HISTORY OF JOYLAND SCHOOL
The past four decades saw the move of districts and annual conferences in the United Methodist Church for establishment not only of Kindergarten but even Elementary, Secondary and Theological institution. We have the Union Theological Seminary and Wesley Divinity School for pastors education; Harris Memorial College initially for deaconess program; Philippine Christian University, Wesleyan University, Philippines Asbury College, Alsdergate College, Eveland Junior Colleges for liberal arts, pre-theological and other non-theological courses. Tarlac Ecumenical which used to offer basic education courses is now offering collegiate education.
One growing institution of the Philippine UMC is Joyland School. Joyland School, the second home for the past 25 years of young children barely weaned from their mother’s breasts, the haven where dreams have been planted, nurtured and cultured.
It may be a little late in the game, but in the Mother heart of God, it was planted and fertilized in God’s own time. At 25, more and more graduates have started to etch their names in respective chosen fields. Accordingly a good gauge of success, this degree of accomplishment and prominence of Joyland School graduates speaks for the kind of quality education which has been the product of the school’s “unwavering faith, service and excellence.”
On March 1985, the church leaders, with the encouragement of the church pastor, the Rev. Abraham Casipit and the church deaconess, Ms. Rebecca Kathleen S. Vidal, giving an interplay of courage, commitment and prayers, founded the Joyland Kindergarten School. It was envisioned that Joyland School will be an arm of the church for intellectual, social, emotional, physical and spiritual development for all active, vibrant, responsible and God-fearing children. It then applied for a permit to operate from the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports ( now the Department of Education). Government Permit No. EE-64 s. 1985 was granted and the school began operations on the opening of the school year 1985-1986. It began its preschool courses- Nursery and Kindergarten.
A School Board headed by, Mrs. Florenda B. Nabua was organized to oversee the operations of the school. It was formally opened on June 9, 1985 in an appropriate launching ceremony with Mayor and Mrs. Conrado P. Gubatan, cutting the ceremonial ribbon and Rev. and Mrs. Benjamin Gutierrez, the District superintendent, leading the dedication rites.
Meeting the rigid requirements of the MECS and passing them with flying colors after a series of inspection and evaluation, Joyland School earned its Government Recognition No.EE-Re-03 s. 1986 granted by the MECS on June 25, 1986. This was approved for and in behalf of the Minister of Education, Culture and Sports by Dr. Pura T. liban, MECS region I Director.
Because the Preschool education provideD young children ages 3-6 experience in Christian living through a balanced program of education, it gained respect and popularity in the entire community of San Fabian. The school administration, with Ms. Vidal as the pioneer teacher, did not hesitate to say “yes” when a demand to open grade school was made by the parents during one of the Parents-Teachers Fellowship Meeting in 1986.
GRADE SCHOOL EDUCATION
With very limited and crude facilities Joyland Started grade school in 1987 to enable young children to acquire basic preparation that will make them an “ enlightened, disciplined, nationalistic, self-reliant, God-loving, creative, versatile and productive citizen.” In 1992 Joyland had its first batch of elementary graduates. Government Recognition (R-1) No. E-007 s. 1994 for the Elementary Course was granted to Joyland on June 1994.
As the school continued to grow, it faced problems of space,...