Empowering Education: San Juan City Science High School Embraces DepEd's National Learning Camp(NLC)
As stipulated in DepEd Order No. 14, series of 2013, Policy Guidelines for the National Learning Camp, San Juan City Science High School organized an “NLC - Enhancement” to provide high-achieving students with a more in-depth, yet fun and engaging learning experience. This is designed to cover a wide range of topics and challenges, aiming to enrich students' knowledge and enhance their abilities in three (3) core subjects: English, Math, and Science.
Last June 29, 30, and July 03, 2023, National Learning Camp preliminary arrangements and orientation were made. Providing a unique, enrichment experience for Grade 7 and 8 students. This involved conducting students' NLC pre-assessment with orientation which took place in the Grade 7 room. The registration process was also made effortless through a consent form sent out to all Grade 7 and 8 students. It was to invite students who were genuinely committed and interested (voluntary participation).
The school coordinators and teachers conducted an online meeting with parents to provide proper guidance and information about the camp's benefits, ensuring students would be more well-prepared and confident for the upcoming school year. Hence, after the discussion, the school was able to finalize the number of participants. Grade 7 had 23 and Grade 8 had 25 with a total of 48 students. During the session, the NLC School's focal person, Mr. Christian De Guzman, discussed the schedule; 8:00 am - 2:00 pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays or thrice-a-week scheme within the school.
From July 21 to 23, teachers, including those who voluntarily participated in the NLC, as well as all the Education Program Supervisors (EPSs) and the other division key officials headed by the Schools Division Superintendent Dr. Margarito B. Materum, along with the School Heads and their respective school focal persons, a three-day seminar was conducted at the Red Hotel Cubao, Quezon City, as part of the preparation for the full implementation of the NLC.
San Juan City Science High School eagerly awaited NLC that began on the 31st day of July. It was a fresh start for the enthusiastic student volunteers for the Enhancement Camp (July 31 - Aug 11, 2023). In the initial week, Grade 7 and 8 students engaged in diverse activities, collaborated with peers, and earned points for achievements, punctuality, and attendance. In the second week, teachers became more prepared for interactive classes. Eager students competently submitted and showed outputs on classroom walls. The final week of the Enhancement Camp was particularly hectic due to a big event as both the Division and Regional monitoring occurred alongside the Student Campers' Recognition Day. This week was not only engaging but also emotionally uplifting for all as it marked the camp's conclusion. During this 3rd week, teachers selected winners for achieving groups in both Grades 7 and 8. Teacher volunteers had prepared everything needed for the NLC Enhancement Recognition Day and created a stage with the assistance of other teachers.
On August 11, Friday, teachers discussed the strong and weak points along with the best practices from their teaching experiences. Highlights of strong points included the camp enhancing education through group activities, teamwork, diverse learning styles, and practical assignments. On the flip side, teachers noted that enjoyable activities caused time constraints, affecting daily lesson completion. However, all learnings persisted due to activity discussions. Some teachers emphasized collaboration and student-centeredness as key ingredients that warranted the success of the camp.
The Recognition Day was a lively occasion. The campers took the stage to receive medals and certificates for achievements like Best Groups in Grades 7 and 8, Most Punctual, and Best Cheer awards. The esteemed presence of Dr. Bernadeth C. Daran, (Regional Mathematics Supervisor), and Dr. Bradley Goldie K. Loo, (Education Program Supervisor - Science), added depth to the event through giving their inspirational messages.
San Juan City Science High School extended deep gratitude to the dedicated volunteer-teachers; English Department: Mr. Patrick V. Orpilla, Mrs. Maria Corazon G. Ocampo, Ms. Joan Lenz G. Llanto and Ms. Fran Cathleen P. Castillo; Mathematics Department: Mr. Catalino A. Camayra, Mr. Abelardo L. Tamares, Jr., Ms. Clariza Joy A. Insigne and Ms. Dyanarha Y. Musni; Science Department: Ms. Angela S. Atisor, Mr. Raymond M. Cayton, Mrs. Primelyn D. Wagas and Mrs. Evangeline I. Catindig, who sacrificed their vacation to nurture and prepare learners for the upcoming school year. Special recognition goes to Mr. Christian De Guzman, NLC focal person, and Mrs. Virginia G. Abiera; ASP II, for skillfully managing classrooms, schedules, LAC sessions, and camp reports.
Appreciation is also extended to Ms. Helen S. Acedo, the School's OIC, for her unwavering support in ensuring that the NLC summer camp was a truly enriching learning experience for students. Thanks are due to the parents too, for encouraging their children to attend the activity.
Lastly, heartfelt thanks to the Division and Regional Office's class-monitoring team who led, guided, and supported teachers with their valuable feedback, the NLC Enhancement implementation was a huge success!
Article Written by:
Joan Lenz G. Llanto
Teacher I - San Juan City Science High School
Christian A. De Guzman
Teacher I - San Juan City Science High School