A few days ago, I was able to stumble into an article posted on Facebook about being a Theresian. Mainly, that article highlights some of the values that were implanted in us Theresians. I do agree on the author’s perspective about those values. We, as Theresians, were definitely honed to be the prim and proper ladies in the society today.
I remember some years ago, during the time when our family is going through the dark phase of our life, some of our relatives will urge my mom to just transfer me to a public school because we cannot afford the tuition fee of STC anymore; but my mom will just answer them back with conviction saying that anything that concerns our education, she will be the sole decision maker for it. During that time, I don’t understand what she was fighting for. For me, other schools might just be good. But after years of graduating from STC, I can clearly see now why my mom insisted for me to finish there.
St. Theresa’s College, or just STC for some, is an exclusive Catholic school for girls. They have 2 campuses here in the Philippines, one in Cebu and another in Quezon City. It is a school founded by the Immaculada Cordis Mariea sisters who came to Philippines in around 1947 (in all fairness, I can still remember some history about my Alma Mater). Our patron saint is St Theresa’s of Avila.
I, for one, am a full blooded Theresian through and through. Why? Mainly because I started attending STC since pre – school until I graduated on High School, and that is nine years in total. I had almost all of my firsthand experience in that school, from collage making down to hiking and camping.
STC hones its students in all aspect: spiritually, mentally and socially. We have the brains, but of course it would be boring if all that we do is to study right? So our school also lists a variety of activities that we can enjoy ourselves for the whole year.
From grade school to high school, once it is September already, everyone is glowing with excitement, not because of the one week school break, but because of the annual Family Day Celebration. During this momentous day, every class from grade 1 to 4th year prepares their own dance productions; covering different themes from the poor sector of the society to the indigenous people of the mountains; different genres from street dancing to interpretative dance. And it is also during this one day event that our families get to enjoy and meet our teachers without the much needed formality. Another highlight of this event is the oh-so-famous Bingo game! Take note, even if we play Bingo, this game is actually a win-win opportunity for us. Curious? Let me explain. It’s as simple as this, mainly because the players still get to win prizes; and when I say prizes, I mean like LCD TV, washing machine, mobile phones or oven; then the proceeds will not be kept by the moderators. The proceeds from this game are then donated by the school in Gawad Kalinga or to the victims of calamities.
Another annual event is the SportsFest. We have 2 types of Sports Fest: one involves our parents and our teachers, and the other one involves the students and the teachers. The first SportsFest strengthens the trust between our real parents and our parents at school. Technically, trust is a big thing between them because our real parents leave us in the capable hands of our teachers when we are at school. So anything that may happen to us, our teachers is the one responsible for them. The second SportsFest shows everyone our sportsmanship. During this 3 day event, classes are postponed and every single students and teachers are required to play a specific game. The highlight of this event is the games between teachers. And even if we win or lose the games, it is fine for us because we did enjoy the games.
When December strikes on, we already know that the season of love and sharing has started for us. Every single day for two weeks, we are asked to bring something to school which our teachers collect and later on, donate to the needy. Each day is assigned to different item, like Monday is for rice; Tuesday is for canned goods and so on.
As I have said earlier, I just realized nowadays the benefits of being a Theresian. Back when I was still a student of STC, when someone was recognized as an Outstanding Student or OS, we look up to them. Why? Mainly because, the road for Theresians to gain that title is not that easy. If you want to have a grade of 80 and up, it means that you are a super human; your life only focuses between schools, books and projects. Even if I am an average student when I was there, I was shocked when I enter the university and aced all of my classes and even graduated with honors.
To sum it all up, STC is the one of those schools that offers the best quality of education. We are after Quality not Quantity; and if you want the best quality of education, naturally it would cost you money, but I do assure you, your money is worth the experience at STC.
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