Grade School in HEDCen from the Eyes of a Graduate

From first grade to sixth grade, if I were to check if we in the sixth grade had changed, I would say that it’s rarely noticeable with behavior, but with appearances, there are changes obviously seen.
In our class, 6-Armstrong, we are still noisy, naughty, a bit irresponsible, but very social whether by FB or others. In fact, up to now, we still get scolded by teachers, end up not following directions, and threatened by our teachers to behave or else we would get low grades. Good news is that we still love soccer, have lots of fun, and always be with friends either face-to-face or by FB (friends on FB).
In HEDCen, there are students who come from all kinds of families. There are those who are intellectuals academically, those who are naturals in being social, and those who are always disciplined. There are those who love art, those who love to play, and those who are so historical, they can remember the whole history of the Philippines from the early times until President Arroyo. That’s what provides the spice to life found in HEDCEN.
In every year in HEDCen, there are teachers who stay, and teacher that come and go. They always give their best in teaching, that’s why they get mad at you if you forgot to bring the materials for a certain experiment or activity. (Aren’t we forgetful?)
There are lots of changes occurring in HEDCen, not just with the school itself, but also within the students themselves, such as the beginning and fading of friendships, students who are gonna transfer because of the tuition fee increase, or for other personal reasons. But, there are also things that will never change, such as the gimmicks, the jokes, funny moments, the school assembly every Monday, and more.
Every year in HEDCen almost seemed to never be the same, even though we still have the same events happening. But, we know our classmates very well, and we think that they will never change in terms of personality.
Throughout my stay in HEDCen, here are some lessons I learned:
1. Don’t bother yelling “Quiet” when your classmates are noisy. The teacher’s authority is higher, so let the teacher say it.
2. You don’t have to tell everything to the teacher or whoever unless it’s really bad. You’ll be called a “sumbongero” .
3. It’s a bit of a hindrance if you don’t stay updated with the news and show biz because that’s what your classmates talk about.
4. When writing a journal, brace yourself for the remarks of your classmates. They always think you’re writing a diary.
5. HEDCen is a bit obscure in details, so be ready for your mother’s probing questions and looks of confusion.
6. The teacher only wants to help the students to learn. However, not everything is being taught by the teacher, so be ready for social lessons that are only taught by experience.
7. The principal is very kind and nice, so don’t think that the principal’s office spells TROUBLE.
8. In writing a journal, don’t show off with a colorful notebook. Your classmates will read it, even if you say no, and it means big trouble.
9. Cramming happens when you do things only right before the deadline. This applies to important but not urgent things, such as science expo, yearly projects, and others.
10. Always try to get a high score on quizzes and projects, since they are considered for exemptions from final exams.
11. Be mindful of the bell because it tells you when recess is over. Don’t be late for class.
12. Being absent also means that you miss out on great activities and events that happened on the day you were absent.
13. Never ever talk at the same time when the teacher is giving a lecture, because it pisses them off.
14. Be understanding to those having a hard time in Math because some lessons are simply hard to simplify, and the math teachers do their best to make them easy to comprehend.
15. The Subject Matter Outline is often a seemingly good lesson plan, however, we are always left behind because we have to make sure everyone gets the lesson before we move on to the next one.

To sum it up, grade-school was never boring. I had a blast from first grade up until the sixth. All in all, we spent five years because we were accelerated one grade, meaning we skipped fifth grade because of K-12, because the school’s curriculum is advanced.


Dear T. Mavic

Dear T. Mavic,

Remember me? Last year when you were in HEDCEN, you were teaching Sibika and Filipino. You kept joking around. All of my classmates loved you.
When you looked at me, sometimes you think I don’t like you. Inside, I loved your teaching, how you teach us, and our Sibika lessons were never boring. So that’s the truth. Yeah, sometimes I don’t like you (I can’t remember why) but sometimes I like you too last year. Now, as I think of you, I realized you were a good teacher. Very good, indeed. (Why didn’t I know that before last year?)
There was this time when you made me feel very mad at you I wrote down something meant to be private related to you and my mom. The reason you found out what I wrote was because of one classmate. He read my notebook and told you about it.
I’m really sorry if you cried when you heard it. I understand that you were very sad. It was my fault that I wrote it. Everyone yelled at me. I guess they were very mad at me.
Seeing you sad and hearing from 4-Darwin that you cried made me feel very guilty. I realized so many things from you, but I couldn’t say it, since I got a reputation for shameless writing and being impulsive and unsociable.
I always end up crying and being very touchy when I think of you. My mom was mad at you because of what you made me do: stay out of the classroom for 18 minutes. I knew I deserved it, but my mom has a point that you shouldn’t have done that.
Now, as I think of you, I always feel that it’s too late now. I should have realized that before. Now, you resigned, and my classmates are blaming me for your resignation. What do you think? My guess is that you wanted a place not as stubborn, as naughty as us. Maybe you wanted peace.
My classmates and I are in Grade 6 now. Our Sibika teacher is Sir Justine, while our Filipino teacher is Sir Jake. Sir Justine is also like you sometimes, but he couldn’t copy your behavior. You’re irreplaceable. Sir Jake is teaching us the beats 1-10, but even he couldn’t make me feel like I found someone else better than you.
Please come back to HEDCEN. My classmates and I are missing you.
We (including me) loved you very much.

Your student last year,
A. Garrett O. Lubag