Last September 19-23, 2020, the school celebrated Literacy Week. Stockbridge community did varied activities that showcased the creativity, talents, and skills in writing and speaking of the Stockbridge kids. Each grade level was given a task to finish within the day. The students showed enthusiasm and excitement throughout the celebration. Each of them took PRIDE in completing their outputs. The event culminated by awarding the students who excelled among the rest. Here are the students who bagged first place in each contest. Zach Andre Chua for Scan and Predict Competition Grade 1 Category and Youssef Al Shuaibi for Grade 2 Category. Huey Marco Gascon for Creative Cover Design Contest for Grade 3 Category. Wayne Fontanilla and Angeli Ysabelle Pagente for Electronic Story Writing Contest Grade 4 Category and Henrich Miguel Gascon and Pierce Stephen Lagamayo for Grade 5 Category. Kim Lian Cabote for Extemporaneous Speech Contest for Grade 6 Category. The event successfully promoted an understanding and awareness of the importance of reading, speaking, and writing as an integral form of communication. The online platform or learning modality may be new to all of us especially to our students but learning behind the screen does not stop them to value knowledge and literacy.
August is known as the National Language Month or the Buwan ng Wika. Stockbridge celebrated Buwan ng Wika with the theme "Wika ng Kasaysayan, Kasaysayan ng Wika" virtually from August 24 to 27, 2020. The event was filled with arts, crafts, quiz bee, and virtual games about Philippine history, cultures, and beliefs are few of the fun activities we had during the week-long celebration. It was indeed full of knowledge and fun at the same time. Buwan ng Wika is a time to remind the public of the importance of the Filipino language. Our country’s language shows how rich and unique our culture and heritage. Our language bridges different communities and strengthens us as a Filipino.
Shaping Peace Together for the Future of our Global Leaders
Stockbridge American International School celebrated International Education Week last October 26-30, 2020 with theme "Shaping Peace Together for the Future of our Global Leaders." International week emphasized "Peace" to all countries. It was dedicated to supporting, and knowing more about other cultures. In one week span, students celebrated and experienced different cultures through crafts and activities. Among these was Hats Off to Country, Tourist Puzzles, Virtual Tour-Take me to Places, and Plant Day, Fun Day! The students were able to learn about cultures and visited tourist spots of their assigned country. Prekindergarten – Greece Grade 3 – USA Kinder – Korea Grade 3 – Canada Grade 1 – Kenya Grade 4 – Philippines Grade 1 – Egypt Grade 5 – Australia Grade 2 – Colombia Grade 6 - Norway Grade 2 – Peru
Bring Light and Happiness to the Hearts of our Elders
SAIS conducted an outreach program at St. Vincent Strambi Home for the Aged last November 18, 2020. The school handed-over the packed relief goods and parol with messages from the SAIS students to the home for the aged. This simple act of showing them that they are remembered made them feel loved. Seeing their genuine smiles and tearful eyes due to so much joy and happiness is the pure indication that despite these challenging times, we can still be the reason for someone ’ s joy. It is a great manifestation of the true spirit of Christmas which is to spread generosity, love, and care. Let us be the reason to bring light in someone’s darkness. Spread love, spread happiness!
Christmas Lighting is an annual celebration of the JIB schools. It served as an opening program as we welcome the Christmas season. The Stockbridge community lighted up a Christmas tree last November 23, 2020 as a symbol of life, camaraderie, and reminds us of the spirit of Christmas. This season, we celebrated the Christmas Lighting through virtual activity. It was a different setup but the same Christmas spirit. Because of the COVID 19 pandemic, things got different in terms of how we celebrate different events and activities. It taught us to be strong and courageous to face different challenges in life, and to be adaptive and considerate at the same time. As we celebrated the Christmas Lighting event, we lit up the hearts of the community as we, together, lit our Christmas trees and lights at home. Students were asked to make arts and crafts during their MAPEH time. On the day of the event, students, teachers, guests lit up their own lights through their stars, Christmas trees, Christmas lights, parols, and even a simple light inside their room.
The weeklong celebration was a collaboration of both Gensan and Davao schools. The students actively enjoyed the different activities that were lined up for them such as Integrity pot craft making and Tagxedo. Crafts and arts excite Stockbridge kids during the first and second days of the week. On the third day, the school prepared a nobility webinar with the theme “Developing Young Global Leaders: A Career Forum.” The said webinar became more interesting for the students because of the presence of the invited speakers – Mr. Jesse Tan, Dr. Adora Auguis, Ms. Louvy Gal, and Mr. Ricardo Pascua Jr. These speakers shared their backgrounds, professions, and how noble their jobs are to inspire our Stockbridge kids to share their helping hands and services to the family and community. Our Gensan students also had a chance to meet Davao students on the fourth day. And the last day of celebration was intended for the leadership forum entitled “Unleashing the Leader in Me: A Leadership Forum.” Prominent and famous names in the business industry such as Ms. Maryelle Bergavera, Dr. Deanne Corrine Tabar, the CEO of the NCCC Malls, Mr. Lafayette Tan, and the chairperson of the Joji Ilagan Schools herself, Ms. Joji Bian. These business leaders were able to impart knowledge, techniques, strategies, and skills on how to be effective global leaders.
Stockbridge celebrated Literacy Week last September 23-27, 2019. Its goal is to highlight the value of literacy among the students in various activities. Teachers invited mystery readers each day to read to the students a story for 15-20 minutes. Students engaged in book exchange where they could bring books they no longer need. They brought many books but only took one book of their choice. The books which are collected were turn-over during the outreach program. There was also an Essay Writing Competition where students from Grades 3-5 participated. On the other hand, students from Kinder to Grade 3 play a part in the storytelling. Aside from those activities, they also performed role-playing adapted from a short story of their choice.
Last October 21-25, 2019 the school celebrated International Week. On the first day, students participated in an activity called “Stockbridge Around the World” where they explored the world by pinning their home countries on the map and connecting them to where Stockbridge is. The next day, they engaged in a “Unity in Diversity: Hand Painting” activity. The school also conducted an essay writing competition with the topic “How can we unite amidst diversity?” of which Isaac Dean Navarro bagged the first place. Students also participated in the Sustainable Development Goals Poster Making Contest, where the entry of Datu Edilbasher Mahadali was declared as the winner. The whole school community took part in a ‘Global Tour” booth making activity to create live country exhibits of the countries they represent. The weeklong celebration culminated with a “Grand Tour” where students and parents immersed themselves to witness an international runway of national costumes, enjoy cultural performances of the students, go around the “Global Tour” live country exhibits where Pre-Kindergarten 2 who represents Thailand won first place. At the end of the tour, students decorated their cupcakes to form the different flags of the world. The ceremony was graced by Ms. Nicole Hao Bian, Vice President for Education Development of the JIB International Schools as she welcomed distinguished guests; Dr. Mary Jane Mejorada and Dr. Isidora Cermino, Education Program Supervisors from the Department of Education Region 11, Ms, Danna Advincula Faistauer representing the Consulate Office of Austria and Ms. Christine Kaindoy of CK Weddings and Events. To mark the opening, Ms. Nicole Hao Bian and guests together with student representatives engaged in a “Unity in Diversity” ceremonial of uniting and tying of the flags to signify the unity among countries.
To formally welcome the Christmas season, the school celebrated Christmas Tree Lighting with the theme “Give Light on Christmas Day". The event was graced by the founder of JIB International Schools Ms. Joji Ilagan Bian, who gave an inspirational talk to the students and parents. The open ground was lit with different lights from the parol presentation per level. Surroundings were filled with Christmas goodies as parents participated in the bazaar. Selected students presented ten symbols of Christmas at the event. The dance club led everyone to the mob dance as the glee club serenaded guests with Christmas carols. The highlight of the event was the gift-giving to the orphans of Bahay Pasilungan.
Stockbridge American International School had its Christmas Show with the theme “12 Gifts of Christmas” last December 11, 2019, at the Abreeza Ayala Mall Event Center, Davao City. The event showcased the students' talents as they presented on stage with their colorful costumes and performance. The Christmas show centered on a girl named Emma played by a kinder student who was sleeping when she suddenly heard a sound and later found out it was Santa. She wants to make sure it was him, so she got up and checked. To her surprise, she saw partridges in pear trees and turtledoves! She tried to go back to sleep because she was not convinced and thinking everything is just a dream, another form of gift visited her. They were French hens! The rest of the 12 gifts visited her too. It consisted of calling birds, golden rings, geese, swans, milkmaids, ladies dancing, lords leaping, pipers piping, and drummers which were all played by the different grade levels. After Emma has witnessed all of them, she was amazed and asked herself, were they real? Are they really from Santa? Then Santa showed herself to Emma telling her that she deserved to be amazed by all that she has seen because she was not on the naughty list. After that, she went back to sleep knowing that her kindness has rewarded.
Last October 2, 2020, the school celebrated Chuseok Festival with the theme’ “Celebrating Harvest Across Borders; The Stockbridge Way!” Students have witnessed the colourful culture of Korea across borders through watching some videos of the different cities in Korea and have shown their creativity in making some different Korean crafts that represents the culture of Korea. For the Pre-Kindergarten students, they have formed the puzzle of the stone artworks from Jeju Island, the “Dol Hareubang”. Kinder to Grade 1 students have made the “Wooden fish of Gamcheon craft” out of card boards and coloured them with some poster colours available in their house. Grade 2 to Grade 3 students on the other hand has made some “Songpyeon craft” out of clay doughs and construction papers. Some kids especially the Korean students have also made some delicious real “Songpyeon” with the help of their parents. Grade 4 to Grade 5 students has shown their creativity of making the “Hanbok origami”. For the Grade 6 – Grade 7 students, they have made their DIY “TAL” mask.
Stockbridge celebrated the International Education Week 2020 with the theme “One in Mission for Peace and Sustainability: The #StockbridgeStudents Voyage Around the World” last October 30, 2020. The event was a week-long celebration filled with activities that had immerse the Stockbridge Students intending to promote peace and sustainability the Stockbridge Way. The celebration started with a kick-off virtual ceremony via Zoom. The ceremony exhibited the video of last years’ celebration and the video teaser for this year. Students participated in various activities to further integrate them on the purpose of the event which is to be the emissary of peace and sustainability, not to mention the understanding of the culture of different people across the globe. To culminate the celebration, the school invited a guest speaker from South Korea Mr. Graham Salzer to deepen the concept of International Education. Ms. Joji Ilagan Bian, founder of Joji Ilagan International Schools was also present to witness the event. It showcased the astonishing artworks and crafts of the students from Africa, Japan, China, France, Brazil, Norway, Sweden, and Thailand. A sense of fulfilment dominated the virtual field as smile of success took over the screen.
Stockbridge LIONS Roar to the World as Young Global Leaders
LIONS WEEK event was a week-long celebration filled with tons of activities. The event started last November 23, 2020, were students created crafts, poster, quotes and tagxedo. On the third day of the event, it was full of nobility words through zoom forum from the guest speakers Mr. Jesse Tan, Miss Louvy Gal, Doctor Adora Auguis and Mr. Ricardo Victor de Vera Pascua Jr. of which they shared their backgrounds, professions and services to their family and community to inspire our students. Also, #StockbridgeKids created cards and send message to their families and friends. The celebration ended with Leadership Forum where we invited different leaders from different places. The event was graced by founder of Joji Ilagan International Schools Ms. Joji Ilagan Bian, NCCC President Mr. Lafayette Lim, The Skin Specialist Dermatology & Facial Clinic owner Ms. Deanna Corrine Tabar and OPPO manager Marylle Bergavera where students were able to gain knowledge, techniques, strategies and skills on how to become effective global leaders.
Last November 20, 2020, the school celebrated Christmas Star Lighting virtually. The event is filled with fun and memorable activities that involved everyone to welcome the Christmas season and to give light to the world despite of difficulties we are currently facing due to pandemic. Students strengthened the bond of togetherness and love as they created crafts for the symbols of Christmas. They even shared about what those symbols represented. To share their personal experiences as they welcome the spirit of Christmas, kids prepared a video on how they are going to celebrate joyfully by sharing with us what is Christmas to them. To make the celebration more special, teachers participated as they composed this years’ Christmas community song entitled “Thank you for the love.” The highlight of the celebration was the launching of the donation drive that aims to extend help to our community. Indeed, unity and love makes Stockbridge the light of Christmas.
Giving back to the community can help people feel more at peace with the world knowing they have done their part in fulfilling the mission of helping others. SAIS curriculum does not only aim to develop the intellectual aspect but also the social responsibility of the students. With the current situation that we are all in now such as these pandemic and super strong typhoon that caused flooding and other disastrous effects, the call to help is essential. During the Christmas Star Lighting activity, the school announced the launching of our Outreach Program that aims to extend our services to our community. It is called "Stockbridge Helping Hands, Stronger Together". Many generous #StockbridgeFamilies supported the cause. They were able to fulfill the mission of extending services to the community because of the parents and family. All the donations were turned-over to the Philippine Air Force-TOG 11 as partner because of their specialization in providing air transportation for relief goods and other essential items. Helping hands are an integral part of it all and the mission continues!
The school celebrated Christmas Show with the theme “Christmas around the World” last December 18, 2020. Stockbridge prepared a very exciting and most awaited show for all grade levels that showcased not just the talents of #StockbridgeKids but also symbols and traditions of different countries around the world. Before the show started, the SAIS-Davao presented the documentary video about the outreach program called “Stockbridge Helping Hands” to share the blessings to other people who have been suffering during the time of pandemic. Teachers from both Davao and Gensan performed dance number to start the program. Everyone embraced the momentous occasion with high spirits sharing hope and love amidst pandemic. Students in all levels showcased their Christmas carols with their glittered and colorful Christmas costumes. They happily dance during their Christmas presentation. Selected students read us Christmas stories about 12 gifts of Christmas and the joyous event ended with singing and dancing of our Christmas station ID “Thank you for the Love”.