Appreciation Day 2014: A Senior’s Perspective

Written by: Axel Ngsy (H4I), Stallion Writer; Edited by: Matthew Yap (H4D), Stallion News Editor & Joshua Lim (H4F), Stallion Editor-in-Chief
The A-Day Committee 2014 (Photos by Jeremiah Pua, Stallion Managing Editor, H4F)

Every year, Xavier School has its annual Appreciation Day program—a day of the year when teachers and students take a break from the stress of academics to celebrate this special event. Thanks to the creative minds of the A-Day Committee, the day was a huge and entertaining success. As the program began, students cheered for their teachers as they entered the Sports Center during the traditional opening ceremonies, while the rest of the day was devoted to entertainment of all sorts orchestrated by the students.

Teachers and students congregate in the Sports Center for the A-Day Program.

Teachers and students congregate in the Sports Center for the A-Day Program.

As a senior, I admit that I would usually take this day for granted. I would use it as a day-off from my academic life to chat with my friends and just relax. However, I found this year’s A-Day rather special. This is not only because of the especially fantastic performances delivered by Xavier’s talented artists, but also because this day made me remember the amazing people who have made a big difference in our lives throughout our thirteen years in Xavier.

We seniors have come a long way in our lives as Xavier students. We have been through many challenges and adventures in academic and extracurricular aspects alike. We have had our ups and downs, and have taken different paths to get us to our final year in Xavier. Looking back, nobody walked his journey alone. There were our parents who pushed us to do our best, and our friends who always managed to make the long hours of class bearable. But we often forget to remember and thank the people who sleep late at night preparing powerpoint presentations, checking papers, and making sure that each day has something new for all of us to learn. These people serve as the backbone and framework of our education at Xavier School; these are our teachers.

Students of H4F celebrate A-Day with their beloved teachers.

Students of H4F celebrate A-Day with their beloved teachers.

Our teachers were the very first to welcome us on our first day at school, and along with our friends, they have kept us company until the very end. At Xavier, teachers are known to go beyond themselves by bonding with their students outside the classroom. During breaks, we would often find ourselves chatting with our teachers in the corridors about anything—even non-academic topics. To be a high school student isn’t easy, especially during the so-called “hell week”. Nonetheless, our teachers make sure that there is always someone there to support us, and that we don’t have to face these challenges alone.

As an IB (International Baccalaureate) student, I’ve encountered many trials that relate to both academics and my personal life. With the immense academic workload set upon my shoulders, there were many times when I entertained thoughts of abandoning quality work and moving on just for the sake of it. However, through the liberal learning atmosphere I live with everyday, my teachers constantly make me feel that I am learning for a goal much greater than the trials that I’m encountering now. They made me realize that on top of mastering my lessons in school, I must learn to master myself, and how understanding the world requires me to sometimes go beyond my limits. My teachers taught me that to learn is not always an easy thing; there will always be more things to know and question, but it all becomes worth it when I commit to learning more about myself, others, the world around me, and my relationship with God.

Through our fun mentoring sessions, clubs, and committees, our teachers also made sure that we have a life aside from academics. They allowed us realize that what’s truly important is not the grades, but how much we have learned and can apply to ourselves and our daily lives. We must remember that one of the goals of Xavier education is to foster a genuine concern for others while developing knowledge through self-realization. Our teachers strive to achieve this every single day.

Members of the Chinese Culture Club express their appreciation for teachers through song.

Members of the Chinese Culture Club express their appreciation for teachers through song.

Finally, our teachers make us realize that we are worth it. They come to school everyday because they believe that underneath the boisterous, carefree, or even indifferent student, there lies a man who has the potential to do great things. They never give up on us despite all the times we showed little to no interest to learn. Especially for us seniors, our teachers have been with us for thirteen years now. There’s no doubt that in our growth as individuals and our growing perspective of the world around us, our teachers were definitely behind us every step of the way. For accompanying us in our struggles and accomplishments all these years, it is more than fitting to spend our last year in Xavier appreciating what they have done for us and the role they’ve played in our development as men for others.

High school English teachers at the A-Day teacher's banquet.

High school English teachers at the A-Day teacher’s banquet.

Looking forward to our graduation, we recall the experiences that have nurtured us throughout our lives as Xaverians. As we open a new chapter in our lives, we must leave our mark where our journey began. We have a lot of people to thank, and these are our parents, friends, relatives, and everyone else who inspires us to move on. But ultimately, even now that our final A-Day celebration has ended, let us not forget the teachers who have held us close to their hearts throughout these years, and whom we have learned to hold close to ours. While we remember the moments that have defined us as a persons, our teachers have left an indelible mark in leading us to discovering ourselves. They are to whom we attribute our aspirations, dreams, and achievements. Our teachers are the reasons why we are who we are today.

Thank you, A-Day Comm!
Happy A-Day, teachers!
-Stallion

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