HINTS FOR BOYS IN SALESIAN SCHOOLS
(Given by DON BOSCO)
ATTITUDE TO GOD
1. Remember that we have been created in order to live and serve God, our Creator and that all learning and wealth in this world amount to nothing without the fear of God on which our temporal and eternal welfare depend.
2. Give yourself to the practice of virtue while your are young. The virtues to be cultivated most are modesty (purity), humility, obedience and kindness.
3. Give glory to God for whatever learning you for He is the Author of every good. Do not glory in any ability.
4. By modesty is meant a proper and decent manner of speaking and acting. This virtue is one of the best ornaments of your age.
5. Avoid any kind of sin; especially three evils should be particularly avoided:
a) The taking of the name of God in vain;
b) Impurity in thought , word or deed;
These evils draw God’s anger upon us. But if we keep these evils far away from us, God will never fail us with his blessings
ATTITUDE TO TEACHERS
1. Boys should look upon their schoolmates as Brothers and upon their Teachers and Superiors as Father/Mother.
2. Respect every teacher whether of your own class or not. Be grateful towards those who taught you in the past. Show your teachers those exterior signs of reverence to which they are entitled, such as , greeting them whenever you meet them.
3. Be convinced that your teachers deeply feel their serious obligation of promoting your welfare in the best way they possibly can, and that in advising, commanding and correcting you they have nothing else in view but your own good.
4. After piety study is most praiseworthy. Therefore your first occupation must consist in doing the tasks assigned to you by your teachers.
5. Always rise when your teacher enters the class and again when they leave. If they delay in coming do not make any noise , but wait for them in your places in silence reviewing your lessons or reading some good book
6. During class avoid whispering or interrupting
ATTITUDE TO SCHOOLMATES
1. Strive to edify your schoolmates by your good example at all time. In fact no sermon is more efficacious than good examples.
2. Never make fun of those who are backward in their studies or not so quick to grasp their lessons. Let there be no ridiculing of any one on account of his physical defect. What you laugh at or despise in others may some day befall you.
3. Gladly help one another at recreation; make no distinction in the choice of your companions. Let no one be slighted in any game and let there be no selfishness. I f there be need to make a sacrifice for the sake of the team let it be made cheerfully.
4. When you are asked by a superior regarding the conduct of some of your companions, answer to the best of your knowledge especially when it is a matter of preventing or remedying some evil. To be silent would not be beneficial to your companion and would be offensive to God. Always avoid exaggeration and speak truthfully.
BEHAVIOUR AT SCHOOL 1. To write or draw on the blackboard (except when called upon to do so) to write offensive words, to soil walls or maps or anything else are things absolutely to be avoided.
2. Take great care of your textbooks, copybooks and other belongings. Beware of appropriating your neighbour’s property even if it be the smallest thing. Should you find a lost article, give it at once to the Vice Principal
3. Keep the floor clean by allowing no paper or ink to fall on it. Cleanliness and purity of soul are reflected by a clean and neat exterior.
4. Speak well f your mates, or of the discipline or management of the school. Everyone is perfectly free to remain or not to remain in the school.
5. Always speak well to your school and of your teachers
6. Performances on the stage of the school auditorium are permitted for your instruction and entertainment. They should help t bring out the fine qualities of your hearts, and never be an occasion for the least sin.
7. Attend them cheerfully and with gratitude to your superiors for permitting them for you.
8. To enter the auditorium in such a hurry of even to run the risk of hurting your companions, to try to go ahead of others in order to secure a better seat, to stand when you should be seated, to shout, to whistle, to boo, or in any other way give evidence of disapproval or dislike, are things absolutely to be avoided.
9. Do not ridicule any one for his mistakes or awkwardness. When the curtain is lowered, applaud generously but not boisterously.
10. Be gentlemanly also when things have not been according to your taste or as perfect as you expected them to be.
11. In leaving the auditorium do not push or shove one another. Go out in an orderly manner.
12. Speak well of all, think well of all, do good to all.