Preventing Bullying through Character Seminar

The Z Club of Childink High School, a Zonta International group for high school students whose advocacy is Anti-Violence against Women and Children and other advocacies which includes Anti-Bullying, Preventing Teen Pregnancies and Gender Sensitivity.

The Z Club will be conducting a seminar on Preventing Bullying through Character this July 5, 2014 at 2:00 -5:00 P.M. at the Sacred Heart Center, Social Hall, D. Jakosalem St., Cebu City. This seminar is aimed at educating the students of their responsibility on how to become proactive agents to effectively prevent and respond to bullying.

AYAYAY INDAY BALIKBAYAN contributed by: Maria Cleofe Claridad

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IMG_0302It is one of the BEST times of the year that I always look forward to¦ and that is the SCHOOL PLAY!

It was something different! For the first time, the play entitled, AYAYAY, INDAY BALIKBAYAN used Cebuano/Bisaya on its dialogue, songs and music. This was the thirteenth (13th) school play that Madame Theresa F. Tio had directed.

The students “Preschool, Elementary and High School levels” of Childlink Learning Center and Childlink High School, Inc. showcased their talents by dancing, singing, acting and playing various musical instruments last February 22, 2014 at the USC Cultural Center.

The story revolves around a very simple Cebuana girl with simple dreams named Ibyang (Siew Yee Lieu), who took care of her Lola Nessa (Jodimarie Lloyd Tio). One day, while doing an errand, Ibyang met her childhood classmate, Vino (Vince Guzman) and Vino’s bestfriend Pidru (Spencer Jake Cuenca). Vino fell in love with Ibyang but the feelings could not blossom because Ibyang had to leave for America with her Dad (Paolo Cataluna).

Then, Vino asked for an advice from Lolo Nestor (Alec Yap) and showed him how love should be expressed. Lolo Nestor is Lola Nessa’s love of her life.

As time passed by, Ibyang, who came home to Cebu met again Vino. This time love had flourished.

Ayayay, Inday Balikbayan took us back to several mind-setting values: (1) loving our native place Cebu, its heritage and culture; (2) respecting our parents and elders; (3) demonstrating commitment in flourishing and sustaining a beautiful relationship with one another especially our family; (4) achieving a person’s dreams; and (5) believing simply with life.

I observed the audience clapping their hands every after a performance, laughing on comedic scenes and dialogues and singing along . The participants gave it all their best. AWESOME!

I had so much fun during that night and I am pretty sure, all the rest did!

Ayayay Inday Balikbayan by:Francine Mariel Q. Chua

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The school play for this school year is fast approaching. This year, on February 22, the school will be presenting “Ayayay Inday Balikbayan.” This will be the first time our school will have a Visayan play. This means that the casts’ lines will be rendered in Cebuano dialect which we could expect a lot from this production.

There’s no place like home. There’s no place like Cebu! There is no school play like Ayayay, Inday Balikbayan! Ayayay, Inday Balikbayan makes you fall in love again. It’s all about love for family, love for someone special and love for one’s birth place.
A lot of people expect this play to be a success. In the end, we hope that the cast will be able to pull it off. This is a great chance for us Linkers to show what we can do. Hopefully, this play will be a huge success, because I know that we Linkers can do anything we put our minds into, and show to others that we are flexible and can easily adjust to whatever role we are given.

This play makes us realize the importance of nationalism and how we should not forget our roots. It makes us realize that no matter what place you may go, we always go back to where you came from because there is no place like home.

Looking Forward to 2014: Linkers’ Wishes and New Year’s Resolutions by Sephora Abarintos

I will be more health conscious and spend more time with my kids.
– Shirley Abarintos (mother of Sephora and Jeremiah)

I will be healthy this time.
– Kenji Co (Grade 4)

I wish to have good grades this year.
– RuselleSampang (Grade 1)

To find who I am and who I want to be and stay confident about myself
– Jodimarie Lloyd Tio (4th Year)

I wish that everyone would be happy and have a nice new year.
– YzabellaPagalan (Grade 3)

I want to have world peace.
– Jonathan Ignacio (3rd Year)

I will study and have good grades.
– Jaspreet Singh (Grade 5)

I want to become a better person, and I’m hoping to have good grades.
– Jademarie Lloyd Tio (Grade 7)

I want to be a better person and gain more friends.
– Cindy Marie Alolor (Grade 6)

I wish for world peace.
– AJ (Grade 2 A)

I will be more health conscious.
– Teacher Ge

I will work harder to be a good Linker.
– Nicklolai de Pio (Grade 8)

I wish to have good health, prosperity and peace of mind.
– Sianse Lilian

CLC Z Club Made It to TAYO

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Despite being a young organization, the Zonta Club of Childlink High School Cebu has made it as one of the Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations (TAYO) in the Visayas Region. The Ten Accomplished Youth Organization’s (TAYO) Awards Foundation is an award giving body that recognize and supports the contributions of the youth organizations to the country.

The Childlink Z Club outshone 67 other organizations and made it to the Visayas Area Finals which was held last September 30 to October 1 with their project: The CLC Mobile Library. The CLC Mobile Library, according to the school directress Maria Theresa Tio, is a reading advocacy project aimed to help less fortunate children in the 2 to 5 year-old age group.

The belief that literacy is an important ingredient for success was the foremost reason to initiate this program. November 2012 marked the beginning of the CLC Mobile Library project. Since then, the Z Club which mainly consists of high school students from Childlink, has been holding reading sessions with daycare centers found in the different barangays of Cebu City with low literacy rates such as Inayawan, Pardo and Ermita. During the reading sessions, the Z Club members hold a puppet caravan with the theme “Peace in the Home”. This is followed by a hands-on activity that the high school students and the children do together, and then by a feeding program. Aside from the daycare center children, their teachers and parents are also present.

Funds for the CLC Mobile library are taken from the Drop-A-Coin project which is set to launch at the beginning of every school year. Each student saves around 200 pesos to buy books for donation, the rest they keep for themselves. “It teaches us how to save not only for ourselves but to save for others,” said Z Club President Jodimarie Tio.

“I’m really proud that we made it this far,” said Z Club President Jodimarie Tio “I would have wanted to continue to the national finals, but we’re a young organization there’s no need to rush. We do this to help others; being recognized was just plus points. We have a lot we still can and have to do.”

WHAT OUR ALUMNI SAY ABOUT CHILDLINK?

Erika Danielle Olan
Batch 2011-2012

Childlink has built and shaped many aspects of my character. It did not only teach me academically, but it also instilled in me good values and skills, such as the value of education, leadership, integrity, responsibility and discipline, respect, perseverance, service, creativity, hard work, being people-oriented, and the importance of staying true to who you are. Furthermore, my years of participation in the annual school plays, student council, editorial staff, music jams, choir, the dance troupe, the teenpreneur challenges, and all the other school activities has really developed my skills and built my confidence and belief in myself. Most of all, I learned the true meaning of friendship and camaraderie. Everyone was like family to me. As the saying goes, “Some things stay gold forever.” Childlink has been, and always will be, a second home, no matter what.

Fadhli Bhatkal
Batch 2011-2012

CLC taught me how to be a God fearing, respectful, and knowledgeable individual. Childlink taught me multiple skills and also instilled in me good principles that would be useful to me in the future. Childlink is not an ordinary school, in Childlink you learn the true meaning of respect and friendship. The faculty and students are one big happy family.

Reinart Justin Bacalso
Batch 2012-2013

I learned a lot of things in Childlink, considering I was there all my life until last year. I learned how to work hard in everything I do. I also learned the values of leadership, how important it is, and how to apply it correctly. But I believe the most important thing I learned, is the value of friendship and family. Childlink is a family. And because of this family, the family I have in Childlink, I learned to value the people around me more.

Caryssa Therese Versoza
Batch 2012-2013

In Childlink, I’ve learned the value of education, hardwork, perseverance, and most of all friendship. The factors of hardwork and perseverance doesn’t only make me strive to settle for good but also for the best. Childlink’s holistic environment made me bond with my family and peers more. It also made me interact with other people easily. I refer to it as my second home for it has honed most of the values I believe in.

Christopher Millan
Batch 2012-2013

Childlink molded me to become a good individual and a good citizen of this country. I also learned that even if we don’t have the same blood line we can still be one family.

WELCOME

Dear Students, Teachers, and Parents,

Welcome to another school year! It is with great joy to see you again and to work with you for the entire school year 2013-2014. This year marks our 16th year as an institution and has always been our tradition, every year will always bring new and exciting things to look forward to for the school year.

This school year’s theme, Linkers: Advocates of Peace and Good Citizenship is our guiding principle in putting all our efforts into our teaching and our activities in the hope that each Linker will truly be the agent of peace and be the future leader in each of their homes, community, and the country. This can be made possible with each one’s cooperation and support.

Let me share with you this short thought,

Together We Can

. . . achieve greater results
. . . break down barriers
. . . promote positive reinforcement
. . . discover the perfect solution
. . . bring excitement to everyday
. . . make an impact in the community
. . . educate one another
. . . help those in need
. . . make a difference

Through teamwork, all things are possible.

To everyone, let’s all enjoy the school year!

Always,

Teacher Tess

Entrepreneurship as a way of Fostering Personal Growth

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“One of the things that occurs when you grow in size is you lose a bit of your entrepreneurship and innovation. We wanted to try to get some of that back.”
Mark Woodward
Entrepreneurship has now become one of the most popular topic in the world of business and education. What exactly is Entrepreneurship? Entrepreneurship as defined in most resources is innovation, a change in the process of doing things and converting ideas to marketable goods and services. The goal of innovation is positive change, to make someone or something better.
Education plays an important role in developing the Entrepreneurs of the Future because of the constantly changing needs of the times. The Childlink Youth Entrepreneur Development Program works on the premise that the foundation to developing future entrepreneurs is developing the values and drawing out the creativity of each child that will set them apart from the average individual.
The school adopts the 10 Important Qualities that a successful entrepreneur must possess because inculcating the values is the most important building block to developing the young entrepreneur. These qualities adopted by the school were written by Josephine C. Bernardino.
1. Honorable
* Has integrity, is upright, is courageous, acts on convictions
* Does not adopt “ an end justify the means” philosophy that ignores principles
2. Keeper of Promise
* Worthy of trust
* Fulfills commitments and abides by what is agreed upon
3. Caring
* Kind and compassionate
* Shares and serves others, helps those who are in need
4. Responsible Citizen
* Obeys laws, exercises all democratic rights and privileges
* Socially conscious, public servant
5. Accountable
* Accepts the responsibility for decisions and consequences of actions
* Sets the examples for others
6. Pursues Excellence
* Develops and maintains a high degree of competence
* Diligent, reliable, industrious
7. Respectful
* Courteous, prompt, and decent
* Demonstrates respect for human dignity, privacy, and the right to self-determination of all people
8. Fair
* Open-minded and willing to admit own mistakes
* Does not take undue advantage of another’s mistakes or adversities
9. Loyal
* Faithful to family, friends and to the people in the community
10. Honest
* Truthful and sincere
* Does not cheat, steal, lie or act deviously
The process of teaching these values is a long term process. It is for this reason that every effort should be done to maximize every opportunity for developing a good partnership between the home and the community to help ensure a standard of positive development for each child.

How is Creativity Developed?

Here is an illustration of creativity as taken from an excerpt from the Little Prince by Antoine de Saint Exupery

In the book it said: “Boa constrictors swallow their prey whole, without chewing. Afterward they are no longer able to move, and they sleep during the six months of their digestion.”
In those days I thought a lot about jungle adventures and eventually managed to make my first drawing, using a colored pencil. My drawing Number One looked like this:

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I showed the grown ups my masterpiece, and I asked them if my drawing scared them. They answered, “Why be scared of a hat!” My drawing was not a picture of a hat. It was a picture of a boa constrictor digesting an elephant. Then I drew the inside of the boa constrictor so the grown ups could understand. They always need explanations.
The grown ups advised me to put away my drawings of boa constrictors, outside or inside, and apply myself to geography, history, arithmetic, and grammar. That is why I abandoned, at the age of six, a magnificent career as an artist. Grown ups never understand anything by themselves, and it is exhausting for children to provide explanations over and over again.

Creativity is innate and it can be developed by careful planning through education. It is necessary that parents and teachers provide healthy conditions at home and in the school. This would enable children to express themselves and contribute something new for the society.
* Freedom to Respond: Children generally respond to teachers in a usual and routine manner. Parents and teachers should encourage children to respond in their own way. They may be allowed to say what they would like to say. This would lead to creativity. If there is problem in the class, let every child respond in his own way. The teacher should keep in view that every child has a contribution to make. Allow them to think in various directions and express their creativity.
* Satisfy the “Ego” of the Child: All of us have a “self ego”. We want to be recognized by others. This “ego” is all the more stronger at the childhood stage. We as parents and teachers should try to provide opportunities to satisfy it.
* Encourage Original Ideas: If we find that a child achieved his original ideas about a particular aspect of life, we should encourage it. Constant submission to facts suppresses the originality of the child. It has been correctly said “Uniformity is the enemy of originality”.
* Remove Hesitation and Fear: Most of the times children are kept under strict control. They fear their parents and are afraid of speaking their mind. This kills the initiative of the child. Originality is only possible when we give enough freedom to children to express their own views.
* Provide Suitable Atmosphere: The watchwords for the provision of this type of atmosphere are: Sympathy, liberty and proper provision of co-curricular activities in the school.
* Developing Special Habits: Children require special habits to be creative. These habits are hard work, persistent effort, self-reliance, and self confidence.
* Let the Children Meet Creativity: Give the children the opportunity to explore and try new things without being very critical.

Ability to Pay Attention May Predict College Success, Study Says By: Julie Rasicot

Could learning how to pay attention be more important to success in school than academic performance?
That seems to be the conclusion of a new study from researchers at Oregon State University which suggests that kids who pay attention and persist with a task have a 50 percent better chance of completing college.
The study, published online last August 9, 2012 in Early Childhood Research Quarterly, asked the parents of 430 preschoolers to rate their kids’ abilities to pay attention, follow directions and complete tasks. The kids were then assessed at age 7 on their reading and math abilities, and again at age 21.
The researchers discovered that “children who were rated higher by their parents on attention span and persistence at age 4 had nearly 50 percent greater odds of getting a bachelor’s degree by age 25,” a university news release said.
“Our study shows that the biggest predictor of college completion wasn’t math or reading skills, but whether or not” kids were “able to pay attention and finish tasks at age 4,” early child development researcher and lead study author Megan McClelland said in the release.
The researchers stress that the good news is that these behavioral skills can be taught, so parents have another way to help their kids be successful in school.