St. Joseph Gagalangin Tondo

SCHOOL SEAL

The white Lily flower at the center of St. Joseph School seal symbolizes the virtue of purity exemplified by St. Joseph for which God choose him to be the husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary and foster father of Jesus our Lord.

It is noted that the year of the 90s marked the evolution of our cultural values that virtues nowadays especially purity, which is considered taboo. It is for this reason that St. Joseph School in its desire to live up to its mission, continuously instills in the minds and hearts of the young, moral and spiritual virtues integrated in all subjects areas of the students Christian and human development. Our Blessed Mother was also chosen to be the worthy mother of the Son of God; shes pure and sinless.

The Latin word "ITE AD JOSEPH" stands for "Go to Joseph" which means we should Go to him for he is our Guardian and protector as he was to Jesus and Mary.

The colors in the seal are green and white. The white color is for purity and the evergreen color which surrounds the seal symbolizes educational nurturance which the school provides in helping the students grow and develop as they go through their formal education.


LIFE OF SAINT JOSEPH

St. Joseph The husband of Mary and the foster father of Jesus. Pope pious IX declared him Patron of the Universal Church.

The history of his ancestors could be traced back to the kings of Judah. His father was Jacob and his mother was a woman of singular virtue. St. Ann the mother of the Blessed Virgin and wife of Joachim was sister to Jacob, so Mary and Joseph were first cousin.

He is the last among the patriarchs , the glory of Israel and his greatest privilege was to be the husband of Mary, who by divine intervention was to be the mother of Jesus.

Joseph was born poor. He lived in a small house. Scanty goods constituted the whole of his earthly possessions. He had a title to the throne of his ancestors but the royal power had fallen into the hands of the greedy procurators.

The month of March is dedicated to his honor and commonly called the month of St. Joseph. The oriental Christian were in the habit of celebrating the day when the saint departs from his life rather than his natal day. It is the church tradition that St. Josephs happy death and the passage to glory which we commemorate on the nineteenth of March. All Wednesday of the year has also been dedicated to our Patron, St. Joseph.


BRIEF HISTORY

Identity:Catholic School
Member of MaPSA – RCAM ES
Education Contracting System ( ESC)
School Former Name:St Joseph Parochial School
Diocese:Manila
Patron Saint:St Joseph, Patron of the Universal Church
Foundation Day:August 3, 1964
Founding Priest:Rev. Fr. Pedro Pajarillo
First Grade School GraduationApril 13, 1969
First High School GraduationApril 1, 1977
Government Recognition(Kindergarten)July 11, 1966
Government Recognition(Grade 1–4)July 11, 1966
Government Recognition(Grade 5&6)July 3, 1967
Government Recognition(1st & 2nd year)June 2, 1975
Government Recognition(3rd & 4th year)June 13, 1978
Government Recognition(Night High School)January 13, 2009
FAPE Certification:July 14, 2008
Accreditation Status:PAASCU Level I ( December 12, 2011)
PAASCU Level II ( December 12, 2015)

HISTORY OF ST. JOSEPH SCHOOL

It was consonance with the policy of His Eminence Rufino Cardinal T. Santos, of Manila to encourage the establishment of a school run in each parish. On this important reason, in a humble beginning, the Parish Council of Gagalangin opened a kindergarten school as forerunner of parochial school on August 3, 1964 under the care of Mrs. Felicisima Carls with Fr. Pedro Pajarillo as the Spiritual Director. Due to increase in enrollment, the school expanded fromkindergarten to complete elementary school through a recognition awarded by the government in school year 1965-1966, by then the school was named St. Joseph Parochial School.

On March 11, 1969, The Daughters of Charity (DC) sisters took over the administration of the school through the invitation of Fr. Pajarillo with Sr. Lourdes Lumibao as first Directress/ Principal. She was instrumental in changing the name of the school from St. Joseph Parochial School to St. Joseph School and the founding of the High School Department in June, 1974. More Directresses, Directors and Principals came whose expertise in school management is unquestionable. They were: Sr. Evangeline Lebata DC, Sr. Consolacion Manondo DC, Sr. Claudeta Marcon DC, Sr. Paulina Borres DC, Sr. Mila Magistrado DC, Sr. Purita Gatonggay, Rev. Fr. Mario Enriquez, and Sr. Zenaida Condes DC. All of them effected significant contributions in the enhancement of curriculum and instruction and physical facilities which resulted to the remarkable increase in enrollment placing the school in high level as an educational institution.

The school underwent transition when the management of all parochial schools were given to the parish priest as Director, hence the DC sisters entrusted the management of the school to Rev. Fr. Alfredo G. Guerrero in April 4, 1995. In his leadership, he continued to enhance the quality of instruction by providing the academic staff opportunities for spiritual, intellectual and social development simultaneous with the wide expansion of facilities to meet the challenges of the time. In this year, he worked hand-in-hand with Ms. Teresita Griengo as the school principal, followed by Mrs. Teresita R. Onrubia, whose vision for excellence became a realization when she was appointed in April, 2002.

January, 2002 became a more progressive year for St. Joseph School through the appointment of Rev. Fr. Nestor M. Gungon as the School Director. He accomplished distinctive improvement in school facilities for a more conducive teaching and learning giving due consideration to health, safety, convenience and well-being of the students, teachers, and personnel. He eminently improved the school curriculum and instruction by providing programs beyond what is required by the DepEd. In his term, with the able assistance of Mrs. Melita G. Magsombol who started in 2003, the Night High School Scholarship Program was conceived in 2007 – 2008. Its aim is to give underprivileged but motivated students to continue their education in the hope of improving their future. It obtained government recognition for the complete secondary course in January 13, 2009

On June 24, 2008, St Joseph School was visited by the Certification Team of Fund Assistance to Private Education ( FAPE). Nearly a month after, in July , the school received a congratulatory letter for passing the Certification Program, thus becoming beneficiary to Education System Contracting ( ESC) and Education Voucher System ( EVS).

December 12, 2011 marked a significant event in the history of St. Joseph School. The Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools Colleges and Universities ( PAASCU) and the Federation of Accrediting Agencies of the Philippines (FAAP) granted SJS Level I Accredited Status to the Basic Education Program.

Another milestone was added to the history of SJS when the clustering of schools of MaPSA – RCAM ES was implemented in S.Y 2014 – 2015. St Joseph School was clustered with Espiritu Santo Parochial School and San Pablo Apostol Learning Center with Rev. Fr. Nolan A. Que as a cluster director.

SJS looks with great optimism for a better future when Rev. Fr. Nolan A. Que assumed office in June 2014.

St. Joseph School as it makes its way of becoming premier school of MaPSA-RCAM ES offering Basic Education Program will not rest on its laurel but will continue to soar towards the realization of its goals.