MARIGOT–President of the Collectivité Daniel Gibbs released a statement Friday extending his best wishes for an “excellent back to school” on Monday morning when scores of children and students will fill the classrooms of schools in the first degree or those of the Lycées and Collèges.
“My Vice-President in charge of education, Annick Petrus, my team and myself, wish you all the very best,” he began. “After well-deserved holidays, I invite all pupils to give the best of themselves to be successful in school and to strive for excellence in everything they do.
“We want you to persevere in your day-to-day studies in the classroom, show exemplary behaviour in front of teachers as that will put the odds more in favour of you succeeding.
“We know we can count on the teaching faculty to accompany closely the learning of our young people. As such we extend a warm welcome to the new Principals and new teachers assigned to St. Martin. We invite you to take time to discover our beautiful island, to understand the differences and needs to better understand the youth of this territory where bilingualism and endearing character are strong points.
“We encourage the dynamism of our youth, not only to have a successful schooling but also to realise a path for their future. They can count on the Collectivité being at their side and we will be investing much more in the younger generation during the next five years. This investment will be visible through concrete actions undertaken during our mandate but also through provision of a school environment adapted to their needs.
“On this point the Collectivité has been conducting major work during the holidays to ensure schools are well prepared to receive students and that they provide a safe and secure environment conducive to learning. We will continue this effort to improve the daily lives of everyone. Stay tuned for more developments.
“Finally, I have instructed my majority to be present for the start of the school year, to accommodate and encourage pupils, and to listen carefully to the messages of parents and school supervisors. Parents have a crucial role to play in education of their children, and I ask parents to closely follow their child’s education at all times and to make sure a good environment and conditions in the home for studying.
“To the administrative staff in the schools, I know your task is not always easy but I know I can count on your commitment to give the best of yourselves for the best public service. To you all, I wish you a great back to school and a successful school year.”