Saint Mary’s University Grade School is envisioned as a cradle of excellent basic education transforming pupils to be excellent and innovative, who have genuine passion for Christ’s mission.


Saint Mary’s University Grade School is committed to develop in pupils the basic knowledge, skills, habits, attitudes and values necessary to prepare them for secondary education and to make them efficient and intelligent citizen in a democratic society, instilled with Gospel values.


  1. To provide a high standard of academic training to enable every pupil to develop his intellectual abilities to the highest degree;
  2. To help pupils attain self-realization and contribute to the welfare of the community;
  3. To inculcate self-discipline and love of work;
  4. To further foster healthy living in a wholesome environment so as to become physically strong and mentally fit by fostering sound mental health through observance of balanced work, play, and study activities, encouraging practice of health rules for a sound mental body and developing habits that will preserve and protect the environment; and
  5. To cultivate in the pupils a deep knowledge of their Catholic faith to enable them to love God, their family, fellowmen and country to make a better society through the formation of Christian attitudes and values and through a learner-centered and life-oriented curriculum, evoking from the pupils a positive response.



Nestled in an ideally wholesome environment accessible to most forms of land transportation, Saint Mary’s University Grade School (SMUGS) has been considered as one of the familiar landmarks not only in the town of Bayombong but also in the province of Nueva Vizcaya.

SMU Grade School is the cradle of Saint Mary’s University as it started as a grade school in 1928. It has metamorphosed from a very simple bamboo and cogonal structure which housed elementary school classrooms.

Saint Mary’s University traces its roots back to the dream and initiative of the late Msgr. Constant Jurgens, CICM, then Parish Priest of Bayombong and one of the earliest CICM missionaries to arrive in the Philippines. He wanted to establish a school to give the children of his parishioners the benefit of a Christian education. He purchased a lot and some materials for this purpose, but then, he was recalled to Europe, thus it was his successor, Rev. Fr. Achilles de Gryse, CICM, who saw his dream through.

While Msgr. Constant Jurgens was in Europe, he was drawn to the mission exhibits of the Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Conception of the Holy Mother of God. He requested for a number of Dutch Sisters from Veghel, Netherlands to come to the Philippines and be his partners of his dream. These Dutch Sisters, Mother Chantal Tummers, Sister Catharina Hendrickx, Sister Alphonsa Jacobs, Sister Margaretha Hermus, and Sister Bertholda Bos arrived in Bayombong to run the parochial school. This marked the beginning of the Catholic Education in Nueva Vizcaya.


  • 1907

    Arrival of CICM Priest in the Philippines.

  • 1928

    Saint Mary’s School was established.

  • 1967

    The CICM Congregation took over the management and ownership of the school from the Parish.

  • 1978

    50th founding anniversary of Saint Mary’s College (elementary)

  • 1984

    Dr. Leopoldo Felix G. Saquing was appointed as Grade School Principal, the first lay person to occupy the position.

  • 1994

    SMU celebrated its 50th founding anniversary.

  • 1995

    Saint Mary’s College was elevated to University Status with Rev. Fr. John Van Bauwel, CICM, as the First University President.

  • 1998

    Rev. Jessie M. Hechanova, CICM, was installed as SMU’s Second University President.

  • 1999

    SMU Elementary Central and Training Department were merged.

  • 2000

    SMU Grade School opened Nursery with 67 pupil enrollees.

  • 2003

    SMU celebrated its Diamond Jubilee.

  • 2005

    Rev. Manuel D. Valencia, CICM, was installed as the Third University President on August 27, 2005.

  • 2007

    1st CICM School Friendship Meet was held in SMU in November 19-21, 2007. Grade School pupils competed in sports, cultural, and academic events.

  • 2008

    SMU Grade School completed the Preschool Department: Nursery, Kindergarten, and Preparatory.

  • 2009

    Dr. Samuel R. Soliven was appointed principal after Dr. Leopoldo Felix Saquing retired. Dr. Macrino A. Raymundo, was appointed Assistant Principal.

  • 2010

    Dr. Macrino A. Raymundo was appointed as Preschool & Grade School principal.

  • 2013

    Dr. Ma. Cristeta M. Aduca was appointed as Officer-in-charge, Preschool and Grade School.

  • 2014

    Dr. Ma. Cristeta M. Aduca was appointed Principal, Pre-school and Grade School. SMU Grade School renamed the levels in the Pre-school Department as: Nursery, Junior Kindergarten, and Kindergarten to align them to the K to 12 Basic Education Program.


PRESCHOOL (Nursery, Junior Kindergarten, and Kindergarten)

  1. Science
  2. Numeracy
  3. Literacy
  4. Filipino
  5. Christian Faith Education (CFE)

GRADE SCHOOL (Primary: Grade 1-3)

  1. Araling Panlipunan (AP)
  2. Christian Faith Education (CFE)
  3. Computer
  4. Filipino
  5. Language
  6. Music, Arts, Physical Education, and Health (MAPEH)
  7. Mathematics
  8. Reading
  9. Robotics
  10. Science

GRADE SCHOOL (Intermediate: Grade 4-6)

  1. Araling Panlipunan (AP)
  2. Christian Faith Education (CFE)
  3. Computer
  4. English
  5. Filipino
  6. Music, Arts, Physical Education, and Health (MAPEH)
  7. Mathematics
  8. Robotics
  9. Science
  10. Technology and Livelihood Education (TLE)

Contact person and details:

Dr. Ma. Cristeta M. Aduca
(078)321 2259 / 0906 371 5493 / 0961 950 2333


Ma. Cristeta M. Aduca, LPT, MAEd-Guidance, PhD


1. Coordinators

    • Araling Panlipunan: Mr. Elizer B. Hernandez, LPT
    • Christian Faith Education: Mrs. Ma.
    • Socorro M. Calpito, LPT, MAT-English
    • English: Mr. Faustino B. Saquing Jr., LPT, MAEd-
    • Reading Filipino: Mr. Delano
    • Rod M. Dacles, LPT, MAEd-Ad
    • ICT/TLE: Mrs. Nida A. Galam, LPT
    • Mathematics: Mrs. Myla R. Dueñas, LPT, MAT-Mathematics
    • MAPEH: Mr. Louie B. Burgos, LPT
    • Preschool: Mrs. Caroline P. Navarrete, LPT, MAEd-Reading
    • Science: Mrs. Ma. Reggie R. Taboy, LPT, MAT-Science
    • In-Charge, Publication and Promotions: Mrs. Jovita C. Villanueva, LPT
    • Digital Artist and SMU-LMS Focal Person: Mr. Neil Kevin R. Navarrete, LPT


2. Preschool Teachers

    • Mrs. Caroline P. Navarrete, LPT, MAEd-Reading
    • Mrs. Loida D. Limon, LPT
    • Ms. Nadine Mae D. Santiago, LPT
    • Mrs. Vergilia B. Taguinod, LPT

3. Grade 1 Teachers

    • Mrs. Jennifer A. Alaman, LPT
    • Mrs. Rose Ann T. Peralta, LPT


4. Grade 2 Teachers

    • Ms. Joy D. Balawa, LPT, MAEd-PED
    • Ms. Richelle Batarao, LPT, MAEd-PED
    • Mrs. Jovaliza P. Aquino, LPT

5. Grade 3 Teachers

    • Mrs. Ja. nice Jacintha D. Bernardo, LPT
    • Mrs. Lilibeth V. Cajimat, LPT, MAEd-SPED
    • Mr. Tagumpay M. Divina, LPT

6. Grade 4 Teachers

    • Mrs. Gemmalyn G. Bibas, LPT, MAEd-Reading
    • Mrs. Nimfa W. Binohlan, LPT
    • Mrs. Rosemarie R. Paned, LPT

7. Grade 5 Teachers

      • Mrs. Roselyn A. Babagay, LPT
      • Mrs. Alma A. Salazar, LPT

8. Grade 6 Teachers

    • Mr. Rudyrick Dela Cruz, LPT
    • Mrs. Ailyn G. Laplano, LPT

9. Other Faculty Members

    • Mrs. Ligaya P. Alipio, LPT
    • Mrs. Susana P. Cadano, LPT
    • Mrs. Jovita C. Villanueva, LPT

10. EdTech Team

    • Ms. Marens Joy S. Afalla, LPT
    • Ms. Rachel Joy C. Aquino, LPT
    • Mr. Neil Kevin R. Navarrete, LPT
    • Ms. Neysa Fel M. Zafra, LPT-Computer Teacher


    • Guidance Counselors
      • Ms. Kristine Ann L. Israel, RPM, RGC, MAEd-Guidance
      • Mr. Bryant M. Soliven, RPM, MAEd-Guidance
    • School Librarian
        • Mrs. Eva Rose A. Bugaling, LPT, MAEd-Library
    • School Nurse
      • Mrs. Imelda Cecilia R. Allas, RN
    • School Cashier
      • Mrs. Venalyn G. Ubando
    • Registrar Staff
      • Mrs. Maria Celestine M. Irizari
    • Secretary to the Principal
      • Mr. Clinton James T. Acojido
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