Wednesday, June 29, 2016


by Christopher Fernandes


KUWAIT, JUN 29, 2016: Don Bosco Oratory (DBO) felicitated their football, hockey, basketball and academy players, at the Don Bosco Oratory (DBO) Award Nite held on June 23, for their impressive display in the 2015-16 season.


Like in the past, teams did the oratory proud by winning top honours in football, basketball and hockey trophies. Father Blany Pinto, Father Derrick Misquitta and Father Francisco Pereira made it a night to remember for all the Don Bosco Oratory members and their families.


The event began with a minute silence, remembering the eight children who passed away in the horrific accident at Trasi Village of Kundapur, Udupi district. They also remembered Father Francis Kharjia, Lorraine D'souza, the sister of Father Misquitta, and other well-wishers from the sports arena who passed away in 2015- 2016.


Father Pinto, the Rector of the Salesian community in Kuwait, inaugurated the event and said, "We are very happy and extremely proud that Don Bosco Institute in Kuwait has such a lively and enthusiastic Oratory. I'm aware that the members of our Oratory are largely past pupil, who love Don Bosco. Don Bosco's Oratory is a place where young people experience a healthy mix of fun, games and spirituality."


He ended by thanking Father Pereira, the mentor of DBO, who created an ambience of love and fellowship and under whose guidance the players have remained cohesive and well-knit. He also thanked Christopher Fernandes for being a binding factor of the DBO.


Father Misquitta then led the prayer before meals. He stated that Don Bosco was the reason the community came together. The awards night concluded with everyone singing the Don Bosco Hymn "Raise your voices." Long live Don Bosco, Viva DBO.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016


BFather Chris Valentino


MUMBAI, JUN 28, 2016: The Youth Ministry delegates of the Mumbai Province met at the Don Bosco Provincial House, Matunga on June 20, to discuss the several challenges in working with young people.


The meeting was animated by the DBYA-South Asia team and 42 participants were present. The three animators - Father Maria Charles, Father Antony Christy and Father Robert Simon - helped the Mumbai delegates to focus on youth and ministering to the youth.


The over-all wellbeing  of youth in the province was looked at closely and that was followed by a discussion on the various challenges they face on a regular basis. 


A SWOT Analysis of the Youth Ministry with specific focus on Holistic Youth Ministry, Lay Animation and Salesian Accompaniment concluded the seminar. Many questions were dealt with and the reflective discussions helped the participants critically evaluate their working methodology.


by Father Chris Valentino


MUMBAI, JUN 28, 2016: Don Bosco Provincial House, Matunga hosted the Mumbai province Departments and Commissions meet, with over 40 members present, on June 21.


Commencing with the celebration of the Holy Eucharist, the members were introduced to the general understanding of their expected tasks and outcomes. Father Savio Silveira, Vice Provincial of Mumbai province addressed the gathering at the onset and explained the set-up and organisational working of the commission. 


Father Maria Charles, Delegate of Don Bosco Youth Animation for South Asia, presented the perspective of the Youth Ministry and the plans for the South Asian region. Representatives from the Youth Ministry, Academic Institutions, Technical Institutions, Youth at Risk, Psychological Services, Formation, Vocation Promotion, Parishes and Missions, Development Works and Social Communication were present at the meeting.


Each commission then met independently reflecting on the Line of Action proposed by the Provincial Chapter 2016. The time-frame and review modes were discussed and finalised. The various commission heads then met to further discuss possible linkages. The commissions are expected to help each community in the execution of various programmes.

Friday, June 24, 2016


by Ashwini Gupte


MUMBAI, JUN 24, 2016: Father Bernard Fernandes - the Principal of Don Bosco High School, Matunga – during his address to the parent-teacher body of the secondary section on June 20, 21 and 22, stressed that academically weaker students should avail of the remedial education facilities available at the institution in order to overcome their weaknesses.


Parents were urged to gain from opportunities available especially for students with learning disabilities, as Don Bosco Matunga ensures a good support system through remedial education and detailed guidance in order to avail of concessions at the board level.


Parents were also urged to profit by the 'Mykensho' Career Guidance programme for students of classes VII to X, so as to enable them to make informed choices regarding further education.


The parents, along with the respective class teachers, then went on to elect the parent representatives who form the executive committee of the PTA, and will work this academic year in the best interest of the students.


Father Fernandes also introduced the staff and stressed the rules mandated by the institution, from checking the school handbook to ensuring the grooming of the boys, as well as the protocol in case of absenteeism. He then informed the parents about the new school app, stating that all official correspondence would be through the same.


The Rector, Rev. Fr. Wilfred D'Souza sought the blessings of the Almighty to make this academic year a fruitful one, and declared the theme for the year- 'Don Bosco Lives On.'

Wednesday, June 22, 2016


by Susan Liza D'souza 


MUMBAI, JUN 22, 2016: Theresian Summer Club 2016 commenced on June 17 at St Therese Parish, Salmiya. The summer club is organised exclusively on Fridays from 9 am to 12.30 pm during the summer vacation, for children aged 4 to 18.


Father Nelson Falcao, a visiting Salesian priest, inaugurated the summer club in the presence of Father Blany Pinto and Father Francisco Pereira.


While inaugurating the club, Father Falcao complimented those present, for making time to attend the summer club. He expressed his happiness to see a huge number of children and coordinators. 


Later Father Pereira addressed the children. He reminded them of the first death anniversary of Father Francis Kharjia, a Salesian priest who served in Kuwait. He mentioned how the little children and their company would delight Father Kharjia. He exhorted them to run, jump and play but not to sin. 


Over 165 children and 64 coordinators participated on the first day of the summer club. The summer club 2016 is themed on the Year of Mercy.  


The children of class four, five and six came together to stage a skit entitled, 'Visit to the Sick.' To drive home the message of visiting the sick, the coordinators projected a YouTube presentation. 


Libby Sequeira, a member of the core committee said, "We were happy to have the presence of three Salesian priests for the inauguration.  It was wonderful to see the children's excitement as they took part in the action songs and the skit. All were keenly watching the skit and the presentation on the corporal act of mercy. "


After the inauguration, games and other activities were organised by the volunteers for the children. All in all, the first day was filled with excitement and the children are now looking forward to a fun-filled summer in their parish.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016


by BIS Correspondent

CHHOTAUDEPUR, JUN 21, 2016:  In accord with the call of Prime Minister, Narendra Modi for a Skilled India for the cause of development, the Lok Seva Kendra - the development staff of the house of Chhotaudepur, organised a one day seminar on June 18, for youth of the neighbouring villages. The seminar was attended by around four hundred boys and girls.

The event began with a solemn prayer service and the lighting of the lamp by the chief guest, Father Isaac Arackaparambil. Other dignitaries present were Father Brian Boothello - the manger, Father Charles Anthony, Father Charlin Chandran - director of the technical school at Alirajpur, Brother Damodar Wankhede - director of the technical school at Narukot, Chetan P - State Bank of Baroda, Sachin Achaure - instructor at Don Bosco, Chinchwad and Natwarsingh from Larsen and Turbo, Ahemdabad.

Father Arackaparambil addressed the gathering at the onset. Brother Ramesh Durairaj, incharge of the development office for the Gujarat Region, spoke of the need to be open to accepting new values and adjusting to new work cultures. 

The resource persons for the day spoke about the many opportunities available in skilled work, for those unskilled. The youth were informed that the development office offers not only training with a stipend but also guaranteed job placement. 

Father Chandran and Brother Wankhede later spoke about inventive skill and adjustment to work habitats respectively. There was a Q & A session moderated by Brother Durairaj, to answer any queries. The event ended with a fellowship meal. 

Many young girls and boys appreciated the efforts of the Salesians of Don Bosco, in a first of its kind event for them. In the footsteps of their founder Don Bosco - who trained apprentices in small entrepreneurial skills – Salesians continue to live his dream, nurturing one youth at a time, thereby Skilling India! 

Monday, June 20, 2016


by Ashwini Gupte


MUMBAI, JUN 20, 2016: Don Bosco High School, Matunga celebrates its 75th Jubilee in this academic year 2016-2017. Rejuvenated after the long summer break, the spirited young boys returned to their school on June 15, to bring in the historic celebrations. The school was officially established on October 31, 1941.


Every auspicious beginning is marked with invocation of the Almighty. Students joined together to pray at the Holy Eucharistic celebration and at the prayer service conducted by the students of Class X A. 


The boys explained the importance of recognising God's presence in our midst at all times, through their presentation, 'The Power Of Prayer Lives On.' 


Rector, Father Wilfred D'Souza, urged the boys to form in themselves a spirit of prayer, to live at all times in the presence of God and consequently, to find peace and the confidence to successfully carry out their tasks.


Father D'Souza declared the theme for the academic year, 'Don Bosco Lives On' at the school assembly. He was joined by the Principal, Father Bernard Fernandes. 


The school management and teachers went on to attend the rector's conference, where Father D'Souza spoke of the timeless teachings of the school Founder, Don Bosco and their school which celebrates 75 glorious years!


by Father Rolvin D'Mello


MUMBAI, JUN 20, 2016: The Don Bosco Development Society and the Don Bosco International School, Matunga in joint collaboration started hockey coaching for poor girls from the slums on June 16, on the school astro turf.  


Around 25 girls from the slums of Wadala, Matunga and Kings Circle, aged eight to twelve years, haven been chosen for the coaching. This is a grassroots initiative, with the aim of making them international level players.


The programme began in the Provincial house at 4.30 pm. Father Savio Silveira, Vice Provincial of the Salesian province of Mumbai addressed the gathering, especially the parents of the young girls, encouraging them to be committed to this unique opportunity. 


He also emphasised the objective of the coaching, "To produce quality players for the national team of India." He further elaborated that the team is working towards making the girls international players one day. 


The other dignitaries present were Father Elson Barretto, Provincial Economer, Father Glenford Lowe, Rector of provincial house and Father Joaquim Fernandes, Director of Tej - Prasarini. 


The coaching will be conducted by professional coaches from Monday to Friday at the astro turf. Rekha Yadav - whose daughter has been selected for the programme- said, "One day I want to see my daughter playing hockey on the television." The parents and the girls expressed their gratitude to the Salesians of Don Bosco for this golden opportunity.

Sunday, June 19, 2016


by Cleric Lawrance Vincent


MADHYA PRADESH, JUN 18, 2016 : A one-day seminar was organised for the teaching staff of Don Bosco Alirajpur, Madhya Pradesh on June 9. The programme which was conducted by Father Joaquim Fernandes -  Regional Delegate of Boscom, South Asia and Director of Tej-Prasarni, Mumbai - saw around 55 teachers in attendance. 


Father Fernandes began with a documentary titled,  'RiverMee' and 'Potter and the Clay' - as part of introspection on the topic, 'Awareness of self and others.' This was followed by a discussion on how educators can mould the students to be good and honest citizens.  


The next session was on 'Don Bosco the Educator.' Father Fernandes  delved on the pedagogy of the Don Bosco's education system, distinguishing the pros and cons of the Repressive system with the Preventive System of education. He proposed the three pillars - Reason, Religion and Loving Kindness to nurture young minds. 

This was followed by a session on the theory of Multiple Intelligences proposed by Howard Gardner in his 1983 book, Frames of Mind: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences. Gardner articulated eight criteria for behaviour to be considered intelligence. Gardner chose eight abilities needed to meet these criteria: musical–rhythmic, visual–spatial, verbal–linguistic, logical–mathematical, bodily–kinesthetic, interpersonal, intrapersonal and naturalistic. The existential and moral intelligence too was included by him. 


A session on Mind Mappping proposed by Tony Buzon, the mind power expert, came next. Mind Mappping is a powerful graphic technique which provides a universal key to unlock the potential of the brain. It harnesses the full range of cortical skills – word, image, number, logic, rhythm, colour and spatial awareness – in a single, uniquely powerful manner. In doing so, it gives you the freedom to roam the infinite expanses of your brain. The teachers created their own mid maps for effective teaching in the school for their children. This unleashes the power of the brain.

The final session was on, 'Vacancies Vanish as Technology takes over- Is our Education System and Cirriculum aligned for our students?' Father Fernandes spoke on the current challenges and proposals to reform the education sector. Despite efforts to incorporate all sections of the population into the Indian education system, through mechanisms such as positive discrimination and non-formal education, a large number of young people still do not attend school. 

Although enrolment in primary education has increased, it is estimated that least 35 million million children, aged 6-14 years are not in school. Father Fernandes highlighted that Disruptive Management has eliminated lakhs of jobs from the industry. New jobs have arisen with technology and hence our education system needs to keep abreast with the relevant skills and train our youngsters accordingly.


In Japan, robots have replaced men. Japan has 1,500 robots for every 10,000 workers in its automobile manufacturing units. They are faster, better and increasingly cheaper. This trend is accelerating across global manufacturing. 


Associated Press news agency publishes over 3,000 financial reports every quarter using Wordsmith - the language reporting platform. 8.5% of Wikipedia's total content has been written by bots. With advertising revenues dropping sharply for news agencies and print media, they can scarcely afford to keep scores of reporters. 


In the education sector too, soon there will be a time when students will not need to attend college altogether. With online classes and degrees, the internet is replacing classrooms. Tuition and coaching is being replaced by apps and online classes. Therefore, its imperative for teachers to keep upgrading themselves and their students, to stand firm in this competitive market space. 


With the power of the internet, teachers can now use a lot of resources available online and update themselves. The website, offers free online courses from top universities around the world.  The NCERT (National Council of Educational Research and Training) school text books from classes 1 to 12 are available free online on ePathshala. The Khan Academy is another resource which teachers can use for effective teaching in the rural areas. Finally, Father Fernandes concluded with the words of Albert Einstein, "Logic will get you from A to B, but Imagination will take you everywhere."


Teacher, Arwa Motorwala expressed her gratitude on behalf of the staff, "The programme was very innovative and informative and I found the mind mapping technique very useful for teaching." Another teacher, Paulus Damor added, "Teaching is fun and programmes like these improves the teaching standard in our school." Principal Father Blaise Fernandes said, "The programme made us aware of the present situation and how we need to adapt to the changing world." 

Friday, June 17, 2016


by BIS Correspondent


NASHIK, JUN 17, 2016: Don Bosco High School and Junior College, Nashik saw its moment of glory with 100 per cent result at the standard 10 and 12 board examination. The students and teachers worked through the year to achieve this resounding success. 


Gargi Patil secured 99% at the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) Examination. Angat Chadha topped the science stream with 86.92% and Atharva  Limaye aced the commerce section with 88.46% of the Maharashtra Higher Secondary Examination (HSC). 


Kudos to the staff, students and parents, for doing their school very proud!

Thursday, June 16, 2016


by Lynette Sequeira


MUMBAI, JUN 16, 2016: The students of Don Bosco High School and Junior College, Borivli came out with flying colours at the standard ten board exams, securing a 100% result and 97.99 per cent result at the standard 12 board examinations.


Eighty five of the 109 students that appeared for the standard ten examination, secured a distinction. Yash Raut and Pruthav Pandya topped with an impressive 96.60%. Mihir Vahanwala secured 96% and Ashlesh Acharya 95.40 per cent.         


At the HSC level, Keenan Quadros topped the science stream with 80.15%, while Norman Coutinho topped the commerce stream with with 83.38%. Candida Lobo from the arts stream secured 85.85 per cent.


The parents and staff are proud of the achievements of their youth. Even the school's past pupil's unit showed it encouragement, as it came out to help with the distribution of the mark sheets, certificates and attested copies.

Monday, June 13, 2016


by Lynette Sequeira and Joyston Machado


MUMBAI, JUN 13, 2016: Two separate training sessions were organised for the teachers of seven Salesian schools at Don Bosco Senior Secondary School and Junior College, Nerul and at Don Bosco High School and Junior College, Borivli on June 9, to enhance the teaching skills of every Salesian Educator.    


The participating schools were Don Bosco High School, Matunga, Don Bosco High School and Junior College, Borivli, Don Bosco High School and Junior College, Naigaon, Don Bosco High School and Junior College, Lonavla, Don Bosco Senior Secondary School, Nerul, St. Dominic Savio High School, Andheri and St. Joseph's High School, Wadala.


Over 200 teachers from the secondary section and junior colleges  attended the seminar on 'Co-operative Learning' conducted by Dr. Denzil Martins, principal of Nirmala Institute of Education, Goa. They were introduced to six structures of co – operative learning to make the teaching-learning process more interactive. Emphasis was laid on teaching children how to think and not what to think. 


Through activities, teachers were shown how students could grasp the content and finish the portion way before its stipulated time; all this was possible within a classroom setting and by implementing the structures of co – operative learning. 


160 teachers from the primary section met at Don Bosco High School and Junior College. They were part of the  session on 'Making learning a joyful experience', conducted by Carolyn Fernandes, an educational consultant and her team. 

A series of activities were conducted to show the teachers how different subjects could be co-related in order to make learning a joyful experience. The teachers found creativity as a window to convey knowledge and values to the children.


The seminars enabled the teachers to enhance their skills as educators and become effective facilitators in the teaching-learning process. The principals of the participating schools – Father Crispino D'Souza, Father Bernard Fernandes, Father Donald Fernandez, Father Flovi D'souza, Father Godfrey D'Sa, Father  Glen Fernandes and Father Rixon Nigrel – made the seminars possible.

Thursday, June 9, 2016


by BIS correspondent


NAVI MUMBAI, JUNE 9, 2016: A seminar on Life Skills Management and Classroom Management was organised at Don Bosco Senior Secondary School, Nerul on June 3 and 4 for the school teachers. 

The seminar was conducted by the ex-staff of Kendriya Vidyalaya - Mitali Rudra,  retired principal,  Shakuntala Bajaj and Debjani Bose, retired senior school teachers. 


Day one, dealt with Life Skills Management, in which the teachers were taught about 10 Core Life Skills. They were self awareness, problem solving, critical thinking, creative thinking, decision making , effective communication, interpersonal skills, empathy, managing emotions and coping with stress.


The manner in which life skills affect the overall development of a student and a teacher's contribution towards building it, were discussed. The sessions were descriptive and made interesting with activities like read and enact the story, the self esteem test and find the life skills in the story, 'Tit For Tat'.

Day two, focused on Classroom Management, in which the teachers were taught about four different types of classroom management styles - Authoritarian, Authoritative, Laissez-faire and Indifferent Style.


The concepts were reinforced through group activities relating to discipline, asking permission, lining up, submitting copies, working in groups and organising work in note books.  


Other activities included Circle Time- played in the class to encourage discussions and to form opinions.


The seminars were a mix of theory and practice. It ended after two days of creativity and valuable insights, a mention of which was made in the Vote of Thanks proposed by the  coordinating supervisor, Vivena Rodrigues.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016


by BIS Correspondent 


MUMBAI, JUN 7, 2016: The Don Bosco Development Society (DBDS) empowered nearly 900 people by imparting skill-based training to help them earn their livelihood. 

All the students were from the poorest slums of Mumbai and Navi-Mumbai, 90% being women. The trainings consisted of government and non-government courses from July 2015 to May 2016. 


The courses were for a duration of two to three months. The Graduation Day was held on June, 4 in which nearly 250 students were certified in various courses.


The programme began with a short prayer service at the Bianchi Hall in the Don Bosco International School Building. Suresh Balakrishnan, joint managing director of STULZ company, was the chief guest for the event. 


Father Rolvin D'Mello, executive director of DBDS welcomed the gathering after the prayer service. In his speech, Balakrishnan shared that when he was a student of Don Bosco, Matunga.  


Balakrishnan added that he was from a very poor family but due to the values he learned from the school, he has risen to such great heights today. He adviced all the students to do the same.


DBDS also launched its new website This was followed by a prize distribution ceremony. The toppers of each course were felicitated and certificates given to all participants.


The programme ended with a short entertainment and cultural show put up by the students. It included a display of the various skills they learnt during their training. 

Monday, June 6, 2016


by BIS Correspondent


NAVI MUMBAI, JUN 6, 2016: The students of standard ten and twelve did their institution, Don Bosco Senior Secondary School, Nerul, proud by producing a high pass percentage in their CBSE 2015-16 board examinations.  


A total of 72 students appeared for their standard ten examinations, out of which six secured 10 CGPA and 28 of them scored 9 CGPA. Sagar Nikam topped the batch with 95.2 per cent, Apeksha Shetty – a close second - with 94.6% and Vaishnavi Tiwari 94.4%.


Ninety students appeared for the standard twelve examination. Three students from the science stream and two from commerce stream scored more than 90 per cent. Gavin Henry Lewis topped science with 93.8% and Shreya Saxena with 92 per cent, while Bhavya Prakash Pai topped in the commerce stream with 90.8 per cent.


"I was preparing for some entrance exams, so boards seemed to be easy. The only book I referred was NCERT and along with that I solved some question papers," Saxena said.


The staff, students and parents of the school are now duly celebrating after their efforts have borne fruit.

Thursday, June 2, 2016


by Susan D'costa


KUWAIT, JUNE 2, 2016: St. Therese Church, Salmiya, Kuwait celebrated the feast of the Visitation of Our Lady on May 31, where a parishioner took the promise to be a Salesian Co-operator and 33 Co-operators renewed their vows.

Salesian Co-operators are the third branch of the Salesian Family. The Co-operators take an active part in the church activities, conducting catechism classes and various programmes for the youth and children. They animate the various Salesian feasts during the year. 


Aspirant, Christopher Pereira took a promise to be a full-fledged Salesian Co-operator. "I feel different and empowered. It makes me feel like something has tweaked the feeling in my heart towards children," said Pereira. 33 other Co-operators renewed their promise. 

The day began with the Co-operators gathering in church for a short reflection on Don Bosco. They spent time in prayer in front of the Blessed Sacrament. This was followed by the celebration of the Holy Eucharist. Father Franco Pereira, the Catechetical Director of the Vicariate, was the main celebrant.


Father Nelson Falcao- a visiting priest - concelebrated the Holy Mass and he witnessed the promise made by Pereira. In his homily, Father Falcao shared his reflections on the virtues of Mother Mary and how Don Bosco was very close to her. He also stressed on her humility which we are all called to emulate. 


Co-operator Yvonne Gomes said, "It was a different experience. I felt overwhelmed with the reflection and adoration. I am proud to be a Salesian Co-operator."

Wednesday, June 1, 2016


by Brother Evangelo D'Souza


MUMBAI, JUNE 1, 2016: Shelter Don Bosco organised a month long summer camp from April 18 - May 23 at the their home for 'rootless and roofless' street children at Wadala, Mumbai.

Nearly 30 campers participated in the camp conducted by the staff of Shelter Don Bosco. The theme chosen was 'Aashayein,' which means Hope. 


The camp song - sung by the boys – brought forth this message clearly, that in this world of despair and helplessness, one needs be an agent of hope to those they encounter in their life's journey. 


The aim of the camp was to guide the boys in choosing a career, to get them thinking of a goal in life and work towards achieving it. 


Career guidance sessions were conducted on various topics like how to become an IPS Officer, Electrician, Doctor, Photographer and Driver among others. Five campers successfully learnt the barber's trade.


The camp also focused on teaching the boys life-skills like cooking and basics in computers. Fitness and sports was also emphasised.  


Singing, dancing, face-painting, hair-styling, cooking and rangoli competitions were held to bring out the talents of the youngsters and help them to develop their confidence. 


A  'Fashion Show' and '30 seconds to Fame' programme was also conducted that saw a vivid display of talent. 


A visit to the Taraporewala Aquarium and the picnic to Essel World and Water Kingdom were the highlights of the camp.


A Grand Camp Fire with comedy skits, tribal dance, yells, claps and the lighting of the camp fire were moments of great enthusiasm for the boys. 


There was also the closing ceremony, which began with a prayer service thanking the Lord for the success of the camp. 


It was interspersed with lively dances, a movie on the activities of the camp and a prize distribution ceremony, to felicitate winners of the various competitions. 


Father Jesu Robinson thanked the staff, brothers and the volunteers for their tireless efforts  in making the camp a success.