Who Is Principal Bolderston?

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People remembered her for her modest and simple manner of dressing, the warmth in her sweet smile, her compassion for the people around her and her unselfish dedication to St. Stephen's High School. She is Principal Constance B. Bolderston.

Born on July 23, 1901, Principal Bolderston served in the Philippines during World War II and was detained in the Santo Tomas Prison Camp during the Japanese occupation. After the war, she was in the forefront of the efforts to rebuild St. Stephen's Elementary and High Schools. Her love for her students, management skills, tenacity for Christian Education and her undying courageous loyalty to Christ and to the Episcopal Church bear witness to her as a pioneer missionary, said Carmen Falcis, a long-time friend and former student, She touched the lives of thousands of Chinese and Filipino children whom she followed with loving concern to maturity (Source: The Archives of the Episcopal Church)

She had chosen the path of single blessedness. When she retired, one of her students whom she had inspired took care of her until her old age. During that time several of her former students would visit her when they traveled to United States. She passed away on February 27, 1999, at the age of 97.

After her death, in order to bring forth her legacy, the St. Stephen's Alumni Association under the leadership of Mr. Victor Lim, spearheaded the raising of funds to establish a scholarship foundation on her name - Constance Bolderston Scholarship Foundation. The objective of this foundation is to grant financial assistance to less privileged children of alumni, who are studying in St. Stephen's. Thanks to the contributions of many of our generous alumni, the SSHSAA initially granted assistance to 13 students in the school year 2000 - 2001. Since then, hundreds had benefitted from this scholarship fund.

Due to tough times, the number of students applying for assistance has increased to a large extent. With bank's interests rates decreasing in recent years, the Fund is no longer enough to meet the demands. The SSHS Alumni Association is now encouraging everyone to join hands and support these students by contributing to the Constance Bolderston Scholarship Foundation. For those who wish to make a contribution, you may contact Mrs. Tita Rosa (0917-538-9938). Your donation will go a long way in helping children get a good Christian education.

 

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