Lance O. Co Ting Keh, 6D
Posted Tuesday, 26-Oct-2004 7:34 AM
school without a thrust is just like a ship without a compass. This is
the reason why the school administrators, teachers, and staff got together
last summer to discuss the school thrusts chosen for the year -- discipline
According to Fr. Go, there are two kinds of discipline. The first is external
discipline, which means following the rules and regulations of our school.
The second more important one is self-discipline. It is being able to
take responsibility for ourselves and choose to do what’s right even when
there are no rules and regulations, or when there are no teachers watching.
Discipline is an important value all Xaverians should have because with
discipline, you automatically develop CHARACTER, the self-mastery expected
of any mature person. At the same time, you can achieve COMPETENCE because
study and any kind of self-development require discipline.
This thrust is clearly emphasized in school through the different discipline
plans being implemented. Inside the classroom are very clear rules, rewards
and consequences that accompany desirable and undesirable behaviors. Another
set of plans is currently implemented for assemblies and other out-of-the-classroom
Given the big pull of consumerism all around us, Fr. Go has seen it fit
to add simplicity as a major thrust for the year. He explained that because
wants multiply all the time, we are never satisfied because there’s always
something new to want. According to him, we should just learn to count
our blessings and not join the race of keeping up with the Joneses. We
must live within our means and concentrate on needs, not wants.
Given that most of the Xavier population comes from those who live the
not-so-simple lifestyle, the school is faced with the challenge of making
the students imbibe the value of simplicity. This task of putting words
into action has fallen onto the shoulders of the GS Assistant Principals.
For the little ones, Mrs. Arlene Choo, AP for EED said that the students
are taught to be simple in their words, actions and in the things they
bring to school. Teachers and students are encouraged to reuse and recycle
materials. Elaborate birthday celebrations with loot bags and giveaways
are not allowed. Students are encouraged to give simple birthday cards
to the celebrants instead. Canteeners are asked to bring plastic containers
so that leftovers can be brought home.
In the same light, Mr. Marc Magsalin, AP for Primary, said that the Grades
2 to 4 boys are asked to be conscious with how they speak and deal with
others. They are reminded not bring too many and too extravagant materials
to school. He also mentioned that students are told to bring money only
for emergency and for food.
On the other hand, Ms. Estrelle Nabua of the Intermediate Grades, explained
the importance of parents’ participation in implementing the thrusts of
discipline and simplicity. She met with the parent representatives and
gave out copies of the discipline plan and discussed with them their role
in the success of the year’s thrusts.
As Mrs. Nabua has pointed out, parents play a big role in the choice of
values their sons imbibe. Even as the principal, assistant principals
and teachers do their best in trying to instill in us the values of discipline
and simplicity, we will not live these values unless these are also found
in our homes. How can parents help their children if they themselves do
not practice discipline and simplicity? Can they be credible models of
simplicity if their sons see them buying a new car every time a new model
is released? Will Xaverians be content in not having the latest model
cellphone if their parents keep replacing theirs with the most expensive
Let’s face it. We Xaverians live in a privileged
world where everything we want and ask for is usually given. The worldly
things that we are pampered with have blinded us and made us forget that
we have less fortunate brothers and sisters who do not have anything at
all. Our lifestyle has made us comfortable and we often forget that we
need to do more so that we can be more. Fortunately, we have Xavier School
to constantly remind us that there are more important things in life than
possessions. Xavier School, with its thrusts of discipline and simplicity,
shapes us into being men fully alive, endowed with a passion for justice
and the skills for development.
I challenge all Xavier students to exert a conscious
effort to help the school in forming us into men for others!
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