PHILIPSBURG:—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 the language of instruction and 2 schools, English as the language of instruction) and 1 English High School. The latest addition consists of 6 Early Childhood Stimulation Groups. Attached to every Primary School is an after School Program that provides care until 5.00 pm. The Foundation caters to a total of 2000 students and a dedicated staff of 240.
The Foundation will be celebrating its annual Catholic Schools’ Week from February 6th through February 10th, 2017 to enhance the unity amongst our schools and to celebrate our 126th year of Catholic Education on St. Maarten
The theme this year is “We are called to share with others”
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 share the talents God has blessed us with. These talents and gifts are to be used for His glory and honor.
A series of activities have been planned to highlight this occasion. Awareness of the celebration begins on the weekend of February 4th and 5th, 2017. 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 6th, 2017
Week openings /School assemblies in all schools with the topic” We are called to share with others”
Wednesday, February 8, 2017
-Open House during school hours:
At all our Catholic Primary Schools & Early Childhood Stimulation Programs.
There will be presentations, displays of students’ artwork etc…in connection with the theme.
-Open House in the evening
For parents & group 8 students who would like to attend the St. Dominic High School
Venue: The St. Dominic High School
Time:7.00 pm- 9.00 pm
Wednesday, February 8, 2017
Mandatory Informative Session:
For parents interested in registering their child(ren) at our Catholic Schools
for School Year 2017 / 2018
Venue: The St. Martin of Tours Parish Hall
Time: 7.00 pm- 8.30 pm
Thursday, February 9th, 2017
-A Thanksgiving Mass & performances with all the students and staff of the Foundation
Catholic Education St. Maarten. We are expecting an audience of over 2000 persons.
Venue: The L.B. Scot Sports Auditorium
Time: 8.00 am- 11.30 am
Friday, February 10, 2017
-Teachers Formation Day at St. Dominic High School.
( No school for our students)
The program begins at 8.00 am with a prayer service lead by our Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Adam Oleszczuk SVD.
The program continues at 8.30 am with a keynote address by His Excellency Governor Eugene Holiday, followed by workshops and presentations. There is a total of 22 workshops that are being presented by our own local professionals. The Foundation Catholic Education is very appreciative and proud of our local experts.
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
SKOS Celebrates Catholic Schools Week 2017.