JOY: A Childlink Musical

by: Alcyone L. Torrecampo, Grade 8

According to Oscar Wilde,

“I regard the theatre as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being.”

The recent musical that the Linkers had, Joy was truly an art rendered in all its forms because through this musical, we were able to share to our own community the different meaning of happiness and how happiness can be achieved in our daily dealings with others.

The weeks of practices had worked splendidly. Linkers with their teachers collaborated to form this play that we have worked hard on. Each grade that was paired had different dances and songs that each tell different lessons and stories.

The play was presented last March 16, 2019 at  the University of San Carlos Cultural Center. The songs and dances that were rendered were a flashback from the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and the recent ones.  It was such a wonderful feeling getting to know the good old songs and get to dance the way they used to be danced before. The most memorable part of the play was the Rondalla’s version of the  Bohemian Rhapsody, Everybody Wants to Rule the World that was sang by Beau Cataluňa, and I Got a Feeling performed by Palm Antonette Quiban, Eugenie Villamor, Beau Cataluňa, and Daniel Fong.

Having a school play helps the Linkers in developing and improving their talent.  New talents were discovered which I believe will help each one have the confidence and the courage to take on more challenges in our future undertakings. Not to mention, the school play also brings so much fun and happiness to us and to our families too.

Joy, the Childlink Musical has allowed us to do what makes us happy and helped us be who we are and be happy for the people we love. Even if there are those students who  were not meant to dance, sing, or act, each student in Childlink are given God given gifts so that we become a blessing to others.

AMID PUSH FOR STEM EDUCATION, ARTS INSTRUCTORS STRESS VALUE OF THEATER

As schools continue to expand Science, Technology, Engineering and Math opportunities, theater programs are proving beneficial in fostering soft skills and enhancing academics.

At Bayfield High School in Colorado, the after-school theater program is a collaborative affair. Teachers get involved, parents chip in for costumes, and students commit to working, after the final bell, on its two shows a year.

The program’s director, Sarah Ripley — who also teaches Special Education at Bayfield Middle School — has 41 students participating this year in the school’s production of “Matilda” — a huge leap from the original 12 signups she got previously, mostly by persuading them during lunch periods, she said.

And that increased enthusiasm is rewarded. Everyone who signs up gets a role in the school’s production — whether it’s as a chorus member or a set designer — and Ripley’s watched the transformation students have undergone over the past two years.

“They walk away with a newfound confidence, presentation skills, vocal skills, and they find relationships that last for life,” Ripley told Education Dive. “They walk with their head higher.”

Some of what students walk away with is not just academic abilities, but also a new understanding of themselves. In just two years, Ripley has seen students at Bayfield High School, who were recruited to help with the school’s first play, grow into confident, young adults. And in doing so, they’ve helped steer the program and bring younger peers into the wings — or onstage.

“The original 12 are now leaders,” Ripley told Education Dive. “It’s cool to see the evolution of a shy kid as they become a senior member leading 40 other kids. It’s an incredible experience, too, for me.”

A PATHWAY TO DEVELOPING SOFT SKILLS

Julie Cohen Theobald, executive director of the International Educational Theatre Association (EdTA) believes that, without a doubt, theater equips students with skills that are easily transferable to a future outside the classroom. She notes that theater itself — even just the construct of putting on a play and having other people depend on your participation — pushes students to handle details like deadlines that can’t be missed and hold themselves accountable.

“There is also a focus on creativity and risk-taking,” Theobald told Education Dive. “It’s such an important skill for 21st-century students to have — to be able to jump in and take risks.”

Rejection, while not enjoyable, is almost inevitable for anyone pursuing a career in theater. But as students learn to handle rejection, they also uncover a sense of resilience, determination and a desire to challenge themselves to continue to stick with it until they achieve their goals.

Theobald agreed that employers, herself included, often look for the four C’s: Critical thinking, Communication, Collaboration and Creativity, all of which are also needed to successfully put on a play.

“Collaboration and creativity are some of the most important things I look for when I interview people for jobs,” she said.

DESPITE STRESSING STEM EDUCATION, THEATER STILL A PRIORITY

Even in an era when Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) programs are being lauded and encouraged among students, theater programs are still championed by many districts and schools.

Students who participate in theater can gain a number of soft skills — communication, listening skills and self-confidence, to name just a few — which can’t be easily measured by standardized tests and yet play crucial roles in how graduates may fare when they enter the workforce. Most students who participate in are in middle and high school, as just 4% of elementary schools have theater programs, Theobald told Education Dive.

Whether it’s through a required or elective program offered during the school day, an after-school club like that at Bayfield High School, or through an English class where students act out scenes as they read a play aloud, those who have exposure to theater arts can elevate not only their academic performance, but also their social-emotional skills.

This is key for when students eventually leave school and start a future career in any field, as skills developed in the theater, such as teamwork and self-reflection, are among those employers are seeking in prospective applicants. And, according to a 2018 job outlook survey, while these skills are desirable in potential employees, only about 42% of employers rated recent college graduates as competent in work ethic and professionalism.

Source:
https://www.educationdive.com/news/amid-push-for-stem-education-arts-instructors-stress-value-of-theater/547511/

WINNERS OF THE MUSIC VIDEO CHALLENGE

(Feb 18 – March 1, 2019)

  • Most # of Wow/ Reacts: TEAM DOG
  • Most # of Shares: TEAM DOG

Team Dog's Music Video Challenge"That Feeling is Happy" by Jhirlymarie Tio and Palm Antonette QuibanPlease use the wow reaction! And share!

Posted by Jhirlymarie Tio on Friday, March 1, 2019

JHKH

  • Best Music Video: TEAM BEAR

Definitely not the best and very rushed but it was all worth it P.S. Sorry for watermark…Title: Happiness in a BoxBy: Team Bear

Posted by Rehsia-Theryz Barte Gadrinab on Friday, March 1, 2019

 

CONGRATULATIONS!

WINNERS OF THE POEM CHALLENGE

(Feb. 11-16, 2019)

  • Most Shared Poem: TEAM DOG

    JOY IN EVERYONE’S HEARTS

    Some call it a feeling,
    And emotion that subsides
    In a person’s heart and person’s mind 
    That tingles with joy in the inside.

    Like mother’s sweet kisses
    Or dad’s inspiring stories,
    The answer to all the wishes
    Of life’s gifts and glories.

    Happiness can be shared
    By giving love to the people you care;
    It all emits a moment of peace
    pushing away the hate and ferocities.

    We should never stop believing,
    For without love we would bare,
    When there is joy in everyone’s hearts,
    We all got that time to spare

  • Most # of Wow/ Reacts: TEAM BEAR
  • Best Poem: TEAM BEAR

WINNERS OF THE SOCIAL MEDIA CHALLENGE WEEK 3

“The Different Faces of Joy in the Community”
(Feb. 4-9, 2019)

INSTAGRAM CHALLENGE

  • Most # of Posts: TEAM DOG
  • Most # of Hearts and Best Picture: TEAM DOG
Photo posted by Jhirlymarie Lloyd Tio, Grade 8

 

 

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FACEBOOK CHALLENGE

  • Most # of Posts: TEAM LION and TEAM DOLPHIN
  • Most # of Wow/ Reacts: TEAM DOG
Photo posted by Renzo Isaiah Bernabe, Grade 3
  • Best Picture: TEAM DOLPHIN
Photo posted by Xavier Lucas Hang, Grade 2

 

WINNERS OF THE SOCIAL MEDIA CHALLENGE WEEK 2

“The Different Faces of Joy at Home”
(Jan. 28 – Feb. 2, 2019)

INSTAGRAM CHALLENGE

  • Most # of Posts: TEAM LION, TEAM BEAR, and TEAM DOG
  • Most # of Hearts: TEAM DOG
Photo posted by Rheema Alesna, Grade 2
  • Best Picture: TEAM LION
Photo posted by Katrina Chua, Grade 8

 F

FACEBOOK CHALLENGE

  • Most # of Posts: TEAM DOG
  • Most # of Wow/ Reacts: TEAM DOG
Photo posted by Renzo Isaiah Bernabe, Grade 3
  • Best Picture: TEAM LION
Photo posted by Jademarie Tio, Grade 12

WINNERS OF THE SOCIAL MEDIA CHALLENGE WEEK 1

“The Different Faces of Joy in School”
(Jan. 21-26, 2019)

INSTAGRAM CHALLENGE

  • Most # of Posts: TEAM LION and TEAM BEAR
  • Most # of Hearts: TEAM LION

    Photo posted by Katrina Chua, Grade 8
  • Best Picture: TEAM LION

    Photo posted by Jade Tio, Grade 12

 

FACEBOOK CHALLENGE

  • Most # of Posts: TEAM DOG and TEAM DOLPHIN
  • Most # of Wow/ Reacts: TEAM DOG
    Photo posted by Renzo Isaiah Bernabe, Grade 3
    • Best Picture: TEAM DOG
    Photo posted by Teacher Michelle Marapo, Grade 2 Adviser

     

Childlink Celebrates Family Day 2018

Childlink Learning Center celebrates their annual Family Day bearing this year’s Let’s Go Latino theme— “Linkers: Energized, Empowered, Emboldened” held at SM Seaside Cebu City.

This year, Childlink’s aim is to highlight 4 core values that all students should possess: empathy, self-control, integrity, and embracing diversity.

“We highly emphasized these 4 values intended for the students for them to realize the importance of these and eventually embody the spirit of grit,” Childlink Learning Center Directress Theresa Tio said.

To fully represent the student’s morals, Linkers were divided into separate teams and used 4 animals that metaphorically imitate the core values.

Bear represents empathy, lion for self-control, dog for integrity, and dolphin for embracing diversity.

One of the main highlight in the event was when the students showcased their grooving talents through Team Cheering and dancing of Latin themed music.

“I believe that encouraging students to practice their learned values will eventually aid them to surpass challenges both being an individual and as a student,” Dir. Tio added.

To further practice these ideals; Linkers extend their helping hands to the community through constant community extension services such as organizing puppet shows that teaches their chosen beneficiaries the proper way of handwashing and brushing of teeth.

Also, Childlink never stops to extend their helping hands to communities in sharing their knowledge towards the betterment of their chosen beneficiaries.

The event ended with Linkers showing genuine sportsmanship, wisdom, and epitomizing the 4 values which will serve as their foundation to always become the best version of themselves morally, spiritually, and mentally.

https://cebudailynews.inquirer.net/200771/childlink-celebrates-family-day-2018#ixzz5W2JN5FLM 

#There’s Joy in Life: A Project for Children in Conflict with the Law

In a report by the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Council, there are over 11,000 Filipino children in conflict with the law.  From this number, most of them are accounted from the National Capital Region and the Western and Central Visayas where Cebu belongs.  “These children lost their way because their community or family did not guide them,” said Social Welfare Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman. “We ask your support in recognizing the rights of these children to be children.”

Last September 21, 2018, in celebration of the International Day of Peace, the Z Club of Childlink High School Cebu visited the My Home in Consolacion Cebu for their project  #There’s Joy in Life.  My Home is a rehabilitation center for children 15 years and below who are in conflict with the law.  Common offense range from theft and gangsterism which can give children access to alcohol and drugs.

Z Club members  recognize the needs of these children, them being of about the same age as these children in the rehabilitation centers.  The project #There’s Joy in Life offers hope to children in the rehabilitation centers that there are children of their age who cares.  The activities done in this project includes understanding good values, values redirection and team building workshops.  Children in the center were given chances to explore their interests so that they will realize that they have potentials and talents which they can use in the future. A music workshop was done where the children in the center and the Z club members put in their thoughts to come up with the lyrics of the song then an actual song was made which they performed during the presentation of output.  An entrepreneurial activity was also taught by the Z Club  members which was the making of rags, placemats, coasters, etc. made from old shirts.

This activity, though short it may be, seeks to bring hope and joy to the children whom they have worked with.  The club seeks to organize other sessions for the My Home to be able to reach out to more children.

 

Healthy Habits: A Puppet Show that Teaches Proper Handwashing and Toothbrushing

Reading advocacy has always been the primary advocacy  of the Z Club of Childlink Cebu since this club was formally organized.  In support of Zonta Club of Cebu II, Read Aloud Program at the Rizal Public Library, the Z club members performed a puppet show for young school children aged 4-5 years old last September 26, 2018.  The puppet show taught and reinforced to young children the importance of proper handwashing and toothbrushing.