Ministry Officials Spread Cheer to Retired Educators

(EMU) – St. Kitts, December 23, 2016 Officials from the Ministry of Education wished retired educators festive cheer, peace, health and joy throughout the new year when they presented them with gift baskets and sang festive songs to them during the Christmas and Carnival season.  Among those honoured were Mrs Agnes Morton (past Home Management teacher); Ms Marjorie George (past Headmistress of the Basseterre Junior High School); Mrs Theresa Richardson (past headmistress); and Mrs Huldina Boddie (past headmistress). Permanent Secretary William Hodge said the Ministry is grateful for the foundation laid and the excellence and commitment that were exhibited by these well-known educators who are now in their senior years. He added that present day teachers can glean from the strategies utilized by them to effectively manage their classrooms and educate the students who were privileged to have them as teachers and mentors.

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State Scholars Give Peers Advice

(EMU) – St. Kitts, December 20, 2016: At the FLOW press conference honouring outstanding academic achievements of the 2016 examinations the Ministry of Education teamed up with the company and other partners such as the Chamber of Industry and Commerce promoting academic excellence but most memorable was the sage advice given to upcoming examinations candidates for 2017.

“Know What You Want and Go After It!” - 
Orian Stapleton. – Runner up State Scholar (Nevis Sixth From College)

“Live by the Five Ps: Purpose, Passion, Preparation, Persistence and Prayer; you can’t go wrong. – Kamil Wilkin - 2nd Runner up State Scholar (Nevis Sixth Form College)

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Ministry of Education Receives 200 New Instruments For Use In Musical Training in Elementary Schools

(EMU) – St. Kitts, December 16, 2016: Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education. Mr William Hodge said “We need more Alex Condells” as he addressed attendees of a handing over ceremony of musical instruments from the Government and People of Columbia to the Government and people of the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis on December 14.Mr Hodge was referring specifically to the fact that the donation of musical instruments would allow more young people the ability to learn to play instruments, as well as Mr Condell a well-known local saxophonist.Mr Hodge said the goal of his ministry is to see all students in the Federation learn to play at least one instrument during their school years. “It is something we have to promote in our schools, the development of musical ability; not just in theory but practically” he expounded.

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NSTP Highlights 30th Anniversary At Professional Development Day

(EMU) – St. Kitts, December 10, 2016: The National Skills Training Project (NSTP) is celebrating 30 years of service to the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis.  NSTP Coordinator, Mrs June James, revealed that the theme for the commemoration is “30 Years of Transforming Lives.” To mark the momentous occasion officials from the NSTP organized a Professional Development Day Activity for its staff and facilitators.  A number of sessions were held to foster partnerships that would make the National Skills Project more rewarding to participants. The session partnership in making encouraged participants to take a personal look at how they are transforming    “Let us personalize the session. Let us see just how we are transforming lives for the better and at the end of the day, let us all be able to say just what we will be doing to advance what we are doing to transform the lives of young people,” Ms James stated.

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CEMSS Emerges Winner Of Youth Department’s High School Cook Off

(EMU) – St. Kitts, December 6, 2016: The Charles E. Mills Secondary School emerged as the winner of the Department of Youth Empowerment’s Cook-Off Competition held as part of activities for Youth Month and contested by the Federation’s High Schools. The participants were automatically selected as the winners of their respective high schools’ in house competitions to battle at the national level.  Two students per school comprised each team which was challenged to prepare a dish out of mystery ingredients within a two hour time frame. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education, Youth, Sport and Culture, Hon Shawn Richards, congratulated the winning team but he also was sure to commend all the participants who he described as all being winners.  He urged them to continue to develop their skills and to use them towards the advancement of future goals. He encouraged that although some may have felt disheartened that they did not win, they would exhibit good showmanship and use it as a stepping stone for improvement.

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National Report Card Booklet Presented At One Day Training For Head Teachers

(EMU) – St. Kitts, December 5, 2016: An important milestone in the Ministry of Education’s Reform Process was reached with the presentation of the National Student Progress Report Booklet on Thursday, December 1. The document which was presented to head teachers at a ceremony at the Customs Conference Room followed by an interactive familiarization session, was the result of months of hard work spearheaded by the Chief Education Officer, Dr Tricia Esdaille, and a team of specialists and stakeholders of the Ministry of Education.“For students, assessment is at the heart of the educational experience. Assessment always defines what students regard as important. It influences how they see themselves as students and future graduates. If we want to change student learning then we must change methods of assessment.” Dr Esdaille stated.

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