De La Salle Meets the Public School Teachers

With Br. Robert Schieler FSC, General Superior of the Brothers of the Christian Schools, declaring 2019 as the 300thdeath anniversary of St. John Baptist de la Salle, Lasallian schools all over the world have mapped out activities leading to this momentous event.

The Tercentenary Committee of LSGH led by Miss Josefina Burgos, together with the Lasallian Mission Office (LMO,) organized last August 17 the Engkwentro Lasalyano 2018 as kick off activity for the Tercentenary Celebration. Embarking on the mission of the Founder and with the theme “De La Salle Meets the Public School Teachers,” this year’s Engkwentro Lasalyano was made more special because the LSGH community shared it with teacher-partners from almost 20 public schools from Manila and Bulacan.

In his welcome message, Br. Victor A. Franco FSC shared that, “Every child needs a champion. But teachers also need champions – spiritual champions.”With this he took pride in saying St. La Salle, Patron of Teachers, is the teachers’ spiritual champion.

Br. Jose Mari Jimenez FSC, Auxiliary Visitor for Philippines, LEAD, served as resource speaker and discussed the Spirituality of a Filipino Teacher. In his talk, Br. JJ urged the educators to “learn to see [our] students with loving hearts.” In order to do this he reminded the teachers to value themselves in all aspects of life for in so doing, they will be able to see clearly their sense of purpose and source of happiness in the mission they are called to serve.

Addressing the realities faced by teachers in the classroom is the main point of Br. Raymundo Suplido FSC in his talk, “Meeting the Challenges of the 21stCentury Learners.” The DLSU Brother President pointed out that learners today lack concentration, engagement and connection. Despite this challenging reality, Br. Ray enjoined the teachers to create activities that will foster the Intelligence Quotient (IQ), Emotional Quotient (EQ) and Adversity Quotient (AQ) of students.  Furthermore, Br. Ray emphasized the need for the schools to provide “reflective, creative and collaborative spaces”to effect holistic growth and learning among students.

Hosting the event are Mrs. Yky Boncodin and Mr. Amir Austria who added excitement to the occasion by giving away La Salle collectibles to winners of trivia questions about Philippine education and the life of St. La Salle. 

A table fellowship sponsored by the Lasallian Parents Association (LSPA) followed the professional development sessions. During lunch, select students entertained the guests with songs, dance and musical performances. Mrs. Mary Arr Malirong, Filipino coordinator, prepared and read a poem appreciating the unceasing commitment of teachers.

The event was capped with the visit of the teachers to the relic of their Patron Saint, John Baptist de La Salle, at the Chapel of the Divine Child.