Catholic Schools’ Week 2016 ( February 1, 2016- February 5th ,2016)

skoscatholic28012016PHILIPSBURG:— Foundation Catholic Education St. Maarten has been established since 1890. It is the competent authority for 8 schools. There are 6 Primary Schools ( 4 schools that have Dutch as language of instruction and 2 schools , English as language of instruction) and 1 English High School. The latest addition consists of 5 Early Childhood Stimulation Groups. The Foundation caters to a total of ……..students and a dedicated staff of …….
The Foundation will be celebrating its annual Catholic Schools’ Week from February 1st through February 5th, 2016 to enhance the unity amongst our schools and to celebrate our 125th year of Catholic Education on St. Maarten
The theme this year is “We are called to spread The Good News”
During this week, students will be reminded that we are all children of God and thus brothers and sisters in Christ. As followers of Jesus Christ, we are to love the Lord our God with all our heart, and with all our soul and with all our mind and to love our neighbor as ourselves. ( Mathew 22: 37-39)Through this, we will be spreading “The Good News”
A series of activities have been planned to highlight this occasion. The celebration begins on the weekend of January 30, 2016. Students and staff members will wear their school /work uniform when attending Mass this weekend.
The program for the rest of the week is as follows:
Monday February 1, 2016
-Teachers Formation Day at St. Dominic High School.
( No school for our students)
The program begins with a prayer service lead by our Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Adam Oleszczuk SVD.
The program continues with a keynote address by Dr. Francio Guadeloupe, followed by workshops and presentations. There are a total of 19 workshops that are being presented by our own local professionals. The Foundation Catholic Education is very appreciative and proud of our local experts.

Wednesday February 3, 2016
-Open House at all Catholic Schools.
There will be presentations, displays of students’ artwork etc…in connection with the theme.

Friday February 6th, 2015
-A Thanksgiving Mass with all students and staff of the Foundation Catholic Education.
Time: 7.30
Venue: The Festival Village

-Parade ( with all students ,staff and some parents)
Time: 10.00am- 11.30 am
Route: Route:
Festival Village-Soualiga Rd- Walter Nisbeth Rd- Hensy Beaujeon Rd- School Steeg- Front Street-
W.G. Buncamper Rd-Walter Nisbeth Rd- Soualiga Rd-Festival Village.

We are expecting about 2000 persons to be participating in this parade. We will have special performances during this parade by our students who are attending Steele Pan classes under the leadership of The Mighty Dow.

We are looking forward to a Spirit filled week.

Mrs. Carmen Bowers-Lake
Coordinator Religious Education
Foundation Catholic Education St. Maarten

Source: St. Martin News Network Catholic Schools’ Week 2016 ( February 1, 2016- February 5th ,2016)