23 November, 2017
Management and Children – Important keys of the School
-Ms. Alareen Fernandes
The joy was doubled on 22 November, 2017 as Don Bosco High School, Matunga celebrated Management Day and Children’s Day on the same day. It was indeed a day of prayer, fun and festivity where the students of the Secondary section along with the entire school staff were present for the occasion.
Mrs. Bela Mehta, the compere for the day, welcomed the management – Rev. Fr. Crispino D’Souza (Rector), Rev. Fr. Bernard Fernandes (Principal), Rev. Fr. Roy Noronha (Vice Principal), Rev. Fr. Leon Rodrigues and Brother Nevelle Coutinho, on behalf of the staff and the students. The day was well-planned with celebrations chalked out for the different moments of the day – Children’s Day cum Management Day Programme, Eucharist Celebration and Felicitation.
The students of class IX D conducted a thought-provoking assembly on the theme ‘Family is God’s Greatest Masterpiece’ under the guidance of their class teacher, Mrs. Hemangi Sawant. The teachers of the Primary Section and Secondary section staged fantastic performances to add to the joy of the day viz. the Management and Children’s day. Mrs. Lynnette Remedios, our Pre-Primary Teacher, read out an amazing address to the management, elucidating some warm qualities of the members of the management. Mrs. Lynnette mentioned, “Friends that stays together, bring about a change together”, adding that such positive features take the school to greater heights. The address was followed by a floral tribute by the Pre-Primary to the Management and cutting of the cake presented to the Management by the Student Council.
Fr. Rector in his speech advised the students to preserve their innocence and enjoy their childhood. His Holiness, Pope Francis has rightly said, ‘There is no such thing as a perfect family, no perfect father, no perfect mother and no perfect children as we all are human beings.’ Fr. Rector explained that we need to accept each one despite our mistakes. Respect, love and prayer are the three most important things in a family and we need to follow these sincerely.
The Hindi-street play with the theme of the day – and the one that won the prize at the inter-school street play competition – was staged by our students, with a message to be the change to help our nation grow better. This was followed by a stunning cappella performance by a self-trained talented group of our students. In his vote of thanks, school captain, Master Siddhartha Gupta rightly quoted, ‘One child, one teacher, one pen and one book can change the world.’ Fr. Principal then thanked the members of the management, Head and Supervisors, teachers and the students for the wonderful programme.
To end the year-long Jubilee celebrations and thank the Almighty God for His graces, the staff assembled in the Shrine Crypt for an Eucharistic celebration. This was a memorable occasion also for our Rector, Rev. Fr. Crispino D’Souza as he celebrates his Silver Jubilee of Priestly ordination. Fr. Rector recalled with warm affection the memories of 25 years ago when he was ordained a priest in the same shrine. Fr. Principal in his address brought forth the qualities of our dear Fr. Rector. “I feel touched and privileged to be in Matunga to be at this point of time. The Eucharistic celebration was really special for me today.” said Fr. Rector.
Mrs. Bela Mehta and Mrs. Perpetual Nazareth led the organization of an entertainment program prior to the fellowship meal on the occasion of the Management Day. Mrs. Reena Christopher said, “It was a day that summoned up all the silver sparkle of the management and made all happy.” A big ‘Thank You’ to our dear Management for all the hard work they put in to ensure that our school continues to be one of its kind. May God bless them with good health to carry on this great task!