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MPC and Sundial embrace new slogan: Let’s Educate

DSC_0153As the largest high school in St. Maarten, Milton Peters College (MPC) and its sister school Sundial provide a solid education to students as their number one priority, offering varying kinds of subjects at all levels, including vocational and academic for 12- to 18-year-old students. The schools have several streams or sections: PKL, PBL, TKL, HAVO and VWO.

MPC and Sundial's new slogan for education is "Let's Educate." The slogan is an invitation to all stakeholders – students, parents, government officials and the public – to participate and take responsibility in the institution's educational trajectory.

Both schools are making considerable progress in developing their digital learning environment, and undivided attention for language requirements, while at the same time stressing the shared responsibility of the schools, parents and students concerning all educational matters. But the schools say this is just one part of their educational journey.

The extracurricular part of education

The joint vision of MPC and Sundial Schools is that education not only entails studying in a positive learning environment, but extracurricular activities as well. It is during these activities that students build friendships, learn how to win and how to lose, how to work together to reach a common goal, how to be unselfish and how to defend their rights. Both schools are therefore always looking for ways to improve existing programmes and are constantly working on the expansion of their after school programs, while continuously exploring new activities and new experiences.

School students can be seen participating in a great number of activities including the Kidz at Sea programme. Students in the vocational educational programme sailed with three boats in this year's Heineken Regatta. MPC students participate (usually very successfully) in the Kingdom Math A-lympiad in the Netherlands annually. Students are also part of the Youth Desk Competition, organised by the Department of Youth Affairs, where students present their proposal under a theme. This year's theme, for example, was "child abuse."

MPC also has an Interact Club sponsored by Rotary Club of St. Maarten; and Sundial's Interact Club is sponsored by Sunrise Rotary Club. As community service clubs, these interact clubs function the whole year round and are involved in activities such as cleaning Guana Bay for turtle hatching, participating in SXM DOET volunteer project to give foster children "the time of their lives" and assisting at John Larmonie Centre. Students also assist in Taaldorp (a unique language project with MPC and St. Dominic High cooperating closely), organise carwashes and donate Christmas presents to persons in need, organise "sugar-rush" bake sales, jeans day and dress-down day fundraisers. They also participate in the Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) Youth Conference abroad, fundraising activities for educational trips abroad and assisting their own Rotary sponsors in their activities as much as they can.

Other activities students are involved in are the X-treme survival (a yearly event to survive an intensive day of sports); excursion to educational counterparts in French St. Maarten; student exchange programmes with schools in Curaçao and French St. Martin; the International Interscholastic Singing Competition; St. Maarten Youth Parliament; Teen Times Talent Show; Sports (High School Soccer Tournament and all other Interscholastic competitions in swimming, baseball, volleyball, softball, basketball); debating club (how to defend your opinion); Master classes (information directly from managers in government and business, about their work); Girl Power and Real Talk (for boys) – empowering students to come up for their rights and to gain much needed life skills – and in hospitality with Sundial's Restaurant "The Source" where students get practical training in culinary arts as well as in service on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 12:15 to 2:00pm.

In essence, these schools offer a wide range of study levels, extracurricular activities and involvement of students, parents and teachers. "This is what it takes to bring education to a higher level, and this is how MPC and Sundial are organised," the schools say.

MPC and Sundial are governed by SVOBE (Stichting Voortgezet Onderwijs Bovenwindse Eilanden). Both schools will be opening their doors to welcome the public, including sixth graders and their parents for their grand open house on Saturday, March 21, from 10:00am to 1:00pm at the respective locations.

The intention is to show these pupils and their parents all that the schools offer. The public is invited to come out and benefit from the information and the advice that will be made available.

Additional information can be obtained by logging on to www.svobe.org

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