Mama Mary’s Birthday Celebrated by the SMAD Community

September 8, 2017 – The Stella Maris Academy of Davao had no class on this day since it was the day of the distribution of report cards and most of all, the Birthday of our loving Mama Mary was celebrated.

In the afternoon, the faculty and staff had their Development Session with Sister Leoly Quitorio, F.I. as their guest speaker.

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It was in this session that Sister Leoly was able to impart Mama Mary’s important role not only to the educative community but most importantly to the Hijas de Jesus Congregation in which the school belongs.

The group was able to celebrate Mama Mary’s birthday through prayers, understanding and writing petitions which were gathered together to be prayed by our beloved F.I. sisters. The community was indeed grateful to this activity which intensified ones’ love for Mama Mary.

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The session ended at 3:00 pm. It was then followed by a Eucharistic Celebration presided by Fr. William Cajes.

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The mass ended by 4:30 pm.

MOTHER FOUNDRESS DAY CELEBRATION

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It was last August 9, Wednesday when the SMAD Educative community celebrated the Feast day of Saint Candida Maria de Jesus, the Mother Foundress of the Hijas de Jesus Congregation in which the F.I. sisters and our community belong. There was a Holy Mass attended by all members of the community and this year’s invited guests: the SHJ Pastoral leaders of their GKK community. The mass started at 8 o’clock in the morning at the Sacred Heart of Jesus Chapel, beside the school campus. It was presided by Msgr. Paul Cuison.

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After the mass was a short audio-visual presentation by Mrs. Fatima Lyziel Montebon as she impart to the invited guests the life of Saint Candida and the life of our F.I. sisters as a community in the congregation.

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Right after the presentation they proceeded to the school cafeteria for the program of the feast day. Hosted by Mrs. Fatima Lyziel Montebon and Mr. James Harold Lemosnero, there were question and answer portion in which trivia were actively answered by the guests. There were also agape and sharing. Snacks were served and there was a campus tour wherein the guests were able to explore the school and see its facilities.

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The activity ended at 11 o’clock in the morning.

MOTHER FOUNDRESS’ WEEK 2017

August 4, 2017 (Friday) – The SMAD Educative community celebrated the First Friday Mass. In this Eucharistic Celebration, the feast day of Saint Candida Maria de Jesus was also commemorated by the students. The mass was presided by Fr. Cris Alcayde.

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August 6, 2017 (Sunday) – The SMAD Alumni together with the F.I. Sisters, Administrators, Faculty, staff, and students were gathered as they had a special mass for the feast day of Saint Candida Maria de Jesus at the Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish, 9 o’clock in the morning. The mass was presided by Msgr. Paul Cuison.

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August 7, 2017 (Monday) – There was a Spiritual Formation session prepared by the F.I. Sisters for the faculty and staff at 1’o clock in the afternoon. It was declared no class for the students on that particular afternoon to pave way to the success of this activity.

The community was divided into two groups: Years 1 to 20 faculty and staff had their session with Sister Catherine Cheong, F.I. – an invited F.I. sister who discussed the life of Saint Candida in a unique and beautiful perspective. There was greatness and gratefulness with this session as the faculty and staff were privileged to know Saint Candida in a more realistic setting.

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On the other hand, the Years 21 and up faculty and staff had their session with Sister Lina Cornelio, F.I. who discussed Discernment and Fraternal Correction. The faculty and staff were also grateful as they were enriched with such wisdom and learning tools to become more equipped in decision making and mending relationships with the school and their families.

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The session ended at 4:20 in the afternoon.

August 8, 2017 (Tuesday) – At 1 o’clock in the afternoon, the students had their “Day with the Poor”. Invited indigent families from neighboring baranggays arrived and were assigned to the classes of Grades 4 to 12. In the classroom, everyone prepared a short program  and meals for them as they were given gifts expressing their generosity and love for the needy.

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Music and Prayer Session with Sister Lee Uera, F.I.

The faculty and staff had a wonderful experience last July 13, 2017 (Thursday) as Sister Lee Uera, F.I. gave a resonating session of Music and Prayer. The session started at 1:00 pm.

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She was introduced by Dr. Rodilla Tumanda, our school principal.

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This unique spiritual exercise was truly enjoyed by the faculty and staff as they were able to sing selected bible verses and Saint Candida’s inspirational sayings, convert their personally selected secular songs into personal encounter with God , and even learn how to compose or make a song out of a selected bible verse. Through music and singing, they were also able to do praying. This was the goal of the session. They ended at 4:00 pm.

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.

SCHOOL ACTIVITIES FOR THE MONTHS OF FEBRUARY TO MARCH 2017

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FEBRUARY 2017 

3 (Fri) …………… FIRST FRIDAY MASS
3-4 (Fri-Sat) …………… Outdoor Camp : GSP Junior
4 (Sat) …………… PTA Family Fun Day
5 (Sun) …………… 19th SMEMCO Anniversary
6-9 (Mon-Thu) …………… English Week : Grade School & Junior High School
11 (Sat) …………… Scout’s Festival
13 (Mon) …………… DT English – Kinder
14 (Tue) …………… DT Math – Kinder
15 (Wed) …………… DT English & Math – Grades 1 to 3
16 (Thu) …………… DT Science & Filipino – Grades 1 to 3
17 (Fri) …………… DT English & Math – Grades 4 to 6
18 (Sat) …………… JS PROMENADE
20 (Mon) …………… DT Science & Filipino – Grades 4 to 6
20-24 (Mon-Fri) …………… FINAL EXAMINATION : Nursery 1, Nursery 2, and Kinder
21 (Tue) …………… DT English & Math – Grades 7 to 10

22 (Wed)

…………… DT Science – Grades 7 to 10
…………… DT Filipino – Grades 7 to 8
…………… Club Culmination : Grades 1 to 3
…………… Annual Math Quiz Bee

23-25 (Thu-Sat)

…………… GRACE K -12 – Araling Panlipunan
…………… Club Culmination : Junior High School
24 (Fri) …………… Club Culmination : Grades 4 to 6
25 (Sat) …………… Special Non-working day : Edsa Revolution
28-Mar.3 (Tue-Fri) …………… FOURTH PERIODICAL TEST : Grade 6

 

MARCH 2017

1 (Wed) …………… Ash Wednesday

1 – 2 (Wed – Thu) …………… NCAE (Grade 9) Morning Only

3 (Fri)

…………… First Friday Mass
…………… Moving-up Ceremony : Pre-school Department
5 (Sun) …………… PTA Sponsored Mass : PTA (Parents, Faculty, & Staff)
6-7 (Mon-Tue) …………… Determination of Honors : Graduating
9-15 (Thu-Wed) …………… FOURTH QUARTERLY TEST : Grade 11
10 (Fri) …………… Deliberation of Failing Students (Graduating)
10-15 (Fri-Wed) …………… FINAL EXAMINATIONS : Undergraduates – Grade School to Junior High School
14-15 (Tue-Wed) …………… Determination of Honors: Undergraduates
16 (Thu) …………… Special Non-working Public Holiday : Araw ng Davao
25 (Sat) …………… GRADUATION DAY
27 (Mon) …………… Junior High School COMPLETION CEREMONY
28 (Tue) …………… Practice : Recognition Day
29 (Wed) …………… RECOGNITION DAY : Undergraduates
31 (Fri) …………… DISTRIBUTION OF REPORT CARDS : ALL LEVELS

Sister Jocelyn Salomo,F.I. visits the SMAD community

It was a grace-filled day as Stella Maris Academy of Davao welcomed Sister Jocelyn “Joy” Salomo, F.I. last February 17, 2017 (Friday). The General Consultor was introduced by our beloved principal Dr. Rodilla Tumanda during the flag ceremony.

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The students prepared their warmest greetings as they welcomed her with a bouquet of flowers and messages or sharing.

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Sister Joy  shared some of her thoughts and experience to the students as she imparts the charism of Saint Candida Maria de Jesus to the rest of the community for this visit.

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JUNIOR – SENIOR PROMENADE 2017: The Glamour to Behold

It was a night of class and glamour as the grade 9 and 10 students had their Junior-Senior Promenade last February 18, 2017. The event started at four o’clock in the afternoon and was held at the Davao Convention Trade Center in F.Torres street, Davao City.

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MASTERS OF THE CEREMONY

(From left: Mary Christiene Courtney Alegre, Dustin Bryan Luis, Gabriel Alexander Bartolo, and Chyna Marie Legaspina)

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OPENING PRAYER – MS. MAY MARJURIE CAÑAS (CL Teacher)

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LIGHTING OF THE PASCHAL CANDLE – SISTER PATRICIA ANNA T. ARAGON, F.I. (School RCA)

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READING OF THE WORD OF GOD – Paolo Liston

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CANDLE LIGHTING – Senior: Therese Shenika Purswani / Junior: Cassandra Justine Go

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CLOSING PRAYER: MRS. MELINDA SAGARAY – High School Activity Coordinator

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INSPIRATIONAL TALK – DR. RODILLA TUMANDA School Principal

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TURNING OVER CEREMONY

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The Sword: Samantha Ashra Inoc to Francis Paul Relampagos

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The Key: Andrea Gael Haw to Cris Adrian Lasay

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The Bible: Ric Diola to Audrey Junsay

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The Cross: Jeremy Duane Chingkaw to Chuanson Miguel Te

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The School Banner: Kerby Jan Palma to Altair Salvador

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The Book of Knowledge: Renz Matthew Vidallo to Danielle Valencia

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The Pen and Paper: Diane Tresha Regino to Justine Cristie Buhia

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The Laurel: Anne Sofia Gonzaga to Tia Gabrielle Calma

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The Treasure Chest: Camille Anne Santos to Jelo Christiane Camiña

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The Torch: Seth Aram Vidal to Lichael Mart Sibal

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ACOUSTICS SERENADE WHILE DINNER

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COTILLION – RIGODON

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LATIN AND MODERN DANCES

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ANNOUNCEMENT OF AWARDEES by Mrs. Eloisa Castillon and Mr. Jarwin De La Victoria (JHS Advisers)

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Head Turner (Grade 9): Kobe Bitacura and Lia Beatriz Andres

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Head Turner (Grade 10): Ralph Pondoc and Khyle Ganir

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Best dressed Grade 9: Mark Escobal and Anya Mercader

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Best dressed Grade 10: Ralph Palar and Aska Sano

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Couple of the Night: Jeno Villaceran and Veronica Castañeda

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Best Dancers Grade 9: Joshfiel Pepito and Michelle Namuag

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Best Dancers Grade 10: Erjel Adtogan and Alyanna Fernandez

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Prom Prince and Princess: Joseph Camaganacan and Danielle Sophia Tan

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Prom Queen and King: Seth Vidal and Liane Ong

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The program ended at 10:00 pm and the rest of the night was for the students free dance.

Special Wedding for the school’s two of the maintenance staff

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Last Saturday – February 11, 2017, two of our Maintenance staff: Mr. Florentino “Jun2x” Bayot Jr. and Mr. Arman Montevirgen were blessed to receive the sacrament of marriage with their respective spouses at the Sacred Heart of Parish in Barrio Obrero, Davao City. This double wedding was initiated and prepared by the Hijas de Jesus Sisters with the help of the SMAD community. The F.I. sisters had planned this activity as one of the corporal works in the Year of Mercy.

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The wedding mass started at 10:00 am. It was presided by Msgr. Bonifacio Burlaza. The brides, grooms, and the rest of their family were glad to be one of the first batch of the wedding banquet prepared by the F.I. sisters for the maintenance staff.

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The reception was held at the school cafeteria.

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This celebration has made the newly wed couples, their families, and the rest of the maintenance revisit the value and importance of the sacrament of marriage in building their own families, moulding their children by instilling catholic faith, and living according to God’s desire in one’s married life and purpose.