STARTING June this year, School President Fr. Joseph Y. Haw, SJ, will be leading the Jesuit Chinese-Filipino Apostolate (JCFA) as per appointment penned Fr. Provincial Antonio Moreno of the Society of Jesus.
Holding his ‘bell of responsibility,’ Fr. Jhaw said: “I accept this challenge committed with the belief that there is a need to strengthen our mission to traverse vital frontiers.” He added, “our Chinese-Filipino brothers and sisters are becoming more and more relevant not just in the country’s economic growth but also in social transformation.”
Fr. Jhaw will be taking over the place of Fr. Aristotle Dy, SJ, president of Xavier School (XU), who will now lead another Ignatian-inspired organization, the Jesuit Basic Education Commission (JBEC). The turning over rites was held last June 18 during the three-day 6th JCFA meeting at XU in San Juan.
by Herman M. Lagon
SEVEN scientists in the field of experimentation and instruction will be sharing their expertise with 120 educators and science enthusiasts in Panay and Negros for the Pueblo Science Seminar-Workshop set May 19-21, 2016 at Ateneo de Iloilo-Santa Maria Catholic School (ADI-SMCS) in Atria Park District, San Rafael, Mandurriao, Iloilo City.
The locally DepEd-endorsed affair—themed “Bridging Science and Community: Think, Create, Innovate!—is organized and partly-subsidized by ADI-SMCS, in partnership with Pueblo Science Team led by co-founder Dr. Mayrose Salvador from University of the Philippines-Diliman.
Also to serve as training facilitators are professors and scientists from the University of Toronto namely: Emina Veletanlic, MSc in Polymers and Materials Chemistry; James Li, PhD in Physical Chemistry with specialization in Nanoengineering; Martin Labrecque, PhD in Computer Engineering; and Stanley Wong, PhD in Biomedical Engineering. Riza Magbitang, MS Chemistry, and Eliza Mae Acode, BS Chemistry Candidate, are also joining the group. The seven will partner with select high school science teachers of ADI-SMCS in the duration of the three-day group workshops, plenary and breakout sessions.
TWO HUNDRED Ateneans will be walking around the Ateneo de Iloilo-SMCS grounds in their new uniforms as Grade 11 students next school year. One out of ten of them is a transferee. Three out of ten of them will take the ABM strand, while the rest will take the STEM strand. And they will all have their own technology-friendly classrooms in the upper floors of the Ateneo building in Mandurriao, Iloilo City.
“This is the likely scenario that will happen starting June 13, 2016 as the new school year starts,” Dr. Herman Lagon, incoming associate principal for Senior High School said, adding, “although they are still considered high schoolers, but they are also being prepared to become astute college students.”
“From the demands of the subjects that they will take to the mature role that they will assume in school, our SHS students will be facing a more challenging task in getting ready for their chosen college courses. This is a tall order, a serious matter that each SHS student must take into by heart.”
High School Principal Rosario Dordas agreed adding: “SHS brings about transitions. Schools are faced with various logistical concerns. In the Philippines, most of the incoming Grade 11 students have to adjust to the fact that they are not yet in college but are presented with a curriculum that is a hybrid of the secondary and the tertiary levels of education.”
“But more than logistics such as curriculum, facilities, and human resources, the school is deeply committed to provide its SHS students the holistic education that is strongly grounded on the ideals of Jesuit education and the vision of the school—‘to form leaders who pursue excellence that is driven by love and service,’ Mrs. Dordas added.