POLYMATH The Official Publication of the Ateneo de Manila Senior High School General Academics Strand


The Official Publication of the Ateneo de Manila Senior High School General Academics Strand

VOL. I, ISSUE 1; January 2017

EDITORIAL: by Elissa Ofilada

Polymath (Greek: πολυμαθής, polymathēs): a person whose field of expertise encompasses a variety of different subject areas.

Not everyone has what it takes to be everything.

That’s right. Everything.

And, I know what you’re thinking: Come on, now. No one can be everything. As in, literally, all the things, all at once.

I’ll level with you. Yes. No one can be everything.

But there are still those who try.

See, when all the opportunity to be great in so many different areas comes to you, it’s not just something you let slip. You grab that opportunity, and hold on tight.

If you’re considering being in the General Academics Strand--- or if you’re already part of it--- cheers! Remember: everything is at your disposal. All you need to do is make it happen.


by Vianca Perez

We often hear people say, "Jack of all trades, but a master of none" about a person that has a lot of skills but is not really proficient at any of them. Unsurprisingly, this is the common perception of students who are part of the General Academics strand. You see, while other strands might specialize in the Arts, or Math and Science, or Business, or Spots, General Academics asks one to spread themselves out. Give everything a little taste test.

Well, truth is, there is no dichotomy. Sure, each person in the strand have versatile and diverse interests and skill sets, but that doesn’t mean they’re “masters of none”. In fact, as a whole, the strand is made up of masters of different fields: writing, athletics, trivia, theater--- You name it, GA has them.

From top left to bottom right: Nicole Masagca (11-Chabanel), award-winning debater, Julia Ocoma (11-Favre), another award-winning debater, Suzanne Himor (11-Canisius), record-breaking swimmer, Keziah Pasion and Mike Gerochi (11-Canisius), models of hand-painted artistry, and the award-winning Table Tennis Team. All mentioned are from GA.

But, wait! It seems as if the people cannot accept the fact that a person can do several skills and ALSO master of all of them. He or she could be an international or a professional athlete, an honor's student, and an excellent singer all in one or maybe a pro-gamer, an active and intelligent member of the student council and a well-known Math wizard, all in one! Trust me, it’s not impossible. These unique traits allow the people in the strand to connect with each other and to thrive in today's modern society.

An American painter and stunt performer once said, "I'm not a jack of all trades; I'm a master of many. I don't feel there is anything I can't do if I want to." Everyday, GA students get the chance to sharpen their skills in various fields. They have Research class. Statistics. Media. Management. DRRR. Art. The list goes on and on. In GA, you need not box yourself in. You get the best of ALL worlds.

Canisius students from the GA strand making their award-winning Stained Glass design.



by Keziah Pasion

Though the General Academic Strand sounds like a fun strand to be in due to the numerous possibilities when it comes to choosing subjects, it is not the perfect strand. Listed below are the few cons of joining the oh-so-flexible strand of the senior high:

  • Strand Discrimination

Yes, this kind of thing exists. During your stay as a General Academic student (if in case you do choose to be one), please be warned that you may hear things about the strand that aren’t gratifying nor flattering. But fret not! For the past school year, GA students have proven themselves and have fought against the stereotypes set by social norms. GA isn’t a place where the “less intellectually superior” people are, instead, it is a place where academically flexible students bloom. However despite these debunked assumptions about the strand, strand discrimination is still real and just proves that GA is not a place for the faint-hearted.

  • No Certain Field of Specialization

In GA, a student is allowed to mix and match subjects from other academic strands. It will at first seem like an adventure for learners. However, one must consider that different subjects from different fields mean different kinds of specialization. Unless picked wisely and thought of thoroughly, this will give some people a hard time during college. Some college programs require subjects that were taken in the senior high within a certain area of specialization. If not planned carefully, choosing GA will result to a hard time in college.

  • Strand for the Undecided Ones

Lastly, like what its main purpose says, it is a strand for those who cannot make up their minds…yet. Choosing this strand would most likely mean that you haven’t fully decided on a course for college. But on the brighter side, hopefully, GA will help enlighten you as to which path to take (and not confuse you further).

The General Academic Strand: A PRIMER

by Nina Resurreccion

“I’ll have a look inside your mind and tell where you belong!”

- (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, 2001)

What strand did you choose? You don’t need a sorting hat to help you out on this one! Asking which strand you think would suit you is no different from asking which Hogwarts’ would you best be in. Do you want to be in Gryffindor where the bravest of people dwell? Do you want to be with the hardworking Hufflepuff? Are you clever like those in Ravenclaw? Or maybe you’re power-hungry and loved those of great ambition like Slytherin?

The variety of houses in the Harry Potter world creates an intriguing way of sorting its students. In the real world, students determine which field of strand they prefer to enrol in. The Philippines implemented the K-12 program last academic year and introduced 4 strands, namely: Accountancy, Business and Management (ABM), Humanities and Social Sciences (HUMSS), and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), and General Academics (GA).

The General Academic Strand (GA) based on the Department of Education’s (DepEd) K-12 curriculum includes the following core subjects: Humanities 1, humanities 2, social science 1, applied economics, organization and management, disaster readiness and risk reduction, elective 1 (from any track/strand), elective 2 (from any track/strand), and work immersion/research/career advocacy/culminating activity. This leads to a general connotation that, as the name of the strand suggests, the strand offers subjects from the different subject strand areas. With this, the strand allows the GA students to freely select subjects from the different strands and offers an opportunity for GA students to explore the field of expertise they are interested in.

GA students are allowed to choose 2 subjects as electives from the three other strands which gives them the opportunity to look into the different subjects with other fields and also, for them to test their skills in the subjects which are relatively new to them. Because of this, GAS students are assured that they are prepared due to the many options that they are given. Students are given a lot of options in the different fields thus they are offered more choices in the profession they wish to take once they graduate from Senior High School.

Have you still not decided on which strand to take? Are you still looking for that sorting hat?

If so, then GA is perfect for you! GA presents you to more opportunities to help you decide in what to take in the future. This strand will help you hone your skills in different fields of expertise.

Good luck to whatever choice you make! If you think about it, (and, although, contrary to popular belief that GA is primarily only for those students who are undecided) it is a great opportunity for students to further explore the subjects that they are interested in.

Happy GA students with their beloved Moderator
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