"The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others." - Mahatma Gandhi

Monday, February 28, 2011


Here’s a proposed breakdown of the activities for tomorrow’s interaction with the kids from POCCH:
4:00 - 4:15  Name tags, groupings, group cheer
4:15 - 4:30  Activity #1: Ping-Pong Relay
4:30 - 4:45  Activity #2: Elbow Tag
4:45 - 5:00  Activity #3: Human Bingo
5:00 - 5:40  Merienda and Playground time
5:40 - 5:45  Group photos and load up the bus
For those who can make it, let’s meet in the Spirit Shop at 3:15pm to discuss the basics of the activities and what possible role/s you can fulfill for the afternoon’s event. If you have something at that time, then just come see me any time during the day (except 3rd block coz I have class) so I can brief you and answer any questions you might have.
A big THANK YOU to those who have emailed to say that they will be helping out. See you all tomorrow. Winking smile

Friday, February 25, 2011

The Recycling Club Needs YOU!

Image courtesy of Keisuke Musashino

Our Recycling Club needs volunteers to help them collect recyclables around school and from the homes around Binictican. This is a very worthwhile endeavor and a great Service opportunity. If you are not yet part of it, then get on-board! See Ms. Calimlim and find out what you can do to help. If you are already part of the cause, then let's get your friends hooked too!

(Don't forget to write up a proposal for this if you'd like to earn credit for CAS.)
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POCCH Visit on Tuesday, March 1

Photo courtesy of Ramona Kabigting

We have invited around 30 kids from the Philippine Outreach Center Children's Home in Subic town to come over to our campus for some much needed (and much awaited...by them in particular) interaction. These would be the same kids you got to interact with if you took part in the first visit to their Center last November. We need volunteers to help facilitate the games and activities so if you can make time, please come join the fun.

The plan is to get the kids here by 5pm 4pm (The kids will be let out from school early, so they will be picked up by 3:15 instead of 4pm), spend about 45 min for games and activities (which will be held down at the field behind the Lower School library), then serve them a meal (courtesy of Mrs. Kabigting...THANK YOU!!!). Hopefully we can get them back to the Center before 7pm 6:30pm.

If you would like to help plan and/or facilitate a game or activity, please get in touch with Ramona directly. If you were not part of the visiting group last November but would like to be involved, let us know by leaving a comment on this post (and send in a proposal as soon as you can).

For any questions or concerns, shoot me an email or come see me in the Spirit Shop.
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Thursday, February 3, 2011

Jumpstarting Journals

I have noticed that some of you are having difficulty in fulfilling the journal requirements for your CAS activities. Remember that the expectation is that you write journal entries regularly (generally once a month) for each activity or project that you are actively involved in. Here are some tips on how to get yourself in the groove to write:

  • Journal Entry #1: Self-assessment

Make it a point to write a journal entry when you start each activity. You can use the following questions as writing prompts:

  • What is my past experience with this activity?
  • What new learning or skill do I hope to achieve or develop?
  • How will this experience be different from that of the past?
  • How am I going to know if I am making progress in achieving the goal/s I have set?

Answering these questions should help clarify where you are headed and what needs to be done for each activity.

  • Staggered Journaling

Avoid having to write multiple journal entries in one sitting. Instead, spread out your journaling sessions into 3- or 4-week cycles. For example, Week 1 would be journaling for Activity A, Week 2 for Activity B, Week 3 for Activity C, and so on. Your reflections should certainly be more authentic and sincere as a result of this practice.

  • Journals as Checkpoints

Set short-term goals that you hope to accomplish before the next journaling session. Your can then write about whether or not you achieved these short-term goals and the reasons and factors that affected each outcome.

These are just some simple ways to help develop the practice of journal writing. Journals provide you with opportunities to reflect on your experiences and record your insights and learning in a timely and organized manner. As an added benefit, you will have a better resource (than just your memories) to draw from when you need to write your final reflections at the end of each activity or project.

Happy journaling =)