SPU MANILA SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS WELCOMED

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Parents and Students Attend Orientation

Date: June 27, 2018Posted by: Marionette Martinez

SPU Manila welcomed 1,218 Senior High School students for school year 2018-2019. The student and parents attended an orientation activity on 9 June 2018.

The program, which was held in the Fleur-de-lis Theater, included a welcome address by Sr. Evangeline Anastacio, SPC, University President and a talk on Paulinian values by Sr. Jesusa Taccad, SPC, Vice President for Christian Formation.

Part of Sr. Evangeline’s welcome speech follows:
Your excitement is so palpable I could cut it with a knife and, as the song goes, “put it in my pocket and save it for a rainy day.” But I am sure there is also some fear in you—fear of the unknown. To dispel that fear, let me just tell you a few things about your new school: St. Paul University Manila. This is a Catholic school, which means that we are concerned not just with your excellence in academics but also, and more so, with your formation as children of God. This means we will seek to mold you to be good citizens of the country, good citizens of this world, and good citizens of the next world—heaven.

Today marks your first step at becoming a Paulinian, which means being simple, being Christ-centered, being committed, being all to all. It means regarding everyone with respect, regardless of race, color, or creed. But do not be intimidated. Being a Paulinian also means making friends with fellow students; learning joyfully from competent and caring teachers; engaging in sports; expressing yourself in singing, dancing, acting, writing; making the most of your two years in senior high school before you make the decision to go to college or join the workforce. Being a Paulinian means sharing a tradition with many famous alumni, who have made their mark in government, education, business, the arts—and having the opportunity to reach for the stars and become like them. Being a senior high school Paulinian means being the “bunso” in the large St. Paul Manila Family so be assured that you will be well taken care of (but not spoiled!).

Being a Paulinian means having Christ as your ever-loving God. I invite you to look up at the figure of Christ on the façade of our chapel—and see His outstretched arms reaching out to you. Being a Paulinian also means having me as your mother, and I now also open my arms to you and say, “Welcome to the family! Welcome to your new second home!”

After the orientation program, new students and their parents were given a tour around the campus by student leader volunteers. Among the places they toured were the Chapel of the Crucified Christ, the SPU Museum and Archives, and the college building, with classrooms and learning facilities.