by Rixel Rashid Manimtim
Intelligence. What comes to our mind when we hear the word? Almost all of us think about it being academically advanced. Some do not know that there are different intelligences. I will be honest. I never knew about that, not until I had my CHILD experience.
It was a flaming hot summer day. I was lying down my bed with my phone two or three inches away from my face. I still remember the gadget falling flat on my face after my cousin, Owee came through the door smashing the wall. He told me that it was lunch time, so I scurried down the stairs.
While eating lunch, my mom suddenly asked me where would I want to study for my year in 4th Grade. I did not answer her. At the end of the table, my auntie suggested that I study at Owee’s school, Bohol Child Head Start. I felt very unsure and hesitant. I do not really like meeting new faces. My mom asked for my answer. Unsure, I just stared at her and raised my shoulders. I only had two weeks to decide and since my cousin persuaded me, I decided to get enrolled here in Bohol Child Head Start (BCHS).
It was one of the best decisions I have made.
When I stepped through the widely open school gate, I felt my legs trembling, my heart pounding and my tummy had butterflies in it. I hurried on over to the line of new faces at the flag raising area. Gosh! How embarrassing it was! I was the only one in our class who was late. Even after the ceremony, I was still shaking at our room, until one of my classmates approached me. He was one of the first friends I have made here in CHILD and now is one of the best. I got through my first day and eventually, my first year. Fourth grade was one of my best years here in CHILD, so I decided to stay. Up to today, here I am.
One of the biggest reasons why I decided to stay is because I like the school’s mission: To nurture every kid’s intelligence. It’s probably one of the reasons why I wrote up this feature article. I discovered my different smarts and what’s better is that I get to develop it. From academics, to bodily kinesthetics, they nurture almost all possible intelligences. every after class, the learners head on to their respective Program for Excellence (PEX). These are also implemented during class through the wide range of activities and projects. Through all these and more, our potentials slowly show.
Another reason why I decided to stay here at BCHS is because the environment is 100% learner friendly. What could be better than a school by the hillside with shady trees and a cool breeze? The place feels so fresh.
The main reason why I decided to stay is because of the school’s culture. Here, I feel welcome. The teachers, kuya, and ate do not seem intimidating and strict. In class, I usually laugh a lot because my teachers make the lessons fun. No, we do not make fun of the topic, it’s just that the teachers are very entertaining. The staff are also very accommodating. To me, they are also teachers. I feel like every learner here is equal to each other and every single person is given importance.
To add, another thing I also really like is when we get recognition, even if what we did was just small and was not a big deal. Through my years here, I remained upright and positive. I never felt depression, because who has time for that when you have loads of tasks to do?
I really feel good here. You are accepted. Whatever race, status and background you have, you are accepted.
Staying here was worth it. One of the best decisions I have made in my student life. Through my stay here, I have learned the Childian way. From my first day here and onward, I will be always Childian all the way!