Wednesday, January 25, 2012

The SFAS Seniors On A Campus Tour: Taking A Glimpse of the College Life

The 4th year students of St. Francis of Assisi School had their campus tour last January 18, 2012 along with the school's Guidance Counselor, Ms. April Suating. The tour, which is part of the program of activities for the Seniors, got positive feedback from the students. It covered an orientation of the curricular offerings, physical set up and scholarship programs of the schools. Such directed towards career campaign.

Two schools were visited, the University of Negros Occidental Recoletos and La Consolacion College-Bacolod .

Joahanna Ganza quoted,
"It is better that we are brought to the colleges or universities to see the actual facilities and the standards so we can compare which school would best suit our choice of course."
While Paula Jean added,
"We are thankful to SFAS and Ms. April for the opportunity to be exposed and go out of our own campus so we are able to meet people in the college who can be so accommodating to answer what a common graduating student often asks."

The students found the experience enriching. They hope that the next batches would have the same exposure as they had.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

How Did You Celebrate Christmas?

ABRACADABRA!... it's magic or just the earnest thoughts and ways of how most kids celebrated the past season. The cold weather still hovers the air but school is back and with it seems an interruption of the Christmas fun.

A number of students from St. Francis of Assisi School shared some insights on how well they have spent their Christmas break.

I bonded with my family in the beach last Christmas. (by Riela B. Segaya, Grade 1)

I enjoyed opening my gifts from my Ninang (godmother) and my family! (by Colin C. Bactong, Prep)

We went out to buy gifts and that was really fun. I liked wrapping the gifts I bought. (by Mae Joy Flores, Third Year)

Had a more exciting and enjoyable Christmas because we went to Sarabia to spend the Noche Buena with relatives, so it was a different celebration this time; for me, it was grand. (by Pryle Saluta, Second Year)

I went to church to celebrate Jesus' birth ... I learned that Jesus is most important during Christmas. (by Cherry Mae Badian, Grade 5)

I celebrated Christmas giving gifts to our relatives. It's a good feeling when you give. (by Allen Peter B. Casiple, Grade 3)

I went to my aunt's house and watched the play of fireworks. (by Hernani John O. de la Cruz, Kinder)

Saturday, January 7, 2012

SFAS Faculty and Staff On Being Motivated and Energized in the Last Quarter of the Academic Year

The NOPSSCEA Education Committee, chaired by Dr. Ervie Gallespen, sponsored a seminar for school administrators, teachers and staff on January 6, 2012 held at the Sanctuario de La Salle, University of St. La Salle, Bacolod City. Geared towards learning the approaches and understanding the conditions of individuals encountered in school, work and family, the morning session was about GENDER IDENTITY DISORDER which was facilitated by Ramon C.M.F. Lachica. His talk aimed to un-label the negative notions on certain personalities. The Pinoy Laughter Yoga, which was the afternoon session, was an advocacy of Paolo Martin Trinidad for a healthy laughing Philippines.

The seminar served to be another energizer among the 15 members of the teaching and non-teaching personnel of SFAS who attended.

The seminar has been a help to release stress; I have learned how to use my fingers and hands for getting away with negative moods. The Pinoy Laughter Yoga is such a help. (by Ms. May Santillan, school librarian)

I learned how to handle different personalities in the classroom.
(by Sir Carlo Concha, TLE teacher and Grade 5 adviser)

I found the afternoon session to be helpful to my health, and I realized that teaching is not purely lecturing, but that I can use the laughter yoga as motivation to my students. (by Ms. Rose Iglesia, Grade 3 teacher and adviser)

Pinoy Laughter Yoga is a great help in starting a class; smiling is a motivating factor especially in my subject, really applicable!
(by Sir Leonard Guinabo, Math teacher and Grade 6 adviser)

The GID is familiar to me as a counselor while the laughter yoga session equipped me on how to deal with the stressors at work. (by Ms. April Suating, guidance counselor)

The Gender Identity Disorder and Pinoy Laughter Yoga seminars were very beneficial for us; the speakers were effective in imparting to us the new ways of conquering stress! (by Ms. Jadelle Barcoma, Kinder teacher)

I had a great time! It was a meaningful experience. I learned how to relate the topic to myself being one of those in the third society. (by Sir Orly Navalesca, PE teacher)