Principals Engaged In A Three Day School Safety Course To Develop Safety Procedures

(EMU) – St. Kitts, January, 31, 2017: The Ministry of Education, in collaboration with USAID/OFDA is moving forward with their plans to enhance school safety in the Federation, by hosting a school safety course for Principals.    The workshop is being held at the Red Cross building from 30th January – 1st February daily.  It seeks to provide the Principals with skills and strategies to develop their own school safety and emergency plans, specifically tailored to their needs.   Mr. Daryll Lloyd, Deputy Chief Education Officer states, “It is vitally important that safety plan procedures are in place in the event of a disaster or an attack of any kind.”  He stressed that the Ministry of Education is wholly committed to the safety and security of the schools, not only from natural disasters. “Protection from physical and emotional bodily harm is of critical importance as we consider our safety network.  With the rising crime and gang related activities, it is important that we address issues such as safety of any kind within our schools. 

 

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B.H.S Winner of The First National Junior Science Quiz

(EMU) – St. Kitts, January 31, 2017: The Basseterre High School won the Inaugural National Junior Science Quiz in a final round of competition held on Monday 30th January. Representatives from the Basseterre High School outshined their competitors in a final round of competition to be adjudged the winners.  The competition was hosted by the Curriculum Development Unit with the purpose of raising awareness of science among the youths.   During the month of January, high schools within the Federation battled within elimination rounds to secure a spot in the finals.  Basseterre High, Verchilds, Cayon and Charlestown Secondary School all competed in the final round after successfully winning their respective zones.   First runner-up for the Quiz was the Charlestown Secondary School. The participants all received tokens of appreciation as well as participation medals.  Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education, Mr. William Hodge distributed the awards and prizes for the winners and participants. 

 

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C.E.M.S.S. Pilots Rotary Club of St. Kitts’ Computer  Donation Initiative

(EMU) – St. Kitts, January 30, 2017: The Rotary Club of St. Kitts donated a set of computers to the Charles E. Mills Secondary School at a ceremony held at the school’s learning resource centre on Friday 27th January.   Senior Education officials were present at the ceremony and expressed happiness and appreciation to the Rotary Club.  The presentation was in fulfilment of a request made by the school last term announced Principal Mr. Boris Connor. In his opening remarks he thanked The Rotary Club of St. Kitts for its support to the School’s Information Technology (IT) department and assured that this donation will go towards the enhancement of learning within in the school. Presenting the computers, Mr. Charles Morton, incoming Rotary President, expressed greetings and pleasure on behalf of the club. He said he was delighted that the club and the Ministry of Education were able to respond to the needs of the school. 

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Sandy Point Primary, Making Reading -A Family Affair!

(EMU) – St. Kitts, January 27th, 2017:  The Sandy Point Primary School sprung into action as it celebrated its first ever Literacy Week, under the theme; ‘Swing into Literacy; Lights! Camera! Read!’  During the week, 16th-20th January, the staff and students celebrated literacy by engaging in various daily child friendly initiatives.  Namely, t-shirt day, tie/scarf day, sock day and the widely participated career day, where students were asked to attend school dressed to depict their intended career choice in the future.   Librarian and liaison to the Student Council, Ms. Nicole Williams Francis, assisted the Student Council, which initially came up with the idea of a literacy week, with the formulation and implementation of the week’s activities.  Ms. Williams Francis along with Ms. Itchel Belboda, Coordinator of literacy week employed not only the students but their parents and guardians to make this first ever literacy week a resounding success and take the time to sit and read.

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Social Studies Teachers Benefit From Workshop Focusing On Topic Of Government

(EMU) – St. Kitts, January 26th 2017: Social Studies Teachers from schools in St Kitts and Nevis, recently participated in a workshop to assist them in better handling/conducting the sessions on the topic of Government in the classroom.  The workshop was held at the Curriculum Development Unit on Wednesday 25th January 2017.   Given the vital role government plays within our society it is equally mirrored in the Interim Curriculum for Social Studies, hence the necessity for the workshop. The scarcity of literature and resources for this topic is troubling (according to the Coordinator), however the workshop is just one way in which the Coordinator for Social Studies, Mrs. Sheryl Harris intends to resolve the situation.  Mrs. Harris states, “Government plays an integral part in the Interim Curriculum and it is important that teachers are apprised of the information so that going forward they’ll be able to plan activities based on the knowledge they would have acquired from this workshop.”

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Liamigua Funeral Home Contributes Significantly To Irish Town Primary

(EMU) – St. Kitts, January 26, 2017: The Liamigua Funeral home has adopted the Irish Town Primary School to the tune of $10,000 for use in the development of the school.  Principal of the school Mrs. Jean Boddie expressed thanks along with Deputy Head Ms. Dawn Dore for the generous contribution to the school. “You can be assured that in the following years to come this school will be that unique school enriched with learning materials that would stimulate and motivate our students to excel greatly,” stated Mrs. Boddie.  Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Mr. William Hodge, supported the principal in her expression of gratitude. “It is a clear demonstration of private-public partnership and this is how we have to continue to support education here in St. Kitts and Nevis. The private sector plays a very important put in funding of promoting education and so we want to thank the Liamigua Funeral Home for their sterling contribution.”

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