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Now, more than ever…Thank You!
You teach, motivate, guide, and inspire.
Despite challenges, you are always ready to encourage with a smile.
You are wonderful and we are grateful for YOU!
Happy Teachers Day to all the Wonderful Brent Teachers!
Congratulations to the officers of this school year’s Executive Council for the successful Council Leader’s Workshop held September 25. The workshop was attended by all student council members. They planned activities and discussed responsibilities and qualities of good leaders. Also, they pitched activities for events that will allow their fellow batchmates to have bonding experiences while online.
The Executive Council officers led the leader’s workshop successfully, and did a wonderful job with their recent presentation “Guide to Survive High School” in an Upper School assembly.
What we see now in our student leaders gives us hope for the future. Keep up the good work, Lions! Now, go lead and set a good example for your fellow students as how Bishop Brent taught you to lead…
- “If we would be great, we must submit to the test of greatness. It consists in doing small things greatly.” (Sermon, Epiphany I, 1919) – Bishop Charles Henry Brent
- “Privilege is a call to responsibility. If the call be unheeded, privilege becomes a destroying angel; if heeded, a crown of joy.” [The Inspiration of Responsibility, 1915, p6] – Bishop Charles Henry Brent
September 24, 2021
Dear Brent Families,
The Philippines government recently announced approval for a face-to-face pilot program proposed by the Department of Education. This has naturally led to many questions about whether Brent International School Manila will be participating. The pilot is still in the process of being finalized, but given this is such a high interest topic, let me provide a bullet point summary of what is currently known.
- Brent is continuing to communicate directly with the Department of Education through the Regional Director for Calabarzon, and we have requested to be considered for any programs implementing face-to-face classes.
- DepEd is still finalizing the official list of participating schools.
- Our region, Calabarzon, currently has only 5 remote schools that would qualify as low risk areas, and none of those are in Laguna.
- The few schools that qualify must receive a written waiver from parents and permission from local government units for the pilot to push through.
- Only Kindergarten to Grade 3 and vocational students from senior high schools would be included.
- Any classes conducted would be only every other week, and be limited to 3-4 hours a day.
The above points are still subject to change, especially considering that joint guidelines of the Department of Education and the Department of Health have not been finalized and no start date has been given. The points represent, though, our most current information.
Brent has implemented all the known health and safety standards expected for face-to-face instruction including: personal protective equipment, sanitation, detection and referral, ventilation, contact tracing, quarantine, coordination, and contingency measures. Unfortunately, we cannot change the risk level of the region in which we reside.
Regardless of its limited scope, the approved pilot program is a positive indicator that the country as a whole is beginning to look toward opening schools in the future. We are eager to have our students back in classrooms, and we will continue working with the government to make that a reality.
Whenever the opportunity is given we will carefully assess all guidelines and the potential impacts they may have on both our students’ health and education. This will include input from our families. We plan to send a survey regarding your comfort level in sending your children back to school after clear guidelines for our return to classes have been established by the governing authorities.
In the meantime, we are proud to continue delivering a quality online program, and we remain hopeful for the future. God bless you all.
Eat healthy, get plenty of sleep, join a club, and don’t let assignments pile up!
These are just some activities that will make you feel happier with school life.
But most importantly, continue to cultivate a positive mindset!
Remember that positive thinking will get you everywhere.
Believe in yourself, persevere and stay motivated. You’ve got this!
All your hard work will pay off. Make the most of this school year.
It’s going to be a great year!
Dear Brent Families,
The school year is well underway, and I want to let the community know that our teachers are continuing to work on refining the quality of our online program while also planning for the future. In addition to the course work, clubs, plays and Christmas shows already in the works, I have enjoyed seeing your children in our chapel assemblies.
The delta variant may have set back the timeline for when we return in person, but as vaccine availability increases, we look to the future with the hopeful anticipation of seeing our students face-to-face. Keeping children safe once in-person classes resume will be a multilayered approach.
- Our own employees are now about 73% vaccinated, and we hope to be 90-100% in October.
- In addition to vaccinating employees, our air filtration and circulation system has been updated to limit the spread of the virus.
- Another layer of protection is provided by our clinic. Our doctors and nursing staff monitor employee health as well as regional hot spots.
- We also have isolation and testing facilities to manage those with symptoms or exposure.
- Regular sanitation by our janitorial staff provides protection as does social distancing measures and masks.
- Of course personal hygiene practices also contribute to the safety of the whole community.
Once government mandates allow a return to campus, there will be other safety measures to be determined based on the current context. Transportation guidelines and classroom capacity among other issues will be further assessed, but rest assured at the moment we have already established a wide variety of safety nets in anticipation of our students’ return, and we will continue to review and adjust as circumstances require.
In the meantime, our focus is on delivering a quality online program that will prepare our students for the future academically, socially, emotionally and spiritually. Take care and God bless you all.
Lions, it’s the first two weeks of school and you’re doing great! In these challenging and uncertain times, you are off to a great start trying your best to cope and stay positive while online learning.
As a PRIDE, let’s remain committed to “Abound in Hope” and embrace this school year full of joy, hope, and positivity. By God’s grace, let us strive to be that messenger of hope, joy, and peace to people around us.
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.”
– Romans 15:13
Congratulations to Brent Dance Troupe member Sophia Carmela Cron (gr. 11) for winning top awards at two international dance competitions. Sophia won the Platinum Award at the Cambodia Dance Challenge- International Online Competition held June 26, 2021. She also won the Gold Award at the Hong Kong Challenge Cup Dance Competition – International Division Contemporary Dance for the (16-19 yrs old) category July 25, 2021. Well done, Lion!
Welcome Back, Lions!
It’s a new beginning, a fresh, bright year.
Have the best school year ever, Lions!
It’s going to be another incredible and productive school year!