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Retreat for the parents held at Holy Child Auxilium Vasant Vihar

On 24th November 2018, Holy Child Auxilium Vasant Vihar organized a Retreat for the Catholic/Christian parents of Classes Nursery to XII. It was held from 8.00 am to 1.30 pm. Fr. Francis Karthanam V.C. and his team from Divine Ashram, Faridabad animated the day’s programme. The participants numbering about 200 appreciated the initiative under taken by the school management for their spiritual wellbeing. The retreat was concluded with lunch.

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Annual day celebration at Auxilium Convent School New Chumta

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The Auxilium Convent School New Chumta situated at the foothill of Himalaya ranges and surrounded by tea garden organised the annual day celebration on 11th December 2018. The celebration started at 2.00 pm with the arrival of the chief guest Ms. Runu Roy B.D.O. Matigara development block. The scouts and guides ushered   her with slow march and a ceremonial welcome was given to her by putting khada and giving a bouquet of flowers by staff and students.

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Sr. Innocentia Jojo, the principal of the school welcomed the gathering and conveyed her annual day message, inviting everyone to be genuine person especially in setting ones goal and heading toward it. In a special way she invited the students to grow like tree big and graceful. Life is given by God to each one and each one is responsible in making it beautiful. Sr. Basanti Ekka read out the annual report. During the celebration Ajay Oraon, the first Scout from the school who qualified himself in the Rajya Puruskar Testing Camp and was awarded by West Bengal Governor on 26th July 2018 was felicitated by Ms. Runu Roy who handed over the Rajya  Puruskar certificate to him.

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The colourful presentation of the programmes by each class in a diverse ways made the day an experiential one. Each item was unique and presented well. Class V presented the values that a person lives in a family from childhood days till one becomes very old. Class VIII depicted the concern of the mother earth which is crying out for its protection. They also gave message to be aware of the fast food and the adulterated food which causes various health hazards. Class VII through their mime presentation invited the gathering to save nature and stop global warming.

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Ms Runu Roy thanked the School and the management for inviting her to be the chief guest for the day. She congratulated the students for their wonderful performance and invited them to discover their talents and develop them. She invited the parents and teachers to help weaker students and not to be partial in dealing with students. She specially invited the parents to take care of their children and encourage them in their studies. At the end of the programme Ms. Maria Mahanti Toppo proposed the vote of thanks. The sun set gracefully and the celebration got over with the chirping of birds as they were leaving for their nest by 4.00pm. Everyone left the campus with lots of joy and contentment.

Feast of Mary Immaculate

On 8th December at Mazzarello Convent the Feast of Mary Immaculate was solemnized in a grand way. Morning liturgy was prepared by Sr. Lucy Tirkey. She helped the community to recall the significant events that took place on this date in the life of Don Bosco on 8th December such as:

1842 –  Meeting with  Bartholomew Garelli and starting of  his mission for the young people

1842 – Opening of the first chapel for the festive Oratory of St. Aloysius

1847- Opening of the Oratory of St. Aloysius

1853- prediction of  Don Bosco that the Waldensian Church in Turin would be one day a Catholic Church dedicated to the Immaculate Mary

1862- Instead of a lightning conductor Don Bosco erected a statue of Mary Immaculate near the spot hit by the lightning on May 20th, 1861.

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Fr. Provincial in his sermon stressed that Holiness consists in little things so we e need to keep the target of our life – that is Holiness. Our Blessed Mother persevered in achieving the virtue of Holiness. The Lord is asking us to give our best.  Anyone who is full of grace will go beyond to help the needy person like Mary our mother. Therefore there is no room for laziness. We are full of grace, so let us move to stretch out our hand to embrace the world like Don Bosco.

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After Mass Rev. Fr. Naresh Pradeep Kujur SDB the Vice Provincial and Rev. Fr. P Akkilettu Francis Biju Abraham the Provincial Economer  also joined the celebration. Thereafter boarders wished superior Sr. Lily, Happy Feast Day, welcomed the Fathers, and enacted the scene of the meeting of Don Bosoc with Bartholomew Garelli . He congratulated the children for their good performance and recommended them go ahead courageously on their journey no matter what comes. Celebration continued with the festal meal.  It was indeed a treasured celebration which everyone enjoyed to the full.

Provincial Visit at Auxilium New Chumta

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On 20th November 2018, Auxilium Convent School, New Chumta offered a traditional welcome to Provincial Sr. Rose Ezarath by sisters, teachers and the students.  The visitation started with a short prayer service asking blessings from the Lord.

On 22nd November, the students staged few programmes to welcome and express their love and gratitude towards Provincial. In her message she invited the students to soar high like eagle to achieve their goal. At the end she thanked them for the lovely programme. She also met teaching and non teaching staff and thanked them for their dedicated service. Teachers also thanked her for her guidance, encouragement and for all the facilities provided for the institution.

IMG_8360Sr. Provincial visited Putinbarie coaching centre and was moved to see the financial condition of the people. She suggested the sisters to have more reach out programmes for that centre. On the last day of her visitation boarders performed a short programme consisting of skit, dances and poem. She thanked the boarders for their lovely programme.  In her message Sr. Provincial invited the boarders to be obedient, sincere, to have great trust in God and to honour Mother Mary.  On 24th November during Morning Prayer the community gathered around the altar and thanked the Lord for the enriching days of visitation. After breakfast the community thanked her and wished her safe journey and had photo session with provincial.

ANNUAL SPORTS MEET OF AUXILIUM CONVENT SCHOOL, DUM DUM

 

 

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The annual sports meet ‘Auxzeal – 2018’ was held on 17th November at the Lichubagan Sports Ground, Dum Dum. This auspicious event was graced by Dr. Partha Chatterjee, the Hon’ble Minister of Education, West Bengal and Prof. Dr. Manjusha Tarafdar, the Vice-chancellor of Seacom Skills University, Shantiniketan, as the Chief Guest and the Guest of Honour respectively. The three-hour long sporting bonanza was attended by all the students, their parents, the school management, and the teaching and the non-teaching staff of ACS, Dum Dum. This year’s event was covered by drone cameras which captured, from above, all the fascinating moments of the day, including the drill formations.

Prof. Tarafdar was felicitated by a bouquet of flowers after being accorded a ceremonial guard of honour by the prefects of the school. Sr. Superior and Vice-provincial of the Kolkata Province, Sr. Teresa Adampakallel was also felicitated by the neutral prefects. Sr. Elizabeth Makil, the first principal of the school, as well as many other superannuated teachers attended the meet. The sports flame was lit to mark the beginning of the day’s events. As the Guest of Honour hoisted the sports flag and declared the sports meet open, she was cheered on by the children as well as the numerous invitees. Dr. Chatterjee, having arrived a little afterwards, was also received amidst a lot of fanfare and ceremony. In keeping with the tradition of the school, this year’s march past and the drills too were judged for their precision and performances. The three esteemed judges from St. Mary’s Orphanage and Day School, Auxilium Convent School, Barasat, and  Don Bosco School, Liluah were felicitated and suitably positioned for judging the March Past and the House drills.

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The four houses of the school, led by their Captains and Vice-captains put their best foot forward in a spectacular march past. The perfectly co-ordinated march past reflected the team spirit and the bolstered morale of the participants. The primary children enlivened the event by matching their little steps with high school students. The children welcomed the dignitaries with a spectacular welcome dance: ‘Suswagatam’. Beautifully dressed Nursery and K.G. Children performed the drill ‘The Darling Rose Buds’. They were the very picture of sweet innocence and glowing exuberance. The Karate Champs performed a few ‘Katas’ to the collective amazement of the audience. That self-defence skills are held extremely important at ACS, Dum Dum, was proved when black-belt ‘Karatekas’ like Himika Singha Roy of Class VII and others performed daring stunts in front of the audience. The Classes I and II children swayed their bodies to the foot-tapping rhythm of music in their drill: ‘The Fluttering Butterflies’. The children of III to V showed their jaw-dropping expertise with hoopla rings.

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The four houses presented four brilliantly choreographed drills on the theme of nature conservation. The Red House drill called ‘The Winds of Change’ brought about the eternal conflict between oxygen and carbon dioxide to win over the earth and how things could be changed for better in the future. ‘Live Mother Earth’ was the Green House Drill which portrayed the importance of the motto ‘Save Earth, Save Mankind’. The Yellow House children reflected the overwhelming influence of fire in shaping the destiny of human civilization in their drill ‘The Fiery Blaze’. The Blue House, on the other hand, showcased how our oceans are being polluted by hazardous and non-biodegradable waste by humans. All the four house drills reinstated the importance of ‘Reuse, Reduce and Recycle’ and how the Auxilians have contributed to this effect in their own little ways.

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Interspersing these performances were the sports events like: Care for Trees, skipping race, 100 meter flat race, the cycle race, and the relay race. The winners were recognised for their agility and endurance by a presentation of medals and certificates which were handed over by Sr. Superior and Sr. Principal. The Grand Finale of the day’s events was the mass drill performed by each and every student of the school. The glorious spectacle of a few hundred girls performing, in unison, brought to culmination a couple of week’s intense practices for the sports meet.

Principal Sr. Esther Rani C.A welcomed the Chief Guest, at his arrival, and the other dignitaries in her welcome address touching upon the salient features of the school and the sports meet. She extended her heartfelt gratitude to the dignitaries for having encouraged her students in their endeavours. The Chief Guest, Dr. Chatterjee, expressed his admiration for the way the Auxilians had maintained discipline at the sports ground. He commended one and all for the stellar performances. He also appreciated the school authorities for providing quality, all-round education to girls and also for ensuring a safe environment for them. The Guest of Honour congratulated the students for excelling in sports as well as giving due importance to academics and moral development.

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To enthuse the students, this year five trophies were awarded for various achievements. The Yellow House received the Best House-Drill trophy, the Green House received the Best March-Past trophy, the Red House received the Best Disciplined House trophy and the Blue House received the Best Athletic as well as the ‘Best House of the Year’ trophies. The trophies were announced by Sister Principal and awarded by the hon’ble Minister of Education, Dr. Partha Chatterjee, amidst thunderous applause and a lot of cheering.

Ms. Sujata Harish, senior English teacher, delivered the vote of thanks. The sports flag was lowered and the auxi-flame doused. Sister Principal brought a close to this year’s sporting extravaganza by announcing the event close. The assembly dispersed after the national anthem.

Over all, this year’s sports meet was a stupendous success and the congratulations and credits were shared by all members of the Auxilium family equally.

Ms. Raka Bhattacharya

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CBCI National Education Consultation

The national CBCI Education consultation was done by way of a full day Programme on 14th  Nov 2018 for the National and Provincial Education Coordinators of Religious Congregations and it was attended by about 100 participants. It was held at Don Bosco Provincial House, Okhla. The inaugural session continued with the welcoming and felicitating of the Chairperson of the CBCI Office for Education and Culture Most Rev. Thomas D’Souza, Archbishop of Kolkata and the Member Bishops of the CBCI Office for Education Most Rev. Archbishop John Moolachira, Archbishop of Guwahati and Rev. Fr. Joy Jacob, Rector, Don Bosco Provincial House Okhla.

Delhi Meeting.jpgArchbishop John Moolachira said that even in the face of the multiple pressures that all of us have while running our institutions, we need to focus our attention and works for the Catholic children, organize scholarships for needy children and keep alive our option for the poor. Next, he led the participants to consider the qualities required for a Principal and imbibe the spirit of the Church, compassion for the needy and a heart for the poor. The need of the hour was to work in collaboration and adopt participatory management, continuously motivating the staff and training them and seek their full participation in the mission and full cooperation.

In the key-note address given by Archbishop Thomas D’Souza highlighted the salient and relevant features of the policy contained in the “All India Catholic Education Policy” and the importance of implementing them- namely: Provide quality and relevant education for all especially the poor; provide education that frees persons from the encumbrances of discrimination, illiteracy and whatever endangers life and respect and inculcate the values in life; promote respect for diversity and inclusiveness; provide education that humanises and allows all to play their rightful role in society, understand economic structures and political systems and promote transparency and accountability; impart education that energizes the young and promote nation building; impart education that shapes character, provides competence and promotes qualities of the heart; ensure promoting collaboration and cooperation and finally provide education that nurtures encounter with God and nourishes faith and teaches values.

Fr. Joseph Manipadam, Secretary for the CBCI Office for Education gave a presentation reporting on some of the very latest concerns posed by the latest Government policy changes after which he gave a report on the work of evaluating and certifying the Catholic institutions across the country on the effectiveness of implementation of the “All India Catholic Education Policy” by each institution and the overall impact in each of the 14 regions through the graphic analysis that had been done. He ended his presentation with the  inauguration of the  “CBCI Education Mastermind”, a commemorative national quiz for schools across the country to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the “All India Catholic Education Policy” to create awareness and onward enthusiasm generating commitment to implement the Catholic Education Policy.

Sr.Clara Saminathan

Retreat for the Catholic Students – Mazzarello Convent School, Ranchi

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Mazzarello School, Ranchi kept  aside, two full days of 13 and 14 November for the Catholic Students to have God experience in a very Charismatic way.  There were 147 participants. Rev. Fr. Binoy and his team came forward willingly from Divine Retreat centre Hazaribagh to animate the student. Life witnessing of the animators was really heart touching. Fr. Binoy highlighted the richness of the Holy Bible. He also said that in the 73 books  of the Holy Bible there are 8526 promises.  It was really  a new insight for many of  them. He made them to realize with various Bible quotations that their promises are nothing compared with  the promises of  God.

Sr. Aruna Kispotta

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