The St John’s Academy in Portsmouth will become the first school on the island to introduce the Chinese language in its curriculum.
The language will be taught during the new school year, according to the institution’s principal, Dr. Juliana Magloire.
“We live in a changing world and in the dynamics of international affairs the Chinese are taking a more important role in business,” she told DNO in explaining the rationale behind the move.
She pointed out that China is the world’s largest manufacturer “so if our students want to get into business as an island, we have to look outside of the island and China is one of the places we should focus on”
“An additional language which can help them move their business forward or help them get jobs in the international market is great,” she said.
Dr. Magloire noted that the students are excited to begin learning the new subject.
Currently, 37 students are enrolled at the school and the principal indicated that the school has had quite a successful year.
“We participated in various activities just like a school that has been around for years,” she said. “We did not conduct ourselves like new comers, we jumped right in and participated in all the activities that were available and the students did great.”
The principal stated proudly that thus far the school has been receiving a positive response and the students enrolled there, are performing well academically.
She noted that the school’s mission is “to offer a sound academic, technical and moral education, to young people, that will provide them with the knowledge and skills required to be successful in their personal lives, to build good Christian families and to assume sound leadership in their communities and beyond.”
Registration for the new school year will begin on Tuesday May 7, 2013 from 8am – 12pm Monday through Friday.
The registration fee is $150 and parents are asked to bring along with them, a copy of their child birth certificate, health passport, recent school record and two passport size photos.
The school also wishes to invite families and friends to come down to the purple turtle beach on Monday 6th May, May Day, from 11am – 6pm, to patronize its grand fundraising activity.
St. John’s Academy is the first completely private, Roman Catholic school in Dominica.
It held its official opening ceremony in January, 2013.