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PAREF Woodrose School

PAREF Woodrose School, also known as Woodrose, is a private school for girls in Ayala Alabang, Muntinlupa City, Metro Manila, Philippines.[1][failed verification] It is not owned or under Opus Dei, but the founders of PAREF were Opus Dei members. It is accredited by the Philippine Department of Education. It is composed of an elementary school and a high school. Its executive director as of 2014 is Dr. Severina Villegas. Its motto is "Duc Ad Veritatem", Latin for "Leads Towards the Truth".

PAREF Woodrose School

TypePrivate, All Girls
MottoDuc Ad Veritatem (Latin)
Lead Towards the Truth
PresidentLourdes Tapia-Tolosa
Executive DirectorDr. Severina Villegas
Grades1 to 12
Number of students1,000
CampusSuburb, ~2 hectares
Color(s)Red, Blue, Green and Gold
NewspaperRosette (HS), Phases (Parents' Bulletin), Postscript (Alumnae)
AffiliationsPAREF, Opus Dei
School HymnWoodrose Spirit
Supervising OrganizationPAREF


Woodrose School was the first school established by PAREF, a non-stock, non-profit organization of parents who want to be involved in providing their children a Christian education. It started operations at a large, two-story house located at the corner of 4th and Gilmore Streets in New Manila, Quezon City in June 1977 with 76 students ranging from Grades 1 to 5. A higher level was added each school year until the first senior class in high school graduated in 1984.

In 1981, the school transferred to its present permanent location in Ayala Alabang, Muntinlupa City, following the donation to PAREF of a two-hectare lot from Ayala.

Co-curricular viewEdit

Woodrose is known for its competitive academic environment and social conservatism (prospective students must present their parents' marriage certificate in order to gain admission).[2] Students and alumni have been recipients of Zonta International awards, Alaska Cup soccer competitions, Metro Manila Debate Awards, and National Speaking and Debate awards.

It is one of the few remaining schools with seven years of elementary education as opposed to six years, which is the norm in Philippine schools. The medium for instruction is English for all subjects except Filipino. Other subjects include Religion, Language (English Grammar/Composition), Reading (Literature), Geography/Social Studies/History, Mathematics, Science, Music, Physical Education, Art, and (Christian) Philosophy, and home economics.

Intramural GamesEdit

Intramurals (Intrams) are held annually, opening in either late September or early October, and closing at either late January or early February of the following year. In the months in between, Intrams Games are held in the once or twice a month in the afternoon.

The games played include Kickball, Softball, Volleyball, Handball, Table Tennis, Tug of War and relays (which are played per level). A cheer-dancing parade is held beforehand wherein all the teams dance and cheer to the music mix made by the Captain and Co-captain of each team. Usually, two days are allotted for Opening Day parade practices, and three days for Closing Day or Family Day.

Outreach programEdit

Students from Grade 1 through Grade 12 all participate in The Woodrose Outreach Program.[citation needed]

In the Grade School, the program aims to introduce students to the possibility of interacting with the less fortunate, and thus foster in them compassion for the poor at a young age.

The Outreach Program in the high school aims to inculcate in the students a sense of civic responsibility by providing them opportunities to deal and interact with people who have specific needs (e.g. shelter, care, education).

The Outreach Program includes the annual medical-dental mission organized by Woodrose alumnae for a poor community in need of free medical consultations, dental services, and medicines.

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  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-03-04. Retrieved 2010-07-08.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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