“Let go of yesterday. Let today be a new beginning and be the best that you can, and you’ll get to where God wants you to be.” With this thought in mind, Don Bosco School, Liluah, stepped into its new academic session 2019-2020 on April 3, 2019. The lighting of the ceremonial lamp, invoking the blessings of the Almighty marked the beginning of the programme. Rev. Fr. Tomy Joseph, Rector, Don Bosco School, Liluah, welcomed the staff and the students with a warm welcome speech, spoke about compassion and highlighted the strenna of the year, ‘Holiness for you too’. The prayer dance seeking the blessings of the Almighty to be guided in the right path and the melodious Bengali prayer song sung to usher in the new academic session with full vigour and zest set the perfect tone for the day’s programme. A PowerPoint presentation on the different ideas about education by eminent personalities enlightened the students.
The Chief Guest of the day, Rev. Dr. Dominic Savio, S.J., the Rector of St. Xavier’s Community & School, Principal of St. Xavier’s College (Autonomous) Kolkata and the President of St. Xavier’s College (Calcutta) Alumni Association, inspired the young Bosconians with his golden words and urged them to follow five basic principles in life – be grateful, never judge others, be self-evaluative, be ready to share and be self-confident, so as to become good human beings in life. The Principal, Rev. Fr. Sunit Kiro, thanked the Chief Guest and Father Rector for their valuable messages and the other distinguished guests for their valuable support. He also thanked the staff and the students for their active participation, and urged the students to follow the messages given to them so as to make this new academic session a successful one. With the singing of the National Anthem, the school drew the curtain on the solemn inaugural programme with the belief that the future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. Shortly after, in the short interactive session between Rev. Fr. Dominic Savio and the teachers, Father suggested certain guidelines – maintaining the sacredness of the staffroom, thinking from the students’ perspective, being kind and firm at the same time, knowing the students well and developing oneself intellectually, spiritually, socially and personally – to become effective educators in the true sense of the term, who are responsible for shaping the future generation. A vote of thanks by Rev. Fr. Sunit Kiro finally brought an end to the first day of the new academic session.