DON BOSCO HIGH SCHOOL,VADODARA
OUR FOUNDER – DON BOSCO,
OUR FOUNDER – DON BOSCO, The Father and the Teacher of the Youth.
God, it is said, sends the world saints when they are most needed-not men and women of “general holiness,” but specialized experts who fit into the pattern of the times and are capable of giving God’s tone to their century. And so it was that on August 16, I8I5 “a man was sent by God whose name was John.” He came to the scrubby stone cottage of Francis and Margaret Bosco on the hills of Becchi, near Castelnuovo, Piedmont, Italy. Francis died two years after John’s birth.
John experienced the pains of poverty at a very fragile age. He was educated in the faith and in living according to the Gospel message by his mother. He was just nine years old when he had a dream, which called him to dedicate himself to the education of young people. While still a boy he began to entertain his peers with games alternated with work, prayer and religious education.
On becoming a priest at the age of twenty-six, he was called as Don (Father) Bosco. He began his work among poor young people with the founding of the Oratory, which he placed under the patronage of St. Francis of Sales.
He led young people by the means of his educational style and pastoral practice: based on Reason, Religion and Loving Kindness (the Preventive System). Don Bosco’s method of study knew nothing of punishment. He held that the teacher should be a father, an adviser, and a friend, and he was the first to adopt this method. On this note he often said: “Try to gain love before inspiring fear.” St. Dominic Savio stands out among the most outstanding fruits of his work.
He recognized that gentleness and persuasion alone were not enough to bring to the task of education. He thoroughly believed in play as a means of arousing childish curiosity — and for the rest he adopted St. Philip Neri’s words: “Do as you wish, I do not care so long as you do not sin.” In the centenary of his death, which took place on January 31, 1888, Pope John Paul II proclaimed him The Father and Teacher of Youth.
The “Salesians of Don Bosco” are a Christian religious society within the Catholic Church, founded by Don Bosco. It works with a mission to be signs and bearers of God’s love to the young, for their development and education irrespective of religious differences or social inequalities. This society conducts educational centres in more than 128 countries around the world.
“Each movement is a golden opportunity, an opportunity to learn, to give, to help, to love and to live fully “. Education today is no longer confined to the four walls of the classroom. All round efforts are being made to provide qualitative, value based, activity oriented education in our school. Our striving for excellence in this direction has led us to believe that the interest and curiosity of a child has to be kept ever alive. We have also been successful in providing a conductive and congenial atmosphere in the school so that the activity of teaching and learning is done successfully. “Education has to be a process which prepares the student to learn to develop a way of thinking, that is known success, academics alone is not our aim but to create good and thinking individuals with a right and positive attitude and also equip them to face real life situation”.