MONTHLY BULLETIN OF CITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL, LUCKNOW, INDIA

Personality Development

CMS creates a better future for all children by maximising
their opportunities through quality education and initiatives for unity and development.

February 2018

"Observe Valentine's Day (14 February) as Marriage Solidarity and Family Unity Day"

Demonic Roman Emperor Claudius II

Demonic Roman Emperor Claudius II, tried to destroy marriage and family solidarity through a decree banning the marriages of his soldiers and thus encouraging them for free sex.

History Distorted: Some unscrupulous businessmen and media have put the innocent lives of vulnerable students at stake by distorting history and propagating values of free sex of Devil Emperor Claudius II in the name of St. Valentine who gave up his life protecting the sanctity of the institution of marriage and family by solemnizing secret marriages of soldiers in the church at night.

Marriage is a sacred institution: St. Valentine propagated marriage as an institution of God and that any laxity in marital relations is against the will of God.

Imported Culture: The imported culture of Valentine's Day which came to India two decades ago in its present form has in the last twenty years been the cause of a phenomenal rise in free sex leading to juvenile crimes, pre-marital and extra-marital sex, loss of virginity at a very early age, abortions, infanticides, rapes and murders of young innocent girls, gruesome crimes like acid attacks for unrequited love and terrorism.

An Excuse: Valentine's Day is being used as an excuse for promoting free sex and promiscuity. The school, family and society must understand their responsibilities and curb this growing menace by observing Valentine's Day as Marriage Solidarity and Family Unity Day.

School Home And Society Must Be United To Teach Its Students To Learn To Lead A Chaste And Holy Life From Their Impressionable Age. — Shoghi Effendi

Such a chaste and holy life, with its implications of modesty, purity, temperance, decency, and clean-mindedness, involves no less than the exercise of moderation in all that pertains to dress, language, amusements, and all artistic and literary avocations.

Saint Valentine

Daily Vigilance: It demands daily vigilance in the control of one's carnal desires and corrupt inclinations. It calls for the abandonment of a frivolous conduct, with its excessive attachment to trivial and often misdirected pleasures.

It requires total abstinence from all alcoholic drinks, from opium, and from similar habit-forming drugs. It condemns the prostitution of art and of literature, the practices of nudism and of companionate marriage, infidelity in marital relationships, and all manner of promiscuity, of easy familiarity, and of sexual vices.

No compromise: It can tolerate no compromise with the theories, the standards, the habits, and the excesses of a decadent age. Nay rather it seeks to demonstrate, through the dynamic force of its example, the pernicious character of such theories, the falsity of such standards, the hollowness of such claims, the perversity of such habits, and the sacrilegious character of such excesses.

Valentine’s Day is a day of mourning and not of merry making, because it was on this very day that the great St Valentine laid down his life to protect the sacred institution of marriage and uphold family unity.

Music Workshops at CMS

With the firm conviction that music is an important component of quality education and the ethereal impact of good music on human soul and consciousness, CMS invited Mr Shamim Shikhmovahhed from Georgia with his family to teach Western classical music to its wards from April 2018. About 40 children of CMS are learning to play the violin from Mr. Shamim during the school hours on a one to one basis. The December vacation and cold days saw the organization of two music camps, one for the children and the other for music teachers of CMS. Each of these camps were followed with musical concert.

About 35 children who are learning music from Indira Nagar, Rajajipuram I, Gomti Nagar I, Gomti Nagar II and Aliganj I campuses participated in the four-day’ camp. They learnt how to practice alone and in orchestra and also learnt music theory about scale. At the end, a musical performance was held and children presented five pieces. What is so encouraging is the fact that they learnt to perform in just a few days. Following this a music camp was also held for music teachers of CMS during the cold days of January. This also included the singing of Western songs with accompaniment of concert.