Aime Cesaire Essay Competition

‘ I am a man, a Martiniquan, a coloured man, a nigger, the man of one land, one geography, the man of one story, the man of struggle.’

During a week-long activities for French Week 2018, a few students of the Dominica Community High School, took part in an Essay Competition which was based on the life of a famous Martiniquan poet, Aime Cesaire.

Aime Cesaire was born on June 26th 1913 and died on April 17th 2008. He grew up in an era where not every child went to school, especially those in the countryside who had to work on the fields. He grew up in a time that even though slavery was abolished it was still extremely hard for people of colour to get an education, much less live their dreams of becoming a poet.

After being informed that the French essay competition was not only won by a student from our school (Jerniah Copiel), we were pleasantly surprised to learn that another student from our school (Samuel Prosper) captured the second prize and a short presentation will be done at our school on May 10th 2018.

The President of Alliance Frances, Mr. Dion Henderson and Committee Member, Mrs Sonia Akpa, presented the winners with their prizes at the Dominica Community High School.

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Emergency Toiletries

On May 8th 2018, representatives from Red Cross Dominica and the Ministry of Health visited the Dominica Community High School. They came bearing gifts of emergency relief toiletry for both students and staff.

Before the presentation of the toiletry packages, the representatives of the Ministry of Health did an oral presentation on the proper way of washing one’s hands to ensure that 90% if not all the bacteria are removed from the hands.

The techniques of proper hand washing was demonstrated and the packages were presented to the school.

At the first period of the day for normal classes, science teacher, Mr. Jno Baptiste took out his first formers to the hand pipes outside to reinforce what was said during the assembly. Students could be seen doing what was taught to them.

During the course of the day, students form different forms were observed enjoying washing their hands how it was taught to them during assembly.

We thank the Red Cross for visiting our school.

Donation of Agricultural Seeds

At the end of the School Leaving Ceremony of the Dominica Community High School, on May 4th, 2018, representatives from the Rotary Club of Dominica and a representative from the Rotaract Club of South St. Lucia, made a presentation of agricultural seeds to the school. Some of the seeds donated were pepper, lettuce, cabbage and red beans.

The principal, Mrs. Nicholas, accepted the seeds on behalf of the teachers of Agricultural Science. Present was the school leaving class of 2018, who worked tirelessly in getting a small section of the agricultural land ready for the CSEC SBA practical segment after the passage of Hurricane Maria.

We thank the Rotary Club of Dominica for yet another well needed and greatly appreciated donation to our school and its partner club, the Rotary Club of St. Lucia for realizing the importance of agriculture and the need to start back planting swiftly after the passage of Hurricane Maria in September, 2018.

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With Perseverance a Quality Education is Attainable”. This was the school theme for the School Leaving class of 2018 of the Dominica Community High School. On Friday 4th May, 2018, six students bid farewell to their school.

Official guests present at this year’s School Leaving ceremony were, Mrs N. William – Titre and Mrs C. Hyacinth, past Permanent Secretaries, Mrs. J. White and Mrs. J. Lafond,  representatives of the Dominica Co-operative  Societies League, friends and family of Mr. Julian Eloi (deceased), the parents, well-wishers and the media graced us with their pressence.

The biblical reading and exhortation were done by Reverend Father Nigel Karam who told the school leavers that ‘Life is not all smooth sailing but there are many spin balls that will come your way, a lot of curves in the road, disappointments, trials, failures and yes, sometimes natural disasters’. He gave the students some words of encouragement to help them go through life. He posed some questions to them; How do we overcome problems? How do we find the strength of spirit to do so? ‘Perseverance’ is the Key. The only way to move on and not despair is by cultivating a persevering heart that enables one to stand up, to try again, to use new methods, to never give up and others and always be on guard because temptation to give up is always there, but perseverance is the key. A fitting sermon based on the school’s theme for the academic year.

The feature address was done by a past student of the school, Ms Petillia Jno Baptiste, who graduated in 1996 and enrolled at the Clifton Dupigny Community College where she majored in Mathematics and Economics. Upon completion of her studies, she taught at the Dominica Community High School for five years before going to further her education at the Maritime University of the Caribbean in Venezuela. As one of the first recipients of the Dominica – Venezuela scholarship programme, Ms. Jno. Baptiste proudly represented herself and her country and graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Administration, majoring in International Trade. She returned to Dominica in 2009 and started her career in the Offshore Banking Industry. For the past nine years, Ms. Jno. Baptiste has been serving as the Branch Manager of the Commonwealth Bank and Trust Ltd. She also serves as the Chairperson of the Dominica International Banking Association. Her career has afforded her the opportunity to gain experience and expertise in Financial Management, Anti Money Laundering, Risk Management and Compliance.

She addressed the school leavers by telling them that it may not be a coincidence that this year’s academic theme emphasises on perseverance. She continued with these words ‘To perceive is like a prediction, preparing  for what is to come, a call to wake up, to keep going on no matter what the world throws at you’. She told the school leavers that upon leaving this institution they can rest assure that they are all equipped to face the challenges life will throw at They are armed with the fundamentals and skills to pursue their dreams and as they get ready to face the next chapter in their life, they should remember that they have what it takes: ‘No one can take away your strength, courage and perseverance!’.

Cash gifts and awards were given to deserving school leavers. Mr. Alvin Anthony made his annual contribution to three deserving students. Three cash prizes valued at a total of $1,000.00us. The principal and staff of the Dominica Community High School, thank Mr. Anthony for his generous contribution to our deserving students.

At this year’s School Leaving ceremony, Ms Yuvanka Daniel, a teacher at the school and also know as the Minister for School Outing Activities, was awarded a plaque for ten years of dedicated service to the school.

We congratulate the school leavers and wish them well in the CSEC examinations.

 

“I’m aiming for the next Commonwealth Games”

“I’m aiming for the next Commonwealth Games” by Chester Durand

On the 21st of April, 2018, I attended a regional athletics meet called “Club Colonia”. In this meet, I ran the 800 meters, under 20 boys. I placed first and obtained my first regional meddle. I was also pleased with myself because I got my first personal best, since the passage of Hurricane Maria. I had a great experience and I hope to improve much more so that I can break the national record. I also want to represent Dominica in the next Commonwealth Games.

Donation by the Rotary Club of Dominica

On its way to returning to its former state, the yard of the Dominica Community High School was cleared of river debris, flown galvanized sheets, fallen trees and rocks.

The entire surrounding was filled with debris. The agricultural plots were no plots. Numerous attempts by the principal to get assistance almost went in vain. The Rotary Club of Dominica came to the school’s assistance with a cheque valued at $6,000.00 which met the cost of the clearance.

The presentation of the cheque took place at the Dominica Community High School on Friday 20th April, 2018. Present were two representatives of the Rotary Club of Dominica; The President Mr. Irish and Rotarian Jermaine who was very instrumental in the achievement of this goal.

The principal, staff and students are grateful to the club for its milestone contribution.