MAHO--In an effort to inspire its students to work harder, the Preparatory Secondary Vocational Educational (PSVE) section of St. Maarten Academy held a motivational day for its fourth formers on Wednesday.
The event, which was organised by the school's Care Unit, was held at the Sonesta Maho Beach Resort and Casino. The event opened with encouraging words by a school official and Minister of Education Patricia Lourens-Philip.
In brief comments, Chamber of Commerce Board President Tamara Leonard challenged students to strive for a 100 per cent passing rate in their exams, while Minister of Health, Labour and Social Affairs Cornelius de Weever gave students tips on self-motivation and how to stimulate themselves to achieve whatever they want to achieve.
The exam grading system was explained to the students, who were also given study tips. They were also advised on how to best reduce test-taking anxiety.
General Manager of Summit Resort Patricia Evans spoke to the students about the world of work, values and integrity.
The purpose of the motivational day was to encourage, stimulate and motivate students to do their utmost despite their personal circumstances.
PSVE realised at the start of the current academic year that there had been a decline in the effort and interest of fourth formers. The motivational day was held in an effort to revive interest in their school work. PSVE's Student Care Department had decided to hold weekly sessions of solution-based therapy to solve the challenges of what it referred to as an "alarming" problem. "We have seen an improvement but do not think that it is enough, for the short time they have before exams," the school said about the reasons for holding the motivational day.
The school thanked all the individuals and businesses who were involved in making the day a success.