15 February, 2019
7 Brides for 7 Brothers: A Musical Extravaganza at the Annual Thanksgiving 2018-2019
-Mrs. Perpetual Nazareth

9 February 2019

We live in a world full of chaos, confusion and cut throat competitions and we need to make a difference in this very world of ours. Keeping this scenario in mind Don Bosco High School, Matunga decided to pay tribute to the most iconic film ever in Bollywood ‘Satte pe Satta’. It’s an adaptation of one of the most sought after musical ‘Seven Brides for Seven Brothers’. February 8 and 9 were two days set aside for the Annual Thanksgiving as the entire school took this opportunity to appreciate everyone with a grateful heart for all the wishes, blessings and efforts undertaken.

On Sat 9th Feb 2019, the chief guest Mr. Paul Machado, Principal of Campion School, the guest of honour Fr. Binu Jacob, Rector of Don Bosco, Nepal, the retired staff, Ex-Supervisor for classes V and VI Mrs. Barbara Fernandes and the I.T. in charge Mr. Nelson D’souza, the jubilarians, supervisor for classes VII and VIII, Mrs.Christina Mascarenhas, the kindergarten teacher Mrs. Blanche D’souza, the support staff Mr.Joseph G and Mr. Ramesh Parmar, the members of the management, including the Rector Rev Fr. Crispino D’souza, Principal Rev Fr. Bernard Fernandes, Vice Principal Rev Fr. Roy Noronha, the co-ordinator Mr. C Rai, the A.H.M. Mr.Cliff Richard D’souza, Supervisors and Head Teacher graced the occasion

Music is the soul of a Don Bosco institution and so it is at DB Matunga with enthusiastic and talented band players with their maestro Sir Saby Franco at the helm. The band players welcomed the guests of honour, dignitaries and members of management with a lively number ‘American Patrol’ a popular march composed in 1885. The band then dished out a favourite of Paul McCartney’s ‘A Taste of Honey’. The tiny tots of the Kindergarten section (the afternoon batch), with their powerful and alluring performance performed a prayer song and dance, followed by an inspirational performance by the Std II students of the Primary section who sang ‘We need to wake up’. The welcome song and dance by the Std IV students of primary section was a wonderful and energetic performance with a lively number ‘Made for Now’.

The second day of the school’s annual day function is dedicated to felicitate and honour the retired staff for their presence and contribution to Don Bosco, Matunga and the silver jubilarians for their brilliant innings in this esteemed institution. At the felicitation ceremony, the chief guest Mr.Paul Machado, in his speech, iterated the shared responsibility parents and teachers have in the all-round growth and development of the child. “School is your second home, it is often said, but home is also your second school,” he shared.

Following the theme for the academic year 2018-19, ‘My Neighbour, My responsibility’ Don Bosco,Matunga took up the responsibility of educationally supporting the not so privileged children of our Don Bosco school in Nepal. Rev. Fr. Binu Jacob, the rector of this institute who traveled from Nepal was presented a cheque of Rs.6 lakhs from the Christmas Panorama proceeds. The annual report with our many achievements and projects of the scholastic was then presented – an additional report was also viewed during the interval. There was a tribute to the late Rector Rev. Fr. Jude D’Mello who expired in July 2018.

The musical staged this year ‘Seven Brides for Seven Brothers’ told the tale of seven backwoodsmen, the Pontipee brothers. Uncouth and brash at the outset, they grow into
“refined men with a refreshing outlook” after the eldest brother Adam brings home his bride Millie. Their transformation was a must watch!

In his vote of thanks the Principal Rev Fr. Bernard, on behalf of the management applauded and appreciated the efforts of all those who came forward to put this act together. The happy transformation of the uncouth seven brothers of the play into refined gentlemen, he said, was a challenge to all to change one’s attitude and focus to help better the society we live in.