Family Weeken Recollection
The Don Bosco Technical Institute of Makati Elementary Department-Family Ministry had its first “Family Weekend Recollection” last December 11-13, 2020. The theme of the recollection: “But the most beautiful thing God made-so the Bible tells us – was the family” (Pope Francis, Festival of Families, September 25, 2020) with the hashtags: #DBGiftedToGive and #TuloyPoKayo.
Families were also encouraged to have fun by joining the three contests:
- Movie Night! Fun with the Family;
- Family Tiktok Challenge; and 3)
- Family Recollection Groupie.
Family Advent Prayers were led by Elarmo, Morales, Sangalang, and Bayot families. The recollection was held online using the Zoom platform which was attended by almost 800 families of Bosconians.
Elementary Opening of Classes
The Elementary Department officially welcomed the students on its opening of classes following the “new normal” modality for S.Y. 2020 – 2021. Observing the implementing guidelines set by the Department of Education, the Kinder – Grade 2 students and Lay Mission Partners met each other virtually for the morning assembly using Zoom and Google Meet platforms.
Along with the regular morning assembly routines, the department also launched “Bosco-LIT”, a mini-series that aims to guide Bosconians about the “new normal” set-up for this school year. For its first episode titled “Back to School version New Normal”, it featured several students from various levels stating the things that they missed the most about Don Bosco, Fr. Favie Faldas’ welcoming remarks, “Bring Me, Take A Pic” game activity, a virtual version of the “Bring Me” game, official launching of the new canteen in primary wing, reminders on using One Bosco and Genyo accounts, and presentation of LMPs. The assembly successfully concluded with a joyous remark and a closing prayer.
JHS HOLDS A “BUSKOFLEX” OPENING OF SCHOOL YEAR 2020-2021
The start of every school year is usually marked by excitement and optimism. On the first day of classes, students come to school with their new uniforms, notebooks, books, bags, and other learning materials. Many parents most especially in the grade school accompany their children and send them off to their classes. But this was not the scenario when classes opened in the Junior High School Department of Don Bosco-Makati last Monday, August 24,2020. With face-to-face classes still prohibited due to COVID-19, the unimaginable happened which was the virtual opening of classes for school year 2020-2021.
Refusing to be dampened by the effects of the pandemic, the Interim Student Council composed of last year’s elected officers and volunteers together with their adviser Mr. Jeysi De Ocampo planned and prepared the program for the opening of classes as early as July. The main objective of the program is to uplift the spirit of the Junior High School Bosconians and bridge the gap between school year 2019-2020 and 2020-2021. Since teaching and learning will be online, they conceived a Netflix-inspired theme dubbed as “BUSKOFLEX”.
School Opening in the New Normal
Don Bosco Technical Institute of Makati’s Senior High School Department has finally commenced the School Year 2020-2021 through their opening of classes on the 24th of August. Held through Zoom, the said department had their first Morning Assembly led by the Assistant Principal for Student Affairs, Mr. Ernesto Tauyan, Jr., with select students. In the Morning Talk, Mr. Alfredo Lozanta, Jr., the Principal, has sparked the hearts and minds of Bosconians to be positive by reminding them of the blessings bestowed upon them – they can continue their pursuit of education despite the challenges brought by the pandemic. Through the various preparations as seen in the Learning Continuity Plan of the department; through the opportunities the students experienced through the Bridging Programs, the Online Class Simulations, the Webinar, and the series of Virtual Orientations; and through the innovations in the teaching and learning process which is made evident in the skillful use of web-based apps and tools, there is no doubt that the Senior High School teachers and students are well-prepared to hold classes in the new norm.