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Blue Halo Foundation/Waitt Institute Caribbean

Posted on May 28, 2015 by - news

Use the ocean without using it up. Your ocean. Your future.


The Blue Halo Initiative sets out to empower communities to restore their oceans, and use ocean resources sustainably, profitably, and enjoyably for this and future generations. This is done by partnering with governments, communities, and scientists to create and implement ocean policies, including sustainable fishing practices and comprehensive ocean zoning. The Waitt Institute provides the toolkit, and the partner governments provides the political will. The Blue Halo Initiative deeply engages stakeholders in a science-based, community-driven approach.

Their mission – Use the ocean sustainably, profitably, and enjoyably, for this and future generations.

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A team from the Blue Halo Institute have visited SAS twice this year. Pupils were shown how they can help protect the beaches and surrounding waters of Montserrat.

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New Year Walkathon – 9th January 2015

Posted on December 10, 2014 by - news

Walkathon – Friday, 9th January 2015

Due to severe weather conditions the November 2014 Walkathon was cancelled. This has been rescheduled to take place on Friday, 9th January at 9.00 am. The walk will start from the DMCA building in St John’s. Departure will be at 9.00 am so please arrive early to ensure a prompt start.

Please provide drinks for your children to carry with them during the walk plus extra drink in their lunch bags as they will be outdoors all day. The lunch bags will be collected from the children and taken to the end of the walk to await their arrival at Blakes Football field.

Parents should make arrangements to pick up their child/children from Blakes Football field no later than 3:30 pm.

Posted on December 10, 2014 by - news

Key activities for the last days of term

There will be lots of activities over the last few days of term.

Wednesday 10th Dec – Final rehearsals are taking place before the Christmas Concert on Thursday.

Thursday 11th Dec – No school – all pupils MUST be at the Cultural Centre by 4.30pm. Pupils MUST remain with their teacher for the duration of the concert.

Friday 12th Dec – Pupils gifts for the elderly ($5 value or less) ; Opening of the School’s Pavilion ; presentation on “Compassion”; visit and carol singing to four elderly in the community; Lunch 12-1pm; Afternoon session – Pupils Fun Time (parents/guardians invited)

Tuesday 16th Dec – Festival Camp begins – making costumes for Festival Troupe

Wishing everyone a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

We look forward to seeing our pupils on Monday 5th January, returning refreshed and eager to learn in the new calendar year.

Annual Christmas Concert

Posted on December 10, 2014 by - news

Jesus – God’s Greatest Gift

The Annual Christmas Concert will take place at the Montserrat Cultural Centre on Thursday, 11th December.

We look forward to seeing you there.

 

Rainforest of Reading Festival 2014

Posted on November 18, 2014 by - news

Pupils will be partaking in the “Rainforest of Reading” Festival 2014 which will take place on Friday, 21st November. Grade 3 and Grade 4 students will participate in their first-ever “Rainforest of Reading” Festival. The celebration will take place at the Montserrat Cultural Centre.

www.rainforestofreading.org/locations/montserrat

St Augustine Walkathon 2014

Posted on November 11, 2014 by - news

The 2014 walkathon will take place on Thursday, 20th November at 9.00 am. The walk will start from the DMCA building in St John’s. Departure will be at 9.00 am so please arrive early to ensure a prompt start.

Please provide drinks for your children to carry with them during the walk plus extra drink in their lunch bags as they will be outdoors all day. The lunch bags will be collected from the children and taken to the end of the walk to await their arrival at Blakes Football field.

Parents should make arrangements to pick up their child/children from Blakes Football field no later than 3:30 pm.

St. Augustine School’s Science Fair

Posted on July 14, 2014 by - news

St. Augustine School’s Science Fair was held over the last 2 days. The children were very much engaged in their projects and were all eager to describe what they had done. Of course, Dahlia was busy getting her hands into the practical side of things. I had my doubts at the beginning but felt quite proud that she had something looking like play dough at the end. And she did it all on her own.

Some child came by referring to me as Jordan’s mommy and Dahlia quickly spoke up. “No! That’s my Auntie Grace and if you give her any trouble you’ll have to deal with me.” And not once did she stop working on her dough when she said this. You will notice that Dahlia is much smaller than the other kids!

I was quite pleased to see what the graduating class had accomplished during their sewing sessions. Anjanique made her skirt for Secondary School. It’s the second from the left in the photo. They also did some very nice embroidery. A couple of boys were in the class and one made his school shirt for Secondary. I was very impressed.

 

 

Infant Library

Posted on June 3, 2014 by - news

The new St. Augustine School infant Library funded by the head of the Governor’s office and his wife and also organised by Mrs. Turner.

From Fermoy to Montserrat via Skype

Posted on March 27, 2014 by - news

Plans are being laid in Gaelscoil de hÍde in Fermoy to forge links with a primary school on the tiny Caribbean island of Montserrat.

The island is described as the ‘Emerald Isle of the Caribbean’ and given that it’s the only country outside of Ireland to celebrate St Patrick’s Day as a national holiday, it’s timely that the date set for contact between the two schools via Skype has been set for Wednesday, March 12.

It’ll be the first time such a call has taken place between the children of the two islands. A group of singers from the island, the ‘Emerald Singers’ visited Fermoy a number of years ago.

The initiative has been brought about by Fermoy resident Graham Clifford, a feature writer with the Irish Independent and a regular contributor to the Sunday Business Post. Graham will be in Montserrat working on a number of media projects and he’ll be organising the Skype call from that side.

Graham, who is from Glenbeigh in Co Kerry and his wife Catherine, a GP with Dr Charles McCarthy’s medical practice, settled in Fermoy in mid 2012 after living in England for eight years. Their two daughters Molly, 7, and Aoife, 5, are pupils at at Gaelscoil de hÍde.

Montserrat’s population is described as ‘Afro-Irish’, from a combination of Irish and African slaves/labourers sent there against their will over the years. The school, St Augustine, has been educating the children of Montserrat for over 135 years.

Graham told The Avondhu this week: “The principle aim of this Skype call between the two ‘Emerald Isles’ is to teach the children in Fermoy what it’s like to grow up in Montserrat and vice versa. I know that many of our kids here are fascinated that the children in Montserrat live each day in the shadow of an active volcano and directly in the Caribbean hurricane belt.”

Both sets of children on either side of the Atlantic are busy preparing for their online introduction to each other, he said. “The classes will be preparing for St Patrick’s Day in a similar way so they can sing songs for each other, show projects that they are working on and read poems they’ve written to mark the occasion,” he explained, revealing that he is also hoping to hand over some St Patrick’s Day cards made for the children in Montserrat by the children in Fermoy.

“It would be great if this first St. Patrick’s Day call could become an annual event,” he said.

The Catholic priest in Montserrat is Fr George Agger from Cobh. He’ll help the children there prepare for the call on March 12.