Ocean Academy Girls Eat Fire and Walk on Broken Glass
"Make It Happen", "Do it right the first time" and "Crazy People Succeed" were all messages imparted by motivational speaker Bert Oliva to Ocean Academy students last week. To demonstrate the power of self-confidence and mind over matter, students were invited to eat fire and walk on broken glass. Ocean Academy girls were at the front of the line and they did it! They can do anything!
Welcome Dr. Corinth Morter Lewis: School Counsellor
Ocean Academy feels blessed to have one of Belize's most experienced counsellors working with students and parents on campus Thursdays and Fridays. Mothers and Fathers filled the room for Dr. Lewis's first evening parent workshop: "How to Communicate with your Teenager".
Dr. Lewis was born in Belize City, educated in Belize and US, with a PhD from Alberta, Canada. She is a chartered psychologist, President Emeritus and adjunct professor at the University of Belize. Dr. Lewis's position is funded by a grant from the U.S. Embassy Belmopan.
Alumni Shania and friends visit Ocean Academy teachers
Shania is a former member of the Ocean Academy Female Leadership Community Club. Last June she graduated high school, and continued on full scholarship in Tourism Studies at the University of Belize.
Shania and three other alumni visited last month to talk with teachers about what life and studies have been like after high school and how Ocean Academy can continue to prepare graduates. Alumni gave praise for the academic preparation they had received as students, and many still visit our high-school teachers for tutoring in their Jr. College courses. However, all four guest alumni cited finances as a major barrier to continuing their studies at the tertiary level. Even Shania, on full tuition scholarship, has taken this semester off to earn money for mainland housing, meals and transportation costs.
Ocean Academy teachers and administrators are now trying to get creative in thinking about ways to help our students succeed post-graduation. What are your ideas?
FLC 's Cheyenne is President of school Interact Club
Cheyenne was elected as President of the Ocean Academy Volunteer Interact Club. Interact's motto is "Service above Self" and the group's keystone project this year is tutoring elementary-school children after school. On Valentine's Day Cheyenne and club members made posters and organized a group bake sale. Her club raised $100bz ($50usd) to support a classmate who is ill and also to buy cement blocks for the upstairs classroom construction project.The Ocean Academy Interact Club plans to do more fundraisers during the year for these good causes.
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