Nuestra Senora De AranzazuParochial School
HISTORY OF THE NUESTRA SEÑORA DE ARANZAZU
The Nuestra Señora De Aranzazu Parochial School started as a preschool in 1968, the same year the puericulture center of San Mateo opened its nursery school. Classes were held in a one-room makeshift building beside the parish hall. Since it received an enthusiastic response from the Catholic parents, its enrollment increased at an unexpected rate. The Catholic Women’s League Unit of the parish was first tasked to take charge of the management of the school as part of its apostolate.
In the school year 1980-1981, the school was registered as a non-stock, non-profit corporation with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Official Recognition was granted by the Department of Education on October 21, 1987 for the Elementary Department. The High School Department was extended Recognition by the Department of Education on July 31, 2002. Thus the school offers a complete pre-school (nursery1, nursery 2 and kindergarten), and basic education: elementary (Grades 1-6) junior and senior high school (Grade 7-12).
At present, the school is housed in a four-storey building with 44 classrooms, and offices for: Administration, Finance, Director, Registrar, HR, MIS, General Services, Printing, Property, Guidance Center, Student Affairs (elementary and high school), Cooperative, Center for Integral Evangelization (CIE), PE Room, Student Offices (Aranzes & Student Council) and five (5) faculty offices. The school also maintained assembly and meeting halls: Function Hall, Board Room, Auditorium and Gymnasium. In view of demonstrating excellence in science and technology the school developed state of the arts laboratories: two Computer Laboratories, (elementary and high school), Laboratories for Technology and Livelihood Education (TLE), Physics and Chemistry. Other school facilities that facilitates to the learning experience of the students are Media Resource Center (elementary and high school), Digital Library, Speech Laboratory, two Audio Visual Rooms (AVR), Pre-school Learning Resource Center, Canteen (elementary and high school), Prayer Room, Supplies, Clinic (for medical and Dental Services), School Garden and Veranda. In addition to the institutional growth and commitment supporting the K to 12 curriculum, the school has built an extension of a five-story facility in Senior High School located in Sta. Ana, San Mateo, Rizal. With just a kilometer walk from the main campus, the annex building houses ____ air-conditioned rooms, ___ laboratory, convertible function halls, and a gymnasium where a 360-view of the nearby localities is possible.
NSDAPS caters to the quality educational needs of the middle to the lower income Roman Catholic Church as an instrument for the continuing process of evangelization and sharing in the vision of the Diocese of Antipolo in being “a community of disciples of the Risen Christ”. The formation being given to the students includes not only academic proficiency, but more importantly Catholic doctrines, Gospel values for the Filipino Catholic way of life.
NSDAPS aims to strengthen, enrich and live the faith in Christ with Mary, Our Lady of Aranzazu, to develop academic excellence and servant leadership among Aranzan learners to become globally competitive in facing challenges of the 21st century, to uplift institutional standards by empowering personnel to offer quality services, to rekindle the family spirit by reuniting the greater Aranzan community and to enhance and sustain strong partnerships with stake-holders and related sectors to support relevant school programs and services.
Symbolizes Three Things
1. Mountain in Oñate, Spain: the apparition of Our Lady occurred.
2. Geographical characteristic of San Mateo (Mountainous): The color green symbolizes vegetation and progress.
3. Christ: During the Old Testament, prophets communicated to God on mountains, same with Christ he went to mountain for prayer.
Hand with Lamp:
This is the hand of Nuestra Señora De Aranzazu that carries a lamp lighting the way to the mountain. This is the light of truth (Luce Veritatis).
Marian Insignia (on the wrist):
This a symbol for Ave Maria adapted from the Parish Marian emblem.
This is the way towards Christ which is lit by the lamp on the hands of Our Lady of Aranzazu. Red symbolizes Christian education. We lead our student to the mountain through this way (Christian Education)
Blue circle above the hands:
A circle is a continuous line with no end. It symbolizes unity and communion among the people of the community (Communio)
(Communion in the Light of Truth)
The motto invites the Aranzan community to be luminous sharers of the Truth,” the Good News of the Redemption of Humanity from sin. We shall strive to do this by being authentic witnesses and active sharers of the Salvific Mission of Jesus Christ through the evangelical work of Christian Education as members of a community of believers united in love for Christ and devotion to His Mother, Mary, under the title of Nuestra Señora De Aranzazu.
As a Catholic, Parochial and Filipino Educational Institution, we believe that:
1. God is the center and goal of man’s life.
2. Through Mary, Our Lady of Aranzazu, as our model in her faith in God, persevering hope in prayer, maternal love, and simple and humble lifestyle, we can be faithful to the teachings of the Church.
3. Catholic education is an expression of the mission entrusted by Jesus Christ to the Church through the proclamation of the Good News and the living of the Gospel values.
4. The Parochial School is an integral part of the pastoral plan of the parish.
5. The parents and home provide the primary educational environment with the school as active partner.
6. Education is a life-long process towards the person’s holistic formation, upholding the dignity of man in a culture of life and love.
7. To achieve quality basic education, Christian Formation (Religion) must be the core of the curriculum.
8. Our graduates are agents of total human transformation imbued with basic knowledge of moral and religious truths.
9. Our school community is a responsible steward of God’s creation to promote and preserve ecological balance.
10. An ideal Aranzan is educated to be of service to others for a transformed society characterized or ruled by peace, justice and love.
We, a Catholic Educational Institution, envision ourselves as a communion of Christ’s active witnesses, with Mary, Our Lady of Aranzazu as our model in living the Gospel values to transform the Filipino society and renew the parish community.
1. The synthesis of Science and Faith – which will be reached by integrating all the different aspects of human knowledge through the subjects taught in the light of the Gospel; thus, Religion is the core of the curriculum.
2. The synthesis of Faith, Culture and Life – which will be realized in the growth in Christian virtues – qualities that must be witnessed in the life of a Catholic Christian.
1. Implement directives on Catholic Education coming from Church authorities, especially the Holy See;
2. Promote the realization of the Philosophy and General Goals of Catholic Education
3. Promote the sense of Christian Community and provide opportunities for the living and experiencing of discipleship-in-community among the administrators, faculty, employees, parents and students.
4. Adopt the latest educational trends that may be suitable to the needs, capabilities and particular circumstances of the students, who mostly come from the middle and lower level of the Socio-economic strata.
5. Help form the communion of Christ’s active witnesses with Mary, Our Lady of Aranzazu as model.
6. Inculturated Gospel values, highlighting, the preferential love for the poor, simple and humble lifestyle – with Religion as the unifying core of interdisciplinary curriculum, integrating Faith and Science to a Life centered on the Lord Jesus.
7. Organize, maintain and promote wholesome academic, athletic and other educational activities in the school for a total physical, emotional, intellectual, moral and spiritual formation.
Being the only church in the Philippines and in Asia carrying the title of Our Lady of Aranzazu, the people of San Mateo embrace Mother Mary as virgin of the town for more than 400 years.
The origin of Our Lady of Aranzazu dates back the fifteenth century, this was on June 11, 1469 in an obscure place in the mountains of Aloña, Province of Guipuzcoa located in the northern-most part of Spain.
A young shepherd, named Rodrigo de Baltzategui, climbed up the mountain one Saturday noon unexpectedly saw a vision of a beautiful Lady with an infant in her arms saying, “My son, go tell your father to build me in this site a tiny shrine of five thin boards and seven tiles. You will call this a shrine, I assure you that it will be famous in time, that a great number of my children will come here to honor me with songs of praise and attend holy Masses here.”
The young boy relayed the message to his father and to the other residents of Oñate. There was a severe drought in the land and people were preparing to make a penitential procession to ask for rain. Rodrigo told them the request of the Virgin, with eloquent faith in the miracle. He insisted on this with so much faith that the people began to be curious and the excited residents of Oñate decided to climb up the mountain.
Upon reaching the place, they found the image resting on the entangled prickly branches of the thorn-tree and the cowbell hanging at the foot of the small image. The image had a serenely sweet face and of majestic mien. The cowbell was an antique quadrilateral bronze bell. The people were all astounded and believed what they saw. Everyone prostrated and did homage to the image and afterwards they went back to spread the news of the miracle. The image came to be known as Our Lady of Aranzazu. “Aranzazu” came from the Spanish word “ArantzanZu” which means thorn.
Church and Devotion
The advent of growing devotion to Our Lady of Aranzazu began back in the early Spanish era year 1596 when the Augustinians friars built the first settlements in San Mateo, Rizal. In the year August 29, 1659, the first parish in town was built under and in honor of the patron St. Matthew (San Mateo). But in December 6, 1696, the Jesuits came and gained control of the town. Thus, in 1705, a Jesuit priest, Fr. Juan Echazabal, started the devotion to our Lady of Aranzazu from Spain and changed the patron of the town from St. Matthew to Nuestra Señora De Aranzazu.
After long years of rebuilding and repairing due to earthquake and war the church was refurnished in 1993. Last February 2004, the Parish of Nuestra Señora De Aranzazu was hailed as a Diocesan Shrine of Our Lady of Aranzazu by the Vatican, being the only church in the Philippines under the title of Nuestra Señora De Aranzazu and only sister-parish of the Basilica of Aranzazu in Spain.
In imitating the extra-ordinary qualities of Mama Mary the entire school community is being ushered to a life of persevering hope in prayer, maternal love, and simple and humble lifestyle.
The community is being led in expressing the mission entrusted by Jesus Christ to the Church, being faithful to the teachings of the Church, preserving the truth and Catholic traditions, protecting family, marriage and life, proclaiming the Good News and living the Gospel values, with Mary, Our Lady of Aranzazu, as our ultimate model of faith, obedience and love.
We are being directed by Our Lady of Aranzazu into the way of justice, peace and unity/communion among the people of the community and to be the luminous sharers of the Truth.
Hence, NSDAPS believers are united in love for Christ and devotion to His Mother, Mary, under the title of Nuestra Señora De Aranzazu.
This description encompasses the members of the four sectors of the school community, school personnel, parents, alumni and students.
Although the classroom environment is virtual (online), the standards of behavior are as important as they are in brick and mortar schools. In other words, virtual classrooms are real classrooms with real teachers; therefore, appropriate student behavior is expected. To ensure that all virtual students understand how to behave in an online environment, this code of conduct is developed and should thereby require all students to follow. This code of conduct addresses student interaction with faculty, staff, and other students, as well as their individual actions.
Interactions with faculty and other students
a. Students should address all faculty members as adults with courtesy. They are to use both the appropriate title (Mr., Mrs., Ms., or Dr.) and last name only. No other form of address is acceptable.
b. Students have the right to express themselves and participate freely in an online class. However, they are expected to treat each other and the teacher with courtesy and respect. Offensive or inappropriate language is not to be used in any form of communication e.g., emails, discussion postings, projects. The tone of emails and online conversations must be respectful. Students are allowed to disagree with each other or the instructor but must do so in a civil manner.
c. Since our online environment is a learning environment, students should not use excessive “slang” or language that they might use in other environments. Students must communicate with teachers in complete sentences.
d. Students are not to use obscene, profane, threatening, or disrespectful language or images in any communications with faculty. If emails or chats to the teacher or other students are offensive or inappropriate, the student will be referred to the Prefect of Student Discipline and can be denied access the platform until proper approval has been granted to the student. If students receive inappropriate emails from others in the class they should notify the teacher or the Prefect of Student Discipline and appropriate action will be taken.
e. Students are expected to submit work which is their own. Plagiarism or cheating will not be tolerated. Cheating includes asking other students for answers, looking up answers on an electronic device, or having someone else complete a task. If either is the case, the student may have his/her grade for the assignment/quiz lowered or may fail the subject.
Students must use an email address and profile picture that is appropriate for an educational environment. Email addresses that use profanity or may otherwise be construed as offensive, shall not be permitted. Profile pictures should be a head-shot of the student only and may not be offensive or inappropriate in any manner. The administration reserves the right to determine if a student email address and/or profile picture is inappropriate. Students using an inappropriate email address and/or profile picture will be required to update their user profiles.
Even though limited schedule of face-to-face classes is required in online class, teachers are able to track attendance and activities online.
These supplementary guidelines, during this trying time are only temporary and shall be in effect only during this duration of public health emergency. Therefore, revisions of these guidelines could take in effect should current circumstance change, and until further notice. Furthermore, prior circulars and provisions thereof consistent with Memo and the Guidelines shall remain and valid in full force and effect, unless later revised or revoke.
Thus, the following are to be observed;