Hard work and perseverance paid off today, January 31, 2019 for a group of 23 Honour Roll students (HRS). The happy bunch, who scored “85% and Above” were dining in 758 Books comfort at Gablewoods Mall and enjoying stories read by local St. Lucian authors. They had the opportunity to see and purchase the work of our local writers as well. The group of avid readers also spent time reading stories to each other. An all expenses paid, fun-filled day sponsored by the principal. What a treat!
The little ones got their chance to show their athletic skills on January 25th, 2019. The Fun Sports events were 60 meter dash, Balloon bursting and Water relay. Although the day was for grades K – 2, it would appear that the parents were the most competitive of all as they cheered and supported their house athletes. The end results were as follows:
All the top athletes will be representing the school at the District Fun Sports on January 29th, 2019 at the Gros Islet playing field.
A very interesting mix of visitors from Switzerland, Austria and Germany were given a grand tour today. They were welcomed with French songs and entertained with a dose of the folk dance – Mou La La. They enjoyed fresh local produce from the school greenhouse served by the students of Grade three and even got a chance to plant cucumbers for future visitors to do the same. The small group of curious travelers went through the grades to meet the students and engage in a brief exchange. A fortunate few got a chance to interview the guests as part of their SBA project on tourism.
This is the school’s third group of cruise ship visitors. Each visit has been a short but very memorable experience for everyone involved.
The first PTA Meeting of 2019 took place at 4:00 p.m. on 25th January. Parents were addressed by various presenters who shared a wealth of information and words of encouragement.
The Community nurse, Ms. Samuel, spoke about a new HPV vaccine to help combat the high prevalence of cancer. Sergeant Charles, shared some reminders on the rights and responsibilities of parents and children as well as proper conduct and protocol on school grounds and the consequences for ignoring them. Our District Education Officer, Mr. Cirus Cepal, motivated parents and reminded them of the importance of disciplining their children, as opposed to punishing and instilling healthy values and morals from an early age.
The F.A.P.S Parent-Teacher’s Association (PTA) introduced themselves and shared their plans with the general body. The Principal made a few announcements and handed out letters to the proud parents of the students on the Principal’s Honour Roll. They will be spending the day with the principal and treated to lots of fun, goodies and games at no expense to parents.
A very informative session and productive exchange of questions and ideas in the process of addressing the concerns of parents.
It takes the home, school and community working together to make a difference.
An important message permeated the general assembly on January 23rd, 2019, Nobel Laureate Day; “You Can Be Next” . It was an opportunity to celebrate students on the Principal’s Honor Roll, all students who improved in their academic performance, recognise birthdays, recite poetry (A City’s Death By Fire by Sir Derek Walcott), question and answer session with prizes and share information about our two stars – who are gone but not forgotten. They are shining examples – a source of pride and inspiration for us all, especially students!
This year’s theme, for our Nobel Laureate celebrations, is “Celebrating Excellence: Forty Years On”. The achievements of Sir Arthur Lewis and Sir Derek Walcott remains indelibly etched in the hearts and minds of all F.A.P.S staff and students.
F.A.P.S staff welcomed their second group of visitors on January 11, 2019. This time, most of them were from Germany. They enjoyed their welcome in dance and song. The group was given a grand tour of the school, served a delicious local treat and had the pleasure of visiting the source of the fresh local vegetables served to them (school greenhouse). The students enjoyed speaking to their guests and learning about another country.
Ms. Terencia Gillard, Director of the St. Lucia Red Cross and co-worker are playing their part, by informing the students about the tiny but potentially deadly mosquito, the diseases that they can carry and preventative measures that should to taken to protect themselves. Thank you for a very informative and interactive lunchtime session on January 10, 2019.
The second term started with song and prayer, national pride, recognizing past successes and an important message. At the first school assembly on January 8, 2019 the National flag was raised during the anthem and all the students who scored 85 eighty-five percent and above were recognized. The principal shared a video message “Your Attitude is a Game Changer” which encouraged the students to be serious, diligent, focused, disciplined and resilient during 2019.
The Principal and staff are grateful for the support of all the “Friends of Fond Assau” and look forward to continuing the partnership in 2019. Much was accomplished and new goals have been set; the journey of “Aspiring to be a Child-Friendly School of Choice” continues.