St. Dominic High’s IB students Think Global, Act Local

POSTED: 05/30/12 10:18 PM

St. Maarten / By Paayal Lalchandani – The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme at the St. Dominic High School began in the year 2010 with its first set of students.  Over the course of the two years, these IB students have completed a wide range of activities in the creativity, action and service field.

Creativity, Action, Service (CAS) is a fundamental component of the IB Diploma Programme. It provides students with the opportunity to explore themselves beyond academics through eight learning outcomes and is completed during the two years of the programme. Creativity encompasses a wide range of arts and the creativity students demonstrate in designing and implementing service projects. Action involves taking part in sports and exercise as well as expeditions and local/international projects. Lastly, service includes a wide range of community and social service activities.  (Source: )
“Think Global, Act Local” is     St. Dominic High’s motto. Keeping that motto in mind, these IB students have involved themselves in a wide range of activities, such as musical theatre, calligraphy, yoga, scrapbooking, stretching, skate-boarding, tutoring primary school children, volunteering at the St. Martin’s Home and at the Diabetes Foundation , writing for the Teen Times Newspaper and much, much more.  A group of students also took part in St. Maarten’s first ever Caribbean Living Statues Festival and celebrated Children’s Day with the children at the I Can Foundation.
As part of their Business and Management course, these students were entrusted with the responsibility of managing the school canteen for one year. By January 2012, they earned enough profit to assist with funding their trip to Puerto Rico.  While in Puerto Rico, they volunteered at the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) where they helped give the facilities a facelift by painting the basketball field, cleaning and programming the computers, clearing the grounds outside the building and much more. They expanded their horizons through their hard work and determination to succeed.
Apart from taking part in activities, these students have even initiated their own projects. A group of students, namely Paayal Lalchandani, Yuen-Yee Li, Maxine Andrew and Shun-Ying Tsui,  initiated a HIV/AIDS Awareness Project where they spread awareness throughout their school community by educating the students about this global epidemic. Another group of students, namely, Dolly Mirpuri, Anmol Mirpuri, Lalit Menghani and Lencia Leslie, promoted a healthy lifestyle via their health week activities under the theme “Good Health adds years to life.”
Under the theme of healthy living, Dipti Mahtani in collaboration with Mr. Juan Pablo from Trisport organized a hike from Guana Bay to Geneve Bay, where the students cleaned up the garbage that washes onto the shore. Paayal Lalchandani, in collaboration with Ms. Mary-Ann Panthophlet from the St. Martin’s Home, organized a performance where a group of IB students presented what they learnt during their Musical Theatre classes and at the end, danced with the senior citizens to Carnival music.


Through CAS, these students have been active in their local community and have achieved an experience of a lifetime. However, their CAS experience would not have been amazing if it weren’t for the following people: Mrs. Gianne de Weever (IB CAS Coordinator); DJ and Joost (Motiance Dance); Ms. Arlene Halley (Motiance Dance); Ms. Shirely Serbony (AIDS Foundation); Mr. Juan Pablo (Trisport); Ms. Loekie Morales (Beyond Writing Foundation); Ms. Mary-Ann Panthophlet (St. Martin’s Home); Mr. Michael Granger (Teen Times); I Can Foundation; Mrs. Lotty Peterson (Diabetes Foundation); Rainbow Brite Playschool, Mr. Elton Richardson (St. Maarten in Retrospect); Mr. Michael Texeira (St. Dominic Primary School); Mr. Darius Marie (Ebenezer Learning Centre) and the Young Women Christian Association (YWCA) in Puerto Rico. A big thank you to all of you!

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