Harlem Gospel Choir live in St. Maarten

One of the most prominent gospel choirs in the United States, Harlem Gospel Choir will be on island on Sunday, March 26, and will hold an exceptional concert from 6:00pm in the Ballroom at The Westin Hotel. Based in Harlem, New York, the choir was founded in 1986 by Allen Bailey on Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday. Harlem Gospel Choir tours the world every year and was the first American gospel choir to perform in Australia, New Zealand, China, Russia, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Czech Republic, Serbia, Slovenia, Slovakia and Morocco.

Always looking for new territories to introduce to gospel music, the choir has performed for Nelson Mandela, Pope John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI, Sir Elton John and Disney World. It has also performed with The Chieftains, Diana Ross, Whoopi Goldberg, Harry Belafonte, Danny Glover, the Dixie Hummingbirds, Jimmy Cliff, Lyle Lovett, Lisa Marie Presley, Bono from U2, André Rieu and his Johann Strauss Orchestra, Jessica Simpson, John Legend, Razor Light, The Gorillas, Simple Minds, Robin Gibb, Live, Red Hurley and most recently with Josh Groban.

This prestigious choir is one of the best ambassadors of gospel music all over the world and has recorded with The Scissor Sisters, Friendly Fires, Gil Scott Heron, Lexie Stobi, and The Chieftains. Tickets cost promo/web €30/$30, presale €35/$35, day of show €40/$40. Ticket outlets are Van Dorp, Jeffreys Auto Supplies and Change Caraibes, www.tickets.allmol.com

Infoline: 0690 88 20 90 / 1 721 526-3047

http://www.harlemgospelchoir.com/ https://www.facebook.com/angels.in.harlem.gospel.choir/

Contacts: [email protected] / [email protected]

Mezza Luna in Nettle Bay

 Tasty Italian – this place is a gem!

The weekend was very full: SXMFest was underway; house music, incredible fun, a lot of dancing and far too many late nights/early mornings. We needed to eat as much as we needed to chillax, and having seen the sign to Mezza Luna in Nettle Bay, we decided we should try it out.

This place was such a find! It was a fabulous setting and so peaceful and quiet. We sat in one of the cabanas under the tall trees right on the beach front. The large ship that went aground was beached to one side of our view giving us an interesting take on the way it was rolling a fair amount. The water from the beach to the bay was varied in those lovely shades of green to deep blue that mesmerize and will never be taken for granted. The surf swished softly, the breeze rustled the pine trees gently and we chillaxed in the shade along with other patrons, many of whom were obviously also taking time out from the SXMFest; we could tell by the wristbands they wore.

Parking out front and walking through the large indoor dining area, we were greeted by staff along the way. Our reserved table was waiting for us (it is a good idea to reserve here). The table was set in grey and yellow giving a nice contrast to the sand, shrubs and sea. We were asked if we needed water, wine, anything else to drink by a cute waitress with an Italian/French accent – always adds to the ambiance having these accents explain the specials menus too.

As we live here, we are always keen to try cuisines that are not necessarily Caribbean. Mezza Luna does have a choice on the menu. Earlier in the day, the menu is mostly “tapas” and pizzas; the lunch menu is not too large, which is very nice, no deliberating over an extensive menu; we did not see the dinner menubut understand that there are Tiki torches lit among the palm trees and on the water making it very romantic. The menu is Italian; the specials are brought out on a blackboard tableside to review. There is nothing fussy or fancy just fresh, simple food that proved to be oh-so-delicious!

As we were a fairly large group, we all got to taste a few different dishes. Each person made a great choice. Skewers of beef, sautéed potatoes with roasted veg and rice were shared amongst the younger ones. This was followed by a luscious scoop of ice cream – mango and chocolate and vanilla. Very happy, the little ones then climbed trees and played in the sand.

The adults imbibed in their favourite tipple, Rose wine and beer, while they enjoyed an incredible Burrata surrounded by prosciutto with tomato and toast on the side. All the dishes were served together so although some were ordered from the appetizer menu, others were ordered from the mains menu; therefore, everyone could share. We had some delicious, thinly sliced roasted pork, a platter of a variety of cold roasted veg, which we doused in the excellent olive oil on the table and ate with the good sourdough bread offered in a basket to the table. There was a dish of baked muscles with tomato and cheese sauce, an excellent eggplant parmigiana; we also had a perfectly cooked duck breast, tomato bruschetta without cheese, a pizza, a mahi mahi dish and a wonderful salad with shavings of parmesan atop. Honestly, not a single dish had anything left on it after we had had our fill.

Desserts were a chilled, perfect homemade panna cotta with a coulis of raspberry, homemade tiramisu and a variety of ice cream; coffee and chilled limoncello ended the meal; and then it was time to freshen up and head back to the SXMFest. What a weekend!

Info:

Mezza Luna

Nettle Bay Beach Club

Phone: 590 690 73 19 18

Reservations recommended

Ratings:

Staff friendliness: ****

Service speed: ***

Restaurant cleanliness: ***

Food quality: ****

Value for money: ****

Ambience: ****

A heavenly voice set to perform at The Red Piano

Niquet Goldson was born to sing. Her voice, which first touched many in Jamaica, is now internationally known. After a couple of amazing shows in Sint Maarten, The Red Piano is happy to welcome Niquet and the Beat Lovers Unite (BLU) band back for their “BLU Live” show set for this evening, March 23.

Highlights of Niquet's career include singing on the internationally acclaimed stages with artists such as Judy Mowatt, Sherwin Gardner, Romain Virgo and Jah Cure. She is currently working on original music and performs both as a solo singer and harmony vocalist. You can be sure to expect a phenomenal show from this package of voice, beauty, intelligence and charm.

1. Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Highgate, St. Mary, a rural town in the north-eastern section of Jamaica.

2. When and why did you start singing?

I started singing while in basic school. While singing our evening prayers, I noticed I was singing something different from what the other children were singing, but I had no idea what it was. Three years later, when I was seven years old, one of my teachers heard these evening prayers. She brought me to the music teacher and said, “I heard this child sing harmonies!” I had never heard about harmonies, but I learnt that day what I had been singing. Since that “harmony finding” experience, I found myself in singing groups in primary school, and high school in Kingston. I was in the school choir, ISCF choir and other singing groups everywhere!

3. What was an important turning point in your musical career?

The turning point came when I met a guy who was a musician. We started hanging out and he would take me to rehearsals with him. Eventually, some of the artists said, “Well since you’re here, you may as well sing!” So I sang on a couple shows with Tony Rebel and Queen Ifrica. This introduced me to the “music fraternity” in Jamaica, which led to me doing background vocals for a lot of gospel acts like Judith Gayle, DJ Nicholas, Carlene Davis and Judy Mowatt. I went to Trinidad for college where I did some work with Sherwin Gardner, Umi Marcano, Kimba Sorzano, Orlando Octave and Flippo. When I returned to Jamaica, I started working with Romain Virgo and Jah Cure. I travelled the world with the latter. I think being on the road with that group fuelled my love for travel as well.

4. Where do you draw your musical inspiration from?

My inspiration is literally from the music, any music. It lifts, encourages and soothes me. Being surrounded by music on stage, in a rehearsal is my happy place – my holy place.

5. When did you first visit Sint Maarten?

I came to Sint marten for the first time in 2011. The first thing I saw was how beautiful it was! The blues were very blue, everything was painted in sunshine. I loved it! I returned three years later and I loved it even more.

6. What can we expect from your show at the Red Piano?

My shows are almost always made up of songs that I love to sing, and that I want to share with my audience. That is the only way I can stand on a stage singing as a solo act! It’s a diverse mix ranging from reggae and pop, to R&B, rock and maybe even a soca song! Who knows? You will just have to come to the show and hear for yourself.

7. When you’re not singing, what do you enjoy doing?

I love going to the beach (or better yet a beach bar), having a lime with friends at home, reading a good book and occasionally binge watching random TV series.

8. What are some of your future plans?

Short-term plans include singing more, becoming an integral part of the music scene in Sint Maarten and the region, working on some material for the air/ear waves and giving the people some good music!

9. If you could invite three people (dead or alive) for dinner, who would they be, what would be the one question you would ask and what would you serve them to eat?

I’ve seen this question very often but I’ve never really considered my answers until this interview. These are the choices that came first to mind: I would invite Shawn from Boyz II Men, Idris Elba and Walshy Fire from Major Lazer. I would ask them all the same question: “Are you now whatever it was that you wanted to be when you grow up? I would serve my world famous ackee and saltfish with some friend dumplings (Johnny cakes) and that delicious Lychee martini with Grey Goose Vodka that is served at The Red Piano!

Singer Johana Arnold and her husband Kim Paterson will be performing at the Voice and Piano Classical Delight Concert at Belair Community Centre today Thursday, March 16, from 8:00pm. Arnold tells us more about her career and what patrons can expect from her and her hubby this evening.

Who is Johana Arnold?

I am a classically trained singer who’s interested in all kinds of music. I am also an actress (about to perform in Driving Miss Daisy) and an avid outdoor person who enjoys hiking and swimming. I am also a voice teacher and enjoy working with young people and older singers as well.

How would you describe yourself?

I was a very quiet child and I still like my peace and quiet. The other side of me loves to perform and to give in that way. I have the good fortune to be the mother of two daughters, a grandmother and the wife of my wonderful pianist.

Education?

I went to a music conservatory as a singer so that I could train to my best ability to be a singer. I also took other courses, which help round things out. Most specifically, other courses that I enjoyed were religion, English, German and French.

Place of birth/residence?

I was born in San Francisco, California. I moved to New York City after graduating from college (Oberlin Conservatory) and have lived in that state ever since, though now in the Western Catskill Mountains.

When did you discover your love for (classical) music?

My mother started teaching me classical piano when I was about seven. I fell in love with Bach's music right away. I began studying voice at the age of 14. I was encouraged to do this by a very talented schoolmate who was a singer and wanted someone to sing with.

How did you hone this skill?

Practice, practice, practice! And one voice lesson a week. I still need to practice every day or I notice that things are harder to do.

How did you get into the musical industry professionally?

After leaving college, I had the good fortune to be a fellowship student at a wonderful music festival in the US called Tanglewood. I spent the summer there and then moved to New York City. While I was working in a music store there to pay my rent, I started to get concert work through the contacts I had made the previous summer. One thing leads to another if you are lucky.

What type of musician are you?

My specialty is classical music and I have sung some opera. I love the concert repertory. I also have performed in quite a few musical theatre productions and sing a little jazz, though my tone production is pretty clearly a classical one. My brother is a drummer and my mother, now passed, was a wonderful jazz pianist, and we had a group called the Generations of Jazz, out in California.

What do you love about music?

This is trite, but it truly can open worlds between people in a wonderful way. It also is fun to bring music to life that was written many, many years ago and to make it live for an audience.

What differentiates you from other Classical Delight performers?

Each of us has worked hard at this discipline; that is what we have in common. What makes us different is who we are, physically, mentally and in personality. We share a need and a delight in performing. I feel that I am most myself when I am singing music I love.

Why did you decide to perform in St. Maarten for the Classical Delight concert?

It is rather a funny story. Our orchestra conductor back home in New York has a timeshare in St. Maarten. He and his wife, with whom Kim and I have worked many times, thought we would love to visit and he mentioned that there was a concert series here and he gave us the name of the person to contact. That got the ball rolling.

What can patrons expect from you at the concert?

A lot of energy and a real desire to bring our audience into the music; we will be doing several different styles and we hope to show that the variety can open minds to music from the 1800s to our 21st Century.

What were your first impressions of the island and what are your expectations?

I had no idea what to expect. The colour of the water, even from the airplane, took my breath away. We are staying at a resort, which is a first for us, so the traffic is a little intense. But the people are friendly and kind. Bernadine and her husband Gerard met us at the airport and have bent over backwards to make sure we are comfortable and cared for. And the warm weather is fabulous, especially as right now there is a blizzard in progress in our home state.

What inspires you when it comes to music?

I continue to be inspired by other artists (my husband among them) both young and the older generation which is passing away. There are current musicians who struggle with their art and continue despite those struggles. Also our world, which is now so plugged in and tech-heavy, can benefit from listening and playing live acoustic music in all forms. I am inspired my music teachers, too and know that it can be a battle to keep those programs going, certainly in my country.

What is your advice to other persons who want to follow in your professional path?

Do it because you love it and absolutely have to do it. You will not make much money unless you get very lucky. Keep up the discipline of practice, because it really does pay off, not only in your music but in the rest of your life. Listen to other artistes and go to concerts if you can.

What do you do outside of music?

I am a mother and a grandmother. I love to walk, swim, read and act.

What’s next for Johana Arnold?

The role of Daisy in Driving Miss Daisy, and the soprano soloist in the Mozart Requiem at the end of April.

What artistes do you listen to?

I love Ella Fitzgerald for jazz and Renee Fleming for opera.

If you could invite three famous people (dead or alive) for dinner, who would they be and what would you cook for them?

This is tough, and I admit right here that my husband is the better cook. I would love to invite Ella Fitzgerald over and we would have some of the fish out of our pond. The Obamas are on my list, too, and I have a special roast chicken dish I would cook for them. I am blanking on a third person.

By Laura Bijnsdorp

I have only done it thrice in my life so far but I’ve found white water rafting to be an absolutely thrilling experience every time! With the waves crashing around you and everyone on your team laughing and shouting, rafting is truly a one of a kind activity. You get a big adrenaline boost and get to see nature like you never have before! In addition to being a fun way to spend an afternoon with colleagues, friends or family, did you know that rafting also offers a number of health benefits?

In commemoration of World Kidney Day which was observed on March 9, we are highlighting some of the underlying causes of kidney disease and steps that can be taken to avoid or limit them. Obesity is a well-known risk factor of diseases such as diabetes, hypertension and heart disease. A less known and recognized, but equally important ramification of obesity is chronic kidney disease (CKD). For that reason, kidney health awareness focused this year on taking steps to reduce global obesity.

Make a Shamrock Decoration

(Use the shamrock template on the colouring page)

Bunting is a festive decoration for hanging up; here it’s a series of white flags with a green shamrock – the symbol of Ireland.

Materials:

Green and white construction paper

Tracing paper

Scissors

Hole punch

Glue

Twine

Ruler and pencil

Tape or tacks

Directions:

Measure out 6 rectangles to form the flags on your white construction paper using your ruler and pencil. The short side should be 10cm and the long side 20cm.

Cut out your rectangles.

Fold the white rectangles in half lengthwise and cut out on a diagonal from the bottom corner to the middle fold of each one.

Punch two holes at the top straight edge (opposite end).

Open and smooth out the flags – your flags will have pointy ends at the bottom and four holes at the top to thread your twine through.

Take the green construction paper and measure out six squares with your ruler and pencil (10cm on each side) and cut out the squares.

Trace the shamrock shape from the template onto your tracing paper, carefully cut it out and use it to pencil in the shamrock shape on the green squares.

Then cut the shamrock shape out of the green squares.

Glue the green shamrocks onto the middle of the white flags.

Cut a piece of twine about 1.5m long.

Thread the twine in and out of the holes you have made at the top of the flags.

Use tape or tacks at the ends of the twine to hang your bunting.

When Irish eyes are smiling

(Lyrics by Chauncey Olcott and George Graff, Jr.)

Here is a popular song that is often sung on St. Patrick’s Day. The lyrics were composed by Americans as a tribute to Ireland. The song reminds us to be happy and keep smiling. The linnet mentioned in the song is a small bird with a very pretty, fast trilling song.

When Irish eyes are smiling,

Tis like a morn in spring.

With a lilt of Irish laughter,

You can hear the angels sing.

When Irish hearts are happy

All the world is bright and gay.

When Irish eyes are smiling,

Sure, they steal your heart away.

There's a tear in your eye and I'm wondering why,

For it never should be there at all.

With such power in your smile, sure a stone you'd beguile,

So there's never a teardrop should fall,

When your sweet lilting laughter's like some fairy song,

And your eyes twinkle bright as can be.

You should laugh all the while and all other times smile,

And now smile a smile for me.

For your smile is a part of the love in your heart,

And it makes even sunshine more bright.

Like the linnet's sweet song, crooning all the day long,

Comes your laughter so tender and bright.

For the springtime of youth is the sweetest of all,

There is ne'er a real care or regret.

And while springtime is ours, throughout all of youth's hours,

Let us smile each chance we get.

~ MPC hosts Curaçao contingent ~

 

The students of Milton Peters College (MPC) and Radulphus College have this week taken part in the third annual student exchange program. Some 20 students along with three teachers of Milton Peters College travelled to Curaçao in January to participate in educational and social activities with 20 students and three teachers of Radulphus College.

 

Those same Radulphus College students and teachers are currently on the island doing the same. Their week started off with the students following classes at Milton Peters College. They also enjoyed steel pan classes, zumba, crossfit, beach swimming, a tour of the St. Maarten port, an island tour, a scavenger hunt in Philipsburg and lots of delicious local food.

 

The student exchange is a team building project that allows students to enhance their self-confidence and self-esteem while exposing them to a different culture and helping them gain experience in controlled independence, all while improving their social skills. The students also integrate into another family and establish life-long friendships as families of MPC students have hosted the travellers at their homes. The Curaçao contingent is set to depart for their home island today.

 

A couple of MPC students share their thoughts about the experience.

 

Xavier Doelmoengin (15)

The first day of the student exchange was really awkward. I didn't know what to say, how to act or what to do. My partner and I stayed on our phones the entire time. But as the days went by, we went from being strangers to close friends. This exchange program taught me a lot of things, like how to communicate better, and I even picked up on some Papiamentu. I learnt short sentences like “Bota papia hopi” and “lagi hari.” Since I’m an only child, having someone else in the house is very great. It’s like having a brother. The student exchange program has been a great experience no doubt.

 

Kimaeyu Mussington (15)

Traveling is always fun, but traveling with a specific purpose is always better. This cultural exchange with Curaçao has been an amazing experience for me, although I'm not the most social person. It taught me many different things such as opening up to new ideas. The goal of this trip was to be able to adapt and adjust to a different culture, and I think we can say that we definitely achieved this!

‘We are a force to be reckoned with’

Sundial School is celebrating its 50th year moulding some of St. Maarten’s brightest minds. But even as the institution is counting its blessings, it remains cognisant that much more needs to be done to enhance the level of education it offers to keep up to date with developing demands in the job market and society as a whole.

As the institution looks towards its future, it wants to not just continue on its path of shaping the future generations of St. Maarten, it also hopes to possibly relocate to a more appropriate venue, as the current facility is bursting at its seams, and examine the possibilities of adding more sectors that it believes are needed in the community.

Principal Mireille Regales said the school is “doing great” in the Hospitality, Care and Wellness sectors: “We believe this is not enough. Having another sector, (such as) Information Communications Technology (ICT) Repair, Home Nursing or Light Fixture Design, will give our students the opportunity to find jobs before and after their tertiary education. Most of our students remain on island to continue their tertiary education, so it is imperative that we keep up with what this island may need now and for the future.”

Sundial School’s history dates back to 1966, when the reverend Sister Borgia established a school (current Sr. Magda location) to cater to girls who had completed primary education and had no other options available to them. The intention was to teach the female students basic skills and trades such as sewing and cooking. The school did not have an official name when it was first established. It was sometimes referred to as “Huishoudschool” (Home Economics school) until years later when it was relocated and christened Sundial School.

While male students in those days could have pursued their secondary education in Curacao if their parents could afford it, there were no opportunities for female students. The year 1986 was the first time male students were admitted to the school. In 1968, the school moved into an empty space in an old printery belonging to the late Jose Lake Sr., also in Cul de Sac. In the early days, the school was staffed by the late Jan Slippens, Juffrouw Jane, Sister Marie Laurence, Sister Elfrida, Sister Damiana and Angela Drijvers-van Heyningen, who later became the school principal.

The school encountered numerous teething challenges. There were no stoves or pots and as a result, cooking classes were not possible. As time passed by, the institution acquired some appliances; however, another major issue was access to water. While a small water reservoir was located in an agricultural compound nearby, where St. Maarten Academy now stands, it was empty most of the time. Students therefore had to form a chain from the school to a nearby house close to the entrance of St. Peters to fill their water buckets, passing them on to each other to get water for the school.

For practical housekeeping classes, students were bussed to the then Little Bay Beach Hotel, where they received training. Sewing classes were given by Elfrida and later Drivers-van Heyningen (from 1995). Although the school did not have gym facilities, gym classes were administered on a field, where Prins Willem Alexander School now stands.

When a new location for the school was being constructed on Walter Nisbeth Road, a contest was held amongst students to come up with a name for the school. While none of the entries were found to be suitable enough, Elsje Bosch-Wilson and Juffrouw Jane came up with the name Sundial. The name was found to be appropriate because a sundial, a shell of tremendous beauty, points to the sun, which is the source of life on earth. The school saw its students as being a source of life.

The current Sundial School location was officially opened on November 11, 1973. Several persons have held the position of principal over the years including Marcella Hazel (from 1981); Drijvers-van Heyningen (1995) and current principal Mireille Regales.

Interesting to note is that the school had been a catholic school until 1976, when Pastoor Nieuwen Huis MAVO and John Phillips MAVO were merged. Over the years, the school went through several changes to its educational structure, until 2001 when VSBO was introduced and still remains an educational choice today. The changes over the years were accompanied by additions and changes to the school’s academic offerings, which were later expanded to include hotel/restaurant, fashion/apparel, commercial, needlecraft, office procedures and bookkeeping courses.

In April 1991, the school’s restaurant opened to the public as “Les Eleves Restaurant,” which was later changed to “The Source Restaurant.” On February 14, 1992, “Les Eleves Fashion Center” was officially opened at the entrance of the school. School uniforms were produced at the Center, which was financed by Cede Antiyas. This Center no longer exists. On August 1, 1993 a basic healthcare course began.

After overcoming many challenges over the past five decades, Sundial School is a fairly well-equipped institution today. It has a care team unit, language labs and modern practical rooms. It focuses primarily on two sectors: Care and Wellness and Hospitality. After completing Form 2, students can choose to do a Technical or Administrative Sector, which is administered at sister school Milton Peters College (MPC), which is currently celebrating its 40th anniversary. A digital student tracking system is also in place which allows students and parents to monitor the educational progress of their children. This also requires that parents and students have an email address in order to get updates.

“We are currently upgrading the technology and the manner in which we teach at the school. Active learning is our main focus. All the classrooms are equipped with beamers, digital boards, smart TVs, etc., whatever it takes to reach out and enhance the learning pathway and experience of our vocational students. We have come to the realisation that this is the way to go in order to create holistic students and in turn, make learning fun and enjoyable,” Regales said. “The generation we are dealing with is more technologically savvy and we need to get into their world in order to teach them the educational goals they need. As a school, we have learnt not to shy away from technology but to rather embrace it and incorporate it in such a manner that students learn the basics and more.”

Sundial and MPC fall under the supervision of the school board for secondary education SVOBE (in Dutch: Stichting tot de Bevordering van Voortgezet Onderwijs Bovenwindse Eilanden).

Regales told WEEKEnder that one of the major challenges Sundial experienced over the years was combating the stigma society had placed on the school because it catered to vocational education students, who have more affinity with practical lessons versus theoretical lessons. She said also that changing and applying the various educational systems government had introduced over the years; adapting and finding solutions to deal with the increasing gap between Foundation Based Education (FBE) at the primary school level and basic secondary education at the high school level as well as dealing with an increase in the behavioural and learning challenges amongst students and trying to maintain “a peaceful and safe environment” in the school were also challenging.

“There is also a great need for a new building. Our present facility is outdated and is not entirely functional for learning (optimally). Taking into account the size of the classrooms with the needs of the modern required VSBO educational system, I can safely say we have outgrown the building we are currently in. It has been challenging to do the basic necessary upgrades in technology because of the way the school was electrically wired so many years ago,” Regales explained. “We want to move more towards creative learning by way of technology, but it has to be done in phases because the school was not primarily built to hold that amount of electrical load. So we are at a crossroad where we either move the school to a new location, or we undergo major renovations.”

Asked what she sees as the biggest impacts of the school over the past 50 years, Regales said: “We are seeing the fruits of our labour each time we go to many places on the island. We see our students at the airport, government offices, the hospital, restaurants, we see them all over. So we are blessed to have inspired so many students over the past 50 years and we look forward to continue inspiring more.”

She said also that the 50th anniversary is significant for the school. “Our 50th anniversary means we have come a long way and we are really happy for the many blessings.” She said the school is what it is today due to the support received from the business community, government, parents, students and its school board. “In a nutshell, this says that as a school, we are a force to be reckoned with within this community and the world.”

Asked how vocational education can be improved in St. Maarten, she said, “We need to remove the stigma associated with vocational education. We as a people understand that this economy is not predominantly run by doctors and lawyers, but by the people who do the groundwork. The doctor cannot run his practice optimally without a nurse. The contractor of a building will not find work if he does not have masons. The factory cannot mass produce if it has no workers. We tend to look down at these jobs and forget how important these persons are to our society. We always tell our students that whatever vocation they choose to do, they should make sure that they are the best at it because society and communities will fall if they, the vocational worker, did not exist. Basically, we need to re-educate the masses on what vocational educational is really about.”

Regales said the institution is dealing with the gradual disappearance of respect, manners, values and norms.

Sundial School and MPC have many plans to mark their anniversaries. Plans include a gala fundraising dinner today Saturday, March 25, at The Westin St. Maarten Dawn Beach Resort and Spa. The dinner is in aid of promoting technology in classrooms. Entrance is US $100.

On May 26, a Talent Show and Art Exhibition by current and former students and staff will be held under the tent at Princess Port de Plaisance and Casino. Entrance is $10.

From July 27 to 30, a school reunion (1966 to 2015) will be held at Sundial School.

On August 10, an Educational Symposium will be held with guest speaker Alan November.

Regales said the institution is “just trying to reach out to thank everyone who has made the school thrive over the years… this will also be a period in which we can reflect and re-evaluate our mission and vision for the school. We are about offering quality education and with our partners in education (meaning everyone involved), we will make this work.”

Sundial’s current population stands at 296 students: 121 males and 175 females.

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