Maria Montessori Official Newsletter
October 2020 Edition
ROTC: IS IT NECESSARY?
By: Kenisha Muth 9 - Dau
March 5, 2020
The Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) has been established as one of the three components of the National Service Training Program since the 3rd of July 1922. It has aimed to provide military education and training for college students to help initiate and deploy them for national defense preparedness. The specific objective of the ROTC is to prepare “college students for service in the Armed Forces of the Philippines in the event of an emergency and their training may become them reservists and potential commissioned officers of the AFP”.
Graduates of this program serve all branches of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. The ROTC also grants scholarship benefits through a merit-based incentive program in exchange for the obligation of military service in the reserve force, or active duty in the AFP after graduation.
An ROTC student is required to perform his responsibility as a college student by attending classes, and regularly maintaining good grades. He/she still needs to attend drills and sometimes extended training activities during the summer, such as the ROTC Summer Camp Training (RSCT) and the Advance ROTC Academic Phase Training (ARAPT).
These, combined with the intense stress that comes with being a cadet, the ROTC has no shortage of controversies surrounding its moral conduct and overall ways of discipline. Long before the early 2000s, citizens and students have already questioned the necessity of this program, addressing the corruption that allegedly often plagued its units. Netizens also took their piece on websites filled with short essays that often called into question why the program was needed, how pointless it allegedly was, and even lawmakers would take part by introducing resolutions intended to abolish ROTC.
And with all these came an even deeper tragedy that would forever leave a mark on the Philippine ROTC Program when a student of University of Santo Tomas and member of the UST ROTC unit, Mark Welson Chua was found dead with his body floating in the Pasig River on the 18th of March 2001. It came to light that Chua had, before his death, reported instances of corruption within the ranks of the UST ROTC unit to the school publication. It was then found by the Nation Bureau of Investigation that the members of the UST ROTC unit were indeed responsible for Chua’s death, and three years later, one of the suspects was sentenced to death.
This incident resulted in a public distaste for the ROTC and especially on how the officials ran the program. The Congress of the Philippines then took legal action, generated no less than seventeen bills and resolutions with full acknowledgment of Mark Chua's death as the catalyst for the years to come.
So all these beg the question, is this necessary? Is it pertinent to let students go through such training, put their grades, physical and mental capacities on the line?
The ROTC is not for everyone and is most especially not perfect, but overall, joining the ROTC should remain as a choice for interested college students who want to experience such intensive training and win the opportunity to serve our country. Whether or not they are ready, these students should be able to make that choice and to exercise their decision making and experiment with their independence as they get closer to adulthood and join the real world.
12th Congress of the Republic of the Philippines. "RA 9163". Retrieved 28 June 2013.
Opinions on Genderless CR’s
by Jerica Alba – Grade 10
February 6, 2020
Genderless comfort rooms–one of the new hottest debate the Filipinos are having against each other thanks to the controversy of Gretchen Diaz in regards to not being allowed entry in the women’s CR last September 2019 at Farmers, Cubao. The transgender was flamed at and bashed for her “hidden agenda” within her actions against the janitress and her trending video which is implying to “Fight for equality and gay rights”.
Alongside this, talks of genderless or common use comfort rooms have arose after Mayor Joy Belmonte defends Gretchen and the rest of the LGBTQ+ through her statement on the SOGIE Bill, which is based around equality of all. Because of this, Filipinos have been divided into groups with different opinions.
For me, I honestly don’t mind. As long as they retain both male and women exclusive comfort rooms. I think the main factor we have to address here is the COMFORT of ALL. NOT everyone being compressed together as one for the sake of calling it “equality” because to me, that’s just full-on bland hypocrisy. People openly debate about such a nonsense issue when common use comfort rooms have been around, before the said issue. Everyone classifies the topic as “sensitive”. To me it’s just subjective and unnecessary. People are so active when it comes to politics and “equality”. Nothing is wrong with that though you could be spending more of your energy on planting trees instead and contribute to something more concrete like saving the environment. It’s not like genderless comfort rooms can solve world hunger and poverty.
The BSP/GSP Investiture and Camping
by Kayla Orduña & Matthew Puno
January 29, 2020
The Boy and Girl Scouts of MMSQC had their Investiture Ceremony and overnight camping on October 7 and 14, 2019, respectively, at the MMSQC campus grounds. It is in this ceremony where the Grade 4 students were officially welcomed to the Boy/Girl Scouts Movements of the Philippines. There were twenty six Grade 4 students, forty two Grade 5 students, and forty six Grade 6 students who participated in the GSP camping.
The overnight camping which usually follows after the investiture ceremony enabled the scouts to participate in various indoor and outdoor activities like learning the skills in knot-tying, flag folding and in giving first aid. Likewise, the team games played well helped develop the spirit of teamwork in them, more importantly, the scouts were able to experience how it is to live outside the comforts of their homes. The newly invested students were happy especially the grade 4 students because it was their first time experiencing and participating in the camping activity where they were able to cook, prepare a boodle fight and also witness a campfire.
There were no guest/investing officers except for Teacher Cecil Bataller and Teacher Rowena Fortus who guided the students accordingly in performing the activities. In future camping activities the teachers might also add new activities to enhance the camping experience. “Maybe we can add new activities, we will do the outdoor camping and discuss new procedures like crossing the street. We will also be teaching them survival activities like cooking rice without lighters and stoves” said Teacher Cecil.
Year End Party
by Marielle Manangan
January 30, 2020
The most awaited time of all of the students has come. It’s Christmas Party Day! It is obviously everyone else’s favorite day of the whole school year! A whole day full of fun without anyone worrying that there will be a quiz later on. A whole day of just fun!
Students who went early went straight to their classrooms to set up the foods that they were assigned to bring for that day. Everyone is excited not only for this one day where they could wear the clothing they want and bring their phones but also to interact with most of their friends from the other sections and have fun games too! Of course the teacher too ! They had fun in their own classrooms, not to mention enjoyed the food their own students brought!
Students starts filling up the school and they also start to give away their gifts, tokens rather, to the teachers as a gift of appreciation from their hard work from teaching us everyday and enduring our childish attitude at some point of our daily school life.
The party started and everyone took their seats waiting for the performances of their classmates. After, the part of the party that would never be left out is the games! Each class had their own games prepared by their one and only classroom officers. Some played chubby bunny, pinoy henyo, card relay, stopped dance and many more!
After those tiring performances and fun games, it's time to eat! Sushi, Maki, Lechon, Pasta, name it, each classroom has it!
The last but not the least, the gift giving! Earlier before the Christmas Party, each section picked their monito/monita using the fishbowl method wherein the others wouldn’t know who they got but only the one who picked him/her will know. Surprised as everyone else was, they finally get to know who got them for the exchange gift. Everyone else was happy to get what they wished for as that will be the last day before they finally get back to normal with tons of quizzes the teachers have prepared for the students.
“Spell the word WINNER!”
by Ehren Villamor
February 5, 2020
The Spelling Bee, an individual competition, was held on November 29 the last day of the English Week Celebration. The contestants tried their hardest to spell out the words that the quizmaster pronounced out loud. The contestants were only given an amount of time according to the kinds of questions--Easy, Average, or Difficult.
Freshmen and Sophomores Spelling Bee was held at 8:00 AM. Example words to be spelled were “cabaret” and “juxtapose”. This was followed by the Juniors and Seniors at 9:00 AM. Words like “ancillary” and “silhouette” were spelled out.
There were three winners in each competition, but only one would be declared champion. Everyone was confident about winning the competition, as their parents also joined in to watch. All the High School English Teachers were proud of their students who participated in the competition.
High School Students Test Their History Knowledge in Quiz Bee
by Sabiyah Sani
February 5, 2020
The MMSQC High School History Quiz Bee was held at the MMSQC covered court on September 24, 2019. The Event aimed to showcase the students’ knowledge on our country’s history.
There were 9 groups that participated in the said competition. Each group of four (4) was composed of one student each from grade 7, 8, 9, and 10. Working together, they answered the easy, average, and difficult round of questions related to Philippine history. The quiz master for this year’s History Quiz Bee was Teacher Daryll.
Parents of the contestants were invited to witness the contest. Words of appreciation were expressed by Teacher Jonalyn for the participation of all the groups.
The winners are as follows:
Daniel Sargento - 7
Eunice Mandac - 8
Emman Edu - 9
April Murallon - 10
Matthew Puno - 7
Wyatt Canlas - 8
Noah Manalang - 9
Joaquin Uy - 10
Franzis Anthoni Isidro - 7
Nikolai Ordona - 8
Rich King Balangue - 9
Ana Rufa Padua - 10
Pastor Mattew Reveals the Truth
by Noah Manalang & Hyacinth Camara
9 – Lauan
February 5, 2020
Last October 11, the Values Formation was held in the Mario Hall especially for Grade 9 students.The event’s theme was “No Apologies: The Truth on Life, Love, and Sex.” Hosted by Pastor Matthew Velasquez and his crew, they discussed sensitive topics such as pre-marital sex, teenage pregnancy, and sexually-transmitted diseases like HIV and AIDS.
The students engaged on skits and other activities related to the said topics. They were given important pieces of advice for them to take and practice as they grow up.
In conclusion, Pastor Matthew stressed the importance of thinking about the possible worst outcomes of a specific action before actually doing it, less regrets may happen next.
Goods for the Evacuees
by Ehren Villamor
February 5, 2020
When the Taal Volcano erupted last January 12, 2020, evacuation centers in Batangas Province got jam-packed with evacuees. To augment the shortage of victims’ primary needs, our school's student council immediately started a donation campaign.
Donations of blankets, mats, food, water, and other essentials for the victims easily came in. These were transported to the Sacred Heart Parish in Cubao with the help of the Student Council Officers, CAT Officers, and COCCVs.
The Parish welcomed the Montessorians with open arms as they accepted the donations. The Parish Priest expressed his gratitude for the generous offer which will be brought to some of the Batangas Evacuation Centers.
by Lana Tan & Rain Dacuycuy
February 5, 2020
During the month of October 2019, MMSQC followed a special schedule of praying the rosary in observance of the Rosary Month. The different sections of the primary and high school levels took turns to pray the Holy Rosary. This procedure went on from October 1st till the 25th of October 2019.
The month of the Holy Rosary encourages people to pray the rosary everyday. It is also the month to express our devotion to Blessed Virgin Mary. By meditating on the great mysteries of our salvation, we are drawn closer to Jesus and Mary.
This widespread celebration in MMSQC helps strengthen each student's religious beliefs and practices. It is a tradition that also encourages us to thank our Mother Mary for all the blessings we received throughout the past year and those still to come.
MMSQC Holds Seminar on Cyberbullying
by Carlisle & Clariza
February 5, 2020
At the Mario Hall of Maria Montessori School of Quezon City, the second part of the session on bullying was conducted by Teacher Larry Landingin last July 23 and October 2-3, 2019. It focused on the negative effects and other facts about cyberbullying; likewise, on tips to avoid acts of cyberbullying and chances to be cyberbullied.
As explained by Teacher Larry, Cyberbullying takes place with the use of digital devices such as cellphones, computers,and tablets. It can be done through SMS (Short Message System or Text), social media apps such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and games that use online features where people can view and share its contents. At times, this results in cyber libel in which one discredits another person using social media. It is a criminal offense to participate in cyberbullying and cyber libel activities such as posting mean messages, blackmailing and posting private photos of someone else without permission. All these result to damaging the victims’ self confidence and personality.
Teacher Larry recalled his experiences as well as those of students relative to cyberbullying. To avoid being bullied, he advised students to make a stand for themselves, discover things that are not good, and to block bullies’ numbers or social media accounts. T. Larry stated, “Think before you click and be careful of what you post; use safe social media websites on the internet because the syndicates are worldwide.” He added, “this is especially true that even if you post something then later delete it, it can still be used as evidence in a court of law, so we should not easily be carried away by our emotions. In addition, he said, “Adults, especially the parents, can help their children avoid cyberbullying by teaching them how to manage their social media properly.”
Fun Day, Family Day
by Marielle Manangan
February 5, 2020
What else could be more fun than performing the dances you’ve been practicing for days. All those hard work of the casa pupils have paid off ! December 18, CASA Family Day, is their most awaited moment! They performed in front of their parents, showing proudly their cool dance moves along with the mashed up music.
Parents were delighted by their kids’ performance. It was such an exciting and great experience for them to see their kids perform. Thus, taking pictures and videos of the kids was definitely not missed.
After that tiring performance, everyone was treated with sumptuous food which the parents heartily and enjoyably shared with co-parents, as well as with the kids and teachers.
Larong Pinoy 2020
by Emman Nuelle Edu & Kayla Orduna
February 6, 2020
After a long vacation, the Elementary Department started the year with a bang last January 6 & 7, 2020 because they had their fun-filled event entitled “Larong Pinoy” at the MMSQC Covered Court. Larong Pinoy is an annual event in which the students from the different levels join forces to reminisce and enjoy the traditional parlor games. The games official started on January 6 for the Primary Levels and January 7 for the Intermediate Levels. The event was held by their lovely teachers. Everyone in the crowd was cheering and rooting for their respective teams. Some games for the Primary includes the: while for the Intermediate: Tug of War, Calamansi Relay, Magic Carpet Ride, Rubber Band Relay
For INTERMEDIATE, it was divided into three teams that are represented by three colors: Mint and Green, Red and Pink, Yellow and Green.
A - (4-Hibiscus, 5-Sunflower, 6-Oleander) – 2nd place
B - (4-Jasmine, 5-Frangipani, 6-Hyacinth) – 2nd place
C - (4-Milflores, 5-Aster, 6-Periwinkle) – OVERALL WINNER
Mike Marshall once said, “Victory is in the quality of the competition, not just the final score.” The said event only happens once every school year. With regards to this, they enjoyed and made the best out of this experience. Sportsmanship and teamwork were definitely the factors that were showed and prevailed during the event. With this type of event, the students of Maria Montessori School of Quezon City would genuinely understand the true essence of sportsmanship and how teamwork could create a strong impact on the team. Aside from this, support and morale boosting of each team member also was chief in this event. Indeed, it was an experience to remember because they just showed not only their skills but also the true spirit of sportsmanship. At the end of the game, there are still winners and losers but the most important thing is that everyone enjoyed.
MMSQC Intramurals 2019-2020
by Alysa Castolo & Frances Millari
March 19, 2020
The MMSQC annual Intramurals was held in the school grounds led by the MAPEH teachers last December 2019 to January 2020. The Intramurals officially began with the basketball competition between Grade 9 and Senior High School (SHS), in which the Grade 9 won.
The games, basketball, volleyball, dodgeball, chess, table tennis, and badminton elimination round were scheduled weeks before the entrepreneurial week to give way for the championships.
Basketball games were held at the open area along with the dodgeball games while the Volleyball games were played in the covered court although some games were held at the open area and sports like badminton and table tennis on the 5th floor. Chess was held in the Grade 7 – Acacia room.
On the days of Intramurals, the players were euphoric to give their all for their respective teams, although some were already preoccupied with the Entrepreneurial fair. Students cheered for the teams they were supporting to boost their chances of winning but aside from having fun, the students were also responsible for keeping the campus clean and made sure no trash was left in their area.
*list of winners has been requested from the mapeh teachers and is still pending*
Halloween Trick-or-Treat 2019
by Wyatt Canlas & Karllyne Santos
March 24, 2020
October, it is one of the well- known months out there because there are more birthdays that happens on that month, aside from that it is also known because some people thought that it’ll be nice to celebrate the month with horror and scares , and that’s where Halloween was born into this world. There are many ways to celebrate Halloween such as having a horror movie marathon, or decorating your school or home with scary decorations, and of course Trick-or-Treat and this year Maria Montessori School of Quezon City has just celebrated its Halloween during October 25, 2019
Wherein the CASA up to Grade. 1 went on a trick-or-treating, dressed up in their scary but cute costumes such as superheroes, princesses, fairies, and monsters, etc. Some also wore scary and adorable mask that made us give them candy even more. While the gr. 4 and above decorated their classroom just for this event and even wore costumes and masks just to support this event.
It truly was a memorable Halloween isn’t it? We’ll never forgot those adorable and frightening costumes and mask that they wore. It kind of makes you think of the Halloween that’ll happen next school year, huh
I think it’ll be another memorable Halloween next school year filled with more scary and adorable trick-or-treaters with their costumes and mask. Well that’s all what I’ve got for you guys concerning about this year’s Halloween that’s all and have pleasant day!!
Art Club Article
by Noah Manalang and Hyacinth Camara
April 9, 2020
The Il Montessoriani got the chance to interview the MMSQC Arts Club and also their club adviser, T. Len Magbual. That afternoon, they walked in on the members doing various artworks and projects assigned by their adviser. A lot of students were interviewed and gave different answers on how they describe art and how they express it. Art is a diverse range of human thoughts being visualized and are put into paper using a wide range of materials. People who are involved in this field have different styles and techniques on how they express themselves and how they convey the messages of their artworks to the people. So if can believe you can do art, then don’t be afraid to express your talent and unleash the inner artist in you!
FAPE’s comin’ to town!
by Lance Alemania
January 30, 2019
The certifiers of the Private Education Assistance Committee (PEAC) came to our school on November 20, 2019 for re-certification of our three years of participation in the Education Service Contracting (ESC) Program. They looked into the quality of our curriculum, teachers' competencies and school environment, among others.
Towards the end of the visit, the inspectors interviewed selected students and all the Junior High School teachers as well. With hope that we reached their expectations, somehow we gave them a good impression of our school, how articulate the students are in speaking English, that both teachers and students know and understand our School Vision and Mission.
Having given them our thoughts on how the school administration runs the school, “I think FAPE was satisfied as to how we responded truthfully and politely in the interview, because indeed, we are not ordinary”, Carisle Nicole proudly said.
Teachers’ Day 2019
by Ethan Raymundo and Remn Augustine
February 5, 2020
Edited by: Emman Nuelle Edu
There are many words to describe teachers around the world. In MMSQC, the qualities of our teachers are clearly spelled out in the acronym TEACHER.
T – Talented
E – Excellent
A – Amazing
C – Caring
H – Honest
E – Extraordinary
R – Responsible
World Teachers’ Month is held from September 5 until October 5 but in MMSQC, Teachers’ Day was celebrated with love and fun last October 4, 2019, at the covered court. The students prepared gifts, surprises, dances, songs, and videos for the teachers. The MMSQC Dance Club prepared a wonderful performance that amazed the teachers while The Glee Club prepared heart-warming and love songs for them. Also, the students from different levels sent their videos sending the message of appreciation. On that day, the teachers were filled with happiness.
According to some students that we’ve interviewed, they were very thankful for their teachers’ hard work and effort. They also apologized for their wrongdoings and sincerely promised that they’ll not do them again. Lastly, the one that made them appreciate more is how they treat their students. Even if they were strict, it can be seen and felt that they genuinely care and love their students. They want their students to always be the center of their teaching-learning process. It just shows that respect is a two-way process in Montessori because the students respect the ability of the teachers in guiding them and the teachers as well, respect the ability of the students to learn individually or collaboratively within a prepared environment. The Montessori approach is definitely effective and amazing especially when you see it in action.
Indeed, the Teachers’ Day celebration was filled with fun and nice memories for our teachers to remember. Maria Montessori once said, “Now, what really makes a teacher is love for the human child; for it is love that transforms the social duty of the educator into the higher consciousness of a mission.”
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