Sinulog isn’t over just yet for the students and staff of Children’s Paradise Montessori School (CPMS) as they kicked off their 15th Founding Anniversary last January 28 with a Sinulog themed performances. It was also a double celebration for CPMS since they also celebrated the inauguration of their new school building. The St. Therese of the Child Jesus Building is referred to as the school’s new green building since the four-story structure features green and environment-friendly elements.
“January 28, 2005, was when our SEC registration and Charter were signed. For 14 years, we did not really celebrate that. This is the first time in 15 years that we are celebrating our Foundation Day. Sto. Niño has been the source of everything. This is our thanksgiving,” said CPMS President Marivic Bathan.
After the Holy Mass held in front of the new school building, the parents and teachers of CPMS presented a re-enactment of the arrival of Magellan, who gave the image of Sto. Niño as a gift to Queen Juana and Rajah Humabon in 1521, until the victory of Lapu-Lapu. Then followed by the students’ performance of the traditional Sinulog dance as a tribute to Snr. Sto Niño. As the students danced to the lively beat of the Sinulog, the priest blessed the building.
They don’t usually commemorate their Founding Anniversary but the students and staff of CPMS always make sure that they celebrate the Sinulog Festival every year through dances and performances. The school activity is part of the culture and arts which are some of the disciplines that CPMS instills on their students.
CPMS Consultant Rudy Aviles shared that this yearly tradition is usually done in the same week as the actual Sinulog Festival. But this year they decided to hold it on the 28th in order to celebrate the school’s other milestones.
“This year is important for us. Aside from the 15th Founding Anniversary and the new building, we are also having a new thrust and revisioning for CPMS. We want to instill in the school a nature-loving consciousness and connectedness,” he said.
Aviles explained that CPMS officials and staff have been brainstorming on the school’s focus on green living.
Bathan added that in CPMS, they create an environment that will nurture and cultivate children “to grow to be truly human.”
“We lead everyone back to nature and being natural. The human beings have the spirit that makes us one with nature and connects us to each other, making this world as one, just as our creator intended it to be at the Garden of Eden,” she said.
Over the years, CPMS has integrated several activities and programs in their curriculum on how to embody the green lifestyle – from exposing students to nature and the outdoors, eating healthy to solid waste management.
In line with their main thrust on nature and the environment is the inauguration of the St. Therese of the Child Jesus Building, the new green building.
“We want to be anchored on caring of nature. If I take care of nature, nature will take care of me. It’s a symbiosis. It’s a communion between me and the environment,” Aviles explained.
CPMS tapped the services of GSG Architects Co. in the design and construction of the new building features sustainable and tropical design concepts.
Among these is a water recycling system wherein wastewater from washbasins are recycled and used to water the garden on each floor’s terrace garden and drip irrigation system. The building’s three main columns also have a plant climbing support structure to encourage vine growth and supply cool fresh oxygen to the hallways and classrooms.
“Two-meter wide balconies and three-meter wide hallways on each floor provide planting strips to bring in the fresh air, provide shade, and puts nature in close proximity to the classrooms even if these are elevated from the ground,” explained Archt. Clive Aaron Guanzon, Principal Architect of GSG Architects Co.
The new green building broke ground last year and is set to be completed within 2020. It will host the preschool and elementary classrooms as well as administrative offices.
It is part of the CPMS 2025 masterplan wherein four new school buildings will be built by CPMS within three phases. By 2025, in its 25th year, CPMS foresees a population of 400 to 500 students from toddler to Senior High School.
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