Grade 12 Recollection: Guidance in the Face of New Beginnings

By : Eunice Chua, 12-3

June 5, 2023


With a theme inspired by this year’s school thrust, “Assumption education as a blessing and response to the needs of the world”, the Grade 12 students had their first and last school recollection on the weekends from November 18 to December 10, 2022. This meaningful activity called to mind the new beginnings the seniors will soon face, wherein the values instilled through AA’s transformative education will be put into practice in the bigger world outside AA.


Pre-pandemic, the highly-anticipated Seniors' Recollections were held at the Assumption Sabbath Place in Baguio. However, due to current health protocols, AA Batch 2023 had their overnight recollection in campus, at the St. John XXIII and St. John Paul II building. This did not hinder them from having a meaningful and special recollection after two years of online school, ...with the guidance of St. Myrna Eugenia A. Maluyao, R.A. of the Faith and Spirituality Formation Center in Assumption San Lorenzo who facilitated the various reflection activities which allowed the Seniors to welcome the Lord into their hearts.


Throughout her different retreat sessions, Sr. Myrna highlighted the students’ self and their communities; how they receive ‘light’ from their various ‘sources’ and how they can give back to them. As preparation for the Seniors' upcoming graduation from AA, she also gave attention to Assumption's transformative education and core values by showing a video of Assumption alumna, Ms. Gina Martin, who applied her own Assumption education in her career in politics, and by asking the Seniors to make their personal credo based on St. Marie Eugenie's

own. The recollection concluded in the chapel where confessions were held, followed by the reading of palanca letters from parents, and a thanksgiving mass celebrated by the Order of Augustinian Recollects priests. Before the students were dismissed, the sisters gave the students the cross necklace (as a tradition for the Seniors’ last recollection. This will serve as their reminder that no matter where they go after their last year in AA, they will always have the grace of God and St. Marie Eugenie with them every step of the way.