“Hayaan mong maglaro ang bata sa araw, at sa ulan nama’y magtampisaw.” Ito ang paanyaya ng isang sikat na awiting Filipino, kaya nga ang pagdiriwang ng Buwan ng Wika ngayong taon sa Mababang Paaralan ng Ateneo de Iloilo – Santa Maria Catholic School ay nakatuon sa kasiyahan at pakikilahok ng mga mag-aaral sa bawat gawaing idinisenyo para magkaroon sila ng panibagong karanasan - bagong karanasan, bagong kaalaman.
Ang pagdiriwang ngayong taon ng Buwan ng Wika na may temang “Filipino: Wika ng Karunungan” ay pinangunahan ng programang Filipino sa pakikipagtulungan ng Programang Araling Panlipunan bilang paghahanda na rin sa paggunita sa pagdiriwang ng “Iloilo Charter Day” sa ika-25 ng Agosto. Ito ay nakasentro sa kulturang Ilonggo-Filipino.
“WE ARE Ateneans. As such, it is inherent to us to be lovers of humanities and the arts. Music naturally feeds our soul and enlivens our humanity.” Thus said by outgoing Junior High School Associate Principal Dr. Herman Lagon on the integration of Music in the school’s curriculum.
Henceforth, Renan Flores, a pianist and a voice coach, was now tasked to teach Music to the students of Grades 7-9. He will teach Philippine Music to Grade 7 and Southeast Asian to Grade 8. Latin American, African, and Central Asian Music will be the theme of Grade 9.
Flores is a graduate of Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University in La Union, Pangasinan and has been teaching music to elementary and high school students for years. As a voice coach, he has already lead his mentees win in various national and international competitions.
“I am so excited and blessed of being accepted to teach music in this prestigious school,” Flores said, adding, “I am inspired to squeeze out the best of what our talented Ateneans have for I’m very sure that music forms part of their DNA.”
School walks the talk on new encyclical’s call to take care of environment, ‘our common home’
IN RESPONSE to Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment, Ateneo de Iloilo-Santa Maria Catholic School has invested on structural makeovers that aim to significantly reduce the school’s carbon footprint. This includes the installation of the light-emitting-diode (LED) televisions, retrofitting of the building roof, replacement of the lighting system, and the integration of hydrophonics in the curriculum.
“One year after the promulgation of Laudato Si, the school, for its part, has already made strides—crusading for proper waste disposal and campaigning for the conservation of resources,” Senior High school associate principal Dr. Herman Lagon said, adding, “this, however, must be sustained and should cascade over all members of the community.”
“Thus, the school, through the leadership of Fr. Joseph Haw, is now taking the lead in continuously responding to the call of Laudato Si, even if it means investing much on resources and effort. For example, using LED devices may be expensive, but will eventually lessen our consumption of electricity. In similar reason that we spend much in changing the design of our roofing so we can catch more rain water for use.”