A scene at the meeting.
The meeting in progress.
EBENEZER–Parents and guardians of students attending the Preparatory Secondary Vocational Education (PSVE) section of St. Maarten Academy were updated on the latest developments at the school and met their child(ren’s) mentors at the first general parent’s meeting at the institution, on August 29.
During the meeting, the theme “SOAR,” which is the theme for this school year, was explained. SOAR stands for Show integrity, Own your learning, Accept responsibly and Respect self and others.
“This was done to reinforce the idea that each child’s performance (soaring) is dependent on the involvement of the parents in every aspect of their child’s life. It has been proven at St. Maarten Academy PSVE that a student performs better and excels in their schoolwork when their parents are totally involved in their education,” the school said in a press release on Sunday.
The Student Care Department under the leadership of Barbara Cocks, also outlined some of the various student support services that are available to each student on campus. These services are Student Care’s academic services, the emotional/social support services, career advice and extra lessons for students to ensure their success and that no child is left behind.
Cocks also promoted the Department’s “exciting” calendar of activities that is planned to motivate and engage each child for this school year. She also used that time to explain some of the rules and expectations of each child and of parents, for the year.
During breakout sessions with mentors, parents/guardians registered their attendance, signed an agreement for the school rules and regulations, provided up-to-date information for the school’s Web-based tracking system and developed a network among fellow parents.
The school’s librarian and coordinator of the Parent-Teacher Foundation (PTF), Michelle Richardson urged parents and guardians to become members of the school’s PTF.
“Judging by the reaction of the parents, they were impressed and pleased with the information they received last night,” it was stated in the release. “Many of the parents were involved and engaged by asking many questions during the individual mentor break-out season. This is exactly what we are looking for at St. Maarten Academy PSVE,” the school said.
PSVE Principal Lavern Nelson concluded the evening by thanking parents for attending the meeting and encouraging each parent to stay involved in their child’s life by contacting the mentors and the school on a regular basis.
The school is planning to hold an Open House on October 31. The principal urges everyone to visit the school then or make use of its open-door policy.