The idea of establishing a school to carry out the educational ministry of the Bacolod Trinity Christian Church gestated in the 1950s. It was not, however, until the early part of 1976 that the incumbent pastor, Rev. Livingstone Chen, with the unanimous concurrence of the officers of the Trinity Foundation, Inc., decided to translate that idea into reality.
The Trinity Christian School opened as a non-stock, non-profit institution in school year 1976 to seventy kindergarten enrollees. Thereafter, one grade was added each year until the elementary level was completed in 1982 with 14 graduates and the secondary level in 1986 also with 14 graduates. Mrs. Lin Ai Gomez was the first principal. She served the school in this capacity until 1988.
At the start, a Board of Trustees was appointed by the Church Council to oversee matters related to the school. It was replaced by an elective board the following year. Mr. Tan Kek Pin was the first elected chairman and every term thereafter until his demise in 1989. Through all the years, he worked indefatigably with other trustees to chart the direction and growth of the TCS.
By arrangement with Rev. Edward Vanderberg of the Christian Reformed Church in Bacolod, the TCS, from its inception, had been privileged to receive precious professional assistance and contributions from several of its missionary wives and ladies. In the early years, many other friends --
Americans, Chinese, Filipinos -- also gave their valuable services to the school with sincere dedication. These pioneers, each in his/her own special way, laid much of the groundwork of the school that established its reputation.
From the start, the Trinity Christian School enjoyed the patronage of members of the other Christian churches in the city of Bacolod who sent their students to it for a Christian education. The central location of the original school site at San Sebastian Street was another plus that gave the school a steady rise in enrollment. To accommodate the growing student population, the School Board in 1983 acquired a three-hectare choice lot in the open space of Villa Angela.
There amidst verdant fields, blue sky, fresh air, looking southeast to the scenic Marapara and Kanlaon Mountain ranges, ground was broken in March 1985 for the construction of the first school building. Right off, the trustees plunged into hectic fund-raising campaigns in many sectors and locations of the country -- these, on top of their own contribution. Construction of an auditorium followed almost immediately. Both buildings were dedicated in early 1988.
In 1988, Dr. Bi Chin Uy took over as director and further strengthened the programs of the school and paved the way for the accreditation of the elementary department. When Board Chairman Mr. Tan Kek Pin passed away in 1989, Dr. Manuel Lo took over the board leadership and continued to support the vision of providing excellence in Christian education. In the same year, Miss Esther Jane Uy was appointed principal of the school.
The Lord continued to bless the school in many ways. When Mr. Cleto Marcelino Uy took over as chairman of the board in 1991, he undertook to construct the second phase of the Villa Angela school building. Groundbreaking took place in March 1992. The 13-room North-Wing building was finished in time for the opening of classes in 1993.
In 1995, Mrs. Ban Hua Flores was elected board chairman. Under her leadership, the preschool building was constructed and the entire preschool program moved to the Villa Angela Campus.
n 1997, Mr. Kenneth Locsin took over as board chairman. A new canteen to meet the needs of a growing student population was constructed under his leadership. His vision includes a greater degree of participation of the school in the activities of the Chinese community.
Since then, the school continues to enjoy God's blessings under the leadership of Mr. Cleto Marcelino Uy (2001-2005, 2007 to present) and Dr. Manuel Lo (2005-2007). During the term of Dr. Manuel Lo, the third and last phase of the main school building was started. Mr. Cleto Marcelino Uy continued the project and on October of 2008, the third and last phase of the school was completed.
VISION STATEMENT: To develop the young for service in society and in God's Kingdom.
MISSION STATEMENT: To provide quality Christian instructional service, enriched by Chinese language studies, for the purpose of leading the young to the knowledge of truth that is JESUS CHRIST.
As a Christian institution, the Trinity Christian School upholds these basic doctrines of faith:
As part of the Philippine educational system and in full support of its national development goals, the TCS strives to assist each student in the peculiar ecology of his own community to:
As a Christian institution, the TCS will work to provide a milieu and support system that is conducive to effective teaching and learning so that the students might:
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