Hear Our Hearts Roar: XS Nuvali’s Grade School Culminating Program

Ms. Leonor Yap, Gr. 1 Homeroom Teacher
Cover art by Ms. Leonor Yap, Gr. 1 Homeroom Teacher

All 195 Kinder, Grade 1, and Grade 2 students capped off the end of the school year with Katy Perry’s “Roar” as their batch song in the Closing Program last March 14, 2014. That seemingly ordinary, run-of the-mill popular song has etched meaning into the hearts of every soul in the Multipurpose Center that day. It was indeed a true testament that people pour meaning and context into the words of even the most mundane song. This year, XSN zeroed in on the concept of empowerment as the theme of the Closing Program. All the performances were geared towards the promotion of strength in one’s character, faith and culture.

With only a few weeks left before the program, and with quizzes, performance tasks, and quarterly tests to finish, the teachers made sure to sneak into their schedule a bit of rehearsal time for the students to practice their program numbers. The teachers were already getting a little apprehensive; it seemed like time was never enough for their classes to be really prepared as evidenced during days–especially during the dress rehearsals–when the students seemed to misbehave, just lip-synch or dance out of beat. Surprisingly though, the children were given an adrenaline rush during the general rehearsal as they suddenly showed signs of being ready for THE day. They were dancing on cue, singing their hearts out and simply being the angels that their teachers were so intently praying for.

Finally, the day of Closing Program arrived. It was simply joyful for the teachers and parents to see their sons and daughters brighten up the stage with each performance. People were so excited in taking pictures that they sometimes had to be reminded to remain seated during the program. Smiles were forever pasted on each face as students came in and out of the stage for each and every flawless performance number.

The students from Grade 1-C and 2-A expressed how important it is to make Jesus as the true compass of their hearts with their rendition of the songs, “Jesus You’re My Superhero,” and Janet Jackson’s “Together Again,” respectively. The two song and dance performances showed collaboration in saying that the true role model of all time should and will always be Christ as He is all-knowing and omniscient. Then came the Chinese song entitled “Just Like You” by Grade 1-B. The sweet and mellow number interpreted the importance of intertwining love in fulfilling one’s dreams in life. Kinder A and B, on the other hand, delivered lively performances that expressed the richness of following one’s individuality, path and purpose through Michael Bolton’s “Go the Distance” from the movie Hercules, and “Let It Go” from Frozen. And lastly, the Filipino performances from Grade 1-A and 2-B came in agreement in delivering a message about how today’s youth should be given their own voice and realize their potential as the former performed APO Hiking Society’s “Bawat Bata” and the latter a chorale presentation entitled “Tuloy Kabataan.” And to symbolize the coming together of the students, the students of Kinder, Grade 1 and Grade 2 all came back to the stage and sang together Katy Perry’s “Roar.”

The students sing Katy Perry's "Roar." Photo by Mr. Gel Domingo, Student Supervisor

The students sing Katy Perry’s “Roar.” Photo by Mr. Gel Domingo, Student Supervisor

It was a great culmination that marked a school year full of joy, learning and meaning in the hearts of these little Xaverians. We toast the success of not just the Closing Program but also the success of a wonderful school year 2013-2014! Here’s hoping for more good stuff this coming 2014-2015.

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