The teachers, students and parents of Canda National High School celebrated the Annual World Teachers’ Month (September 5 – October 5) and marked a very memorable and terrific festivity honoring the nobleness of the teaching profession during the last week of the Teachers’ Month, September 30-October 4, 2013. With the theme, “My Teacher, My Hero”, the celebration is indeed a recognition and exaltation of the heroism of the teachers all over the world.
The celebration started at the flag raising ceremony on September 30, Monday, with greetings and a prayer for teachers led by the Supreme Students Government officers. The heartfelt greetings extended throughout the whole week giving some inkling on the surprises being prepared by the SSG officers and class officers. Of course, the teachers did not spoil the surprises and let the SSG and class officers prepare for the celebration.
On October 1, 2013, the teachers were first offered by the General Parents-Teachers Association (PTA) Officers a fun-filled treat during the entire afternoon. The GPTA Officers (I included as member of the BOD) prepared parlor games such as egg relay, calamansi relay, and eggplant game. After the parlor games, the teachers and parents shared a sumptuous merienda.
The GPTA Officers pose together with the principal, Ms. Agnes E. Da Silva during the opening program.
The faculty members enjoy the parlor games prepared by the GPTA officers.
Pretty Ma’am Ana happily reaps her prize (yes, the pail, haha).
On October 3-4, 2013, the students led by the Supreme Student Government (SSG) President Marjun Mendoza prepared lots of surprises for the teachers. For the entire morning of Thursday, October 3, the teachers enjoyed a movie treat; a Bollywood family-oriented film entitled “We are Family”. The film shows how a divorced mother who suffers from cancer tries to protect her kids and keep her family in tact by letting the girlfriend of her former husband take her place and learn to be a mother to the three children.
Marjun Mendoza, SSG President, gives welcome remarks to start the tribute for teachers.
With much interest, the teachers attentively watch the family-oriented film.
After the movie treat, the teachers were given a massage by the students.
Mrs. Alodia Albestor and Mr. Aldie Tagara expressed delight on the free massage by the students.
The grand celebration of the World Teachers’ Day happened on October 4, Friday. Greetings were everywhere and the students showed much love and gratitude to every teacher they met. Each classroom was also decorated and prepared for the celebration. A royal invitation was also distributed by the SSG officers to all the teachers.
At around 8:30 am, my students fetched me at the ICT room and blindfolded me for a surprise in the classroom. While taking the steps down at the stairs, I trusted my students that they would not let me fall down or that anything undesirable might happen. When we arrived at the classroom, the students removed the blindfold and now I saw a decorated room with red lights like in a disco. Greetings surfaced on the air with matching balloons, flowers, doodles on the blackboard, and music. The boys also offered flowers while dancing with me in the tune of sweet music. After a while, the class president, Jinky Ann Perez read a poem dedicated to me as their teacher-adviser. The rest of the students gave their individual messages and I also reciprocated a heartfelt message to them. The party went on and the whole class enjoyed two boxes of brownies after the program.
Flowers, balloons, and greetings made me really feel special and honored for being an educator.
I danced with my students like a royal princess.
I shared the two boxes of brownies joyfully with all the students.
The dancers of the class presented a special number.
The social dance and fun extended ‘til 11 am.
After the program, everyone posed for a photograph.
At around 11 am, all the students gathered at the pavements and at the covered court for the royal entrance of the teachers with the music of the drum and lyre band.
After the red carpet entrance, the royal queens and kings sat down steadily on their seats ready for the presentation and surprise numbers.
The KDT under the supervision of Mr. Ramil Matala presents a dance doxology.
On her inspirational message, Ms. Agnes E. Da Silva related a story about teachers and also expressed her commendation to the efforts extended by the SSG and class officers for the success of the celebration of the World Teachers’ Day.
Composing a rock band, the teachers present song numbers which delight the teachers and students.
The teachers who are grouped by the year level they handle also enjoy the ‘Picture Perfect’ game.
All the teachers are awarded medals of honors by the students.
My student, Cris John Morales, wins the first place for a creative contest featuring their special gift for their class adviser.
As a reflection of my first World Teachers’ Day Celebration as a class adviser here at Canda National High School, I was reminded of the poem I have read two years ago.
WHOSE CHILD IS THIS?
“Whose child is this?” I asked one day
Seeing a little one out at play
“Mine”, said the parent with a tender smile
“Mine to keep a little while
To bathe his hands and comb his hair
To tell him what he is to wear
To prepare him that he may always be good
And each day do the things he should”
“Whose child is this?” I asked again
As the door opened and someone came in
“Mine”, said the teacher with the same tender smile
“Mine, to keep just for a little while
To teach him how to be gentle and kind
To train and direct his dear little mind
To help him live by every rule
And get the best he can from school”
“Whose child is this?” I ask once more
Just as the little one entered the door
“Ours” said the parent and the teacher as they smiled
And each took the hand of the little child
“Ours to love and train together
Ours this blessed task forever.”
“Ang trabaho ng guro ay hindi gawang biro.” I have realized this during my practice teacher days and have embraced my duty with full dedication, love, and care throughout these years. As my constant prayer, I ask the Good Lord to always renew and rekindle the flame of my passion for teaching as I live bearing my name ‘Titser Donna’. As a final analysis, I would say that this year’s Teachers’ Day Celebration served as a fuel to that flame, a reminder of our enormous obligation, and a celebration of the noble profession which has been bestowed to us by the Great Teacher.