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Guidance Activities, SY 2017-2018

May 2,2018

GRADE SCHOOL UNIT

 

TALK ON RESOLVING CONFLICT

The Grade School Guidance Unit sponsored a Talk on Resolving Conflict entitled “Away-Bati: Understanding Conflict Resolution.” It was implemented to Grades 4 and 5 (10:00-11:00 a.m.) and Grade 6 students (8:30-9:30 a.m.) on December 11, 2017 at the Sr. Ehrentrudis Hall. Ms. Mary Antonette Castañeda, a training specialist from UNICEF served as the resource speaker. The program was designed in response to the need of the students who have difficulty dealing with interpersonal conflict. The objective of the program was to provide valuable information that will equip students with strategies to understand conflict and adopt healthy ways to positively resolve them. The aforementioned activity is part of the Student-Enrichment Program that the Guidance and Counseling Center offers to students to develop an appreciation of themselves, promote respect for self and others and establish harmonious interpersonal relationship.

By: Risalina V. Ubas, RGC
      Grade School Guidance Counselor

 

TALK ON FUNCTIONAL LISTENING AND INFORMATIONAL LEARNING

A Talk on Functional Listening and Informational Learning was organized by the Grade School Guidance Unit for Grades 4 and 5 (8:00-9:00 a.m.) and Grade 6 students (9:30-10:30 a.m.) on August 16, 2017 at the Sr. Ehrentrudis Hall. It was facilitated by Ms. Mary Ann Rafols, a Registered Guidance Counselor from San Juan De Dios College. The talk was implemented to address the need of the students to learn effective study habits and strategies to promote academic success. It aimed to provide students with relevant information to further hone their active listening and higher order thinking skills geared toward improving their academic performance. The above-mentioned activity is integrated in the Information Service that the Guidance and Counseling Center provides for their students to develop self-awareness, achieve academic competence and maximize their potentials. 

By: Risalina V. Ubas, RGC
      Grade School Guidance Counselor

 

I BELONG PROGRAM

The Grade School Guidance Unit annually prepares Enrichment Programs to help the students understand themselves better, capitalize on their abilities and develop better interpersonal relationship.  In line with this, an “I Belong Program” was conceptualized for the new students. This activity aspires to assist the newcomers in their smooth transition to their new environment by allowing them to get acquainted with other students, get to know better their school and establish a support system that would help them with their successful adjustment. All of these are geared toward enabling the students to have increase self-worth which may in turn motivate them to maximize their potentials and excel in their academics. The said program was implemented by the Grade School Guidance Counselors on July 10 (Gr.1-St. Eusebia from 8:40-10:40 a.m. and Grades 2-3 from 1:00-3:00 p.m.) and July 12, 2017 (Gr.1-St. Rictrudis from 8:00-10:00 a.m. and Grades 4-6 from 1:00-3:0 p.m.) at the Viewing Room of Sr. Schrader Hall.

By: Risalina V. Ubas, RGC
      Grade School Guidance Counselor

 

TALK ON DEALING WITH EMOTIONS

The main thrust of the Students’ Enrichment Program is to provide activities to foster students’ self-awareness, establish healthy relationship with their significant others and become well-rounded individuals. In connection with this, the Grade School Guidance Unit spearheaded a Talk on Dealing with Emotions entitled “Dealing with My Feelings: A Girl’s Talk” for Grades 4 and 5 (8:00-9:00 a.m.) and Grade 6 students (9:30-10:30 a.m.) on September 15, 2017 at the Sr. Ehrentrudis Hall. It was facilitated by Mr. Angelbert Hernandez, a professor from the Psychology Department of St. Scholastica’s College, Manila. This program materialized because students in general seemed to have difficulty in identifying effective coping skills to handle their emotions and triumph over challenges in life. Thus, the talk was designed to equip the students with tools to better understand their emotions and adopt strategies to effectively manage them and become fully-functioning individuals.

By: Risalina V. Ubas, RGC
      Grade School Guidance Counselor

 

TALK ON THE REALITIES OF HIGH SCHOOL LIFE

The Grade School Unit of the Guidance and Counseling Center organized a symposium entitled “The Realities of High School Life. It was intended for all grade 6 students and was given on April 5, 2018 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at the Sr. Ehrentrudis Hall. The main thrust of which  was to prepare and give them the needed support and assistance as they go through the transition period from grade school to junior high school. The program was conceptualized and implemented in such a way that would make them aware of the Junior High School Unit’s objectives, the nature of its academic program and how they can effectively manage the demands of junior high school  life. Resource speakers from the Junior High School Unit were invited to enlighten them as they venture into another milestone in their life as students. They were Mrs. Yasmin Nuguid (Academic Coordinator), Mrs. Joan Hope Caparas (Coordinator for Student Formation), Mrs. Josephine Bargas (Guidance Counselor), Ms. Katrina Sison (Grade 10 student) and Ms. Margarita Escober (Grade 7 student). 

By: Ms. Dyna S. Del Prado, RGC
      Grade 6 Guidance Counselor
     OIC, IBED Guidance Coordinator

 

JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL

 

TALK ON CAREER PATHING

The Grade 9 students had a talk on Career Pathing last Oct. 19, 2017 at the St. Cecilia’s Function Hall A.  The talk aimed to assist the students in finding out the career choice that would be the right fit for them.

The resource speaker was Atty. Virgel Prieto, the President and Founder of CLIQ, a company that assist students who are interested in studying abroad, US particularly.

By: Mrs. Josephine Bargas, RGC
       Guidance Counselor

 

CAREER EXPOSURE TRIP

One of the best ways to prepare the Grade 9 students for their career is to expose them to the different workplaces related to their SHS track/strand career choice.

Last March 9, 2018, the whole batch had the chance to choose among the 5 groups:  Medicine, Business, Law, Engineering and International Studies/Arts.

The itinerary of Medicine group was The Medical City, UERM Hospital and Medical School and the Ateneo Medical School.  The Business group visited the Hotel Benilde, Central Bank of the Philippines and Enderun Colleges. Meanwhile, the Law group went to  the Makati Regional Trial Court, PECABAR Law Offices and The Court of Appeals.  The Engineering group headed to Meralco, Philippine Nuclear and Research Institute and The Mapua Institute of Technology. Lastly, the International Studies and Arts group visited the College of St. Benilde-School of Design and Arts, The Cultural Center of the Philippines and the US Embassy.

By: Mrs. Josephine Bargas, RGC
       Guidance Counselor

 

TALK ON THE ROAD LESS TRAVELED

The Grade 10 attended a talk entitled “The Road Less Traveled” last Oct. 7, 2017 at the St. Cecilia’s Function Hall B.  It was aimed at making the students become aware of the less popular courses/professions.

The resource speakers were Ms. Ana Badillo on  Education, Sr. Christine Pinto, OSB on the Religious Life, Dean Veronica Templo-Perez on Volunteer Work and Capt. Sajar Foronda who talked about the Military.

After the talk, the students asked some questions which showed their interests in some of the less popular courses.

By: Mrs. Josephine Bargas, RGC
       Guidance Counselor

 

I BELONG PROGRAM

The “I Belong” Program is intended for the Grade 7 newcomers to help them adjust in a new environment and be acquainted with fellow new students who will serve as their support system throughout their stay in the Junior High School. They learned tips on how to cope with high school life based on the experiences of Ms. Francheska Maglanoc (Grade 10 – Order) and Ms. Paula Nadine Roraldo (Grade 10 – Stewarship).

The program was held at the JHS Audio Visual Center last July 21, 2017 from  8:15 am – 9:15 am. It was facilitated by Ms. Josephine Bargas, RGC, RPsy and Ms. Alma Alcantara, RPm.

By: Ms. Mary Ann Laquian
      Guidance Associate

 

ADJUSTMENT TO HIGH SCHOOL LIFE

To assist the Grade 7 students in their adjustment to Junior High School, a Talk on Adjustment to High School Life was organized by the JHS Guidance Counselors. The objective of the program was to let the Grade 7 students have a framework of expectations, to understand the norms, and standards in transition to Junior High School. It provided information and resources that will allow students to make appropriate academic plans and healthy social choices.

It was held at the Sr. Kuniberta Hall last July 31, 2017, Homeroom time from 8:15 – 9:15 am. The resource speaker was Mr. Fernando Lacson, a JHS Faculty member who shared his knowledge and insights on what to expect and how to prepare themselves during the transition to a higher level of study. Ms. Shannyne Lualhati of Grade 9 – Community and Ms. Mitzi Lanado of Grade 10 – Order were able to clearly relay and connect their experiences in adjusting to Junior High School with their younger fellow students.

By; Ms. Mary Ann Laquian
      Guidance Associate

 

TALK ON CAREER ASSESSMENT AND EFFECTIVE LISTENING  FOR ACADEMIC IMPROVEMENT

The Grade 8 students attended a two-fold symposium entitled “Talk on Career Assessment and Effective Listening for Academic Improvement” last October 21, 2017 at the St. Cecilia’s Function Hall B. It was conducted with the objectives of helping them in the assessment of their potential career preferences as well as in developing effective listening skills. 

The talk was facilitated by Mr. Jhonard Galicia, a SHS Faculty member of the University of Sto. Tomas. He was able to utilize a career  assessment tool for the students to have an idea of their potential career preferences. Likewise, he was able to delve into different techniques and strategies that will help them improve their listening skills.

By: Ms. Mary Ann Laquian
      Guidance Associate

 

TALK ON CAREER GOAL SETTING

As part of the Career Development Program of the Junior High School Guidance Unit,  a Talk on Career Goal Setting was developed for Grade 7 students. The objective of which was to help them develop goal setting skills so they get to attain success not only in the area of academics but in their chosen field as well.

The program was held at the Sr. Ehrentrudis Hall last December 9, 2017 from 10:00 am – 12:00 n.n. The speaker was Ms. Vanessa Guerrero, a Marketing Officer of Philam Life and the former Assistant to the Dean of SAO of SSC, Manila. With her talk, she was able to give the grade 7 students some helpful tips on how they can effectively formulate goals that would help them in their studies and eventually lead them in their field of interest.

By: Ms. Mary Ann Laquian
      Guidance Associate

 

SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL UNIT

 

I BELONG PROGRAM

It is general knowledge that finding oneself in a new environment brings a lot of challenges to any individual. It provides new experiences which sometimes can be overwhelmingly positive or negative. For young people who are entering Senior High School world, the experience can be a mixture of colorful events and  the pressures of meeting new people as well as adjusting to the different changes in all aspects of their being.

Specifically, the program aims to: 1. provide new students with a venue to express their feelings and concerns regarding the process of adjustment; 2. provide the students with the necessary coping skills for them to meet the challenges of academic and non-academic aspects of SHS; 3. help the students understand themselves better so they can begin to develop and harness their individual potentials; and 4. equip them to develop teamwork, solidarity, and responsibility.

Ms. Wan Teng Chang and Ms. Francesca Villanueava, students from Gr. 12, were invited as speakers to discuss and share their experiences on coping and adjusting when they were Grade 11 newcomers last year. They shared specific experiences that prepared and empowered them to make informed decisions about their academic, personal and social lives.  The program was held last September 19 and 26, 2017 from 7:30-9:00 a.m. at the Conference Hall A & B of St. Cecilia’s Building.

By: Ms. Alma S. Alcantara, RPm
      Guidance Associate

           

TALK ON TAKING ACTIONS

The Guidance and Counseling Center offers Enrichment Programs to help the students understand themselves better, maximize their potential and improve their career decision making skills. In line with this, the Talk on Taking Actions was organized last Oct. 24, 2017 from 7:30-9:00 a.m. at the Sr. Ehrentrudis Hall. This was facilitated by Ms. Mary Ann Rafols, a Registered Guidance Counselor from San Juan De Dios College. She shared on how critical thinking skills allow a person to ascertain the choices, come up with solutions and determine the actions to be made and taken. She likewise stressed the importance of building high critical thinking skills and decision making skills in order to make actions from trivial issues to life-changing ones.

The program’s main objective was to provide SHS graduating students with valuable information on how they can develop skills and discipline in making decisions as well as taking actions on them as part of their Life Career Development Program.

By: Ms. Alma S. Alcantara, RPm
      Guidance Associate

 

TALK ON SCHOLASTICAN PROFESSIONALS

Every year, the Guidance and Counseling Center prepares activities and programs that are geared toward students’ holistic formation. One of which is the “Scholastican  Professional”  which was held last November 7, 2017 from 7:30 -9:30 a.m. at the Ehrentrudis Hall. It was  facilitated by Dr. Joy Bautista, a HS Alumna and a Physician connected with various medical institutions, and Sr. Christine Pinto, OSB, a GS and HS alumna, a  Lawyer by profession and is now the Vice President for Administrative Affairs of St. Scholastica’s College, Manila.

The main objective of the talk was to provide the SHS students with the valuable experience of meeting and listening to Scholasticans who are now leaders in their own chosen fields. It was also conducted to assist them in developing their skills and discipline in making decisions and actions as part of their Career Development Plan.

This alumni testimonials and talks inspired the students because they encountered the authentic and real life “Scholastican Experience” that was applied after graduation and throughout a lifetime. They heard alumni living out ORA ET LABORA through their experience and profession to help and assist local and national communities. The students were more encouraged to bring with them the challenge to uphold the values that are Benedictine in character to help them achieve their goals in vocation, career and, above all, life in general.

By: Ms. Alma S. Alcantara, RPm
      Guidance Associate

 

A CAREER PROGRAM ON  MAKING DECISIONS AND CAREER AND HAPPINESS

The K to 12 Program has given students additional years to strengthen competencies and academic skills that will enhance their skills, including career decision making, that are essential to their chosen field. In line with this, the Senior High School Guidance Unit developed a career program that aimed  to help students to:

     a. acquire the skills to investigate the world of work in relation to knowledge of self and to make informed career decisions;

     b. employ strategies to achieve future career success and satisfaction; and lastly

     c. understand the relationship between personal qualities, education and training and the world of work.

The Senior High School Counselors implemented the said program entitled “Making Decisions” to all grade 11 students last January 9, 2018 from 7:30-9:00 a.m. at the Sr. Ehrentudis Hall.  The counselors invited Scholastican Professionals to impart their knowledge on career decision making. The first speaker, Ms. Marice San Juan, a graduate of University of Santo Tomas with a degree in Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and is currently working as a Grade School Faculty here in SSC, Manila and the second speaker, Capt. Sajar Foronda, was a graduate of Philippine Military Academy.  

As part of the career decision making process, it is expected that challenges will come along the way.  Thus, to help them develop work habits and attitudes valued in the workplace that will lead them to have  positive attitude towards life and future work, counselors implemented another career program entitled “Career and Happiness” to grades 11 and 12 students. It was held last March 13, 2018 from 7:30AM-9:00AM at the Sr. Ehrentrudis Hall.

By; Ms. Corina Brenda M. Binondo
Guidance Associate

 

IBED GUIDANCE

 

LIVE…LOVE…LAUGH: A WAY TO A HAPPY LIFE
(A Mental Health Awareness Program)

There is no health, without mental health. Thus, in the commitment of the Guidance and Counseling Center to guide students in the path to wellness, a Mental Health Awareness Program entitled “Live…Love…Laugh: A Way To A Happy Life” was arranged and implemented on  March 5, 2018 at the Sr. Kuniberta Hall. It was given to students in the following schedule: grades 8-10 from 7:30-9:30 a.m., grades 5-7 from 10:00-12:00 n.n. and grades 11-12 from 1:30 to 4:00 p.m.  

The objectives of the said program were as follows: a)  to raise awareness about the mental health continuum and the internal and external factors that can affect mental health, b) to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness, c) to promote help-seeking behaviour and mental wellness practices among students.

The program was facilitated by Ms. Karen Rose V. Vardeleon, the founding partner and psychologist of Child-Fam Possibilities Psychosocial Services.

By: Mrs. Dyna S. Del Prado, RGC
      OIC, IBED Guidance Coordinator

 

INSTITUTIONAL GUIDANCE

 

WORKING TOGETHER TO PROMOTE MENTAL HEALTH AMONG OUR CHILDREN
(An Annual Parenting Seminar) 

Based on statistics, mental health problems affect about 1 in 10 children and young people. These include depression, anxiety and conduct disorder, and are often a direct response to what is happening in their lives. Therefore, it is essential that parents see the importance of mental health at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood so they get to strengthen and support their child’s ability to enjoy life as well as to attain a good work-life balance to achieve psychological resilience, thereby improving the quality of life.

In the tradition of strong school-home partnership at St. Scholastica’s College, the Guidance and Counseling Center organized an Annual Parenting Seminar entitled “Working Together to Promote Mental Health Among Our Children.” This was implemented on January 20, 2018/Saturday from 9:00 to 12:00 n.n. at the Sr. Kuniberta Hall with the main objective of providing the parents across units (GS to College) with valuable information that will equip them with a better understanding of the different mental health issues and thus, be more effective and responsive to the needs of their children. Dr. Cornelio J. Banaag, Jr., a much sought-after national and international lecturer and resource speaker, and is considered as the “Father of Child Psychiatry” in the Philippines was invited to share his expertise on the said topic.  

By: Mrs. Dyna S. Del Prado, RGC
      OIC, IBED Guidance Coordinator