DON BOSCO APOSTOLIC SCHOOL – PANNUR
This year, there are 53 aspirants in Stds. XI and XII: 16 for Chingleput Diocese and 37 for the Salesian Society. They attend classes at the Don Bosco Hr. Sec. School either in English or in Tamil medium. The aspirants are initiated into various practices of piety like Morning and Evening Prayer, daily Eucharist, daily recitation of the rosary, goodnight talks, monthly recollections and commemorations, etc. Liturgical animation is ably taken care of. First Friday Mass and Adoration are also conducted. Feastdays are celebrated earnestly. Many of them are weak in English. Hence, special classes are taken regularly. Boys are trained in brass band, singing and liturgy classes, coaching for sports and games, and regular animation programmes are also conducted. They also sing and play well.
Don Bosco Hr. Sec. School
This is a government-aided school in the Tamil medium from Stds. VI to X and English and Tamil medium in the Higher Secondary. This year there are 1087 boys on rolls from the surrounding villages. Of these boys, 263 are Catholics, 802 Hindus and 22 Muslims. The teachers number 32, of which 27 men and 5 women, 27 Catholics and 5 non-Catholics. There are 11 office staff members, all Catholics. The following groups are active in the School: Scouting, NCC, NSS, JRC, YCS, YSM and Green Revolution Corps. Catechism and Moral Science are taught every day. First Friday Mass is held regularly for all Catholic boys and annual retreats are also made. Facility for making confessions is offered every First Thursday. Besides coaching in sports & games, training in life-coping skills, various animation programmes, seminars & workshops are also conducted during the academic year.
The community also runs a hostel for boys attending the school who are not aspirants. This year the number of hostel boys is 17, among whom 8 Catholics. They too have daily Holy Eucharist and the Sacrament of Reconciliation every month. The Rector gives them the goodnight talk twice a week. The monthly commemorations of MHC and Don Bosco are also regular. The Rosary is recited daily.
Don Bosco Matriculation School
At the recommendation of the house council in the last academic year and with the approval of the Provincial and his council, the English-medium Don Bosco Matriculation School was started this year. There are 125 boys (39 Catholics) and 81 girls (33 Catholics) from the LKG to Std. VI, with 10 teachers, all Catholics. They have daily morning assembly, Catechism & moral classes and Holy Mass every First Friday. The students are divided into 4 houses, and are carefully followed up with regard to their studies, discipline, and extra-curricular activities.
Night Study Centres
The community also conducts night schools in 4 centres in the neighbourhood for 341 children, sponsored by the CFCA: Antoniarpuram (44 boys, 95 girls & 2 teachers), Pudupet (22 boys, 33 girls & 1 teacher), Susaipuram (57 boys, 67 girls & 2 teachers) and Pannur with 23 girls and 1 teacher. The Sisters of St. Anne of Madhavaram collaborate with the community in the running of these centres. The CFCA-sponsored Evening Study Centres can take pride in reaching out to the children of the neighbourhood by providing them opportunities to study, organizing regular co-curricular activities, etc. All the centres have dedicated lay teachers and are well organized. The community also runs a typing institute, where boys and girls from the neighbourhood are trained for the typing exams.
Salesian Cooperators and Past-Pupils
There are 30 members with Promise. The Unit is quite active except for the fact that for many years, there have been very few male cooperators. Efforts are now on to recruit male members. The Cooperators assist the community in helping the poor and in preventing dropouts. They take active part in the parish and also visit the sick. In the Past-Pupils Unit there are 538 registered life members and 1000 ordinary members. They meet regularly once a month and are quite active, always ready to support the school and its activities. They also help out in many social service programmes for the neighbourhood.
The community animates the Sunday morning mass in the Pannur parish, besides offering their services whenever required. The priests also act as Confessors to the neighbouring convents.
Don Bosco Apostolic School
PANNUR – 602 108,
Cell – 94442 90691