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SSJB 15 YEARS OF EXISTENCE

 

Fifteen years of great foundation, love for teaching, and essential learning.

On January 28-30, 2016, the School of St. John Bosco (SSJB) happily celebrated its 15th Foundation Day for three (3) consecutive days, to reminisce, honor and most of all to give thanks to God for everything that has taken place over the past 15 years of SSJBs existence.

Family Day

A Family Day kicked off the event. The students and their respective families were glad to be reunited and they enjoyed the parlor games prepared by the staff. Said family gathering was held at the School’s Gymnasium with the families voluntarily bringing their own snack foods and sharing the same with everyone. It was a fun-filled day with the parents and students actively participating in the games during the said event .

Parade/Gym Mass Demonstration/Cultural Dance

In the morning of the second day, a parade was conducted with all the students, faculty and staff present. While everyone was on the street parading, the rain poured, however, it didn’t deter the passion of those who joined, as they proudly show to the crowd who watched the parade their School Banner and their true Bosconian spirit, brave and God-fearing young boys and girls. The rain was considered as God’s blessing falling down from Heaven.

In the afternoon, a Gym Mass Demonstration followed with the pupils showcasing their dancing skills. The 3-week preparation with all the hard work, constant practice and figure memorization was all worth it as the demonstration turned out to be well organized, not to mention the pupils’ graceful movements with the sound of music.

After the National Anthem and the Doxology, the Principal, Mrs. Ofelia C. Agapay, delivered an Inspirational Message.

The pupils from the Pre- Elem. to Grade VI performed a mass exercise to the tune of YMCA. Another cute performance came from the little kids of Pre- Elem department whose moves have been gracefully executed under the song “Where Have You Been?”. Grade I pupils joyfully presented a cute number with the song, “Bang! Bang!”. Another beautiful number was given by Grade II with the song of “Saranggola ni Pepe”. Likewise, a systematic and well executed number with the song, “All About the Bass” came from Grade III, followed by the combined presentation number of Grade IV and V to the tune of “Wellness”. The coordinated presentation of Grade VI’s “Milo Champ” ended the gym mass presentations.

However, the foregoing presentations didn’t conclude the event for the day. The presentation of various cultural dance ensued after the gym mass demonstrations. A dance number of “Bahay Kubo” represented by the pupils from all levels marked as an endless homage to our tradition. Pre- Elem pupils danced the “Bulaklakan”, whereas the Grade 1 children danced the “Carinosa”. A Hawaiian dance to the tune of “Pearly Shell” was performed by Grade II. The famous “Paru– Parong Bukid” was performed by Grade III, while the Coconut shell dance or “Maglalatik” came from Grade IV and V, and the “Pandanggo Sa Ilaw” from Grade VI.

 

Homage to the Patron Saint

The highlight of the event was paying homage to the School’s patron saint, Saint John Bosco. A Holy Mass was held followed by the Wreath Laying. As a tribute, selected parents offered flowers to the statue of Saint John Bosco where they personally delivered and expressed their humble and heartfelt messages.

The said event won’t happen without the concerted efforts by everyone, particularly that of the School’s officials and staff led by the beloved Principal, Ms. Ofelia C. Agapay, assisted by the Guidance Counselor, Mrs. Lolita Paz E. Villanueva and the unwavering support of the respected School Administrator, Mrs. Ma. Rhodora S. Articona.

Thank you to everyone, the faculty and staff, the pupils and their families for gracing this momentous occasion.

What a milestone for our School’s 15th year! We look forward to pursuing the mission of our School over the years and beyond.

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English Week At SSJBC

SSJB celebrated the annual English week event last September 29, 2015 with an array of activities conducted to promote and appreciate the use of the second language.

The event was highlighted by the Spelling Bee  administered by Ms. Ofelia C. Agapay, the SSJB Principal and the teachers. The said competition aims to discover talented students to hone their capabilities and enhance their confidence and competence in English language to be globally competitive individuals.

The English Week celebration is a one-day event showcasing the students talents and skills in dancing, singing, poems, speech choir, and other social skills/interaction with their peers.

The event was made possible through the concerted efforts of teachers led by Mrs. Ofelia C. Agapay.

 

 

 

 

 

Marian Exhibit At SSJBC

What is Marian Exhibit? When is it celebrated?

Marian Exhibit is the display of different images of the Blessed Mother, normally done during Marian related feast days.

In the School of Saint John Bosco, the Marian Exhibit was conducted sometime in October.

Some unique exhibits with life-size canonically crowned and miraculous images of the Blessed Virgin Mary were displayed from October 15 to October 30, 2015 at the School of Saint John Bosco in Calumpang Liliw, Laguna. Said exhibit was visited by some of the Barangay residents.

For the past years, SSJB has continuously been informing and propagating the devotion to our Mother through our Exhibit here in School.

The event was organized by our school principal, Mrs. Ofelia C. Agapay, a devoted Catholic . Her mission is to further spread the central role of the Blessed Mary in the life of the Roman Catholics.

According to the organizer of the event, some of the life-size images of the Blessed Virgin Mary are already several decades or even centuries-old. And she encouraged the faithful to strengthen their Marian devotion by attending Cenacle groups, praying the two thousand Hail Marys and the 1st Saturdays masses.

This Marian Exhibit was done successfully.

Living Rosary

Traditionally, the month of October is a “Rosary Month” in the Catholic Church. The School of Saint John Bosco is very much devoted to our Mother Mary, conducting activities honoring Mary during the month thru a Living Rosary. This is also a great opportunity to introduce to the young students of School of Saint John Bosco the importance of praying the Holy Rosary.

In view of this, the School of Saint John Bosco held a Living Rosary last October 24, 2015. It was participated by the students guided by their respective advisers. The Living Rosary, in this case, was composed of students representing each bead and reciting 1 Hail Mary. Each bead is being represented by a lighted candle. The event involved every student to pray the Rosary. This is a meaningful and powerful way of bringing the life of students to devote themselves to pray the Holy Rosary everyday. The event ended peacefully and solemnly.

Ang Linggo/Buwan ng Wika sa SSJBC!

Naalaala ko noong ako’y bata pa ang isang kasabihan na sinulat  ng ating dakilang bayani si Gat Jose Rizal: “Ang hindi magmahal sa sariling wika, daig pa ang hayop at malansang isda”.

Maraming taon na ang lumipas at sa kasalukuyang panahon, marami na rin ang nagbago. Kung sa bagay, marami na rin ang nadagdag na mga bagong salita sa ating Wikang Pambansa na kung tawagin ay “Filipino.”

Alinsunod sa ating 1987 Konstitusyon, ang buwan o ang Linggo ng Wika ay ginugunita sa buwan ng Agosto. Mahalaga itong okasyon na ito para ipamalas sa buong mundo ang ating tungkulin bilang mga Pilipino na mahalin natin ang sinilangan bayan at ang ating Pambansang Wika.

Sa taong 2015, ang napiling tema ng ating bansa para sa Buwan ng Wika ay “Wika ng Pagkakaisa” o “Language of Unity”. Ang Kagawaran ng Edukasyon ay ang  naglalabas ng Memorandum para magsilbing gabay ng  obserbasyon ng Buwan ng Wika.

“Layunin ng pagdiriwang ngayong taon ang mga sumusunod:

1. Ganap na maipatupad ang Pampanguluhang Proklamasyon 1041

2. Magamit ang wika sa pamamagitan ng pagsasalin bilang instrumento sa wika ng kapayapaan

3. Maipakita ang kahalagahan ng wika na higit na nauunawaan ng nakararami para sa pambansang pagkakaisa”

Gaya ng mga nagdaang taon, ang SSJBC ay muling ipinagdiwang ang Linggo o Buwan ng Wikang Pambansa at hindi naman ito naiiba sa mga pagdiriwang ng mga ibang paaralan dito sa bansa gaya ng pagsasagawa ng iba’t ibang aktibidad ukol rito.

Sa SSJBC,  hindi lang ang mga guro at  bata sa paaralan ang nakilahok sa pagdiriwang na ito pati na rin ang kanilang mga magulang.

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May ibang bata na nagbigay ng tula, may mga nag balagtasan , meron nagpakita ng maiksing dula o drama, may mga sumayaw at meron din nag kuwento tulad ng mga kuwento ni Lola Basyang!  lingowikVicks12oksE

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Nakakatuwa ang mga bata at lahat sila ay dumating  sa kanilang mga   magagandang kasuotan na “cultural dress”.  Masaya ang lahat pati na ang  madlang manonood sa ipinamalas na talento ng mga bata.

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Sana, umaasa ako na kahit saan man tayo mapadpad sa mundo, pahalagahan natin ang wikang kinagishan upang di tayo matawag na malansa at mabahong isda,  sa halip at sa ganitong paraan maipamalas natin ang damdaming makabayan, pagkakaisa at pagmamahalan natin lahat.

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Mabuhay ang Wikang Filipino!!

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A Happy 200th Birthday To Our Dear Saint John Bosco!

Happy 200th Birthday To Our Dear St. John Bosco!

August of 2015 is the Bicentenary (1815-2015) of St. John Bosco’s birth! This means, St. John Bosco turns 200 years old this month. This is a memorable event particularly for the followers and supporters of Don Bosco all over the world. The Don Bosco community worldwide organized various celebrations in his honor, bringing everyone from all walks of life, young and old, and from different cultural backgrounds, specifically the devotees of the Saint.

Probably almost all of Don Bosco related  catholic schools prepared for a meaningful and marvelous celebration for this occasion. The Philippines catholic hierarchy for its part participated in one of the celebrations of the Salesian community where Manila Archbishop Luis Cardinal Tagle presided over a mass for the said birth anniversary of St. John Bosco and which was attended by Salesians of Don Bosco throughout Luzon.

Even alumni from different Don Bosco schools who are now abroad and couldn’t come home for the celebration had their own share. They also celebrated the 200th birthday of their patron saint wherever they are.

Pope Francis himself took time out to cite the example of St. John Bosco, while addressing a crowd in Turin last June, 2015, who founded the Salesians and advocated the education of the poor young people.

How about the School of Saint John Bosco in Calumpang? Did they have their own way of celebrating the 200th birthday of Don Bosco? Well, the School with a small group of young students  and with its meager resources made it possible to celebrate Don Bosco’s birthday,  in a very simple manner, that is without funfair, food and drinks. The  Eucharistic celebration and the flower offering of the young kids and some local  parishioners  actually were the best gift that they could offer for their “Father Saint” whose legacy is his teachings on the Holy Eucharist and Confession.

Once again, a very happy birthday to our dear St. John Bosco!  We hope and pray for your guidance in our journey to educate the poor young people and that with God’s blessings SSJBC will be able to overcome challenges and eventually achieve success in the end.

SSJB 14th Foundation Day: A Blessing!

To kick off the SSJB’s Foundation Day celebration, a Holy Mass was held in the School’s mini-chapel on January 28, 2015 at exactly 8:00 A.M. with Rev. Fr. Paul Ines, a Salesian priest, as the mass celebrant. The mass was participated by the students from the Pre- Elementary to High School, Faculty and Staff as well as the parents. Worth appreciating was the presence of the Divine Mercy Choir of St. John the Baptist Parish, Liliw, Laguna during the liturgical mass under the leadership of Mrs. Nancy N. Arevalo.foundationdayquadA

One of the highlights of the celebration was the “Search for Mr. and Ms. Bosconian 2015”. Apart from fun and merriment, the primary  objective was to raise funds for the improvement of the School’s mini-chapel particulalry its flooring, chairs, projector and other requirements.foundationdayemceesE

The search was very exciting not only because of the fund raising  campaign competition but also  the efforts of the contestants who tried to show their “best” for the different categories to be awarded to the winners. The following were the winners for the various categories:

MS. BOSCONIAN ’2015
Samantha Claire M. Vasallo – Grade V.

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MR. BOSCONIAN ’2015
Christian Jairo V. Dava – Kindergarten

FIRST RUNNER UP
Heather Marie P. Brosas – Kindergarten
Kian Robert M. Sotosanchez – Preparatory

SECOND RUNNER UP
Percephone Caleiope V. Ramos – Preparatory
Carl Eric S. Asegurado – Grade I

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BEST IN LONG GOWN
Heather Marie P. Brosas – Kindergarten / Samantha Claire M. Vasallo – Grade V

BEST IN FORMAL WEAR
Christian Jairo V. Dava – Kindergarten / Hanz Jeremy U. Remoblas – Grade II

BEST IN TALENT
Heather Marie P. Brosas – Kindergarten / Samantha Claire M. Vasallo – Grade V
Christian Jairo V. Dava – Kindergarten / Carl Eric S. Asegurado – Grade I

BEST IN CASUAL WEAR
Heather Marie P. Brosas – Kindergarten / Samantha Claire M. Vasallo – Grade V
Christian Jairo V. Dava – Kindergarten / Hanz Jeremy U. Remoblas – Grade II

BEST IN SPORTS WEAR
Heather Marie P. Brosas – Kindergarten / Samantha Claire M. Vasallo – Grade V
Christian Jairo V. Dava – Kindergarten / Hanz Jeremy U. Remoblas – Grade II  foundationsearch

 

We would like to extend our wholehearted thanks to the Board of Judges from the town of Liliw, Laguna:

Mrs. Nelia B. Arnuco – Chairman
Mrs. Agnes B. Monteiro – Member
Ms. Gloria F. Juntayas – Member

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Trophies, prizes and awards were given by Hon. Gov. Ramil L. Hernandez, Hon. Vice Gov. Katherine Agapay, Hon. Mayor Nelson Osuna and Hon. Vice Mayor Lourdes Arcasetas.

On January 30, 2015 at 9:00 A.M., some of the parents led by Mrs. Elvie De Chavez with Michelle Ortiz, Oliver Evangelista, Mimi Soriano, Brenda Ordoňez, Irene Montaňa, Kris Montaňa, Marmelyn Caňete, Geralyn Abrenica and Rona Violanta offered beautiful and fragrant flowers in commemoration of the death anniversary of St. John Bosco.

In the afternoon of the same date, a Mass Demonstration on Calisthenics was shown and participated by the different groups: the first one was the Pre- Elem. under Mrs. Jeneth Barba, the cute little kids had been very active in their Pompom exhibition. foundationdancecomboGrade I and II pupils had portrayed hand exercises under Ms. Laureen Buendia and Mrs. Norlyn Brosas. Grade III, IV and 4th year students were very vigilant and alert when they performed their number with the assistance of Ms. Cherry Rose Javier , Ms. Rizzi Rubian, and Mr. Ronnel Rea. foundationblackdancekneelAThe undefeatable group, Grade V, VI and other 4th year students under Ms. Ana May Agarin and Mr. Jayson Ugat won first prize in their Hula-Hoop Calisthenics. Each group received a certain amount as an award, courtesy of Brgy. Chairman of Calumpang, Kapitan Virgilio Cruz.foundationboysdanceA

 

 

How glamorous were the muses and escorts in their long gown and formal wear when they went on a motorcade parade with other students, teachers, other School Officials and parents from Brgy. Calumpang, the point of origin, to the nearby barangays such as Mojon, Oogong and Silangang Kabubuhayan and Nagcarlan, Laguna.

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The 14th Foundation Day Celebration was truly very successful.   Our warm gratitude to the following benefactors for their unwavering support and commitment:
1. Mrs. Betty Sotosanchez
2. Mr. Jose Jr. Dava
3. Mr. Danilo Laboriante
4. Mrs. Lorena Aquino
5. Pining’s Glassware
6. Mr. Nestor Bamba
7. Leny’s Glassware
8. Mrs. Victoria Garcia
9. Hon. Mayor Boy Quiat and Company of Pila, Laguna
10. Mrs. Acela Banay
11. Mrs. Lolita Paz Villanueva
12. Ms. Ofelia C. Agapay
13. School Administrator, Ma. Rhodora S. Articona
14. Hon. Mayor Eric Sulibit of Liliw, Laguna
15. Brgy. Chairman Virgilio Cruz and Sangguniang Barangay of Calumpang
16. Council of parents and members of the School of Saint John Bosco
17. SSJB Faculty, Staff and other personnel
18. Kuya Enzo
19. Rev. Fr. Paul Ines
20. Rev. Fr. Raul Matienzo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Salesians/Don Bosco Community Bicentennial Celebration

The Salesian Don Bosco community throughout the globe is celebrating the Bicentennial Anniversary of their founder, St. John Bosco. As part of the said 200th birthday celebration, a series of events will be featured with many exciting and meaningful programs and souvenirs to share with everyone. For further details, feel free to visit their website/facebook page.

A 7-day novena (January 22-20, 2015) was likewise encouraged and held at every nooks and corners of the Bosconian community, with the following themes as guide:

First Day – Love for Christ in the Blessed Sacrament
Second Day – Devotion to Our Lady
Third Day – Loyalty to the Church and to the Pope
Fourth Day – For Young People
Fifth Day – For Salesian Priests, Brothers and Sisters
Sixth Day – For Salesian Cooperators
Seventh Day – For Missionaries

With the foregoing intentions, we hope we will be able to follow the footsteps of St. John Bosco in achieving our true mission on earth. Don Bosco once said: “What do the pleasures of this world amount to? What is not eternal is worth nothing.” What do you think?

Pope Francis Visits The Philippines!

Were you part of the huge crowd who waited and saw the Holy Father in person?

Yes, I did see the Holy Father in a Pope-mobile but from afar and just a speck, after the Holy Mass at the Luneta Park. An overwhelming ecstatic crowd, about 5 to 6 million people, attended the said gathering which surprised the Holy Father and his entourage. The people didn’t mind the downpour;  they remained in their respective places waiting and participating during the entire Eucharistic celebration.  Finally,  the effort and the long walk (some roads were closed and it was difficult to get near the venue) paid off and they were all worth it!  It was a once in a lifetime moment, a rare opportunity to see and attend the Holy Mass officiated by no less than the Holy Father himself, and this time it was held not at the Vatican’s St. Peter’s square but in the Philippines!

Pope Francis short visit to the Philippines was indeed meaningful to each one of us, pariticulalry for us Filipino Catholics. While we may not be as fortunate as those who were invited and chosen to speak and perform before him, or had the chance to kiss his ring and be blessed, the mere sight of the Holy Father even in an instant or on television made us happy. Did you feel that too, young Bosconians boys and girls?

We have learned so many things from Pope Francis’ visit basically from his homilies and messages during the entire event. His speech during his meeting with the youth at the University of Santo Tomas could serve as a guide for the students on how to battle the worldy temptations especially in this modern technological age. Pope Francis stated that having too many “information” which can be sourced from the internet and on the web could be helpful to the students especially in their studies but it also poses real danger to them as well. Pope Francis wants to see “holy young people” and not “museums of young people”. He further stated that the most important subject to learn in life is to learn how to love and through this, allow the said “information” to bear fruit. The Holy Father likewise taught the youth about the 3 languages of the mind, heart and hands and to use them harmoniously, as in to think well, feel well and do well.

Some of the people who have seen Pope Francis especially during the Tacloban gathering shed tears because they felt God’s presence in his persona. Some of them said,  the Pope was able to comfort them, identify with them, and understand what they’re going through.  His personality was filled with so much compassion, aside from being humble and sincere.  Sa maikling salita,   nakita at naramdaman ng mga tao ang  “awa at malasakit” ng Santo Papa sa kanila.

While it was brief, the memories of the Holy Father’s visit in the Philippines will be embedded deep in the hearts of the Filipinos. His visit definitely deepened the faith of each one of us but as Pope Francis said, we should be able to put our Christian faith into practice by helping the poor and the disadvantaged.

A Simple New Year’s Resolution!

After the long Christmas holidays spent with our respective families, some of us attempted to initiate certain changes in our lives to start the year off right.  How about our SSJBC kids,  did you share with your teacher what was your Christmas vacation like?  Did you have a New Year’s Resolution?

Just like the first day of the school year, the first day of school after the Christmas break would be a great time for a fresh start and a new attitude not only for the students but for teachers as well. Teachers should ask their students to list down their New Year’s Resolution, i.e., what change would they like to do for them to become better students and in the end better individuals.

Undertaking New Year’s resolutions by the students with the guidance of their teachers is one way to make them focused and diligent in their studies and make them realize more what life is all about. As much as possible kids resolutions should be uncomplicated, doable ,  achievable and should be foreseen as a positive realization at the end of the day. Some of these could involve household chores, study habits, play time and their relationship with family and friends. We often hear kids tell their teachers specific things to undertake such as: a) I will do my homework and sleep in time, b) I’ll be a good friend, stop bullying my classmates, c) I’ll limit my use of computer and get away from video games and spend more time in studies, and so on and so forth.

I remember one of my former students in class, a young girl, wrote on a piece of paper her New Year’s Resolution, stating that: “I just wanted to thank God for giving me life, food and shelter. My New Year’s resolution is to know more about God, do my chores and respect my parents”. Then she thanked God for protecting her family, giving her parents money to buy food and providing her giving me an education.”

You see, the first day of school in the New Year could be stressful. Students are still in festive mood but the formulation of New Year’s Resolution could serve as icebreakers! There is nothing wrong in setting goals for ourselves, for our studies and even in our relationship with God, even if all these would seem like a dream!

But for young students to exert some effort to do positive changes in their lives, this  could be the first step to achieve their goals,  and the  teachers play a very important role on this.

A Happy and Joyful New Year to everyone!