Monday, July 29, 2013

PCA S.Y. 2013 - 2014

Last July 3, 2013, St. Francis School of Assisi held its induction of the Parent's Council Association (PCA). The aim of the PCA is to foster better relationships between parents and their children's school. It creates a partnership which helps the school listen to and deal with parent concerns and for parents to learn more about the school and how to improve their children's education. The PCA does not necessarily represent the views of all parents but they can be an excellent forum for communication and a basis for partnership between parents and the school.
PCA Officers for  S.Y. 2013-2014
The new set of PCA officers were excited to share their plans for this school year. Projects they have in mind are the renovation of the waiting shed, the purchase of a good quality sound system for the covered court and the construction of a foot walk with roof from the the main road to the bridge. PCA President, Florenda Buenaflor, said that they will be visible and would really take part on the preparation for the Foundation Day this October. "Expect 100% cooperation from us, after all it's for the betterment of the school and our kids will benefit from our projects."

Parents Council Officers:

                                            President:                        Florenda Buenaflor
                                            Vice President:                Edgardo Poral
                                            Secretary:                        Merla Jacildo
                                            Asst. Secretary:               Relyn Tarrosa
                                            Treasurer:                       Nenita Eustaquio
                                            Asst. Treasurer:              Gemma Butas
                                            Auditor:                          Fely Villarin
                                            Business Manager:         Margie Galeno
                                            Sgt. at Arms :                 Judy Barnuevo
                                                                                   John Diaz

To the newly elected officers, Congratulations and Thank You for your tireless effort!

Friday, July 26, 2013

We are ... Titans!

Last July 12, 2013, under the sweltering heat of the sun, the High School students of St. Francis of Assisi School (SFAS) of Silay City were on hand for the blessing and official opening of the TITANS COURT—a new basketball/volleyball court at SFAS.

Located beside the High School building, Titans Court was named after its donors, Team Titans, a group of running enthusiasts from Manila, who raised the money for the construction of a concrete basketball/volleyball court.

Coach Michelle Estuar and the Team Titans
Led by Michelle Estuar, Team Titans organized ULTRAlympics 2012, the 2nd Michelle Estuar FUNd Racing event last November 30, 2012 at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City, Metro Manila.  The fundraising event featured a series of running-related events:  an 8-km run, a 16-km run, a 400-m dash for kids and a Titan Circuit Team Challenge.

The event was able to raise over Php280,000.00 for the Tapulanga Foundation for the Titans Court.

Earlier this year, last May 18, Convergy’s One Comcast-Voice and Chat organized a fundraising event at the Convergy’s parking lot in Bacolod City.  Having food booths, games, singing contests, auction, etc., the group was able to raise Php40,000.00 for the Tapulanga Foundation for the construction of two basketball goals to go with the Titans Court.

The Blessing and Opening Ceremony started with the blessing of the court by Father Jonathan Borromeo.

It was followed by a ceremonial run around the court by Michelle Estuar and SFAS’ very own football aficionado, Jan Michael Artillo.

SFAS Sports Coordinator, Sir JR Abello, delivered a welcome speech then the Vice President of the Tapulanga Foundation, Dr. Joan Millonado, who flew in from Manila, introduced the special guests of the ceremony—Team Titans themselves.

L-R: Dra. Joan Ledesma-Millonado, Vice President of Tapulanga Foundation;
Sir JR Ledesma-Abello, Vice Principal and Sports Coordinator of SFAS and
Ma. Carmela "Micmic" Abello-Golez, Executive Director of TF and Administrator of SFAS 

Michelle Estuar spoke in behalf of Team Titans.  A highlight of her speech was when she shared the meaning of the name, Titan, which was actually an acronym for Tough, Intelligent, Talented, Athletic and Never giving up.  She encouraged the High School students of SFAS to live up to these characteristic values of a Titan.  And rightly so, as earlier in his speech, Sir JR Abello officially unveiled the new name of the sports teams of SFAS—the St. Francis Titans.

Convergy’s One Comcast-Voice and Chat also graced the event.  Operations Manager Mr. Jai Baldemor spoke in behalf of the group.

Operations Managers and Team Leaders of Convergy's One Comcast-Voice and Chat

Then Team Leader Mr. Joseph Somoza of Convergy’s One Comcast-Voice and Chat and SFAS’ Student Council President and basketball star Kyle Barnuevo traded baskets in a ceremonial shooting of hoops.

As the Blessing and Opening Ceremony ended, it was then time to test the Titan spirit of the St. Francis Titans.

Michelle Estuar and the Team Titans conducted a running clinic at the SFAS Covered Court.  All 180 High School students participated in a series of running exercises and drills as different Team Titan members were situated in different stations set up around the court.  The running clinic ended with a team relay game between the High School batches.  In the end, the Seniors won in a Championship showdown with the Sophomores.

A new court, a new name; it was truly a historical day for SFAS Sports!  And to God be the glory!

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Initiation of the Freshmen Students

As tradition of St. Francis of Assisi School in Silay City, Freshmen are welcomed to the beginning of their high school life through an "Initiation Week."  This year made a difference because of the Dynamic Learning program:  Initiation activities were held during Wednesdays for three consecutive weeks.

Last June 26, the Freshmen had to look like "beggars." They were assigned to pick up trash in the campus, dance the Cha-Cha or “sing a song."
Freshmen "beggars" with their Big Sister or Brother from the Seniors
Last July 3,  they had to look like "zombies."  These neophytes were tasked to gather candies from students after scaring them but ended up gathering signatures only.  
The "zombie" Freshmen
Last July 10, the 7th graders had to look alike and imitate assigned characters or persons to them.

Will the Freshmen hold on till the end? Will their energy and perseverance last?  “Let’s make this unforgettable and fun for them until the end,” said their Seniors.  And all Grade 7 and 10 students, together with other high school level students, alumni and guests culminated with a successful Freshmen Night last July 12, 2013!

Monday, July 8, 2013

Student Affairs Council for S.Y. 2013 - 2014

The Student Affair Council is the official student representative body of St. Francis School of Assisi of Silay City. Also known as SAC, it represents the interests of the students within and outside the school and acts as the voice of the students.

Last July 3, 2013, the officers were inducted once again as the same set of officers were elected from last year. 
SAC OFFICERS for S.Y. 2013 - 2014
(from right to left:  Kyle Dominic Barnuevo - President, Cyrene Marie Boiser - Treasurer,
Almera Pryle Saluta - Vice President, Joevin Soldevilla - Sgt. at Arms, 
Clarice Ascalon - Secretary, Christine Diaz - Stg. at Arms, and Mario Jake Canag - P.I.O.

We want to be visible to everybody and deliver what is expected from us.” said Almera Pryle Saluta. 

Our strength is we have teamwork and the heart for serving the school and the students.”  Mario Jake Canag added. 

We want to create a homey environment for students and to contribute to building a sense of community on campus.” shared SAC President, Kyle Dominic Barnuevo.

All from the Senior class, these officers are excited to be of service to the students again!