, Our Lady of Perpetual Help- Tadiwala, St. Anne's- Solapur Bazar and St. Ignatius Church- Khadki participated in the 'Dialogue Yatra', at Don Bosco Youth Centre in Pune (DBYC) on August 13.


The programme aimed at highlighting the importance of dialogue between diverse groups of people. Marina D'costa, from Mumbai, together with her co-hosts Jacinta David from Khadki and Salesian brothers Bryce Rodrigues and Justus Mendis from Koregaon Park in collaboration with St. Ignatius Church Youth Group, Khadki organised the event.


The yatra began at 11am on the walking plaza bridge of Yerwada, where the youth were briefed about the event. The participants were paired with buddies and given a bucket list to be fulfilled on the streets of Yerwada. The bucket list consisted of tasks like appreciating a person's work, knowing a rickshaw driver, singing a song on the street.


At 12.30pm, they gathered at DBYC and shared their experiences of intentionally making meaningful conversation with the local people of Yerwada. Participants were made aware of the struggles of people on the streets and also the joys and hopes with which they live their daily life.


D'costa, the host, at the end enlightened the group about the value of dialogue through meaningful conversations contrasting to the merely 'Hi-Bye' type of conversations in our families, neighbourhood, parishes and society at large. 


Father Derrick Coutinho, the youth in-charge of Khadki parish, lauded the creative effort of the youth and the team in building meaningful friendships through meaningful conversations.

Monday, August 14, 2017


by Barrington Serrao


MUMBAI, AUG 14, 2017: Don Bosco High School, Matunga, an institution traditionally known for its sporting prowess, lived up to its top billing with the school's under-14 and under-16 footballs team clinching major titles in the year.


In the Under-14 category, Don Bosco trumped Kolhapur, 1-0 in a closely-contested final to bag the Maharashtra state title in Balewadi, Pune on August 12. The win helped the team qualify for the Nationals to be played in Delhi in the coming month.


On August 8, the Under-16 team trounced Campion school, Colaba 3-0 to claim the MSSA Division 1 title at Cooperage stadium. The Under-16 'B' team beat St. Lawrence , Borivli, 2-1 to finish third in the MSSA Division 2 competition.


'This is for you, Leslie Sir' screamed the headlines on the Midday newspaper the following day, alluding to the statement from Manan Dang, captain of the Under-16 A side.


"This win is really special for the whole team as this is our last year. We wanted this win for Leslie sir and the school. We played like one big family through this tournament," Dang said. 


Leslie Machado has coached the institution for 25 years and continues to inspire the youth to produce top-calibre football. 


"Our school teams make the games and the wins look easy – but it is far from the truth. With a growing number of entries of schools – state board, ICSE, CBSE and international – and the increasing competition, our coaches and boys have to put in that extra bit of hard work, training and sacrifice. Commendable work from our coaches Leslie and Pillai, our students, and more so our parents," Father Bernard Fernandes, the Principal, said.

Thursday, August 10, 2017


by Karen Laurie


DELHI, AUG 10, 2017: A census on migrants in India recently estimated that 45.36 crore people migrate to cities in a bid to make a better living. Migrants are not always welcome and struggle to gain a foot-hold in their new environment. Institutions like Bosco Enhancement Services for Tribals (BEST) look to raise the profile of migrants to provide skills to enhance their employability.  


BEST, in the month of July and August, organised the second edition of hockey league exclusively for migrants, which began on July 2 and ended on August 6. Thirty-two teams participated in the tournament which reached its climax, on August 6, with Energetic Club and Milizuli locking horns for top honours in a tightly-contested final at Shivaji stadium in Delhi.


The 2000-odd spectators present at the venue were treated to a contest of high-calibre hockey as both sides attacked and countered in a bid to draw first blood. Milizuli eventually trumped their opponents, via a penalty shoot-out, after both side's drew even 4-4 in regulation time.


"We adivasis have been playing hockey since our childhood. Now, through this yearly tournament we get a chance to continue to play the sport. We look forward to playing it every Sunday during the tournament and practise in playgrounds and parks for the tournament," Dileep Barla, from team Milizuli, who migrated from Jharkhand to Delhi, said.


Delhi NCR edged out Noida to clinch third place in the tournament. Veterans, over the age of 40, also participated in an exhibition match to showcase their skill. The participants, originally from Jharkhand, Chattisgarh and Odisha, reside in Delhi.


Father Nobert Xalxo, director of BEST Club spear-headed the campaign of contacting various tribal leaders and urging them to send their teams for the tournament. Social media tools were also used to coordinate logistics for the matches which were held on Sundays. During the course of the tournament, potential youth were identified, who would now be trained through DBTech and other institutions and be prepared for job placements.


"The aim of the tournament is to identify youngsters who we could help get jobs. Also to help the youth to interact and get to know each other. They works through the week, so Sundays- when the tournament is played, they can relax and socalise," Father Xalxo, said.  


"There are two types of migrants. Those that come to study and those that come to work. We focus on those that come to work. We train them and help them with placements and follow up on them. We have placed 30 youth since the first season of the tournament."