PAREF Woodrose School
|PAREF Woodrose School|
|Ayala Alabang Village
Muntinlupa City, Metro Manila
|Type||Private, All Girls|
|Motto||Duc Ad Veritatem (Latin)
Lead Towards the Truth
|Executive Director||Rina Villegas|
|Grades||Grades 1-10 & HS IV|
|Number of students||1,000|
|Campus||Suburb, ~2 hectares|
|Color(s)||Red, Blue, Green and Gold|
|Newspaper||Rosette (HS), Phases (Parents' Bulletin), Postscript (Alumnae)|
|Affiliations||PAREF, Opus Dei|
|School Hymn||Woodrose Spirit|
|GS—Prep & Grade School; HS — High School|
PAREF Woodrose School, also known as Woodrose, is a private school for girls in Ayala Alabang, Muntinlupa City, Metro Manila, Philippines. It is not owned or under Opus Dei, despite belief, but the founders of PAREF were Opus Dei members. It is accredited by the Philippine Department of Education. It is composed of an elementary school and a high school. Its executive director as of 2014 is Dr. Severina Villegas. Its motto is "Duc Ad Veritatem", Latin for "Leads Towards the Truth".
Woodrose School is the very first school established by PAREF, a non-stock, non-profit organization of parents who want to be fully involved in providing their children a Christian education. It started operations at a large, two-story house located at the corner of 4th and Gilmore Streets in New Manila, Quezon City in June of 1977 with 76 students ranging from Grades 1 to 5. A higher level was added each school year until the first senior class in high school graduated in 1984.
In 1981, the school transferred to its present permanent location in Ayala Alabang, Muntinlupa City, following the donation to PAREF of a two-hectare lot from Ayala .
Coat of Arms
The school's coat-of-arms shows a shield with two fields welded together by thick gilding. Below the shield is a sash bearing the school motto, Duc ad veritatem (Lead towards the Truth).
The left field is a reprise of the coat-of-arms of PAREF, the organization that founded the school. The vinta, a native Philippine watercraft, symbolizes a journey, embarking towards a destination.
The three stars above it symbolize Parent, Teacher, and Student. The blue background refers to the nobility of the undertaking. The right field carries a golden rose, symbolizing femininity and strength. The red background signifies the feminine affinity to life, living vibrantly and nurturing others. It also stands for courage to pursue the truth.
The gilding indicates the unity between PAREF and Woodrose in their aims and aspirations. The gold shows the value given to the education the school provides.
The school motto "Duc Ad Veritatem" puts across the crucial importance of instilling in the girls, through their Woodrose education, universal, time-honored and sound principles on which to base their lives on, and to rally them to take on the commitment to teach and transmit these principles to the people they cross paths with. They will then act as beacons of truth to the people around them.
Woodrose is known for its competitive academic environment and social conservatism (prospective students must present their parents' marriage certificate in order to gain admission). Students and alumni have been recipients of Zonta International awards, Alaska Cup soccer competitions, Metro Manila Debate Awards, and National Speaking and Debate awards.
It is one of the few remaining schools with seven years of elementary education as opposed to six years, which is the norm in Philippine schools. The medium for instruction is English for all subjects except Filipino. Other subjects include Religion, Language (English Grammar/Composition), Reading (Literature), Geography/Social Studies/History, Mathematics, Science, Music, Physical Education, Art, and (Christian) Philosophy, and home economics.
Intramurals (Intrams) are held annually, opening in either late September or early October, and closing at either late January or early February of the following year. In the months in between, Intrams Games are held in the once or twice a month in the afternoon.
All the students are placed into teams during their first school year at Woodrose: Red Conquerors, Blue Phoenixes, Green Griffins, Gold Lions. Students are not allowed to choose their teams. Changing of teams are tolerated, though the possible transferee must have a family member in the new team, as well as submit a petition.
These teams are led by their captains, a senior or fourth-year student, and their respective co-captain, a junior or third-year student. Captains are chosen by popularity during her sophomore year by her batch mates of the same team, though the nominated one may be denied as captain, depending on her academic standing (the winner must be at least a White awardee). Following the voting is the handing over of the cap and whistle. The cap is passed from the previous captain to the co-captain, who will become the next captain come the following school year. The whistle is then passed on from the co-captain to the nominated sophomore, who will be the next co-captain come the following school year. A co-captain may not be captain the following year due to low grades (the next highest-voted nominee would take her place).
The games played include Kickball, Softball, Volleyball, Handball, Table Tennis, Tug of War and relays (which are played per level). A cheer-dancing parade is held beforehand wherein all the teams dance and cheer to the music mix made by the Captain and Co-captain of each team. Usually, two days are allotted for Opening Day parade practices, and three days for Closing Day or Family Day.
The Woodrose Outreach Program is offered to Grades 1 to Year IV students.
In the Grade School, the program aims to introduce the students to the possibility of interacting with the less fortunate and thus foster in them love for the poor at a young age.
The Outreach Program in the High School aims to inculcate in the students civic responsibility by providing them opportunities to deal and interact with people who have needs e.g. shelter, care, education. The students are also encouraged to participate voluntarily in socio-civic organizations that can be found in their own communities.
The Outreach Program includes the annual medical-dental mission organized by Woodrose alumnae for a poor community in need of free medical consultations, dental services, and medicines. This activity aims to give the alumni an opportunity to continue their efforts to reach out to the less fortunate.