Education

This will be your child’s classroom.

In a place as inspiring as NUVALI, learning happens beyond the walls of a classroom. So get your child ready.

Xavier School – NUVALI has opened its doors to its very first batch of students this school year. And on 2015, so will Miriam College. hese schools, hemmed with gardens and walkways, give students the freedom to study outdoors and enjoy nature to give your child an amazing school life that’s truly NUVALI. And it can all begin now.

XAVIER SCHOOL

Coordinator (Zsa Zsa Yu) – 723-0481 loc 447 I email: xsnuvali@my.xs.edu.ph
DARO (Lucy Dimalanta) – 723-0481 loc 380 I email: daro@my.xs.edu.ph for donations
Personnel Office – 723-0481 loc 307 I email: xspersonnel@xs.ed.ph for teaching positions/related matters.
Registrar – 723-0481 loc 385 I email: ditasrdairo@xs.edu.ph for enrollment and scholarship information.

MIRIAM COLLEGE

Landline: (+63 2) 580.5400 extn 1265
Mobile: +63916.338.4085
Email: mc-nuvali@mc.edu.ph

XAVIER SCHOOL OPENS IN JUNE 2012

Fr. Ismael Zuloaga gave the AAXS officers and batch reps an overview of the plans for Xavier School NUVALI during the monthly board meeting. During the meeting, he mentioned that the idea of opening a new campus was initially proposed by several alumni who foresaw a growing number of enroll ees from alumni families. The present facilities, already operating at near peak capacity, may be hard pressed to accommodate the increasing numbers in the future, and limit the school’s capacity to reach out to new families and communities.

However, it was only with the firm proposal of Ayala Land, in partnership with the Yulo family, to donate land and seed money to open a new campus in the former Canlubang Estate, that this idea gathered momentum. By December 2004, the Board of Trustees had approved the proposal and received permission from the Jesuit Provincial to open the new school in NUVALI.

While the school will be grounded on the same mission and vision of Xavier School, it is mandated to allot “25% of enrollment for financially-challenged students on scholarship. This, according to Fr. Zuloaga, is a great challenge; but can be achieved with the support of the Xavier community.

In this way, the school not only expands the ministry of Xavier School. but will also enhance its mission in education by integrating students from different socio-economic segments. Programs will be designed “to enable the presence of these scholars to have a transforming influence on the culture of the school as a whole.

Moreover, the new school will be co-educational but will follow the co-divisional model.
Boys and girls will be educated separately in selected classes, while providing ample opportunities for interaction.

The new campus sits on a 15-hectare property in NUVALI, a development in Calamba, Laguna that is seven times the size of the Makati CBD. In its first phase, the main grade school building and part of the Grade School gymnasium will be built. In its ultimate development, the campus will have buildings for Primary, Middle, and High School, and will include a separate library building, auditorium, administration building, and provisions for residences and dormitories. The plan also calls for two gymnasiums with different sports facilities, swimming pool, and two football fields.

The school is designed as a school for 21st-century learning. The campus grounds and facilities will provide for different types of learning. It will be a digital school, equipped with the proper IT infrastructure to bring a whole world of resources into the classroom. It will also enable the school to promote 1-to-1 computer-based instruction that will develop self-directed learners.

A special feature of the campus will be its green environment. The campus is bordered by a deep-ravine river in the north and, along its western perimeter, part of the 17-km buffer zone labelled as the Wildlife and Bird Sanctuary. The school was designed with sustainability in mind. Environment-friendly fixtures and systems will be in place. It is accessed primarily through the Mamplasan and Sta. Rosa exits along SLEX and situated at the center of NUVALI. NUVALI is touted as the country’s first eco-community development in the country, hinged on the principle of sustainability. Already, several alumni have indicated their commitment to donate for the construction and for the scholarships. For major donors, various buildings and facilities are being offered for naming rights. In the coming weeks and months, the fundraising efforts will intensify to raise the funds needed.

The new school will be called Xavier School NUVALI. The initial levels to open in June 2012 are Nursery, Prep, Grade 1, and High 1; adding one grade and one year level every year thereafter. For more information, please contact the Development and Alumni Relations Office (DARO) or email xsNUVALI@xs.edu.ph.

MIRIAM COLLEGE BRINGS ITS UNIQUE BRAND OF EDUCATION TO NUVALI IN 2014

Calamba, Laguna—Miriam College marks a new chapter in its rich and colorful 85-year history with the soft launch of its second campus in NUVALI which is slated to open in 2014.

On a 15-hectare property in the flourishing community of NUVALI, Miriam College will build a co-educational campus to cater to a larger and more diverse sector of society.

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“Miriam College will embark on a new and broader expression of its vision and mission. We want to provide our unique brand of holistic education to the emerging markets in the south,” says Miriam College President Dr. Rosario O. Lapus.

The establishment of Miriam College-NUVALI is a result of a rigorous process of research, consultation and careful deliberation that started as early as 2006, involving the whole Miriam College community. Comprehensive studies, focus group discussions and consultations with various sectors and the potential market helped determine demand for a Miriam College education as well as the feasibility and sustainability of putting up a second campus in Laguna.

Of the many locations considered, Ayala Land’s NUVALI project was chosen because of its proximity to the Quezon City campus, the rapid economic growth in the area and, more importantly, the consistent values and philosophy it shares with Miriam College on many aspects: sustainability, community development and environmental advocacy.

With its shared values and philosophy, NUVALI and Miriam College see an empowering partnership that can better impact communities in the area. “We can be partners in imparting the philosophy of balance, nurturing young minds and teaching the importance of community and environment through Miriam College’s excellent academic programs infused with Christian values. Each complements the other by believing that the ‘integrity of creation’, which is one of Miriam College’s core values, is the key to this partnership,” says Aniceto V. Bisnar, Jr., General Manager of NUVALI

For its second campus, Miriam College will not only bring the same academic standards enjoyed by its Quezon City campus but introduce new and innovative programs combining real and virtual learning tools. “We intend to look into a new pedagogy, to develop exciting programs that will prepare young girls and boys for the 21st century world we live in—global, digital, fast-paced, complex and change-oriented,” adds Dr. Lapus.

It will also bring its strong social development experience to impact upon more communities with the common thrust toward national development. To benefit the community are Miriam College’s social programs that include the Miriam Adult Education or MAE, its night school for out-of-school youth and its advocacy in the areas of peace, women, environment, teacher-training and community involvement. “With the help of MAE, members of the community will be able to learn basic life-skills, technical knowledge and values to help them improve their lives and eventually, their social status. Similarly, NUVALI has its own livelihood and training programs, providing opportunities to hundreds of people from the communities. Sustainable products such as special paving blocks, hollow blocks, baskets and bags using recycled paper are being used and promoted by NUVALI,” says John Estacio, NUVALI Operations Manager

Miriam College-NUVALI is covered by a 10-year development plan starting with the Basic Education –pre-school, grade school (Grades 1-2) and high school (1st-2ndYear). The Higher Education unit is scheduled to begin on the 5th year (2019). Construction will be in phases with special emphasis on an environmentally-sustainable school that is at the same time safe, student-friendly and conducive to living and learning. A 50-50 percentage will be devoted to structures and open spaces; building designs will adapt to the existing terrain, climate, and environment; and sustainable energy sources will be utilized.

As it explores new horizons on its 85th year, Miriam College draws inspiration from the pioneering spirit of its Maryknoll founders, who, armed with courage and deep faith, established the school in 1926. “We remain rooted in the legacy our founders have left as we break new grounds and face new challenges in our mission to form leaders in service for the 21st century,” concludes Dr. Lapus.