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ECAF Conducts Circumcision and Dental Mission


A team composed of 3 Medical Doctors, 6 Dentists and 2 Dental Hygienists, 14 Nurses and 8 student nurses volunteered in this year’s circumcision and dental mission held on March 29, 2014 at the Nursing Laboratory of Easter College. The roster of volunteers was well-participated by alumni of Easter. This annual activity by the Easter College Alumni Foundation (ECAF) was made possible in partnership with the Easter College Elementary PTA (Parent-Teachers Association) and the Department of Nursing. A total of 56 circumcisions and 10 dental cases were accomplished in the half-day activity. Another mission is scheduled after the observance of the Holy Week so as to accommodate those who would like to avail of the free services and medicines of the mission.

The circumcision-dental mission is the second activity held by the ECAF for this year. The first one was the Concert for a cause held during the Charter Day celebration of Easter last February, which was spearheaded by the High School Batch of 1978. Proceeds of the concert will be used in the completion of the perimeter fencing of the campus.

Another activity to look forward to in celebration of Easter’s Foundation Anniversary is the Alumni Jam Night on Easter Sunday. The annual alumni gathering will highlight a Darts Tournament, and a night of music. Everybody is invited to participate in ECAF activities, and also encouraged to donate for the success of the activities of the Foundation.

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Pre-valentine Bazaar


Pre-valentine bazaarMushrooming Stalls.  A total of 43 stall spaces were rented out by the school for entrepreneurs to display their products for sale during this week’s Charter Anniversary that will last from February 3- February 8.  A series of activities are also lined up to showcase student talents, such as the grand finals for Easter’s talent search, Talent mo, Pakita mo, Academic competition to be participated in by different schools from the city, coronation of Mr. and Ms. Easterite, final judging of the landscape competition, and open-house of the different departments. The week-long activity will culminate with a Thanksgiving Mass on February 7, and Employees’ Day on February 8, 2014.

Service Learning: The Easter College Experience


BACKGROUND:

Learning through service is the heart of service-learning (S-L), a methodology in teaching that Easter College adopted starting school year 2012-2013. With the technical and financial support from Silliman University through the initiative of Dr. Christopher Ablan, coordinator of the United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia (UBCHEA), the Teacher Education Department initialized the practice of service learning in 3 subjects. Service learning as an approach to teaching incorporates service as a requirement for students in their classes where they can apply and share their classroom learning to an identified community in different forms of services, including, but not limited to, information dissemination, conduct of trainings, and clean-up drives.

ACTIVITIES:

The pilot project for service-learning was conducted on the first semester of school year 2012-2013 by the Ecology class focusing on “Solid Waste Management”. The class decided to conduct a study on the solid waste management practices of the school’s partner barangay, West Quirino Hill. The objective of the study is to come up with recommendations for the barangay based on the results of the study. Upon processing the data, the students, together with their teacher and service-learning coordinator, went back to the barangay to present the results of the survey and to give their recommendations as to how the solid waste management practices of the residents can be further improved. A copy of the study was also handed over to the barangay officials for their file.

On the following semester, the S-L activities were carried out in two topics: Sources of River Pollution for Natural Science 1 subject and Air purifying plants for the NSTP subjects. The Natural Science class chose Riverside creek as their community for S-L. This area was identified since it is nearby the school and river pollution was noticeable. The students coordinated with two barangays, Guisad and Pinsao Pilot, for their project to install garbage cans and signboards along the pathways of the creek to avoid trash from being directly thrown into the river.

The NSTP 2 class, on the other hand, conducted an experiment on the effect of NASA’s list of air purifying plants. The class identified classrooms and comfort rooms in the College building that has foul or musty smell and placed plants inside the rooms. The students monitored if there was any improvement in the smell by observing the smell before the windows are opened in the morning, an activity they did everyday for two weeks. After establishing the affectivity of the experiment, the class produced a primer containing the pictures and descriptions of NASA’s air purifying plants and went to the partner barangay to present their findings and to disseminate information to the residents through the barangay officials.

During the summer term, S-L was again implemented in the NSTP 2 class. This time, aside from producing a primer on the topic, the students conducted an information dissemination to Easter College’s canteen concessionaires them a seminar on proper food handling.

EVALUATION:

To know the impact of the activity, students are asked to submit their reflections on each of their activities. This is to assess their learning experiences inside and outside the classroom. Each activity also requires the students to evaluate themselves in different areas: their roles/contributions to the activity, what they learned from the activity, and how they transferred classroom learning to the activity. The teacher also keeps an evaluation tool to assess students’ performance when they are exposed to the community.

The reflections and evaluation of the students s reveal that some of them have started applying what they learned in their own homes and sharing the information whenever they have the opportunity.

CHALLENGES: 

Being a new experience for the teachers implementing S-L, challenges were experienced during the implementation of the projects. On the part of the teacher, the following were encountered: to come up with activities applicable to the barangay, to motivate student in community activities, aside from the corresponding grades for the activity, and to encourage community participation.

So far, the Easter experience, while experimental at this stage, has proved to be both an enriching experience for both the teachers and the learners. For the teacher who was challenged to go beyond what the course syllabi dictates and still include another plan of activities for S-L. For the students, they have learned to apply the concepts they learn in class to a bigger community.

Takbo mo, kaligtasan ko


"Takbo mo, kaligtasan ko:" an expression of solidarity among Easterites. Hundreds of students, alumni, parents, employees and different agencies converge at Burnham Park for Easter College’s fun run to Panagbenga Park via Military Cut-off. More than just a jump-start for the week-long 108th Charter Anniversary of Easter College on February 9, the goal of the run is to cement and install handrails to the path walk leading to the College’s Special Education (SPED) building. Such improvement will be of great help to the children with special needs currently enrolled at Easter’s SPED Department which currently caters to more than 100 students.

Easter @ 107


Easter@107

Easter College celebrated its Charter Day Anniversary on February 8 and 9, 2013 to mark its 107 years of existence as an Anglican Academic Institution . Starting the celebrations with a Mass, the highlight of this year's theme "Must they become Jews in order to become Christians?", which was gleaned from Acts 15:1-35, was anchored on Gospel and Culture.

 The activities of the two-day celebration centered on the cultural heritage of the Cordilleras, and its neighboring Ilocandia region. This was depicted in the attires of students and employees, the exhibit showcases and the dances performed during the ground demonstration. The playing of the gongs and community dances encouraged participation from employees, students and visitors alike to learn more about the rich culture of this region.

A community-oriented institution, residents of the neighboring barangays and the adopted community for the College's extension work were also invited to be part of the celebration. This was a chance for the College to recognize its partner communities, institutions and private individuals who have given support to the College's activities and have helped achieve the vision, mission and objectives of the College.

Easter College, founded by Bishop Charles Henry Brent was established on Easter Sunday of 1906. It started as a school for boys, but eventually accommodated girls in 1909. Today, the students are a mixture of various ethnic origins and different nationalities, from the Elementary, High School, Special Education and College Departments. Located in Guisad, Baguio City, it is one of the two Anglican Institutions of Tertiary Education in the Philippines, the other being Trinity University of Asia.

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