Jack and Jill School

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Jack & Jill School
Jack & Jill School-Main Branch Logo.png
Homesite, City Heights and Victorias

Coordinates10°40′17″N 122°57′58″E / 10.67139°N 122.96611°E / 10.67139; 122.96611Coordinates: 10°40′17″N 122°57′58″E / 10.67139°N 122.96611°E / 10.67139; 122.96611
Former namesJack & Jill Kindergarten
MottoDeveloping Thinkers and Leaders of Tomorrow
Number of studentsover 600 (Preschool and Elementary)
CampusUrban, 1.5 hectares
Color(s)Green and White          
AffiliationNOPSSCEA, Department of Education (Philippines)

Jack & Jill School is composed of preschool and elementary institutions located in Homesite and City Heights in Bacolod City, the capital of Negros Occidental province of the Philippines. Informally referred to by its acronym "JJS", it is a private, non-sectarian, educational institution with an enrollment of more than 600 pupils. Out of town branch is located in Magsaysay St. in Victorias City.

It is one of the few institutions in the country where Karate is part of the school curriculum; Karate is included in physical education class all year round.


Jack & Jill School-Homesite

Jack & Jill School was founded by Cecilia del Castillo-Lopez as a preschool in 1963. She converted her living room into a classroom and started teaching to 23 boys and girls from the small neighborhood of Homesite. In 1979, Jack & Jill Kinder School in Homesite expanded to include an elementary school. A few years later, another elementary branch in Victorias was opened in 1981. The year 1995 resulted in the simultaneous establishment of Castleson High in Homesite, Castleson High in City Heights, and Sidera Special Child Center in City Heights. In the next year, Castleson High Schools in Homesite and City Heights were merged to become one school located in City Heights Subdivision. Throughout Jack & Jill School's history, other branches in Airport, La Granja, Paglaum, and La Carlota were also opened and later closed. School year 2013 will celebrates Golden Jubillee Year in Jack and Jill School-Homesite in Bacolod City.[1]


Cecilia del Castillo-Lopez continues to oversee the schools' financial affairs. Her daughter serves as President while her grandson serves as Vice-President of Finance and Administration. The Director of Academic Affairs oversees all schools and provides support in terms of curriculum and resources. School year 2010-11 marks the transitional year when Mrs. Lopez relinquished the decision-making tasks to the president and the current director.[1]

Up the Hill[edit]

Up The Hill
"Writers are not really born; they are made."
FormatMagazine and Newsletter
Owner(s)Up The Hill Editorial Staff
Outstanding campus journalists & adviser

Up the Hill is a student run newspaper that provides opportunities for student writers and was a creative medium for students to showcase their poems, essays, writings, and drawings in English and Tagalog languages. Today, the school publication continues to flourish and has won many journalism awards around the country.

Department of Education (Philippines) DepED achievers in Division, Regional, National Schools Press Conferences and Golden Pen Awards.

Victory at NSPC by Sofia Isabelle Ortiz Grade 6-Batch 2008 The Up The Hill Staff has produced number of winners and outstanding writers from division, regional[2] up to national level competitions under Rhazel E. Mengullo as school paper adviser.[3] Captured two national awards in Sports writing by Aljenica Marie Apostol and Photojournalism by Sofia Isabelle Ortiz during the 2000 and 2008 National Schools Press Conference (NSPC),[4][5] the highest competition of writing in the country recognized by the Department of Education (Philippines). Six first placers during Regional Schools Press Conference (RSPC) in different events likewise recipients of 5 Golden Pen Awards, 4 outstanding writers and outstanding journalism mentor awards in Western Visayas.[6] It has been awarded 3-time as DSPC Overall Champion and 2-time overall champion in Regional Cluster writeshop and Golden Pen Awards.[7] Grand price winner of 2nd Regional writing and public speaking tilt.[8]


JJS Karate Team KFS
873 JJS Karatekas highlighted the Ruby Jubilee Celebration at Pana-ad Sports Stadium in Bacolod City, Philippines
873 JJS Karatekas highlighted the Ruby Jubilee Celebration at Pana-ad Sports Stadium in Bacolod City, Philippines
Also known asSuper Karate Kids (空手道)
Country of originfrom Japan Japan to Philippines Philippines
FounderRandy Mengullo, sensei
Arts taughtWKF Karatedo
Ancestor schoolsKarate Fighting System (KFS) and Red Bulls Karate Club 43
Official websitehttp://jjskarate.8k.com

Karate-do is part of its curriculum[9] wherein pupils from Grades 1-6 are required to join the training as part of their Physical Education (P.E.) activity for the whole year round at JJS Campuses.[10]

Team JJS Karatedo[11] is the home of Super Karate Kids in the Negros Province was initiated by sensei Randy Mengullo,[12] a Sandan Blackbelt in karate-do attended the 13th KOI Karate World Cup and Training Camp participated by 25 nations. JJS Karate Team KFS garnered medals in many karatedo championships and athletic meet of different schools and karate organizations in the Philippines.[13][14] JJSKarate adapt Shotokan style, affiliated to national association of Philippine Karatedo Traditional & Sports (PKTS) and member of Philippine Karatedo Federation the governing body of sport karate in the country. Official training center of Milo Sports Clinic.[15][16][17][18][13][19]

JJS Homesite and City Heights[20] are members of Negros Occidental Private Schools Sports Cultural Educational Association (NOPSSCEA) and one of the founding schools that organized the Karatedo event since school year 2005 as part of the NOPSSCEA regular sports annually.[13] It was also a founding member of Negros Occidental Karatedo Federation (NOKAF) in the 2000s (decade). Aside from NOPSSCEA, the Karatedo Team participates in the PKF Regional and National Championships,[21] Mayor's Cup of Hon. Evelio Leonardia and Monico Cup Regional Championship,[22] the PSC grass roots program Ang Batang Pinoy, Philippine National Youth Games, Philippine Olympic Festival,[23] UMA-ONEBA Presidential Cup, Philippine Sports Commission-Philippine Olympic Committee Tournaments and athletic meet of different schools in the Philippines.[24]



  1. ^ a b "JJS Castleson". jjscastleson.org.
  2. ^ 71 students compete in Grand Finals,Panay News, February 26, 2009 edition
  3. ^ NSPC National winner,Starlife, March 02, 2008 edition
  4. ^ NSPC National winner,DepED Memo and Official Results, March 28, 2002 edition
  5. ^ 2008 NSPC National winner,DepED Memo, March 20, 2008 edition
  6. ^ RSPC highest pointer & Golden Pen Awardee,Regional Schools Press Conference, Visayan Daily Star January 09, 2008 edition
  7. ^ The Gathering of the Brightest,Division Schools Press Conference, Starlife Sunday September 18, 2005 edition
  8. ^ Grand price winner,Panay News, March 2, 2009 edition
  9. ^ Life Lessons from Karate,Sunday Inquirer Magazine Archived 2012-03-04 at the Wayback Machine, December 14, 2008
  10. ^ JJS Karate Dojo,JJS Karate Kids, front page of Sunstar newspaper Archived 2008-05-18 at the Wayback Machine, 2006
  11. ^ POF and PKF National Karatedo Winners,Team Jack & Jill School Archived February 13, 2009, at the Wayback Machine, 2007
  12. ^ NOKAF Officers, Sunstar Archived 2005-03-13 at the Wayback Machine, 07-07-2004 edition
  13. ^ a b c JJS Karatedo rules NOPSSCEA events, Viasayan Daily Star Archived September 30, 2008, at the Wayback Machine, 2008
  14. ^ POF-Visayas,Visayas Champion Archived 2011-07-15 at the Wayback Machine, 2nd POF 2007
  15. ^ Like a Champ,Junior Inquirer, January 20, 2008 Edition
  16. ^ Way of the Kids By NONOY ESPINA,[BYLINES Magazine], November 2005 Edition
  17. ^ Official Training Center,[2005 and 2006 MILO-AAK Karatedo Summer Sports Clinic], Summer of 2005 and 2006
  18. ^ 2008 NOPSSCEA Opening Ceremony,[NOPSSCEA Newsletter], September 2008 Edition
  19. ^ Lessons learned in our Karate Class, [Up The Hill], 1st Semester Issue of 2006
  20. ^ Bacolod City Private School, Private School in Bacolod, 2005
  21. ^ 2nd POF Visayas,Philippine Olympic Festival Official Website Archived 2011-07-15 at the Wayback Machine, POF 2007 edition
  22. ^ Mayor's Cup,Daily Star, November 28, 2006
  23. ^ POF Karatedo National Winners,2nd Philippine Olympic Festival, 2007 National Championship in Manila
  24. ^ JJS karatedo team overall champ,Viasayan Daily Star, October 4, 2005

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