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Mater Carmeli School at Sacred Heart Village, Novaliches, Quezon City is owned and managed by the Carmelite Missionaries of the Province of Fr. Francisco Palau, Philippines. It was founded in 1986 on a piece of property adjacent to the Novitiate House of the Province.
In 1982 when the Novitiate House was transferred at Sacred Heart Village, Quezon City, the sisters did not have in mind the founding of the school beside the Novitiate. It was because they wanted to situate the Novitiate in a quiet place which has an atmosphere of solitude. Once the house stood, people passingby the highway mistook it for a school. There were a lot of inquiries as to what grade levels were offered.
The homeowners in the village constantly prodded the sisters to put up a school which was near and efficiently managed by a religious congregation. The Sacred Heart Village Homeowners Association formalized their appeal by sending a letter of request to the Provincial Council. It was granted by the General Council in Rome. A feasibility study was made and Mater Carmeli School-Novaliches was born.
The school started its operation on June 1986 with 20 Kindergarten pupils under the tutelage of Sr. Flordeliza Presquito, Sr. Asuncion Villalba and Reynaldo Duremdes (janitor). They kept the little school going for school year 1986-1987. While construction of the school building in the adjacent lot was going on, morning class was held in a lent one-storey, two-room building intended to be classrooms of novices and junior sisters.
On June 1987, the second school year, two classes of Kindergarten and Prep were added, and one section for both grade one and two levels. They occupied the first floor of the building while construction of the second and third floor was underway.
Committed to its mission of promoting quality education in the light of Blessed Francisco Palau’s charism and Our Lady of Mount Carmel’s inspiration, the Carmelite Missionaries generously approved the completion of the school buildings. Conducive places for teaching and learning were provided by this institution for the benefit of all the students, teachers, staff, and parents. The finished buildings were all named after the Carmelite luminaries such as Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, St. Teresa of Avila and Blessed Francisco Palau. The last and the biggest building constructed was named Sinon Building, in honor of the school engineer, the late Engr. Leonardo Sinon.
Due to increasing enrolment every year, more school facilities were added and made available for quality and standard education. These facilities were fully furnished with equipment and other necessary materials required for effective utilization that would promote better teaching and learning conditions.
The rapid change in the society created challenge to all Carmelians, thus, the school developed certain formation that would mould the students to become “small churches” who are passionate lovers of Christ and His Church. Curriculum was revised to inculcate the knowledge, skills and values among students shaping them to become true, practicing Catholics witnessing to the charism of Blessed Palau and the Blessed Virgin Mary. Outreach program of the school was strengthened and extended to the parents and guardians of the students for the service of the community. Information technology found its place not only in the various offices but also in the curricular program. he parents’ council of the school became a strong partner of the institution particularly in the programs that will enhance both the academics and values formation of the students.
Today, Mater Carmeli School of Novaliches continues to serve students with excellence and dedication in order to become globally competitive, peace loving individuals, protector of God’s creation and servants of our neighbors and most of all, giving glory to our Almighty Father.
The success of the school was achieved due to the leadership and dedication of the following administrators during their term:
GRADE SCHOOL PRINCIPAL
HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL
“CONTEMPLARE” is a Latin word meaning to contemplate or to observe intently.
A Carmelian is REFLECTIVE and PRAYERFUL. He reflects on the things that are happening to him and to his surroundings, and he is able to recognize and appreciate the presence of God working in them. His prayerful attitude enables him to contemplate the beauty and the mystery of his being a member of the Church.
“AMARE” is a Latin word meaning to love or to adore.
A Carmelian is LOVING and LOVABLE. He considers Jesus and His Church the object of his love and devotion. Everything he does springs up from his loving relationship with God and his neighbor.
“SERVIRE” is a Latin word meaning to serve or to work.
A Carmelian is SERVICEABLE. His contemplative spirit makes him receptive to the signs of the times and empowers him to be of service to others and to become a prophet to the community where he belongs.
“ECCLESIAM” is a Latin word meaning “church”.
A Carmelian is CHURCH-ORIENTED. He bears in his person the mystical mark of communion between Jesus and His Church. The more he contemplates the essence and beauty of the Church, the deeper he falls in love with Her, and the greater he esteems Her in his brothers and sisters while becoming identified with Her in his words, thoughts and actions.
We, the Carmelians, are “small churches” who are passionate lovers of Christ and His Church, committed to the formation of the people of God through an integral education imbued with humane and Gospel values, actively responding to the demands and challenges of the rapidly changing society.
Mater Carmeli School – Novaliches, a Catholic, Filipino, Carmelite-Palautian small church is a passionate lover of Christ and founded by the Carmelite Missionaries in 1986. It is committed to the formation of the people of God through an integral education based on Gospel values.
As Catholic, it collaborates in the Church’s mission of evangelization through holistic formation of students, teaching and non-teaching staff, families, Carmelite Missionary Secular and service operators. Hand in hand with the local, parish we establish network with the Vicariate level in its various apostolate or programs. Moreover, it promotes Inter-Religious Dialogue.
As Filipino, it is committed in upholding and promoting Filipino values: damayan, malasakit sa kapwa, utang na loob, tiyaga, pagka – malikhain, takescare of God’s creation, implements clean and green projects. It aims to advance responsive literacy in Information Technology to give witness to communion and hope in a divided materialistic world.
As Carmelite-Palautian, it is committed to be a witness to prayer and mission through sharing of time, talents and treasure with the needy; it is an avid reader of the signs of the times, stands for truth and justice, promotes life and defends human rights. It loves Mary, perfect type of the Church, and relates with her as mother in his/her everyday life, taking her example of simplicity and humility.
As small church, it is rooted in the Gospel values of truth, justice, charity and solidarity. It is committed to the formation of basic ecclesial communities where joyful service, willingness to forgive and humility to ask for forgiveness are fostered. As such, it becomes life-giving and lives to witness to fraternal communion.
As passionate lover of Christ and His Church, it is committed to find time, to commune and relate with God as a friend, to visit the Blessed Sacrament, to read and reflect on the Word of God and to joyfully share it with others; willing to accept deprivation without complaints and happy with the success of others. It recognizes that we are members of the Body of Christ and are identified with the Church broken by competition, poverty and degradation of moral values.
Thus, MCS-Novaliches proclaims by its life the Good News of salvation and liberation from anything oppressive to human dignity.