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- How The Trimont Student Council Began June 26, 2020
- 10 Ways to Make This Summer Better June 22, 2020
- A network of affordable, tailor-made educational programmes June 15, 2020
One day, about 2 years ago, the Trimont Teachers decided that they would open up the floor to any suggestions from the students on what they wanted to improve based on student life at school.
Multiple crazy suggestions were brought up with some valid ones and some far fetched ones but none out of reach. In light of that, it was decided that maybe the students should form a committee where they could brain storm on how to make the students of Trimont College even happier. So after a couple of meetings and some prompting from the vice-principal, the students chose a representative from each class in the upper school, and things started to take flight.
After a couple weeks of planning, we decided to try to complement the tuck shop menu with some new offerings, which the students voted for. Eventually it blossomed and the Students Council started offering Doubles every other Wednesday, with Subway or KFC on alternating weeks. Fortunately these initiatives were quite successful.
With the Wednesday Lunch program well established, towards the middle of October 2019, other students proposed the idea of playing some friendly competitions that could be organized for the students to participate in during school. When this was brought to the attention of the Students Council, they loved the idea and agreed to fund the prizes for what came to be known as the first ever Trimont Football Midday League.
More recently, during these unprecedented ‘lockdown’ times, the Student Council wanted to encourage healthy competition amongst their classmates and they held the first ever Fifa 20 Tournament for both XBOX and PS4 consoles. With about 8 competitors in each division, the tournament took place over two weekends. All the matches were streamed on TWITCH with over 20 people watching one game at a time. With the classmates of the competing students backing them, tension and expectation mounted as the day approached. Competition was stiff ! The matches were exciting. In one category, a boy from Primary school came second overall. It was a great success and the Student Council provided cash prizes to the winners.
The Students Council keeps aiming high, working together to keep the students happy so that learning becomes even more enjoyable … even though we be physically apart.
Written by: Charles Devaux .
1. Flexibility within a framework: Even though we’re on vacation, it is important to keep all the habits acquired during the rest of the year. So, set a schedule, but with flexibility and leeway; proper to the new circumstances and the change of scene.
2. Do things together as a family: Although each have their likes and plans, it is important to find time to do things together: [whether it be] cooking, walking, biking, hiking, going into town …
3. Gratitude: the relaxed atmosphere of summer is ideal for showing appreciation for others, which is otherwise a little forgotten in the rush of everyday life. Make a point of thanking others for small gestures, for planning things or just for having a good time together.
4. Enjoy simple things: The perfect plan does not have to be expensive or extravagant. From very young, children can be taught to enjoy simple things like, for example, watching the sunset, getting an ice cream, etc.
5. Be open to others: it isn’t very enriching to spend all day wrapped up in ourselves. Summer is an ideal time to open up to others: inviting friends home and encouraging the children to do the same.
6. Cultural trips: educating the taste of even the youngest doesn’t have to be boring if activities are well chosen and well prepared: look into the cultural possibilities in your area and spend an afternoon at a museum, monument or exhibition.
7. Time to Read: Reading is a free trip that nourishes the neurons of young and old alike: adventure novels, biographies, stories … Find a local library and choose!
8. Visiting relatives and other people: During the year, visiting grandparents, cousins, uncles etc. can be difficult, either because of time or distance. Summertime can also allow for opportunities to visit the sick or needy.
9. Languages: Put aside formal approaches to learning and get the whole family used to watching a short series or foreign film in the original language – and then find out who understood what!
10. Give thanks to God for having fun and being together
Just about 1 year ago, the number of Venezuelans living in the country was stated to be at 40,000 and of these it was understood that as many as 3,000 Venezuelan children may not have been receiving a formal education in schools. At that point, some had estimated that those figures may very well triple within the year. As often happens, the margin of error for figures on socio-political matters tends to be on the higher side of the spectrum. In any case, our purpose here is not that of numerical precision, but rather of addressing the issue of the education of migrant children within our borders as they grow. The education of each child is paramount, not only for the child’s future but for that of the society as a whole, … and the education of migrant children has an enormous part to play in ensuring the future stability and development of our society.
In the absence of a public sector solution to this challenge, private sector response has been generous thus far with initiatives to afford migrants and their children some form of schooling. However, the challenges involved in educating these children are not trivial. Some of these students were, at the beginning of last school year, 2 to 3 years behind children of similar age with respect to curricula content. Others suffered from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder stemming from the reigning conditions in their country of origin. There has also been the language barrier to contend with, together with difficulties in their feelings of acceptance within the society. Some of these children have managed to integrate into normal classroom settings, … and to excel at that. However, it seems that the majority of these children may require tailor-made educational programmes, even if only for a brief period before being introduced into more mainstream educational systems, to bridge the aforementioned gaps and get them up to speed sooner rather than later.
Herein lies the problem !!! In general, education is expensive, so naturally educational solutions involving individualized attention run the risk of being prohibitive for members of less affluent families. Nevertheless, such solutions may become feasible should the tailor-made curricula designs be prepared online and managed together with teacher contact hours and in-class exercises, thus enabling each child to advance at his or her rate. Once feasibility can be achieved, a network of affordable educational programmes to suit individual needs may become available to successfully address the pressing issue of mass education for migrant students.
This clip was recorded during Cognitive Function Synthesis operation on a simulated Pioneer configured in a behaviour-based sense.
Notice that as its experience increases, the robot learns to avoid collision with the enclosure.
This avoidance was not pre-programmed, but learned based on pre-configured reflexes.