April 25, 2017

Forming character

ONE of the important goals of education is to form the character of children. It is that part of a person that provides stability and direction in his life and everything in it, starting with the way one thinks, his attitudes and his reactions to things in general.

A person, of course, is a very dynamic being, but he needs to have a sense of permanence and confidence. He needs to be rooted and moored in some sound foundations and oriented to some clear and good goals. He just cannot be drifting aimlessly, twisting in the wind.

A person needs to have an over-all view of life. He has to have a good idea of where he comes from and where he is supposed to go. He has to find meaning and purpose in everything. In fact, he has to know what man is really all about. In this, he cannot and should not be left in the dark for long.

Thus, we have to feel the need to be clear about who and what we are. This involves our core beliefs and faith. Let’s try to be professional and serious about this, avoiding being amateurish and sophomoric. And so we have to understand that we have to be committed to a global view of man and life.

For this, our Christian faith gives us the whole thing—from man’s creation to his eternal destiny. We have to be wary of some attractive ideologies that offer partial truths that often get distorted and exploited for some ulterior motives.

In short, we have to be committed to our Christian faith, for it contains the whole truth and mystery of man, and goes much further than any man-made ideology can offer. Commitment to our Christian faith should not remain on the intellectual level only. It has to involve our whole life with all our powers and faculties.

So everyone has to work to form the right character for oneself and for others. With respect to the children,  the task is a long, tedious process that has to go in several stages, typically slow, even meandering, in accordance to the rhythm of life itself, but it should be abiding and relentless.

Good knowledge on shifting gears is definitely a necessity here, since we are going to meet all kinds of terrains, challenges, circumstances and other factors and conditionings.

Since children are not aware of the need to form their own character, their parents and teachers have to gradually make them aware of it. In the end, it is the children themselves who are the primary agents in forming their own character.

The responsibility of the parents and teachers is undoubtedly big and indispensable, but at best secondary. To the children, parents are the primary educators. Teachers just help. Both need to coordinate very closely with each other.

For sure, they need to make time for this all-important duty. This cannot be treated as a sideline only. They need time to be with the children, and time for their planning and meetings.

For this reason, parents and teachers should be clear about what is involved in forming the character of the children. They have to know what education is really all about.

Then, of course, they have to know the many, endless details of the techniques and methods involved, when to be strict, when to be lenient, etc. They have to realize then that they need formation themselves and that their formation as educators also has to go on. It should be an endless affair.

For sure, education just cannot be understood as imparting some knowledge and skills to the children. It covers a whole lot more. Many considerations have to be made—the temperament and psychology of the children, the close monitoring of their behavior, etc.

As educators, parents and teachers have to be knowledgeable not only about the subjects involved in education, but also about the appropriate ways to educate children. They need to combine a wide range of qualities—patience, cheerfulness, toughness, optimism, naturalness, openness and flexibility, etc.

They have to be good at motivating, since children respond so favorably to this that we can say that their growth and development would depend largely on the motivation they receive especially from parents and children.

They have to feel appreciated and loved, needed and important. Even when they have to be corrected, they should realize by the way we do the correction that they are in fact loved and needed, never rejected.

This, I think, is how they form their character and acquire both human and Christian maturity.

Back to Springdale

As "the only school for boys", today is the first day in school at PAREF Springdale. Teachers, staffs, and students are excited. Everyone is excited especially the new ones. You see new faces, new smiles, hear new laughter, and new kids playing at the quadrangle. For more than 16 years already as a boys school here in Cebu…

…in Springdale, you see "Gentlemen".

Bene Omnia Facere!

Verano Camp for Boys 2012: Enroll Now!

Summer is up! It is the perfect time for your sons to venture on other cool stuff. Springdale is offering the Verano Camp for Boys, the summer clubs or classes for your son to enjoy and have a productive summer.

CLUB SPECIFICATIONS
BADMINTON

Exclusive for Elementary Students (G2 to G7) Only
Ages 8 to 13 years old
7:30 A.M – 9:30 A.M.
Monday to Friday
April 16-27, 2012 

BASKETBALL

Elementary Students
9:30 A.M. – 11:30 A.M. 
Monday to Friday

High School Students
2:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M.
Monday to Friday
April 16 to May 4, 2012

GUITAR

Age 8-10 (Ukelele)
9:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M.
Tuesday and Thursday
April 16-27, 2012

Age 11 – above (Guitar)
9:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M. 
Monday | Wednesday | Friday
April 16-27, 2012

FOOTBALL

Begginers (6 to 12)
Players 8 to 10 with experience
08:30 A.M. – 10:00 A.M.
Monday|Wednesday|Friday
April 16 to May 16, 2012

Representative Teams, Boys 12
(who will be handpicked by Coach Mario)
2:30 P.M. – 4:00 P.M.
Monday to Friday
April 16 to May 19, 2012

Boys 14 to 17
2:30 P.M. – 4:00 P.M. 
Monday to Friday
April 16 to May 19, 2012

Incoming G1 to G3
9:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M. 
Monday to Friday
April 16 to May 18, 2012

PIPERS Ages 8 – Above
09:00 A.M. – 10:30 A.M. 
Monday | Wednesday | Friday
April 16-27, 2012
FLUTE Ages 8 – Above
10:30 A.M. – 11:30 A.M. 
April 16-27, 2012
PAINTING Ages 8 – Above
9:00 A.M. – 10:30 A.M.
April 16 to 27, 2012
ARTS & CRAFT Ages 8 – Above
9:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M.
April 16 to 27, 2012
READING SKILLS Ages 8 – Above
1:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M.
April 16 to 27, 2012
MATH SKILLS Ages 8 – Above
9:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M.
April 16 to 27, 2012

For inquiries please call Mr. Loreto at 232-2234 or 232-2220 or click HERE!

Relucio, Pursuing excellence

“I have always believed that if you put in the work, the results will come. If you run into a wall, don't turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.” Parents, teachers, school administration, members of the school board, guests, and the graduating class of 2012, good evening.

This powerful quote from the greatest basketball player of all time-Michael Jordan- – is what inspires me and Batch 2012 to strive for excellence in everything that we do, be it a simple or daunting task.

Take this speech for example. When I actually started writing it, I found out that it’s even harder to do than our Research Paper. Yet, one thing was certain though. I knew that the reason why I made it here today is that I never gave up in pursuing excellence. A line from the movie, “Three Idiots”, gave me the inspiration I needed. It goes, “Pursue excellence and success will just follow.”

So, it looks like… this is it! Finally, we have made it to the end of high school and I, personally, am very thankful to be part of this batch. As we are all gathered here to commemorate this important milestone in our lives, let us savor the fruits of our efforts. Without you guys, I wouldn’t be here and so this speech is not only mine, but yours as well.

Many consider us the best batch that Springdale has seen so far. We have heard it several times in elementary, only to hear the same thing again all throughout high school. And so with this, we went out to fulfill what everyone had expected of us. It propelled us to work harder and excel in academics, sports, and other extracurricular activities. Majority of us are on the director’s list, but… we’re not just a bunch of nerds. Almost everyone in the batch is part of the varsity and we have reaped numerous awards in soccer, basketball, taekwondo, debate, golf, swimming, cycling and even scrabble. That is what makes our batch truly amazing.

And guess what? We are also known as the guinea pigs of the school. Because of our high performance, we were always the first ones to try new things, like when they needed to change the curriculum. We didn’t see it as something bad because it just showed how much the school believed in us, making us a benchmark for other batches to emulate. And when we graduate, they will probably say things like “look at this batch and how much they have achieved.” Yes, these are just a few of our accomplishments that will definitely go down in Springdale history.

All these would not have been possible if not for those people who have been instrumental in helping us become what we are today: Our beloved parents and teachers. Our parents for their unwavering love and constant support, and our teachers for their deep wells of patience. In all our struggles, our parents have continued to serve as our guiding light to keep us going and stay focused on our goals. Without them, we might have gotten lost along the way.

Our heartfelt gratitude also goes out to all our teachers who have painstakingly handled our batch throughout the years. The experience we had during our Chemistry exhibits, when we were tasked to teach younger kids who did nothing but run around, made us realize how difficult it must be to be a teacher, especially to high school students who sometimes act like Grade 1 pupils.

Our teachers, together with our parents, have also instilled in us the love for God who makes all things possible. Nothing would have come to fruition without him. For all these, we cannot indeed, thank you enough.

Although we will be travelling different roads, hopefully, we will one day meet again and share new experiences and take pride in our lofty pursuits. Perhaps we will meet as Springdale parents. One of us may even be the chaplain of the school, or some may be influential business leaders in the community.

But no matter what path we take, we will forever be grateful for the wealth of experience that Springdale has provided for us. It has been a pleasure spending the last four years in high school with all of you. And because of the endless support from our parents and teachers, the hard work and never giving up on our goals, we have been better prepared for greater responsibilities ahead.

So, to the graduating class of 2012, let’s go out into the real world, take on new challenges, and show to everyone why we are the best batch of Springdale! – Graduation Speech by Alfredo Relucio Jr, Batch 2012

Stepping into the Classrooms of the Future

By Andre Miko Alazas
Photo by Enrique Benedicto

The 24th of June 2011 marked PAREF Springdale School’s launching of the Genyo e-learning system, a Singapore-based online learning management system.

Handled by Diwa Learning Systems, Inc., the ground-breaking learning system aims to extend learning beyond the four walls of the classroom and to make everything easier for students, teachers, and parents.

With its newly created Genyo Computer Lab, PAREF Springdale can boast of being one of the first institutions in the Visayas to implement the said e-learning program.

“We want to promote self-directed learning through technology in a highly competitive 21st century environment,” says PAREF Springdale Academic Director Dr. Renante Payod.

The ribbon-cutting, which was done by Dr. Payod and Diwang Learning Systems Executive Director Gina Limstrom, was immediately followed by the elections of the Student Body Organization' s EXECOM members.

This is the first time the Commission on Elections of the school used an online voting system as opposed to its outdated counterpart – manual elections. The tally of votes was easily seen at the end of the day.

With this, PAREF Springdale hopes not only to intensify its curricular standards, but to enhance its student’s attitude towards learning.

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