Date: 27 May 2014
To: The Xavier School Community
From: The School President
Re: New Provider for Xavier Swimming Program
I would like to inform the community that following a review of the Xavier Swimming Program, our partner effective June 1, 2014, is the Coach A. Lim (CAL) Swim School. Our contract is for a period of two years.
To arrive at this decision, I formed a committee several months ago composed of various stakeholders, including parents. The committee considered the written proposals of four potential providers before narrowing down the choice to two, securing their best offers, and making their recommendation to me.
I have directed our Physical Education departments in both Grade School and High School to ensure that all students have basic training in swimming, which is a life skill. It is also through the swimming program in the PE curriculum that we can identify potential athletes for competitive swimming. Our partnership with the CAL Swim School will help us realize this objective in the most optimal way, and at the same time provide excellent support for club and varsity activities.
The CAL Swim School has an excellent track record as it produces high-caliber athletes performing at the high school level as well as national and international competitions. They regularly update themselves with the most up-to-date and scientific approach to teaching swimming by attending seminars and trainings in prominent sporting countries such as Australia, the US, and Singapore.
They have an extensive network inside and outside the swimming community, handling teams in sports clubs (Quezon City Sports Club, Celebrity Sports, The Village Sports Club, Parañaque) and schools (Ateneo de Manila Swimming- College, Grade and High Schools). We look forward to collaborating with the CAL Swim School in forming our students in human and Christian values through engagement in swimming.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Bert Lozada Swim School (BLSS), our partner of seven years, during which the swimming program has improved in terms of number of participants and competition performances. They have also developed prominent swimmers who continue to perform excellently in collegiate, national and international swimming. In particular, let me thank the head coach, Mr. Jonathan Villagracia, for his guidance of these swimmers.
With the entry of a new partner into the Xavier Swimming Program, I am confident that the school’s Swimming Program will achieve greater heights of excellence.
Thank you very much.
Fr. Aristotle C. Dy, SJ