Thursday, September 15, 2016

Retirement Day : Saying Goodbye Breaks My Heart

"Do I need to say goodbye?" This bothers me at this moment which counts down to days and weeks for my day of retiring from the government service till October 14. I have been a classroom teacher for 9 years and a school head for 4 years and school principal for 12 years. These constitute my more than 25-year services in the Department of Education (DepEd).

As what I have written to other writing sites I have joined, I quoted lines from the  popular song of 1969, "Leaving on a jet plane", these lines said "all my bags are packed. I'm ready to go. I'm standing here outside your door. I hate to wake you up and say goodbye..."

Caiñaman ES Teachers
Caiñaman ES Teachers

Salamanca ES Teachers
Salamanca ES Teachers
I couldn't forget my 8 teachers in my first school, Caiñaman Elementary School. They're my former co-teachers.  Caiñaman Elementary School was my first school assignment as a classroom teacher.

Salamanca Elementary School was my second school. I was promoted as a school principal I in the said school. I got 1 teacher in kinder, Grade 1 to 6, and a relief teacher. Those 8 teachers were supportive of me. I couldn't forget the generosity of the owner of the hacienda where my school is located.

Yubo ES Teachers
Yubo ES Teachers

Nagasi ES Teachers
Nagasi ES Teachers
Up on the hill is my 3rd school located. It is Yubo Elementary School. Transportation was limited. We'd to wake up early to catch with the first in the morning. We're doing this not to miss the first period of the classes. I got 16 regular teachers and 2 relief teachers. I couldn't forget the all-out support the parents. Most of the school children hadn't missed their classes even the weather is bad. These children had to go down from the steep slippery hill not to miss their classes.

My 4th school is Nagasi Elementary School. It is a complete elementary school. There is a class in kinder and Grades 1 to 6. Seventeen (17) teachers handled their respective classes. The parents and the Punong Barangay were always alert to help the school, especially when Brigada Eskwela, the annual national school maintenance is concerned.

Cubay ES Teachers
Cubay ES Teachers
Balabag ES Teachers
Balabag ES Teachers

Cubay Elementary School is the 5th school which is a less than an hour to travel from the city proper. It is accessible via motorized tricycle. I had 13 teachers. Nine of them were living within the barangay while the 4 teachers were commuting every day. Before I was transferred to another school, the school achieved a good improvement in its physical aspect. The invaluable support of the PTA president, parents, and the Punong Barangay made all these things possible.

My 6th and last school of assignment is Balabag Elementary School. I am proud of this school for my family is giving their all-out support in time of Brigada Eskwela. The Punong Barangay and the PTA president and his officers greatly contributed to the school plant improvement. The 15 teachers did their best in attaining the highest academic performance of the pupils in the National Achievement Test (NAT) of the grade 6.

The school had been awarded two times for the excellent and meritorious performance in access and internal efficiency, quality and relevance, and management of educational services in 2014 and 2015 respectively.

Now is the moment to say goodbye and to reminisce all the good memories I have had to those schools where I was assigned and also to the teachers, parents, and the community leaders for their invaluable support. "It hurts to say goodbye" describes what I am feeling today.

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