My school, Saint Louis University-Laboratory High School (SLU-LHS), also my second home, is formerly an exclusive school for the boys when it was first established. It became a co-ed school in the early 2000’s in order to increase the dwindling enrolment of the school by accepting girls into its fold.
When I graduated in elementary, particularly at Saint Louis University-Laboratory Elementary School, I felt that I was not yet ready and prepared to face the next chapter of my life, my high school life. I felt scared that maybe life would be very different when I reach high school.
My first day at SLU-LHS was full of mixed emotions. On one hand, I was nervous because I’ll be going into a new school everyday and I haven’t seen my best friends for a quite some time. I was worried, too, that maybe they have already put me into oblivion since we weren’t in touch during the summer vacation then. On the other hand, I was excited to meet new faces in our school. I was very excited to know my section and who would be my classmates.
Three years have passed since my freshman year, and I am now a junior student of this school. Whew, how time flew so quickly! I have experienced a lot in my three years here in high school. Another year to hurdle high school life and presto! I would be stepping another chapter of my life.
What I like about our school is the varied activities that we celebrate that promote the four core values of our school such as:
- Celebration of the first Friday mass every first Friday of the month.
- Annual recollections that helps us contemplate on our lives and in the process helped in improving ourselves.
- Celebration of Buwan ng Wika in August where a day is devoted to wearing of the Filipiniana attire and during our Filipino class, we hold a small salo-salo or what we call ‘kapistahan’ inside our classroom.
- Celebration of the Math and Science Month in September where we have different quiz bees. The part that I like the most is the jingle competition. In my freshman year, I joined in a group that eventually won. In my third year, unfortunately our group did not win. Though we didn’t win, at least we did our best. Another thing is, for us, nothing was lost or wasted because we enjoyed our practices and for us, we will always be champions.
- Celebration of the Mission month in the month of October, LHS being a Catholic school. During the month of October, we pray one mystery of the rosary everyday.
- Another event that is being celebrated by our school is the Intramurals. I think that this is the most awaited and the biggest event in our school because it lasts for more than two weeks. It promotes the four core values of our school which is creativity, competence, socially involvement and Christian spirit. During the past years, we followed the unitized system where the different year levels are grouped together to form a team. This year, we made our cheering competition per batch. I think that the unitized system is fun because we can see the unity of the different year levels but I like the ‘per batch system‘ more because we can really see the teamwork of each team and we also have our own class teams.
- Come December, there are lots of activities in our school. We have different programs in our school like Sayawit. It’s much like a cheering competition. We also wear costumes and props, the only difference is that we sing Christmas songs. We started this event last year and it was a success so we’ll be doing this again for the next years to come. What I’m waiting for every year is our Christmas vacation because this is the happiest time of my life the whole year.
- A new event that was launched by our school is the Talent Festival. This event gives us a chance to showcase our talents.
- In February, we celebrate Family Day. These past years, this occasion has been very memorable. In the morning, we have a short mass and then, we’re free to roam around the campus. There are different booths organized by our clubs. In the afternoon, we watch a show or a play in the covered court. This event is really fun because we get to do whatever we want and there are fun booths around the campus.
These are what makes my high school life wonderful, the different fun activities and events held in our school. These help us nurture our talents and helps us to grow and become better individuals. Through these activities, we can put into action the four core values of creativity, competence, socially involvement and Christian spirit.
I soon realized that high school isn’t something to be worried about. It is something to be remembered, to be loved and to be treasured because everyday of our life is important. It is filled with wonderful surprises. High school isn’t just about academics: calculations, memorizations, examinations and all. Problems and challenges are given to us to make us learn and make us better and stronger persons and that is what high school taught me. High school taught me how to love. It taught me how to love my life, my family, my friends and everything more. During my three years in high school, I experienced sadness and I often encounter tough problems but I also experienced great happiness. All these, I have experienced in SLU-LHS, my home, my school. 🙂