20 de febrero de 2017

Harold D'Souza's visit to CJM - Vadodara

We, at Convent of Jesus and Mary Girls' High School, Vadodara organised a felicitation programme in honour of Mr. Harold D'Souza an ex-student of the 1980 batch on the 9th February 2016.

Mr. Harold D'Souza is an Indian American activist who was appointed by the then President of U.S.A., Mr. Barack Obama, to the Advisory Council against Slavery. 
It was a moment of pride and honour when Mr. Harold D'Souza shared his long, torturous and painful struggle about his experience with slavery and attributed his sense of courage and strength to fight during this journey, to the values gifted to him by the school and his teachers.

All his former teachers, Mrs. Anna Lobo, Mrs. E. Francis, Ms. Amy Fernandes, Mrs. V. Mathew, Mrs. Nilima Varghese, the P.T.A. members, Sisters of the Community and his classmate, Cheryl Francis were present for the function.

Fr. Dr. Lancy Lobo and Fr. Jeetu D'Monte were also present. Fr. Dr. Lancy Lobo shared his views about slavery and congratulated Mr. Harold D'Souza for his heroic fight against bonded labour.

Ms. Cheryl shared her school experiences with Mr. Harold D'Souza as her classmate and Mrs. Francis spoke of him being a shy student.
Our Provicial Superior Sr. Magdalene presented a shawl, Manager, Sr. Tara presented a Memento and our Principal Sr. Nirmala gifted him with a sapling.

It was a memorable event which promoted inspiratlional thoughts to the students on the real life, gruesome experiences shared by Mr. Harold D'Souza. 

14 de febrero de 2017

"Kindness Day"

WSG concludes Catholic Schools week with "Kindness Day"

During the first week of February, we celebrated Catholic Schools Week.
Our Catholic identity is the core of our community. We celebrate being a Catholic school all year long through special masses and daily prayer; but this week in particular, we celebrated our school community. One of the many important aspects of being a Catholic school is maintaining the fun, safe, and respectful learning environ­ment that our girls know and love.
The students had an exciting week full of themed dress-up days, and ended with "Kindness Day" on Friday.
The girls started the day of kindness with a prayer service followed by various activities in small groups demonstrating the positive ways in which they can respond to mistreatment.
To further grasp the effects that an individual's words or actions can have on another, the girls learned about the "ripple effect".
Each group was given a bucket of water; and each student was given a handful of sprinkles that represented their actions. As they sprinkled their items into the bucket, they could see and really understand how far their actions can go.
I was moved by the simplicity of the exercise and the thoughtful responses it elicited from our students.
The day ended with each student taking a pledge to always ask, "What Would Jesus Do?" before responding to a difficult situation.

Sister Mary Bourdon, RJM 
RJM Head of School
USA Province

13 de febrero de 2017

Looking with the eyes of Claudine...

and responding... by serving "the needs of refugees"
(USA Provincial Chapter)

In November, Sr. Mary and Sr. Jackie began volunteering at RIRAL (Rhode Island Regional Adult Literacy) located in Woonsocket, RI. The mission of this agency is to assist adults in the process of reaching their academic, occupational, or personal goals through edu¬cation, counseling, and training. RIRAL provides instruction in English language, reading, writing, math and technology, as well as college readiness.
Sister Mary meets with Karolin, a registered pharmacist from Egypt. She needs to pass the TOFEL exam (Test of English as a Foreign Language). So far, Karolin has attempted the test six times ($190 a try) and has not attained the required score.
Mary also tutors Isabel from Portugal who despite a fourth grade education in her country has managed to become a manager at Dunkin Donuts. Isabel is trying to pass the National External Diploma Test which will allow her to pursue her education.
Sr. Jackie’s client is Anu, a lovely Indian woman, who taught computer technology in her own country. She is beginning the Transition to College Program connected to CCRI.
Her other student is a Vietnamese gentleman, Hao, who owns his own business and also has to pass the National External Diploma Test.
As you can imagine, these students are extremely motivated.
In addition, to academic instruction Sr. Mary and Sr. Jackie provide guidance and help in exploring resources available to immigrants.
Sr. Mary Crepeau, RJM
Sr. Jacqueline Crepeau, RJM