Ninety-two new students were welcomed to the Philippine Science High School–Bicol Region Campus family during yesterday’s Orientation Program at the school’s auditorium.
This number consists of 90 grade 7 students and two lateral grade 8 student-transferees from the Naga City Science High School.
In her message, Campus Director Elsie Ferrer told the new scholars and their parents of the laborious struggles of the school from the year it was established to where it is now. She assured the parents that their children are in good hands and will be nurtured through a special science curriculum designed to shape them into becoming scientists and engineers.
Ferrer also stressed the importance of parental support to the scholars given the demanding curriculum, which is commensurate to the Department of Education’s K-12 education program, though Phil Sci graduates, she added, are expected to be in the university level once they finished their secondary education.
Following her message was the introduction of the faculty and non-teaching staff by Administrative Officer Eden Oliver for the Finance and Administrative Division personnel, Students Services Division Chief Jay Bassig for the library, dormitory, guidance, and registrar personnel, and Curriculum and Instruction Services Division Chief Arnel Bermejo for the faculty.
GPTA President and Camarines Sur Schools Division Superintendent Gilbert Sadsad delivered a testimony on the parents’ behalf, in which he described the life of being a parent of a Phil Sci student. Sadsad encouraged the parents of the new students to never lose contact time with their children especially since most of them are going to stay in the dormitory.
To lighten the program, registrar-designate Fe Balang rendered a song number that encapsulates what Phil Sci scholars can do and will be able to do in the process.
Based on the records given by Balang, the grade seven population by place of origin is as follows: Camarines Sur with 41 students; Albay, 31; Catanduanes 5, Masbate, 4; Quezon, 4; Camarines Norte, 3; and Sorsogon and Laguna both with 1.
The 92 new students are part of the total enrollment of 360.
Classes officially begin today, June 10.