My August Adventure – by Alexis Kyla A. Costales
Monday. August 6th. It was either a highly anticipated day, or a somewhat dreaded day. It was the first day of classes for the new school year.
For me, it was fun! It was a flea market, a veritable bazaar. Orientation galore. I saw old, familiar faces – friends, classmates from last year, and a few new faces. In the crowd I recognized a familiar figure.
“Hey you… Yes, I do know you… remember me?” I tried to get my friend’s attention lightly tapping her shoulder.
“Oh… hey Kyla girl, how’s it going?” my friend reacted, twirling around to face me. “So good to see you!” We hugged and laughed, well, and giggled more or less. “Welcome to Saint Augustine’s School…” my friend tried to mimic our School Principal. It was okay.
It was so good to see one of my school buddies from last year. We talked about many things, catching up on current events, vacation time, and family things.
Of course the orientation included the announcement of the school’s expectations – the big picture, or year-end goal. We were also “refreshed,” and “reviewed,” of the School Rules and Regulations. That part wasn’t so much fun, but necessary.
The second week followed quickly. We elected our class government officers. I accepted a minor class officer position – hey, don’t knock it; I was duly elected. Okay? We were also asked to choose our Sectoral Interest Group (SIG). Since I was already in this Interest group, I chose to remain with the “Awit at Gitara,” SIG (Song & Guitar). This group allows me to showcase my musical talents and, more importantly, share my love for music.
The event of Week Three, “Araw ng Kabataan,” (Youth Day) was held with the participation of all the local schools in town. Student-officers were invited to join the event and so we did.
Regular classes followed. As the week flowed, I felt a little shaky, like when one first gets up after squatting for a while. I felt like my mental cobwebs were being cleared. Gradually my feelings of school joy and happiness returned. After all the consecutive “out-of-classroom” programs, it felt great to be back on the “Ed-Track” again, gaining more knowledge and learning something new every day.
Today we attended Holy Mass in celebration of the Feast of our Patron Saint, St. Augustine, Bishop of Hippo, Doctor of the Church. We commemorated and, at the same time praised St Augustine’s great works, writings, and teachings important to Christian life. To a lesser degree in importance, today was also Intramural day. Exit polls taken revealed that everyone enjoyed the games.
With that, I will close.
I look forward to a great school year, relishing the thought of my upcoming educational journey.
With grateful wonderment, I eagerly anticipate the many thrills, challenges, and surprises that I will encounter – for certain – along the way.