“We prepare, you prepare,” stated Assoc. Prof. Pilar Y. Isidoro-Romero, Ph.D., the inaugural Principal of UST Senior High School to parents, faculty members, guidance counselors, and students during the SHS orientation on August 25, 2015 at the Benavides Auditorium.
Dr. Romero emphasized that the Senior High School would be different from Junior High School. UST SHS would be having its distinct department color, seal, student handbook, and uniform. Apart from these, UST Senior High School guarantees that a scholarship program will be offered to deserving students. It is expected that SHS would sponsor both academic and cultural organizations beneficial to pupils and to their preparation for tertiary education. As of the orientation date, 4, 786 aspirants have already applied for the USTET admissions.
Students were invited to choose from the six strands (Liberal Arts, Education, and Social Sciences strand, Accountancy, Business, Management strand, Music and Arts strand, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics strand, Health Allied strand, and Physical Education and Sports strand) offered by the university. The Principal highlighted that the UST Senior High School will be the only institution that would offer the Arts and Design strand, Health Allied strand, and Physical Education and Sports Strand as “strands under the Academic Track. “ Faithful to its stand as a department of a Catholic university, UST Senior High School would be imparting the “Integral Faith Formation Program” together with the 15 core subjects, 16 track subjects, 7 contextualized subjects, and 9 specialization subjects mandated by the Department of Education.
A morning shift (7:00 am to 12:00 nn) or an afternoon shift (1:00 pm to 5:00 pm) from Monday to Saturday would be implemented in UST Senior High School. “Preparation is a two way purpose” said Dr. Romero. “You should work doubly hard to be admitted to UST SHS.”
The Young Community Stewards spearheaded the annual Clean-Up Drive on August 1, 2015. With the theme “Kiskis, Linis, Kinis,” the said activity assembled selected officers of different organizations sponsored by the UST Junior High School to clean the streets of P. Noval and Dapitan.
Student Leaders were assigned to bring their own cleaning materials such as dust pan, soap, pail, trash bags, broomsticks, scraper, rags, and gloves. “It is the main objective of the Clean-Up Drive to promote cleanliness and healthful environment around the university for all Thomasians as well as other people,” said YCS President Ralph Joshua Araño. The Clean-Up Drive is held annually to raise awareness among students to dedicate themselves to community services for the benefit of the society. This event is also the perfect opportunity for its participants to realize how a clean environment would contribute a better change to its surroundings.
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Faithful to its nature as the official arm of the UST JHS Office for Community Development, the Young Community Stewards (YCS) spearheaded its first outreach program, “May Kasiyahan Kapag Malusog Si Juan” project, on July 2, 2015. This scheme aims to impart to 6th Graders of Juan Sumulong Elementary School the basics of Mathematics, the essentials of survival training, and the fundamentals of personal hygiene and nutrition.
Other school organizations like the Math Club, Boy Scouts of the Philippines (BSP), and Girl Scouts of the Philippines (GSP) also partook in the said operation. Ralph Joshua Araño, President of the Young Community Stewards, shared, “Preparing for this outreach activity was not easy at first for there were many factors to be considered. Full cooperation among the participants and volunteers was really necessary. After teaching the children, we felt that all of our hard works have paid off. The students of the Juan Sumulong are more than typical elementary pupils we are all acquainted with. These children are quiet yet determined learners – truly worthy of our time and support.”
“May Kasiyahan Kapag Malusog si Juan” project has been a good beginning for the Young Community Stewards as well as for the whole UST Junior High School community. “We wish that we have inspired other clubs to conduct community services for the betterment of our society,” added the YCS President. It is hoped that this outreach activity serves as a paragon for other UST JHS clubs who are willing to organize their own outreach programs for this academic year.
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