Teach English Caribbean Ecuador Exchange
The English Department of the Convent High in collaboration with the Dominica State College and the Teach English Caribbean programme, mentored three Ecuadorian teachers: Alexandra Cargua, Israel Martrus and Juan Velasque during the month of June for three weeks.
Mrs. Douglas-Perez, Ms. Durand, Ms. Elie and Ms. Etienne all helped to mentor these teachers in their teaching practicum. The exchange was well received and very positive generally, as all teachers and students benefitted from this cultural and educational exchange.
At their graduation ceremony, Mrs. Cargua was awarded the most outstanding student in the programme while Mr. Martrus and Mr. Velasque were awarded certificates of merit. The department wishes them well in their future teaching positions.
Exploring our Career choice - Career Day 2016
May 5th was marked as a memorable day for us, CHS third formers. We simulated the careers we aspire to achieve, in grand style!
We started third term by exploring our careers and finding our true passion.
Every H.F.L.E class our teacher, Mrs. Williams, would bring a motivational speaker to enlighten us about their career and how they made their mark in the world. They basically told us that we should choose our career because we are passionate about it, not because our friends have chosen a particular career. Before the big day arrived, we organised ourselves into groups based on our various careers. We discussed our plans carefully, for we knew we would be graded and failure was not on our radar.
Ultimately, on May 5th, the third form students executed assembly, which held the theme "Setting priorities: Getting beyond the storm." The assembly culminated with an inspirational speech by Mr. Maximea, an educational officer, who expounded on our theme by motivating us to set goals for ourselves. He did so by using the example of a race. For example, he gave this command to the entire school body: " Ready, Set, Go!" But nobody moved. This analogy showed us that we can only move forward, in life, if we are mindful of our goals, our destination. He also used the example of an egg to demonstrate to us that we should be willing to open up ourselves to greater things, set our priorities straight, do the unexpected, be ready to come out of our shells and hold firmly onto the career we desire to achieve. The school burst into shouts and applause when Mr. Maximea ended his speech. Truly, his words of encouragement and wisdom left a mark in the hearts and minds of everyone, particularly the third formers who had been exploring their career choices for the term.
The day went by smoothly. We visited each other's work area and asked about each other's career. Booths were beautifully decorated and represented every career. For example, the cosmetology booth set off a relaxing atmosphere, with soothing music in the background and 'beauticians', dolled up in dashiki skirts, pampering curious onlookers. An experience that many in the real world may be yearning for! In addition, the lawyer's firm painted the picture of an actual courtroom scene as there were paraphernalia like a gavel, a judge's bench and a jury box. These booths showed the passion and commitment we as students placed in making sure everything was a success. Teachers, students of the school, as well as parents, crowded the different work stations, asking questions or simply delighting in the things observed. It is worth noting that these stations were judged by selected teachers. The highlight of the day was the fashion show which displayed the third form students, professionally attired in clothes depicting their careers. It was indeed the most memorable day of high school for us.
Book Launching of the newest publication of "The Orchid House"
On Thursday 21 April 2016, the 4th and 5th Form Literature students of the Convent High School, attended the Academic Presentation and Book Launching of “The Orchid House”. A novel by Dominican Poet, Author, and Politician: Phyllis Shand Allfrey. This event was facilitated by Dominican scholar, Dr. Schuyler Esprit, who wrote the Introduction to this newest publication of this very perceptive novel.
Among those who attended the event was Ms. Polly Patullo of Papillote press, the publisher of this new publication of the novel. She gave us insight into how this novel journeyed into being claimed by and published for Dominicans. Also present were Dr. Lennox Honychurch, Dr. Donald Peter, as well as students of the Dominica State College, and the Pierre Charles Secondary School.
Literacy Day 2016
On Monday 25th April 2016, the Convent High School celebrated Literacy Day. There was a special assembly followed by presentations from the CHS Drama Circle. Backdrops of the form three Literature students were hung around the school and posters were placed on the bulletin boards. The students of Form 3-3 have shared some of their descriptive compositions as part of our Literacy Day celebrations.
Author: Diyanni Baron
I remember entering through the doors, made from a glass-like plastic with white handles, always open.The smell of disinfectant hit me as soon as I enter. This is a place where all people are in need of help, due to their lack of health; a place where all sharp tools and bags of dark, red, blood are located.The red and blue chairs are infected with the germs of their previous owner.. It is so loud due to constant chatter and bickering ; coughing and crying. Yet it is so quiet, muting out all sounds and focusing on the depression and frustration on the faces of most people.
Author: Chesedah Pacquette
This thing, this rude, hairy little thing has no patience, no tolerance, no mercy at all. She is such a diva; so spoiled like like bratt. She will make your brain twitch, your head itch and even your skin crawl. This is like a mysterious little princess..
To begin she is bold and puffy like a lion in its pride, yet she is so skinny and fragile as a feather. One look at her and you’re in love. Everyone wants a piece of her. She is so glossy and shiny after her bath. It’s like Cupid and Aphrodite had a baby and well it was her. She has a length of two pencils, and she is lean and angelic.
Furthermore, did you know that her favourite thing is to flow and glide in the wind?
When I prep her and dress her up she makes me look my best. With a brush here and a brush there she's my favourite attribute to my look. I love to play with her and style her up because she gives me gloss.
To conclude I bid farewell to you my audience as my best friend and I have an appointment. I have to keep her smelling fresh and smelling good or else she will make my head itch, my brain twitch then make my skin crawl. As you know after all she has no patience, no tolerance, no mercy at all.
The Place I Hate The Most
Author: Yasmine Pascal
There is one place I absolutely hate, a place I wish to tear to pieces, a place where goals and ambitions, happiness and joy come to die, and all misery and pain thrive. The two storey building stood there high and mighty, intimidating all with its gray brick walls. If only those walls could speak, they will tell you about the horrendous times they hear the poor prisoners' scream for mercy and the wardens laughing at their demise. Those rusted iron gates surround the area with no way to escape.Those poor prisoners slaved away for hours on end, until the bell rang and lunch time came. They lined up to fill their empty bellies and were served with green mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese with pieces of hair and even worms baked with it and a piece of chicken still dripping in blood.This is a horrid place, a place I wish to never go back. This place has been called many names: prison, hell and the most common: school.
My Special Box
Author: Megan Luke
Do you have a special box? I'm sure you'll say yes, a box that is hidden, concealed from the eyes of the curious. I have a special box, my most prized and treasured possession which is open to only my thoughts and wondering mind.
This box unlike any other is not squared or rectangular but flexible in its shape, to accommodate the wealth of importance that goes into it. It is not drab looking but rather opulently beautiful, embellished with jewels and pearls and entirely rainbow colored. My special box is certainly not an eyesore but rather a splendid sight to feast your eyes upon. The box's lid is shaped weirdly, a shape unknown and undiscovered by man but attractive nonetheless. At the center of the lid is a clean, sparkly mirror that shines and blinds when the light of the sun strikes against it.
Additionally, what would be the worth of my special box if it did not have a purpose. My box although, not ordinary is a carrier like any other box. This box is my keeper, my most loyal and trustworthy friend. My special box is not a whisperer of secrets but rather a keeper of my secrets, all the secrets that I've conjured up in my short life thus far.
Conclusively everyone has a special box but mine may be more special than others. It is no ordinary box. It is a box of my secrets, my heart.
Amateur Drama Evening
Teens and Stress - Coping Mechanisms and Solutions
Notes from the presentation at the February-March 2016 PTA Meetings.
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