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June 10, 2013 marks the official first day in school for all our scholars for this school year 2013-2014.
We are truly glad to see you back in school- our Grade 8, 3rd and 4th year scholars. And with you, we are warmly welcoming the presence of the new members of the Pisay- Western Visayas family, the freshmen who are coming in as our Grade 7 scholars. Please know that it is our joy to have you become part of our exclusive Pisay community. You have been an addition to our pool of deserving scholars of the Filipino people. We acknowledge your giftedness in the areas of science, math and technology. This is a privilege, but also a responsibility to do good in school both, in your academics and behaviour. We desire to develop in you a pursuit of truth, passion for excellence and the commitment to serve God and our country.
For our dear parents of our Grade 7 scholars, we are grateful for the confidence you have given to Pisay-Western Visayas for entrusting your children’s secondary education to us. As we offer the best we can, for your kids in school, we also look forward to keep a strong partnership with you as we ask for your support and active involvement in the many activities and programs of the school.
Last school year, we held our classes in temporary classrooms in the SLRC and laboratories to give way to the repair and rehab of the academic building, particularly the classrooms and the faculty room. But this school year, scholars are going to be back to their classrooms in the academic building. It is our hope that you’ll take care of the school facilities as we invest on making them better for a more conducive learning environment. There is still much to do though to get into that 21st century classroom we dream for you to have soon.
This school year, we’ll rehabilitate our dormitories, construct for completion of our gymnasium, and repair our administration building. But let’s welcome these as blessings/ opportunities to improve our facilities. Admin offices are temporarily transferred to the SLRC building. We are targeting to finish these infrastructure projects before the end of 2013, so we look forward to enjoy this completed infra work upon return after Christmas break. Meanwhile, we are hoping for your understanding as we work on improving our facilities to better serve our scholars.
Also, this school year, we acknowledge that we have two sets of scholars under two seemingly different curricula. Half of the group- our 3rd and 4th year scholars are here to complete their 4-year Pisay scholarship. While the other half- our Grade 7 and 8 scholars are part of the K-to-12 curriculum that requires them to complete Pisay education for 6 years. But this curriculum change transition period has not changed our mission for all our scholars, whether they belong in the old or new curriculum- and that is to prepare and equip you for careers in science and technology. In this very competitive time, we are working keep to our vision of positioning PSHS as the country’s leading science high school.
The WVC is one of the 12 campuses all over the country that operate under one system of governance, and is working to complete its mandate to have 16 campuses in the year 2016.
Here in WVC, this year is our 21st year of operation, being the 3rd oldest campus in the System after the Diliman and the Davao Campus turning 50 and 25 respectively this year 2013.
We are getting older and we would like to get better. Last school year, amidst all the challenges, we have been richly blessed too. We measure our success by the performance of our scholars and the kind of graduates we produce.
This is evidenced by the achievements of our scholars. The school year started with a blast as three of our scholars namely: Ina Mae S. Sison, Vicah Adrienne Villanueva, and Magin Benedict Ferrer won as the Grand Champion in the 1st ASEAN Plus Three Junior Science Odyssey held in Brunei Darussalam last June 10-16, 2012 with 10 Participating Countries including Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, China, Korea, Brunei, Darussalam, Vietnam, Thailand, Singapore, Sweden. This July, we’ll be sending another team in Korea for the same competition. Let’s pray for their good performance and success. A long list of winnings of our scholars in local and national competitions, both in Science, Math and Technology area, as well as in Humanities field followed for the rest of the school year. Topping the local competitions won is the Batang Lider award recognized by the Iloilo City government to ms. Beatrice Cuadra, our SA president last SY. The school year was also closed with a bang as Magin Benedict Ferrer won as Grand Champion in the National Chemistry Olympiad last May 2013.
Thanks to our very dedicated teachers who acted as coaches in several competitions on top of their work as competent teachers in the classroom.
Our faculty and staff have similarly pursued excellence in the desire to continuously learn and develop themselves through post graduate degrees and other professional learning opportunities last school year. Ms. Zennifer Oberio, our math and research teacher has been given a full scholarship in the University of Leeds in UK for her Ph.D. degree for giftedness. Mr. Aris Larroder, our Science teacher qualified and went to Tokyo University as a research student under a Mombushu scholarship program. Mr. Jose Vicente Tan, our CS teacher qualified through a competitive selection to attend a short-term training in Malaysia. Mr. Mr. Joseph Simon Madrinan earned his Master of Education degree in Mathematics from the University of the Philippines in the Visayas, and a good number of our faculty are pursuing their Masters and doctorate degrees, with one under a DOST scholarship and others on their own expense. All these I am glad to mention in recognition of the dedication and pursuit for higher and continuing education of the mentors in Pisay WVC. We want to be the best so we could also deliver the best for the best students that we have.
As I enter my 2nd year as campus director, i look forward to more victories amidst challenges. A lot of new things are in store for this school year, and this gives us a sense of excitement as we embrace all these positive possibilities in Western Visayas Campus.
As we welcome school year 2013-2014, let us pool our resources together and work as a team to strengthen the wings of Pisay to make mightier flights. Not by our individual strength and capabilities, but by our collaborative efforts, and by the grace of the Mighty Hand above who make all things happen and possible, we look forward to another successful school year , in the process of nurturing the great minds and hearts of our scholars placed under our care in the Western Visayas Campus.