PARENT ADVISORY COMMITTEE
The Faith Academy Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) is a committee comprised of parents of students from the Faith Academy community. Through PAC, parent’s ideas and concerns are valued and given opportunity for expression in the life and ministry of Faith Academy. The objectives are to facilitate communication between parents and to build community among Faith families. If you have questions and/or need assistance, please feel free to email us at [email protected]
“I enjoy prayer together as parents for our school because then I actually do it! It is also a great encouragement to pray together for our children.”
Praying Parents meet every Tuesday morning from 7:15 to 8:30 in the Prayer Room in front of Tipunan Hall. Not only parents are welcome!
Karen Tan aka “Queenie” and husband Ruel are part of the training team of Christ Commission Fellowship’s Glorious Hope program. They run their own auto parts and hardware/construction business and have been part of Faith Academy since 2005. They have three kids, two who have already graduated from Faith Academy and their youngest child is in 10th grade.
Annemarie Colenbrander is from the Netherlands. She is working with OMF International as a nurse in a urban poor program. She has finished doing language study. Her 3 kids are in Elementary and Middle school.
Pita Villa-Real is the wife of Christ Commission Fellowship, Antipolo pastor, Marc Villa-Real. She is also the Nextgen Kid’s Church coordinator. of CCF Antipolo. She has 3 sons attending Faith Academy, one in each division- elementary, middle school and high school.
Cary Drinkard and family moved from Augusta, Georgia in the U.S. to Manila last summer(2014). They have worked in the US with Campus Outreach, a college ministry, for the last 15 years and have recently begun a 2-year program for our graduates to come to South East Asia to work alongside local churches doing college ministry and learning about missions. Their team in Manila is connected to Bread.com Church and works at Ateneo and UP. They have 3 children attending at Faith Academy. They are so thankful for this community and the encouragement it has been to them while they adjust here in Manila.
Troy Beaver retired from the Houston Fire Department in 2012 and their family now teams up with Christian churches in squatters areas to provide free mobile Vacation Bible Schools for the children. His wife, Thai, takes the programs from the U.S. and tweaks them to work easily with Filipino volunteers. They have been in the Philippines for 4 years with Worship On Wheels growing every year. They have 3 children. Check us out at www.worshiponwheels.com
Shin HaYoung’s English name is Joanna Kim. But she prefers to use her own Korean name, Shin, Ha Young. It means Glory to God. She has 3 daughters, one in middle school, another in high school and the eldest has graduated from Faith Academy. They are from PCK mission, serving in Asia Pacific Christian College and Seminary.
Michelle Go Taruc is married to Jose, they have 3 kids, 2 are in elementary of Faith Academy. They are members of the Christ Commission Fellowship church and a Filipino business family. They own the KIT- Keep it Together found in some mall outlets as well as a Nail Spa and a Wax Salon. They also own the Kuhala Bay Resort in Rizal. Her main objective is to connect the concerns of our fellow parents regarding the safety of the students in the school.
Cheryl Roldan is married to Miko Roldan the Athletics Tournament Coordinator. They have 2 boys, one in middle school and the other in elementary. Cheryl Roldan is the current Chairperson of PAC.
Kimberley Medlin – I am a Faith alumni of class 1992. Mike and I are here serving under Emerge Missions. Mike is the general manager of Edge Radio also known as Positively Pinoy (positivelypinoyncom ) and we are also United Christian Broadcasters Asia (UCB).
Lenae M. Hong – is an alumnus of Faith Academy. She is married to Steve Hong, a HS teacher here at Faith. Lenae was an elementary teacher for many years while they lived in Baguio City. They have 3 children, one who just graduated HS this year and now in college while the other 2 are both in HSD also here at Faith.
ACADEMIC BOWL – This is made of Varsity and Junior Varsity teams that compete against other schools two or three times a year in an academic quizzing format.
BIRTHDAY PARTIES/TREATS – Birthday parties after school usually held at the elementary playground or swimming pool must be scheduled through the Activities Coordinator and the Aquatics Director at least 2 weeks in advance. Birthday treats may be shared with your elementary child’s class. Please let the teacher know at least a day ahead when you are sending treats to celebrate your child’s birthday. This is to take place during merienda/recess time.
BOY SCOUTS – Troop 352 meets weekly. There are hikes, campouts, and skills training. Boy Scouts cover two divisions: Middle School and High School.
CALENDAR – This may be found on the Faith website (www.faith.edu.ph). If you have any questions regarding the school calendar, you may contact Cherrie Jose at the Central Office.
CHAPEL – Chapel time for each school division is held weekly in Tipunan Hall. Special speakers are invited to address the different topics on the yearly chapel theme. Students and classes participate in a variety of ways throughout the year during chapel times. Parents are welcome to attend chapel at any time.
CHILD SAFETY TEAM (as of January 2016):
- Tom Ballentyne – [email protected]
- Sandy Varberg – [email protected]
- Micah Dowell – [email protected]
- Reah Medenilla – [email protected]
EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES – Please check your Faith e-mail and the weekly School Bulletin for announcements regarding plays, sports, and other after-school clubs that may be offered.
FAITH ACADEMY COMMUNITY BULLETIN – This is a schoolwide communication sent electronically to your FA e-mail address every Wednesday. This keeps parents informed of all school activities. If you are not receiving this weekly, please contact the Information Technology Dept. and let them know. You may request a printed copy of this to be sent home with your student by contacting Rita Quimboy in the Central Office or e-mail [email protected]
FAITH ACADEMY MANILA CAMPUS PHONE NUMBER – 651-7100
FAITH COMMUNITY FESTIVAL – An annual community fun event for Faith Academy families for the purpose of having families interact through different activities. There are games, shows, and food stalls manned by students for fundraising.
FAITH DIRECTORY – The Faith Directory usually comes out in the 2nd Quarter and it will list names and telephone numbers for staff and families at Faith. Each family is given one, but if you do not receive your copy, please check for them at the Central Office front desk.
FAMILY HOME WEEKEND – Two weekends are set aside each year to promote family unity, especially in the boarding homes. No school-sponsored activities will be scheduled. New homework will not be assigned, but long-term assignments may be due the first day following the break.
LIBRARY – LRC (Library) serves as both a school/community resource facility. Students and parents are allowed to borrow and check out books.
MY OWN EMAIL – Every Faith Academy family is issued a Faith e-mail address. All internal school mail will be sent to this address. If you wish to have this mail automatically forwarded to another home or work email address, please contact the Information Technology Dept. for assistance. They are located near the High School Office or send an email to [email protected]
PARENT ADVISORY COMMITTEE – The Faith Academy Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) is a committee comprised of parents of students from the Faith Academy community. The overall goal of the PAC: “Parent’s ideas and concerns are valued and given the opportunity for expression in the life and ministry of Faith Academy.” The objectives are to facilitate communication between parents and to build community among Faith families. You may see the list of the members of the PAC Bulletin Board outside the Central Office.
PARENT LOUNGE – The lobby of the CADD Theater is the designated Parent Lounge on school days from 7:00am to 4:30pm. Wifi is available (ask the IT Dept. for access to Wifi). No drinks or food are allowed in the lounge. No children are also allowed unless accompanied by parents. We hope you find the lounge a relaxing place when you need to wait on campus. Please enjoy!
PARENT-RUN SPORTS – These are sports-related Saturday or after-school activities managed and coordinated by volunteer parents. Grades K-8 are encouraged to sign up for these sports activities usually held on campus. Age brackets are specified in the sign-up forms.
SCHOOL CLOSURE – Faith Academy will follow the closure notices issued by the Department of Education for typhoons or other abnormal circumstances. Classes at all levels shall be automatically suspended when typhoon signal numbers 2, 3, or 4 are raised. Since Faith Academy is located outside the Metro Manila area, school closures announced for the Metro Manila area do not necessarily apply to Faith. A text message will be sent to you in case of school closure. Other useful places to check for information are your school email address, Faith Academy on Facebook and @FaithAcademyPH onTwitter.
Elementary School – Ms. Lucille Resurreccion – Ext. 402
Middle School – Ms. Charity Longcop – Ext. 502
High School – Ms. Mars Austria –Ext. 602, Rose Castillo – Ext. 604
TALENT NIGHT – This is a junior class fundraiser for the Junior-Senior banquet. If you have a special talent, plan to try out. This is open to all divisions. Talent Night is usually scheduled in January.
VOLUNTEERS – Faith Academy appreciates parent volunteers for various positions on campus. If you are interested in volunteering, please notify the Volunteer Coordinator to find out the requirements and what positions are available. You may contact Mary Lim at [email protected]
Christmas Program – The Elementary Christmas program is always a highlight of our celebration of Christ’s birth. This program involving children from K-Grade 5 is held at the last day of the first semester.
Filipiniana Week – During the Elementary Filipiniana week, special emphasis is placed on the Philippines – its land and people. Many varied and colorful activities take place to help students and staff learn about and grow in their understanding and appreciation of the Philippines. Parent help is often needed for events throughout the week.
Forgetting to bring lunch – For a one-off instance when a child forgets their lunch, a hotdog sandwich will be purchased for them to ensure they have something to eat. Parents then need to reimburse the school. After that, a student who forgets their lunch will be given a package of crackers. Parents may not send in money or set up regular arrangements for classroom teachers or other Faith Academy employees/staff to purchase merienda and lunch from the V or the student store for their child(ren).
International Celebration – This annual week-long emphasis focuses on the cultural diversity among staff and students. School events and classroom activities are a part of our Social Studies curriculum. Most years, students and staff are encouraged to wear national costumes on one or two occasions during this celebration.
Barkadas – Barkada is a Tagalog word that means group of friends. Each student is placed into one of four Barkadas, which are a mixture of Grade 6, 7, & 8 students. Throughout the year a series of Barkada activities are held. The goals of Barkada events are to help develop good relationships with a wide variety of people and to build school spirit. At the end of the year, the winning Barkada is awarded the Barkada Bowl.
Christmas Party – The Student Senate organizes this social event which is usually an ice cream and cookie dessert evening with entertainment items provided by the Middle School students and staff.
Clubs – There are two days in the week where clubs are offered after school. All teachers are involved sometime during the year with offering a club of their choice. Clubs are optional for students and they get involved by signing up for one or two days a week. Students get the choice each quarter to sign up for new clubs or sometimes continue through in the same one.
CUSH – is an abbreviation for Catch Up Study Hall. It is required for students who have been referred by a teacher. It is not a detention, but a time set aside to help students to stay up to date with their work. It happens on Friday after school. End of Year Banquet – The Student Senate also organizes this banquet event. They choose a theme, decorate the hall, and audition students for performances during the evening. Students dress more formally but in Middle School there is a no dating allowed for the banquet.
Friendship Week – Activities during this week are designed to help students strengthen and make new friendships, especially those who are new to Faith Academy. It is also designed to build school spirit at this point early in the year. Students have the opportunity to dress up according to daily themes and participate in interactive team games on Friday afternoon.
Outdoor Ed – Outdoor Education is a yearly offering in the month of February. It takes place in a series of off-campus locations (Taal Lake, Subic, Corregidor) for a period of five days. The purpose of Outdoor Ed is to create an experience outside the normal school setting that places students in cooperative learning activities with an educational emphasis. There is a spiritual emphasis program in the evenings to challenge students to a deeper relationship with God.
PHAT – Pursuing Holiness And Truth is a weekly Wednesday after school activity designed for spiritual enrichment and fun that students are strongly encouraged to attend.
Science Fair/Speech Tournament – This event alternates each year between the Science Technology Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) Expo and the Speech Tournament. The main objective behind this event is to teach middle school students how to answer questions through research. This research is done both through a review of the literature as well as through scientific experimentation. Both 7th and 8th graders are required to participate so they will experience both events over the two years. Sixth graders observe with a view to prepare themselves for future years.
Worship Team – Students have the opportunity to try out and participate in the worship team by playing a musical instrument or singing. This team helps lead the worship time during chapels.
ACADEMIC BOWL – This is made of Varsity and Junior Varsity [JV] teams that compete against other schools two or three times a year in an academic quizzing format.
ACADEMIC PLANNING – Students may follow one of three separate tracks of study: the General Education Track, the Full Academic Track, or the Student Support Track. All students are required to enroll in a Bible course and an English course during each semester of attendance at Faith Academy. Requests for early graduation must be submitted by a letter from parents to the principal during the month of August.
ADVANCED PLACEMENT – Advanced Placement (AP) courses in many subjects are available to Faith Academy high school students, depending on availability of staff. A test administered by the College Board is taken at the end of the academic year. A fee is charged by the College Board for each exam (approximately $125). Colleges and universities in many countries recognize these exams for credit and/or entrance requirements. It is expected that each student enrolled in the AP program will take the external exam in May. Exceptions may be granted by the principal after consulting with the teacher and parent.
A4J – All for Jesus is a kids’ Bible club outreach that runs on Sunday mornings first semester. Generally for High School students’ service hours but open for volunteer staff and other families with hearts and hands to serve.
HIGH SCHOOL RETREAT – At the beginning of the year, typically towards the end of August, StuCo hosts a welcome the students and high school staff go away for 2 nights.This has proven to be a valuable time for students to get to know each other and develop unity.
HOUSES – Each high school student and staff member, is placed in one of four houses for the duration of their time at Faith Academy. The four houses are named using Greek Biblical terms. They are Anastasia, Tharseo, Machaira, and Kaio. The house system provides a vertically oriented infrastructure that intentionally allows for mentoring and friendship building across different grade levels, leadership opportunities for students, and more deliberate pastoral care in our high school community.
Anastasia (Resurrection, John 11:25)
Tharseo (Bold & courageous, Heb 13:6)
Machaira (Sword of the Spirit, Eph 6:17)
Kaio (Burn & give light, John 5:35)
INDEPENDENT STUDY AND ONLINE COURSES – A provision is made for students to receive credit for courses that are taken independently. This allows students to satisfy university or home country requirements that cannot be met at Faith Academy. It also allows students to pursue a special interest.
INTERNATIONAL GENERAL CERTIFICATE OF SECONDARY EDUCATION (IGCSE) / INTERNATIONAL STUDIES DEPARTMENT – IGCSE subjects at Faith Academy allow students from countries such as Britain, Australia, and New Zealand an appropriate preparation for return to their passport countries. The subjects that are generally offered are as follows: English Language, English Literature, History,Religious Studies, Physics, Biology, and Math. IGCSE exams are administered by the Cambridge Studies Department. All students can apply to take these courses.
JUNIOR-SENIOR BANQUET – This is a formal event held usually off campus second semester. The specific purpose is to allow the junior class to honor the seniors. With this in mind, attendees are requested to limit dating within grades 11 and 12. If senior wishes to bring a non-Faith Academy guest/date to the banquet, they must seek approval from the principal.
MINISTRY DAY – This activity allows students a chance to serve the spiritual and practical needs of the wider community.
NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY – National Honor Society (NHS) is a US-based organization with chapters in over 15,000 schools worldwide. Its purpose is to give recognition to outstanding high school students. The National Honor Society chapter of Faith Academy is a duly chartered and affiliated chapter of this prestigious national organization. Membership is open to those students who meet the required standards in four areas of evaluation: scholarship, leadership, service, and character. Standards for selection are established by the national office of NHS and have been applied to our local chapter context. Students are selected to be members by a 5-member Faculty Council, appointed by the principal, which bestows this honor upon qualified students on behalf of the faculty of our school each March.
PARTIES-BANQUETS – These events are intended for Faith Academy HS students. If a student desires to bring a friend or date who is not enrolled in the school, he or she must seek permission from the principal.
PLAYS/MUSICALS – The Fine Arts Department puts on at least two dramatic productions each year – Drama Class productions, an underclassman play, a Senior Play and an all-school play or musical during the second semester.
SENIOR TRIP – This special trip helps bring closure to seniors’ experience at Faith Academy. The class plans the trip, but the principal holds final say over all details. Funding comes primarily from the principal’s senior fees account, but the class may supplement transportation expenses from their account with the principal’s approval.
SERVICE HOURS – Each student must complete 10 service hours per semester in high school. Four hours or fewer may be completed in service to the Faith community. Service hours are due shortly after the October and March breaks. Students who do not complete service hours will be required to leave campus after school every day until the deficient hours are completed; they will also receive demerits and be ineligible for after school activities until this is done. Seniors with incomplete service hours will not receive a diploma. See Service Hours Online for more details www.faith.edu.ph/service/login.ph.
SPIRITUAL ENRICHMENT WEEK (SEW) – Near the beginning of second semester, the Chaplain’s office organizes a week of spiritual enrichment. This normally includes daily chapel sessions, a special speaker and a special day of events.
SPIRIT WEEK – During the first quarter, a week of themed days that encourage light-hearted competition between houses. The goal is to promote school spirit and unity.