Ateneo Junior High School moves to Bellarmine Hall
The Ateneo Junior High School (AJHS), consisting of Grades 7 and 8, is now housed at Bellarmine Hall in the Loyola Schools campus following the decommissioning of David Hall in the Grade School. David Hall has been decommissioned for classroom use following a structural audit done to ensure the safety of the Ateneo’s buildings in case of a major earthquake along the West Valley Fault.
“We are in Bellarmine because of the generosity of the Loyola Schools. They gave up the use of Bellarmine so that their ‘little friends’ on campus may be able to hold classes,” said Dr. Carmela Oracion, Principal of the Ateneo High School.
Bellarmine Hall underwent some adjustments to create an environment fit for the students of Grades 7 and 8. Grills were installed in the windows of the classrooms and other parts of the building. Tents were set up to serve as covered walks. The AJHS also coordinated with the High School for certain classes like Computer and Physical Education (PE), and a quadrant of Bellarmine Field was enclosed for PE classes.
AJHS classes follow a shifting schedule, with Grade 7 holding morning classes and Grade 8 holding classes in the afternoon. This shifting schedule will continue until pre-fabricated modular classrooms are built in the High School area. Oracion said that the AJHS will go back to single-shift classes when the pre-fab modular classrooms have been constructed, with one grade level occupying the pre-fab rooms and one level remaining in Bellarmine Hall.
“The Junior High School will continue to be housed in the Bellarmine Hall and pre-fab modular classrooms until such time we can move to the High School campus. That's when the Senior High School building would have been constructed,” Oracion added.