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A Lifetime Guarantee

Saturday, July 20th, 2013

Knowing when to let go and how to do it is one of the toughest decisions that parents make. It is true that in their eyes, children are a rare find and not just anyone is given the permission to help mold a child’s’ being. However over the course of time, our society has learned to accept the idea that a home is the place that sustains their needs while the school is where a child will fully develop and mature. Since the family and the school meet between the life of a child, the presence of mutual trust and respect is very important in this kind of relationship. I believe this is one of the facts that all good parents – and – teachers have in common. The bottom line is both parties want to ensure the future of the child by helping him/her reach the milestones of success; at least that is how things are done in Al – Andalus International School, Al – Khobar, KSA.

Normally from the parents’ point of view, three types are concerned with the academic progress of their child. First, the parent – focused type wherein the parents are the ones primarily responsible for their children’s educational outcome. Second, the school – focused construct which indicates that the educators are the ones responsible for the student’s response to what he/she is learning in school. And lastly, the partnership – focused construct where both the parents and the teachers work together to make sure that the child is in good hands. This is the same principle that AAIS have been holding onto since 1985.

For years, the school has hosted Parents’ & Teachers’ Meetings or Acquaintance Parties to give both sides the time to communicate about the students’ development and after eighteen years, AAIS is still doing it. On July 20, 2013, the 19th Parents & Teachers Acquaintance Party was held within the vicinity of the school campus. With the assistance of the newly – elected Student Body Org. officers, the parents were able to meet up and listen to an almost two hour briefing of the advisers about the new grading system for the students under the K-12 program and other concerns like the Student Handbook, the Disciplinary System, School Events & Special Programs, etc. The election of officers followed shortly after the discussion with the class advisers. The parents of the Preparatory Department, Lower Elementary Department, and Upper Elementary Department stayed in their designated classroom with their respective newly-elected Presidents.

Finally, all parents from the High School Department were asked to stay inside the AVR or the former classroom of this school year’s Seniors. Then after voting in the classrooms, each department had chosen three people to represent them in the election of the PATHS Officers SY 2014 – 2015 in the Grade 5 – Section A room. Beforehand the parents were notified to bring their share of the potluck meal so after the meeting, everybody made sure that none of those went to waste.

As of now, The PATHS ( Parents & Teachers Helping Students), formerly known as the PTC (Parents & Teachers Council), headed by Mr. Tito Guevarra and Mrs. Egile Bagacay, is acknowledging the students involvement in some of their projects like the PATHS Logo Contest and the ‘Popeye’s Day’. This is their way to show their support for the celebration of the Buwan ng Wika that will be held on August 29, 2013. In line with their projects, this organization is part in supporting the school and the SBO in the launching of the Nutrition Program.

Even as AAIS is only in its third month of the school year, so much progress and development has happened, and is happening already because the school, specifically the teachers and the parents, are working together to reach their goal; and that is for the future of the AAISians.

As Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of the Indian Nation, once said,

“There is no school equal to a decent home and no teacher equal to a virtuous parent.”

Still, AAIS guarantees that here, your child will not only grow to become a well – developed individual with skills and talent but also, he/she will be equipped with the wisdom given by the school for the rest of his/her life because you chose to become a part of a synergy that always begins with a Parents & Teachers Meeting.

By Ayla Malagapo, Events Editor

SBO Election Results

Thursday, July 4th, 2013

After they had been given one week for campaign, our two rival parties, the Politeia Party and the Liberal Party had finally reached the moment of truth, the election proper and results. July 4, 2013 is a date to remember. It serves as the foundation of the School Year 2013-2014 since it was the day the students from Grades 4-10 voted for their officials and representatives.

We have nine executive positions for the SBO and each class voted for their representative. The following were the newly elected SBO Officials and Representatives:

President: Ayla Rhey Malagapo (Grade 10-Liberal)
Vice President: Zeah Angela Montera (Grade 9-Liberal)
Secretary: Cericca Jacla (Grade 9-Liberal)
Auditor: Nina Angelica Panlican (Grade 10-Liberal)
Treasurer: Jeri Berlyn Linganay (Grade 10-Liberal)
PRO 1: Andrian Villanueva (Grade 9-Politeia)
PRO 2: Sharmaine Jo Regina Badong (Grade 10-Liberal)
Sgt. At Arms 1: John Sonny Duque (Grade 9-Liberal)
Sgt. At Arms 2: Ian Cuasay (Grade 8-Liberal)

 Grade 4 Representatives:  Paul Seballos (Liberal)
                                                Nicole Duazon (Liberal)
Grade 5 Representatives: Chad Abu Jalban (Liberal)
                                                             Rose Ann Ancheta (Liberal)
Grade 6 Representatives: Jenssie Canapi (Politeia)
                                                            Jennier Canapi (Liberal)
Grade 7 Representatives: Mahaleah Angas (Politeia)
                                                             Nino Patrick Batac (Liberal)
Grade 8 Representatives: Bouchaie Pagtalunan (Liberal)
                                                             Timothy Dar (Liberal)
Grade 9 Representatives: Janine Grace Abad (Liberal)
                                                             Jan Philip Marique (Liberal)
Grade 10 Representative: Kenneth Salvador (Liberal)

Other candidates for the executive positions are Joshua Paul Plando (President-Grade 10-Politeia), Camille Jesca Bernardez (Vice President-Grade 9-Politeia), Gabrielle Angeli Badong (Secretary– Grade 9-Politeia), Bonifacio Ramirez, Jr. (Auditor– Grade 9-Politeia), Maria Cassandra delos Santos (Treasurer– Grade 9-Politeia), Paul Adriane Torneros (PRO 1– Grade 9 -Liberal), Alyssa Jadloc (PRO 2– Grade 9-Politeia), Ephraim Leianne Torres (Sgt. At Arms 1– Grade 9-Politeia) and Psalm David Lanoy (Sgt. At Arms 2– Grade 8 -Politeia).

According to a saying, just because you weren’t elected or selected doesn’t change the significance of your heart, your desires, your passions, your abilities, your skills, your intentions, or your dreams. It merely changed your plans. This school year might not be their time. Win or lose, each and every candidate did their best and this will serve as a lesson and be an additional experience to them.

By Camille Jesca Bernardez, Associate Editor

SBO Campaign & Miting De Avance: A Turning Point

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

Welcome to School Year ’13-‘14, a time for Al-Andalus International School, to once again, continue its mission of student achievement, responsible action and leading accountability. As we look forward to another outstanding year, so do we welcome the much anticipated election of the school’s new SBO (Student Body Organization) Officers.

 Student councils have become an important component in the engagement of students in learning about democracy and leadership. It has nurtured our student’s behavior and enhanced their developmental activities by taking charge of organizing events in the school and by working on several projects throughout the year. This year, our student leader aspirants present their views on various subjects in this year’s Miting De Avance: A turning point for these blooming visionaries.

 The SBO aims to serve for the advantage of the students and the school. This creates the favorable break to include cases of interest to students and also in conducting activities that augments student learning and make learning an enjoyable experience for all. The students who are drawn to the SBO develop several authority, leadership and communication skills in the path of handling responsibilities shouldered for being a student representative; Thus only why it is one of the most anticipated events of the school year.

Beforehand this year’s election, the OSA (Office of Student Affairs) took upon a great deal of a stringent screening process for the potential candidates in order to assure the adeptness of the running line up of both parties. After the screening process, The Liberal Party and The Politeia Party were amended in order to sustain the consistency of the party names that begun last year, which shall now be implemented as a standard for the years to come.

The Liberal Party constitutes of values similar to that of the United States’ Democratic Party, of laissez-faire and liberalism. The party’s official color is blue and its main philosophy in this year’s campaign is to raise the issue of the value of voicing out one’s opinions and views, in lieu with their slogan, “Your Voice, Our Priority”. To keep pace with the younger generation, the party used the social media contemporary trend, Twitter, as their campaign strategy; Including Facebook where they changed their respective profile pictures and cover photos with self-promotion and party-promotion posters.

The Liberal Party's Official Group Poster

The Liberal Party’s Official Group Poster
(c) Ayla Malagapo


The Liberal Party is comprised of the following aspiring student leaders:

President: Ayla Rhey Malagapo (Grade 10)
Vice President: Zeah Angela Montera (Grade 9)
Secretary: Cericca Jacla (Grade 9)
Auditor: Nina Angelica Panlican (Grade 10)
Treasurer: Jeri Berlyn Linganay (Grade 10)
PRO 1: Paul Adriane Torneros (Grade 9)
PRO 2: Sharmaine Jo Regina Badong (Grade 10)
Sgt. At Arms 1: John Sonny Duque (Grade 9)
Sgt. At Arms 2: Ian Cuasay (Grade 8)

Grade 4 Representatives:  Paul Seballos
                                                              Nicole Duazon
Grade 5 Representatives: Chad Abu Jalban 
                                                             Rose Ann Ancheta
Grade 6 Representatives: Faith Garcia
                                                             Jennier Canapi
Grade 7 Representatives: Christianne Ysobel Badong
                                                             Nino Patrick Batac
Grade 8 Representatives: Bouchaie Pagtalunan
                                                             Timothy Dar
Grade 9 Representatives: Janine Grace Abad
                                                             Jan Philip Marique
Grade 10 Representative: Kenneth Salvador


The Politeia Party, on the other hand, resembles the principles of the United States’ Republican Party, with their main ethics on conservativeness and school nationalism. Whilst the opposing team’s color is blue, the party’s meanwhile is red. The party revolved their campaign not only on Candy Crush, but more largely on the subject of unity not only between a year level but of the school in its entirety, a recurring predicament in the school; Hence, justifying their slogan, “Be wise, and make a change.” The party exemplified their skills in art and made arty flyers, much to the delight of students.

(Clockwise from Top Right) Inlet Cover, Inside, and Cover of Politeia Party's Official Flyer (c) Camille Bernardez

(Clockwise from Top Right) Inlet Cover, Inside, and Cover of Politeia Party’s Official Flyer
(c) Camille Bernardez

The party’s line up consists of the following student leader aspirants:

President: Joshua Paul Z. Plando (Grade 10)
Vice President: Camille Jesca A. Bernardez (Grade 9)
Secretary: Gabrielle Angeli C. Badong (Grade 9)
Auditor: Bonifacio E. Ramirez Jr. (Grade 9)
Treasurer: Ma. Cassandra Y. de los Santos (Grade 9)
PRO 1: Andrian P. Villanueva (Grade 9)
PRO 2: Alyssa B. Jadloc (Grade 8)
Sgt. At Arms 1: Ephraim Leianne E. Torres (Grade 9)
Sgt. At Arms 2: Psalm David O. Lanoy (Grade 8)

Grade 4 Representatives:  Jeiel Salvador
                                                              Janine Camagay
Grade 5 Representatives: Janbert Linganay 
                                                            Krystel Gale Tan
Grade 6 Representatives: Mikko Deraco
                                                             Jenssie Canapi
Grade 7 Representatives: Patrick Sadiz
                                                             Maha Angas
Grade 8 Representatives: Christian Daamo
                                                             Angelica de los Santos
Grade 9 Representatives: Ashley Ortega
                                                             Thea Leuterio
Grade 10 Representative: Elsus Canta


Filled with fun and excitement, the Miting De Avance for the election of the Executive Officers & Class Representatives of the SBO for SY 2013-2014 was held last June 30, 2013 at the AAIS Auditorium. Candidates from each party showed enthusiasm as they expressed their platforms, mission, and vision to the students, recited their campaign speeches and showed their wits during the debate portion that transpired during the High School level’s segment of the event. A lot of anxious students attended to see and hear for themselves the platforms of their colleagues aspiring to be student leaders in the upcoming election. Even the faculty and administrative officers were present during the activity. To break the anxious air in the surface, both parties made a dance performance, each and together, which was followed by a special number by Joshua Plando and Ayla Malagapo, Politeia and Liberal Party’s running presidents, respectively. They serenaded the students with the song, “Please Be Careful With My Heart”.

During the 3-day campaign period that commenced after the Miting De Avance, each party did their own gigs such as jingles, their own catchy phrase and hand sign, t-shirts, flyers, etc. On this campaign, they made rounds around the Upper Elementary and High School classes to get more in touch with the students. Now that these turning point of events are over, everyone is anxious for Election Day.

AAIS believes that this event does not only cogitate an academic apex, it too is the constructive behavior that provides a great deal in the formation of the nature of students. Social interaction, creativity and responsibility awareness are great factors in the development of student behavior as well, this is the main principle of student elections. Whoever may win, rest assured, the SBO will promise to be of good service not only to the students, but also to the entirety of the school itself. The decision, will then lie in the students’ hands.

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, concerned citizens can change (the) world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has.”
— Margaret Mead 

By Sharmaine Jo Regina Badong, Editor-In-Chief

The OKOR Experience

Friday, December 16th, 2011

“If I could sum up my whole experience in one word, it would be: “eye-opening”. Being a first-time participant in the OKOR competition, I only had little knowledge on what goes on in these types of competitions.

It was nerve-racking to see how seriously all of the other participating schools took the competition. It truly did show that they were all so well prepared and that all deserved the titles they won. It made me think that if we had prepared a bit earlier than we did, we could have done better than we had. But what’s done is done and I have nothing but respect and gratitude for everyone who aided, supported and mentored me, and the other participants. What I have obtained from the whole experience made it all worth it. Plus, I was given the opportunity to get to know a few of my schoolmates here at AAIS. I also got to share many funny moments with them. The whole experience really opened my eyes to the fact that, as you grow older, life just becomes more and more cutthroat and that you can never be “too prepared” for anything. But, as long as you work hard and commit yourself to achieving your goals and dreams in life, you will succeed. All of your hard work will be worth it in the end.”

– Jovi Christelle P. Esmalla, Essay Writing Contest Representative


”Nerve-wracking. Nail-biting. Hair-raising.

The experience taught me a lot of things. The Order of the Knights of Rizal (OKOR) Competition may not have been that prestigious, but being there gave me the sense of both excitement and anxiety. To win, I learned from experience, readiness is a key, along with responsibility, patience, willingness, trust in yourself, and, of course, faith in God.

I would say it was a ‘shocker’. Everything was, not to be taken lightly. It was during the trip to Bahrain that I actually realized how serious we should have taken the review. Personally, I thought, we, Genesis Bartolome and I, were both ready for the Battle of the Brains competition. Having thoroughly memorized and familiarized ourselves with the broad topics included in our review papers, I was very confident that we would nail the competition. Of course, at times, nervousness would kick in. In the venue, though, my hands were stone cold (both our mentors, Mrs. Bonite and Ms. Malagapo, pointed that out), my arms full of goose bumps, and my face almost looked wan. Up on stage, there came a point where my mind went almost blank, but then again, prayers saved me. The questions did not cover an extensive range, yet they were difficult all the same.

It was not luck, I believe, that got us in the Top 5. It was more of God’s will. Yes, we may not have brought a trophy home, but I deem we still won, as champions even. The support of our fellow AAISians was overwhelming. The experience was incredible; the memories just as wonderful. After all, so they say, all’s well that ends well.”

– Jennievie C. Cacayuran, Battle of the Brains 4th-Runner Up

Losing, in a Curious Way, is Winning

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

This year’s inter-school cheerdance competition held on November 3 at Al-Gosaibi Sports Center in Al-Khobar was highly anticipated by many and was the highlight of a tennis match sponsored by the Filipino Expats Tennis Association (FETA).

This competition was supposed to be a friendly match between the AAIS Lions against Al-Jazeera International School (AJIS) and International Philippines School in Al-Khobar (IPSA) cheer squad counterparts. However, AJIS forfeited and chose to perform two musical numbers, instead. It was then a coin toss between AAIS and IPSA.

The AAIS Lions were the first ones to perform. They brought in a new style of cheer dancing with no pom poms and less props, but plain talent and swag. On their fatigue pants with painted faces to camouflage their identities, the Lions sported this year’s routine with a military touch. The crowd were amazed by their stunts and loudly cheered for them. The Lions gave their very best to give the audience a performance that the AAISians would be proud of.

IPSA’s performance, stunts and props were also equally outstanding. They showed their artistic skills as they mixed a foreign folk song to their contemporary performance. They proved themselves to be a tough opponent for the AAIS Lions, a two-time champion and the current champion of the Inter-School Cheering Competition in Riyadh.

To the crowd’s delight, IPSA eventually won the match with a slim 2-point edge over the Lions. Despite this, the Lions did not feel that they have lost because they know and have seen that they won the audience over. In the spirit of sportsmanship, however, the Lions took that as an encouragement to do better next time to win not only the hearts of the audience, but also that of the judges.

As Richard Bach once said, ‎

“That’s what learning is, after all; not whether we lose the game, but how we lose and how we’ve changed because of it and what we take away from it that we never had before, to apply to other games. Losing, in a curious way, is winning.”

This humbling experience will surely make the Lions a force to be reckoned with in future competitions.

Let’s hope that the next inter-school cheer dance competition will be more exciting and vibrant.

Go Lions! Let them hear you roar!

by Keisha Lambarte

Al-Andalus International School
Muhammad Al-Fateh St., Al-Rakah,
Al-Jenobia, K.S.A.
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