It has been some time since our last report, but you'll understand when you read about how many activities and projects the Ocean Academy students have been doing this year.
National Science Fair Competition: Students Yuma, Kyle, Leivy and Ramiro (not pictured) represented Ocean Academy in Belize City as part of a Caribbean-wide SAGICOR Visionaries Sustainable Solutions Science Fair. The team`s project focussed on the Compost & Gardening Project as one solution to the problem of waste disposal on Caye Caulker. Students also had to demonstrate how their project incorporated S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math).
Field Trip to Belize City Women's Month Summit: Delegates from Oceean Academy's Female Leadership Community (empowerment and leadership club) attended the 8th Women's Day Summit in Belize City. The theme this year was "The Gender Agenda, Gaining Momentum". Read the girls' blog to hear what they liked most about the March field trip and speakers.
Teen Mentoring and Leadership Training Weekend: 13 Ocean Academy students earned certificates in Teen Mentorship from the Black Gold School District, Alberta, Canada and led engaging playground activities for primary-school children in February. Student Services teachers Sam Boss-Bischoff, Denise Harrison, and five of their students facilitated engaging discussions about peer mentorship strategies, characteristics of role models, communication skills, expressing encouragement and forms of diversity.
Belize Shark Project: Guest speaker Dr. Rachel Graham led an engaging session about sharks with the Ocean Academy Marine Biology class in February, followed by another activity session with the primary-school Environmental Club. The younger children made Valentine's Day cards to their favourite shark! The older students can't wait to go out on the water with Dr. Graham to help her tag sharks in April.
More photos and stories: Check out our school website to see additional photos and stories about Sports Day, Business Fair, class projects, teacher academic accomplishments and volunteer group projects.
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