Friday, October 19, 2007

A Professional Theater Arts Seminar-Workshop for the Kids

Ten students from elementary and high school, with Ms. Maryrose Amador, attended a one-day theater seminar-workshop last Sept. 27, 2007 at Balay Negrense Museum, Silay City. It was organized by the Cultural Center of the Philippines Outreach & Exchange Division thru its resident theater company, Sining Kambayoka Ensemble.

SFAS kids support a Negrense film

SFAS kids watch Ligaw Liham movie

The high school students watched "Ligaw Liham", an independent film written and directed by Jay Abello and shot entirely in Negros (with scenes in school and some students performed in the movie), last Sept. 27 at Robinson's Movieoworld, Bacolod City.

SFAS kids pay it forward ...

Last Sept. 21, 2007, the 1st and 2nd year students spent their morning with the children of Balaring Elementary School in Silay City. They played with them, danced with them, and shared some snacks and old clothes. As our kids get help from donors all over the world, it is but fitting that they, too, give something of themselves to others, if not in money but in time, talent and other resources ...

SFAS joins 1st NOPSSCEA Week

SFAS joined the 1st NOPSSCEA (Neg. Occ. Private Schools Sports Cultural Educational Association) Week last Sept. 23 - 28, 2007. We joined the following cultural events: Filipino Declamation and Vocal Solo in both levels. In sports, we joined badminton boys (GS) and boys/girls (HS), table tennis boys and girls (GS/HS), and volleyball girls (GS). We were 1st runner up in table tennis boys and girls (HS) and volleyball. We were champions in table tennis boys and girls (GS).

Thursday, October 11, 2007

The Pride of SFAS

Aubrey Sobrepena (1st year) and Danica Mae Dimanalata (3rd year) are members of the Kabataang Silay Ensemble Rondalla. The group presently has 26 student-members from different schools in Silay, including SFAS. Danica shares that they have daily practices when they have a performance or a content to join. She says “Even if we are tired, the music that we are playing makes us alive and we don’t stop until we perfect our pieces.”

The KSE Rondalla has performed in different schools like St. John Institute and Silay Institute, in different cities during their fiestas, and in the Cultural Center of the Philippines (Manila). Just last month, they joined a competition in Cebu City. Of the 4 rondalla groups who competed, their group and Bohol’s group won. They are now preparing for another competition to be held in CCP (Manila) in November 2007.

Celebrating the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi and the Birthday of our Foundress

SFAS celebrated last Oct. 4, 2007 the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi and the birthday of our foundress, Mrs. Marietta Ledesma. We started with a mass then different games for the students, e.g. who among the preschoolers can say "St. Francis of Assisi" holding his/her breath the longest, forming the puzzle of the saint (as shown in the 2nd photo). The 2nd graders won the best chorale presentation of the Prayer of St. Francis with one of their classmates dressed up as the saint interpreting the poem thru movement. Since St. Francis was a lover of animals, a contest on the student who could best mimic animals sounds was held also, e.g. pig, horse, monkey, bird. A special treat came our way as well as one of the owners of the school, Mrs. Margie Ledesma-Abello, donated a whole pig. Mothers came to barbecue the pork and serve to all the students for lunch.

Search-In Circle 2

Praise God! Another successful Search-In retreat was held last Oct. 5 - 7, 2007 in SFAS. Nineteen 3rd year students with Sir Matthew Ledesma formed the Circle 2. Many thanks to the following who helped in the retreat: Ms. Mic (Circle 1, SSA); Sir JR (Circle 49, La Salle-Bacolod); Ms. Lina, Irish, Janel, Kristel, Lovelyn, Juan C, Jaybie, Maher and Marmar (Circle 1, SFAS) ; and Francis (94), Paul (95), Ron (95) and Ikito (98) of La Salle Bacolod.