Rev. Fr. Noel Maddhichetty, Director BOSCONET, Visit to Our School
3rd September: It was a very special moment for us at Don Bosco School when Rev. Fr. Noel Maddhichetty visited our school. Rev. Fr. Noel Maddhichetty is the Director of Bosconet South Asia which works for the empowerment of the youth, the poor and the marginalized. Rev. Fr. Noel had been instrumental in planning our school and had laid the Foundation Stone of the school building on 18th December 2009. Don Bosco School, Bandlaguda, today, is his vision brought to life.
In his address to the school assembly, Rev. Fr. Noel spoke to students about the joy of giving versus only getting. He encouraged students to think about ways in which they could help children who could not afford to go to school. Fr. Noel said that a small amount of funds raised can go a long way in transforming the lives of poor children through education.
It was an honour to have Rev. Fr. Noel visit our school. We thank him for his inspiring words and for the work that he is doing through Bosconet. We wish him good luck with all his endeavors.
Fr. Santiagu’s Birthday Celebrations
On the 23rd of August, the school celebrated Rev. Fr. Thomas Santiagu’s birthday during assembly with the cutting of a cake, words of wishes and birthday blessings from students and from the Principal.
As the Correspondent of our school, Rev. Fr. Santiagu has been a very strong supporter of many new initiatives at the school. In spite of a very busy schedule as Vice Provincial of the Province and Correspondent of Don Bosco School, he has taken the time to be with us on many school events. We are extremely grateful for his gracious support and constant encouragement.
Don Bosco’s Birthday Celebrated
16th August 2019 marked the 204th birthday of Don Bosco. The day was celebrated with a special assembly organized by Class 9. Songs, a skit on events from the life of St. John Bosco, quotations of Don Bosco and a quiz were all part of the joyous celebrations to commemorate the birthday of our beloved founder.
John Bosco, popularly known as Don Bosco, was born in 1815 in Becchi, Italy, to a family of poor farmers. John Bosco lost his father when he was only two years old. He had to overcome much hardships and struggles in life. He went on to become a priest – taking care of thousands of impoverished street children and establishing the Salesian Order. Don Bosco established an education system that was way ahead of its times and which stands in good stead today. Don Bosco is a true inspiration for students studying in Don Bosco Schools and institutions across the world.
Independence Day 2019 Celebrations at Don Bosco School
“At the dawn of history India started on her unending quest, and trackless centuries are filled with her striving and the grandeur of her successes and her failures. Through good and ill fortune alike she has never lost sight of that quest…” this recitation from Jawaharlal Nehru’s historic ‘Tryst With Destiny’ speech given at the stroke of midnight on 15th August 1947, marked the beginning of the India’s 73rd Independence Day celebrations at Don Bosco School.
We were honoured to have among us Rev. Fr. Thathireddy Vijaya Bhaskar, President of Don Bosco School as the Chief Guest, and Rev. Fr. Rajesh, Rev. Fr. Rayappa, Rev. Fr. Baly and six volunteers for Don Bosco Institutes from Austria, as guests who were welcomed by Rev. Fr. Chinnappa, Principal Don Bosco School and students with a Guard of Honour.
After the hoisting of our National Flag and singing of the National Anthem, rich tributes were paid to our freedom fighters in the form of a prayer, speeches, songs, dances and a skit. Class 10 students enacted the historic events that shaped our freedom movement; which was truly a heart-rending performance that evoked deep gratitude for the immense sacrifice made by our freedom fighters.
Rev. Fr. Thathireddy Vijaya Bhaskar in his address spoke about how each one of us should feel proud of the tremendous progress that India as a nation has made since its independence. He also reminded students that everyone has a responsibility towards building a united and integrated country. The school also took the opportunity to wish Rev. Fr. Baly for his birthday along with Jhansi teacher and a few other students. The program came to a close with a colourful patriotic dance medley by class 3 to 8 students and a vote of thanks from the Principal.
Teachers Training on School Counselling
On the 10th and 11th of August 2019, teachers representing Don Bosco Schools in the states of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh were given the wonderful opportunity to attend a Training Workshop on School Counselling by Rev Fr. Donthi Raja SDB. The program was organized by the Don Bosco Province, Hyderabad. Vice-Provincial, Rev. Fr. Santiagu, in his opening address outlined the plans of the Province to provide continuous counselling training for Don Bosco School teachers throughout the year. He spoke about the need for teachers to be well equipped with dealing with the social problems that impact the lives of many of our youth today. In addition, he said that teachers who are interested in training further would also be encouraged to pursue their Masters in Psychology.
As the Province Youth Director, Rev. Fr. Donthi Raja has vast experience working with children. He also is about to complete his Phd in Psychology, so his expert guidance was deeply appreciated by the participants. Over the two days, Fr. Raja gave great insight into the realm of psychological counselling. He stressed on the need for teachers to undergo thorough training over a period of time, as well as attaining the right qualifications, before they could counsel students. The purpose of this workshop was to give an overview of the skills required in counselling. He said that, “Counselling should be seen as the first step along the path to facilitating the development of young people so they become all they could be.” “Counselling and supporting students with difficulties should be seen as a means of beginning the process of empowering young people to fully utilize their potential.”
Teachers were trained for the skills needed in interviewing and counselling students from building a rapport with the student during counselling to observing verbal and non-verbal communication. The participants were given the opportunity to practice some of the techniques learned during a practical session.
Our grateful thanks to Rev Fr. Raja for his expert guidance during the training which certainly sparked off a lot of interest among the teachers. We are also very grateful to the Provincial and Vice-Provincial of Don Bosco Province Hyderabad for introducing this great initiative to train teachers in counselling.
Investiture Ceremony 2019 – 2020 at Don Bosco School
“The single biggest way to impact an organisation is to focus on leadership development. There is almost no limit to the potential of an organisation that results good people, raises them up as leaders and continually develops them”. Don Bosco School exemplifies these inspiring words from John Maxwell.
The elected students of our school embarked on their leadership journey on 24th July 2019 with an Investiture Ceremony. The programme commenced with a Guard of Honour to welcome the chief guest Rev Fr. Jerry Thomas, Principal of Bosco Institute, Assam. Our students recited the “The Lord’s Prayer”, also called the “Our Father” to seek God’s blessings. Thereafter, our Principal, Rev. Fr. Godugunooru Chinnappa, addressed the school with an inspirational welcome speech. The lighting of the lamp, symbolizing the spread of light, knowledge and wisdom, was led by the Chief Guest, Rev Fr. Jerry Thomas, Rev. Fr. Godugunooru Chinnappa, our Principal, Mr. Sudhakar, teacher representative, K. Lohitha Reddy, School Pupil Leader and Rahul Francis Sathiraju, Assistant School Pupil Leader.
“Leaders are not born, they are made”. The formal start of the Investiture Ceremony began with a march past led by the newly formed student council followed by the Guard of Honour and the school band. The student leaders were bestowed their badges by the Chief Guest, Rev Fr. Jerry Thomas, which was followed by the oath taking ceremony by the Student Council Members. Rev Fr. Jerry Thomas, addressed the school with a motivational activity for the student leaders and a speech, which will be long remembered.
The prestigious event was completed with the singing of the National Anthem, the patriotic musical composition that evokes and eulogizes the history, traditions, and struggles of our leaders and people.
Congratulations to all our newly elected student leaders. We wish them every success in fulfilling their duties in the year ahead.
DON BOSCO SCHOOL, BANDLAGUDA, STUDENT COUNCIL
School Pupil Leader: K. Lohitha Reddy
Assistant School Pupil Leader: Rahul Francis Sathiraju
Sports Leader: Mathew Joseph
Assistant Sports Leader: Mamilla Hasini
Don Bosco Group Captain: G. Harshika Reddy
Don Bosco Group Vice Captain:Tom Thomas
Dominic Savio Group Captain: Prabodh Obadiah
Dominic Savio Group Vice Captain: Maria Sathvika Vemula
Mary Mazzerello Group Captain: C. Mounika Reddy
Mary Mazzerello Group Vice Captain: Aditya Sen
Mama Margaret Group Captain: Shalmini Theresa Vatti
Mama Margaret Group Vice Captain: Brainard Philemon Jagati
Science Activity Based Learning at Don Bosco School
Our Class 10 students used the knowledge they had gained in their Biology classes on Digestive Enzymes to design some very innovative and informative displays depicting the stages of digestion – based on individual student’s meal plans. Thank you to Jayalakshmi Teacher for creating awareness about diet and nutrition among her students while teaching a biology lesson.
Activity Based Learning Projects
July 2019: The students from Class 6 and 7 organized a Gallery Walk to display their innovative activity based projects in Social Studies. It was great seeing the enthusiasm among students who shared their projects in an interactive manner which made it a learning experience for their audience too. Thank you Sara Teacher and Sonia Teacher for organizing this event.
Thank You Rev. Fr. Suresh
On Friday, 5th July 2019, Don Bosco School got the opportunity to express its heartfelt gratitude to Rev. Fr. Suresh for his tremendous work over the past eight years in seeing this school grow from just over a hundred students to what it is today. When Fr. Suresh was made principal of Don Bosco School eight years ago, he got to work right a way, enrolling students and training faculty. Since then the school has grown exponentially thanks to his dedication and perseverance.
The entire school, along with Rev. Fr. Thomas Santiagu, Vice President and Correspondent of the school, Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Rayappa, Rev. Fr. Rajesh, Rev. Fr. Raju, Rev. Fr. Baly and Principal of our school, Rev. Fr. Chinnappa warmly welcomed Rev. Fr. Suresh back on campus.
The event began with a prayer song, welcome dance and speeches from the Principal, teachers and students – each sharing their personal experiences to thank Rev. Fr. Suresh. In the words of Neelima Teacher, ” Words are not adequate to express our gratitude”. Rev. Fr. Santiagu spoke about how everyday, over the past years, Rev. Fr. Suresh would be on the school campus at 8 AM and would rarely take time from work, except while attending some other event. The number of beautifully created handmade greeting cards and the tears in the eyes of students, especially our Class 10, were testimony to the great respect and admiration of the students. We wish Rev. Fr. Suresh the very best as he once again takes on the challenging role of building another school and we look forward to his next visit to our school.
Don Bosco School Election of Student Leaders 2019-2020
After listening to students who volunteered for leadership positions speak during rounds of campaigning, students at Don Bosco School got to vote for their student leaders. Congratulations to Lohitha Reddy Class 10 (S.P.L) and S. Rahul Class 9 Lotus (A.S.P.L). We wish them every success as they take on their leadership role and represent the students of Don Bosco School.
Meeting with Parents 2019 -2020
Don Bosco School organized a series of interactive meetings for parents of students from Nursery to High School, during Saturdays from June to July 2019. The aim of the meetings were to encourage a continued good rapport between parents, management and teachers; which is integral to the functioning of our school. It was also a great opportunity to welcome new students’ parents to the campus and give them an orientation on the school. Parents were introduced to the members of the Management of Don Bosco School. Rev Fr. Thomas Santiagu, Vice President and Correspondent of the school, graciously attended every event and spent valuable time speaking to and meeting with parents. Rev. Fr. Thomas Santiagu gave parents an overview of the vision and functioning of Salesian schools and institutes worldwide. He said that a Holistic approach to education was integral to the values of Don Bosco School and that the sole aim of Don Bosco School is to make “every child who enters our school good, honest and responsible citizens.” Rev. Fr. Santiagu also informed parents about all the new programs and initiatives being organized in the school for the academic year.
The Principal of our school, Rev. Fr. Chinnappa then addressed the gathering. Once again warmly welcoming all the parents, Rev. Fr. Chinnappa said they he looked forward to working with the parents and seeing the school grow with the cooperation of the parents. In his words, “ Imparting education is the primary responsibility of the school staff but in order to succeed we need the support and valuable feedback of the parents.” He then reiterated the rules and regulations of the school such as punctuality, students wearing the proper school uniform and the school’s leave policy as well as gave parents updates on the curriculum and criteria for assessments and evaluations in our school. Fr. Chinnappa then encouraged parents to share their opinions and comments about the ways in which Don Bosco School could continue to grow and improve.
Over the different sessions, parents gave some excellent feedback for the school. Parents who did not get an opportunity to speak were encouraged by Rev. Fr. Chinnappa to fill in feedback forms available at the venue. We sincerely appreciate all the comments and feedback and are in the process of reviewing as well as implementing some of the suggestions. The Management too will be reviewing all suggestions.
The school much appreciates the large turn out of parents and their wonderful support and encouragement in helping in the growth and development of Don Bosco School. Our sincere thanks to all the parents who attended the events.
19th National Karate Championship, Goa, 2019
Don Bosco School students participated in the 19th National Karate Championship held in Goa from the 14th to 16th of June 2019. Hearty Congratulations to Vivekashrith Reddy (Class 6) on winning a Gold Medal and Vushakoita Tanish (Class 6) for winning a Bronze Medal. Vivek has been selected for the International Championship in Malaysia. Congratulations to their coach Mr. Sudhakar and we wish them good luck for the upcoming tournament at Malaysia.
Aksharabhyasam Ceremony 2019-2020
“Aksharabhyasam” is a Sanskrit word meaning initiation of education to a child by his parents and Guru on an auspicious day. This will be a formal beginning of literacy in one’s life. The auspicious occasion of our Kindergarten kids was started by invoking God’s blessings through a prayer song sung by our UKG students.
Our Principal Rev. Fr. Godugunooru Chinnappa addressed the attendees and set the context for the occasion with an inspiring welcome speech.
The Divine Grace was spread through the lighting of the lamp by Rev Fr. Dr. Thathireddy Vijaya Bhaskar, President of our School, Rev. Fr. Chinnappa, our Principal, Mrs. Annamary, teacher representative, Mr. G Vijay Reddy, Parent representative and Theresa representing our pre-primary students.
The Parents and the newly enrolled nursery kids were warmly greeted by the first standard students of Don Bosco with a Welcome dance. And thereafter the LKG as well as UKG students had a lovely performance for our Parents and newly enrolled toddlers.
There after we began the ‘Aksharabhyasam Ceremony’ with the blessings of our Reverend Fathers, Mrs. Christine and the loving teachers of Kindergarten.
The Vote of Thanks was proposed Mrs. Juliet of Nursery Class with appreciation for the Reverend Salesian Fathers for accepting our invitation and blessing our tiny tots on their auspicious day. Also to the Parents for spending their valuable time in encouraging our tiny tots’ academic journey in our school.
Inaugural of the Academic Year 2019-2020
June marked the beginning the academic year 2019-2020 at Don Bosco School. The school joyfully celebrated the return of our students to the school campus with a festive ceremony. We were pleased to have among us Rev. Fr. Thomas Santiago, Vice president and Correspondent of the school, Rev. Fr. Rajesh, Rev. Fr. Baly and the Principal of our school, Rev. Fr. Chinnappa.
Telangana Day Celebration 2019 at Don Bosco School
Following the inauguration ceremony, the school joyously celebrated the Telangana Formation Day, which is celebrated on the 2nd of June every year since 2014 but had fallen during the school’s summer vacations.
Students traced the history of Telangana formation day through speeches, a traditional folk dance, skits and posters which reflected the rich cultural heritage of our state.
Creative and Colourful Posters created by our teachers to Welcome Back students to the Academic Year 2019 -2020.
Child Protection Policy Training at Don Bosco School
Rev. Fr. Dr. Thathireddy Vijaya Bhaskar, President of Don Bosco School, Bandlaguda, conducted an intensive training session with thorough instructions for staff about the Child Protection Policy at Don Bosco School on the 30th of May 2019 at the school campus.
Fr. Thathireddy spoke about the policies developed by the Indian government for the care and protection of minors and the various steps taken to address the problems of child abuse. He presented and read key features of the Child Protection Handbook for Teachers followed by a presentation on the books published in 2014 on Don Bosco School’s Child Protection Policy. He said that copies of the publications would be made available for teachers to read.
Teachers were given detailed information about the Committee for Professional Standards for Don Bosco Schools which was constituted to address any concern regarding Child Protection. He advised teachers on the steps and measures to be taken in our school and encouraged staff to remain vigilant at all times in school to ensure the protection of our students. Rev. Fr. Thathi spoke also about the pioneering work done by Salesians to safeguard and protect minors.
This training session helped teachers to have a clear overview of Don Bosco School’s policies and stringent measures taken to safeguarding the rights of our students to ensure that students are well protected in our school.
In conclusion, Fr. Thathi reminded the teachers of Don Bosco’s vision for Salesian schools with the words, “I encourage teachers to create a loving environment in the school.”
Felicitations for Rev. Fr. Chinnappa
Rev. Fr. Chinnappa was greeted with a traditional welcome by the Management and the teaching faculty at Don Bosco School as he takes on the role of Principal of Don Bosco School. We wish Fr. Chinnappa the very best for the academic year ahead and every success as Principal of our school.
Don Bosco’s Way Training for Teachers
Rev. Fr. Thomas Santiagu, Vice President and Correspondent of Don Bosco School, Bandlaguda, conducted a day’s training programme for teachers on Don Bosco’s System of Education.
Fr. Santiagu traced the historical methods of education down the centuries from the earlier Repressive Methods to Preventive and then Expressive Methods of Education. He presented, as well as used group discussions to analyze, the pros and cons of each system.
Way back in 1841, Don Bosco pioneered a holistic educational system that firmly placed the child’s needs in the center. At a time when the Industrial Revolution was causing grave impacts on the welfare of kids from poorer income families and when children were thrown into prisons for minor offenses, Don Bosco pioneered the Preventive Method of Education.
The three pillars of Don Bosco’s Way are: Rapport, Reason and Religion – thereby students discover their identity and develop a healthy self-esteem. Today, Don Bosco’s system of education continues to be a beacon of hope for hundreds and thousands of students studying in Don Bosco institutes in 136 countries spread across the globe. Fr. Santiagu also spoke about the work being done by Salesian institutes in rural areas like conducting children’s parliaments for kids to come up with solutions to the problems they faced.
The other highlights of the training session by Fr. Santiagu were his inspiring video presentations, interactive sessions with the teachers and the use of action songs and fun group activities to create a family like atmosphere which is the spirit and hallmark of Salesian Institutes. Our grateful thanks to Fr. Santiagu for inspiring us to continue the great work started by our founder – Don Bosco.
Leadership Training Programme
27th May 2019: The second professional development workshop for teachers for this academic year was a Leadership Training Programme organized by TalentEase. TalentEase will be conducting leadership development classes for our students from class 3 to 10 in school this year. Don Bosco School has taken the initiative to offer this innovative programme with the aim of developing leadership skills and building communication, problem-solving and creativity skills in our students. At the heart of this course is teaching strong values and ethics to students which will stand them in good stead for life. Moreover, students will learn skills such as collaborative learning, entrepreneurship and personal responsibility which will serve them well in their future careers.
The training workshop for teachers was conducted by Mr. Prabeen who had the teachers actively engaged in a wide range of activities from designing lesson plans for multiple intelligences to using brain exercises to stimulate left and right brain coordination. A major focus in one of the sessions was developing effective communication skills through fun learning activities while another section was about cognitive development.
The day’s event concluded with an overview of the TalentEase course which will be offered to our students this year. The teachers now eagerly look forward to seeing the impact this programme will have on our students.
Capacity Building Programme on Gender Sensitivity at Don Bosco School, Bandlaguda
On 25th May 2019, Don Bosco School, Bandlaguda, organized a Capacity Building Programme on Gender Sensitivity at our school campus which was conducted by Mrs. Vishnu Vandana, on behalf of CBSE Center of Excellence. The programme was inaugurated with a traditional lighting of the lamp ceremony by the Vice President and Correspondent of the school Rev. Fr. Thomas Santiagu, Principal Rev. Fr. Chinnappa, Resource Person Mrs. Vishnu Vandana and teachers Mrs. Anna Mary and Ms. Priyadarshini.
Around 50 of our school faculty attended the training programme which was aimed at equipping teachers with information and resources that would help them to promote and foster an environment of gender equality in the classroom and in our community. Each session was highly informative as it served its purpose of creating awareness about using appropriate language and gender sensitive terms in the classroom.
In addition, teachers designed lesson plans and participated in activities to promote gender equality. The interactive sessions further helped enhance the teachers’ classroom management techniques.
Overall, the training programme was informative, productive and thought provoking as teachers now have a heightened sense of the life skills value of building and fostering gender equality in the classroom.
Sports Achievements at Don Bosco School, Bandlaguda
ATHLETICS – HIGH JUMP
January 2019: Two Don Bosco School students were selected to represent Telangana state in High Jump for SSPF’s National Championship. Sanjeevini (Class 7 J) was awarded a Gold Medal and V. Aditya ( 8 J ) received a Silver Medal in the State Championship.
Congratulations to the students and their Coach Mr. Ashok on this great achievement.
TELANGANA INTER-DISTRICT THROWBALL TOURNAMENT
January 2019: Congratulations to Rukmini Kumari (Class 8 J) and Saina Daisy (7 J) for being selected for the National Throwball Tournament. Rukmini was awarded a shield as a Good Defender and Player.
Congratulations also to their coach Ms. Sleeva Saritha for training the students.
7th NATIONAL SPORTS ALL STYLE KUNG FU AND KARATE CHAMPIONSHIP 2019
January 2019: Don Bosco School won the Grand-championship for achieving a total of:
11 Gold Medals
5 Silver Medals
17 of our students participated in this event. Congratulations to all the students and their Coach for this great achievement.
DON BOSCO SCHOOL SPORTS ACHIEVEMENTS
DECEMBER 2018: Congratulations to our students for winning trophies and medals and to the coaches who trained the students in the following events:
UNDER 12 – Winners
UNDER 14 – Runners Up
100 M RUNNING UNDER 12 – Third Place
400 M RUNNING UNDER 12 – Third Place
100 M RUNNING UNDER 14 – Third Place
SHOT PUT – Third Place
UNDER 14 – SECOND PLACE
UNDER 16 – SECOND PLACE
DON BOSCO GREEN ALLIANCE
Don Bosco School, Hyderabad, is delighted to announce that our school is now a member of Don Bosco Green Alliance.
Don Bosco Green Alliance is an international group of young people from Don Bosco Schools, institutions and organizations across the world that contributes to global environmental action, thought and policy.
In keeping with our school’s mission of developing responsible citizens, Don Bosco School, Hyderabad will be focusing its student led environmental activities around three areas:
1. Reducing Pollution
2. Waste Management and Recycling of paper, plastics and other materials.
3. Developing and Maintaining a Green Campus and Surroundings
We look forward to making a substantial contribution towards protecting our environment and creating a green campus.