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Victory Christian Academy hosts its first High School Graduation

Shervin Colastica is the first of his immediate family to graduate from high school and was determined to do so against all odds. An artist with special interests in photography, and interior design he attained a final G.P.A. of 3.43.
Shervin Colastica is the first of his immediate family to graduate from high school and was determined to do so against all odds. An artist with special interests in photography, and interior design he attained a final G.P.A. of 3.43.

WEYMOUTH HILLS, St. Maarten – This Friday morning two students will make history as the first high school graduating class from Victory Christian Academy. The alternative learning school which uses a personalized curriculum to support the various skill levels of students was founded by members of Victory Temple Church of God of Prophecy in Weymouth Hills, St. Peters.

Graduates from the 12th grade are Shervin Colastica and Nicholas Greenaway. Shervin is the first of his immediate family to graduate from high school and was determined to do so against all odds. An artist with special interests in photography, and interior design he attained a final G.P.A. of 3.43.

Nicholas is the son of the principal and had the longest tenure having enrolled since the inception of the school on January 9th 2006. He too loves art with specification in graphic design and a strong mathematician and earned a GPA of 3.94 at graduation.

Nicholas Greenaway is the son of the principal and had the longest tenure having enrolled since the inception of the school on January 9th 2006. He too loves art with specification in graphic design and a strong mathematician and earned a GPA of 3.94 at graduation.
Nicholas Greenaway is the son of the principal and had the longest tenure having enrolled since the inception of the school on January 9th 2006. He too loves art with specification in graphic design and a strong mathematician and earned a GPA of 3.94 at graduation.

The young men are now authors of their own photo-books (on sale at the school) which are collections of photos taken during their time at the school. Both are strong leaders and display character traits of kindness, and generosity – borne out by testimonials from their schoolmate, Sanasha Boodhoo.

“Shervin has helped me to grow as a person and I will miss him when he graduates. Nicholas has taught me what godliness looks like by the way he treats me with respect,” Boodhoo shared.

Both boys have intentions of going off to college; Shervin hopes to do so in Canada, and Nicholas is entertaining Boston or Atlanta.

Also graduating from sixth grade into the high school program is Claudia Morgan. Principal Dianne Greenaway calls Claudia the school’s poster child as she began the program disadvantaged in her reading and math skills and having a difficult time learning in the traditional classroom setting.

“The opportunity to learn at her own pace has seen an overwhelming improvement in her very attitude to her school work. She is an Honor student and the first recipient of the Chairman of the Board Award for achieving and maintaining a perfect 4.0 GPA (held for two consecutive academic years,” Greenaway said.

“I am honored to see the day of the first Senior Graduation from this school. The school’s tenure is certainly strengthened as a result of this and we can only continue to hope for many more milestones to come. My pride in Claudia, Shervin, and Nicholas cannot be measured at this moment and my prayers are that they will become as successful as God would have them be. We’ve taught them diligently, we’ve shared many painful, and glorious moments, but they have succeeded against odds that said they wouldn’t. We continue to build the kingdom of God through them, one child at a time.”

The graduation ceremony takes place Friday, February 13 at 10am in the COGOP Fellowship Hall.

ENDS

Publicist: Nerissa Golden, Goldenmedia
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CXC Going Live with Electronic Marking in 2014

CXC LogoThe Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) is utilising electronic marking or e-marking for some of its scripts for the 2014 May/June examination sitting.

The Council will be marking 11 papers in seven Caribbean Secondary Education (CSEC) subjects using the e-marking technology provided by the UK-based company RM.

The seven subjects with papers being e-marked this year are Biology, Chemistry, Human and Social Biology, Integrated Science, Physics, Principles of Accounts and Principles of Business.

As part of the preparation for e-marking, 22 Chief Examiners, Assistant Chief Examiners and Team Assistants had their final training session  last week at CXC’s Headquarters in Barbados by CXC and RM to use of the e-marking tool called RM Results. The 22 persons were taken through the steps for the standardisation and script-marking processes using the RM Results e-marking software.

CXC will open the system for markers to commence live e-marking on Friday 20 June and markers who have been trained and who are approved for e-marking will have a four-week window to complete the scripts assigned to them.

“E-marking will help CXC to capture a lot more detailed information than we were able to do with paper-based marking, and improve our analysis of the examinations, down to the level of the questions,” explained Mrs Brendalee Cato, Assistant Registrar – Measurement and Evaluation working on e-marking. “The accuracy of the scoring will improve and the likelihood of errors is significantly reduced since the system automatically calculates scores as the script is being marked,” Mrs Cato added.

In 2013 CXC used the e-marking software to e-mark two subjects: Integrated Science and Physics. These subjects were marked using both the traditional paper-based format along with the e-marking tool as part of the experiment. The result showed a high correlation between the scripts marked face to face and the same scripts marked using e-marking. This provided the confidence for CXC to increase the number of subjects and papers in 2014.

CXC wishes to assure the public that the move to e-marking does not compromise its usual high standard of quality assurance. The e-marking solution enhances some of the quality assurance procedures and will result in more detailed analysis of examination performance.