A scene during the session.
CAY HILL–The Preparatory Secondary Vocational Education (PSVE) section of St. Maarten Academy hosted a motivational day for its examination classes on Friday, February 22, under the theme “Be the best: be true, be ready, be bold, be proud.”
The event was organised by the school’s Student Care Department, under the leadership of Barbara Cocks, and was held at Belair Community Centre from 8:30am to 2:00pm. It targeted students who have to sit the external theoretical and practical examinations in April/May.
Students were exposed to interactive presentations, workshops and activities facilitated by guest speakers and in-house presenters.
The programme was opened by the school’s principal Lavern Nelson and examination students Alex Castillo Reyes, Adriana Peterson, Rohini Murarilal, Mersandro Richardson and Sade Green, who elaborated on the theme for the day’s activities.
Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport (ECYS) Wycliffe Smith presented the feature address, allowing students to get a glimpse into his life when he was a student. He encouraged them to take risks, to be positive and to know that whatever comes in their lives, they are to make the best of it – “when life gives lemons, make lemonade.” Students were reminded that adversity and hardships can be turned into something good and positive. The key is to believe in oneself and God.
Examination students were also engaged with sessions on “Examination Preparation” by Marisha Olivacce, Shobhan Giterson and a team from University of St. Martin (USM) who also focused on examination preparation.
Through breakout sessions, students received valuable information on “Young Entrepreneur” by Eddie Laurence; “Pursuing Your Life’s Dreams” by Frantz Dulore and “Marketing Yourself” by Ijeoma Anyanwu
The final session for the day was facilitated by Ludmila York-Duncan, who spoke about “Life after high school: Overcoming obstacles in the work field and/or higher education.”
Two students from each class also participated in 30-second elevator pitches, at which time a male and female best speaker were chosen by the panel of judges, identified as King Keeron Baptiste and Queen Nerlyndia Ilceus.
The gathering was entertained during the meal breaks by the school’s music and drama teacher George Gordon and an impromptu segment by fourth former Conalie Etienne.
The school hosted its first motivational day in October last year, targeting students of Forms 1 to 3. The motivational days are sponsored by the Foundation for Academic and Vocational Education (FAVE) school board under the leadership of Roland Duncan.
Source: The Daily Herald https://www.thedailyherald.sx/islands/85680-psve-hosts-motivational-day-for-its-exam-students