XS Nuvali Celebrates Appreciation Day

by Clarice Bernal and Leean Javier, Gr. 8 - Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati
The teachers get pumped up thanks to the students’ performances. Photo by Ms. Zsa Zsa Yu

Last October 4, 2013, we had Xavier School Nuvali’s first ever student-planned Appreciation Day celebration. The classroom officers of Grades 4, 7, and 8 were tapped to plan the celebration along with Ms. Ria Marifosque. Students showed their appreciation through doing small acts of kindness such as helping them carry their things, celebrating mass with them, giving them small tokens and preparing a simple yet heart-filled program which showcased the different skills and talents of the students.

Appreciation Day started out with the celebration of the Holy  Eucharist which was presided over by Fr. Aristotle Dy, S.J. and Fr. Xavier Olin, S.J. at the Oratory of St. Francis Xavier.  All staff members and the teachers and students of grades two until eight joined the celebration since the Kinder and Grade 1 students already had their short program the day before. Afterwards, a simple yet special program was held where students read poems, played instruments, and sang for their teachers and staff.

The celebration didn’t stop there, though. What’s a celebration without a feast? Each class held a classroom party where there were tons of food and games. School President Fr. Ari Dy, Campus Minister Fr. Xave Olin, and principal Mrs. Arlene Choo dropped by the different classes and joined in on the fun. Unfortunately, every festivity has to end, and there was nothing better than to end the day with a prayer of thanks. After all, as Fr. Ari said in his homily, every day should be appreciation day.

Students help the teachers bring their things. Photo by Jef Fajardo, Gr. 8 student

Students help the teachers bring their things. Photo by Jef Fajardo, Gr. 8 student

Grade 7 girls sort the messages of the students to the teachers. Photo by Ria Marifosque, Teacher

Grade 7 girls sort the messages of the students to the teachers. Photo by Ria Marifosque, Teacher

Some messages of the students to their teachers. Photo by Jef Fajardo, Gr. 8 student

Some messages of the students to their teachers. Photo by Jef Fajardo, Gr. 8 student

Fr. Ari Dy and Fr. Xave Olin pose with the flag bearers. Photo by Jef Fajardo, Gr. 8 student

Fr. Ari Dy, S.J. and Fr. Xave Olin, S.J. pose with the flag bearers. Photo by Jef Fajardo, Gr. 8 student

Grade 4 students read out loud a poem of appreciation for the teachers. Photo by Ms. Zsa Zsa Yu

Grade 4 students read out loud a poem of appreciation for the teachers. Photo by Ms. Zsa Zsa Yu

Fr. Xavier Olin, S.J. joins the classroom fun. Photo by Ms. Zsa Zsa Yu

Fr. Xave joins the classroom fun. Photo by Ms. Zsa Zsa Yu

Mrs. Maan Domingo captures a happy moment. Can you spot Fr. Ari? Photo by Ms. Zsa Zsa Yu

Mrs. Maan Domingo captures a happy moment. Can you spot Fr. Ari? Photo by Ms. Zsa Zsa Yu

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