BIS #7149 Annual Thanksgiving Day at DBHS Matunga

By Ms Tasneem Jumai and Ms Perpetual Nazareth for BISMumbai

On 9 and 10 February 2024, Don Bosco High School, Matunga, commemorated their Annual Thanksgiving Days under the enduring theme 'Family, the Crucible of Love’. The school delved into the profound significance of family – the cornerstone of our lives and the nurturing ground for love, resilience, and growth.

This event also provided an opportune moment for expressing sincere gratitude towards the retiring staff members - Ms Anita Philip, Ms Elizabeth Soares, Ms Sandra D'Souza, and Ms Jaya Sangatti - and the Silver Jubilarian, Ms Gracy Gonsalves.

The programme commenced with a heartfelt welcome song performed by the primary section, whose cheerful voices and synchronised choreography created a warm and inviting atmosphere. This was followed by a graceful prayer dance presented by the pre-primary boys, setting a tranquil tone for the event.

The grandeur of the annual day unfolded as the management and esteemed chief guests were welcomed amidst vibrant melodies played by the school brass band, showcasing their talent with energizing renditions of ‘Yakety Sax’ by Boots Randolf and ‘Java Instrumental’ by Allen Toussaint.

Dr Rajeev V Punjabi was the Chief Guest, alongside the Guest of Honour, Fr Crispino D'Souza, and other dignitaries, including Fr George Miranda and Ms Alka Tiwari. They were accompanied by the management.

Dr Punjabi, in his address, emphasised his pride in his affiliation with the school. He cautioned parents against imposing undue expectations on their children and assured students of comprehensive support throughout their school journey.

The School Report highlighted remarkable achievements across academics, sports, and cultural endeavours, showcasing both individual excellence and collective success, reflecting the school's commitment to holistic development and excellence in all pursuits. Academic achievements and scholarships were duly recognised on the first day through the distribution of certificates to deserving students.

The musical was based on the ‘Parable of the Prodigal Son’ portraying the journey of redemption through familial love and forgiveness. Seamless transitions between acting and vibrant dance performances, intricately choreographed to live band music, enriched the thematic narrative. The choir in the musical enriched the performance, lending emotional resonance to it.

Professionalism was evident in the live musical performance, thanks to the directors, teachers and students' meticulous planning and rehearsal, resulting in a production of exceptional quality that left the audience thoroughly impressed.