Hillside school will offer more after school activities

POSTED: 08/13/13 1:59 PM
Hillside Christian School first dayChildren attending the first assembly for the school year. Photo Today/Andrew Bishop

St. Maarten – Students of the Asha Stephens Complex of the Hillside Christian Schools attended their first assembly as the 2013-2014 school year started yesterday. The children looking smart in their new uniforms and were commended by the Director of the school Asha Stephens for their turnout and told them to be prepared for work and fun through learning.

She pointed to the students that this school year will be better and reminded them of the difficult task they had during opening of the school last year. She reminded them of the effort they had with the shuttling of the students by bus to the school when the road was not completed and as a result the parents had to park their vehicles on the Welgelegen Road.

“God has been good to us and everyone should be proud of this school,” said Stephens.  She mentioned that since God resides at the school he had placed several persons together so that they could have the school built for the students.

There are plans to continue with the after school activities this year with the initiatives to create a swim team, a football team and a soccer team for the school. Students who are keen interest in music will also have an opportunity to learn to play a musical instrument along with a school choir. “Along with the academic part of the school, these will also form part of the school curriculum,” said Principal of the school Clara Curiel-Nicholas. “The vision for the school is to develop the entire child,” she said.

There has also been some added attraction for the students with a trampoline for the older students and a play house for the little ones along with the painting of “hop scotch” on the school grounds as part of the activities that has been planned for the children during the recess. We are looking at enhancing the playing of the students at the school where they could be taught how to play some different type of games.

With the exception of teaching assistance to the teachers, some 60 more students added to the school population this year.

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