BONTOC, Mt. Province- Four schools in the capital town of Mountain Province held Senior High School Festival on December 8, at the MPGCHS with the theme –“Standing together for a better SHS implementation.”
The SHS Festival was participated by Mt. Province General Comprehensive High School (host school), Mt. Province State Polytechnic College, St. Vincent’s High School, and Xigen College of Mt. Province, Incorporated, all of which are located in the capital town of the province.
The Senior High Festival aimed to showcase the different tracks and strands that will be offered in the capital town; thus guiding our incoming Senior High School students in choosing which tracks and strands to take based from their dream careers and which schools to enroll in. Furthermore, the holding of the event hoped to deepen the understanding of our students on the nature of the professions they opt to pursue in the future and to set an example to other schools on how to disseminate or familiarize students, parents, and other stakeholders on matters about SHS.
The learning institutions, which participated in the occasion, shared the tracks and strands they will be offering. The MPGCHS will be offering the strand Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) for Academic track (AC) and Home Economics (HE)- Cookery, Bread and Pastry, Food and Beverage, and Industrial Arts (IA) – Carpentry for Technology Vocational Livelihood (TVL) track. Accountancy and Business Management ( ABM) for Academic track and HE- Bread and Pastry for TVL track will be offered at SVHS while Xigen College will offer ABM, GAS, STEM strands for Academic track and ICT, IA -Automotive Servicing, HE- Cookery, Beauty Care, Hairdressing, and Organic Agriculture for TVL track. The MPSPC- Bontoc (and might include Tadian campus) will be offering ABM, HUMSS, STEM, and GAS for Academic track, ICT, HE (for finalization) for TVL track.
To start the day of the festival, a parade was held around the business district of the town. The Grade 10 students who participated in the parade were in their attire depending on their dream professions. Aside from the guests and mentors who joined the parade, present too were the students from the lower grades, to show their support to their “manongs “and “manangs” who will be the pioneers of SHS. A program ensued at the MPGCHS quadrangle to highlight the occasion. The guests for the occasion included Gloria B. Buya-ao, OIC-SDS, Dorothy L. Chakiwag, EPS-Filipino, Dolores M. Anecang, EPS-Math, from the DepEd. Division Office,Pastor Manuel M. Imatong (Bontoc District Federated PTA President), Mr. Felix Falag-ey Sr. (MPSPC-Bontoc), and Mr. Arthur Santa (SVHS). Though the speakers delivered their speeches individually, they pointed out something in common- that we have to work hand in hand to support the implementation of SHS. The representatives from the other schools in their speeches also advertised the tracks and strands their respective schools will be offering. Intermission numbers, related to students’ dream careers and an inspiring song were performed by prospective students (from MPGCHS and SVHS) for Senior High School.
After the program at the quadrangle, all those in attendance for the occasion were invited to go up to the Sumedca Hall to view the booth exhibits prepared by the students themselves, which included expected outputs of the SHS tracks and strands to be offered, tools, equipment, books, and brochures , all related to the different dream professions of students .
Cresencia N. Fayangkao