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Chapel Theme 2013-2014

The Chapel Theme for the School Year 2013 - 2014 is "we are part of something greater than ourselves".The Bible verse that we have chosen in support of our theme is from St Paul particularly his letter to the Corinthians. The passsage speaks of each one as part of the body of Christ... (1 Corinthians 12:1-31).

I grew up in a big family. We are ten (10) siblings. You can imagine the fun and 'chaos' in the house. There was never a dull moment. We enjoyed being a part of the family. There was always something to do and we took turns and helped in the daily chores. Each one had a part and tried our best to finish them. You know what would happen when a task wasn't done well or left undone. Doing one's job properly was part of belongingness.

There were lots of fun times. Birthdays and Christmas were big events and like any child we expected a gift that we dreamed of having. The good and hard times that we experienced and go through have given us a unique perspectve. We are thankful for the blessing of family and life.

Each one is part of a family. That is where we all begin. The school and we must admit is next to home, "a second home". It is where we spend most of our growing up years. Like in the family, the school needs to offer an understanding and respectful environment. It is only in such a milieu that a child will learn and grow. It is only when a child feels loved that she/he feels a part of a school or of a bigger community.

At Brent International School Manila we all work hard at making every child feel at home. As with the family setting and home there will be good and tough times. The challenges and I would say the opportunities and teaching moments are fundamentally important. Young people learn well and best when they are given a chance to be heard, understood, treated fairly and allowed to respond to the situation. The open mind and heart rapport with the young are extremely empowering. In fact, children more than anything else will appreciate the kind and sincere ways. They will feel and see themselves as part of something greater than themselves.

Have a wonderful and fruitful School Year 2013 - 2014!

Take care and God bless.

Fr. Benjamin A. Jance III
Chaplain / Registrar
Brent International School Manila

Mr. Dick B. Robbins
Headmaster
Brent International Schools

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Bible Passages

4There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope of your calling, 5one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all. – Ephesian 4:5

10Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received. – 1 Peter 4:10

8But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.’ – Act 1:8

6We have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us: prophecy, in proportion to faith; 7ministry, in ministering; the teacher, in teaching; 8the exhorter, in exhortation; the giver, in generosity; the leader, in diligence; the compassionate, in cheerfulness. – Roman 12:6-8

3For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of yourself more highly than you ought to think, but to think with sober judgement, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. – Roman 12:3

4For as in one body we have many members, and not all the members have the same function, 5so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members one of another. – Roman 12:4-5

25So then, putting away falsehood, let all of us speak the truth to our neighbours, for we are members of one another. – Ephesian 4:25

15And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful. – Colossians 3:15

28There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus. – Galatians 3:28

11In that renewal there is no longer Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and free; but Christ is all and in all! – Colossians 3:11

15Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. – Roman 12:15

11The gifts he gave were that some would be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, – Ephesian 4:11

1Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers and sisters, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness. – James 3:1

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