𝟵 𝘆𝗲𝗮𝗿𝘀 𝗼𝗳 𝗘𝗱𝘄𝗮𝗿𝗱𝗶𝗮𝗻 𝗘𝘅𝗰𝗲𝗹𝗹𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗲: 𝗟𝗼𝗼𝗸𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗯𝗮𝗰𝗸 𝗼𝗻 𝗦𝗘𝗦 𝗯𝘂𝗶𝗹𝗱𝗶𝗻𝗴’𝘀 𝗶𝗻𝗮𝘂𝗴𝘂𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻
April 14 marks the 9th year founding anniversary of St. Edward School (SES).Nine years ago, the blessing and dedication of the school building was led by Fr. Paul de Leon, Parish Priest of the Immaculate Concepcion of Bucandala. This significant event was also attended by Mr. Guillermo C. Choa, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, officers and members of Property Company of Friends, Inc.; generous benefactors of the school, representatives from the Department of Education, teachers, and staff, and members of the community.
Two of the attendees were Mrs. Dulce Cheng and her son, Davean, who is now in Grade 9 this school year who has recently received “With Honors” in his class. Mrs. Cheng takes a trip down the memory lane. She expressed that she was elated to send her son to the school because of the good construction of the building and the aircon to be installed that she observed during the inauguration, but now she takes delight as she sees her son growing up in the school carrying its core values – faith, integrity, stewardship, and hard work.
𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗶𝘀 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗺𝗼𝘀𝘁 𝘂𝗻𝗳𝗼𝗿𝗴𝗲𝘁𝘁𝗮𝗯𝗹𝗲 𝗺𝗼𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗮𝘁 𝗦𝘁. 𝗘𝗱𝘄𝗮𝗿𝗱 𝗦𝗰𝗵𝗼𝗼𝗹 𝗮𝘀 𝗮 𝗽𝗮𝗿𝗲𝗻𝘁? My most unforgettable moment at SEIS (now SES) as a parent is my encounter with the security guards. SEIS has been so strict in rules that parents are not allowed inside, but I still insist and try to escape the guards and try to check on Davean’s behavior inside the classroom. I am worried if he is giving his teachers a hard time. Good thing, the teachers are supportive in terms of giving feedback and observations, and with that, I feel contented regarding the welfare of my son inside the campus.
H𝗼𝘄 𝗱𝗼𝗲𝘀 𝗦𝘁. 𝗘𝗱𝘄𝗮𝗿𝗱 𝗦𝗰𝗵𝗼𝗼𝗹 𝗵𝗲𝗹𝗽 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗮𝘀 𝗮 𝗺𝗼𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿 𝘁𝗼 𝗗𝗮𝘃𝗲𝗮𝗻? SES has been a big help to me as a mother. Teachers love my child like their own son and are always supportive of him. [Dr. John] and all his teachers are very supportive even the janitors and guards. My life as a dedicated mom-tutor to Davean has become easy because of parent-teacher partnerships, and I value the constructive comments, so that I’ll know how to help Davean improve.
𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗰𝗮𝗻 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗿𝗲𝗺𝗲𝗺𝗯𝗲𝗿 𝗳𝗿𝗼𝗺 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗳𝗶𝗿𝘀𝘁 𝗱𝗮𝘆𝘀 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗦𝘁. 𝗘𝗱𝘄𝗮𝗿𝗱 𝗯𝘂𝗶𝗹𝗱𝗶𝗻𝗴? The first year of SES is very memorable. I can see a small family of teachers and staff helping each other. You can see their bond and camaraderie, and they are so warm and welcoming to parents. I remember one situation when there is a snake around the corridor on the ground floor. They made sure that nobody would go out of their rooms until they safely caught the snake. They are so hands-on with the kids, and they always put the safety of the kids first before them. I remember the DAD of the SES (Dr. John) the mom is Ms. Joy. They love the kids so much.
𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗶𝘀 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗺𝗲𝘀𝘀𝗮𝗴𝗲 𝘁𝗼 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘁𝗲𝗮𝗰𝗵𝗲𝗿𝘀 𝗼𝗳 𝗦𝘁. 𝗘𝗱𝘄𝗮𝗿𝗱 𝗦𝗰𝗵𝗼𝗼𝗹? Thank you so much for being such good teachers to my Davean. As a parent, I know perfect teachers are hard to find, but for me, all of you are the best teachers for Davean because you can train a Dinosaur like him. Thank you for your undying love, support, patience, understanding, and perseverance. I am forever grateful. All of you have contributed to his improvements and success. Thank you so much.
Written and Interviewed by: Patrishia Marie Antes
Photo Credits: Mrs. Dulce Cheng