9 May 2018: The 157th Birth Anniversary of Kabiguru Rabindranath Tagore was celebrated by the middle and high school students in the premises of Auxilium Convent School, Barasat. The initiative to pay homage to the famous bard of Bengal was taken up by the members of Music Club. The auspicious celebration began with lighting of the lamp by Sr. Principal, Sr. Superior and the School coordinators. The auditorium was beautifully decorated with “Rangolis” and colourful motifs in front of the portrait of Kabiguru. The sweet smelling garlands and floral adornments centering the portrait of Tagore kept the ambience cheerful.
The audience witnessed a mesmerising performance by the group singers who harmonised Tagore numbers with perfect melodious chorus rendition. It was followed by the much awaited Inter-House Monologue Competition. All the participants skilfully showed off their talents of acting based on the theme—“RabindrabhabonayAdhunikata”. The Middle school students mellifluously recited Tagore’s famous poem—“Pujor Saaj”. Finally, students of Class XII filled the ambience with serenity through their dance performance to pay their tribute to Kabiguru.
To add a perfect conclusion, Sr. Superior showed a mesmerising presentation on a beautiful poem by Tagore from his collection of poem—“Gitanjali”. Finally, Sr.Superior and Sr. Principal emphasised on the splendour and brilliance of Tagore through their speeches thereby motivating the students to continue the culture and heritage of Bengal through intense reading and appreciating the ideals of Tagore and his literary contribution.
On 9 May, the primary section students of Auxilium Convent School, Barasat celebrated the 157th birthday of Rabindranath Tagore. The motive of the programme was to enlighten the students about the contribution of Tagore towards Bengal’s Culture, Literature and Art. The programme commenced with the Inter-House group singing competition in which the Red House was acknowledged as the best. It was followed by the Solo Instrumental Competition in which Green House secured the first position. Sr. Juliana then shared a few words motivating the children to inculcate reading of Tagore books and imbibe his ideals and teachings. The programme filled the ambience with good cheer and festivity as they paid their homage to Tagore through his best creation in Art and Literature.
On 26 April 2018, HCA Vasant Vihar celebrated the World Gratitude Day in the company of Sr. Rose Ezarath, Provincial who was making her official visitation. The staff and students of HCA welcomed Sr. Rose with bouquets and greeting cards expressing thanks and appreciation. The programme commenced with the lightning of the lamp, symbol of God’s presence.It was followed by a short prayer service and a prayer dance by students of classes XII and IX.
The PowerPoint presentation by Class XII-B enlightened everyone on Mother Provincial’s committed service over the years as an integral part of the Salesian family. Celebrating the spirit of the year’s thrust ‘Listening and Accompanying’ the students of class X presented a skit, a poem ‘Listen Carefully’ by Jayanti Lakher, a song titled ‘Listen let your heart keep seeking’ by class XI to highlight the importance of following the principle of listening. The Nukkad Natak, highlighting the issue of CBSE paper leak 2018 not only brought laughter but left a great impact on the audience.
The celebrations of the day culminated with Words of wisdom by Mother Provincial.
On May 10, 2018 the members of Blue and Green Houses of Auxilium Barasat honoured St. Mary Mazarello and St. Dominic Savio their patrons. The programme began with the garlanding of the statues and reading of the biography of St. Mary Mazarello as well as St.Dominic Savio. A prayer song was sung seeking for their blessings. Some maxims of the saints were displayed by the students followed by a melodious song and a graceful dance. Sr. Principal unveiled the school magazine -‘Auxi Spettro-2018’ and shared a few words of wisdom. The celebration set the children for a vacation mood.
Class – 5C.
On 11 May 2018, the Blue House members of St.Mary’s Convent, School Geyzing celebrated the feast of their patron St.Mary Mazzarello. The blue house captain with the flag fluttering in the air brought in the portrait of Mother Mazzarello with slow march and placed it on the stage and the day’s programme started with a prayer service conducted by the blue house members. They then participated in various activities like dancing, singing, poem, and different quotes of Mother Mazzarello. The skit “LOVE CONQUERES ALL” was enacted by the students. They showed how Mother Mazzarello conquered the heart of Emma the rebellious girl. Last but not the least Sr.Nirmala Tigga the Animator enlightened the assembly with her message for the occasion. She also appreciated the Blue House co-ordinators and the members. The programme came to a halt with the slogan: “E VIVA MOTHER MAZZARELLO” “E VIVA”.
Economers’ meeting was held from 7 – 10 May 2018, at Auxilium Convent, Dum Dum. There were 25 participants from different communities of the Province. The days were animated by the Provincial Sr. Rose Ezarath and the Provincial Economer Sr. Annie Thevarakunnel. Mr. Sanjay Mukherjea and Ashish Agarwal were also invited to enlighten and update the participants us with current issues of the Government regarding accounting. The topics highlighted were Budget 2018, TDS, Income Tax, PAN card and FCRA.
Sr. Rose enlightened us with Articles of the Constitutions and Conference of Mother Mazzarello regarding Poverty and she also reminded us the sacredness and the responsibilities of an economer. Sr. Annie Thevarakunnal helped us to renew our commitment in accordance with the Regulations of the Constitutions regarding Poverty. We were encouraged to clear our doubts and to be more efficient in performing our duties daily with accuracy and commitment.
Participants from Delhi communities
On 11 May 2018, the School community of Auxilium Dum Dum joined with the entire FMA world to celebrate the Feast of St. Mary Mazzarello. The celebration commenced with the lighting of the lamp by Principal Sr.Esther Rani, Vice Principal Sr.Jancy and the Coordinators of the school. Since it was the feast of the Green House, the members from classes III – XII were present with their various items, like, a song and a poem presented by the middle school, a mime and a dance on ‘women empowerment’ by the high school and a short skit on how Mary Mazzarello trained the young girls to balance their emotions by the senior students.
The homage to St. Mary Mazzarello was followed by the Silver Jubilee celebration of Sr. Jancy Valliyil the Vice Principal of the School. The school community thanked God for her 25 years of service in the Institute and prayed for God’s continued blessing upon her. Bouquets, cards, gifts and a big VIP suitcase were presented to Sr. Jancy. The students added grandeur to the celebration with classical and western dances and Jubilee songs. Sr. Jancy then thanked the Sisters, Teachers and the students for the surprise Jubilee celebration. In the evening, there was a thanksgiving prayer service before the Eucharistic Lord in which the Community members expressed their love and gratitude for the gift of Sr. Jancy and for her 25 years of joyful fidelity.
The Jubilation continued on 12 May at 9am with a Solemn concelebrated Holy Eucharist presided over by Most Rev. Thomas D’ Souza, Archbishop of Kolkata. The Mass was offered to thank the Lord for the gift of St. Mary Mazzarello as well as to celebrate the 25 Years of dedicated service of Sr. Jancy. The chapel was packed with the students, teachers, co-operators, past pupil representatives, close by religious community members and the members of the ADMA. The entrance dance, prayer of the faithful and the melodious hymns sung by the senior catechism students of the school added solemnity to the twin celebration. Archbishop Thomas D’ Souza in his homily highlighted the urgency of living a saintly life as all of us are called to be holy. During the holy Mass Sr. Jancy renewed her Religious profession and received a crown of silver roses from the Archbishop and was garlanded by Superior Sr. Teresa Adampakallel. Sr. Jancy thanked the entire assembly for making the celebration a very meaningful one. All the invitees then gathered in the school hall for further felicitation and Jubilation. Food packets were distributed to the students and all the others were given a high treat with a variety of items. All went home happy and contented.
Sr.Esther Rani FMA
“service to man is service to God”
On the 1st of May, the students of St.Mary’s Convent School, Geyzing organized a short programme to thank the non- teaching staff of the school. The programme began by invoking God’s blessings, followed by lighting of the lamp. The students felicitated the supportive staff with khada and gifts as a token of our love. The programme proceeded with a melodious song by the students of class VI, action dance by Class II. The students of class X rocked the stage. Finally, Annie the co-worker was invited on the stage to say a few words on this auspicious occasion. After the programme all the supportive staffs were invited for the lunch.
St. Dominic Savio is honoured
On 5th May 2018, the Red House members celebrated the feast of their house patron St. Domenic Savio in St. Mary’s Convent School, Geyzing. The members of the house chose “Death rather than sin” as their theme in order to portray the virtues of St. Dominic Savio. The programme commenced with offering the khada, lighting of the lamp that was followed by a prayer service and prayer dance. The event continued with the power point presentation showing the brief life of St. Dominic Savio, after which there was a Nepali dance and the western dance by the house members. It was followed by skit viewing the simplicity and piety of Dominic Savio. Self composed poem by Neysang and Prateek was recited. Finally, the house members enchanted the hymn of St. Dominic Savio. The programme ended with a golden message from Sister Superior.