Mater Carmeli School

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Mater Carmeli School - Novaliches
Mater carmeli school-novaliches logo.jpg
Address
Fr. Francisco Palau St., Sacred Heart Village, Novaliches
Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines
Information
Type Private, Catholic, Coeducational
Motto CONTEMPLARE, AMARE, SERVIRE ECCLESIAM (Contemplate, Love, Serve the Church)
Established 1986
Rector Sr. Emily Corazon H. Bacani, C.M. (Directress)
Principal Mr. Francisco B. Tabifranca Jr. (Grade School Principal);

Ms. Rosemarie G. Hizon (High School Principal)

Color(s) Brown & Yellow         
Nickname Carmelians
Newspaper The Carmelian
Ang Munting Simbahan
Hymn Dear Sweet Carmeli
Website

Mater Carmeli School - Novaliches, located at Sacred Heart Village, Novaliches, Quezon City, is a private Catholic educational institution owned and managed by the Carmelite Missionaries. It was founded in 1986 on a property adjacent to the Novitiate House of the Carmelite Missionaries in Quezon City. Its Latin name, which means Mother of Carmel, comes from the name of a coastal mountain range in northern Israel where a group of hermits established themselves towards the end of the 12th century AD and called themselves Brothers of Saint Mary on Mt. Carmel in honor of the Our Lady of Mount Carmel, the school's patroness. The school offers nursery, kindergarten, grade school, and high school education. The school is also known as MCS.

Historical background[edit]

The creation of the school[edit]

Mater Carmeli School - Novaliches, located at Sacred Heart Village, Novaliches, Quezon City, is owned and managed by the Carmelite Missionaries of the Province of Fr. Francisco Palau, Philippines. It was founded in 1986 on a piece of property adjacent to the Novitiate House of the Carmelite Missionaries in Quezon City.

In 1982 when the Novitiate House was transferred to Sacred Heart Village, Novaliches, Quezon City, the sisters did not have in mind the founding of the school beside the Novitiate. Once the Novitiate House stood, people passing by the highway mistook it for a school and there were inquiries as to what grade levels were offered.

The homeowners of the village prodded the sisters to put up a school. The Sacred Heart Village Homeowners Association formalized their appeal by sending a letter of request to the Provincial Council of Carmelite Missionaries in the Philippines. It was granted by the General Council of Carmelite Missionaries in Rome, Italy. A feasibility study was made and Mater Carmeli School - Novaliches was born.

Early years[edit]

The school started its operation on June 1986 with 20 Kindergarten pupils under the tutelage of Sr. Flordeliza Presquito, Sr. Asuncion Villalba, and Reynaldo Duremdes, a janitor. While the construction of the school building in the adjacent lot was going on, morning class was held in a lent one-storey, two-room building intended to be classrooms of novices and junior sisters.

On June 1987, the second school year, two classes of Kindergarten and Prep were added, and one section for both grade one and two levels. They occupied the first floor of the building while construction of the second and third floor was underway.

Expansion[edit]

The finished buildings were named after the Carmelite luminaries like Our Lady of Mount Carmel, St. Teresa of Avila, and Blessed Francisco Palau. The last and the biggest building constructed was named Sinon Building, in honor of the school engineer, the late Leonardo Sinon

Information[edit]

Curriculum[edit]

Mater Carmeli School - Novaliches follows the Department of Education's 2002 Revised Basic Education. For the high school, Mater Carmeli School - Novaliches follows a new curriculum called Understanding by Design (UBD).

Admission of students[edit]

Students must pass the entrance examination and the interview conducted by the Guidance Counselor and by the Principal for grade school and high school, and Pre-school coordinator for Kinder and Prep.

Religious formation[edit]

School recollections for students are held once during the year. A three-day retreat is provided to graduating students and their parents, and for the faculty and non-teaching staff. This is held at the Carmelite Missionaries Center for Spirituality at Tagaytay City.

There is a monthly celebration of the Sacraments, such as grade/year level celebration of the Eucharist and the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

Faculty, non-teaching staff, and service operators have their regular spiritual formation. They enter into spiritual exercises at the start of the school year. Advent and Lenten seasons are given inputs for their spiritual growth. They are sustained by their weekly "faith sharing" in their respective organized BECs (Basic Ecclesial Communities).

Parents are invited to the two-day parenting recollection-seminar in their child respective grade/year level called Hakbang Tungo sa Mabisang Pamamaraan ng Pagkamagulang.

Administrative Staff[edit]

School Directress[edit]

  • Sr. Lourdes B. Dizon, CM
  • Sr. Ma. Adelaida C. Larupay, CM
  • Sr. Lourdes B. Dizon, CM
  • Sr. Emily Corazon H. Bacani, CM

Grade School Principal[edit]

  • Sr. Dolores S. Buot (+), CM
  • Sr. Flordeliza S. Presquito, CM
  • Sr. Lourdes B. Dizon, CM
  • Sr. Ma. Adelaida C. Larupay, CM
  • Mrs. Ma. Erlinda M. Cachero(+)
  • Sr. Ma. Adelaida C. Larupay, CM
  • Sr. Lourdes B. Dizon, CM
  • Mr. Francisco B. Tabifranca, Jr.

High School Principal[edit]

  • Sr. Lourdes B. Dizon, CM
  • Sr. Ma. Adelaida C. Larupay, CM
  • Sr. Carmelita C. Denoyo, CM
  • Mr. Francisco B. Tabifranca Jr.
  • Ms. Rosemarie G. Hizon

Sister schools[edit]

Mater Carmeli School is a Catholic school owned by the Carmelite Missionaries. Sister schools are located in the following areas:

  • Mater Carmeli School, D. Tuazon
    • Location: D. Tuazon Ave., Quezon City
    • Levels Offered: Kinder to Grade 6
  • Mater Carmeli School, Dingle
    • Location: Dingle, Iloilo
    • Levels Offered: Nursery, Kinder, Prep and High School

The Foundation Day of the school is celebrated on the first week of November. The culmination of the yearly celebrations is on November 7 in commemoration of the feast day of Blessed Francisco Palau, the school's patron.

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