St. Maarten Governor continues observation, promotion tour with visit to Oranje School

POSTED: 05/27/11 12:28 PM

St. Maarten – Governor Eugene Holiday and First Lady Marie Louise Holiday-Hazel paid a working visit to the Oranje School on Wednesday. The visit was part of the Governor’s program to obtain a firsthand view of developments in the community and forms part of his objective to promote education and culture. Previous working visits included amongst others the St. Joseph School in 2010, Milton Peters College in January and the Museum and the Library in April.
The Governor and his wife were welcomed by School Principal Kay L. Philips and the pupils with the singing of the national anthem. Following a meeting with the management of the school, principal Philips, acting principle Ms. Jacobs and adjunct-director of Public Schools Glenderlin Davis on developments within the school, the governor and Mrs. Holiday were given a guided tour of the school. The tour included a short demonstration of the schools’ Information and Computer Technology Center and an exchange with one of the classes.
Given the annual Book Week and to emphasize the importance of reading Mrs. Holiday read to a grade 4 from children’s book “Mina Marina” of Loeki Morales. At the end of the visit the Governor presented the book to grade four teacher Tamara Richardson as a donation to the school.
A statement from the governor’s cabinet states the governor and Mrs. Holiday were encouraged by the enthusiasm of the pupils and were particularly impressed with the innovative work being developed in the Information and Computer Technology Center of the School amidst the many challenges facing the school. The governor therefore encouraged the management and teachers of the Oranjeschool to continue with its 160 year tradition of educating the children of St. Maarten and urges the community at large to support the Oranjeschool and other educational institutions on the island in this critical task.

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