Thursday, June 21, 2007

Please bring your son's "Daily Guide"

Dear parents,

Please bring your son's "Bosconian's Daily Guide" for the Parents' Orientation this Sunday (June 24). Thank you very much!

Fr. Joel Camaya, SDB

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

25 Years with Don Bosco!


Today as I was assisting the boys in the playground, a thought suddenly came to me. It was around this time 25 years ago that I entered Don Bosco (in Tarlac) as a student! Yes, this year, I am 25 years a Bosconian! I have always considered that day as a point of reference in my life.I looked at the first year boys and I remembered my first days as a Bosconian, albeit I was younger then, at grade four. But I am sure many things are the same for our Benjamins. There is the novelty of being able to run around freely, even play basketball or football during breaks. There were the Salesians who moved around chatting with the students—“wasting time” with them. These were the very things that touched me in those days and those that greatly influenced me to remain in Don Bosco, the seed that led me later on to decide to become a Salesian.In these musings I realize that this year is indeed a moment of grace; I have thought about this only today: that after 25 years I would be working closely with Bosconians. In 1982, I was welcomed by Salesians to a Don Bosco school; 25 years later I, a Salesian myself, am welcoming new students in a Don Bosco school. Indeed, what goes around comes around!With this reflection I have invited those working in this apostolate--both Salesians and lay educators alike: make the first days of our Bosconians pleasantly memorable. That was my experience, my very own.
(Fr. Joel N. Camaya, SDB. June 14, 2007)

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Letter for June 24 Parents' Orientation




18 June 2007

Dear Parents,

Grace and peace!

We are very thankful that you have chosen Don Bosco College – High School Department as the educational institution and second home for your son(s). At the same time we consider you as a very important part of our educational apostolate for the young as we believe in the invaluable role you can play in the formation of your very own son(s).

In this line, we wish to meet you at the beginning of this scholastic year 2007-2008 and we therefore invite you to come for the PARENTS’ ORIENTATION this Sunday, June 24, 2007 at the Don Bosco College Gymnasium.

The programme of this half-day affair is a follows:

AM


8:00 Registration at the Entrance of the Gym
8:30 Mass at the Gym (Fr. Rolo Alcasid, SDB – Rector)
9:40 Presentation of the Academic Faculty (Fr. Joel Camaya, SDB – Principal)
10:00 Disperse into sections for: presentation of School Policies, clarification on the use of the Student’s Handbook and the election of Parent Officers for each class. (c/o Ms. Wilma Mendoza (Asst. Principal for Academic Affairs) Ms. Christine Solares (Asst. Principal for Student Affairs) and Class Advisers
11:30 Home Sweet Home; Election of the Parent-Officers of the Board of Directors

Master of Ceremonies: Ms. Christine Solares (Asst. Principal for Student Affairs)

Your presence in this event will signify your willingness to work hand-in-hand with us in striving to realize the kind of Bosconian we envision your son(s) to become—“a good Christian and an upright citizen.” We hope to see you then. God bless you and your family.

Sincerely yours,

FR. JOEL N. CAMAYA, SDB
High School Principal

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Special Schedule: June 15, 2007

Please take note of the special timetable for June 15 (shortened periods) to accomodate the scheduled meeting of the teachers with Fr. Joey Paras, Spiritual Moderator at 4:00pm:

7:15am-9:00 am Singing Practice (with Confessions)
9:00am-9:30am Morning Break
9:30am-10:20am First Period
10:20am-11:10am Second Period
11:10am-12:00pm Third Period
12:00pm-12:50pm Lunch Break
12:50pm-1:40pm Fourth Period
1:40pm-2:30pm Fifth Period
2:30pm-3:20pm Sixth Period
3:20pm-3:40pm Homeroom

4:00pm Meeting with Fr. Joey

Monday, June 11, 2007

A QUO

When given a chance to talk to young people, I often touch on the topic of change. I usually introduce two Latin phrases that usually accompany this subject matter: the terminus a quo and the terminus ad quem—the “end from which” and the “end towards which”, respectively translated into layman’s terms as what it was before the change and what it would become.I have always believed that education is a process and thus involves change in the mind of the one who undergoes this event. But much more than this is the greater scheme: the whole picture of the process of learning that involves not only the one who is educated but also everyone involved in the educative process: the educator, the other students, the parents, the environment. There is therefore a great power in education that effects change practically in the whole community. I am reminded of a documentary television program that featured how coins are polished. The coins are made to look new once again by being mixed with other coins, all of which are continually rubbed with the others’ surface. In time, they all change each other—polished and smooth.We undergo that polishing in this process of change. We are at the beginning of this school year—the terminus a quo. Altogether we move from this end and open ourselves to change.

Saturday, June 9, 2007

WELCOME to School Year 2007-2008!

Last Thursday, June 7, 2007, the scholastic year 2007-2008 began for the High School Deparment of Don Bosco College.

The first activity of the school year was the morning prayer culminating with the singing of Hail Don Bosco.

Fr. Joel Camaya, SDB (Principal) introduced to the student body the new rector of Don Bosco College, Fr. Rolo Alcasid, SDB who gave his first Good Morning Talk.

This was immediately followed by the introduction of the magisterium--the different persons who are directly involved in the high school department as teachers, faculty and staff members.

These first two days of the school year, Thursday and Friday, are meant to be orientation days for the Bosconians.