What is academic Rigour?

Rigour is synonymous to extreme thoroughness, meticulousness, strictness, and carefulness. Often, educators equate rigour with difficulty. However, academically rigorous learning experiences mean sufficient and appropriate challenge for students, not simply difficult. Rigorous experiences motivate students  to learn more and learn it more deeply, while giving them a sense of personal achievement when they overcome the learning challenge. Lessons that are simply difficult  will more likely lead to disengagement, resentment, and frustration (Glossary of Educational Reform).


SMC Royals make it big in YMCA National Convention of Students

South Mansfield College enhances leadership potentials and capabilities of the students  through varied activities. Leadership is also part of the curriculum.

This year,  14 high school students represented the school extraordinarily well and gave the school prestige during the 30th YMCA National Assembly of Students in Baguio City.

Last November 3-6, 2018, our high school students stood out and became a team to beat by actively participating in the different activities during the national convention for the youth. 

The following are the prestigious awards that our SMC Royals received during the conference:

1.Most Outstanding Delegation for 3 consecutive years

2.Outstanding Delegates—Reggie Mae Novelo & Francine Belen

3.Loyalty Awardees—Reggie Mae Novelo, Francine Belen, and Sarah Wileman

4.Committee Chairs—Dianne Villena, Miguel Secuando, Francine Belen, and Reggie Mae Novelo

5.Best Resolution—Dianne Villena

6.First Runner-up—Mr. YMCA Lakan 2018—Miguel Secuando

The delegation was composed of Matthew Gante, Spencer Fritz Petalio, Fonteriza Pasatiempo, Fatima Rabanera, KC Ambing, Andrea Li Santos, Chantel Peji, Natalie Hirshbein, and Alexandra Castillejo.

The YMCA National Assembly of High School Students is a gathering of selected student leaders from different public and private high schools nationwide. This  year, around 800 delegates participated in resolution writing and other meaningful activities.  The assembly is a venue by which they could share their views and ideas about current issues and concerns affecting their lives. They are provided an opportunity to formulate concrete plan of actions that they may implement in their respective schools.


SMC athletes win in PRISAA Meet

South Mansfield athletes one again demonstrated their skills in sports! The Grade School Basketball varsity defeated their opponents in the recently-concluded Private Schools Athletics Association (PRISAA) District Meet held at the Dela Salle Santiago Zobel School last October 16-18, 2018. The team is composed of Amos Cruz, Rhys Evangelista, Dylan Del Rio, Yñigo Delen, Jahlil Cartagena, Jamez Buenaventura, Ian Batistiana, Pablo Gonzalez, Prince Salinas, Jed Clavecilla, Heherson Sarenas, Amatheus Ladia, Luis Gargollo, and Jax Patdu.

SMC’s Taekwondo Team received 1 gold and 2 silver through Yla Maryela Anda (Grade 6 Perseverance) and Natalie Ovryl Valenzuela (Grade 7 Justice). Yla brought home the gold medal in her category while Ovryl brought home silver.

Another feat is the silver medal won by Cody Palaganas (Grade 6 Prudence)

Junior High student wins in NCR-wide journalism contest

South Mansfield Royals did it again! Fourteen high school students joined the prestigious Liyab ‘18—16th NCR-wide Journalism Press Conference held at the Philippine Normal University last October 03 and 06, 2018. With the theme, “Lagablab ng Pluma: Pagpapaningas ng mga Pahayagang Pangkampus bilang Alternatibong Midya,”  the event was highlighted by seminars and competitions on news writing, feature writing, sports writing, editorial cartooning, copy reading and headline writing, and photojournalism.

Fatima Rabanera from Grade 9 Integrity landed in the top 8 in Sports Writing (Filipino). The team was composed of Miguel Secuando, Marvin Refran, Esther Pre, Chantel Peji, Heleina Hao, Angela Balagon, Marc De Ungria, Aliyah Delen, Armelia Santos, Arielle Alejandro, Josh Vidal, Juliana Argana, and Abby Barrion.

More than 600 students from among 50 schools in Metro Manila participated in the event sponsored by The Torch Publications. The event aims to develop students’ journalistic writing skills on different genres.

The students were trained by our able English and Filipino Teachers in High School. 

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