Symposium highlights climate change

Aspiring to deepen the awareness of the students on major environmental issues, League of Individuals for Environment (LIFE) sponsored a forum on climate change at SBC Multi-Purpose Hall, Jan. 19.

Vina Marina S. Maranan, training officer at City Disaster Risks Reduction Management Office (CDRRMO), the resource speaker, enumerated the causes of climate change particularly the human contributions that worsen the damage of the environment. She also underscored the activities such as energy, agriculture, forestry, transportation, industry and waste that emit dangerous greenhouse gases which further degrade our environmental condition.

Moreover, she highlighted the ways on how to prevent climate change: get involved, be energy efficient, choose renewable power,  eat wisely, trim your waste, fly less, get informed, green your commute, and support and donate.

In the end, she reminded the students of the actions that can help in reducing the impact of climate change such as practicing the 3R’s (Reduce, Reuse and Recycle), advocating and participating in the green projects, discipline on throwing the garbage, and patronizing the usage of eco friendly materials.

The seminar concluded with an open forum.

  • May Ann Abdon, BSEd3

‘Nurture the spirit of gratitude’- Msgr. Boy

“Thank God for the fruitful years of your institution. We must know that what binds us together is the love of God that’s why we must nurture the spirit of gratitude.”

Rev. Msgr. Rafael “Boy” Oriondo, Parish Priest of the Most Holy Trinity Parish, inspired the Bridgetine community in his homily during the thanksgiving mass for the celebration of the institution’s 105th founding anniversary, held at the Pastor’s Field, Feb. 1.

“Personally, I would like to thank the RGS Sisters for continuing the major goal of the institution which is to establish spiritually guided Christians, brilliant beacon of academic excellence, and community oriented persons,” shared Msgr. Boy.

He emphasized the development of the school to meet the demand of the new curriculum in terms of the resources and facilities, infrastructures, and services.

“Dear students, the goal of SBC is to uphold the legacy of excellence anchored on Christian faith. With the continuous improvement of the school, I am sure that you can easily adapt to the current demands of global education supported with the same quality by which this institution adheres to,” he added.

Moreover, he reminded the students to continue spreading the blessings and legacy of being a Bridgetine.

“Your motto says, let your light shine. All of us are bearers of God’s light. Let us continue to share that light to other people and thank Him because you are a Bridgetine. More importantly, never forget to uphold the good name of your institution by being living witnesses of God’s words,” he concluded.

Afterwards, an exhibition game of the teachers, staff members and alumni for volleyball and basketball was held at the SBC Gymnasium.

Jean Valerie Collera, BSEd3

Bio Majors provide avenue for innovations in Science Teaching

To enhance knowledge on the current trends in Science education, Bachelor of Secondary Education, Major in Biological Science (BSEd Bio) organized a Seminar on Science Teaching held at Sr. Mary Morrissey Hall, St. Bridget College, Feb. 2.

With the theme “Pedagogies in Science Education,” Mr. Celso Zara, M.A., Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Trainer imparted his knowledge and expertise in Science education.

Mr. Zara focused on interdisciplinary contextualization and ways of improving instructions in teaching Science and other subjects.

“Contextualization is understood as a way to bring teaching-learning closely to students’ realities, and as a prerequisite in addressing the content and organization of activities to be undertaken in the classroom. By helping students to relate the educational tasks with their knowledge and everyday experiences, curricular contextualization facilitates the linking of theory and practice,” stressed Mr. Zara.

Moreover, he emphasized the need to provide different innovative activities that consider the atmosphere of a total learning package.

“The use of interconnection of human knowledge in developing students holistically is important especially nowadays that the millennial are becoming monsters of today’s environment. With that, the teachers should modify their teaching strategies and techniques to adapt to the current trends in global education,” he added.

Furthermore, he underscored the ways to address some of the recurring problems in education, such as fragmentation and isolated skill instruction.

“4C’s (Communication, Cooperation, Critical thinking and Creativity) are the main aspects of teaching that every educator must develop. These will elicit transfer of learning, teach students to think and reason, and provide a curriculum that is more relevant to students,” he concluded.

Workshop on contextualization of activities in the learning plans was conducted orally after the talk.

  • Julie Ann Barquilla, BSEd3

SBCC conducts Dialogue of Life for Land and Peace

Promoting awareness of students, teachers and the wider community on the proposed Charter Change (ChaCha) and Federalism of the current administration, St. Bridget Community Center (SBCC) sponsored a Dialogue of Life for Land and Peace held at SBC Manuela Q. Pastor Auditorium, Feb. 28.

Atty. Neri Javier Colmenares, President of National Union of Lawyer and Convener of Movement against Tyranny, focused his talk on analysis of the three pending ChaCha proposals of the President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration namely: Resolution of Both Houses No. 8 (RBH 8 Filed August 2,2016) , PDP-LABAN Proposed Federal Constitution and House Committee on Constitutional Amendments Draft Constitution.

He underscored the consequences of the said proposals such as centralization of repressive powers of Pres. Duterte, constitutionalization and self-serving agenda of the politicians, violation of human rights and social justice policies, and marginalization of the protectionist provisions in the current constitution.

On the other hand, Fr. Oliver Castor, CSR, presented the insights and biblico-theological reflection on ChaCha and Federalism based on the facts and critiques presented by Atty. Colmenares.

Afterwards, panel of reactors from each sector of the participants were given the chance to share and voice out their insights regarding ChaCha and Federalism. Cristine Untalan, student leader; Mrs. Ellen Almazan, Senior High School Teacher from SBC Alitagtag; Mrs. Elena Mendoza, community leader; and Sr. Aida Casambre, RGS, School Directress of SBC Alitagtag, completed the panel.

The seminar ended with an open forum.

Senior High School and college students, faculty and staff members, and the Religious of the Good Shepherd Sisters from SBC Batangas and SBC Alitagtag attended the said event.

Jean Valerie Collera, BSEd3

SBC ranks 29th Best Secondary Education School in the Philippines

We learn. We grow. We shine!

St. Bridget College (SBC) ranked 29th in the recently released ranking of the best secondary education schools in the Philippines for 2017 which featured only 57 out of 2, 095 colleges and universities offering Bachelor of Secondary Education in the Philippines, conducted by the Local Pulse, Nov. 29.

            Bachelor of Secondary Education grabbed an overall score of 64.41% based on the given criteria and bases in the selection of best schools offering the course.

            As stated in the official site of the Local Pulse, the schools were ranked by taking weighted passing rates of the two licensure examinations for teachers last March and September 2017, the number of examinees, and top performing examinees as the overall board exam performance which weighted 70%, and faculty-student ratio and accreditation status of the secondary teacher education undergraduate program as other criteria which weighted 30%.

-Romo  Sanvictores, BSEd4

PAASCU RE-ACCREDITS SBC IBED

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“The Basic Education program is granted re-accreditation for five years valid until May 2023. Congratulations!”

This was the exact fax message received by Sr. Mary Clare Bagot, RGS, SBC President, from the Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges, and Universities (PAASCU) on May 30, four months after the resurvey visit on January 29-30.

“This was the ultimate dream ever since the beginning of the integration of the elementary and the high school departments…” said Mrs. Rossana Bagon, IBED principal.

After only two years of being integrated, the IBED Department successfully harvested the fruit of their labor as the basic education program met the PAASCU’s set standards.

“The goal of unifying the basic education is not an easy one. There were plenty of challenges that we faced along the way. With God’s grace, we were able to achieve our target goal of ensuring that St. Bridget College is providing quality Catholic education throughout the year,” added Mrs. Bagon.

Mrs. Bagon also expressed that this achievement would not be possible without the support and cooperation of the lay mission partners especially the members of the Integrated Basic Education Department and the inspiration given by the Religious of the Good Shepherd Sisters.

“This success is also attributed to the commitment, dedication, team spirit of the administration, faculty, maintenance, staff and the parents as well. We are united in the aspiration to continue developing learners who are bearers of excellence and men and women of character,” Mrs. Bagon concluded.

Overwhelmed and grateful, Mrs. Bagon thanked everyone for their hard works and full support for the entire preparation months.

On the other hand, Sr. Clare Bagot congratulated all the IBED personnel as she recognized their frustrations when after all their efforts, they were asked to do more, to give more, during their Christmas break, to be able to add to the voluminous appendices.

“You were very conscientious and zealous in the preparations for more than a year. I was aware of all your sweat and tears, sleepless nights, hungry moments, and above all, your worries and apprehensions about what would be the outcome of all your hard work…” said Sr. Bagot.

 

BY: KRISTINE JABAT

PEREZ TOPS 432 JHS COMPLETERS

“Prove that we are not only educated persons but Christians who have a compassionate heart always ready to lend a helping hand, and responsible citizens who care for others, our country, and our environment”.

            Thus said by Jianne Lora Perez as she led 432 Junior High School Level completers in the 3rd Annual Moving Up Ceremony with the theme “Children of God: Journeying Together in Discipleship” at the St. Bridget College Gymnasium, Batangas City, May 8.

Perez, president of 10-Courage and oftentimes a representative for contests outside of the school, stated her utmost surprise when she was called as the top of the batch and mentioned as well the pressure and the struggles she carried on her shoulders towards her goal.

“It was really overwhelming because I became pressured due to the fact that my classmates and friends have always supported me and wanted me to be the batch’s valedictorian, but at the same time happy, too, because there were people who believed that I could. This victory is not only mine, but it is also shared by those who rooted for me,” she explained.

Furthermore, Sheena Mae Comia was recognized as Rank 2, while Ayen Shelpel Herrera and Justine Mae Matugas were Ranks 3 and 4, respectively. Franz Aren Reyes was Rank 5; Herzie Ann Alea, Rank 6. Anne Gwyneth Reyes, Lady Charlene Disacula, Miguel Honorio Reyes and Kristine Rhel Biscocho garnered the Ranks 7, 8, 9 and 10 respectively.

Moreover, Mrs. Kristine Jabat was awarded for her 10 years of service, Mrs. Rossana Bagon for her 20 years of service, and Miss Cynthia Domingo for her 25 years of service.

 

BY: GERALDYN AUBREY SAPLAN

Passing Through 2018

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