St. Joseph’s School of Mactan, owned and managed by the Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Conception of the Holy Mother of God-Philippine South Province (SFIC-PSP), is part of the SFIC-Philippine south Province Educational Network system, founded to foster the love of God among its members and to enable them to witness to god’s presence on earth and be a source of salvation to all, through the ministry of education, care for the sick and aged, pastoral work promotion of justice, peace and integrity of creation, alleviation to physical and social needs and to give special attention to the underprivileged sectors of society and of the Church (cf. Amended Articles of Incorporation of the SFIC-Philippine south Province). It is a non-stock, non-profit corporation. The school draws its inspiration from the spirit and charism of St. Francis of Assisi under the patronage of St. Joseph and the Blessed Mother Mary. Guided by the vision of its Foundress Mother Teresia van Miert, the school grew from a preschool to an elementary and secondary school, then to a unified Basic Education Department.
Within the context of its vision and mission, St. Joseph’s School-Mactan Basic Education Department seeks to lead the students/pupils, faculty, staff and PTCA towards the realization of an integral formation of the school community involved in the struggles and real life-situations of the poor, marginalized and deprived sectors of the society.
The Kapatiran-Exposure/Integration Program of the school is an integral part of the formation and development of the school community. It is an annual activity to provide the opportunity for administrators, teachers, staff, students/pupils and PTCA to reach out to the underprivileged sectors of our society. The experience of reaching out to the less fortunate sisters and brothers facilitates the learners’ love, solidarity and care for the poor.
III. THE OUTREACH PROGRAM RATIONALE
SJSM Outreach Program is the concrete expression of the Christian Formation of the learners and the whole school community anchored in the Vision-Mission and Core Values of the institution. It is the living out of the gospel imperative stated in Luke 4:18-19 “The spirit of the Lord is upon me. He has anointed me to bring good news to the poor, to proclaim liberty to captives and new sight to the blind; to free the oppressed and to announce the Lord’s year of mercy”. The program is guided in the living out of the Gospel injunction what the prophet Micah 5:8, said: “To do justice, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God”.
This educational program calls for a gradual formation process to the learners and the whole school community. Such process should facilitate the development of social awareness, a sense of volunteerism, Christian social values of justice, social responsibility, appreciation for a simple lifestyle, service to the poor, advocacy for peace and integrity of creation as a way of life. Thus, opted for personal commitment and participate in genuine transformation of the society.
IV. THE OUTREACH PROGRAM’S GENERAL OBJECTIVES
Guiding in the direction and systematization of the developmental program of the learners and the school community with the observance of the Franciscan charism and values, SJSM Outreach Program has the following objectives:
1. To foster social awareness and consciousness among the students, faculty, staff, parents and administration of the present socio-economic realities/conditions of other people;
2. To value the spirit of friendship and effect positive attitudes and values among SJSM pupils with the pupils of the outreached schools and Kapatiran group.
3. To enhance positive Christian attitudes and values towards the poor, less fortunate and struggling brothers and sisters.
4. To create a caring and nurturing community and partnership among the learners in the school community with the outside community.
5. To realize the value of love, concern, solidarity and sharing what we have to others particularly the poor and the calamity-stricken areas.
6. To deepen the commitment and involvement of the whole school community that contributes in the integral transformation of the society, witnessing the core values of simplicity, truth, justice, peace and integrity of creation.
V. LEVELS OF OUTREACH-KAPATIRAN PROGRAM
The Outreach Program considers the following levels of the school community.
1. Pre-Elementary and Elementary Level: In-Campus Activity
A. Kindergarten to Grade 6
In this level, their awareness and involvement be done in a school based program; the grade level from the invited outreached schools come to the school for interaction with the SJSM pupils. This approach is more appropriate considering their age and level of emotional development. This would make initial friendship and camaraderie with the children from the outside community.
2. Secondary Level: Grades 7- Fourth Year: Out-Campus Activity
This level is the most formative years in terms of development of values. Thus, this development program is further reinforced and strengthened in them. These levels could engage in an actual regular visit/exposure to the community/sector. Exposing/immersing them in real situations of the people will help them strengthen the preconceived ideas and to put flesh on the knowledge derived from classroom discussion. Progressively, advocacy work and solidarity with the poor be initiated. These experiences will prepare the young person for a more intensive and direct service, and involvement to respond to communitarian opportunities for quality living.
3. TAMS: Teachers, Administration, Maintenance and Staff
This level has a more experiential and broader grasp of the present social realities. Thus, to keep them abreast and ignite the spirit of service and commitment, this level continue to engage in exposure programs, capacity building, participate in the advocacy work and adopt a community/sector to journey with, thus explicitly exercise the spirit of gift giving/sharing. Putting up of a developmental project with the chosen sector/community for the wellbeing of the person is encouraged depending on the resources available.
4. PTCA: Parents-Teachers Community Association
This group or level has a full grasp of the situation in the outside communities or neighboring communities where they live. Some, if not most of them have direct engagement in any program/projects in the communities. Thus, for greater involvement and participation to the school community outreach program, a chosen sector of their own remains or expand to be their adopted community to conduct outreach activities for continuity and further development.
VI. SCHOLARSHIP GRANTS
In response to the socio-economic condition of some students, SJSM through the Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Conception (SFIC) has collaborated with the Franciscan Renewal Foundation Incorporated (FRFI) and other scholarship foundations to qualified grantees.
Responsive to the signs of the time, SJSM Basic Education seeks to lead and abreast students, faculty, staff and PTCA towards a well-rounded formation, participate and involve to social consciousness raising activities, updates and social action initiatives initiated within the school community or from other groups and institutions. Such activities would enhance the learners’ social awareness and responsibility
VIII. AREAS OF KAPATIRAN- EXPOSURE/INTEGRATION
Cognizant to the vision-mission and core values of SJSM, and to enhance a quality and transforming experience of the learners and the whole school community, a relevant area of exposure-integration is considered in response to the signs of the times. The learner’s capacity is further considered in order to give them the opportunity to really give themselves in the program suited for them.
The Kapatiran-Exposure/Integration would be in partnership with the Government Agencies (GO), Non-government Organizations (NGO) or Private Sectors/Organizations and Church Organizations in the locality.
The following areas or sectors are some possibilities for Kapatiran-exposure/integration according to the need/desire of each level of the school community.
1. Day Care Centers (within Brgy. Mactan and neighboring communities)
2. Elementary Public Schools (within Brgy. Mactan)
4. Home for the Elderly
5. Depressed Areas
7. Alternative Learning Centers
8. Farm or Ecological Centers
9. Rehabilitation Center (coastal rehab. etc.)
IX. RESOURCE FUND/BUDGET
The Kapatiran budget is adapted from 2012 practice. The pupils/students from kindergarten to high school level contribute monthly ten pesos (P 10.00) each, which is remitted to the finance office by the class adviser. The amount collected is budgeted according to the needs of the Kapatiran group. As progress of the resource fund in 2014, each grade/year level will contribute only once upon their Kapatiran-Exposure/Integration activity. In-kind offerings (canned goods, rice and groceries, etc.) during monthly masses are directly for the outreach program office to augment the needs of the outreach activities. The finance office also allotted certain budget for the school’s Outreach Program. While the PTCA Outreach Program activities come from the PTCA fund.
X. MEMBERS OF THE OUTREACH PROGRAM
The members of the Community Outreach Program are: Office of Student Affairs (OSA), CFP Facilitators, Teachers, and PTCA President. They form up a team with the Outreach Program Coordinator for better planning, implementation, coordination, monitoring and evaluation of the outreach program. Every member is liable for the progress of the program. The association (PTCA) is kept to be updated on the progress of the program. Likewise, the head of the administration (Principal and Directress), remain to be the consultant of the Program for its direction setting.
XI. RESPONSIBILITIES AND FUNCTIONS
As patterned from St. Joseph’s College of Quezon City (SJC-QC) the school system network, the Outreach Program Coordinator has the following specific responsibilities.
A. Kapatiran-Exposure/Integration and Community Development Service
1. Spearhead planning for the outreach program with the members of the outreach program and school and community committee.
2. Prepares and coordinates yearly program for outreach-kapatiran and places for exposure-integration program, sets schedules, prepares exposurists, assign places for outreach-kapatiran and exposure/integration activities.
3. Designs a general exposure program as well as specific programs for each grade/level of Kapatiran-exposure and supervises the implementation.
4. Coordinates the general assessment as well as assessment per grade/year level of Kapatiran and exposure-integration community program.
5. Gathers technical, material and financial support for the PDOE (poor, depressed, oppressed and exploited) or the stricken-calamity communities from all the members of the school community.
B. Scholarship Program (FRF Scholars)
1. Assist and coordinates with the CFP Coordinator for the formation program of the Franciscan Renewal Foundation Inc. (FRF) scholars.
C. Other Tasks and Responsibilities of the Outreach Program Coordinator
1. Give pre-orientation for Kapatiran and exposure-integration for pupils, students and TAMS.
2. Calls for meeting with the class advisers and CFP Facilitators prior to Kapatiran and Exposure-Integration program for orientation and planning that includes:
a. Outreached school and exposure-Integration community/sector
b. Date and time for the outreach activity
c. Preparations needed
d. Gifts for the pupils’ kapatid/partner and the community for exposure
e. Date and time for pre-orientation per grade/year level
f. Program of activity during Kapatiran and exposure-integration to be planned by the class advisers and their students
g. Transportation for out-campus Kapatiran (high school)
h. First aid kit for out-campus Kapatiran (high school)
D. Class Advisers and CFP Facilitators’ Responsibilities
1. Planning of program of activities with the pupils/students for Kapatiran Day and exposure-integration.
2. Motivate the pupils/students for love offering during monthly Mass for outreach program concerns.
3. Follow-up orientation and integration of learning on Kapatiran and exposure-integration to their students in class.
4. Helps for documentation (taking down minutes of meeting, etc.)
XII. PRE-ORIENTATION FOR KAPATIRAN-EXPOSURE/INTEGRATION
Prior to the Kapatiran and Exposure-Integration activity, the Outreach Program Coordinator facilitates orientation to the teachers, pupils/students per grade/year level. The orientation formally starts with prayer or song.
A. SJSM Vision-Mission and Core Values – sharing, explanation and deepening of the Vision-Mission and core Values of the school.
B. Outreach Program main Thrust – explanation of the thrust anchored from the vision-mission and core values of SJSM.
C. Program of activities to be planned by the teachers with their students.
D. Attire – school uniform, P.E uniform or foundation t-shirt with jogging pants.
E. Transportation to be used for out-campus Kapatiran. Division of riders is being oriented to the students for proper monitoring and safety.
F. Processing and Evaluation – follow-up activity after the Kapatiran-Exposure/Integration usually done in the afternoon per grade/year level to gauge their learning experiences.
G. Reminders – other information needed to remind with the pupils/students.
XIII. PLANNING AND EVALUATION
Ensuring the continuity and progress of the program being implemented, a three year program is encouraged. Relevant strategies are to be designed according to the levels of the learners in the school community.
Underpinning the growth process of experience of the learners and progress of the program, an evaluation tool is designed according to each level. Provision of tools and revision as needed is encouraged to design for relevancy and accuracy of the desired outcome. A summative evaluation is also considered.
Part and parcel of the activity is processing of experience of the learners per grade/year level after the activity. Together with the Outreach Program Coordinator, the CF Facilitator and Class Adviser in each level form a team in processing their experience for documentation.
The realization of SJSM Outreach Program requires the commitment and dedication of all (administration, faculty & staff, operational personnel, students, pupils and parents), who are part of the school community in the spirit of co-responsibility, partnership and teamwork coupled with love and concern. In this way, they all can help develop a climate of caring and nurturing community where growth processes have been develop and can meaningfully interact and grow together with the outside community.