Time sure flew by this month. Before anybody knew it, Appreciation Day, which was on October 3, was merely days away. That is why class officers had to hasten A-Day preparations.
But the actual preparations had started long before that. During the Thursday meetings with the Council of Student Leaders, our moderators Mr. San Juan and Ms. Marifosque would discuss things that needed to be done and delegated tasks. The first thing we did was to raise money for our gifts, so we had a Fundraising Week, which thankfully was a success. Secondly, we planned for things to do to show our gratitude to teachers during the week leading up to A-Day.
At the launch of A-Week during the general assembly, Grade 9 students Clarice Bernal, Margaret Golpe, Leean Javier, and Bea Lasaten thanked the teachers for their dedication and hard work through the song, Count On Me by Bruno Mars. They said that they appreciated how the teachers do more than just teach–they are also the students’ friends.
On other days of the Appreciation Week, officers and other volunteers greeted teachers at the ID tapping station and helped them carry their things to their classrooms or to the workroom. Some grade 9 students also serenaded the teachers during one lunch time, playing songs requested by the different teachers. A flash mob involving all students in the high school commenced during another lunch period, with the participants singing and dancing for their teachers in the canteen.
Then, two days before A-Day, we had to cram. The main gifts for our teachers, which were personalized mugs, had just been delivered, and we still had to pack and label them. That is why class officers and other student volunteers came to school on Wednesday even though we didn’t have classes because of the Parent-Teacher Conference.
The hard-working officers and student volunteers painstakingly boxed and organized each of the mugs and letters. Next, students’ letters of gratitude were sorted into labeled paper bags and set aside with the objective of surprising the teachers on A-Day. Then, the Grade 8 and 9 officers carefully carried the boxed mugs to the faculty workroom and set each box onto each teacher’s table. All these personalized mugs were gifts to surprise teachers for A-Day.
The next day, the teachers used their brand new mugs to get their free coffee which the officers prepared for them. There was also a variety of freshly baked bread for the teachers to enjoy with their mugs of steaming hot coffee.
On October 3rd, Xavier School Nuvali held its very own A-Day program in the JTKC Multi-Purpose Center.
The students, together with the teachers started the celebration with a Holy Mass presided by Father Aristotle Dy, S.J. and concelebrated by Fr. Xavier Olin, S.J., and Father Munching de Guzman, S.J.
After the Holy Mass, different presentations from the Xaverians began.
First up were Adrian Bautista (Gr.8A), Ronan Ibuna (Gr.8B), and Miguel Remollino (Gr.9A) of the SymphoniXS Club who strummed and plucked their guitars to an original composition entitled a “Song of Appreciation.” They were followed by Grade 9 students Jun Tolentino, Rylan Lee, Sebastian Luis Dizon, Matthea Abutal, Christy Jeong, and Margaret Golpe, who danced to the beat of “Love Never Felt So Good” by Michael Jackson.
Afterwards, the New Voices of XSN, which is the official school glee club led by Music teacher Mr. Marvin Ong, serenaded the teachers with a mash-up of Iggy Azalea’s Fancy, One Republic’s Counting Stars, and Lorde’s Royals.
Then, the teachers watched a video presentation prepared by Bea Lasaten of Grade 9A. The video featured the different activities that were done during A-Week (Appreciation Week) and various personal messages from the students and shoutouts from entire classes.
The presentations ended with a speech from Maria Cruz, Allyssa Garcia, and Justine Sarsuelo of Grade 9A while being accompanied by the violins of Robyn Cheng of 5B and Aviegail Golpe of 7A.
While they were delivering the speech, the officers gave the students’ letters to the faculty, staff, and administrators of XSN.
After the presentations, the students entertained their homeroom advisers and guests in their respective classrooms. Songs were sung, games were played, photos were taken, and memories shared. Everybody–both teachers and students–all left tired but happy as they carried the message, “Make everyday A-day!”