Friday, September 23, 2016

Grade 4 Recollection

Amidst the busy school life and LAS writing, there is a great need for a spiritual retreat and renewal. Before exam week, last August 3, the Grade 4 had a recollection at Balay Kalinungan, Universtity of St. La Salle, Bacolod City with Rev. Fr. Salvador Barcelona, the school's spiritual director, and teachers Romnick Sadio and Ms. Jennifer Tabujara as the facilitators.

Several activities were held during the recollection.  Students collected objects that best represented them and shared it with their classmates. They also had to share about their knowledge of God.  They wrote a letter to God and burned it.  The ashes were wiped on their forehead and then cleaned with a white cloth.  The ash on their forehead signified their sins and the white cloth symbolized Christ. "The Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world." (John 1:29)

One of the core values of St. Francis is being prayerful and the recollection contributed so much in the spiritual and prayer life of the students.

"My experience during the recollection was I feel so blessed because God is there and Fr. Barcelona is helpful."  by Shan Gabriel Flores

"I felt God's love and I enjoyed the activities we had that day.  I feel so happy to know that God loves me!" by Anne Marie Gulmatico

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Marriage Enrichment for SFAS Parents

One of the newest programs of the Campus Ministry of St. Francis of Assisi School of Silay City (SFAS) for this school year is holding the Marriage Enrichment (ME) for parents of students. Organized by the Christian Family Movement (CFM), this is a one-day seminar for married couples which promotes enrichment and awareness in strengthening marriages. Many of married couples nowadays are busy with work and taking care of the children that husbands and wives forget to take care of each other already.  During the ME, they are given this time to just "be" with each other.

The Couples of Christian Family Movement (CFM)

Three batches of 20 couples per batch have been given already.  All ME's were held at Nature's Village Resort in Talisay City.  A big thank you to the following CFM couples who volunteered their time and resources in making this possible: Toto and Irene Hilado, Jake and Gina Tan, Agnes and Marius Hechanova, Toto and Bel Gatuslao, Boy and Emilu Acoso and Fr. Salvador Barcelona.

Batch 1 - May 14, 2016
Batch 2 - June 11, 2016
Batch 3 - July 30, 2016
It is our hope that we can get financial assistance from donors so that we can invite more parents to join ME.  To sponsor a batch of 20 couples, Php25,000 or $500 is needed.  Couples are treated on a nice venue with great food.  Many, if not all of them, have never been on this "special date" in their lives.

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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Celebration of Nutrition Month 2016

It is important to take care of one's health to avoid getting sick.  We need to take care of our health because this body is God-given.  This is what the celebration of Nutrition Month is all about.
Cooking Contest
This month of July, St. Francis of Assisi School of Silay City celebrated the Nutrition Month with the theme mandated from the Department of Health as "First one-thousand days ni baby, pahalagahan para sa malusog na kinabukasan." Last July 27, a Zumba Competition was held with the aim to encourage students to be physically fit.  The Freshmen won on high school category and the Grade 5 won on the elementary category. A Nutrition Symposium was held and participated by the people from Silay City Health Center. The main topic was about the prevention of Dengue Fever since this is rampant in the city of Silay lately.  Also, the Ten Kumainments (or the Ten Commandments for Healthy Eating) was also emphasized to promote good and healthy eating habits.
Nutrition Symposium by Silay City Health Center
On July 29, the Culmination of Nutrition Month was held at the SFAS covered court. Activities were a Cooking Contest, football games for boys and girls 16 under category and another Zumba Bida contest.  The cooking contest was held to motivate parents and students to cook and eat nutritious food, The Grade 5 group won with a dish of Dulce Lubi (Sweetened Coconut) and the Grade 8-Friendly group won with a Chopsuey (mixed vegetables) dish.  On the Zumba contest, Christian Louie Artillo won. 

In terms of nutrition and health, the Bible provides us a good model in prophet Daniel.  On the court of the king, Daniel insisted on eating only vegetables, grains and water instead of meat and wine.  As a result, he looked healthier than his fellow servants and better nourished than those who shared the king's diet (cf. Daniel 1:12-13).

Written by:  Lord William B. Pacurib, Grade 10-Hope

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Friday, August 26, 2016

SFAS and IKAW-AKO Japan-Negros Partnership for Environmental Protection Foundation, Inc. on an Environmental Exposure Adventure

Last July 20, St. Francis of Assis School of Silay City were visited by Japanese students who were sent by the AKO-IKAW Japan-Negros Partnership for Environmental Protection Foundation, Inc. for a 4-day outreach program.  There were eight of them, namely, Miyabi Shibata, Mari Seino, Miai Koyam, Minami Takeguchi, Ayumi Nishigawa, Hinako Yoshida, and their teachers, Sensei Taro and Sensei Makoto Hada.  Their visit was coordinated by SFAS alumna, Jessa Jane Carumba,  who works at the said foundation as a Training Center Manager. 

The purpose of their trip was for environmental exposure. The Grade 10 students accompanied them to do Mangrove planting at Sitio Dapdap, Barangay Lantad in Silay and they also went to the Carbin Reef of Sagay City.

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Grade 5 Recollection

Last July 14, the Grade 5 students of St. Francis of Assisi School of Silay City had their one-day recollection with Fr. Salvador Barcelona at the Sacred Heart Seminary in Bacolod City. 

I loved the activity when we looked for a thing to represent my identity.  I picked a dried flower because sometimes I feel sad because I miss my father.  by Donna Grace Duremdes

And I learned how to respect God by praying.  by Nicole Educado

I loved it when we drew God, on how we see God.  I drew trees and a church because that is how I see God. He made beautiful creations and He drew us near to Him by going to church.  by Allysandra Kirstel Guillarda

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Friday, August 12, 2016

Staff Development: Basic Life Support Training and Seminar

St. Francis of Assisi School of Silay City nurse, Ms. Marissa Guadalupe, and teacher (nurse by profession), Ms. Shiela Aspa, attended  a Basic Life Support Training and Seminar held at the University of St. La Salle by the CPRVerify last July 14. 

Ms. Shiela Aspa performing the CPR
It was an afternoon lecture and application class open to all but participated mostly by several healthcare providers such as school nurse, clinical instructors and ordinary citizens who wished to know the basics in reviving life.  An actual application of the lecture was performed like CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation).

Ms. Marissa Guadalupe receiving a Certificate of Completion.

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Thursday, August 4, 2016

SFAS SAC and Classroom Officers' Team Building 2016

Winston Churchill. Mother Teresa. Margaret Thatcher. Steve Jobs. Mahatma Gandhi.  What did all of them have in common? 

They were great leaders in their own fields as not only did they inspire many people to forge ahead during troubled times, they also left a lasting legacy.  The great work they accomplished will be admired and evaluated for generations to come.   It is the 21st century now and as they were great in their times, in this modern world today, we will be achieving greatness, too. 

"With great powers come great responsibilities." This is a famous line from the movie, Spiderman. Well these 21 young and daring leaders proved that this quote is true.  Fourteen of them were elected class president and vice-president of their respective grade level:

Grade 7A: Dianne GabiƱo, President and Annika Intal, Vice-President
Grade 7B: Gwen Limuel Sipe, President and Johndirk Navarro, Vice-President
Grade 8A: Danielle Tarrosa, President and Jennie Baluarte, Vice-President
Grade 8B: Cricel Anne Abata, President and Hans Christian Canasa, Vice-President
Grade 9A: Christian Artillo, President and Mary Jo Negrito, Vice-President
Grade 9B: Angela Suara, President and Don Aris Hadap, Vice-President
Grade 10: Yorika Jaud, President and Spenzer Umali, Vice-President

Together with the Junior High School classroom officers were the newly Students Affair Council (SAC) officers namely: 

President: Steve Louise Rotelo
Vice-President: Claire Tarrosa
Secretary: Leanne Guanco
Treasurer: Mel Apacible
P.I.O.: Ayesha Quirao
Sgt. at Arms: Christine Salvacion and Toffy Amador

Last July 9, we went on a team building at Forest Springs, Patag Mountain Resort (the last stand of the Japanese Imperial Army in Negros Island where numerous war artifacts were recovered and foxholes and tunnels can still be found).  We had a whole day activity which we truly enjoyed, with games like building tower made of drinking straws to crossing the river game and catching the dragon's tail.  We enjoyed all of it and we learned many lessons and values from it, like working together will make the result favorable to everyone in the team, being patient and understanding and to think positively.   The activity I liked the most is catching the dragon's tail, we were to form a line and the first in line is the dragon's head, the last in line is the dragon's tail. The dragon's head then tries to catch the tail by maneuvering the line around so that he can tag the last player. All the players in the middle do their best to hinder the dragon's head. Don't let the line break.  It was tiring yet fun!  

At the end of the day, more than the memories and fun, it was the lessons that we learned that matters.  And I was able to make an acronym of the word LEADER, of what a leader must posses and must be. 

A leader must Lead.
A leader must Empower.
A leader must be Aware.
A leader must be Daring.
A leader must be Effective. 
A leader must be Resilient.

"The boy who is going to make a great man must not make up his mind merely to overcome a thousand obstacles, but to win in spite of a thousand repulses and defeats."  Theodore Roosevelt, 27th President of the USA

Written by:  Steve Louise Rotelo, Grade 10 
SAC President 2016

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