Twenty Grades 9 and 10 administrator-counterparts got a glimpse of the strategic planning initiatives of Notre Dame of Greater Manila as they sat down with Fr. Ramon Maria G. Bernabe, OMI (School Director), Mrs. Marieta Fe C. Villanueva (Executive Assistant) and Mrs. Ida V. Guevara (Research and Publication Officer) on December 6, 2013 at the Director's Conference Room. The gathering was a part of Fr. Mon's program of sharing with the students the Interim Goals for school year 2013 - 2014. This was in line with the celebration of the Boys’ and Girls’ Week and of the Career Guidance Week. Also present were Miss Ma. Leonora P. Morante (HS Student Affairs Coordinator/SAB Moderator) and Miss Kristine Bravo (Research Assistant).
The meeting, dubbed, "A Chat with NDGM Student Leaders", was a relaxed and casual talk that updated the students on the activities being done by the school in relation to the preparations for NDGM 2014-2020. An input from the Research and Publication Office on the emerging educational trends and the need to respond and adjust to the requirements of the 21st century led the students into a workshop activity of envisioning their ideal NDGM graduates and NDGM as an ideal learning community. Four groups were formed and each group presented and explained their art work.
While the get-together was originally aimed to inform students on strategic planning, the administration was able to obtain significant contribution from the students which will be incorporated in the actual planning sessions in January 2014. It was also an opportunity for the Research and Publication Office to emphasize the students' important role in the improvement efforts of the school by actively participating in feed backing /consultation program, may it be in oral or written form (surveys/questionnaires). The talk was ended with getting the student leaders into NDGM’s ‘big secret” - that all the development programs of the school are directed toward one common end – to bring out the best in all the members of the NDGM community, especially in the students.
Fr. Mon treated the group to a simple lunch after the students finished writing letters to him. The messages contained expressions of gratitude, appreciation for the opportunity to experience being administrators and letting them see how the school works from that vantage point, what they learned and how they will use these learnings.
It was a fruitful and meaningful experience that the idea of holding the activity on a regular basis was being considered by no other than the School Director himself. Surely, the succeeding batch of student leaders will enjoy an expanded leadership exposure next year.