March 3, 2014, marked the day of rejoicing for the school. Honors and victories won exalted the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Threefold celebration was held giving the highest glory to God and due recognition to the Stephenians who established a name for themselves in their own fields of excellence. The school Board of Trustees and Alumni Association Officers graced the celebration.
Jamia Mei Tolentino and Trisha Reyes, both HS III students of St. Stephen’s High school, were recipients of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) Ani ng Dangal awards, in recognition of their international achievement in Visual Arts which brought pride and honor to the Philippines. This recognition was presented at The 6th Ani ng Dangal ceremony, held at the Newport Performing Arts Theater, Resorts World Manila, Pasay City on February 2, 2014.
Winning pieces were displayed at the Ani ng Dangal Exhibit at the Vestibule of the Newport Performing Arts Theater where the works and achievements of all the recipients were showcased.
Every year, the SSHS Committee on Students’ Activities actively leads hundreds of students in various activities that develop the physical, mental and spiritual aspects of each student. One of the many activities is the CSA Outreach Program for our own school maintenance staff, drivers and the security guards. The main significance of this program is to show our gratitude to people who have been serving the school with happiness the whole year round, and a high time for CSA officers to give back services to them.
The Missions Committee of St. Stephen’s High School held an outreach activity last January 25, 2014 at Yutiam Hall entitled “Wastong Nutrisyon at Malusog na Katawan, Tungo sa Magandang Kinabukasan.” The participants of this seminar were the parents and relatives of the St. Stephen’s Learning Center and the Good News Club. Mrs. Josefina T. Gonzales of the Food and Nutrition Research Institute spoke on proper nutrition and the right kinds of food our body needs. The seventy-seven (77) attendees were all given snacks and goody bags after the seminar.
The second year high school students had a half-day of spiritual reflection on the essence of love, i.e., experiencing the love of God that empowers the believer to love God and others in return. The theme verse, 1 John 4:19-21, was expounded by Pastor Justin Fung last January 10, 2014 at St. Stephen’s Parish Glory Hall.
Every year, before the school closes for Christmas break, students’ skills on entrepreneurship are tapped and enhanced during the Annual Mini—Fair. Weeks before, the CSA openly invites all interested students to partake in this meaningful project vis a vis the mini –fair. That is – putting up booths for their concessionaires.
The Missions Committee of St. Stephen’s High School sponsored the Christmas party of the SSHS Learning Center last December 18, 2013 at the Yutiam Hall, St. Stephen’s Parish. The program started with singspiration, A guest speaker presented the story of Christmas and the essence of the celebration, followed by games and different presentations of the pupils of the learning center.
Agape Fellowship hosted a Christmas outreach last December 13, 2013 to 26 urban poor children of Mt. Moriah Bible Baptist Church situated in the slum area of Binondo. Students volunteered to facilitate the activities consisting of fun-filled games, led the singing with action songs, shared the gospel message, served snacks to their young guests and led the prayers. The program concluded in the giving of gifts and prizes.
The third year high school students had a half-day of spiritual reflection on the value of investing on eternal treasures mandated in Matthew 6:19-24. The topic was expounded by Pastor Don Huan and graphically portrayed in the film “Last Flight Out” last December 6, 2013 at St. Stephen’s Parish Glory Hall