Come September we pause to remember and honour our beloved teachers for their selfless effort towards shaping our careers. While most of the schools and institutions in our country plan elaborate preparations, the core groups members of Community ‘M’ decided to make it a community felicitation with a special evening “YOU TAKE THE CAKE – TEACHER”. They sent out special invites based on this theme to all community teachers both past and present welcoming them to a function at the Auxilium Centre.

Viola Netto kick started the function with a welcome address stressing on the contribution the teachers have made. They engaged minds to delve deeper and move ahead with enriching experiences. Rose Curtis then regaled everyone with a tribute song for teachers – ‘In this moment’ – and as the words go ‘every day, you are here to guide my way’. Judith D’Abreo then prayed for all teachers with a special ‘A Teacher’s Prayer’.

Each teacher was invited to recall and share their MMM (Most Memorable Moment) experience. The stories were unforgettable. All present were most touched with situations and issues when students felt incapable, but empowered with strength to reach beyond, thanks to their teacher.

Rev. Fr. Fraser Mascarenhas, the teacher and ex-principal of St Xavier’s College, was the special guest. He was thrilled to see so many teachers in the community. He shared in the celebration with his vast experience praising teachers. He ended the celebration with words of encouragement and bestowing on them a special blessing. John Curtis, anchored the program beautifully.

Chocolate cake was shared in keeping with the theme and light refreshments were served. All the 25 teachers present were given a gift and a pretty little posy. Kudos to the core group members of Community ‘M’ – keep up the good work.

Facts On Teachers’ Day:

Teachers’ Day is celebrated in India on 5th of September as a tribute to the contribution made by the teachers to the community. This commemorates the birthday of Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakhrishnan, a great teacher and a staunch believer of education. Known for his contribution towards the education system of India, Dr. Radhakhrishnan, the first Vice President of India and the second President of India strongly advocated that “teachers should be the best minds in the country”. The origin is interesting and was initiated when some of his students requested him to allow them to celebrate his birthday on ‘5th September’. Dr. Radhakrishnan said, “instead of celebrating my birthday separately, it would be my proud privilege if September 5 is observed as Teachers’ Day”.

Colleen D’Monte

Ex Tr Jamnabai Narsee School