Jose Bastida Elementary School
Principal: Leny San Gaspar
Pupil population: 2077
Number of teachers: 53
Jose Bastida Staff
The name of our school is Jose Bastida Elementary School located at Barangay Dumoy, Talomo District, Division of Davao City.
The school has 9 classroom buildings some of which are undergoing repair in order to provide conducive learning environments for our children. This is funded by Department of Education.
We have 2 Master Teachers. One of them is assigned in Grade 6 and the other one is assigned as the Grade Head of Grade 4.
From school year 2014-2015, we have 42 teachers, for school year 2015-2016, we have 50 teachers, and for this school year 2016-2017, the number of teachers remains at 50.
We have requested already additional teachers so we could add another section and cater to the different needs of our learners.
Classroom under renovation
Newley renovated classroom
Facilities and Equipment
We have 18 computers but only 17 of those are functional. We have internet service under Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT).
Having internet service at school helps teachers in providing adequate lesson discussion materials as well as activities since they could research for more information and get related videos that would encourage our learners to learn more.
In our school, we experienced incidents caused by human-induced hazards. Some of these are theft and robbery. We also experienced health threats like dengue. There were minimal incidences of earthquakes and almost all the time when there is heavy rain, flood comes especially within the open space at the front of our school. This is due to the lower level of land on this part of the school site.
Based on this record, there are fewer enrollees this year compared to last school year. The Department of Education encourages every school to accept pupils with special needs. We have enrolled nine pupils with disabilities who belong to normal classes. Five of them have low vision and the other four are chronically ill. We have 215 over-aged learners, 159 IP learners, 25 Muslim learners and 93 learners who are beneficiaries of 4P’s (Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program). 4P’s is a human development measure of the national government that provides conditional cash grants to the poorest of the poor, to improve the health, nutrition, and the education of children aged 0-18.
The pupils of Jose Bastida Elementary School during the flag raising ceremony in the morning.
Health and Safety
The Department of Education has initiated a School-Based Feeding Program to respond to the needs of malnourished Filipino children. Based on our record for this school year, among 247 beneficiaries from Kindergarten to Grade VI, we have 50 children who are severely wasted and197 children are wasted. We started the program for this school year in September 2016.
The school maintains records of different ailments: 20 of our learners are asthmatic, 10 have pneumonia, 9 are victims of dengue, 3 had chicken pox, 16 learners experienced diarrhea, 12 have UTI, 20 experienced fever, 1 has appendicitis, and 1 has a heart disease. There were projects/interventions implemented to address these health problems. These are District Free check-up for our total number of enrollees and “Oplan Alis Bulate” which is part of the nationwide deworming project of the Department of Health.
School-Based Feeding Program of Jose Bastida Elementary School.
There have been no reported incidents of physical, verbal, and sexual abuse and violence in our school. The school has a mechanism to promote safety and protection of our children like bullying prevention to ensure that DEPED practices are implemented.
We have several developments in our school. The General Parents and Teachers Association (GPTA) constructed a pathway so the pupils and the teachers can use it especially if flood caused by heavy rain arises.
Before and after images of the pathway project of the General Parents and Teachers Association (GPTA) for S.Y. 2015-2016
The school garden of Grades V and VI sponsored by AFFLIP.
We have stakeholders who are very supportive every time we have activities. During our Brigada Eskwela, which is a week-long school preparation for the opening of classes, conducted last May 30-June 4, many parents and pupils participated and helped us in securing the cleanliness of our school. We received several donations from parents and organizations. We also received help from the Fire Auxiliary Services in cleaning our school.
The photo shows Talomo District Policemen participating in our Brigada Eskwela 2016.
In our literacy program, based on the Phil-IRI pre-test results, reading proficiency is basically needed to be improved. There a many pupils under frustration level which is a warning to all of us that we should be more keen when it comes to teaching children know how to read and comprehend.
Donated many necessary garden tools and equipment to our school under the Health and Nutrition Program. These are useful for the continuation of the gardening work, facilitate the acquisition of gardening skills of the pupils and make their gardening work easier. These also help in the maintenance of cleanliness and beautification of our school. They are likewise being used by the teachers in their teaching of Home and Livelihood Education, Science and other subjects, and we use them too for community and scouting activities. Under this program, we also received financial aid to build ten concrete plots in the Grade V garden. We produced fresh and nutritious vegetables to supplement our school feeding program that resulted in the decrease of the number of malnourished pupils. More results of the feeding program are the improvement of academic performance and attendance of the recipients. Two parents with children included in the feeding program serve as cook for them. Our school clinic now has more first aid equipment, medicines and other valuable items for the health and welfare of our pupils. AFFLIP money allowed us to select 25 boys and 25 girls to become recipients of a Scouting membership fee. This chance gives them a way to join scouting activities that provide them with leadership skills, character building and outdoor survival skills.
Granted financial assistance to six indigent pupils under the Scholarship Program. Through this program, the grantees become more inspired in their studies as shown by their improved grades and attendance, achievements in contests and participation in school activities. Some of them are pupil leaders, too.
Donated reading materials and big books to our school and provided in-service for our teachers under the Professional Development and Literacy Program. Our Reading Center now has more books and materials from Australia and more big books which were made by the teachers. This skill was learned by them from the training given by Ms Lyn Wilkinson and Dr Jenny Barnett, as well as by Mr Max Greenwood. Pupils have scheduled the training given by Ms Lyn Wilkinson and Dr Jenny Barnett, as well as by Mr Max Greenwood. Pupils have scheduled visits to the Reading Center. Our pupils and school family become more aware of the Australian culture and generosity through these materials. Based on reports on reading proficiency from the teachers, our non-readers and frustration level readers have decreased significantly in number.
Provided an awesome and unforgettable free educational visit to South Australia to our principal and schools network coordinator under the Schools Network Program. We have a very friendly and supportive twin school which is West Lakes Shore School. Our pupils and their pupils have exchanged videos and letters. Next, our pupils from all grades/years will exchange curriculum units of work in various topics. They will find out their differences and similarities in ideas and learn from each other. Their staff and our staff have exchanged emails and are still doing so. Soon we shall have Skype communication. We learned a lot from our twin school which can improve our school. Some of these include attendance policy, school management, staff welfare, evacuation/invacuation, facilities management and others.
Given our school more opportunities for learning outside the classroom under the Outdoor Learning Program. With the gained knowledge about OLEP, we realized that there are more spaces outside the classrooms that can be used as a learning area in addition to what we already have. These spaces can give more enjoyable way of learning for the pupils. These will lead them to achieve better school performance and attendance.