16 November, 2016
-Ms. Ashwini Gupte
November 16: With immense pride, we begin chronicling the events that are to unfold on the momentous occasion- the commemoration of the 75th jubilee of the one of the premier institutions of the city and the pride of the Salesian congregation. It was on March 19, 1941, that the foundation stone of the building at Matunga was blessed and laid by Archbishop Thomas Roberts, S.J. Don Bosco, High School Matunga, was to be the magnum opus, so to speak, of the great visionary that was Rev. Fr. Aurelius Maschio.
The curtain was raised today on the observance of honouring the milestone reached since. The Chief Guest for the auspicious morning was the Provincial Superior of the Mumbai Province, Rev. Fr. Godfrey D’Souza, himself an alumnus of Matunga, who quoted Don Bosco in reiterating that “Education is a matter of the heart” and that it is the loving bond between the teacher and the pupil that promotes the atmosphere most conducive to learning.
An entertaining yet meaningful programme by the students as well as the staff comprised song, dance and skits. Each of these was designed to portray the invaluable and timeless pedagogy of St. John Bosco with his Preventive System of Education, in order to empower youngsters to become “good citizens and great Boscoites.” A special souvenir to mark the jubilee celebration was released by the Provincial, in the presence of dignitaries invited to grace the occasion.
A wonderful surprise was the blessed presence of Rev. Fr. Salvador D’Souza, a Salesian stalwart who celebrated his 89th birthday today and who has been closely associated with the school almost since its very inception in 1942. Warm wishes for your good health, dear Fr. Salvador! The Principal, Fr. Bernard Fernandes proposing the vote of thanks, expressed gratitude to the Almighty for his abundant blessings and miracles, and commended the staff, students and parents for making the day a memorable one.
Today’s curtain raiser is to be the harbinger of an array of programmes and activities lined up to memorialize the red letter event in the history of the institution.