The Parents – Teachers Association had their General Assembly last July 23, 2017 (Sunday) at the Sky Gym. It was participated by school Administrators, PTA Board of Trustees, Faculty, Staff, and Parents.
The first part was the business meeting which started at 8:00 in the morning.
There was an opening prayer led by Mrs. Lezel Picardal then followed by the singing of the National anthem and School Hymn.
The Welcome address was delivered by Sister Patricia Anna Aragon, F.I. School RCA.
Good Morning everyone and welcome to Stella Maris Academy of Davao.
It is of great importance for us that you have come to this particular gathering that has something to do with the school life of your child. Once again, we emphasize on the value of collaboration between home and school and the significance of your involvement in the life of your child is vital and essential.
On a personal note, let me share some thoughts with you with what is happening around us – As I watched and hear the news of the heart breaking events in our country and how many people are dying especially children who are rob of their future – I can not help but feel sorry for our loss. It brings me to question my motivation in all that I do and also a great revelation that life is fragile and precious. But ultimately in connection with our school, it challenges us to give the best to the children who are here with us. How blessed are they to have parents like you who will not only assure them of good education but a future life filled with love and understanding. If some concern will surface or should we face difficult situations in the future, I hope this will not divide us but rather give us the opportunity to unite and find solutions. Let our partnership be a positive contribution to our country and let peace have the last word even in our small community here in SMAD.
This morning, we shall nominate parents for the board for school year 2017-2018. They will commit to work for the PTA and render service to the school. I am aware that positions like these are often unnoticed, but Christian leadership and following is a special call that draws you to a kind of service that the reward can not be seen by others but very much recognized by God. May we be encouraged to join in this endeavor.
For those who have served the association for the past year- thank you for the service you have extended. To all those who planned and prepared for this General Assembly today – the Board, other Parents, teachers and to our maintenance staff – thank you !
Let us know the role we play in this particular stage of our children’s life and how we can be of gentle support to their daily tasks of study instead
of extending subtle pressure or expectations that can create unwelcome anxiety and burden. In this digital world that we live in, we are asked to understand their unique world but also to guide them in the basics of life that will never change. Ultimately, we aim at developing their capacities and potentials at its best and always to put them to use for the service of others and God. We want them to learn how to live life and conquer their fears not only with confidence in their academic standing and achievements but even more important is the security of being well grounded and knowing where these gifts come from.
May this gathering remind us to cooperate with the Giver of whatever our children hold and to put in mind that we have come today because we want to be active agents in the academic life of our children and to support them in the most positive way we can.
Lastly, allow me to remind all of us that we are celebrating the year of the Parish – communion of communities. As one family, let us extend our participation and unity with our respective parishes and be involved in the life and the mission of the church.
Thank you for coming. Thank you for listening. Maraming Salamat po!
Dr. Gilbert Arendain delivered his President’s Message right after.
The Committee representatives had presented their reports for SY 2016 – 2017’s year-round activities.
Mr. Nathaniel Theodore Magalona for the Outreach and Socials Committee
Mr. Carlo Fuerzas for the Family Day Committee
Mrs. Katherine Uy for the Students, Teachers, Parents’ Welfare Committee
Mrs. Lezel Picardal for the Spiritual and Liturgical Committee
Mrs. Annabel Palarca for the Homeroom Committee
And the treasurer’s report was delivered by Mrs. Sharmila Ong
The Nomination was facilitated by Ms. Rhodora Edullantes.
There were few questions raised and they were addressed promptly by the administration.
The nomination of the PTA – BOT for this school year was facilitated by Mr. Jeffrey Alvarez.
There was a 15-minute break after the nomination.
A Eucharistic Celebration was held right after the assembly presided by Fr. Sherwin Valenzuela, RCJ.
It started at 10:00 am and ended at around 11:30 am.
The Master of the Ceremony is Ms. Madel Catre.