APRIL 8, 2021 | AY 2020 - 2021
Domuschola International School Newsletter
Message from the
Head of School
Jourdan Shanley C. Gan
Dear Domuschola community,
I hope everyone had a restful break last week! The situation with COVID-19 in the
country has gotten much worse in the past few days and we are back in ECQ. I hope that
everyone is keeping vigilant and following safety measures to prevent the spread of the
We only have a couple of months left in the school year and this means that our IB
students in the final year of their respective programs are wrapping up their IB journey.
The grade 5 students from the Primary Years Programme (PYP) are preparing for their
PYP exhibition which will serve as their culminating activity. On the other hand, the
Diploma Programme (DP) students are finishing up various coursework tasks that will be
submitted to IB this month to wrap up their IB journey now that the usual IB exams
which are held in May are cancelled due to the pandemic.
We are also looking forward to the second round of MAP (Measures of Academic
Progress) tests that will come very soon for our students in Grades 3 to 10. The data
from these tests help us make informed decisions about curriculum adjustments to be
able to better help our students.
We look forward to a productive month of April with everyone and always remember to
always stay safe and healthy!
PRIMARY DEPARTMENT 2
How do you keep your memories? Why is it important to record events that
happened in the past? Grade 2 students answered these questions to start off
their inquiry of their fourth unit which is all about records.
Grade 2 students shared their insights on how to record events that happened
in the past and how to keep memories.
PRIMARY DEPARTMENT 3
Throughout their inquiry, they learned that you can record events using its
different types – written, printed, and media. Teacher Erie Cortes was invited
to share about journaling which is an example of a written record. The students
learned that when you keep a journal, it helps you remember the past and it
gives you information about the things that happened. Teacher Erie mentioned
that it is also a form of self-expression as you communicate your thoughts and
Teacher Erie Cortes shared her journaling experience with Grade 2.
Moreover, Grade 2 students inquired about how these types of records change
over time. They use their understanding of this concept to think and draw how
different recording tools will look like in the future.
PRIMARY DEPARTMENT 4
Luma Chaves (Grade 2A) and Lorenzo Rodriguez (Grade 2B)
Grade 2 students illustrated how records looked in the past and how it will
look like in the future.
Mr. Dennis Caharian, the President and Chief Operating Officer of GMA New
Media Inc. and the father of Aliyah Caharian from Grade 2B, was invited to
share his expertise about the new media. The Grade 2 students enjoyed learning
about the different types of new media that people use in their daily lives and
for entertainment purposes as well. Mr. Caharian and the Grade 2 students
pondered about the question “What makes media new media?” and explored
various applications that they use to record and gather information/news
namely, Youtube, Netflix, informative (and legitimate) online sites, and social
media platforms such as Tiktok, Instagram and Twitter. In addition, they also
tackled the difference between old and new media and how recording works
nowadays with the new forms of media. Lastly, the students learned to be
careful and selective in reading and exploring news online for the reason that
not all of the information they see are accurate and precise, and might just be a
form of “fake news.” It was indeed an informative discussion and fruitful
experience for the students to know about new media, and how people can use
it to record and gain insightful information.
PRIMARY DEPARTMENT 5
Mr. Dennis (Daddy Dong) Caharian talked about new media
Towards the end of the unit, students were given voice, choice and ownership
that shows how history can be recorded in different ways by making a digital
scrapbook, writing a letter or journal, or recording a vlog about “A Day in my
Life as a Student During COVID-19.” Students were thrilled to make their
summative tasks as they will have this recollection of their unforgettable and
memorable experience that they were once a student in this pandemic. What a
timely and apt experience it is for everyone!
Jon Sabay’s journal (2A) and Samar Kumar’s letter (2B)
PRIMARY DEPARTMENT 6
Leean Park’s Digital Scrapbook (2A)
Aliyah Caharian’s Digital Scrapbook (2B)
Franz Chua’s Vlog (2A) and Mika Dizon’s Vlog (2B)
SECONDARY DEPARTMENT 7
WORD SEARCH THE CRUSADES
As the Grade 8 students learned about After learning about the age of faith
the collapse of the Roman Empire, they during the Middle Ages, the Grade 8
will further learn how it changes the students explained the importance of
history of Rome. Before discussing the religion during that time. They figured out
topic of Feudalism, the students tried to the difference between Roman Catholic
look and unlock the terminologies which practices during the medieval period and
revolve around the topic. Through online today’s practices. They had a few debates
word search, students were able to about the misconceptions on church and
engage interactively in class. They were how powerful religion was back then.
also able to provide the definition of each Within the discussion, we also tackled
word and look for its connection to “The Crusades” on which they reflected on
feudalism. Overall, it is much easier to how important it was despite losing the
discuss the topic since the students have battle against the Muslims. They realized
unlocked the words and apply them that the battle actually led Europe to be
throughout our discussion. more open to other cultures and early
civilizations in Asia.
SECONDARY DEPARTMENT 8
ONLINE CHESS BATTLE
As we embark on our discussion about feudalism, manorialism, and conquests,
the Grade 8 students had an opportunity to show off their critical and strategic
skills through the Online Chess Tournament. The students first learned about
the pieces of chess and explained their resemblance to the social classes during
the Medieval period. To fully understand the concept of Feudalism, the
students will play chess against each other. Through this game, the students
can have a simulation on how they were going to protect their land/territory
and king to secure their power. The game had three rounds: Elimination,
Preliminary, and Championship. This activity will help the students to enhance
their critical thinking skills and problem-solving skills. At the end of the game,
the students will reflect on how chess can be a representation of the political
landscape during the Middle Ages.
STUDENT LIFE 9
“At the end of the day, the most overwhelming key to a child’s success is the
positive involvement of parents.”- Jane D. Hull
“No school can work well for children if parents and teachers do not act in
partnership on behalf of the children’s best interests.” - Dorothy H. Cohen
The School Year continues to be a good journey for the student body, despite
the limitations and challenges brought about by the pandemic. We are happy
and privileged with the partnership and enthusiastic support of the parent body
under the leadership of Mrs. Anne Santos, our PSA President.
Mrs. Santos, together with Mrs. Yao, have been strong role models to their
children, Tiago and Addie. Their support and guidance have been instruments
to the success of ChaREADty, a sustainable project of these two students. The
initial and individual initiative is now a Secondary School project covering the
entire Service Learning Program of Grade 6 to Grade 10 from Term 2 of the
current School Year.
Previous articles mentioned that we are in partnership with the Library Hub
Philippines, a non-profit organization with a mission to build libraries in places
in the Philippines where students are in need of books and other educational
resources. The Secondary School Service Learning Program aims to support the
United Nations Sustainable Development Goals #4-Quality Education and #10-
Reduced Inequalities (also anchored on inequality in educational resources and
opportunities) by collecting books to donate to these libraries.
“Community is much more than belonging to something; it’s about doing
something together that makes belonging matter.” -Brian Solis
The present limitations of movement, day to day interactions, and many more
have not prevented students from having meaningful learning and building
communities. Students continue to have varied opportunities for application of
skills and knowledge, while also actively extending themselves in service to
others through initiatives geared towards making a difference.
STUDENT LIFE 10
Conferences with Mrs. Santos and Mrs. Yao centered mostly on school-parent
partnership and communicating plans, updates, and ideas to the parent body.
We are happy to share the common goal of walking students through a
meaningful journey of service to others while they focus on the academic side
“One act of kindness can change the world.”
“Only a life lived in the service of others is worth living.” - Albert Einstein
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