SMAD PTA General Assembly 2017

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.

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RCA Message

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.

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The Committee representatives had presented their reports for SY 2016 – 2017’s year-round activities.

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Mr. Nathaniel Theodore Magalona for the Outreach and Socials Committee

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Mr. Carlo Fuerzas for the Family Day Committee

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Mrs. Katherine Uy for the Students, Teachers, Parents’ Welfare Committee

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Mrs. Lezel Picardal for the Spiritual and Liturgical Committee

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Mrs. Annabel Palarca for the Homeroom Committee

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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.

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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.

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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.

OPENING OF THE S.Y. 2017 – 2018

It was last June 14, 2017 (Wednesday) when the Stella Maris Academy of Davao opened officially for their First Day of Class. The program started with the Flag Ceremony. It was then followed by Sister Patricia Anna Aragon, F.I. (School RCA) as she delivered her warm welcome message to the students, parents, faculty, staff, and the rest of the community.

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Opening of Classes 2017

I would like to welcome you all here today in behalf of the entire Stella Maris Educative community!

It is wonderful as always to see all the familiar faces of our friends, classmates, teachers and special people in our school community.

I know that you all join me this morning in extending a warm welcome to all the new members of our family; students, faculty and parents.

The school year begins today and just like any other year it gives us an opportunity to have a fresh start.

New beginnings, risks to take, chances to grab and occasions to embrace.

Let us make a conscious effort to begin the year right and with the purest motivation on our minds.

Let us strive to be better every single day and to offer all our best efforts to Jesus and to our parents whom we know are always there to support us in our education.

Let us not settle with the ordinary but let us challenge ourselves to do our best even in the most little thing we will pursue.

Remember that we are still in the year of the Parish – communion of communities. Let us think of ways how we can be closer to our respective parishes and how we can be one with the church in participating in its mission.

Let one of the famous saying of our Foundress, Mother Candida be your guide this year – God wills it! God wills it!

God bless and keep you and may His light continue to shine upon you. May our Blessed Mary, the star of the sea bless our desires for this year.

Good Morning to everyone and enjoy your first day of class!


Right after, the members of the community for this school year was introduced to the students.

The F.I. sisters were introduced by Sr. Patricia Anna Aragon, F.I.

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From left to right: Sr. Teresita Saba, F.I. (Canteen In-charge); Sr. Lina Cornelio, F.I. (Pastoral Adviser); Sr. Caridad Ramirez, F.I. (General Services Supervisor); Sr. Victoria Lim, F.I. (School Treasurer) and Sr. Felisa Molina, F.I. (Sister Superior).

The teachers and staff were introduced by Dr. Rodilla L. Tumanda, our School Principal.

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From left to right: Ms. Rhodora Edullantes (High School Academic Coordinator); Ms. Shirley Genovate (Grade School Academic Coordinator); Mrs. Annabel Palarca (Human Resources Officer); Mr. Luis Arangoso, Jr. (Prefect of Discipline); Mrs. Mia Joy Fuggan (Acting Registrar).

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The program ended at 8:00 in the morning and the regular class followed.

SMAD’s Opening of Class for School year 2016 – 2017

SMAD opens the school today, June 8, 2016 as they welcome the Grades 1 to 10 students for their first day of class.

It started with the Flag ceremony at 7:20 in the morning.

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Sister Patricia Anna Aragon, F.I., RCA delivered her welcome remarks and introduced the F.I. sisters of the community to the students.

Message from the RCA

(Representative of the Congregation in the  Apostolic Works)

Good Morning!

As we gather on this first day of classes, I welcome you with joy and affection – it is good to see all of you today!

Every academic year that opens bring with it distinctive needs, demands, and challenges that always mandate changes and adjustments. These changes at times can be simple or radical. Much as schools need to preserve traditions especially of those things that identify and mark them, they are  also bound to be always ready to take bold steps with confidence for the necessary new things.

Know that we can always count on Jesus to help us face these new things. He is the one who will gently push us as we face not so familiar situations.

My dear students, our pursuit to always excel is really motivated with our passion to give what is best for all of you and we can do so much if we work together with Jesus as our lead. Let us start the year with much hope and optimism.

Let me remind you that we are still in the great Jubilee year of Mercy as declared by Pope Francis. This grace year will end on November 20. It is also the year of the Family and the Eucharist. I invite you to make this year different and unique by showing much love for your family and the Eucharist – receive Jesus in the bread with more love and devotion. Take time to be with the Lord and ask him in your quiet time, how you can honor Him? Let us allow ourselves to be touched by Jesus in this most sacred host and from there let love and mercy flow to our family, loved ones and to all our brothers and sisters especially here in SMAD.

As Mother Foundress would say in one of her sayings – “Allow yourself to soak in God’s loving mercy in the stillness of your heart.”

Let us open this year with joy and hope that in everything we will do, our God may be glorified!

Thank you and have a good day everyone!

Introduction of the Hijas de Jesus Sisters in the Community

Below: The Hijas de Jesus Sisters from left : Sister Teresita Saba, F.I. (Canteen In-charge), Sister Armi Palijo, F.I. (Treasurer), Sister Lina Cornelio, F.I. (Pastoral Consultant), Sister Caridad Ramirez, F.I. (Pastoral Adviser), Sister Felisa Molina, F.I. (Sister Superior to the Cebu-Mindanao Community), and Sister Thelma Barbarona, F.I. (Provincial Superior of the Indico-Pacific)

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Dr. Rodilla Tumanda, the school Principal, introduces the Administrative officers, faculty, and staff for SY 2016 – 2017.

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After the introduction, the Alumni class of 1991 headed by Mrs. Sharmila Barretto – Ong turned over 10 brand new laptops to the school as their Alumni Sponsorship project to the community.

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The program ended at 8:00 am and followed by regular class.

The School is K to 12 ready and joyfully welcomes the Grade 11 students as they will have their first day of class tomorrow, June 9, 2016.

The SMAD community is looking forward to a joyful and productive school year 2016 – 2017 for everyone especially the Grade 11 students, our Pioneer batch of the Senior High School Program.