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San Lorenzo School Turns 40!

San Lorenzo School Turns 40

San Lorenzo School in the city of San Pedro is celebrating its 40th Founding Anniversary this school year 2015-2016, themed “Treasuring the Past, Shaping the Future toward ASEAN Integration”. The celebration will highlight several activities that will last until the end of the school year. The festivities officially started on October 2 with a Thanksgiving Mass and the opening of the Sports fest and Muse Competition. The primary department’s Expo was then held the next day, followed by the intermediate pupils’ Expo a week after.

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On October 21, the formal opening ceremony to mark the school’s ruby anniversary will feature the highly-anticipated Field Demonstration, followed by the opening of the High School Exhibit, and the Inter-Color Sports fest. This is will be attended by special guests, including local government leaders, loyal parent awardees who fully supported the school’s programs and activities within the last 10 years, and alumni awardees successful in their field of expertise. Several booths will likewise be put up by the different clubs for the Open House.

The students’ athletic ability, as well as that of the members of the faculty staff, selected alumni, and PTA will also be given emphasis through an assortment of sport competitions like basketball, volleyball, badminton, indoor games, as well as some popular Filipino games like piko and patintero on October 22 to 24. The Academic challenge composed of quiz bees on Spelling, Math, Science, and other subjects is scheduled on October 22-23, while the Siyensia Potentia Inter-School Competition will be held on November 13. Another much-awaited activity, the Cheer and Dance Competition and Awarding Ceremony will then be held on October 28.

San Lorenzo School will not be what it is today if not for one of its beloved founders, Mrs. Zenaida Abanilla and in commemoration of her 8th birth-in-the-afterlife anniversary, a Holy Mass will be celebrated on the 22nd of October.

The SLS Parent-Teacher Association also prepared an array of activities like the “Sanlo Run Go”, a Fun Run with the San Pedro River Basin Council to raise environmental awareness which is set for November 21, as well as the Search for Master & Little Miss and Mister & Miss SLS, which will have its Talent Night on December 12 and Coronation Night on February 2016.

SLS @ 40: Treasuring the Past, Shaping the Future…

San Lorenzo School @ 40: Treasuring the Past, Shaping the Future Towards ASEAN Integration

Four decades ago, the simple but noble vision of a businessman, Franciso Abanilla, and his wife Zenaida, a school teacher, of providing quality education to the youth of the rapidly growing community of San Pedro was turned into reality when Mrs. Abanilla started a tutorial class for kids between three and five years old and experimented on a different touch of learning experience.

Press Release(Manila Bulletin. Oct. 18, 2015 issue)

This paved the way to the birth of “Quality Kindergarten Schoolhouse” right in the very residence of the Abanillas. It adopted the Montessori Approach which mainly focuses on the individuality of the child. It then continued to grow and further develop as it consistently provided quality education to children even from neighboring communities. QKS’s constant good performance was consequently acknowledged by the then Department of Education Culture and Sports (DECS) through the issuance of a certificate of recognition on January 23, 1981.The year after, QKS was renamed Quality Kindergarten and Grade School as it began offering the Elementary course, starting with the Grade One level while the subsequent grade levels were added during the succeeding years until it was completed in 1988. Throughout those years, the school has steadily built a good reputation with its name almost becoming synonymous with quality education. It therefore did not come as a surprise when DECS likewise granted a certificate of recognition to its elementary course on October 21, 1987.

In 1988, it was renamed SAN LORENZO SCHOOL in honor of the first Filipino Saint (canonized by St. John Paul II who was then still a Pope), who was instrumental in the miraculous healing of Mr. Abanilla from a malignant disease after being taught to pray for his intercession.

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