Catalunan Pequeño Elementary School

School Profile

 

Catalunan Pequeño Elementary School is the only school in the community having 2244 pupils. Our school caters for different ethnic groups present in the community. They are Bagobo, Manobo, Aeta, and Muslim besides 24 Puroks, Sitios and neighboring villages and subdivisions in Barangay Catalunan Pequeño.

 

There are 24 households living in makeshift housing and most of our families are earning a meager income for their essential needs. They are mostly government and private employees. Our community provides the basic social infrastructure and services including the active Barangay council for the protection of children, police stations and Barangay Tanods for community peace and order.

 

In Health and Nutrition, our school has a Project FeEd (Feeding is Essential to Education) which we believe helps improve the academic performance of the students. The School Feeding Project is funded by the DepEd Division Accounting Section Office and the Barangay Pequeño has a feeding program for children aged 0-5 years old.

Our school priority aged group of the FeEd Project is from 5-7 years old and that is from Kindergarten to Grade Two pupils and above. The school continues to improve the Gulayan sa Paaralan Project in which AFFLIP is providing funds for garden materials and other needs with the objective of providing basic ingredients (veggies) for the daily menu. Additionally, teachers teach children values, skills and initiative needed for them to know how to fish.

Principal:              Asuncion S. Infiesto

Pupil population:        2118

Number of teachers:   57

School-based feeding program

Primarily, the School-Based Feeding Program (SBFP) will cover severely wasted (SW) and wasted (W) pupils from Kinder to Grade 6 for SY 2016-2017. At least 80% of the beneficiaries are targeted to be rehabilitated to normal nutritional status at the end of 120 feeding days.

Yes-O Club

The Department of Education (DepED), in partnership with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), established the Youth for Environment in Schools Organization (Yes-O) as the only recognized co-curricular environmental club or organization in the schools and consolidates all other environmental and/or ecology clubs or organizations in the school.

Supreme Pupil Government (SPG) in Elementary Schools

The Student Government Program (SGP) is the Philippines' program for pupil government in elementary schools and secondary schools within the Department of Education, under the Office of the Undersecretary for Regional Operations. It is the foremost co-curricular student organization authorized to implement pertinent programs, projects, and activities in Philippine schools as mandated by the Department of Education.

Girl and Boy Scouts of the Philippines (BSP-GSP)

        

The Girl Scouts of the Philippines (GSP) is the national Guiding association for girls and young women of the Philippines. Its mission is "to help girls and young women realize the ideals of womanhood and prepare themselves for their responsibilities in the home, and to the nation, and the world community".

 

The Boy Scouts of the Philippines (BSP) is the National Scout Organization of the Philippines. Its mission is to imbue in youth the love of God, country, and fellowmen; to train young people to become responsible leaders; and to contribute to nation-building.

 

The Scouting Movement, through the Boy Scouts of the Philippines (BSP) and the Girl Scouts of the Philippines (GSP), is an effective program in the leadership and value formation of every child. 

DEAR (Drop Everything And Read)

One of the major programs is to promote reading and literacy among the pupils and students, the "Drop Everything and Read (DEAR)" concept, a 15- to 20-minute daily activity devoted to reading a book or any reading materials available in the school.
 

A daily DEAR program (Drop Everything and Read) provides students with much more than a just-sit-there-and-read experience. It gives the teacher a structured time to touch base with each student over a period of time, assess progress, and target instruction. Even more importantly, it gives students time to read what they want to read, share what they've read, and receive the support they need for further reading explorations and reflections.

 

Grade three and four teachers have successfully implemented the Literacy Intervention Program (LIP) and Concentrated Language Encounter (CLE) with the help of big and small books.

 

Catalunan Pequeño is adopting the Program TORCH or the Teaching of Reading to our Children wherein we use the DRT or the Daily Reading Time with our students. Every morning, before we start our class, we allocate 15-20 minutes for our reading using the three languages - MotherTongue, Filipino and English.

AFFLIP has:

 

  1. Through the Health and Nutrition Program, provided tools and equipment for gardening which are very useful for the “Gulayan sa Paaralan” program (GSP), community garden, maintenance of the cleanliness of the school grounds, and in school waste management system. The garden tools can be used in classroom instructions by integrating in their lessons in gardening for livelihood projects. The garden tools have greatly contributed to the vegetable production which supplies nutritious vegetables to the school-based feeding program ( SBFP) that caters for 250 under-nourished pupils (Kinder to Grade VI). The nutritional status of these beneficiaries has improved significantly and positively affected their attendance and academic performance. 
     

  2. Extended educational assistance to indigent pupils of Catalunan Pequeño Elementary School, particularly in Talomo District, Davao City through the AFFLIP Scholarship Program. Such grants have inspired the six (6) scholars to be actively engaged in their curricular and co-curricular activities within the school, and at the district/regional level.
     

  3. Sponsored the membership of 25 boy scouts and 25 girl scouts.
     

  4. Donated Reading Materials such as literacy books and Big Books.
     

  5. Through the Schools Network Program connected pupils of Catalunan Pequeño Elementary School with pupils of Auburn Primary School in South Australia. Pupils' work was exchanged which proved to be a helpful and effective tool for the Catalunan Pequeño teachers to be used in their classroom instruction. Pupils and their parents loved, enjoyed and learned a lot in reading those materials.
     

  6. Given opportunity to the students to have a pen pal and share their different cultures and traditions and develop the writing skills, listening skills, communication skills and comprehension skills of our students through letter writing or video call conversation.
     

  7. Established active communication through the internet by sharing of letters/cards(student to student),  email addresses, skype, etc. between the teachers of Catalunan Pequeño Elementary School and Auburn Primary School.
     

  8. Provided Professional Development to teachers through the literacy training sessions conducted by Ms. Lyn Wilkinson, Dr. Jenny Barnett and Mr. Max Greenwood.
     

  9. Provided medicines and medical equipment which are vital for the health of the pupils particularly here in Catalunan Pequeño Elementary School.

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