June 1, 2021
Sweet victory in the Lord was how we describe God’s many gifts to us in the past school year (SY 2020-2021). Great is the Lord and worthy to be praised! As March 2020 unfolded, and our students continued to process the many lessons they learned from their enterprise learning visit to Baker’s Counter http://(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J3Gb94o5pMU&t=429), President Duterte locked down Metro Manila. The school closed so suddenly and there was no time to prepare. Like the rest of the country, we had thought Covid-19 was confined to Wuhan, China.
We quickly restructured during the lockdown
We spent the first two weeks waiting for the plague to go away, but the lockdown stretched on, and on. By mid-April 2020, we noted that many schools, particularly those overseas, had already moved their schooling online. We had to learn to do this quickly!!! Exploring a number of options was the only way to deal with the reality of OBCCS remaining closed for at least a whole year. Otherwise, our teachers would be out of job, and we would be at a loss what to say to our host of donors, both great and small, who had supported our move to a new community. We had shown our commitment in 2019 by continuing to operate with five teachers and two staff support with only an equal number of paying students! Now, we needed to trust God for how how He would have us serve His people during the pandemic. What was clear was that families needed help in keeping children occupied and learning at home, and not miss a whole year of learning. So we did what God would have us do with the assets we had. We built on several strengths we already had. Naging maagap, pinahalagahan ang angking yaman at naging masigasig kami sa gitna ng mga hamong kinaharap. We saw we had Internet Connection, teachers had one computer or laptop to work with, and we had the curriculum, so we put our basic elearning knowhow to good use. We quickly restructured and connecting ourselves remotely- some in Rodriguez, others in Quezon City, Bulacan and Agusan del Sur for online teaching and learning. Having quickly connected with the DepEd, we reshaped our school calendar in keeping with guidelines for distance learning and learning continuity. By June 2020 we were ready with our revised curriculum for online learning. We explored a number of e-learning platforms and meeting applications. During the first month of the new school year, we used NeoLMS as learning platform, but upon experiencing the convenience of Google Classroom, which was granted for free by Google to the school as a PCNC accredited institution, the Faculty voted to shift to the latter. The parents also confirmed that they found Google classroom more user friendly.
The year in review
|May 2020||We explored alternative modalities: online, printed modules only, blended, homeschooling, Two teachers resigned. Three teachers remained motivated to proceed with the mission. We reported developments to the members in a General Assembly. We tried to engage other stakeholders to help in the work.|
|June 2020||We launched an online school! We applied and got support from Google. We attended various webinars to help us with e teaching and learning. We got our DepEd permits and started promoting our school on multiple channels.|
|July 2020||We collected online materials and games. We launched a series of posts on FB so that families in search of a Christian online school would know about us. We conducted a series of Parent Orientation Seminars to recruit students|
|August 2020||Makabayan Month. We commenced the school year on August 2, 2020, right on schedule.|
|September 2020||Masigasig Month. The Faculty commenced Teacher Learning Sessions every Saturday|
|October 2020||May Pagkukusa Month We commenced Creative Problem Solving sessions by Oct 23. We also had a Live Forum with Dr. Domingo E. Ganzon, MD-Oncologist, who spoke on the topic: Are Computers bad for our Kid’s Health? Ina Precy Jiongco Torres taught on Prayer|
|November 2020||Malikhain Month Savings MonthVirtual Clay Moulding Session with Kuya Ferdie Gedalanga, Nov. 27|
|December 2020||Maagap Month. Virtual Christmas Party. Smallest Christmas Belen Contest. Dental Hygiene Webinar with Dra. Lilian A. Gomez, Dec 11|
|ANSWERED PRAYER !!!! |
CECILEVILLE REALTY AND SERVICE CORPORATION donated (P5M) funds to the school. We utilized the funds to payoff the property, which is now fully titled to the school. We were able to pay for Architectural services so we can build a second floor !!!. We targeted to complete requirements for K-12 classrooms before August 2021.
|January 2021||Maka-Diyos Month |
Bible Quiz Film /Showing 2nd Quarter Examination
|February2021||Matapat Month |
DepEd released our Permits for Grades 8-9 for SY2020-2021, We enlisted all our transfer students in the upper grades in the LIS
|March2021||Makatotohanang Pagkilala sa Sarili Month |
Foundation Week/Science WeekVideo Showing about Covid-193rd Quarter Examination,
|April 2021||May Pagpapahalaga sa Oras at Angking Yaman Month|
Art Month, Virtual Visit to an Art Museum
|May 2021||`Mabunga Month/Entrep Month|
Decision to hold a Math Camp to address issues.
|ANOTHER ANSWERED PRAYER !!! |
Another Foundation, which prefers to remain anonymous, added funds so that the school’s dream of having complete classroom facilities will be realized, hopefully this year. We thank the Lord for His abundant grace and mercy. This inspires us to continue the mission.
|June 2021||Mahusay Awards |
Academic and Character Awards were during Virtual Recognition Rite held on June 5, 2021.