An exc!!!ting summer for teachers: PLAYSHOP Season 3

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How do you spell the word excite in the most exciting way?
The Meridian teachers figured out the best way to excite ‘excite’!
EXC!!!TE: to “ranchonize” education; to rediscover oneself as a teacher; to teach life as the only subject; to be fueled in mind, body and spirit
The three exclamation points truly added and defined the enthusiasm each teacher and staff felt during the opening of the community building-up event called Playshop last April 20. In its third season, the Playshop opened the theme, “EXC!!!TE” to welcome the new academic year and to set the hearts, minds and bodies of each member of the Meridian family on the same journey.
Through professional and personal development activities, the teachers and staff have been ignited by a powerful and inspiring message this summer- to find a mold for each child and that is only possible if LIFE is the only subject matter the Meridian curriculum teaches. There were many activities that equipped the teachers and staff over the past weeks and it will continue throughout the summer. Seminars, workshops, conferences, and think tank sessions are those that have been fueling the teachers and staff. We are gearing up for an EXC!!!TING year for all students, parents and friends of Meridian.

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.

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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: info@themeridian.edu.com.ph and social media sites:

Facebook: fb.com/TheMeridianSA    Twitter: @The_Meridian      Instagram: @themeridianph                                                                         

Quick Facts

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.

Fee

TuitionMiscellaneous

 

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.

TF Allocation

 

program

lab and clubs

 

Others

 

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 info@themeridian.edu.ph and we will do our best to answer them one by one.

WE C.A.N. : The Meridian Grade School Graduation of School Year 2014-2015

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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

  1. Casseiopeia and Stellarz

            Inspirational Music for the Youth

  1. Cubby Club

            A Cubby Hole for Students

  1. Space Savers

            Space-Saving Couch for Students

  1. Roboat

            An Educational Toy Boat for Learners and Teachers

  1. Ergovators

            An Ergonomically Designed Chair and Table for Students

  1. Baggo

            A Flexible Bag for Teachers

  1. Philovators

            A Journal for Filipino Students

  1. Pieology

            Pies that Represent Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao

  1. Ningas Pinas

            An Interactive Philippine Website

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March 26 marked the end of school year 2014 – 2015; thus, students have finished yet another chapter in their school life. Amidst the excitement of the year-end activities is also a time of reflection and evaluation – a time to look back at more than 9 months worth of lessons, learnings,challenges, and victories.
The Grade School and High School Year-End Program, “Built for Flight,” is a celebration, not just of triumphant moments, but of significant events that helped propel and push us towards the goals and aspirations we have strived and prayed for.  This year, we recognized the achievements of students who had exerted great effort to use and test their talents and skills inside Meridian and in the national and international stage. In acknowledging their efforts, we hope that they will continue to be encouraged to develop their God-given gifts for the benefit of their community and to inspire others to strive for excellence in their own lives.
In the end, the achievements and accolades garnered by one should and must be shared by all, for these victories are a product of the collective effort of one’s community – the support, guidance, and prayers of peers, teachers, and family.  So, as we close another chapter in our students’ academic life, we thank the parents, families, teachers, and staff of Meridian for instilling and nurturing the noble aspirations of our students.  Indeed, you continue to be instrumental in building up students’ lives so they can reach great heights.

 

 

“Ang Kaklase Naming Si Pepe” Preschool Moving UP A.Y. 2014 – 2015

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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.

FAI-YAC Artworks

 

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:

Grade 1 student entry showing the how watching air games makes one feel close to the sky.
Grade 1 student entry showing how watching air games makes one feel close to the sky.

 

Charito Cruz, Grade 1, creates a whimsical artwork with floating pink elephants and summer sunflower.
(detail) Charito Cruz, Grade 2, creates a whimsical artwork with floating pink elephant and summer sunflower.

 

Jan Manzano, Grade 5, draws a boy carefully observing, learning and enjoying the flight landscape.
(detail) Jan Manzano, Grade 5, pictures a boy carefully observing, learning, and enjoying the flight landscape.

 

(detail shot) capturing how someone tries to capture such a moment
(detail) Eliana Carlos, Grade 5, captures a moment that calls to be remembered.

 

Andrei Zapanta, Grade 10, paints a light watercolor depiction of the thrills of air games.
(detail) Andrei Zapanta, Grade 10, paints an airy watercolor depiction of the thrills of air games.

 

Joshua Nibre, Grade 9, directs your eyes to an airplane headed to the FAI Dubai Air Games this 2015.
(detail) Joshua Nibre, Grade 9, directs your eyes to an airplane headed to the FAI Dubai Air Games 2015.

 

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Teacher Nemcy happy preparing and packing the artwork entries.

 

 We are all excited for the learnings of the students who grabbed this chance head high!

Soaring Snaps: PIHABF Walkabout Photo Gallery

Contributor: Neil Lim, Grade 11 student volunteer

 

The students gearing up for the walkabout and competition during the orientation
The students gearing up for the walkabout and competition during the orientation

 

The group arrived at the venue early morning. Breathtaking sunrise welcomed us before the show.
The group arrives at the venue early morning. Breathtaking sunrise welcomes us before the show.

 

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Teacher Marco stands amazed watching the uniquely shaped balloons float one by one.

 

The Octopus hot-air balloon from Japan
The Octopus hot-air balloon from Japan

 

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Is that a flying barn? Yes, it is!

 

The group busy doing a drawing activity after the talk on the principles of fligt by Prof. Mel. It was cool being around actual airplanes while learning about them.
The group busy doing a drawing activity after the talk on the principles of flight by Prof. Mel Silvestre. It was wonderful being around actual airplanes while learning about them.

 

Alicia Cruz drawing a pilot airplane. Yes, you heard it right!
Alicia Cruz drawing a pilot airplane. Yes, you heard it right!

 

Let's have fun and imagine how an airplane can be a funny caricature!
Let’s imagine how an airplane can be a funny caricature!

 

Sophia and Gio, Grade 3, were the first students to volunteer to drive this vintage airplane. Trivia: The wings of this airplane are made out of hardened fabric since it light. Cool, right?
Sophia Tan, Grade 4, was one of the first students who volunteered to ride this vintage airplane. She did a good job piloting this plane with her classmate, following Prof. Silvestre’s instructions. Trivia: The wings of this airplane are made out of hardened fabric because of its light weight. Cool, right?

 

The Grade 3 students focused on their drawings
The Grade 3 students giving their full attention to their drawings

 

Prof. Mel Silvestre had very helpful advise for our students. He was very happy to see their artworks.
Prof. Mel Silvestre gave very helpful advise to our students. He was very happy to see their artworks.

 

What are wing tips? Daniel learns more about these aviation innovation.
What are wing tips? Daniel Nolasco, Grade 11, learns more about these aviation innovation.

 

Prof. Mel Silvestre happy to usher us into the boundless world aviation. Here he is in front of a vintage airplane with the Grade 2 students and Teacher Nemcy Cruz.
Teacher Nemcy and her students spent wonderful time with Prof. Silvestre. We were privileged to ask our teacher anything at all.

 

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Prof. Silvestre used this cute airplane for us to understand the principles of flight better.

 

Paolo Santos, Grade 11 student volunteer, shows a big smile as he tries maneuvering this fighter airplane. One of his dreams is to fly an airplane.
Paolo Santos, Grade 11 student volunteer, beams with a big smile as he tries maneuvering this fighter airplane. One of his dreams is to fly an airplane.

 

Flying kites with friends felt awesome!!!
Flying kites with friends felt awesome!!!

 

We made the biggest bubbles that day!
We made the biggest bubbles that day!

 

Thank you High School kuyas for letting us try this fun activity! Your idea was awesome!
Thank you, High School kuyas, for letting us try this fun activity! Your idea was awesome!

 

Even MS. Paredes, High School Science Teacher, took the challenge.
Even MS. Paredes, High School Science Teacher, took the challenge.

 

*The AVP will be posted on the Meridian High School Facebook page.

Built for Flight: Student Anecdotal Quotes

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

Andrei Tejada pulls out a huge bubble to cap off the wonderful day
Andrei Tejada pulls out a huge bubble to cap off the wonderful day
“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