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Basic education faculty reinvigorated at Palawan

July 26,2017

A well-rested and well-nourished life is well-equipped for works of service.

Truly, this year’s faculty retreat held last May 16-20, 2017 revitalized the spiritual, emotional, physical, and social vigor of Grade School and Junior High School teachers and administrators. This year’s faculty retreat is much appreciated for three things: (1) It comprised the Basic Education Faculty (Grade School and Junior High School), (2) It was facilitated by the well-loved Fr. Raul “Among Rau” Santos, and (3) It was held in Puerto Princesa, Palawan.

For the first time in a very long time, the teachers of both units have come together as one community to have this gathering, as part of the summer in service training to begin the school year.

Among Rau inspired the teachers and reminded them the true meaning of rest and prayer as means of bridging the gap between a teacher’s real mission and human self.

Among Rau’s message revolved around the gospel of Mark: Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.” (6:31)

He reminded the faculty and administrators the importance of living well-balanced life, one that delights not only in serving the Lord in His vineyard but also makes time for eating, resting, and praying. 

The faculty stayed at Microtel Hotel, which was nothing short of relaxing and serene. This small place hidden at the edge of the Palawan Island became the sanctuary for learning and prayer for the teachers of St. Scholastica’s College basic education unit.

The retreat was capped off with a well-planned and fun-filled itinerary of island hopping and beach bumming activities which gave the teachers the opportunity to once again appreciate the majesty of nature and glimpse at the wonderful creations of God. In one day of Honda Bay island hopping tour, the teachers witnessed how each island they visited offered a different thrill, all of which were great for swimming and snorkeling. The intense summer heat had no effect at all on the enthusiasm of the teachers.

The unspoilt city of Puerto Princesa opened the eyes of the teachers to world outside of the classroom and see the other side of themselves. With its white sand beaches and picturesque islands and rock formations, the cultural trip became a truly memorable one.

By: Rholeo Virata and Elen Joy Alata