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Counselling Department March Newsletter

We are experiencing uncertain times. COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) has changed the way we think, behave, connect and educate. The SVGCC Counselling Department is here to support you through this time. We encourage you to stay grounded and forge ahead, not with fear but with wisdom, creativity and courage.

March 2020 Newsletter


 

Expression of Interest

The St Vincent and the Grenadines Community College (SVGCC) intends to offer the following options for the Master’s in Education Degree in collaboration with the UWI School of Education at the Cave Hill Campus, Barbados for the new academic year 2020 -2021.

  • M Ed Curriculum
  • M Ed in Inclusive Practices for Special Needs
  • M Ed School Counselling
  • M Ed Educational Leadership

Please be advised that the ultimate offering of a particular option will be determined by the number of applicants.

Persons can indicate their interest in a programme option by sending an email to Mrs. Eula Adams at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by March 31st 2020. You will be informed at a later date when application will be made to the University.


 

Fulbright Specialist Educator Joins SVGCC Team

SVGCC Welcomes Math Help

The St. Vincent & the Grenadines Community College (SVGCC) has welcomed renowned mathematics-teaching educator Professor Robert “Bob” Cunningham to its faculty, as the College looks to improve the quality of math specialisation graduates from its Division of Teacher Education.

Director of the SVGCC, Nigel Scott, welcomed Cunningham’s presence at the institution by stating “Prof. Cunningham’s stint at the SVGCC will be of great significance to the mathematics teaching landscape, not just here at the College but also at a national level as our graduates from the Division of Teacher Education move on to classrooms all across St. Vincent and the Grenadines where they impact the lives of Vincentian students”. Scott continued “Mathematics has long posed a challenge to our youth across the Caribbean; however, we are hopeful that Prof. Cunningham’s innovative teaching approach towards the subject would bring a much needed boost to our students”.

Professor Cunningham’s time at the institution is made possible through the Fulbright fellowship programme. He intends to integrate research-based strategies utilised at his home institution (The College of New Jersey) into the curriculum at the SVGCC in hopes of promoting global excellence in the teaching and learning of mathematics. Through funds provided by his fellowship Prof. Cunningham has already purchased “manipulatives” - physical objects used as teaching tools to engage students in the hands-on learning of mathematics - which he intends to leave in the possession of the institution. He has enjoyed working with the student teachers at SVGCC and those placed in local schools. Cunningham would complete his programme at the end of April 2020.


 

SVGCC Takes Regional Debate Top Spot


In photo standing L – R: Zachary Richards (debater), Juno Laborde (Assistant coach & Assistant Registrar),
Haronese Collins (debater), Casey Defreitas (debater), B. Tedra Kirby (Coach & Lecturer), and DeaneyGellizeau (debater).
Seated: Eula Adams (SVGCC Deputy Director and local WIDC Chair)

The St. Vincent and the Grenadines Community College (SVGCC) emerged as champions of the 2020 Windward Islands Debating Competition (WIDC) held this past weekend in Roseau, Dominica.

The SVGCC, which advanced to the finals after defeating Dominica State College, dethroned defending champions T.A Marryshow Community College of Grenada. Debaters DeaneyGellizeau and Zachary Richards opposed that topic “The lack of youth involvement in local politics is a direct result of the political culture of the region”, and walked away with a 399.5 - 381.5 victory over their rivals.

Director of the SVGCC, Nigel Scott, commented on the school’s victory by stating “I am really very pleased with the efforts of the team in this year's debate. Their preparation was excellent as evidenced by their performance and they executed well. They have truly done us proud." His sentiments were echoed by SVGCC Deputy Director and local WIDC Chairperson, Eula Adams, who stated that she was extremely proud of the team’s effort and was happy to witness it live in person. Adams also took the opportunity to remind students that nothing limits excellence, after which she commended the efforts of coaches B. Tedra Kirby and Juno Laborde-Maloney. She expressed that she is confident that with them at the helm of the SVGCC’s Debating Society, it will experience even more success. Team SVGCC was also awarded the Caribbean Centre for Development Administration (CARICAD) “Team Excellence” trophy, which was awarded to the team that best exemplified the values of the competition. This is the first time such an award has been given. Each debater will also receive a smart watch as part of their winnings.

The college takes this opportunity to acknowledge the support of the Ancient Order of Foresters Court , the National Lotteries Authority and Mr Dennis Gaymes, as well as the support of staff, students and friends of the SVGCC.

The team returned home on Sunday March 8th 2020 at 1pm. Casey DeFreitas and Haronese Collins were also part of the delegation.


 

SVGCC Advances to Debate Final in Dominica


In photo - L-R: B. Tedra Kirby (Coach/Lecturer), Zachary Richards (Debater) and Deaney Gellizeau (Debater)

The St. Vincent and the Grenadines Community College (SVGCC) has advanced to the finals of the 2020 Windward Islands Debating Competition (WIDC) currently underway in Roseau, Dominica. The SVGCC defeated two-time champion and home team Dominica State College, 526-469, in the first round of the competition on Friday 6th March, 2020. Deaney Gellizeau and Zachary Richards of the SVGCC propositioned the topic “It is the Responsibility of Youth to Lead the Climate Change Action”.

Team coach and lecturer B. Tedra Kirby, who took on the role of coach in late 2019, expressed her satisfaction in the team’s first-round victory by stating “The boys represented the College and the country very well earlier today and it has truly been a pleasure to witness them hone their debating skills. They have been committed to the process since day one and getting through round one is evidence of that. Overcoming the first hurdle is good; however, we know the work here isn’t done. We now have a final to prepare for and we certainly intend to present a very strong challenge to our opponents”. Gellizeau and Richards would compete against debaters from the T.A Marryshow Community College of Grenada, and would oppose the topic “The Lack of Youth Involvement in Local Politics is a Direct Result of the Political Culture of the Region”.

The final is set for Saturday 7th, March 2020.


 

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