During the Career Guidance Program for Grade 10 students last Friday, I was tasked to present the Senior High School Updates of Castañas National High School. But I was wondering for a while on what updates to present so I thought of presenting the activities, accomplishments and aspirations instead.
First, I asked the Grade 10 students on their perceptions on Senior High School. They were positive on the benefits they could gain through the program. Then I told them the program offerings of Castañas NHS – Senior High School which are:
- Academic Track – General Academic Strand
- Technical-Vocational-Livelihood Track
- Electrical Installation and Maintenance
- Fish and Food Processing
I also introduced the instructors teaching at Castañas SHS. So, here we are. Let’s meet the young and vibrant instructors of Castañas SHS, including me of course:
Senior High School activities aim for the holistic development of the learners in personal, intellectual, social, civic, religious, physical and moral aspects. During the first five months, we had conducted varied activities shown below.
The orientation happened during the first three weeks of the present school year. I could say that they enjoyed the activities and prepared themselves well for the academic and skills development of senior high school.
The incoming Grade 11 students may not encounter the “Brgy. Hall experience” anymore since we occupy the new building right now. But I really wanted to show them how life was at the temporary place we had for three months.
The most exciting and memorable experience the Grade 11 students had was the Acquaintance Party and Team-Building Activity held on August 4, 2016 at Oyayi. The photos show their happiness, right?
I also presented some of the classroom activities in Oral Communication such as the group activities, mock job interview and public speaking.
We also participated in the Buwan ng Wika Celebration of the Junior High School. Pretty good to have runner up awards!
As part of Personal Development, First Friday Mass is conducted monthly. Thanks to our parish priest Rev. Fr. Raffy Tolentino and Sir Paul Marquez who initiated the activity. He’s our resident pianist, too! Awesome dude, right?
We have managed to put the two vacant hours during Friday afternoon. So we had extra-curricular activities during this period. You wanna hear SHS Choir sing? Come visit our school programs sometimes especially this December for our proposed benefit concert.
For the first semester of the first year of the implementation of Senior High School, Castañas NHS Senior High School has accomplished modestly in terms of instruction, facilities and community involvement. We had some adjustments in the program. Nevertheless, we did what we could to accomplish some of our goals.
The first of these many goals was to occupy the new building. So, we transferred on September 2, 2016. The inauguration followed on September 9, 2016 with Congressman Vicente “Kulit” Alcala as our guest speaker.
As soon as we transferred to the new building, the construction of the book shelves started, book donations were delivered and materials were arranged. Yet, the flat-screen TV is not yet purchased because the building is not yet fully secured. We plan to have a soft opening on the first Monday of the second semester. That is November 7. I hope we can prepare everything before the said date. Crossed fingers! (For your donations, please see this link: https://titserdonna.com/2016/07/12/wanted-donors-for-lrcavr)
The soon-to-furnish laboratories of EIM and FFP only contain a few tools, materials, and equipment now. We hope we can have the basic resources soon.
We also had some equipment available such as ray tube TV, projector, refrigerator and printer. These pretty much are our helpful buddies especially the printer.
I also showed the ID cards of our SHS students. Sir Paul is also talented in layouting, eh? Good job Sir!
We still don’t have the water system. So we need to fetch water manually. This equipment was a gift from our municipal mayor.
Castañas NHS Senior High School strives to equip the students the necessary tools, materials and equipment needed in doing practical activities in Electrical Installation and Maintenance and Food and Fish Processing. Likewise, providing learning materials and equipment necessary for academic undertakings is also part of the goals.
For the EIM / FFP Laboratories, we plan to solicit from stakeholders the needed tools, materials and equipment for these laboratories. Meanwhile, the homeroom projects of EIM and FFP are boards for EIM and kitchen tables for FFP.
For the Learning Resource Center / Audio-Visual Room, as I have said earlier, a flat screen TV will be purchased before the second semester starts. Sound system is also requested from a private organization. We also hope to have a sala set / table set for the LRC. Additional materials for the LRC/AVR will also be outsourced.
We are telling these to you so you can join with us in praying for all of these to happen. I hope this Gava website also fulfills its mission to help us. (Please see this link, https://www.gavagives.com/the-dream-to-cultivate-more-dreams/).
One of the fund-raising activities we plan to have this December is a benefit concert entitled “The Reason for the Season”. We are really praying very hard for the approval of this event. The proceeds of the concert will be used to purchase tools, materials and equipment for EIM and FFP Laboratories. Learning materials will also be procured.
When I watch Minute to Win It, the idea of joining the show always crosses my mind. To win a million in the show can be very helpful not only to my family but also to the school where I am teaching. I am really willing to buy the basic tools, materials and equipment needed from my winnings. (Do you know how to join the show, anyone?)
Though we only have the first semester to finish this Friday, October 21, I can say that the first five months of teaching at Castañas Senior High School is one challenging yet fun roller coaster ride. We might not have the necessary resources right now but we still have the rest of the school year to do our best to provide for the students. I hope anyone reading this may also consider giving a hand. Thank you for reading this entry, too! God bless us all!
Signing offand going home at this minute,