An online birthday celebration for our dear Principal
-Ms. Sydelle Mascarenhas
Birthdays come only once a year but a person like you brings life to hundreds every single day! We are so glad dear Fr. Bernard that God sent you into this world!
The school witnessed an awesome start to a fun-filled day with unlimited birthday surprises for our dear Principal Fr. Bernard Fernandes. With a lot of pre-planning and organization a wonderful online birthday celebration was held for Fr. Bernard on 20th Aug 2020.
An invitation for Fr. Bernard’s Birthday celebration was extended to the family members, team of priests, staff and all the well-wishers. The online celebration comprised a live Google Meet and a link was sent to the invitees and guests to join the celebration. The live streaming was broadcast from the Principal’s office and the staff and invitees witnessed the celebration by joining virtually.
Our Rector Fr. Crispino D’Souza addressed Fr. Bernard and spoke about his qualities that made a difference in the lives of so many people including the staff and students. Every institution needs to have a head who takes up the responsibility and carry out the work assigned, but in Don Bosco High School, Matunga the Head Fr Bernard takes up the role so efficiently. Fr. Crispino coined the acronym HEAD that suited Fr. Bernard:
A-Ahead of others
Fr. Bernard is indeed the one who possesses all these qualities. The application of his knowledge in going digital has been a boon for our institution.
The band put up an amazing performance that was recorded earlier for the occasion. The melody of the songs that the boys played for Fr. Bernard came straight from their heart. The happiness on their faces proved the love for their Principal.
The cake cutting was followed by the birthday wishes read online by the School Captain Keagan Fernandes, the floral tribute by Mrs. Christina Mascarenhas and a card presented by a council member Dean Mascarenhas. The KG and the Primary teachers presented a video wishing Fr. Bernard on his birthday. The students of the secondary section sang the ABBA medley for Fr.Bernard. An action song was presented by the secondary staff where Fr. Bernard and Fr. Rector too joined in performing some dance moves.
Fr. Bernard along with Fr. Crispino presented a live musical session where they sang songs in English and Konkani. It was a fabulous performance that everyone present online demanded for another musical jam session. A surprise was in store for Fr. Bernard in the form of a padlet presented to him by the staff representative Mrs. Perpetual Nazareth. The Padlet consisted of the wishes, pictures and videos of the staff and the well-wishers. Fr. Bernard was pleased to see the love that all bestowed on him.
The final thank you speech was delivered by Fr. Bernard where he thanked God for the gift of life, his family for the love and support, the priests of his community who were present with him for mass and for the celebration, the staff for their love, preparation, time and patience to be present online to wish him. Fr. Bernard also extended his thanks to the Heads, Supervisors and all those who came forward to make this day a memorable one for him.
The virtual birthday celebration was indeed a special one for Fr. Bernard.