History
For many years, Filipino children in Bahrain faced difficulties finding placements in affordable schools due to shortage of seats.  On the other hand, children who succeeded in enrolling in Bahrain Schools, found themselves handicapped in subjects like Filipino, Social Studies and Philippine History when they eventually joined the Philippine education mainstream.  Some even ended up missing school altogether.

The predicament was real and so in 1992, when the Philippine Embassy in Bahrain opened, a number of concerned parents immediately submitted their requests on the possibility of putting up a Philippine school.  The desire of the community was given serious consideration by the then Ambassador, H.E. Leonides T. Caday, and the then Consul-General Amable Aguiluz III.  In September 1992, the Embassy commissioned a survey to assess the need for Philippine School.

The outcome of the survey was very conclusive.  There was a great interest among Filipino parents to transfer their children to a school catering for Filipinos if one was established. Encouraged by the result, H.E. Leonides T. Caday organized committees that prepared a complete feasibility study. The result of the study was submitted to the Bahrain Ministry of Education in 1993.

When H.E. Akmad A. Sakkam became the Ambassador in July 1994, he immediately recognized the need for a Philippine School.  He took charge of the project and made active and personal representations with the Bahrain Government.  In October 1994, he succeeded in obtaining the Bahrain Ministry of Education approval to establish a non-profit, non-stock educational institution that implements the curriculum based on the Philippine Educational System.

The initial funding needed to implement the project came, following the inspiration from the Ambassador, from 27 Filipino men and women who eventually constituted the Philippine School Association members.  Of this number, 9 men and women were appointed as the first Board of Trustees to organize and manage the School, search for funds and draw up the School’s Constitution and By-Laws under the advisorship of the Philippine Ambassador to the Kingdom of Bahrain.

The following is a chronology of significant events in the growth and development the Philippine School (Bahrain).

1995 – 1996

  • On 26 August 1995, the Philippine School modestly opened its doors in a three-building site at Kanoo Gardens, in Ghufool, Manama to 148 students from Lower Kindergarten to Grade V.  It started with six teachers and two members of the administrative staff.
  • The School Hymn was composed by a renowned Filipino musician-composer, Mr. George Gersua.

1996 – 1997

  • Enrolment increased to 169 students who were enrolled from LKG to Grade VI.

1997 – 1998

  • Mr. Antonio Eduardo Nachura, Undersecretary of the Philippine Department of Education, Culture and Sports (DECS) conducted an ocular inspection in connection with the School’s application for license to operate.  The School passed the inspection.
  • The Philippine School (Bahrain) received the DECS license to operate from the Philippine President Fidel V. Ramos when he met the Filipinos in March 1998.
  • DECS administered the National Elementary Assessment Test (NEAT) to evaluate how well the School has taught the curriculum particularly Mathematics, English, Science, History and Geography.  The Philippine School (Bahrain) registered a 100% passing rate. 
  • The Bahrain Ministry of Education approved the request of the Philippine School (Bahrain) to offer secondary education based on the Philippine Educational system. 
  • A fourth building in Kanoo Gardens was leased. 
  • The Scouting Program of the School with active participation of a volunteer British Scout master was started with 32 Boy Scouts and 30 Girl Scouts.

1998 – 1999

  • Philippine School (Bahrain) students participated in the Centennial celebrations of the Philippine Independence.  The students won major prizes in the On-the-Spot Essay Writing and Painting Competitions.
  • A fifth building in Kanoo Gardens was leased.
  • The Computer Laboratory was inaugurated.

1999 – 2000

  • The maiden issue of “AngTanglaw”, the official student publication was released.
  • The Building Fund Campaign was started.
  • The School Marching Band was organized.    
  • The Philippine School (Bahrain) received the Government Recognition issued by the Department of Education, Culture and Sports (DECS) on 30 March 2000.  The recognition meant that Philippine School (Bahrain) has attained full recognition from the DECS which also entitles the graduates to all benefits and privileges enjoyed by graduates of similar programs in all schools recognized by the DECS.

2000 – 2001

  • A seventh residential-type building in Kanoo Garden was leased. 
  • The Prime Minister H.H. Shaikh Khalifa Bin Salman Al Khalifa allocated 2.6 hectares of prime land in A’Ali to the Philippine School (Bahrain) through the representation of H.E. Rodolfo I. Dumapias, Philippine Ambassador to the Kingdom of Bahrain.
  • Engr. Rodrigo C. Acosta, Chairman of the Board of Governors signed the lease agreement on 16 October 2000 in the presence of the officials of the Bahrain and Philippine Governments.
  • A comprehensive feasibility study for the construction of the school buildings at A’Ali was prepared. 
  • The first Student Council officers were elected.

2001 – 2002

  • Fund-raising activities jointly spearheaded by parents and teachers were held to support the construction of the new PSB building at A’Ali.  The fund-raising activities included:  Christmas Caroling, School Fair, Bowling Tournament, Ballroom Dancing, Walk for a Cause, and Raffle Draw.

2002 – 2003

  • The construction of the new PSB building at A’Ali was started.

2003 – 2004

  • Philippine School (Bahrain) transferred from Kanoo Gardens to its new and spacious campus at A’Ali.  The soft opening was held on 20 June 2003 with H.E. Ambassador Eduardo Pablo M. Maglaya as the guest of honour.
  • The new campus of Philippine School (Bahrain) at A’Ali was jointly inaugurated on 15 December 2003 by H.H. Shaikh Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Bahrain and H.E. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, President of the Republic of the Philippines.
  • A new School Principal, Dr. Geronimo R. Salem, Jr., was directly hired from the Philippines and two new teachers joined the teaching force of the school.
  • A total of 488 students were enrolled from Lower Kindergarten to fourth year high school. 
  • The first Batasang Pambata, the Pupil Council of the Elementary Department, was organized with Kristine Reyes as the President.
  • The School held the first Science Camp with the participation of three schools from other GCC countries.
  • A computer laboratory with 24-hour ADSL internet connections was set.

2004 – 2005

  • A total of 535 students were enrolled from Lower Kindergarten to High School.

    • Philippine School (Bahrain) participated in the following activities
      • One-day Peace Celebration
      • Environmental Clean-Up Day
      • First APSME Basketball and Cheerleading Tournament 2004
      • Second Indian School Inter-School Mathematics Quiz
      • Cultural Presentations at Bahrain School and St. Christopher’s School

  • The School organized the first Inter-Philippine Schools Mathematics and Science Camp which was participated by students from Elite International School, Riyadh, Second Philippine International School, Riyadh, and Philippine School of Doha, Qatar.

    • Philippine School (Bahrain) marked its 10th year of educational services in the Kingdom of Bahrain. To highlight the 10th Anniversary Foundation Celebration, the following major activities were presented:
      • One Wish, A musical play by the kindergarten Department
      • The Shoemaker and the Elves, a music drama by the elementary Department
      • A Festival of International Dances by the students from all grade and year levels
      • Parents and Teachers’ Presentation and Family Raffle Draw

  • The Annual Science Fair was conducted in February where the students presented and defended their Science projects and competed in different Science games and contests.

  • Three senior students passed the University of the Philippine College Admission Test. One of them also passed the Ateneo College Entrance Test.
  • 2005 - 2006

    • 11 seniors were qualified to enroll at University of Sto. Tomas after they had passed the UST Entrance Test. The assistant director for admissions of UP came to PSB for ocular visit.
    • PSB participated in the 3rd Area-wide Talents, Skills and Academic Competition organized by the Order of the Knights of Rizal (OKOR) on January 12-13, 2006 at Bahrain Carlton. The students garnered major awards in the Battle of the Brains, champion, On-the-spot painting contest, Search for Young Jose Rizal, and On-the-spot essay writing (Filipino).  On the over-all, PSB was declared the first runner up. 
    • Three high school graduates were qualified to enroll at the University of the Philippines. One of them was also qualified to enroll and was admitted at the East Texas Baptist University, USA.
    • Students from Kindergarten to High School generously gave monetary and material donations to Bantay Bata 163, a project of ABS-CBN.  The advisers and officers of Batasang Pambata and Student Council personally visited and handed the donations to Ms. Tina Monzon-Palma, the Program Director.
    • The academic programs of the school were refocused and enriched in order to be more responsive to the call for international competencies and global education.
    • Mr. Joephel V. Saquing, a Filipino educator and musician-composer made the piano accompaniment to the School Hymn.

    2006 - 2007

    • Four students passed the University of the Philippines College Admission Test (UPCAT) and other students passed the equally prestigious entrance tests such as the University of Sto. Tomas Entrance Test (USTET) and the Mapua Entrance Examination.  
    • PSB also won the prestigious general championship in the Order of the Knights of Rizal (OKOR) Skills, Talents and Academic Competition.  Two students won in the Mathematics Talents and Skills Examination (MTSE) given by the Indian School. 
    • The high school department successfully held a show entitled “Fashion and Motion”.  The Kindergarten Department also presented a musical drama “Kids in Wonderland”.  
    • The school has continued to support the Bantay Bata 163 through generous donations of money, educational materials and clothes.

    2007 - 2008

    • The school started to embark on two significant projects to address the growing needs of the school population – the construction of the High School Block and the initial steps to seek PAASCU accreditation.  Dr. Geronimo Salem, school principal, personally visited PAASCU office in Quezon City to signify the intention of the school to pursue accreditation. 
    • One major event was the stage presentation of “Cinderella Kids” with full license from Music Theatre International (MTI), New York led by the Elementary Department.  The big project was undertaken to raise funds for the procurement of additional instructional materials.  The impressive success of the show was attributed to the sacrifices of the elementary pupils, parents, administration, teachers and staff through the very able direction of Mrs. Virginia C. Privado. 
    • PSB participated in the 5th OKOR competitions.  The school emerged as the second runner-up in the competition participated by 8 Philippine schools in the GCC.  PSB garnered the first runner up in the Battle of the Brains, first runner up on the spot essay writing contest, second runner up on the spot writing contest (English), third runner up on the Search for Young Maria Clara and best in costume, third runner up in the on the spot painting contest.  
    • The students also participated in the 4th Mothercare Inter-Schools Quiz competition.  Two students emerged as finalists in this competition.
    • Four students passed the UPCAT, Other students qualified at the University of Sto. Tomas and Mapua Institute of Technology.  Kristine Reyes, a graduating student qualified at East Texas Baptist University, USA, where she eventually pursued her college education.

    2008 - 2009

    • PSB participated in the 6th OKOR Skills and Talents Competition.
    • Graduating students were exposed to career expos held in Bahrain such as the GETEX, career exposition conducted by the Bahrain Society of Engineers and Career Fair spearheaded by Ms. Cecilia Del Rosario, the guidance counselor of the school.
    • The 14th Foundation Day Celebration was celebrated with remarkable Filipino folk dances.  Parents also actively participated in the contests and games.  
    • On several occasions, PSB was invited to present Filipino dances such as the Sto. Nino festival of the Sacred Heart Parish, the Christmas Program of the Filipino Club, and in the Bahrain Festivals of Culture.
    • Students successfully passed the entrance exams given by the University of the Philippines, University of Sto. Tomas, and Mapua Institute of Technology. Two students were again qualified at the East Texas Baptist University, USA.
    • Janine C. Balocating, the High School Class Valedictorian, was awarded the prestigious President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (PGMA) Award for Academic Excellence. 
    • Teachers and staff who have completed 10-14 years of loyal service were awarded Recognition of Meritorious Service.  The awardees were Mrs. Rachel G. Alexander, Mrs. Ma. Judelyn K. Aro, Mrs. Ma. Helen H. Balce, Ms. Arlene D. Detera, Mrs. Imelda R. Flores, Mrs. Maryam Ali Zain, Ms. Estela P. Reyes and Mrs. Teresita L. Turda. 

    2009 - 2010

    • The PSB-Banyuhay Dance Troupe was organized.  It represented the school in the various community activities like the Anniversary of the Filipino Club held at Al Andalus Park, Manama in December 2010, the celebration of Bahrain National Day in Muharraq on 17 December 2010, and a commercial promotion at Bahrain City Center (BCC) in January 2011. 
    • The Administration conducted consultation with parents for plans for the School.
    • The construction of the new High School Block was started.
    • Mrs. Rachel G. Alexander, Ms. Arlene D. Detera, Ms. Estela P. Reyes, Mrs. Teresita L. Turda and Mrs. Lolita C. Cruz received Meritorious Service Award for having completed fifteen years of dedicated service in the institution.
    • Several students passed the college entrance exams.  One (1) student qualified for University of the Philippines and Ateneo De Manila University, ten (10) for MAPUA Institute of Technology, twelve (12) for University of Sto. Tomas (UST) and one (1) for Colegio de San Juan de Letran.

    2010 - 2011

    • H.E Ambassador Maria Corazon Yap-Bahjin inaugurated on June 11, 2010 the second building in the campus, the Rod C. Acosta Building, which houses five (5) classrooms, computer laboratory, canteen, faculty room, locker rooms and store rooms.
    • PSB won the First Place in the Global Speech Contest sponsored by Bahrain-India Educational and Cultural Forum (BIECF).
    • Four students participated in the Food and Nationality Expo held at Bahrain Exhibition Centre and garnered Second Place among the different participating schools. Out of the four student-representatives, one got the Excellante Award, the highest of the awards given in the competition.   
    • Five (5) students were qualified to enroll at the University of the Philippines, eight (8) at MAPUA Institute of Technology, eleven (11) at the University of Sto. Tomas and eight (8) at Colegio de San Juan de Letran.

    2011 - 2012

    • To strengthen instruction, the Board of Governors and the administration appointed Academic Department Heads and Coordinators. Mrs. Leda T. Baluyot as the Department Head for the K to 2 Department; Mr. Mark T. Sincioco for Languages, Mrs. Marissa O. San Diego for Science and Technology, Ms. Ivy Jan O. Simbala for Mathematics and Mrs. Judelyn K. Aro for Social Sciences. Coordinators for the Programs for Languages were Ms. Cynia H. Tuazon for the English and Mrs. Rachel G. Alexander for the Filipino.  Mr. Dante Gamboa was appointed Coordinator for Student Activities.
    • Two new teachers, a guidance counselor, a cashier and four (4) teacher assistants joined the faculty and staff. 
    • The school joined the Order of the Knights of Rizal (OKOR) Middle East and Africa Region Academic Skills and Talents Competition for Filipino students. The school ranked Fourth (4th) Runner Up.
    • Six (6) elementary students joined the Inter-School Annual Spelling Bee organized by Alia School. The school was adjudged as the Overall Champion for the Grade Two Spelling Category and Third Place for Grade One Spelling Category.   
    • Three (3) students were qualified to enroll at the University of the Philippines, nineteen (19) at MAPUA Institute of Technology, thirteen (13) at the University of Sto. Tomas and one (1) at the Ateneo de Manila University.
    • PSB participated in the Mother-Child Education Programme (MOCEP-Bahrain). The principal, vice principal and four teacher attended for training at the Bahrain Montessori Centre. Fifteen (15) parents of kindergarten pupils attended nine (9) training sessions in school for the use of books and other instructional materials in the child's literacy, numeracy and social development at home.
    • Philippine School (Bahrain) through the Board of Governors had a Memorandum of Agreement with Xavier university of Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines, to provide scholarship assistance to two (2) academically deserving but economically deprived college students. The educational assistance will be sustained by the School until the students will complete their respective degrees in 2016.
    • The student government led by the Student Council and the Batasang Pambata spearheaded activities to raise funds in participation for a community outreach program called "Answering the Cry of the Poor (ANCOP)".  Through their initiative, PSB sponsored two (2) college student scholars in the Philippines who are pursuing degrees in Teaching.
    • Mrs. Ma. Judelyn K. Aro, Mrs. Helen H. Balce and Maryam Ali Zain received Meritorious Service Award for having completed fifteen years of service in the institution.

    2012 - 2013

    • New employees joined the roster of faculty and staff, namely Jasmin D. Malit, Ma. Josephine N. Buaron, Evelyn S. Sanatana, Ma. Cecilia Nicasio, Lina B. Hernandez, Daisy Cervantes, Maleeha Ahmed Ali, Fatema Ali Abdulla Ali, Fatema Abdulkarim and Fatema Abdulmahdi
    • Dr. Geronimo Salem, the School Principal, Ms. Gydabelle Naval, Department Heads and teachers conducted a meeting with all parents to inform them about the school’s adoption of the K to 12 Curriculum as mandated by the Department of Education to all Philippine Schools.
    • In-house seminar-workshops for the contextualization of the K to 12 Basic Education Curriculum at Philippine School (Bahrain) were conducted during the period from July 7 to October 15, 2012.
    • The Administration Office was inaugurated on 20 July 2012.
    • The PSB K to 12 Implementation Project was launched through the initiative of the Board of Governors in order to ensure the proper support for the implementation of the K to 12 Curriculum Program.
    • With the implementation of the K to 12 Basic Education Program of the Department of Education (DepEd), Philippines, PSB realigned the curriculums in Grade 1 and Grade 7 during the school year 2012-2013. There was not much change in the Revitalized Kindergarten Program (RKP) as it was consistent with the framework and objectives of the K to 12 Basic Education Program and Universal Kindergarten Program. 
    • The School had the first step in its bid for PAASCU accreditation, the Consultancy visit.  Mrs. Concepcion V. Pijano, the executive director of PAASCU conducted the visit on March 7-8, 2013.
    • PSB students participated in the following:
      • Order of the Knights of Rizal (OKOR) Middle East-Africa Region Academic, Talent and Skills Competition. Awards received were:
        • Champion -Young Maria Clara Competition
        • First Runner-Up- Young Jose Rizal Competition
        • First Runner-up- Essay Writing (English)
        • Fourth Runner-up- Painting Competition
      • Art Competitions- Students were declared winners in the following:
        • On-the-spot Painting Contest in celebration of Bahrain 12th Anniversary of Referendum at the National Action Charter
        • Bahrain National Day Painting Contest
        • Faber-Castell-Spectra 2013
        • Toyota Dream Car Contest
        • Two PSB students, Grade 2 and Third Year High School, represented Bahrain to the Global Contest in Japan
        • Little Picassos Painting Contest-Second Place
      • Art and Essay Writing, Philippine Embassy, Muscat, Oman A competition open to students of Philippine Schools in the Middle East, sponsored by the Philippine Embassy in Muscat, Oman. Three students were recognized for their winning essays. Essays and art entries were included in the book “ART AS REALITY: Young Lives in Transition”. Isaiah Naco won the third place in the Essay writing competition.
      • Two (2) senior students passed the POLO-OWWA scholarship tied up with the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-Philippines).
      • Four (4) students were qualified for enrolment at the University of the Philippines (UP), one (1) at the Ateneo de Manila University, Fourteen (14) at the University of Sto. Tomas (UST), twelve (12) at Letran University, one (1) at St. Paul University, Iloilo and one (1) at Full Sail University, USA.
      • Ninety-six (96) graduated from high school, eighty-seven (87) from elementary level and seventy-eight (78) from kindergarten level.
  • The School participated in the following competitions and events:
    • Sino Si Juan Musical Play
    • OKOR Competition
    • Catwalk International Search for Crystal Winter Princess
    • BISDAK Anniversary (Search for Ms. Festival Queen)
    • Thank You, Bahrain
    • Christmas Party Sacred Heart Church
    • Various Art Competitions
    • On-the-spot Painting Contest
    • Bahrain 12th Anniversary of Referendum at the National Action Charter
    • Bahrain National Day Painting Contest
    • Faber-Castell-Spectra 2013
    • Toyota Dream Car Contest
    • Little Picassos Painting Contest
    • Al Aali Arts Festival, Al Aali Shopping Complex
       
  • PSB successfully conducted “Walk-For-A-Cause” at the Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) on 01 February 2013 which raised funds for the following:
    • Scholarship assistance through ANCOP(Answering the Cry of the Poor)
    • Financial aid the typhoon victims in the Philippines
  • On April 18-19, 2013, the principal, vice principal and nineteen (19) teachers attended the seminar-workshop on Understanding by design with the K to 12 Curriculum Approach at Sibs-Phoenix Publishing House, Inc. in Quezon City through a joint sponsorship of the PSB Administration and Sibs-Phoenix Publishing House, Inc.  On April 20, 2013, the teachers had also a recollection session with Mr. Richard Balang, a noted Retreat-Recollection facilitator from De La Salle University.
  • 2013 - 2014

    • In June 2013, the Board of Governors felt the need to re-organize the School’s Organizational structure in June 2013 to address the expanding educational requirements of the growing school population. Changes include the following:
      • Creation of the Office of School Director with Dr. Geronimo R. Salem appointed in the position.
      • Separate supervision of the elementary school and high school by a KG and Elementary School Principal and a High School Principal. Ms. Gydabelle B. Naval was appointed as the Principal for KG and Elementary School and Dr. Ferdinand J. Epoc, for the High School.
      • Provision of Academic-Supervisory Support through revitalized departmental supervisory system as follows:
        • for Elementary School - Grade level based supervision for Kindergarten Department, Primary Grades Department and Intermediate Grades Department
        • for High School – Academic subjects based supervision for Languages Department, Mathematics Department, Science and Technology Department and Social Sciences Department
      • Appointment of guidance counselors, one for elementary school and another for high school
      • Creation of the Office of Department of Administration and Finance, with Mrs. Grace Divine G. Placheta as the Head.

  • New teachers were added to the teaching force of the school. These teachers are: Mr. Dan Gilbert Rosario, Mr. Allan Ramil Ramos, Mrs. Patricia Presado, Ms. Jennah Dagdag, Mr. Ronneil Vergara, Ms. Kristine Anne Silao and Ms. Kristine Medina.
  • Mrs. Laica Lyn Pere and Mr. Thomas William Estano were hired as the School Librarian and Registrar, respectively.
  • The School had the PAASCU Preliminary Survey Visit on November 26-27, 2013 as the second step towards its bid for quality assurance. The team of accreditors was composed of Dr. Cynthia Arcadio, chair; Mr. Marc Hernandez, member; Mr. Jose Ramelle Javier, member; Ms. Lutgarda Carlos, Member; and Ms. Concepcion V. Pijano, PAASCU Executive Director.
  • 2014 - 2015

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    2015 - 2016

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    2016 - 2017

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