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Ethan’s Graduation Speech

Transcript:

Our School Administrator, Mr. Gregorio Ponce; our School Directress, Mrs. Adoracion C. Ponce; our Preschool Department Head, Mrs. Eloisa Ponce-Riego; hardworking faculty and support staff; our loving and supportive parents; my fellow graduates… good morning!

Proverbs 22 and 6, “Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”It is a humbling experience to be able to stand up here and thank, on behalf of all the graduates of Jean-Baptiste of Reims College batch 2014-2015, all those who have shaped our young minds into a massive sponge of hope and excellence.

First and foresmost, we would like to thank the support staff for their astounding patience amidst our childish ways. We would also like to thank our parents for giving us the opportunities to explore and to discover our full potential. We are sorry that sometimes, we forget how hard you have worked and will work to give us quality education.

To all our teachers: teacher Loi, teacher MJ, teacher Charm, teacher Beth, teacher Dess and teacher Rizza… thank you so much! Although we are far from perfect, we believe that we are much better kids than the kids we would have been had we not met all of you. I know that teachers, just like my mother, don’t make much money. However, your devotion to your profession made you even richer than Bill Gates.

School is not just about learning how to count, read and write. They are important but just as important are love and friendship. Jean-Baptiste of Reims College places great emphasis not only on excellence but also on being part of a bigger family. It is – and will always be an honor to have been part of this family.

Above all, we thank the Almighty Father. Without Him, none of this would have been possible.

It is impossible for me to thank everyone so as a sign of our gratitude, I am asking my fellow graduates to stand up. My fellow graduates, to show our gratitude to everyone who made all this possible, let’s give them a big round of applause.

Thank you so much and congratulations to us all!

 

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Hungry Mungrey

Ethan is reciting Shel Silverstein’s Hungry Mungrey (but with some words changed to suit in the Philippine setting) in a literary contest during the 15th founding anniversary of Jean Baptiste of Reims College (Formerly:  Saint La Salle School of Quezon City). He was 5 years old then.

Transcript:

Hungry Mungry

  1. Hungry Mungry sat at supper,
  2. Took his knife and spoon and fork,
  3. Ate a bowl of mushroom soup, ate a slice of roasted pork,
  4. Ate a dozen stewed tomatoes, twenty-seven deviled eggs,
  5. Fifteen shrimps, nine baked potatoes,
  6. And thirty-two fried chicken legs,
  7. A shank of lamb, a boiled ham,
  8. Two bowls of grits, some black-eyed peas,
  9. Four chocolate shakes, eight angel cakes,
  10. Nine custard pies with Muenster cheese,
  11. Ten pots of tea, and after he,
  12. Had eaten all that he was able,
  13. He poured some broth on the tablecloth
  14. And ate the kitchen table.

 

  1. His parents said, “Oh Hungry Mungry, stop these silly jokes.”
  2. Mungry opened up his mouth, and “Gulp,” he ate his folks.
  3. And then he went and ate his house, all the bricks and wood,
  4. And then he ate up all the people in his neighborhood.
  5. Up came twenty angry policemen shouting, “Stop and cease.”
  6. Mungry opened up his mouth and “Gulp,” he ate the police.
  7. Soldiers came with tanks and guns.
  8. Said Mungry, “They can’t harm me.”
  9. He just smiled and licked his lips and ate the Philippine Army.

  1. The President sent all his bombers–Mungry still was calm,
  2. Put his head back, gulped the planes, and gobbled up the bomb.
  3. He ate his town and ate the city—and ate and ate and ate–
  4. And then he said, “I think I’ll eat the whole Philippines.”

  1. And so he ate Manila first and munched the Manila Zoo,
  2. And then he chewed on Luneta Park but he found it rather sour.
  3. He ate Quezon City and Manila Bay, and all of Pasig town,
  4. Then drank the Marikina River just to wash it down.
  5. And when he’d eaten every town, each puppy, boy and girl
  6. He wiped his mouth upon his sleeve and went to eat the world.

  1. And so he ate the Egypt pyramids and every church in Rome,
  2. And all the grass in Africa and all the ice in Nome.
  3. He ate each hill in green Brazil and then to make things worse
  4. He decided for dessert he’d eat the universe.

  1. He started with the moon and stars and soon as he was done
  2. He gulped the clouds, he sipped the wind and gobbled up the sun.
  3. Then sitting there in the cold dark air,
  4. He started to nibble his feet,
  5. Then his legs, then his hips
  6. Then his neck, then his lips
  7. Till he sat there just gnashin’ his teeth
  8. ‘Cause nothin’ was nothin’ was
  9. Nothin’ was nothin’ was
  10. Nothin’ was left to eat.
 

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Universal Children’s Celebration

 

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Words of Thanksgiving

Ethan, delivering his Words of Thanksgiving during the Nursery Moving Up Day at John Baptiste of Reims College (Formerly: School of Saint Lasalle of Quezon City)

 

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