The PTA General Body Meeting was held at 8.30 am in the school hall. A Prayer Dance was performed by students of Std. VA&B. Holy Cross High School, Bastora achieved 97.06 % at the SSC Examinations held in March 2017. Eight student toppers were felicitated by the Headmistress, Sr. Bromadine Palokaran. Twelve students who showed remarkable progress throughout the year in Std. X were also felicitated for their ‘Never say Die’ spirit. As part of their project, the YSM group felicitated two families who participated enthusiastically in a competition entitled ‘Best Eco- Friendly Family’ to promote systematic and proper waste disposal in their homes. Mr. & Mrs. Rangel were given a token of appreciation by PTA member Mrs. Marilyn Pinto. Mr. & Mrs. Shaikh were given a token of appreciation by PTA Secretary Mrs. Conceicao Vazarkar. The felicitation programme was co-ordinated by Mrs. Ninette D’Souza and Mrs. Sumitra Parab. The minutes were then read by Mrs. Conceicao Vazarkar, the Secretary of the PTA. The School Report and Display of Accounts were presented by Mrs. Judith Sequeira and Mrs. Deepa Govekar. Sr. Bromadine Palokaran then addressed the gathering of parents. She also answered the questions asked by a few parents. Ms Areena Fernandes introduced the Guest Speaker of the Day, Mrs. Joan Pinto who delivered a talk to the parents present on ‘Positive Parenting and Raising Happy Kids’. Sr. Sharmila Serrao welcomed her with a potted plant. In her talk, Mrs. Joan Pinto reminded all parents that they were good parents and each one did things with love for their child. She advised parents to understand the feelings of their child rather than the act. As a parent, they need to guide their children in the right way. She told them that they should give children what will build them – love, time, positive attention, appreciation and skills, to be prepared to face life. The Primary Health Centre, Aldona expressed their thanks to the parents for participating in the medical programmes conducted for children in the previous year. He spoke of the WIFS programme to be conducted by the Government this year and asked them to avail of the health schemes available at the Aldona Primary Health Centre and other Health Centres. Mrs. Virginia Lobo then gave the Vote of Thanks. She thanked the parents for attending the meeting and co-operating with the requirements of the school. She also thanked the PTA members for their zeal and overwhelming support in organizing the Tiatr Festival and Fete. Lastly, she thanked the teachers who volunteered to train themselves with the curriculum of vocational subjects and lovingly teach the Children with Special Needs (CWSN). The P.T.A. Meeting was compered by Mrs. Isabel Fernandes. The parents then went to meet the teachers and sign the Attendance Sheet.