23 August, 2018
Birthday Blessings – Father Principal
-Mrs Elizabeth Soares
The much awaited day, the 20th of August, was welcomed with much enthusiasm to usher in the birthday celebrations of our amazing and talented Principal Fr. Bernard Fernandes. Numerous surprises were in store for the birthday boy as the entire Don Bosco school family wished to make it a special day for him. The day began with an Eucharistic celebration in the shrine with Fr Bernard thanking God for the precious gift of life. Concelebrating with him at mass were the members of his community, Rector Fr. Crispino D’Souza, Administrator Fr. Roy Noronha and Fr Lawrence D’Souza. The unannounced staff representation at mass animated the day’s liturgy and singing. Fr. Crispino’s apt homily at mass gave us some insights into the life of the saint of the day St. Bernard, and how Fr Bernard resembled his patron saint in many aspects of his life.
In the school, the student council decked the Principal’s office and the area outside with colourful balloons and a large poster wishing the Principal a very happy birthday. The celebrations began at the assembly where Fr. Bernard was escorted by the AHM Sir Clifford and the Student Council leaders to his office. The entourage was welcomed by the school band playing a couple of Fr. Bernard’s favourite music melodies. The sweet sounding music definitely provided a festive and majestic semblance to the birthday celebration. The program continued with prayer and the birthday address to Fr.Bernard by the Rector and the working committee leader Master Swayam Singh. This was followed by the presentation of the bouquet and the traditional cutting of the birthday cake to the accompaniment of the birthday song by the band and the assembly. The celebration concluded with words of gratitude by Fr Bernard to the entire school for a meaningful and special birthday treat.
The Principal was then felicitated by the Primary and the Kg section at a specially prepared program at the assembly in the Primary building. The Head teacher of the Primary Mrs. Griselda Fernandes and the Kg Supervisor Mrs. Shoba D’Souza were present along with the Rector and the Vice-Principal. The Head boy, the Asst Head boy and a few other Primary and Kg students regaled the birthday boy with a special address, bouquets, the birthday cake and the birthday song.
During the short break it was the turn of the staff to wish Fr Bernard in his office. The non teaching staff of the school as well as the house staff dropped by to wish the Principal on his special day.
Long life and good health to our dear Father Principal!