The Iloilo Scholastic Academy (ISA) started its operation in April, 2004. ISA is a formal educational institution duly recognized, and strictly complies with the curriculum prescribed, by the Department of Education of the Philippines. The school offers subjects such as Communication Arts in Filipino, English and Mandarin; Mathematics; Sciences; Social Studies; Music, Art, Physical Education and Computer.
ISA is among the 3 schools in the Philippines to be conferred with the title “ Chinese Education Model School” by the Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of the State Council of China. Mr. Peter M. Chan will represent ISA receive the plaques in Xi’an City, China on 30 October 2011.
Finally on 21 June, the dream of having a campus broad-
casting has come true. The broadcasting comes in two time slots, during the recess in the morning and afternoon, and anchored by two learners in each session.
Easy access to advanced technology makes it probable to turn all offices paperless. Internet network help the school cut down on the one costliest overhead item — paper. Besides, facilitators and staff can transmit and keep all the records electronically with ease at no extra cost.
All of the twenty-two Batch 2010-11 high school graduating ISAers, who took the government-administered National Career Assessment Examinations (NCAE) on 29 September 2010, scored higher than 90% (in English, Science and Math combined), earning a batch average of 97.1%, ISA's highest record ever.
The 7th Elementary and 4th High School Commence-
ment Exercises and the High School Recognition Ceremony were held on 26 March, 2 pm at the ISA Gym of the new ISA campus. The short but solemn proceeding was graced by the presence of the Mayor of Iloilo City, Honorable Jed Patrick Mabilog. ISA President, Mr. Vicente Tiu, in his invitation letter, requested Mayor Mabilog to be the commencement speaker. He was warmly received by the ISA directors, administration, facilitators, ISAers and their parents.
The Cebu Philan-
thropist Don Henry Gaisano Founda-
tion, in its annual search for model Philippine Chinese school teachers, has chosen Ms. Debbie Chan, ISA Preschool Head, as one of the 13 model Chinese teachers this school year. The awarding ceremony was held in the afternoon of 12 March 2011 at the Auditorium of the Federation of Filipino Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Manila.
ISA made it to the top in the annual evaluation administered by Asian Psychological Services and Assessment (APSA) for the SY 2009-2010. This was announced at CSB Hotel International Conference Center, Manila on 12 November.
"It has long been our intention to meet with the adminis-
trators of the Chinese tertiary institutions, particularly those which have been sending Chinese volunteer-facilitators to ISA, to personally express our gratitude for helping our school promote Chinese education. Furthermore, we also intend to seek greater opportunities for establishing closer bilateral relations with them." ISA President Mr. Vicente C. Tiu said before the 11-member delegations of the ISA Board of Directors flew to Xiamen City on 21 May for a three-day official visit of the three Chinese universities.
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It was an action-packed weekend for the ISAers as the school had its first ever “Battle of the Bands” last 10 September 2011. Three band from the high school department wowed the audience with their extraordinary skills in playing different musical instruments.
The results of the HSK, or Chinese Proficiency Test, administered to 249 Grade 2 to 4th Year ISAers last September 3 to 4 were released online in October. Each learner took one assigned level, except for the selected five 3rd and 4th year ISAers who took both levels 4 and 5. According to the set standard, an examinee who reaches the passing rate of 60% is considered proficient in the given level.
ISA seniors Dennis Ventilacion Jr. won 3rd honors in the 2011 China Junior High School Match Olympiad held in Beijing Jingshan School last August.
ISA 4th Year learner, Jia Fem Bolinas, beating contestants from 11 schools, was champion in the 1st English oratorical contest organized by the Lung Care Foundation and the Philippine College of Chest Physicians, with the theme "Youth Empowered Cigarette-Free Teen", held on 24 November at SM City Iloilo.
The conferment on 46 schools of the title ‘Chinese Education Model Schools’ and the awarding of plaques to 1751 outstanding Chinese language educators, and 189 famous social personalities took place right after the opening ceremony of the 2nd World Chinese Education Conference in Xi’an last 30 October. Mr. Peter M. Chan represented ISA to receive the plaque. Among the 9 Filipino individuals cited, 4 were present to receive the awards, they were Dr. Lucio Tan, Mr. Benito Gaisano, Mr. Emilio Gan, and Mr. Shen Wen. Mrs. Margarita Guttierez, and Mr. Wu Songbin, respectively represented Tiong Se Academy, and Zamboanga Chung Hwa High School.
The results of the Australian Math Competi-
tion (AMC) held on 21 September 2011 at West Visayas State University were released in December last year. Of the 69 Grade 3 to 4th Year ISA learners who joined the competition, 54 were rated proficient. Among them 14 received awards. Second year ISAer Paul Buñi is the only participant to receive the Prudence Award in the region.
ISA Executive Director, Mr. Peter M. Chan, flew to Xi’an City, China on 29 October to attend the 2nd World Chinese Education Conference organized by the China’s Office of the Overseas Chinese Affairs. The 4-day conference formally opened in the morning of 30 October at the Grand Theatre, Sofitel-People’s Hotel. Madam Li Haifeng, the director of the Office, delivered an opening speech. Nearly 600 delegates from 37 countries attended the opening ceremony.
The 46th Private Schools Athletic Association Meet was held from 16 to 25 of November. ISA learners won 8 gold, 11 silver, and 5 bronze medals in various cultural, musical and sports events.
Held from October 25-26, the 2011 Philippine Visayas Chinese-Filipino Schools Convention opened in the morning of 25 October at the ISA gymnasium. One hundred six school administrators, department heads, and faculty from eleven Visayan Chinese-Filipino schools were present during the two-day convention.
Among the 20 high school graduating ISAers 10 passed the U.P. college admission test (UPCAT) and/or Ateneo college entrance test (ACET). Among them, 5 passed both tests.
In 2008, when the Department of Education started to include the 2nd Year learners of the private schools in its administration of the National Achievement Test (NAT), which is composed of English, Math, Science, Sibika, and Filipino, ISA has been consistently a top-rating school. Among the nearly 60 public and private high schools, ISA ranked 7th, 4th, and 7th respectively in the first three years.
The unveiling ceremony of the ‘Chinese Education Model School’ plaque awarded by the Office of the Overseas Chinese Affairs of the PR China to ISA was held at the entrance lobby of the school building on 2 December 2012, 4:30 pm. Hon. Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog, Asst. Regional Director Corazon Brown of DepED, presidents and heads of various civic organizations, Chinese-Filipino schools and guests joined the ISA community to witness the ceremony.
The result of the NCAE administered on 28 September 2011 was released at the end of January. Of the 30 ISAers who took the exam, four got an average of 99+% in English, Math and Science combined; six received 99% rating; four attained 98%; seven were in the range of 90-97%.
Chinese consul general in Cebu Hon. Zhang Weiguo and party visited ISA campus on 23 February, 2:30 pm. The guests were warmly received by the vice-chairman of the ISA Board of Directors Mr. Elpidio Barcarlos, director Mrs. Elizabeth Do, executive director Mr. Peter M. Chan, and ISA faculty and learners.
Grade 5 ISAer, Noel Francis Chua, was the PRISAA Regional Champion in Vocal Solo (elementary category) held in Bacolod City on 14 March. In the division level contest held in November 2011, Noel won first place, thereby qualifying him to represent Iloilo city to compete with the first placers of the different cities and towns in the province of Iloilo in February 2012. And again, his exceptional voice quality and projection must have so impressed the panel of judges for him to receive once more the highest score, thus according him the honor to represent the province and city of Iloilo to compete in the regional grand final.
The annual Math Challenge (MTAP) jointly organized by DepED, Metrobank, and Math Teachers Association of the Philippines has captured its deserved attention in the ISA campus. In the team final last 18 February, ISA's 3rd year team won second place, while both Grades 3 and 5 teams won third place in their respective levels. In the individual competitions on 20 January, 3rd year Kevinn Chan won 1st honor. Two won 2nd honor: 2nd year Deonisius Chiu, Grade 5 Alvin Sy. And, four won third honor: Grade 6 Reine Jaruda, Grade 3 Joelian Dolendo, Grade 2 Neriah Ahhi, and Grade 1 Ashley Sy.
ISA received from Asia Psychological Services and Assessment a plaque and 3 certificates citing four academic grades for placing in the top three among the country’s ninety schools. The four grade levels were: G2, 3rd; G3, 2nd ; G3, 1st ; G5, 3rd .
ISA conducted a 25-day of “Fun-tastic Science Experiments” from 16 April to 19 May. The said summer program ended with a culminating activity at SM City Iloilo on 19 May, where learners were grouped into six and did experiments such as: rapid color changing; elephant toothpaste; electric circuit; slime making; invisible ink; and rising balloon inside a bottle.
The results of the evaluation test on English, Math and Science administered by the Asian Psychological and Assessment Services last 23; 24 February was released early this month. For three consecutive years, all K2 learners, 45 of them this year, are rated highly proficient. The evaluation further shows that more than 90% of the elementary learners have strong foundation in English, Math, and Science. 105, or 92%, of High School learners are highly proficient or proficient in English.
The results of the Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK) in two consecutive years show high school ISAers’ proficiency ranges between Levels 3 (L3) and 5 (L5) based on the HSK standard scale of L1 to L6. Among the 58 high school examinees, 10 Y1 learners failed to reach L3, representing 17% of the total high school HSK takers.
ISAers must not only perform well cademically but in sports as well. In the ongoing Iloilo Schools Sports Association (ISSA) meet, ISAers have shown they can perform exceptionally well in sports too.
ISA held Literary Voices of the Youth on September 13–14 at the gym with this year’s theme: Be seen, be heard: Youth Participation in Development. This year’s Literary Voices was participated in by the selected learners who were qualified during the classroom elimination held two months prior the competition. There were three levels: L1 (G1-G3), L2 (G4-G6), and L3 (High School).
Mens sana in corpore sano, a sound mind in a healthy body. ISA Games was held on 9 November. Learners from G1 to Y4 were divided into 4 teams. Advisers, team leaders together with the members enthusiastically worked together to come up with impressive cheers and yells, and cheer dances.
ISAers and the facilitators celebrated the traditional Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival in the form of dice games at the ISA gym on 28 September.
Brilliant Creations Publishing sponsored a lecture seminar at ISA on 10 November. Together with their cohorts of skilled and ingenuous speakers, they brought with them their dedication and commitment to develop learning solutions for today's youth. Mentors from various public and private schools of Iloilo city and province came and took the challenge of facing greater altitudes of Philippine education.
Octorber 6 eleven am, the ground-breaking ceremony of the Preschool Complex started with the opening remarks of the ISA President, Mr. Vicente Tiu. His message gave particular emphasis on what ISA would be in the next five years. Besides highly praising the achievements attained by ISA in a short-span of nine years, Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog, on his part, pointed out ISA’s strategic location to be an additional selling point for its future development.
At 10 am on October 6, the inauguration of the school building wand the ground breaking of the Preschool Complex, only to hear the roaring sound of the drum matched with the rumbling firecrackers, as held. Dignitaries who graced the occasion were the Chinese Consul General Zhang Weiguo, Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog, Vice Mayor Jose Espinosa III and 6 City Councilors.
ISA’s 9th founding anniversary cultural production ‘Fusion of East and West’ was held at West Visayas State University auditorium in the evening of 6 October. At 7 pm,ISA president Mr. Vicente Tiu, ISA Directors, the school administration, parents and guests filled out all the available 1400 seats. As what have been observed, the audience watched the whole show with great interest and pride.
The integrated math and science team competition organized by the Philippine Institute of Chemical Engineers Iloilo-Chapter was held on 14 September. Representing ISA were seniors Kevinn Friedrich Chan, Joseph Joshua Te, and junior Deonysius Chiu. ISA and Iloilo National High School-Special Science Class placed second and first, respectively.
In mid-September, Rotary International started selecting those who will be city ‘officials’ during in this year’s Boys and Girls Week through written exam and interview. Two representatives from ISA, Kevinn Friedrich Chan and Karll Denzel Lao were both chosen as city councilor and city auditor, respectively. They assume their ‘duty’ on September 24 to 28.
The recently organized ISA elementary and high school basketball teams have their first match during the Iloilo Schools Sports Association (ISSA) meet in August.
ISA highlights Buwan ng Wika for all to reflect on the beauty of Filipino language. ISA’s month long celebration with the theme “Tatag ng Wikang Filipino, Lakas ng Pagka-Pilipino” featured Filipino language through vocal solo, declamation, and oration. The whole exercise culminated in a grand show of various festivals “Kapistahan sa Nayon” held on 31 August.
In the afternoon of 16 August, Vice-Mayor Jose Espinosa III, City Councilors Neilex Tupas, David Raymond Jamora, and Leone Giroche came to ISA for the scheduled Sanggunian Talks, a symposium for discussion of pertinent city ordinances. High School ISAers were all present.
ISA family to celebrates the birthday of its president, Mr. Vicente Tiu, and a surprise one on the occasion of his 70th birthday. ISAers and facilitators lined up along ISA Avenue in the afternoon of 12 September anxiously waiting for the arrival of the celebrator.
Learners were finally able to explore the wonders of knowledge in a cozy reading center when the newly renovated library was officially opened on 16 August. A launching program was held at the ISA gymnasium. It was attended by ISA president, Mr. Vicente Tiu, ISA Directors, Scholastic reading consultants, Ms. Cecile Jacinto and Ms. Tina Calderon, learners, facilitators, and some parents.
ISA requested the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) of Iloilo City to conduct fire drill on 10 July at the ISA campus. Assisted by the fire officers, ISAers, facilitators, and guardians joined the drill on 10 July. The said event gives the learners idea on what to do in case of fire.
ISA Directors and Admin Congratulate
Grace Rebollos Magna Cum Laude Accountancy @ Central Phil. University
Grace L. Rebollos, salutatorian of the batch 2008 (ISA’s pioneer high school graduates), finished the course of B.S. Accountancy Magna Cum Laude at Central Philippine University in March this year. Member s of the ISA Board of Directors and Administration convey their warmest congratulations to Grace, a former consistent outstanding ISAer, and now an outstanding ISA alumna.
Bena Lagunda, a 4th year ISAer conquered the most prestigious award, The Golden Pen Award 2012, by placing first in Essay Writing. While Alyssa Faith Rivero and Pauline Sharry Tiu won the Most Promising Writer title (high school level). Maxine Chan and Joshua David Terania both bagged Most Promising Writer Awards in the 2012 Interschool Journalism Writeshop and Golden Pen Awards (Elementary level) held at Sun Yat Sen High School Gym last July 14-15.
Last 23 June, ISA served as a testing venue for this year’s International Competitions and Assessments for Schools -- Science (ICAS-Sci) for the province and city of Iloilo. Sponsored by the University of New South Wales and the Philippine Board of Studies Foundation Inc., ICAS-Sci is an assessment developed for primary learners to diagnose their skills and abilities in Science. One hundred ten learners from different schools in Iloilo participated in the ICAS-Science this year. Fifteen ISAers of different levels joined the said competition.
Basketball, football, taekwondo, and swimming are the four sports program introduced by the school administration in school year 2012-13. The dribbling, running, kicking, swimming and diving have rendered the physical education classes more exciting.
530 ISAers entered the school premises on June 11, the first day of school year 2012-2013. Among them are 130 new learners, constituting one-fourth of the total population. This figure of 530 is twice that of SY2004-05, ISA’s first year of operation.
Scholastic International launches its Assessment and Enrichment Program in ISA. The program aims to provide a favorable setting for learners to select reading materials, taking into account the comprehension levels and interests of each child. We have reason to believe that we can be closer to ISA’s noble objective of producing more avid readers.
The highlight of the summer photography workshop is a photo exhibit held at SM City entitled “FOCUS… the language of our eyes”. The week-long exhibit opened on 19 May. It mainly features the outputs of the learners who participated in the program.
ISA held its 5th high school and 8th elementary commencement exercises at 3 in the afternoon on 25 March at the ISA gym. Department of Education Region 6 Assistant Director Dr. Corazon Brown graced the occasion on her capacity as the commencement speaker. She was also requested to handover the diploma to both high school and elementary English class graduates of batch 2012.