Southcrest takes pride in its mentoring system, wherein each student is given a mentor – a well-trained faculty or staff from the school, who assists the student in her personal development. This includes helping the student grow in good habits, deal with her friends and teachers, cope with academic demands of school, foster love for God and other virtues. The mentor also acts as the bridge between parents and the school, thus facilitating the home-school collaboration.
PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITIES
The school holds various activities for the students, which help in the students’ holistic development.
- Intramurals and Family Day
- High School Retreat-Seminars
- Teambuilding and Leadership Seminars
- Schoolwide Masses
- Outreach Activities
- Volleyball and Softball Varsity
- Musical Presentations Clubs:
- Media Club
- The Crest Newsletter
- Buwan ng Wika Mother-Daughter Activities
- Father-Daughter Activities
- UN Day
- Academic Week
- Virtues of the Month
ARTICLES FOR STUDENTS
Title: Time is Life
“Time is life. It is irreversible and irreplaceable. To waste time is to waste your life, but to master time is to master your life and make the most out of it”
Allan Lakein, time management guru
Making Good Use of Time
(excerpted from the National Culture of Excellence by Dr. Jesus P. Estanislao)
Each day in the workplace must be measured by the standard of whether we have spent it doing what we ought. Each of us has duties, many of them small, which are a mixture of excitement and monotonous routine. But no matter how stimulating or boring, these duties are the battleground we are called called upon to win. Attending to them with all due care and diligence is the way to victory and glory. Going about them with with half-heartedness and with anything less than a generous commitment is the easy highway to long term failure and mediocrity. Hard work and a serious fulfillment of duty at work can be the daily offering we bring to making our society great and progressive. Only individual work well done and only duties carried out with excellence can get us where we want to be as a great people. Development demands that we fill each day with useful work done with perfection, and that we make each minute of the day count on the side of productivity and effectiveness.
You can evaluate your activities by grouping them into the following quadrants:
See a sample grouping below
If you are a good manager of your time, you will
Put most of your activities in Quadrant 1. These are activities that deserve worry-free attention. If you keep them here, you will achieve much without unnecessary stress.
Avoid having to move activities from Quadrant 1 to Quadrant 2. Quadrant 2 activities call for optimum attention but their quality is easily compromised, because you work under pressure, with reduced possibility to correct errors.
Have most of your activities outside Quadrant 3. By and large, these activities are easy to accomplish or are among those you like doing. Take note that laziness can easily rule here and you end up with an activity “that expands to fit in the time you allow for it”.
Resist moving activities from Quadrant 3 to Quadrant 4. Quadrant 4 activities are often unforeseen interruptions of the planned agenda. You will have to learn to get them under control.
Title: Be Wise: Use the 80/20 Principle
Of course, exerting a lot of effort does not guarantee success. There are students who, despite several hours of study, still do not get superior marks in their exams. This experience can be very frustrating. Why is it then that sometimes our efforts produce the desired results? From my own experience with students, I surmise that its because students exert their efforts, most of the time, on doing things that are not crucial at all.
In studying for Math exams, for instance, some students spend most of their time reviewing their notes,when what’s actually more important is for them to spend most of their time taking mock exams. The same thing with physics exam: students would read their notes, rather than solve problems! The results is in the end frustrating: students don’t do well because they don’t make the successful transition from theory to application, and therefore end up getting poor(er) grades. Reviewing one’s notes is definitely important, but an exam is usually doesn’t measure how well you understand your notes, but rather how well you can solve a problem- and that is where in many case, you therefore should put most of your efforts. I call it Pareto Law or the 80/20 Principle- 80% of the output usually depends on 20%of the inputs. So instead of aimlessly exerting effort, identify the areas crucial to academic success, and spend most of your time and exert the most effort on these areas. Spend less time on the others.