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requested to use information from the Marian
||A meeting with
the Bishop of Georgetown His Excellency Francis Alleyne OSB was very
encouraging and supportive of the concept of the Baby Survival Kits
and encouraged a meeting with Mrs Elaine Thomas of the Family Life
|The concept of a Caribbean hub being created in Guyana
for the collection of baby cloths and items needed for the kit that
would be stored and sorted by the churches and the students of the
Marian Academy prompted a meeting with Sister Barbara an Urceline
||This meeting was staged at the St Joseph convent
and Mr. Patrick McAndrew from the GCIFR was present. He is an ex Marian
Academy student and prepared to train the student in disaster mitigation
and incorporating the Baby Survival Kit into the Academy following
permission by Sister Marie who will be returning from her sabbatical
The Roman Catholic Church in Guyana has had a long history of quality
service. The Ursuline and Mercy Sisters, the Jesuits and the Diocese have
owned and directed schools of academic excellence and high moral and social
quality for more than a hundred and forty years. In 1976, the government
took complete control of all education in Guyana, including scores of
Catholic owned and administered schools. In recent years there has been
a policy shift and in response to a strong demand and support from a wide
cross section of society far broader than the Roman Catholic community,
Marian Academy opened its doors on September14, 1998 in rented premises
on Carifesta Avenue, with 227 students. So swift has been our progress
since then that in January 2001 we moved into our own fine new premises
on Carifesta Avenue , with an enrolment of 453 students and 37 staff.
At that stage expenditure on the constructed primary and nursery school
facilities, central administration block, assembly hall etc., was G$142
million, with an additional G$85 million estimated for the construction
of the secondary school classrooms and other facilities.
An active PTA has already been established. The Board of Governors, comprising
members of the Ursuline and Jesuit Orders and their nominees as well as
other educators, parents and representatives of the PTA, meets monthly.
Despite the financial sacrifices implied for parents, the school administration
and the local community, Marian Academy has already implemented one of
its priority goals of making sound moral and quality education accessible
to a significant number of underprivileged children through financial
assistance and scholarships.
II. AIMS AND OBJECTIVES
The aims of the Academy are to:
Develop in the school community concern and respect for the welfare of
others, with specific attention to interpersonal relationships based on
sensitivity, tolerance, cultural and racial respect and harmony, and goodwill.
Provide the context for quality coeducational learning from the ages
of 3 years 9 months to the completion of secondary school to Guyanese
children and to children of Caribbean and other persons working and living
in Guyana .
Facilitate the total development of each individual by giving due attention
to intellectual, spiritual, physical, social, ?emotional and moral dimensions.
Provide children with a safe and happy environment in which to grow and
develop to the best of their potential, so that they become self reliant
and self-disciplined, interested and motivated in learning, and caring
towards others, especially to those in need.
Produce good citizens capable of taking their place in life and responding
maturely to responsibility. This includes self-discipline, the exercise
of initiative and concern for others expressed in good manners and in
a spirit of generosity and service.
Encourage the highest academic standards and to ensure that students
of the Academy develop the skill of critical thinking through a curriculum
that is flexible, relevant and meaningful to students at different stages
Develop a body of professional, adequately remunerated, motivated and
exemplary staff committed to the ideals of the Academy and dedicated to
the service of the students and their full development.
The Objectives of the Curriculum are to:
Stimulate intellectual curiosity and develop students' interest in learning.
Encourage clear thinking and informed decision making.
Develop problem-solving skills.
Recognize and encourage different kinds and degrees of talent.
Foster development and enjoyment of all means of communication - oral,
written and visual.
Information compliments of the Marian