THE MONTH of St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Society of Jesus, kicked off Friday, July 3, with a compendium of activities that center on “mercy and compassion,” the Philippine Church’s theme for this Year of the Poor.
The day started with the launching of the school’s yearly Blue Spoon Feeding Program, followed by simple lunch and lugaw snacks, presentation of the new institutional segregation scheme, Troubadours mini concert, and the prayer vigil—all highlighting the call of Pope Francis to “cry with and for the poor.”
During the flag rites in the school gym, no less than school chaplain JR Orbeta Jr., SJ, led the high school community for the official start of the Iggy Bank, a three-year old coin bank drive that intends to gather money from students for the Blue Spoon Project. He asked students: “How can we continue to listen to the poor, be friends with them, and be partners with their struggle in life?”
ATENEO DE Iloilo-SMCS has officially received its government permit this late June from the Department of Education (DepEd) for its Senior High School (SHS) set to start in school year 2016-2017.
Signed by DepEd OIC Regional Director for Western Visayas Ma. Gemma Ledesma, the certification (technically signed May 27, 2015) allows Ateneo to offer two strands in the Academic Track, namely, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) and Accountancy, Business, and Management (ABM).
As a matter of requirement in granting permits, DepEd compels schools to present its plans for the SHS which includes curriculum, instruction, personnel, and facilities. Ateneo is one of the few private schools in the region, so far, who passed the screening and were eventually given such Provisional Permit to Operate the SHS Program. (Herman Lagon)
FOR 11TH time in 13 years, Ateneo de Iloilo-SMCS High School (Ripples) Team has retained its overall championship crown in the Golden Pen Awards-Regional Cluster Conference held June 27-28, 2015.
ADI bagged 181 points, followed by Hua Shong College of Iloilo (Main and Ledesco combined) with 90 points. SPED-ISEC and ISAT University both placed third with 66 points each, followed by Colegio de San Jose (39), public city high school champion Mandurriao National High School (38), St. Joseph School (30), Iloilo City National High School (28), Colegio de las Hijas de Jesus (22), and Iloilo Scholastic Academy (21).
“Ateneo made it again,” said Jude Iledan, Department of Education Regional English Supervisor, adding, “the legacy of journalism excellence is well within the veins of the students; this concretely speaks of the high academic standard of the school.”
DepEd, together with the Regional English Circle, sponsored the yearly event. It is mainly regarded by the Ateneo Ripples team as venue for benchmarking.
THE FEAST Day of St. Ignatius will kick off with the Big Blue Run 2015 set July 19.
This yearly jogging event, sponsored by the Ateneo de Iloilo-Santa Maria Catholic School Alumni Association (AAA), is expected to be participated in by over 1,500 members of the Ateneo community, which includes students, teachers, staff, administrators, parents, alumni, and friends.
“We synchronized this activity with the Feast Day of St. Ignatius (set July 31) to cultivate awareness of the fact that our physical fitness is as important as our spiritual health,” AAA President Jake Borres, said, adding, “St. Ignatius recognized this, and even used the word ‘exercise’ in the making of his retreat handbook (Spiritual Exercises)—which sees a sound body and a sound mind as necessary requirements for a fruitful spiritual life.”