History of SSCW

When I look at this building of St. Scholastica’s College Westgrove, standing majestically at a choice spot here at Ayala Westgrove Heights with its graceful columns and pillar, it transports me to the age-long tradition of Benedictine education…   (Excerpts from the Address of M. Angelica Leviste, OSB during the school’s blessing on July 1, 2001.)

            The latest of the schools established by the Missionary Benedictine Sisters of Tutzing,

The latest among the schools established by the Missionary Benedictine Sisters of Tutzing, St. Scholastica’s College Westgrove offers the same quality of education as its sister schools all over the island.  Strongly rooted in Benedictine values, it started its operation with the opening of Kindergartengarten, Prep, Grade 1- 3 and Year I high school and Year I extension classes for the college on June 4, 2001.

The administrative set up in its beginning was simplified with the directress doubling up as principal.  The support services such as the Business Office, Registrar, Admissions and Guidance were kept on a skeleton size force until the grade school level and high school level were completed in 2004-2005. The unit in college initially operated as an extension of SSC Manila was temporarily phased out after its second year of operation due to financial constraints.

The school was granted Government Recognition on the following dates:  September 2, 2002 for N-K-P for the Pre-elementary Course (No. K-044, s. 2002); September 1, 2003 for Grades 1-6 Elementary Course (No. E-047, s. 2003); and a Complete Secondary Course on September 13, 2004 with No. 025, s. 2004.

The school’s blessing and inauguration was a historical event that took place on July 1, 2001.  The grand affair started at 9:00 am with the unveiling of the commemorative marker and the ribbon cutting by top officials of Ayala Land Incorporated and St. Scholastica’s Priory.  The Holy Mass was officiated by Rev. Fr. Felino Gueco, Jr., SDB.  The blessing of the school and its surrounding areas and other parts of the building was led by His Excellency, Monsigñor Manuel Sobreviñas, the bishop of the diocese of Imus, Cavite, Fr. Gueco, SDB and other Benedictine Sisters.

Sister Catherine Sanchez, OSB, the Superior of the community at Westgrove started the program with her words of welcome.  A special message was delivered by Mother Angelica Leviste, OSB, Prioress, Sister Mary John Mananzan, OSB, SSC-Manila President, expressed joy and thanksgiving of the grace-filled occasion.  The highlight of the program was the presentation of the Plaque of Appreciation to Ayala Land Incorporated (ALI).  Mr. Francisco Licuanan III, representing ALI received the plaque and gave a brief response.

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