The Golden Link College adopts an educational approach that
• Gives importance to the development of life skills and character building, such as self-awareness, integration of values, effective relationships, conflict resolution, public speaking, etc., side by side with academic competencies;
• Motivates students to study by awakening their interest in the subject matter instead of using rewards and punishments or threats;
• Creates an atmosphere of care, fun and challenge that enables students to dare to try new things without the fear of being humiliated or punished;
• Does not use rankings, honors or medals to compare a student with another;
• Involves the parents and family in the education of the children, by holding parenting seminars and family day programs;
• Enables students to be aware of the larger picture such as the environment, meaning of life, comparative religion, world peace and similar themes.
Faculty Training at Lumen School
The faculty members of Lumen School underwent a three-day training on self-transformation and methods of teaching. It was held at the Quiet Place in Bago City, adjacent to Bacolod City. The training was also attended by the key officers of D. C. Cruz Trading, the company that supports the operation of Lumen School. The school Director is Ruth Cruz (seated, 4th from the left). The training was conducted by Vic Hao Chin Jr. and Eiren Galang, President and Principal of Golden Link College, respectively.
Grade 12 Added to High School
In consonance with the national shift to K-12 curriculum, Golden Link College has added Grade 12 to its senior high school classes. It accepted many new Grade 11 students who finished Junior High School in schools. The population of Golden Link College has now exceeded 600 students for the first time, despite the fact that there are no new first year admissions on the college level.
Sec. Dinky Soliman is Speaker of Graduation Exercises
Former Secretary Corazon "Dinky" Soliman was the commencement speaker during the 2017 college graduation ceremonies. She served as the Secretary of the Department of Social Welfare and Development under the Aquino administration and spearheaded reforms that significantly improved the management system of the department.
Bohol GLC branch constructs new school building
The Bohol Campus of Golden Link College is currently constructing a new one-storey school building to accommodate the needs of its growing population. The Bohol branch has now six levels: Nursery, Kinder 1, Kinder 2, and Grades 1-3.
GLC External Scholars Reach 230 students
In addition to scholars who are studying in Golden Link, GLC and Theosophical Order of Service also have scholars who are studying in public schools. They are given bags, notebooks and other school needs for the school year, and they are also being tutored by GLC college students in English and Mathematics. Once a year, they hold a declamation program in GLC where their parents are in attendance.
Visitors from Australia and Argentina
Recent visitors of GLC are (seated from left) Gayle Thomas, from Australia, and Laura Rodriguez and Diego Fernandes from Argentina, in this photo with teachers and staff of GLC. Gayle taught English to high school and college students, while Laura and Diego visited GLC to observe and learn from the experience here in preparation for a similar theosophical school that they plan to set up in Argentina.
Retreat on Mindfulness and Loving-Kindness Meditation
The Venerable Sujatha of the United States conducted a retreat on "Mindfulness and Loving-Kindness Meditation" last January 6, 2017 at the Social Hall of Golden Link College.
Harvey Keh Speaker of 2016 GraduationHarvey Keh was the guest speaker of Golden Link College during its 2016 Commencement Exercises. Mr. Keh is the convenor of the Kaya Natin Movement, an organization that espouses good and clean governance. He is also a member of the board of directors of the Jesse Robredo Foundation.
Senior High School to Open 2016
Golden Link College is offering Grade 11 this coming school year (2016-17) to all graduates of Grade 10. The courses offered are the following:
A. ACADEMIC TRACK:
1. ABM (Accountancy, Business & Management) Strand
2. HUMSS (Humanities and Social Sciences) Strand
3. STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Strand
4. GA (General Academic) Strand
B. TECHVOC TRACK:
1. ICT (Information and Communication Technology) Strand
a. Computer Programming NC IV
b. Computer System Services NC II
c. Animation NC II
d. Illustration NC II
The first entrance assessment for applicants for Grade 11 will be on November 14, 2015. (Subsequent entrance assessments will be announced later.)The requirements are the following for new students:
- Birth Certificate issued by NSO
- Form 138- E (Progress Card) of previous grade (original copy)
- School Clearance or Certificate (original copy) from previous school
- Form 137E
- 1 x 1 ID photo (2 copies)
UN Day Program 2015
The Preschool, Elementary and High School Departments held its United Nations Day last Oct. 24-25, 2015 with speeches, songs, dances as well as a parade around the community. Below is a video clip from one of the speeches during the program.
Free Summer Classes Started
Almost 700 students enrolled in the 2015 Free Summer Classes at Golden Link College which started Monday, April 13, 2015. The above photo shows the parents who attended the Parents' Orientation Session on April 12 which filled the Kern Hall. The classes focus on Personality Development and English Proficiency.
Senator Shahani is Guest Speaker at Golden Link Graduation Ceremonies
Senator Leticia Ramos Shahani will be the Guest Speaker during the Commencement Exercises of the college department of Golden Link College on Thursday, March 26, 2015, at 4pm. Senator Shahani has served as the Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations as well as President Pro-Tempore of the Philippine Senate. She is the sister of former President Fidel V. Ramos.
The other graduation schedules of the theosophical schools are as follows:
Sunshine Learning Center (Quezon City): Saturday, March 28, 9 am
Golden Link Preschool (Caloocan): Saturday, March 28, 2 pm.
Golden Link Elementary (Caloocan): Sunday, March 29, 9 am
Golden Link High School (Caloocan): Sunday, March 29, 2 pm
Philippine Lumen School (Bacolod): March 27, 2pm
TOS Learning Center (Camarin, Caloocan): Tuesday, March 31, 2 pm
Golden Link Bohol (Cortes, Bohol): Saturday, April 11, 2 pm
Members of the Theosophical Society and other interested persons are invited to attend any of them.
100% Pass Licensure Exam for Teachers
All education graduates of Golden Link College who took the government Licensure Examination for Teachers this year passed.
Bachelor of Secondary Education:
1. Dimanlig, Jonathan
2.Geneta , Renalyn
3. Constantino, Noemi
Bachelor of Elementary Education:
4. Toro toro, Kimerose
5. Felipe, Charlyn
Teacher Certificate Program
6. Bispo, Karen
7. Ebido, Dantes
Congratulations to all of you!
Mindfulness Workshop for College Students
Four monks of Plum Village Retreat Center came to Golden Link last October 8 to conduct a session on Mindfulness with college students of Golden Link College. Plum Village was founded by the Zen Master Thich Naht Hanh in France and has now centers in other countries.
The monks also attended the class of Comparative Religion of Golden Link when the students made their final reports on their learnings from the course (below).
Cong. Leni Robredo Speaks at
Golden Link College held its 2014 Graduation Exercises with Hon. Leni Robredo as the guest speaker last April 4, 2014. Rep. Robredo is the congresswoman for the third district of Camarines Sur and has been at the forefront among public officials in advocating integrity, transparency and selflessness in public service.
There were fourteen graduating students in college that include two magna cum laudes and one cum laude. The high school department held its graduation exercises last March 30, 2014 with 28 graduates, while the elementary department had 26 graduates. The preschool department had its Moving Up Ceremonies with sixteen Kinder 2 students who were ready for elementary grades.
Golden Link Opens Bohol Campus
Golden Link College Bohol Campus opened last Sunday, April 7, 2013, with the Parents' Orientation of the Free Summer Class. It was attended by highest officials of Cortes, Bohol, where the school is located, particularly Mayor Danilo Montero, Vice-Mayor Iven P. Lim, and Barangay Chairman, Policarpo Pabotoy, including many of the Barangay Councilors Antolin Coyoca, Jesus Jumamil, Domingo Bautista and Roquilito Malanog.
More than 120 students enrolled from ages 3-8 (Nursery to Grade 3). This was more than what was originally expected. There are two teachers, Atessa Sabio, who trained in Golden Link main campus for one year, and Anna Mae Bellosa.
GLC Sponsors 50 Scholars in Public Schools
The Golden Link College has sponsored 50 scholars who are studying in various public schools in the community. The program is handled by a group of volunteer college students of Golden Link who have also volunteered to tutor the scholars every Sunday.