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Rural Schools Dominate 2017 KCCU Primary School Quiz

Following the preliminary round of the annual KCCU Primary School Quiz, 6 schools qualified for the finals and interestingly, all but one, are situated in rural communities. When the battle of the teams finally ended, Stubbs Government School, located on the south eastern frontier of the island, emerged victorious. The duo of Kayla Reid and Kaylee Robertson, pushed the Richland Park Government School, represented by Aroma David and Syneilia Shoy, into second position. However, the boys of the Dorsetshire Hill Government School, Ezra Knights and Corliss Gibson, seemed determined to reduce the dominance of the rural schools. They ended fairly strong in 3rd place. The other participants in th

Courts Reading Competition Finals Set For December

Hurricanes Irma and Maria not only caused significant infrastructural damage in the region; they also interrupted the flow of the Courts OECS Reading Competition in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. In response to the catastrophic events, Courts redirected resources to hurricane-ravished counterparts across the Caribbean, causing a delay in the hosting of the competition finals, which was initially scheduled for October 12. Despite the delay however, Courts has honoured its commitment to realizing this year’s event, and though later than usual, the finals has been set for Wednesday December 13. The finals will feature presentations from 7 schools: Brighton Methodist Kent Cain Jr.

Effective Use of the Language Tree Series

The Ministry of Education, in collaboration with Macmillan Publishers, shone the spotlight on "The Language Tree" Series, as they hosted a workshop on Effective Utilization of Literacy Resources. The workshop, facilitated by author Julia Sander, pooled together primary school teachers to illustrate how the revised Language Tree Series reinforces the curriculum. The sessions were intended to help enhance teachers’ lesson planning and delivery. Ultimately, the activity was aimed at improving student performance in all strands of the Language Arts programme. Macmillan’s Language Tree is a comprehensive 7-level Language Arts Series which is found on the standardized book list for primary-level i

CSEC French and Spanish Students Positioned For Success

Students have access to a number of resources designed to help them succeed in CSEC French and Spanish. This idea has been echoed by Darrel Williams, an Education Officer for Foreign Languages in the Ministry of Education. Williams was speaking on day one of a series of conferences for fifth formers preparing to write CSEC French and Spanish in May-June 2017. He said: “You are among the lot benefiting from things that were never done in my day as a student. It is a privilege to have teachers guide you and help you to better understand the exams that you are about to take…After five years we often think that we know it all, but we sometimes don’t understand the structure with which CXC asses

Christmas Music Festival 2017

The Ministry of Education, through its Music Department, continues to promote the performing arts with the annual Christmas Music Festival. Questelles Government School Schools throughout St. Vincent and the Grenadines performed and were assessed in their respective zones between November 6 and 10. All schools sang the set carol Do You See What I See for which coaches received an audio file of the accompaniment, along with lyrics and the score sheets. The preparation process allowed for flexibility and innovation. The schools also presented other items including choral speeches, instrumentals, vocal renditions, as well as dance and dramatic pieces. Dorsetshire Hill Government School On Tues

Taiwan Doubles Scholarship Fund

Throughout the month of November, almost 800 scholarships will be officially awarded under the Taiwanese Human Resource Development Programme. This investment, now valued at 200,000 US dollars, represents a 100% increase over the amount previously donated per year. Taiwanese Ambassador to St. Vincent and the Grenadines, His Excellency Bau-Shaun Ger, says that the scholarship programme was established in 1998, and since then, the government of Taiwan annually pumped 100,000 U.S dollars. A total of 1.9 million was recorded in sponsorship up to 2016. The Human Resource Development Scholarships provide support for students all across the country, at all levels of the education system. Receiving

Formation Of A Mathematics Panel

A Mathematics Panel has been formed in an effort to improve the teaching and learning of Mathematics in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The panel seeks to do the following: *Analyze and review Mathematics syllabuses *Advise on the selection of appropriate teaching and learning resources *Propose strategies and approaches for teaching concepts *Organize and conduct training workshops *Maintain an item bank of questions for assessment *Evaluate and provide guidance on the assessment of and for learning The panel consists of primary and secondary school teachers, education officers and retired educators of Mathematics. Kenneth Holder is the Convener, Nichole Franklyn is the Assistant to the Co

Breaking Literacy Grounds in SVG with the ELP

Success in school is somewhat determined by a student’s ability to read. Education experts all across the globe say that the best opportunity to teach children the skills of reading is in the early grades (grades K–3). If this window is missed, then children, who have not begun to read and understand what they read, will continue to fall behind unless swift action is taken. This is the backdrop against which the OECS/USAID Early Learners Programme (ELP) is being implemented in St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG). Following successful implementation of the ELP in 18 pilot schools, forty (40) additional primary institutions are now being embraced in phase II of the implementation process. By

Protecting Richmond Bay: Preserving Our Sea Turtles

Students of the Petit Bordel Secondary School and Richmond Vale Academy recently participated in an exercise to protect Richmond Bay and preserve our sea turtles. On Wednesday 11th October, the students were involved in a tree planting exercise, in which they placed mangroves along the coastline for protection. The planting of mangroves is also critical in preserving Richmond’s sandy bay, where sea turtles often migrate to lay their eggs. Through active involvement in conserving Richmond Bay, the students were exposed to a deepened understanding of how important is it to take care of our natural environment. Nyron Collis, an Agricultural Science student of the Petit Bordel Secondary emphasiz

SSS Targeting Parents To Tackle Social Issues

In recognition of the pressing social issues plaguing young people today, the Student Support Services (SSS) of the Ministry of Education continues to engage parents in meaningful ways, with the view of reversing the statistics. The SSS conducted the first of three Parenting Workshops for the academic year 2017-2018. The activity targeted mainly parents between the communities of Rose Place and Clare Valley and zoomed in on a number of topical issues. The parents explored how to recognize and prevent sexual abuse in children, conflict resolution, stress management, using technology positively, recognising and preventing gang involvement and discipline versus punishment. The workshop, which t

Schools Encouraged To Follow National Dietary Guidelines

Schools that benefit from the Zero Hunger Project are expected to improve their operation, with careful consideration for proper nutrition and food preparation. This expectation comes with the realization of workshops for important stakeholders in the School Feeding Programme. The Ministry of Education, in collaboration with the Zero Hunger Trust Fund, conducted the workshops in synergy with the National Dietary Guidelines and Nutrition Standards for school meals. The workshops took place on Monday 23rd and Tuesday 24th October for selected teachers and supervisors of the School Feeding Programme, and Wednesday 1st and Thursday 2nd November for the helpers of the programme. The sessions took

Inter-Schools’ Netball Season Opens

The 2017 Inter-Schools’ Netball Season began on October 31st in colourful style at the Arnos Vale Sports Complex with the Inter-Secondary Schools’ Teams taking the court. The Secondary competition began with an official opening ceremony, and heard remarks from the President of the Netball Association Mrs. Doris McIntosh and Mr. Earl Bennett of the Ministry of Education. The opening day saw seven matches in both the junior and senior divisions. Central Leeward Secondary showed why they are a force to be reckoned with as they outscored their opponents Petit Bordel Secondary and Troumaca Ontario Secondary School 11- 2 and 20-7 in the junior and senior divisions respectively. In other junior mat