St. John’s Academy students on Canadian exchange program

Five students and two teachers from St. John’s Academy in Portsmouth are presently in Toronto, Canada for a three-week exchange program at Lakeshore Catholic High School

During the program there will be a strong focus on the sciences giving students a chance to utilize advanced laboratory facilities.

Resident teachers at Lakeshore have already commented that the students are ahead of students in their age group in subjects such as Chemistry.

Students are expected to blend fully into their new environment and have also been provided with school uniforms.

This initiative reflects one of the objectives of St. John’s Academy, which is to seek to establish a twinning program with schools outside Dominica.

It is hoped that such exchanges will be conducted annually by form students during the second term of the school year.

The school is presently working on establishing similar twinning programs with schools in the U.S, France and England.

Principal of St. John’s Academy Dr. Juliana Magloire stated : “The experience will be wonderful for the students which will give them an awakening as to the realities of education institutions outside of Dominica,” principle of St. John’s Dr. Juliana Magloire said.

Students, all from Form Four, are set to return home on  May 12 and have expressed their excitement brought about by this opportunity.

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19 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    April 29, 2014

    Contact info for these kids or teachers in canada? I don’t leave too far from the lakeshore and I would like to go visit if possible.

  2. Positive Lokal
    April 29, 2014

    Patriot if you do not know anything that is happening home then keep your mouth shut or stop your fingers from tapping…. since when all the development happening in the North? For your info,, it´s about time the government stop neglecting the North..Portsmouth especially and do something positive for that community.. create jobs.. enhanced lives… you there posting shyte. St John´s Academy is not a public run institution, it is a Private Institution and the parents, children, teachers work hand in hand to build bridges and close gaps…. They raised funds for tehir trip.. Government yet to give them a dime so don´t get it twisted…. It shows they have a vision and working on it not sitting back waiting for a useless Parl Rep and his Government to come forth.

  3. Mang Boy
    April 28, 2014

    Juliana Maguire you remain one of the greatest. You are the one who initiated French day, Spanish Day at PSS. While at PSS you created the drama club, geography society. You were a tough teacher but a darn good teacher. I know that great things are ahead for St John’s academy with Juliana a high achiever. God bless you my good teacher

  4. Bogoroy
    April 28, 2014

    What about twinning with some regional schools?

  5. Pussinka
    April 28, 2014

    :-D Great move Dr Magloire. Way to go. This will surely boost the students performances and love for their school.

  6. Anonymous
    April 28, 2014

    Way to go SJA Job well done Dr. Magloire

  7. Patriot
    April 28, 2014

    All the development appears to be taking place in the north of the island with the south being neglected.

    Mr Prime Minister, please be reminded that you are the head of the entire island of Dominica and that you need to start addressing some of the issues in the St Mark constituency!

    The playground of the Soufriere school needs your immediate attention and the condemned Scott’s Head school needs to be reopened as an Adult centre or for another worthwhile cause.

    Stop neglecting the St Mark parish and start redirecting some of the disproportionate amount that you spending on the north to the south.

    It is great

    • Medicament
      April 28, 2014

      What is wrong with you people? How does Skerrit fit in fully private Secondary School. This came about through the design of the the steering committee which was involved in setting up the school, the bishop, principal, staff and the students and parents involved. If you can’t congratulate young people who along with their teachers and parents were able to raise $25,000 in those hard times to make the trip possible, just keep quiet.

      • Patriot
        April 28, 2014

        My comment is based on the fact that every time I read about development and progression in Dominica, it is inevitably occurring in the north.

        The south is an integral part of the island and should not continue to be marginalised

        My comment is perfectly justified!

    • Anonymous
      April 28, 2014

      This is happening because they are not waiting on govt to do things for them, they get up from their butts and move. Wait for politicians still….. :mrgreen:

    • Anonymous
      April 28, 2014

      That’s because Ian is doing so well for his constituency that he motivates others to do their best! I think I will be moving to Possie soon.

    • truth
      April 28, 2014

      stop putting everything on our pm this is a catholic school, the bishop, students, parents and staff of the SJA don’t wait on hang me down, they go all the way out for the good of their children.

    • Medicament
      April 28, 2014

      Patriot your comment still doesn’t make sense no matter how you try to explain. The people made their trip happen. If you all would get up and start helping yourselves maybe you would progress too. The school is totally private and is pushed by an savvy principal, Dr Magloire and great hard working staff such as Daniel, John, Anselm, Wallace, Frederick and the rest. They are support by strong and determined parents like Rita, Bubbles, Celia, the peters, Offay and all the others. Get up and do your work.

    • GOD IS MY FATHER
      April 28, 2014

      It is a private school.
      A Catholic private high school.
      Education is for all not just for the south.
      Most of the higher politicians are from the north, why can’t we get something too like the south development they are talking about every day in Roseau?

    • nature lover
      April 28, 2014

      Please stop making us look like fools!
      Why bring politics into such a wonderful initiative by the school.
      Perhaps Principals of Government schools should copy that move and seek Government assistance. Our students really need to travel to gain discipline from countries like Canada and England
      well done St. John’s Academy!

    • April 28, 2014

      Patriot my foot. You just making a fool of yourself.

    • smh
      April 29, 2014

      Well maybe the people of the South should also come together to raise funds for their children too. Every school can’t just sit on its behind and wait for ‘assistance’ from the government. We have to teach our children to be proactive and independent and the way to do that is be proactive and independent ourselves. And then we sit and say that all the government doing is giving handouts when we ourselves developed this culture of waiting for handouts. Grow up and take responsibility for your own children and stop waiting on government for every door the school needs.

    • Bogoroy
      April 29, 2014

      You know, according to Cabral Douglas and the UWP candidate for the next elections, there is nothing happening in Possie. So, i hope they have read your comment.

      As for the ideas that you have for the South, maybe you should liaise with your parl rep. You will be happy to learn of the plans for the structures that you mentioned.

    • Anonymous
      April 29, 2014

      First it was north people stupid they voting labour and not getting anything. Now private sector is trying to build the communities on their own you all still blaming the PM and grudging? No medicine, beggars. :mrgreen:

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