Mavis Lestrade (Project Coordinator) June 26, 2012
ST. DOMINIC HIGH SCHOOL will receive subsidy to host yet another ‘KANS-project’.
In the upcoming two school years, the St. Dominic High School will collaborate with the Comenius College in Capelle aan den Ijssel, Holland to organize a new ‘KANS-program(translated in English “CHANCE)’. The program is subsidized by the European Community (represented in the Netherlands by the European Platform) and aims to contribute to innovation and quality improvement of education by sharing experiences of students and teachers in the different parts of the Dutch Kingdom. A total amount of Euro 25,000 among the two schools will be made available for the project. From 2006 until 2009 the St. Dominic High School worked together with “Scholengemeenschap the Hoeksche Waard in Oud-Beyerland in the Netherlands on another KANS Project, named “University in Diversity”. Students and teachers from both schools were able to learn to know about and visit each other through the virtual world and in “real”.
The new two-year program, named “Strenghten Languages”, has been divided into four phases and is set to start in September 2012 and finalize in June 2014. Students in parallel classes of forms two and three of both schools will partake in the program. In this project, the two schools will focus on amplifying the use of English, Dutch and even Spanish in the classroom as well as preparing students better for tertiary studies, for many of them in the Netherlands. The project team, which consists of the coordinators, Mavis Lestrade for the St. Dominic High School and Niek Boogaard for the Dutch school, together with several language and ICT teachers, has agreed on three valuable learning aspects that will be covered throughout the program: bi- and multi- lingual education, the implementation of ICT as a learning tool and skills-based learning.
The ICT teachers together with the language teachers will launch a safe social networking website where students of each school will communicate with each other in the target languages. Apart from this, students will also work in groups on various planned activities, answer questionnaires about life on Sint Maarten/ in The Netherlands and write compositions underlining the three themes of the program. Students will be guided and graded for each part of the project and given small tests on level determination of the target language(s) and knowledge of the other country/countries.
Coordinators, teachers and students will meet twice on St. Maarten and twice in The Netherlands to evaluate each completed phase of this project based program integrating subjects and draft new work forms, lessons and ICT tools to be used in the following period. During these meetings, students of both countries will not only host the delegation of students and their teachers, most probably in their homes to share their personal lives, but will also give a presentation on the work that they have done and be introduced to the country/island of their peers. Most important besides skills based learning is that students learn about each other’s culture and appreciate and respect differences, hence building on connections in a highly globalized world.
The teams of the St. Dominic High School and the Comenius College are fervently looking forward to the start of the project and parents as well as press will be updated as the events unfold. A huge thank you goes out to the European Platform in the Netherlands for their vision and generous contribution to the ‘KANS-project’. Connecting children in this global world and preparing our students in understanding their own culture and the wider world was the drive for St. Dominic High School and Comenius College to apply for this ambitious project.
Mavis Lestrade, Coordinator of the Kansproject 2012-2014 at Sint Dominic High School
The coordinator as well as teachers and students involved in the project would like to extend their sincere gratitude towards the management of the school, parents, and the public of Sint Maarten for their continual support throughout the entire project and especially for making this trip possible.
On Friday February 28, seven students and two teachers of the Sint Dominic High School left the island on an educational trip to the Netherlands. The trip is a part of the final block of the Kansproject and the students have been looking forward to this trip since September 2013. All travelers have arrived safely and the students are enjoying their stay at the host families, the excursions and classes at the Comenius College in Capelle aan den IJssel.