The Soufriere Comprehensive Secondary School (SCSS) has forged a partnership with the Department of Education, Oxford University- an initiative explored by the principal and staff of SCSS to improve the academic performance of the school.
Oxford University is the 2nd top university in the world and has maintain this prestigious title for many years now. The university was established in 1096 and to date only 5 St Lucians have attended Oxford University, including the now principal of SCSS, Mrs. Joel Charlemagne.
On Saturday, January 7, 2017 two Oxford University professors from the Department of Education arrived in St Lucia to work with SCSS for one week. They conducted workshops in English and Foreign Language instruction; four classroom observations with feedback; rap sessions on issues with teaching and learning among many.
One day was also set aside for a national workshop with Foreign Language and English teachers from all the secondary schools on the island. The university is extending this assistance to SCSS free of charge and has pledged to continue with this support in other subject areas.
It was truly an auspicious and inspiring moment at SCSS welcoming the guests with a grand ceremony under the theme, “Unleashing the St Lucian Culture” to give the guests a feel of our unique Caribbean culture.
The guests were equally pleased and commented that this was the best reception they have ever received in all the many journeys they have made across the globe conducting workshops.
As the curtain closes on this five day event, we can soundly evaluate that the teachers and students were pleased and inspired by such great intelligent giants in language education.
Every year from 2018, we hope to take a group of students and teachers on a ten-day visit to Oxford University. Students will visit the Oxford University Press; the museums which hold the work of Albert Einstein among many; the famous Harry Porter Colleges; the Bodleian library; the Radcliffe Camera etc.
They will also spend a day in the classes of one of Oxford’s secondary school departments. This link with Oxford is expected to have a great impact on the quality of instruction; teacher and student motivation.
The opportunities that this will also open for St Lucian scholars are limitless. We hope to see many more St Lucians gaining admission to Oxford University.