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A Black and White Affair – 28th Recognition Day

March 27, 2015 was a Black and White Affair day commemorating the 28th Recognition Day of Stepping Stone. Parents, Students, Teachers and even Interns and office staff came dressed in black or white or a combination thereof.

March 27, 2015 was a Black and White Affair day commemorating the 28th Recognition Day of Stepping Stone. Parents, Students, Teachers and even Interns and office staff came dressed in black or white or a combination thereof.

Although Stepping Stone has been around for forty three (43) years now, it was only formalized into a foundation in 1987, first known as Development Center for the Handicapped Foundation, Inc. and renamed as the Center for Excellence in Special Education in late 2013.

The program got underway at 9:30 am with the with the marching of the parents and students from Early Intervention Class followed by Functional Academics, and Teen Adult Class. Next were the Teachers followed by Chairman & President Mundy Gonzalez and Executive Director Dayal Nandwani

The master of ceremonies, our Academics Head, Teacher JB prompted everyone to rise for the doxology presented by students Ella and Christian Joseph from the Functional Academics Class.

After a beautiful Doxology, Ferdie of the Teen Adult Class led the group in singing the National Anthem.

Welcome Address was given by Chairman & President Mundy who congratulated the parents and students and all awardees for the days’ affair/He also mentioned that the new campus was undergoing renovations to provide the best facilities for our students.

Trustee Ann Aspinall introduced the guest speaker Mr. Simon Bewlay, M.B.E. Simon is the Chairman of the Board of Governors, British School Manila., Trustee of the British Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines, Chairman of the Outreach Committee and Supervisor of Educational Scholarships since 2015 among other pro bono activities in the Philippines. 2012, Her Majesty the Queen of England graciously appointed Simon as a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (M.B.E.) for Services to Education in the Philippines.

Mr. Bewlay directed his talk specifically to parents thanking them for their love, patience and hard work in handling their children. He pointed out that the parents must have a Happy Disposition despite the very difficult daily care they encounter with their children. Mr. Bewlay asked the parents to put on a big smile on their faces and always look cheerful. He went on to thank the teachers as well for their patience in handling the students day to day.

As part of the commitment of commitment of the British School Manila (BSM), Mr. Bewlay announced that initially, BSM would support the beautification of the garden area at Stepping Stone Sucat. This is very welcome as the new campus has quite large area and it could need a lot of help in fixing certain portions of the open spaces. Mr. Bewlay also promised to send their teachers to Stepping Stone at Sucat once the school gets underway, to check on curriculum, facilities and other forms of support the BSM teachers maybe able extend their assistance.

A short Audio Visual Presentation was played before the distribution of Certificates and Medals. The AVP was produces by De La Salle University – Collage of St. Benilde by their Multi Media Arts Department. The AVP presented the current and future campuses. Another short video presented an animated concept of how the future campus would look like.

The programs got underway with the emcee calling on trustees Ann Aspinall and Remy Romero Salas to hand Certificate of Recognition and Medals to the Early Intervention Class of 2014-2015.

The next batch to be called on were students from the Functional Academics Class. Our guest speaker Mt. Simon Bewlay of BSM and Mr. Bob Salamon, representative of the Lloyd George Asia Foundation, did the honors of handling out the Certificates of Recognition and Medals…

The emcee called on Executive Director Dayal Nandwani to announce the Presentation of Special Certificates of Appreciation. ED Dayal asked Chairman and President Mundy Gonzalez and Adviser Felix Amparo to come to the stage to hand Special Certificates of Appreciation. ED Dayal announced the first Awardee, 20 year old joined Stepping Stone for two months as an International Organization called AIESEC or the Association of International Exchange Students in Economics and Commerce. Hayato is a student at the Nagoya City University currently taking up Education and International Studies.

The nest awardee Ms. Colleen Richard, our resident U.S. Peace Corps Response Volunteer, was called on the stage together with represantatives from the US Peace Corps Philippines, Mr. William R. Moore, Director of Management & Operations, and Mr. Milosil Cruz Response Coordinator. Ms. Colleen is the second Licensed Speech Pathology Volunteer that Stepping Stone has requested in last four (4) years of Partnership with US Peace Corps Philippines. ED Dayal thanked Ms. Colleen for her eight (8) months tour of duty handling the Speech and Language Pathology Interns from the University of Santo Tomas. Ms. Colleen shared her expertise as a Licensed Speech Pathologist. Chairman Mundy handed Ms. Colleen her Certificate.

Last but not least, ED Dayal called on our Guest Speaker, Mr. Simon Bewlay, to come on stage together with Trustee Ms. Ann Aspinall. After the certificate was read out, Chairman Mundy and Trustee Ann handed Mr. Bewlay his Certificate of Appreciation.

The program continued with the awarding of the Certificates of Recognition and Medals for the Teen-Adult Class. The emcee, Teacher Jb called on Chairman & President Mundy Gonzalez and Adviser Nash Pablo to award the Certificates of Recognition and Medals. A total of 36 students were recognized for school year 2014-2015.

All Class Levels then sang “ Incredible” a song chosen for the occasion. It was a fitting song by Celine Dione and Neyo, which talks about how amazing and incredible we all are.

Mrs. Dorothy Pasia, parent of our Teen Adult student, Vicky, gave a short speech thanking the school board and teachers for the current school year. She said the partnership between the school and parents has never been stronger and encouraged everyone to continue to support

Stepping Stone in their own way. A final song “Thanks To You” was sang by all the class levels and dedicated to everyone present.

Closing remarks were given by ED Dayal who thanked everyone for attending the Recognition Day. Aside from the Trustees and Advisers already mentioned, Past Rotary International Director (PRID) Paing Hechanova was also present. Prid Paeng is also Adviser to Stepping Stone. Guest Included Ms. Rosarie Villasor, President of the Rotary Club of San Juan Central and her son RoyThomas III; Albert Ang, Past President of the Rotary Club of Mandaluyong; Mrs. Pina Rojas, Mrs. Eloy Salamon, Ms. Leng (sister of Ms. Eloy) and Ms. Joy of the U.S. Peace Corps Philippines. As the program ended, parents, student, guests and teachers gathered for picture taking with different groups.