XSN Bibliofy 2014

David Santiago, Gr. 8 - Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati
The kids pose with the high school students responsible for bringing Seussville to XSN. Photos by Ms. Ria Marifosque (HS English teacher), Gyuri Cruz (9A), Mr. Gel Domingo (Student Supervisor).

Last November 17, Xavier School Nuvali officially launched the Literacy Month during the general assembly. Teachers and certain grade levels came in costume to bring to life characters from printed works to promote literacy and reading.

For the high school classes, there was the XSN Bibliofy activity which involved bringing famous stories to life by decorating their classrooms based on the works of an author they had chosen to feature. Through their presentations, the high school also encouraged and explained to the kids why should they read these authors’ works.

Because those in the high school would be the first ones to do this activity in XSN, they were were all very excited. All the classes, from what I observed, were really determined to make the best out of this activity, for we felt that this activity would really help both the kids and ourselves. The enthusiasm was infectious, and I believed that this was going to be one of the highlights of this school year.

Choosing our author was a difficult experience. That enthused feeling wasn’t really there for us because we had to look for other options after favorites such as Stan Lee and George Lucas had already been taken by the grade 7 classes. We had Walt Disney, Roald Dahl, J.K. Rowling, and many other great authors, and still we could not decide on whom to choose. After much great thought, our section decided to pick the one author that we thought had the most impact on our childhood, the author that helped our transition from kids to pre-teens, the author that made rhyming look cool. We chose Dr. Seuss, the creator of the many timeless books that would be perfect for kids.

After finalizing our authors, the different classes immediately started with the decorations. Students hauled old cardboard boxes, bundles of old newspapers, a whole bunch of tissue cores, and a bunch of other materials. In my class, old cardboard boxes, cartolinas, tape, paint, and even scaffolding were brought. This is when that enthusiasm started to come back.  I started to feel the dedication and the determination in making this the best work we have ever done.  We had some ups and downs, but what really made me happy was that despite the class being divided into groups, we still helped each other no matter what group we were in. That was the key to making this whole thing a success. And with that, our class was able to finish the decorations just in time.

On the day of the launching, I came to school early. As much as we hate waking up early every morning, we also are really dedicated as a class. So committed that almost 1/3 of the class was already there getting ready by the time I arrived. And right before the activity started in the afternoon, we decided to pray together as a class.  As I watched my classmates praying, I started to feel that feeling again. This time, I felt it finally paying off because I knew that we were going to do well.

After finally finishing, we prayed again. We thanked God for guiding us throughout this activity. Through the decisions, decorating, and the rest. Winner or not, we felt proud of ourselves. We know we did our best. The kids had fun, and their class advisers and other teacher-visitors all left with huge smiles on their faces. What’s amazing was that through all the tedious work, all of us high school students had fun, too. I think it’s safe to say that I hope we have more activities like this in the near future.

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