Pax et Lumen International Academy held its second Science and Math Fair in November 2014 at SM Clark to expand public awareness that science and math can be fun and that science and math are part of everyday life.
Focusing on the theme, “Educational Preparation for Jobs for the 21st Century” the school had an on-the-spot essay writing contest on the topic and a Grand Masters’ Quiz Bee on Mathematics and Science. A total of 20 schools participated which reflected the interest in science and mathematics of Angeles City’s student population.
There were also fun science-based games and contests like the Mouse Trap Grand Prix which used mouse traps as vehicles and making them compete for speed, like race cars. The Avant Garb-age Contest on the other hand, made use of ‘garbage’ materials to create garbs or clothes. The creativity of those who created the garbs or clothes was obvious as plastic cups, inner tubes of old tires, and used tetra packs were recycled and came out as materials for clothes!
The fair also exhibited products created in the laboratory of Pax et Lumen: soaps with various scents, lotion, vinegar, vegetable-based cookies, These products showed that livelihood initiatives come from knowing one’s scientific principles and that such products are easy to make.
The following schools won the following prizes:
Grand Masters’ Quiz Bee:
GRANDMASTERS – ANGELES CITY SPED CENTER
SENIOR MASTERS- HOLY FAMILY ACADEMY
JUNIOR MASTERS- HOLY ANGEL UNIVERSITY
HIGH SCHOOL DIVISION:
GRANDMASTERS- ANGELES CITY NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL
SENIOR MASTERS- JOCSON COLLEGE
JUNIOR MASTERS- HOLY ANGEL UNIVERSITY
Essay Writing Contest
BEST ESSAY: CENTRO FIDEI SCHOOL, INC
SECOND BEST ESSAY: ANGELES CITY SPED CENTER
Mouse Trap Grand Prix:
CHAMPION: ENRICA SANDICO ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
SECOND PLACE: ANGELES CITY SPED CENTER
THIRD PLACE: ANGELES CITY NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL
Avant Garb-age Contest:
RAFAEL L. LAZATIN MEMORIAL HIGH SCHOOL
The end of the current year 2015 will mark the beginning of the process for the integration of ASEAN Economic Community or AEC. It is a process that has caught the attention of the public, but it has also left many asking, “what does ASEAN economic integration mean?”
The issue is too complex to be answered by high school students. Nevertheless a poster making contest and an essay writing contest was held at Pax et Lumen International Academy on what ASEAN is all about in order to create a basic awareness of this regional organization among its students and their families.
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations or ASEAN was established in 1967 or almost 50 years ago by five Southeast Asian nations, namely: Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand. Through the years and culminating in 1997 when ASEAN was 30 years old, the ASEAN became the ASEAN 10 with the entry of Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, and Vietnam.
These ten ASEAN members are now working on having unified regulations and standards to guide its economic areas of activity: customs, banking, investments, education, taxation, etc. This is basically what economic integration means.
For the ASEAN writing contest on what ASEAN is, the following HS students were given the following awards First Place- Kyle Gabriel Garcia (Grade 8), Second Place- Portia Margarita Simsuangco, (Grade 8), Third Place- Ana Victoria Sandique (Grade 7).
For the ASEAN poster making contest, the winners were: First Place- Chantilie Punzalan, (Grade 9), Second Place- Jean Andrei Ander, (Grade 8), Third Place- Francis Ivan Cunanan (Grade 8).
The ASEAN Contest was made possible by the Philippine ASEAN Secretariat in Manila. The awardees received ASEAN medals and Certificates of Recognition given by the Philippine ASEAN Secretariat under the Director General for ASEAN Philippines, Ambassador Luis Cruz.
The winners were also given four pieces of the Central Bank’s commemorative currency (Philippine fifty peso-notes) with the ASEAN logo on it. The commemorative booklet of currency was signed by the Honorable Secretary of Foreign Affairs Albert F. Del Rosario.
In 2017, ASEAN will mark its 50th anniversary. During that year, the Philippines will have the honor to host the ASEAN Summit during which the heads of governments of the ten ASEAN member countries will visit the Philippines for a summit meeting to set the agenda of ASEAN for the next decade as well as to strengthen measures to make the economic integration of ASEAN stronger.
Pax Teacher to Represent the Philippines in the South East Asian Floorball Championship in Singapore
Our PE Teacher, Mr. Saldio Jesus S. Amador, is representing the Philippines along with the other Philippine delegates in the South East Asian Floorball Championship to be held in Singapore on December 17 – 21, 2014.
After sending our grade 9 student to Japan to attend the UNESCO ASPnet International ESD Events for Teachers and Students, now we are seeing our teacher joining an international sporting event. Pax et Lumen is truly forming its community members not just academically but also physically, a holistic approach in education.
The entire Pax community wishes you good luck!
In a recent invitation from Oksu Elementary School, designated by Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education, Pax et Lumen, through its President, Mrs. Laura Q. Del Rosario, opened its doors to partnering with this Korean school to foster exchange of knowledge between students with regards to the culture, language, and lifestyle of each country.
The collaboration between Oksu and Pax through letter exchanges will enhance the quality of education as sharing first-hand experiences is one of the most powerful tools. Moreover, these partnerships generate enthusiasm in writing and motivation among students to help them understand how the local and the global are connected. They foster not only camaraderie among students from the other parts of the globe, but likewise provide a vehicle to promote understanding of climate change in a global perspective.
This week, Pax pupils and students received goodies along with the second batch of letters from their Korean friends. Pure happiness and amazement can truly be seen in our students’ eyes. Pax students are now preparing their replies along with their arts to be sent via airmail to their Korean friends.
The Philippine National Commission for UNESCO (The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) invited Pax Et Lumen International Academy to nominate two teachers to attend a conference on global education to be held at the National Museum in Manila in September 2014. Through the conference, UNESCO-Philippines hopes to enhance the content and pedagogy of basic education with the latest concepts and discourses on global education. The educational objectives of Pax in promoting knowledge through languages and social sciences that prepares students for an increasingly globalized world are congruent with UNESCO’s thrusts. Teachers Carla Solomon and Monica Vital will be Pax Et Lumen’s delegates to the UNESCO “Karunungan” Conference.
The Japanese National Commission and the Philippine National Commission for UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) have awarded a participant slot to James Matthew David, a Grade 9 student of Pax Et Lumen, in the World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) to be held in Nagoya, Japan in November 2014. During the conference, four student participants from the Philippines will prepare and deliver a presentation on sustainable development, human security, cultural diversity, or any of the special topics under ESD. The inclusion of a Pax student in the Philippine national delegation of four students is in recognition of Pax’s efforts to integrate the teaching of science, mathematics, and technology in addressing current ecological and social global challenges.
Two Pax Et Lumen Teachers Undergo Training by Philippine Robotics Academy at Ateneo de Manila Campus
Two Pax science teachers were among sixty science and physics teachers who underwent training last July 2014 at the Ateneo de Manila campus. Philippine Robotics Academy conducts its training program under a Memorandum of Agreement with the Science Education Institute of the Department of Science and Technology. The robotics training is part of Pax’s plan to expand its subject offerings in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The training of teachers Saldio Amador and Angelo Bañares in teaching robotics is the first step in carrying out the STEM plan at Pax.
The President of Pax Et Lumen International Academy was invited to be one of the contributors to the discussions on economic and national security issues at the World Economic Forum – East Asia held on 23 May 2014.
Pax et Lumen International Academy Considers Partnering with a Korean School and an Illinois- based US School
In a recent invitation from a Korean School based in Seoul, Korea, Pax et Lumen, through its President, Mrs. Laura Q. Del Rosario, opened its doors to partnering with this Korean school to foster exchange of knowledge between students in regard to the culture, language, and lifestyle of each country.
Similarly in a recent visit of our Headmaster in one of the elementary schools in Illinois, USA, an agreement was reached that sparked excitement between the Principal of that school and our Headmaster, Mrs. Myrna G. San Agustin. The agreement involves sharing experiences among the students and faculty of both schools. This will broaden the students’ knowledge of the culture, first hand experiences, languages, and other practices in both countries.
The principal reiterated his appreciation of this idea as it fosters not only camaraderie among students from the other side of the globe, but will likewise provide a vehicle to promote understanding of climate change in a global perspective.
The collaboration between the Korean and US schools with Pax et Lumen will enhance the quality of education as sharing first-hand experience is one of the most powerful tools to better the education of students. Moreover, these partnerships generate enthusiasm and motivation among students to help them understand how local and global are connected. They can deepen students’ understanding and empathy which in turn will motivate them to make them aware of their responsibilities as citizens in terms of climate change, for example.
Mrs. San Agustin is on to another visit by May 21 in another school in New Jersey to explore the teaching and art practices of that institution.
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