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Century-old bell blessed

Monsignor Victorino Rivas, judicial vicar of the Diocese of Bacolod, officiated at the blessing of the 156-year old bell of St. John Nepomucene Parish in Brgy. Sum-ag, Bacolod City, yesterday.

The bell was molded in 1849 by Ambrosio Agustin of Molo, Spain and was used by the Spanish friars as the first bell of the Sum-ag Parish Church in 1858.

During the blessing rites, Rivas said the bell is part of the spiritual growth of the parishioners of Sum-ag, who never wavered in their commitment to protect the Church and its properties.

Meanwhile, the parish, in cooperation with the Barangay Council of Sum-ag, will celebrate its 159 th annual fiesta today, on the theme, “Ang Kaisog ni San Juan Nepomuceno Sa Tuig Sang Mga Laiko.”

Part of the celebration is the groundbreaking at 9 a.m. today, of the fence project of the church, followed by the concelebrated mass with Bishop Vicente Navarra as main celebrant.*NAB

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SJI Explorers offering
full kindergarten program

A full kindergarten program will be added by the St. John's Institute's Explorers Preschool near the Ayala's District Mall in Talisay City, Negros Occidental, in the coming school year, a press release from the school said.

The five hours of uninterrupted school time will be spearheaded by school director Marie Neilson, who was appointed to the Ayala campus in 2012. “It will be exciting to implement a full Canadian kindergarten curriculum this coming school year,” she said in the press release.

SJI Explorers will also offer infant classes with parents next month; and after-school programs, like tutorials in English (individualized learning system) in reading and writing, Math using materials found in Singapore Math, football, piano and voice, art classes, and ballet, the press release said.

It added that Explorers is the only school that has modelled its educational curriculum and implementation from what has helped Canada consistently rank in the top five countries in the world for educational excellence. The Preschool has gone to great lengths to ensure that children are provided with exceptional interactive facilities, and a curriculum that provides hands-on experiences.

The most important component of the SJI Explorers curriculum is the emphasis on learning through play. The classroom is divided into interest areas to enable children to explore, make things happen, and pursue their own interests.  Creative approach to learning includes l iteracy, mathematics, science, social studies, arts, technology and process skills, the press release said.

The framework focuses on four areas of learning, and aims to support toddlers in becoming a strong and healthy child, a skilful communicator, and a competent learner. Children also learn Chinese in a fun and creative way, and activities are hands-on, practical, and play-based, allowing them to develop the skills, concepts and knowledge they need in their own time and in their own way, the press release also said.

The school, set in five hectares of green space, claims to have the largest and most modern preschool facility in all of Negros. Now on its third academic year, SJI Explorers continues to cater to an ever-growing international mix of students, and parents alike. It is commonly referred to as Hua Ming, and aims to continue to provide top-level educational exposure and training to an ever growing population from Bacolod to Silay.

For more details, those interested may call 0920-964-2293, 0917-3046440, 476-3029, or email marie@sjiexplorers.com.ph , the press release added.*

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‘Math-Inic' classes
to start in Bacolod

The local branch of the Math-Inic enrichment program will hold classes for pre-schoolers from May 19 to 30, 10 a.m. to noon, at the University Courtyard, La Salle Avenue in Bacolod City, a press release from organizers said.

The press release also said that one successful program of Math-Inic is the “Horizons and Pre-Builder” for pre-school, where kids are able to learn more about math, and incorporate play time in all the lessons. Activities involve colors, shapes and basic counting, and other creative ways of teaching math to the little ones. The program was held at the Trinity Christian School last summer.

The math enrichment program is being offered to students from pre-school to high school. It started at the MSC Institute of Technology, in San Pablo, Laguna. The Bacolod branch was opened in September 2012, and is run by Pee Jey Zoluaga-Maquiling, the press release added.*

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