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Student Council Midyear LTS @ Pampanga

December 9,2015

Vince Lombardi, a renowned American football player, once said, “Leaders are made, they are not born. They are made by hard effort, which is the price which all of us must pay to achieve any goal that is worthwhile.”

Last November 6 and 7, the Junior High School (JHS) Student Council (SC) officers attended their two-day midyear Leadership Training Seminar (LTS) at St. Scholastica’s Academy in San Fernando, Pampanga. The students left St. Scholastica’s College, Manila at around 1:00PM and arrived Pampanga at approximately 4:00PM. Upon arriving, the student officers were given an overview of the activities in the farm.

The first of the two sessions administered by Mrs. Ann Joan Hope Caparas, Coordinator for Student Formation (CSF), focused on conflicts and the several methods to handle them. Her second session centered on ways to overcome some of the obstacles that student-leaders encounter such as having unclear goals, low motivation and involvement, and accomplishing simple tasks. To end the day, she and Mrs. Rea Jimenez, Coordinator for Student Activities and Services (CSAS) and moderator of the SC, gathered the participants for the viewing of  Soul Surfer, a 2011 inspirational film about the true story of Bethany Hamilton, a champion teen surfer who lost her arm in a shark attack but courageously overcame all odds through her determination and unwavering faith in God.

The second day of the seminar, mainly handled by Mrs. Jimenez, tackled the possible mistakes that students-leaders may commit while doing their duties. In effect, the students realized that as leaders, they are bound to make mistakes and that the construction of a recovery strategy would be more useful than passing on the blame or trying to find a fall guy. The last part of the seminar covered the evaluation of the SC officers and their current projects followed by the planning of their upcoming major fundraising event to be held on the 13th of February 2016.

Truly, the midyear LTS of the SC was a rewarding experience for the student-leaders.

By Joanne Veronica O. Arcilla, Student Council President