"The world needs new leadership, but the new leadership is about working together" - Jack Ma
Leaders are cultivated and it's never too early to instill and nurture the leaders within our children. Last January 26, 2018, HSG students participated in a leadership camp where they put into practice and learn sportsmanship, teamwork, cooperation, creative thinking, communication, while building their self-esteem through various activities.
The activities were divided per cluster, the Pre-school cluster in the morning, the Primary Cluster Afternoon and the Intermediate cluster in the evening. Each cluster were divided into four teams: The Blue Team with Teacher Loiz and Teacher Nica, The Red Team with Teacher EJ and Teacher Lei, The White Team with Teacher Kim and Teacher Ranzes. Lastly, the Yellow Team with Teacher Karina and Teacher Erika.
The Pre-school Leadership Camp was facilitated by Teacher Tere and Teacher Marivi. The activities began at 7:30 in the morning. Our pre-school students participated in different activities, such as: Feather Up, Shark, Shoe Game and Large Group Mural. In each activity the students were asked to work as a team, look after each other, and learn to communicate.
At three in the afternoon, it was the Primary Cluster's turn to have their leadership camp. The activities began with Chicken Fight, as ice-breaker designed to teach student to defend and protect each other like family. This was then followed by a Cheer and a Team Flag Making activity, here the students work together towards a common goal while incorporating their creative skills. These activities were capped with the discussion about teamwork and leadership. As a final activity for the Primary Cluster, the students took on 5 different stations for Puzzle Hassle, in each station students had to complete a task in order to get a piece to a puzzle they need to complete. Through this activity the students learned that working together, having someone to help and assist you can make all the difference.
Night Camp began at 6pm for the Intermediate Cluster. Like the Primary Cluster, the intermediate students participated in the Chicken Fight activity and the Team Flag and Cheer Making. As the night deepened, underneath the starry skies, the students joined in an Astronomy Crossword activity and a Stargazing activity. Both activities allowed them to learn to communicate, work together and appreciate each other's capabilities.
While one day of working together does not make a leader, the leadership camp hoped to have planted the seed of team work, cooperation and leadership. It is not our responsibility, as a community, to nurture that seed that they may bloom into leaders of the future.
American Musical theater composer Jason Robert Brown once said, "What's great about collaborating is getting to work with wonderful people. That's what theatre is about: other people getting you to give your best, and getting everyone else's best out of them."
This is the magic of theater--of putting up a show. More than just acting, singing, and dancing, theater is about community. All gifts, talents and skill culminate in collaborating with other people to bring out the best in each other and making those who watch experience that magic.
Headway School for Giftedness annual Christmas show isn't just about putting up a performance, it's about letting its students experience what it means to share your gifts and talents. This year was not any different.
This school year the students came together to bring to stage the well-loved story of Alice in Wonderland. The show was a labor of love that began early 2017 where our theater consultant Ms. Justine Pena wrote the script and trained our teachers in the art of theater.
Through their MAPEH subjects students were encouraged to put into practice their creativity, fine motor skills, communication skills and interpersonal skills through the creation of the props and costumes. HSG students also got to share their singing, acting and dancing talent as each grade level prepared a performance for the show. The Annual Christmas Show was a manifestation of what children can do no matter their skills and abilities---that in the midst of community--of fellow students, of teachers, of administrators and parents---they may with their own abilities put up a show that bring magic and wonder to its audience.
Alice in Wonderland success can only be attributed to the community that help make it happen. Thank you to everyone who supported the show. Until next school year!
All photos courtesy of Mariel Medina
Last October our students participated in the annual United Nations Festivities, as well as in the Halloween Celebration.
In the United Nations celebration, the students participated in various festivities. They learned how to say hello in different languages, discover the origin of their names, color the flags of various countries, discover using the Venn diagram the similarities and differences of cultures, as well as play games coming from their assigned countries.
To end the week's events each class performed either a song or dance from their assigned countries and visited various classroom to do a bit of Trick or Treat. This week long celebration allowed the students to learn that in diversity, unity is possible.
When we think of Science and Math, we think of it as limited to the four walls of the classroom and maybe the laboratory. Rarely, do we think of Science and Math as truly practical knowledge.
During the Science and Math Week, HSG students get to experience the practicalities of math through their Market week. They spent time preparing their goods for sale, marking up the prices, giving change for payment and computing the days earning. Through a simple activity our students get to apply their math knowledge in a fun activity, even celebrating their first business success with some Pizza. A nice end to a job well done.
For Science, our students their knowledge in science through an exhibit and through a fun Minute to Win-it (with a science twist) game. To further enrich their appreciation for Science the students spent time watching a video about outer space.
While Math and Science is often seen as difficult and only for the few, our HSG students were able to see the wonder of these subjects as something real and necessary in our daily lives.
August in schools is synonymous to Linggo ng Wika. It's a dedicated week of getting to know our country, its language and culture. In celebration of the Linggo ng Wika, last 25 August 2017, our students at HSG dawned their best Filipino costumes, ranging from the usual baro't saya to the exotic sarong. Both teachers and student enjoyed the Fiesta atmosphere brought to life by the students inter-level friendly competition of Say-Awit and Sabayang Bigkas, the teacher's dancing and the local food shared amongst each other.
Further enriching their appreciation of the beauty of our culture, students got to mingle with the Katutubong Batang Lumad, who graced the Linggo ng Wika with their culture's songs and dance.
Even for just a little while, HSG students immersed themselves in the beauty and diversity of the Filipino culture.
Headway School for Giftedness conducted its General Parents' Orientation for the brand new school year 2017-2018 last July 8, 2017. It served as refresher and introduction of HSG's new academic programs, policies, guidelines, newly-offered learning opportunities, and wonderful events to look forward to.
HSG's first parenting seminar entitled, "Hands-on Practices on Behavior Management of Children with Special Needs" given by our outstanding Program Management Consultant, Ms. Mary Jane Pauig, was also conducted to provide the parents additional activities and materials that they could utilize to encourage positive behavior among differently-abled children.