Monday, July 30, 2012
MATUNGA , JULY 28, 2012 : The little sculptors of Std. II went to work creating beautiful models during the ‘Clay Modelling Competition’ held on 27th July 2012 at Don Bosco Matunga. It was a sight to behold watching the children mould plasticine with their tiny fingers to create beautiful shapes to depict the Uses of Water. This topic was chosen for the Competition in order to co-relate academics with activities. Value Education is given importance in our school and through this Competition the teachers were able to instil in the students a better understanding of the importance of water. The beautiful models made by the students were a treat to the eyes. Neatness, creativity and presentation were used as criteria to judge this Competition.
BOSCO INFORMATION SERVICE #3029
GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS VISIT BOSCO BOYS HOME
Cl. Rohan Pinto
BORIVLI, JULY 28, 2012: Government of India keen on upgrading the technical skills of people which will eventually lead them to gainful employment. With this in mind the government has planned to skill two million people in India within the next few years. National Skills Development Council (NSDC) has already started establishing centers in various states to implement this programme. Besides giving soft loans they will also standardize curriculum, visit technical training centers, invite industry partners and liaison with other agencies who are already in this field of technical trade.
Mr. Avinash Jodhpuri representing NSDC, accompanied by Mr. Mohit Agarwal representing Grant Thornton evaluated our technical institute and its curriculum and interviewed our students as well as our staff. They praised our institute for doing a marvelous job of training the underprivileged inspite of limited resources
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
BOSCO INFORMATION SERVICE #3027
TWO LITTLE CHAMPS
Mr. Somnath Kamble
WADALA, JULY 25, 2012: On July 23, St. Joseph’s High School two little champions, Varun Tirthani and Aniket Vishwarkarma joined 48 others on their flight to Delhi for the National finals of the NBA skills challenge competition scheduled for 7 and 8 of July. The venue Thyagaraj Indoor Stadium at the Indian National Academy. Facing a tough drill comprising basketball skills such as lay up, cross over dribble, chest pass, shooting and bounce pass. Our two contenders were up to the task. They were competing with the very best of India. Varun Thirtani came within an ace of capturing the crown as he stood a close third, while our other competitor, Aniket, came fifth.
It was an opportunity of a life-time for our budding hoopsters. Besides competing at the national level, they were also privileged to rub shoulders with some big names of the lofty NBA league: Troy Justice, the former coach of Miami Heats, and Roger Bell of the Utah Jazz. And share a few tips on the intricacies and the finer aspects of the game, they did! Every participant was rewarded with a trophy, a pair of shoes and a NBA T-shirts for their hard work and commitment to the game A return flight brought our basketball players back to Mumbai, not before teaching them a lesson or two in basketball and the great game of life. As Varun puts it succinctly, “This was indeed a wonderful experience for each of us, and we will use what has been taught to us in our game, and assist our team mates and co-players to utilize these skills to raise the bar.” That’s the spirit boy
BOSCO INFORMATION SERVICE #3026
SVP – REACH OUT TO THE POOR & NEEDY
Prof. Kiran Shelke & Fr. Rolvin D’mello sdb
AHMEDNAGAR JULY 25, 2012: On July 22, 2012, the members of the Saint Vincent De Paul association (SVP) of St. Anne’s Church decided to cater to the needy students of the parish. Their motto was, “You have received freely; now give freely.” (Mt 10:8). As one of their early projects of this year, under the guidance of Fr. Rolvin D’mello; they decided to help the needy students of the parish by giving them notebooks and pens. The beauty of this venture was that the entire money required for this project was collected only from the members of this association itself. This programme took place in the AV Hall at around 10.30 am; Frs. Rolvin & Michael were present for the same. The students were delighted with what they received and went back home grateful. As it is rightly said charity begins at home; so the SVP decided to first start helping the needy of the parish and then venture outside to help others. May God a went back home grateful. As it is rightly said charity begins at home; so the SVP decided to first start helping the needy of the parish and then venture outside to help others. May God almighty bless all the members of SVP for their generosity and dedication to the less fortunate of the church.
BOSCO INFORMATION SERVICE #3025
GRAND PARENTS DAY CELEBRATION
MATUNGA JULY 25, 2012 : At Don Bosco Matunga, we are constantly striving to bring more and more people into our fold. On July 24, 2012, Grandparents Day celebrated in the Primary Section of our school is one such step in this direction. We have tried to make the grandparents of our students a part of our extended family. Thanks to the efforts of our School management, staff, P.T.A. members, parent volunteers and students we could reach out to our Grandparents on this day and thank them for their nurturing presence in our lives
After a warm and hearty welcome in the traditional Indian style, through a lovely Power Point Presentation specially prepared by Mrs. Winifred Fernandes, the Head Teacher of the Primary Section for this day and a short Prayer service, the grandparents witnessed an energetic performance in the form of dances and songs performed by our students. The Head Teacher in her speech reminisced fondly about her grandmother. What really made this day a memorable one was the performance given by some of our grandparents who willingly came up on stage to dance for their grand children. The grandparents all left with fond memories of this day.
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Fr. Joaquim Fernandes, sdb
MATUNGA JULY 24, 2012: Tej-Prasarini, Don Bosco Communications launched the new book entitled “Letting Go - The Healing Power of Grieving” by Martin D’Souza. Fr. Edwin D’Souza, sdb, Rector of the Shrine of Don Bosco’s Madonna, released the book during the Eucharistic celebration and presented the first copy of the book to the author Mr. Martin D’Souza. A copy of the book was also given to Mr. Simplicio D’Souza who is currently working with Carnival Cruise Lines as Chief Security Officer. His mother had succumbed to ovarian cancer a few years ago.
Mr. Martin D’Souza is a journalist and an author. He has worked with the Free Press Journal, the Indian Post, the Independent and the Times of India. The book has been written in the first person account of people who have lost those close to them and their world has come crashing down. It is about those who have struggled with their grief and have finally “Let Go’. ‘Letting Go’ dwells on the pain of the loss, the time taken to reconcile, the process of questioning God, the period of mourning and finally coming to the realization that life must go on and that death is not the end. Martin D’Souza the author of this book has worked for the past 3 years interviewing people from different walks of life who were struck with grief and how they accepted the reality and let go and make meaning in life. Death is a reality and we do not know the hour or time when it will strike us. We need to prepare ourselves to face the truth.
BOSCO INFORMATION SERVICE #3022
OUR YOUNG LEADERS
MATUNGA, JULY 24, 2012 : The Investiture Ceremony of the Captain and Vice-captain of the Primary Section was held in the Primary School Hall in the presence of the School Management and the teachers. The flag bearers escorted Master Krish Dhanwani the Captain and the Vice Captain Master Boris Fernandes into the hall to a thunderous round of applause. The Chief Guest for the day was our Rector Fr. Wilfred D’souza. After a short prayer invoking God’s blessings, Rector Fr. Wilfred D’souza, invested the Captain and Vice-Captain who pledged to uphold the motto of the school and abide by their duties sincerely. The Rector spoke to the students about leaders being the ones who know the way, show the way and go the way. After the ceremony the Captain and Vice Captain visited Std. I and II and were introduced to the students of these classes.
Saturday, July 21, 2012
BOSCO INFORMATION SERVICE #3021
ANOTHER MILESTONE FOR PROJECT MARATHWADA
AHMEDNAGAR, JULY 21, 2012: On June 30th, 2012 Saturday, the second Marathwada staff training workshop was held at Ahmednagar in Bosco Gramin Vikas Kendra. The five coordinators and the field staff from the districts of Parbhani, Jalna, Aurangabad, Beed and Ahmednagar participated in it.
The workshop began with a small prayer service and lighting of the lamp. Br. Ramesh Durairaj, the Director welcomed all the staff of the project Marathwada and explained to them the importance of the workshop. During the first session Fr. George briefed the staff about the aims and the objectives of the programme and various ways of achieving the target. He also highlighted the role that Self Help Groups play in empowering the downtrodden ones and on how they could be used as a good weapon to achieve aims and objectives of the project i.e. Community organization and capacity building, Skill development, Job placement and livelihood promotion, Improvement of educational facilities and Improvement of health facilities. He also conducted some group activities to discuss the social problems in the villages and the challenges faced by the staff at the grass root level.
The second session was taken by Mr. Bahule, the manager of ADCC bank who dealt on the topic on how to open an SHG account, how to make the maximum use of the government schemes and subsidies. After the lunch Fr. Savio Silvera gave them a talk on the Don Bosco and on how one should approach the work assigned to him or her in this project. After that, there were district wise presentations on the progress of the work in the various districts of Marathwada. After that Fr. Manuel addressed the staff telling them on the importance of owning the project Marathwada Br. Ramesh gave the vote of thanks and the concluding message. The training workshop was very much appreciated by the staff.