Monthly Archives: February 2012

Benildean wins SENIA Student Award 2012

De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde has another reason to celebrate as Ms. Andrea Ysabel Garcia Zubiri, an AB Photography freshman, bested nominees from all over Asia to win the inaugural SENIA Student Award.

The SENIA Student Award honors a student with a disability who excels. It specially celebrates the achievements of a student who is able to raise awareness and inspire others on behalf of exceptional children in Asia.

During the awarding ceremony, Andrea was cited for her excellent academic achievement, well-rounded school involvement, and advocacy-driven projects. The SENIA Student Award committee noted Andrea’s essays and presentations on “Theories of Learning” where she explains the different ways people learn.

Andrea  Zubiri with her proud parents

Andrea Zubiri with her proud parents

The awarding ceremony was held during the SENIA 10 conference held at the Grand Four Wings Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand on February 17, 2012. As an awardee, Andrea was given a chance to address more than 200 conference attendees from all over Asia. During her address, Andrea shared her dream for more schools to support students with learning disabilities. She hopes that students like her may be better understood and supported in order for them to succeed. This quote from her acceptance speech makes her sentiments known: “Why limit the questions of a student, when curiosity leads to understanding?” Andrea also shared the gospel song “Still” by Hillsong and expressed that: “It is a song I find comfort in when days get difficult and I feel alone”. Andrea is an example that living with a learning disability may be difficult but it is not a hindrance to success.

Andrea Zubiri with representatives from De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde. (Photo: Terry Shuster)

Andrea Zubiri with representatives from De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde. (Photo credit: Terry Shuster)


Andrea graduated from Brent International School Manila before she entered De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde.

SENIA Manila holds first annual conference

SENIA Manila held its first annual conference on January 28, 2012 at Brent International School Manila. The conference featured a series of collaboration workshops designed for the support staff in the international schools around Manila.

The event was attended by over sixty professionals from four schools:  The Beacon School, Brent International School Manila, British School of Manila, and International School of Manila.  

It was an opportunity for many of the talented professionals, including teachers and assistant teachers, in the area to get together and share common work experiences and to learn from one another. There were several workshops to choose from, including Remediation of Dyslexia, Visualization and Verbalization, Strategies for the Differentiated Classroom, Moderation of Support, Social Thinking Skills, and Discussion of Implementation Strengths and Weaknesses.

Feedback from the event was positive, with the most frequent comment being participants would like to see the time extended so that more workshops could be offered. Attendees overwhelmingly would like to see another professional development event like this again next year.