Irresistible. How do we define it?
According to Merriam Webster dictionary; irresistible is an adjective pronounced as ir·re·sist·ible \ˌir-i-ˈzis-tə-bəl\, defined as impossible to resist especially because of strength or attractiveness.
In Meridian, we aim to make every process irresistible, and we’ve started with the year’s enrollment. Most of you may have already gone through the enrollment process last April and May 2015 and we do hope that you had a good experience. The Meridian Admin. aimed to create a “one stop shop” experience where in a day; you get to enroll, order books and claim (if already available), order/fit uniforms , get photos taken for the school I.D., get iPad and of course make payments.
A photo below illustrates the whole process.
There are still areas that needs improvement and we would really appreciate if you can share with us how was your experience, thoughts, suggestions, comments and even your ‘likes’ about the enrollment process through email: firstname.lastname@example.org and social media sites:
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Quick Facts: The newest column in ARROWS!
Quick Facts will help us know more about our school, our educational system and our community as a whole.It will help us be enlightened on some terms that may sound too technical or may appear quiet confusing to understand. To start off this first issue, let us have the definition of terms.
Now that we know the some of the definitions for an educational institution, let’s learn more about tuition fees and miscellaneous fees of our school.
These are some of the most frequently asked questions that we receive and we hope to be able to answer them in the simplest way we can. If you have any other questions or clarifications, you may email us at email@example.com and we will do our best to answer them one by one.
Nelson Mandela’s famous quote, “Nothing seems possible until it is done” came to life last March 28, 2015, as the Grade 6 students presented their “solutionarian projects” during their graduation day, marking the end of their Grade School journey and the beginning of their High School flight.
The word “Solutionarian” is a term that Chaplain Bing Zubiri introduced to the Meridian community. She used the example of our national hero, Jose Rizal, to describe what a Solutionarian is.
A solutionarian has a heart for others. He creates a solution or an answer to other people’s needs. He asks not what others can do for him. Instead, he asks what he can do for others. A solutionarian has an “It can be done!” spirit.
For the whole year, the graduating students worked on their solutionarian project which aims to help the Meridian community. The projects reflect the students’ strength and giftings. Those who are musically inclined composed songs. Those who are into design and innovation created a shelf, a couch, a cubby hole, or a table and chair which can someday be used by the Meridian students. Those who are into baking created a Philippine pie that will introduce both locals and foreigners to the rich natural resources of Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.
Through the solutionarian projects, the students were able to learn valuable life lessons. They learned courage and teachability. One student said,
“This project taught me how to face my fears. I also learned to be teachable because I can be better by taking the advice of others.”
They learned to stand up after failing. One reflection goes this way:
“Our project wouldn’t work without us failing first. If we did not fail, we would not know that our project was bad, initially. Thanks to our weaknesses, we failed but got stronger. Thanks to our individual strenghts, we made a wonderful project.”
They learned to persevere. Another child said,
“If we don’t make use of our time well, we won’t be successful. I also learned that if we know we are fighting for a good cause, we should never give up.”
They learned to think of others. B are some students’ quotes:
“I learned teamwork and trust. I also learned that the world does not revolve around me.”
“I cannot ignore the opportunity to do something that will improve the lives of others. I have to do something! This is just the beginning. There is so much more to do.”
As the graduating students presented their projects, teachers, parents and guests saw a vision of hope because these young people are willing to use their gifts and abilities to contribute to a greater purpose.
The students have taken the first step to making things possible. On the day of the graduation, as the students received their diplomas, they also declared, “We C.A.N. ! We Create.Answers.Now.”
Students’ “Solutionarian” Projects
- Casseiopeia and Stellarz
Inspirational Music for the Youth
- Cubby Club
A Cubby Hole for Students
- Space Savers
Space-Saving Couch for Students
An Educational Toy Boat for Learners and Teachers
An Ergonomically Designed Chair and Table for Students
A Flexible Bag for Teachers
A Journal for Filipino Students
Pies that Represent Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao
- Ningas Pinas
An Interactive Philippine Website
On March, 23 2015, the Preschool Department held its annual moving up program entitled “Ang Kaklase naming si Pepe: Preschool Moving-Up Presentation”. This year’s program took inspiration from the life of our national hero Dr. Jose Rizal, whose heroic traits such as love for country and learning with a creative and inquisitive mind were incorporated in the lessons of the preschool classes.
The program started with the wonderfully entertaining song and dance numbers of the nursery and kinder classes. They performed original compositions made in collaboration with the Preschool Department and the help of Teacher Yen and Gurong Susanne. The Prep Kalaw delivered a powerful and inspiring performance with their speech chorale piece entitled “Bayani”, another original composition with words chosen by the students themselves. Prep Haribon and Apo Mynah showcased their talent and creativity by doing a live art performance that produced a collage that showed the Meridian spirit of community and working together.
After all the class performances, the Prep students received their awards that celebrated their individual talents and uniqueness. They were given their Multiple Intelligences certificates as recognition for all their works in preschool. Truly the lessons from Pepe and the stories shared in class have opened new adventures and discoveries for the preschool children. The love for learning and nurturing of their gifts would not be possible without their family and the Meridian community.
The students gave their 100% planning and executing their artwork entry concepts.
A total of 35 entries were sent for the preliminary judging
9 artworks qualified to represent the Philippine in the Young Artists Contest
Here is a sneak peak of the artwork entries:
We are all excited for the learnings of the students who grabbed this chance head high!
Contributor: Neil Lim, Grade 11 student volunteer
*The AVP will be posted on the Meridian High School Facebook page.
Something wonderful is going to happen this summer!!!
Walkabout and Competition Reflections by the Students
“During the PIHABF walkabout, since there were a lot of younger kids from Grade School who are part of our group, we, the High School students were partially given responsibility to look over and take care of them. So learning responsibility is one of the the things I learned in the walkabout, to continually seek to discover my path in life is another.”
Abigail Nolasco, Grade 8
“I can say that the FAI-YAC is really intense because we are up against youth participants from around the world. Imagine how many great artists we are competing with just to get the spot? But everything considered, I learned a lot from this competition since I got to express my self through my own style. I learned new art techniques that I can use in the next competitions to come.”
Andrei Tejada, Grade 9
“I thought it would be interesting to play sports in the air! I made my artwork playful because it was a reminder not to lose my creativity and pure child-like wonder. Throughout the entire experience, I’m overwhelmed by the thought of participating in this event. Winning, though it would be nicer and a bonus, somehow is secondary to the main reason why Meridian sent us to participate. It is about exposure, discovering, and enhancing our skills in art.”
Lorenzo Ortega, Grade 7