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October 2010

Salud Reaps Gold

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Senior student and GM Filipino editor Ray John Salud was hailed champion in the Filipino Slogan Making and Essay Writing Contest (Category II) held last September 9, 2010.

Mandaluyong City Mayor Benhur Abalos and City Councillor Boy Esteban awarded the medal, cash prize and trophy in a ceremony held last Sept. 20 at the Mandaluyong City Hall.

Mrs. Delna C. Moralita, principal, received the trophy for GSCS as a result of Salud’s victory.
The contest theme which was announced on the spot focused on the importance of education.
Participants were grouped into two – freshmen and sophomore students comprised category I while juniors and seniors made up category II.

Category I champion was Angel Patricia Virtus of the City of Mandaluyong Science High School (CMSHS).  Representatives from Rizal Technological University (RTU), Jose Rizal University, RTU, and Jose Fabella Memorial School were the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th, respectively.

For category II, Bonifacio Javier National High School, CMSHS, Andres Bonifacio Integrated School and NAMEI Polytechnic Institute were the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th placers, respectively.

A total of  43 students from twelve different schools in Mandaluyong competed;  two other students from GSCS participated: Keziah Custodio, II-Matthew and Jesserene Roldan, III-Matthew.

This contest is another project of the Young Journalists Association of Mandaluyong (YJAM) headed by writer Lito Cinco, supported and sponsored by Mayor Abalos, Councillor Esteban, and David Salon.

Adding Years or Tears?

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The K+12 Education Plan is part of President Benigno “NoyNoy” Aquino III’s Educational Reform Program. “K” stands for kindergarten while “12” indicates the sum of the years of primary and secondary education. In short, two years will be added to the 10-year basic education curriculum plus kindergarten.

The Aquino Administration believes that increasing the years of education could help the Filipinos resolve the problem of unemployment, keep up with the global criterion and help Filipino students to have more time to decide on which career to take.

“The Philippines has the shortest education cycle preparatory to university. Ours is 10 years, the rest of the world is 12. In short, we have a curriculum that, in paper, covers the same subject matter as the rest of the world but which we cram into 10, instead of 12 years,” PNoy said when he was still a presidential candidate. Philippine Business for Education (PBEd) is also in favor of this proposal since they believe it would produce more globally competitive Filipino graduates. In order to catch up, we need to have the same education curriculum as that of other countries to produce Filipino graduates that are more literate and skilled.

Yet, there are issues relating to the K+12 Educational Plan that the government needs to work out before they can effectively carry out the proposition. It is evident that this will require higher budget for education since there will be a greater need for classrooms and supplies such as books, chairs and the like. More trained teachers will also be highly demanded. The Department of Education estimates it will cost the government roughly an additional P30 billion.

Presently, the Philippine government is having problems in providing the country’s educational needs. A number of public schools have the ratio of one teacher to 60-70 students per class in two shifts. Transfer of learning is quite challenging due to the barriers surrounding the learners. Textbooks are shared making it inaccessible whenever a student  wants to study.

If the current condition is not even sufficient for 10-year educational system, wouldn’t it be more difficult in the   implementation  of K+12?

Average Filipino families would be greatly affected when this new plan has become a reality.  It would be a struggle for most parents to provide the needs of their children: allowances, supplies and fees, etc.
With the present education system, many who can’t to afford the costs decide to stop their children’s schooling. According to Philippine Business for Education (PBEd), only three out of five students that enter Grade 1 will finish Grade 6, two out of five will finish high school and only 10% will finish college. How much worse would it be when schooling is extended?

‘Quality is better than quantity’ as they say; but  this new educational system would just seem to prolong the agony of Filipino students and parents.

Could we not just focus on the improvement of the quality of education in terms of teaching styles, methods, techniques and other resources?

The increase of years in education may only add fuel to the fire.

The government should first focus on providing solutions to the problems of our country such as poverty, corruption, quality education, discipline, crimes, etc.

Before implementing K+12, the issues that our country is facing today should have been dealt with first.
Corruption must be given more attention as what PNoy’s campaign slogan says, “Pag walang corrupt, walang mahirap.”

GSCS Celebrates Nutrition Week

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By Trina Marie B. Agres

July 16, 2010—The GSCS family unified in this year’s observance of  Nutrition Week with the theme “Pagkaing tama at sapat, wastong timbang ni baby ang katapat”.

The celebration is highlighted by the Food Feast prepared the different classes from elementary to high school.
The elementary pupils decorated their booths with the nourishment and delicacy of Filipino dishes while the high school students came out with their exhibit of international foods.

The program opened with some pupils’ presentations featuring the importance of proper nutrition. Filipino dance numbers were also staged.

The Grade III pupils with their Ilocano delicacies were the overall winners from the Elementary Department. Makatotohanang Pinagmulan: Grade I; Kaayusan ng Pagtatanghal: Grade IV, Malasa at Masarap na Pagluluto: Grade II and Nakalulugod na Pagsisilbi: Grade III

From the High School Department, winners were the seniors’ Italian foods. The sophomores, freshmen and the juniors got the second, third and fourth places, respectively. Special awards were given to the third and second year students.

Prizes were also given to the teachers.  Best group of teachers were the Pre-School and the Grade III teachers. Teachers with the best Filipiniana attire were Ms. Queenylyn Reginio, Ms. Eunice Liwanag, Ms. Jophylyne Lucena, Mr. Jefferson Gelito and Mr. Pepito Garcia.

Ms. Liwayway A. Constantino, Science Coordinator, led the overall planning of the event.

Memory Athletes

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By Hannah Krisha P. Tongco

Have you ever had trouble memorizing things? I’m sure you had because that is completely normal. There are times when we are required to memorize things, like numbers, words, etc. If you are like me, who take a week or more to memorize a few numbers, then you will think that it is impossible to memorize the exact sequence of a deck of cards in less than two minutes. Well, you’re wrong.

Memorizing things, anything at all, is a piece of cake for the Memory Athletes. Every day, they do many activities that help enhance their memory so that they may compete in some international memory competitions. They undergo training on the basics of memorizing: visualization, imagination and association.

Johann Abrina, a Memory Athlete from the Philippines, recently won a silver medal during the last UK Open International Memory Championships in Paddington, Central London. He is a Sports Science Major from the University of the Philippines, and a registered nurse. He earned the silver medal in the “30-minute card category” for successfully memorizing the sequence of a deck of cards in exactly one minute and 20 seconds.

He and another memory athlete named Robert Racasa were the first Filipinos to have ever participated in memory sports. They are training for this year’s World Memory Championships in Guangzhou, China. According to Abrina, he only learned about the sport while he was searching for materials on memory training on the internet. He also said that he would have aced the nursing board exams if he had known this technique two years ago.

The memory athletes have a special technique that helps them to memorize things quickly. They say that the key to memorizing is by using pictures. Not real, tangible pictures but pictures that you imagine in your mind.

Don’t you find it easier to remember a person’s face rather than their full name? This is because the mind works better with images. When we visualize an image in our head, the picture stays there but when we try to memorize, for example, a long sentence, a few minutes later we might already forget some of the words.

Try memorizing some words by converting them into a mental picture through association and imagination then visualize them in certain locations; it really works because the mind works with images.

Another reason why this method works is because sometimes we feel that whatever we are memorizing is useless and that we’ll never really use it in the real world. So, by associating what we are memorizing to a real-life situation (or, even better, an outrageous scene), we will find it easier and more fulfilling to memorize.

Another thing, the sillier the situation, the easier it is to memorize. This is because it is hard to forget something that is almost incredibly unbelievable.

Memorizing is not just important in memory sports but also in many areas of our life, like, memorizing phone numbers, addresses, names and faces of people, or anything else that we want to learn.

But remember, the memory athletes did not master all these techniques overnight. They spent long, long hours training every day. If we really want to achieve something, then we really have to put our heart and mind into it, not just in memorizing but also in other things, especially things that we are passionate about.

Memory athletics, anyone?