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MHSS at 10: Celebrating a decade of quality and holistic education

Thursday, February 11, 2016

A decade has passed since the establishment of Malayan High School of Science, envisioned to be a global center of excellence in secondary education especially in the field of science and technology—a decade which has not passed in vain. The school, continuously investing in providing quality and holistic education to its students, has implemented a curriculum at par with the global standards. Additionally, it has been able to produce wellrounded individuals, not just proficient in the academics but also in co-curricular activities.

With its vision to inculcate in its students the core values of discipline, excellence, commitment, integrity, and responsibility, MHSS aims to produce good Filipino citizens who will become role models and are able to make a difference in the world.

“MHSS has come a long way since its beginning and this year’s celebration will focus on honing more Malayans in becoming globally competitive individuals,” Malayan administrator Jan Erwin Macam said.

Foundation week

In January 18-22, 2016,the school will be holding its foundation week celebration. The perennial activities include Malayan Wizard, Malayan Idol, Malayan’s best Dance Crew, Malayan’s Got Talent, and Birit Malayan. Also, for the first time, the school will have its Variety Show where both teachers and students get to show off their talents.

“This year showcases the 10 years of MHSS highlighting the different achievements in academic and extra-curricular activities,” Macam said.

2015, a year of achievements

The past year has been a year of accolades for the school – from academic to extracurricular achievements. According to the principal, Ms. Jocelyn Antiporda, MHSS students continue to make a difference in the world. “MHSS students earned awards in academic and sports competitions both in the national and international scenes and it has students who graduated with distinction from different universities,” she said.

For one, Grade 8 student Audrey Tan won in two math international competitions – one in September and another in November, while two Malayan students won as second runner-up in the sumobot category of the 4th Annual Philippine Robothon held last October.

Malayans are also making it big in the world of sports as the Red Robins ranked as second runner up in the NCAA basketball championships last October.

Edge in robotics technology

MHSS also equips itself and its students with new technologies, evident in Malayan being one of the few schools in the Philippines currently offering Robotics Technology as a subject in its curriculum for Grades 7 to 10. Currently, there are programming and robotics courses in Malayan.

In robotics technology courses, concepts in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics are tackled, even arts and design. The subjects are integrated to make the learning experience for the students worthwhile.

“We cannot deny the fact that we are the future. So we need to learn these new things. If we do not prepare our students, they will be lagging behind. We use these technologies to enhance our lives in the future,” explained MHSS robotics instructor Diomar Alarde.

Internet of Things

Following Mapúa’s lead, Malayan High School of Science is on the verge of fully adopting the concept of Internet of Things (IoT), a convergence of smart things connected through the internet enabling them to communicate with one another for the purpose of performing tasks with ease.

With the smart things being able to connect with one another, life for humans would be quite improved plus trouble-free. Internet of Things can help in a wide array of applications: in gadgets, wearable accessories, home entertainment, building systems, transportation systems, office and education tools, and healthcare systems among others. This technology is expected to boom in the coming years, hence the desire of the school to focus on this niche, which it will offer to its Grade 12 STEM students starting in 2017.

Mapúa will work hand-in-hand with MHSS in exploration of possibilities in the area of Internet of Things to ensure that students and faculty have exposure to the latest trends in this technology.

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This article is part of the Foundation Week Supplement of Mapúa, MHSS, and MCL, published at the Philippine Star last January 25, 2016.

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