The Academia Progresiva De Manila held its very first Valentine’s Day Activity on February 13, 2015. Each class had different classroom activities wherein they were taught the concept of love for their family and friends. Kinder – Apple, the babies of the school, repacked candies in their very own designed paper bags and shared it with their parents and classmates. Kinder – Orange and Prep – Kiwi made different shaped clubhouse sandwiches for their family. Grade 1 – Cherry and Prep – Peach had their “Valentine’s Kiddie Party” wherein they created a card for their parents, played fun games with their classmates and shared yummy snacks. Last but not the least, Grade 2 – Lychee had their “Kiddie Valentine’s Ball” where the pupils wore beautiful clothes, conceptualized a slow dance and performed it inside their classroom. They also enjoyed sweet snacks while telling stories about their love for their family. By these simple yet meaningful activities, the pupils were taught the value of love in practical ways.
The APDM students along with their teachers and parents visited the Rave Rainforest Park and the Dolljoy Gallery and Museum in Pasig City on January 22, 2015.
The students enjoyed as they explored the park which offers a bunch of exciting attractions such as the Botanical Garden, Mini Zoo, Flower Park, Picnic Grove, Mini Train Station, the A-Maze Gardens and Playlands.
After a hearty lunch at the picnic grounds, the group left the park and proceeded to the Dolljoy Gallery and Museum. The students and adults alike were able to embrace the child in them with the doll-making activities and the showcase in the museum. They feasted their eyes to a collection of more than 2,000 pieces of assorted dolls and toys.
With the hope that the trip instilled in the hearts and minds of the kids the appreciation and love for environment and art, the tour left everyone tired but very happy nonetheless.
The Academia Progresiva De Manila had its very first Christmas program on December 19, 2014 with the theme, “An APDM Christmas Carol." The pupils from the Preschool and Elementary Departments rendered different kinds of Christmas presentations. They also showcased creative Christmas costumes which made the pupils more adorable. After the Christmas program, each class also had their exchange gifts and enjoyed sharing delicious food. This activity not only allowed the kids to unleash their talents during the program, but also to learn the value of giving and sharing. This is another real-life learning opportunity for the pupils wherein they were taught how to express their love and generosity to the people around them without forgetting the real reason for the Christmas season – Jesus Christ who was born to fulfill His mission – to seek and serve the least of our brethren.
Every October, the United Nations is celebrated worldwide to promote peace among nations. In the Philippines, children represent different countries through their costumes. This teaches children to respect and honor diversity.
Academia Progresiva de Manila celebrated its first UN Day celebration. Each class represented and had a short performance about their country. All the students dressed-up and looked very regal with their costumes. The program started with a short prayer, followed by the Philippine National Anthem and the Opening Remarks by Austin Llanes. It was then followed by the parade of the students. After the parade, the kids showcased their talents through dancing. The performances ended with the UST Interns leading the community song entitled, “We are the World.” The UN Day was a total success with the cooperation of everyone working towards a common goal.
Who is your hero? People consider different heroes in life. For some, they may opt to say that their teacher is their hero. It is very humbling for the teachers to hear someone say these words. Thus, the Philippines had a month long celebration for our unsung heroes with the theme, “My Teacher. My Hero.” from September 5 – October 5, 2014. The Academia Progresiva De Manila culminated the National Teachers’ Month and celebrated the World Teachers’ Day with an intimate program inside the school premises. The school administration prepared simple yet fun teambuilding activities and sumptuous food courtesy of the Abelardo’s Diner. These heroes who celebrated the World Teacher’s Day may oftentimes be underappreciated, but they find sufficient fulfillment to see their pupils learn, live with good character, and find their purpose in this world.
On August 23, 2014, the APDM Parent Teacher Association (PTA) conducted a meeting to discuss the details of a fundraising event entitled: “Think Green: A Garage, Food and Bingo Fair.” The PTA, with the vision of upgrading and enhancing school facilities, agreed that the event will be held on March 1, 2015, Sunday at the APDM School Grounds.
Further, it was discussed in the meeting that there should be three working committees. Mr. Toti Lara and Mrs. Tet Buenvenida headed the Garage Sale Committee, Mrs. Orange Erazo led the Food Fair Committee and Mrs. Lynie Lee represented the Bingo Committee.
The said activity aimed to hone and develop the skills of students and instill in them an early sense of entrepreneurship and environmental and health consciousness. This endeavor surely created an avenue for families and friends to bond for a good cause while promoting the student’s holistic development and welfare.