Early this morning we had Sarah Michael back with us from Australia after about eleven months and it has been wonderful having her with us. The boys are delighted to have her back and sang a lovely 'welcome' song for her. She is here for a few days to meet with and enjoy their company.

Sarah came on a visit to our community last year and was fascinated with the work and the kids at Dominic Savio's and said she had to do something for them. She went back to Australia and in the course of these months organized her office to have a sponsored walk and collect funds for Dominic Savio's. We now have many more friends at BT Legal the place she works for!

Thank you Sarah for coming, we are delighted to have you with us!

God bless

YaR Seminar at Provincial House


The follow up to the seminar “Understanding the YaR (Youth at Risk) Apostolate in the Province of Mumbai” was held on Sept 12-13, 2012 at the Provincial House, Matunga, Mumbai. 

Like the seminar held in August, this too witnessed a lively debate on themes like marginalized groups, the migration phenomenon as a kind of macro context in which these marginalized groups emerge, aspects of personnel, strategies of networking and advocacy as ways to ensure sustainability of structures, role of media etc. Grassroot practitioners, academicians and other professionals engaged in a lively debate at multiple levels to provide interesting insights.

Commencing with a keynote address by Fr. Barnabe D’Souza firmly anchored the seminar within the relevant context, the panel discussions and model presentations served to highlight points of concern experienced by the Apostolate in their myriad works and also showcased some of their best practices and innovations. 

The panel on marginalized groups touched upon issues of education, trafficking, domestic work, child labour etc while that on personnel debated upon concerns associated with staff selection, recruitment, training and retention. 

The networking panel showcased practical experiences and challenges in the field, while the panel on sustaining structures focused upon accountability, service delivery, transparency, the dangers of redundancy, etc. The roles of research and media in advocacy discussed efforts to move into government spaces and platforms to effect systemic policy change. 

This seminar served to point out action arenas for the Apostolate to venture into such as the need to have aftercare services for the 18+ age group, have source area interventions to mitigate some of the major problems, to adopt a more professional approach, move into a mature phase of networking that calls for a synergy of effort, to move into existing platforms for advocacy purposes, involvement of media and lay persons and the need to put systems in place that would maintain continuity in the face of change. 

The seminar concluded with a summary of the main take-aways from this two-day meeting and a plan for development of the YaR sector, with effective strategies and policies for deeper impact.


This morning 14th September 2012 the IX A were in charge of the Assembly and had as its theme Youth & Vices. They touched upon a number of issues and youth related vices, the pros and cons of a good choice and bad choice and the effects of vices in the life of a youngster.

'Sunny' was just one who got addicted to some vices. They said that there are many more Sunnys in our everyday life who get addicted to different vices due to peer pressure, frustration, tensions etc.

We need to steer away from the temptations of vice as once we are caught up in its vice we are doomed!

A person with a strong character is able to resist these sporadic temptations that come our way.

Thank you my dear students for placing before good values and a powerful reflection for us to consider and meditate on.


The Salesian Community of St. Dominic Savio's was indeed very happy to welcome in our midst Rev. Fr. Francesco Cereda the General Councillor of the Congregation in charge of Formation of the Salesian world. Fr. Cereda together with our former Provincial, Fr. Chrys Saldanha spent the evening with us. It was a happy occasion. 

He was down in India and had a meeting of the SPCSA (Salesian Provincial Conference of South Asia) in Goa from the 7th to 13th September 2012.

Thank You Fr. Cereda and Fr. Chrys for giving us an opportunity of enjoying your company. We wish you all the best in the programs ahead.


On Saturday, 8th September the Pre Primary kids had their Elocution in the A.V. Hall of the school. It was so wonderful to see the little tiny tots come up and recite what they learned.

Some of them are sure to turn out orators and poets.

Well done teachers for inspiring the little ones and building confidence in them at such an early stage.

Congrats to the Parents who followed up the children at home.

Remember that Don Bosco said, 'Education is a matter of the heart.'


This morning, 7th September 2012 the Pre Primary Children had their Teachers' Day Celebrations in class. It was a wonderful gesture of love and appreciation by the tiny tots of the institution. Thanks in a special way to Mrs. Helen Fernandes the Supervisor together with a number of parents who made this day a beautiful day for the Teachers of the Pre Primary Section. Each Teacher and the Rector and the Principal got a Star for being a wonderful teacher.

The little kids said it in song, dance, a poem and wishes and a bunch of flowers and bouquets for all the teachers.

Cutting the Teachers Day Cake

Thank you Wonderful Teachers!
We love you!