17 December, 2017
Christmas spirit of sharing and giving
The Christmas Panorama, the blue riband event of the institution that resonates a spirit of sharing and giving, was held on the campus on 15th and 16th of December. It is a time when a passion for outreach and caring is ignited in each one, and no effort is spared to give one’s all for a programme that is both entertaining and spiritually rewarding. A change in the participation of events, which over the past years was held house-wise, saw an inter-class activity on and off stage. Hundreds of students, with the help of their class teachers, and enthusiastic support from the generous parents, were engaged in scores of Christmas Panorama activities prior to the days of the mega event.
The prelude to Christmas Panorama included the traditional Christmas activities such as the decoration of the crib, star and the Christmas tree; as well as some new off stage happenings such as mocktail and salad dressing competition. The judges, spectators and onlookers at these diverse activities were fed a steady diet of artistic delights and culinary skills. Come the days of the Christmas Panorama, and the enthusiasm of everyone one the campus went a notch higher and the excitement was palpable. Days of practice, planning and meticulous preparation would eventually translate into something memorable and enriching.
The program was spread over two days of the Christmas Panorama. On the first day, the audience was treated to some extravagant display of colour, art and music at the Christmas hat parade, carol singing, karaoke, and the two dance competitions – Dancerize (a combination of dance and exercise) and ‘Best of 1980s’. The Sylish student of the year – an event organized for the students of Std. IX – was yet another program that was eagerly awaited by the audience, especially our young students.
The second day’s program had an additional flavor of Christmas tradition and the school band. Class VII E presented their class assembly on the Christmas theme while the band conducted by Sir Saby Franco chipped in with some melodious Christmas carols. Interspersed was the raffle draw and the awards of the different competitions.
The beneficiaries of this year’s Christmas Care-n-Share Panorama were the railway children of Jeevodaya at Itarsi. There are 80 children in the two homes – for boys and girls each – besides a centre for 20-30 addicted children. In the absence of the director of Jeevodaya, Sr. Clara and the assistant, Roger Jones, the cheque of Rs. 6 lakhs was presented to the Rector, Fr. Crispino D’souza by the administrator, Fr. Roy Noronha, while the Principal Fr. Bernard Fernandes, read the letter of Sr. Clara addressed to the Management, staff and students citing their works and expressing their gratitude for being selected as the recipients of the cheque.
The stage was then lit for the remainder of the events of the day – the two dance competitions ‘Folk dance’ and ‘All the right moves’ and the mega blockbuster ‘The Bosco King’ competition for the selected students of Std. X. The dapper students with a sprightly spring walked the ramp in traditional and formal attire andanswered questions directed at them besides winning the adulation of the crowd.
The Christmas Panorama provided all an apt reason to be joyful and merry this Christmas – in sharing our wealth and love with one another!
Congratulations to the winners of the Bosco King event:
Bosco King: Master Harsh Mehta
First runner-up: Master Aakarsh Nair
Second runner-up: Aayush Matkari
Stylish Student of the year: Master Ahmad Kazi
First runner-up: Master Vansh Shah
Second runner-up: Master Heet Mehta