Xavier School Nuvali’s light reaches more students

by Ms Ria Alexis Marifosque, XS Nuvali Web Editor
Grade 7 students during Science class at the lab. Photo by Ms Zsa Zsa Yu.

Last school year, Xavier School Nuvali opened to only 6 sections from Kinder to Grade 3. The total number of students then was only 138. Now on its sophomore year of operations, the student population has more than doubled with the opening of one additional primary grade level and two levels in the middle school: Grades 4, 7 and 8. The school now has over 300 students in 7 grade levels.

Students going down for recess in a straight line. Photo by Ms Zsa Zsa Yu.

Students going down for recess in a straight line. Photo by Ms Zsa Zsa Yu.

Under the leadership of school principal Mrs. Arlene Choo, Xavier’s tradition of excellence is continued until now. The students receive nothing but the best education and formation from the teachers as they go into completing their performance tasks and other authentic assessments, all of which aim to prepare the students for real life situations. Chinese remains a priority; despite the population being composed primarily of non-Chinese, the students have responded positively to this new subject and are able to cope very well. Routines have been established, allowing for the smooth flow of learning.

Mass of the Holy Spirit at XSN. Photo by Mr Gel Domingo.

Mass of the Holy Spirit at XSN. Photo by Mr Gel Domingo.

Spiritual growth also remains an important focus of the school. In the absence of the daily morning mass, the school has a weekly noon mass, which started last June 29. The tradition of holding a monthly Family Mass is also carried out on the third Saturday of every month. The first one last July 20 was sponsored by the faculty and staff and was held in the Oratory of St. Francis Xavier. Consecutive Family Masses will be sponsored by the XSNPA.

When asked about how they find the school, some new students from the middle school said that XSN is “awesome” and “fun,” and that the teachers make the lessons interesting. Students from all grade levels are eager to come to school to learn. With such a reception like this, one can say that indeed, Xavier’s light continues to shine in the South.

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