-Ms. Pauline Vallado



On 15th August 2020, Class XF presented Don Bosco High School’s first virtual Independence Day. The Principal, the Rector, the Vice-Principal, the Heads and the Supervisors witnessed the Assembly live.
The theme for the assembly was “Committed Citizens Inspire Humanity To Rediscover The Will To Live And Love.”
The comperes welcomed the guests and the first virtual national anthem was sung followed by the pledge. The class teacher Miss Pauline Vallado recited the prayer on the occasion of the Feast of the Assumption of our Blessed Mary.
At the first part of the presentation of the script, everyone was given a brief view about the corona virus. The students discussed the challenges they were facing at their homes during the lockdown. They often struggled with parental pressures and the uncertainties of the lockdown. The students expressed their sentiments of the pandemic through a song written by them and sung to the tune of ‘Que Sera Sera….’
Every cloud has a silver lining to it and even this pandemic had some positives. Though all the schools are shut right now, the Education Department suggested a remedy to this: E-Learning. Schools are now teaching students online so that the students don’t lag behind and are prepared for their Board Exams and other routine evaluations that lie ahead. Yes, everyone misses being in a physical school, but this the best we all can do. A patriotic dance performed by the students depicted that we can do much even while we are at home.
When at home, we needn’t give in to melancholy, but face the pandemic situation with courage and a strong will. The following points can inspire everyone to live and love.
1. Home is Where the Heart is
2. Practice better Hygiene
3. Education becomes Digitalized & Affordable
4. Limit your Intake
5. Watch a Funny Video
6. Send gifts in the Mail
7. Practice Random Acts of Kindness
8. Teamwork makes the Dream work
9. Stay at Home- Order
10.Appreciating the Essential Staff
11.A Much needed “You” Time

We haven’t a clue as to how long this pandemic will last, but we should hope for the best. Hope is a very powerful force of human beings that can change many things. Covid-19 may not have been kind to us but it has taught humanity to rediscover the will to live, serve and share.
Our Rector, Fr. Crispino D’Souza, congratulated the students for the well planned assembly and thanked the students for the beautiful expression of their sentiments during the pandemic through well coordinated song and dance. He stressed the need to salute our teachers for being real warriors during this pandemic for investing in endless hours of work in order to teach the children. Also, we need to salute all those who have lost their lives during this pandemic while working on the frontline. Fr. Rector had a strong message for us, “Our hearts should teach us to have compassion for others, we should put side our differences and make this place a better one! If we rise, we rise together and if we fall, we fall together!”
Fr. Bernard Fernnades, our school Principal, too congratulated and thanked the students for their hard work and determination to make this online assembly a reality. While appreciating the hard work of the class teacher coordinating with the students for the execution of this assembly, Fr. Principal commended the students for their originality, lived experiences of the lockdown and the good class participation.
The day’s commemoration of the Independence Day and the feast of the Assumption ended with a beautiful celebration of the mass that was streamed live for the Catholic students, staff, parents and well wishers. The mass was celebrated in the majestic crypt of DB Matunga shrine in honour of our Blessed Mother. The main celebrant was our ex-Rector, Fr. Orville Coutinho and he was joined at the altar by Fr. Rector, Fr. Principal and Fr. Vincent Rasquinha, the student mentor at our school. The celebration was animated by some soulful singing by the choir representatives of the school.

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