Foundation Catholic Education St. Maarten (aka SKOS) has been established since 1890. It is the competent authority for 7 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. Attached to every Primary School is an Early Childhood Stimulation Group and an after School Program until 5.00 pm. The Foundation caters to a total of 1933 students and a dedicated staff of 235.
The Foundation will be celebrating its annual Catholic Schools’ Week from February 2nd through February 9th, 2018 to enhance the unity amongst our schools and to celebrate our 128th year of Catholic Education on St. Maarten. A series of activities have been planned to highlight this occasion.
The theme this year is: “We are called to follow Jesus”
During this week, students and staff will be reminded that they 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)
The program is as follows:
Friday February 2, 2018
-Teachers Formation Day at St. Dominic High School.
(No school for our students)
The program begins with a Prayer Service led by our Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Adam Oleszczuk SVD.
The program continues with a School Wide Positive Behaviour Support (SWPBS) Conference and workshops. Prior to the conference, there will be a study week for the teachers who will be the presenters. Joke Kamstra and Margreet van Oudheusden from the Expertise Centrum PBS Zwolle Windesheim in The Netherlands will train the teachers.
Saturday, February 3 and Sunday, February 4, 2018
Mass attendance dressed in school uniform
In the weekend of February 3rd and 4th, 2018, students and staff members will wear their school /work uniform when attending Mass. This will be done to high light the awareness of Catholic Schools Week 2018 and to demonstrate the connection between the Catholic Schools and the Catholic Church
Monday, February 5, 2018
Opening of Catholic Schools Week 2018 in the Week Openings / School Assemblies
Time: 7.30 am
Tuesday, February 6, 2018
-Open House at all Catholic Schools.
There will be presentations, displays of students’ artwork etc…in connection with the theme.
Thursday, February 8, 2018
-A Thanksgiving Mass and Performances
Venue: The L.B. Scot Sports Auditorium
Time: 7.30 am- 10.30 am
Friday, February 9, 2018
Closing of Catholic Schools Week 2018 in all schools
Please find attached some pictures of our Catholic Schools Week activities 2017
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 http://www.smn-news.com/st-maarten-st-martin-news/28270-skos-celebrates-catholic-schools-week-2018.html