Friday, September 25, 2015

AlphaMax Academy Important Dates for first Semester

AMA SEMESTER I " September 1 - December 16, 2015" Term one 2015

Tuesday September 1 First Day of Instruction

 Thursday September 24 Eid Ul Adha National Holiday - no school

 Tuesday October 20 PTA Meetings (Lower & Middle School)

 Thursday October 22 PTA Meetings (High School )

 Friday October 30 Long Weekend Break (Oct. 30-Nov 1) No school

 Wednesday November 11 Diwali National Holiday - no school

 Wednesday November 25 Independence Day National Holiday - no school

 Wednesday December 16 Last day of Instruction (Term I)

 Thursday December 17 Christmas Vacation (Dec 17- Jan 3) No School

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Nicole Sifuentes on the mental side of competing

Mental training is often considered optional, writes 1,500m runner from Winnipeg
By Nicole Sifuentes, for CBC News

I'm still unpacking after spending five days in Edmonton for the Canadian Track and Field Championships. In my suitcase are two gold medals — I won my first and second national championships in the same weekend!

Nicole Sifuentes
Several times in the past, I went to the national championships with the fastest time of the year, but never won. But despite a lot of disappointment over the years, I never stopped preparing for the next race.

For me, there are three main aspects in preparing for races: training, tapering, and mental preparation.

Training is the most obvious way to prepare — the weeks, months and years of physical work leading up to competition. This was the topic of my last blog, which you can read here if you missed it.

"The money's in the bank" is a pretty common expression in the running world and it refers to tapering — the process of resting up before a big race when the hard work is done.

While athletes vary in their approach to tapering, everyone can agree that it is crucial to get the best out of yourself in competition. If I've been training intensely leading up to a race, my legs will be tired before I even start. Normally the goal is to train as hard — and smart — as possible without over-training or getting injured. But leading up to an important competition, I run less and feel good about it.

Finally, there's the mental side of competition. Physical training is obvious, but often it seems that mental training is considered optional. Many athletes (myself included) have spent years training their bodies without training their minds for competition.

In the past, I neglected mental training and it kept me from reaching some of the potential that I earned from physical training. I had to begin training my mind to help get more out of my body. Part of that is visualizing a successful race ahead of time.

As a young athlete, I was taught to imagine myself running with strength, pushing myself to the limit, and sprinting to the finish.

Visualization is a valuable skill that has helped me greatly over the course of my career. I find that it's a lot easier to overcome fatigue and discomfort during a race when I have decided beforehand that I will be tough.

For a long time, visualization was the only way I addressed the mental aspect of racing, but over the past two years I've embraced disciplined mental training with the help of a sport psychologist.

I've learned that I am generally hard on myself and constantly striving to improve. That sounds great, but it is important to balance that attitude with recognition of and appreciation for the things I do well. I now make a conscious decision to stop thinking about what "needs improvement" and instead focus on my successes. Specific to racing, I make a conscious decision to stop thinking about possible outcomes and instead focus on my race plan.

Thinking purposefully has significantly impacted my life — in fact, it's the inspiration of my personal blog on

In short, mental training has helped me manage nerves and emotions, and gain confidence as an athlete.

Between months and years of training, perfecting the taper, and honing a winning mindset, so much is invested behind the scenes of race day. Races are the purpose for my preparation and they are opportunities to showcase everything I've been working on.

The best thing about the investment is when it pays off when you want it most. As the 2015 Canadian 5000m and 1500m Champion, I say that with certainty!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Renzo Tjon A Joe makes 100 m. frestyle final in Toronto PanAm games

Renzo Tjon A Joe has made the A final for the 100 meters freestyle. He had the sixth  fastest time and set a new Surinamese record 49.47. The top eight make the A finals and swim for medals.He was third in heat 2 which was the fastest heat.
Renzo in Toronto

He swims tonight in lane 1 at 7.15 pm Canada time EST. 8.15 our time in Suriname.

Send him thoughts of excellence and success.
Auburn Pan Am Finalists.

His friends at AlphaMax Academy and at Oasis swim club are willing him on to get a medal.Of course the The Auburn Pan Am team is looking real good! 100 Free A-Final Tonight ‪#‎Auburnfast‬ ‪#‎Wareagle‬ ‪#‎Toronto2015‬

Results of the three heats  (first three):
Heat 1
1. Canada  CONDORELLI Santo
2 Canada KISIL Yuri
3 Trinidad and Tobago CARTER Dylan
Heat 2
1.Argentina GRABICH Federico
2. Brazil CHIERIGHINI Marc..
3.Suriname TJON-A-JOE Renzo
Heat 3
1.Venezuela QUINTERO Cristian
2.Brazil SANTANA Matheus
3.Cayman Islands FRASER Brett

Suriname Swimmers Pigot and Tjon A Joe swim 100m freestyle today in Pan AM Games Toronto

Chinyere Pigot who was flag bearer for the Suriname team and Renzo Tjon a Joe , Auburn University professional swimmer will compete for Suriname in the 100 meters freestyle at the Pan AM Aquatic Center at the University of Toronto.
Renzo in Dubai
The two swimmers are competing today for a place in the 100m freestyle final tonight at 7.05 pm for Women's Final B ; 7.10 for Women's Final A;7.15 for Men's Final B and 7.20pm for men's final A.

The heats to qualify for the finals take place this morning. The women's event has four heats from 10.05 am to 10.14.

Jamaican swimmer Allia Atkinson, Auburn University team mate of Renzo Tjon A Joe in in heat 2 with the best qualifying time.

Renzo Silver medallist 
Chinyere Pigot is in heat 3 with the 5th best qualifying time.
The men's three heats run from 11.45 to 11.48am. Renzo is in heat 2 with the 4th best qualifying time of 50.11which is a Suriname national record.

Renzo won a silver medal in November 2014 at the 22nd Central American and Caribbean games. Gold was won by George Bovell of Trinidad and Tobago.

Renzo Tjon A Joe   is  an AlphaMax Academy  Graduate and Oasis swimmer. He won the 2013 Suriname Sportsman of the Year award.  Renzo is the National champion in the 50m and 100m freestyle Long Course and Short Course. He holds the Surinamese national records in these events.

Chinyere Pigot is lives in Miami, Florida. She attends the University of Connecticut and participates on a collegiate level. Pigot represented Suriname  at the 2008 Summer Olympics at age fifteen.

You can probably view these events at The streaming is designed only for Canadian views. You may be able to bypass this by first downloading Hola and setting your computer location to Canada. Then go to the CBC site.

A Tribute for Graduation Day-Kaye Dunn ACT Education Solutions Ltd.

A Tribute for Graduation Day, 29th June 2015

From Kaye Dunn Senior Academic Manager (Global) ACT Education Solutions, Ltd.

I would dearly love to be with you today on this wonderful occasion –your graduation from the Global Assessment Certificate (GAC)! This year’s cohort has worked hard with their teachers to develop the skills that will help them to succeed in their future studies, career and life.

Michelle Chow GAC Graduate and Valedictorian
Although I have never met you, I do feel that I know each of you very well and have in many ways been on the GAC journey with you. I have observed your academic and personal development from afar throughout this academic year. I have read all of the assessments that come into our shared Dropbox folder and watched with great pleasure your role plays, oral presentations and seminars. Now I do have to admit one guilty pleasure – I always look forward to moderating assessments from AlphaMax Academy as they always demonstrate confidence and a willingness to examine complex and difficult issues. This can only come from a supportive educational environment that encourages all those involved to push the envelope. Through your written and spoken work I have been privileged to be participant – in a small way – in preparing you for a life in a new and changing world. I am confident that you will all make great contributions in the coming years. It has also been a great pleasure to continue learning about Suriname and I look forward to visiting in person!

I would also like to applaud you because now you are part of a large global family of high-achievers who can proudly claim, “I survived the GAC!” and as you know from experience, this is a well-earned achievement and not for the faint at heart! I am sure that there were times you thought you would never get to this day! You have worked your way through the sometimes seemingly endless expectations of the GAC and are now ready for the next stage of your life. You can be sure that all the academic and social skills that you have developed over the course of this academic year in the GAC have prepared you for a successful future in whatever course you choose to follow. As Ralph Waldo Emerson said; “The things taught in schools and colleges are not an education, but the means of education.” It is my hope that GAC has provided you with the building blocks that will foster your ongoing growth and development as you move through life’s journey.

As you embark on this new journey I would ask that you keep three things in your mind and heart:

First of all, NEVER lose faith in yourself and what you can do. Follow your heart and your intuition. Let them lead you towards to person you really want to become and help you achieve everything you really want to achieve. Believe in yourself and follow your heart! As Steve Jobs once said: Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice, heart, and intuition

Secondly, don’t ever compromise your basic values – do only what you truly believe is the right thing to do. Even if everyone else is doing something else, trust in yourself and the values you have been taught by your parents, your community, your school and your teachers. Define your values – commit to your values. As Time Cook, CEO of Apple said: “Your values matter. They are your North Star. You don’t have to choose between doing good and doing well. It’s a false choice, today more than ever. Your challenge is to find work that pays the rent, puts food on the table, and lets you do what is right and good and just. Find your North Star. Let it guide you in life and work and in your life’s work.”

And finally please remember to dream! After all, as Mark Twain said, “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

And so to each of you in this graduating class of 2015 – Congratulations and Good Luck!

And many congratulations to your wonderful teachers who have guided and nurtured you through this stage of your education with a great deal of care and dedication.

Congratulations and best wishes to all of you!

From Kaye Dunn, Senior Academic Manager(Global) on behalf of Ros Washington, the Academic Director and all the staff of ACT Education Solutions Ltd.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Michelle Chow's Valedictorian sppech -AlphaMax Academy Class of 2015

Dr. Merkus, Chair of the AlphaMax Academy Board of Directors, Fellow distinguished board members, Distinguished Guest Speaker Ambassador Subrashini,Other Distinguished Guests, Academy staff, Parents, family, friends, fellow students it is a great honor to speak on behalf of the class of 2015.

First and for most I would like thank God for giving me the opportunity to stand here tonight!

Michelle Chow
For the last two months, we have been counting down to this day. Now we are finally here feeling both excited and nervous. We are finally at the end of this stage of our lives. We are ready for the next stage.

There are times where I think that I was destined to come and study at the academy. It was my mother who convinced me to come to this school. In my first days I felt unsure of my English speaking and writing skills. I was not a fluent speaker. I had to work on my grammar and writing every day in school. It was difficult and not exciting.

Last year I was invited to enter the GAC class, but I personally I did not feel up to the task. Both Mr. Taylor and Mr. Drepaul, however, convinced me that I would do well on the GAC course. And here I am today, valedictorian, speaking on behalf of the GAC class and the Graduating class of 2015. The GAC course has made me and my group confident to face the next level of academic work and to face society and its challenges.

Today I would like to thank all our teachers, parents and family members for supporting and believing in us. To all the teachers who watched and helped us grow, I know we all have caused lots of headaches and maybe even heartaches. I want to thank you all for not giving up on us and for continuing to believe in us.

Michelle Chow 
Mr. Drepaul who is the head of the GAC class did not only teach us but he did also guided and prepared us for our further studies. He likes to sit and talk about life for hours. Many of us were not thrilled by these talks.

There were many times where we did not want to hand in our assignments just because we were lazy. But Mr.Drepaul still stayed with us, so thank you Mr. Drepaul for all your patience and for everything you have done for us. You were always there for us! Thank you!

Mr. Taylor, I really do not know where to start with you! The first year when I came here I was so scared of you. I don’t even know why! When I am at school I think about Mr. Taylor, when I do homework and assignments I think about Mr. Taylor, even at night when I sleep I dream about Mr. Taylor! His name, his voice is engraved in my head.

It is really hard to express my thoughts when it comes to Mr. Taylor! But, after getting to know him better, I realized that he could also as sweet as chocolate! So right now, I am not scared of Mr. Taylor anymore! And guess what, he is my favorite teacher now! He taught us all the important aspects of life. He tried to prepare us for our upcoming battles in college. I’m pretty sure most of the parents know that Mr. Taylor likes to teach overtime. But please understand that it is because he just wants to teach us as much as he can!

So Mr. Taylor, on behalf of the class of 2015 I would like to thank you for your time, effort, and love. You are not only a great principal but also a great teacher!

 Class of 2015, we had a great year! There were bad times and there were good times! We struggled together and we were always there to support each other! Good or bad, I will never forget the experience and memories I’ve had with all of you. Now that we have come to an end we will all have go our own way. It will be difficult for all of us to reunite again after this separation but our memories with each other will stay forever! I am really happy and I really appreciate getting to know each one of you! I love you all and I will really miss you guys! I wish you all the best after this!

Once again, the class of 2015 wants to thank all our teachers and family members! We thank all who have made this wonderful evening possible. We sincerely thank you all from the bottom of our heart!

Friday, June 26, 2015

The GAC program at AlphaMax Academy

My name is Chayenne Crystal Flohr.  I am one of the members of the 2015 AlphaMax Academy graduating class. This year was my 3rd year at AlphaMax. During this year, I got the opportunity to participate in the Global Assessment Certificate (GAC) program which is a preparation program for college and university. I am thankful, blessed, and have no regrets  taking this great opportunity.
Chayenne Flohr

The Global Assessment Certificate program prepares each student for college and university. It provides students from mostly non-English-speaking backgrounds with the knowledge and skills to prepare them for tertiary education. The GAC is accredited in Australia by ACT Education Solutions Ltd. 

All our  the tests and assignments were moderated there. For all subjects assignments and tests need to be done. Then, the tests and assignments will be corrected by a teacher, and then sent to Australia for moderation.

The GAC consists of three levels. Level 1 has six subjects – Academic English 1, Mathematics, Computing, Study Skills, Communication Skills. Level 2 has Academic English, Mathematics, Science, Computing, Business and Social Science.

Students are allowed to choose whether they want to do Social Science or Mathematics in level 2 and Level 3.
Lever 3 has Academic English, Business, Mathematics, Science, Social Science, and Computing.

The GAC class of 2014-2015
This year, eight students have participated in the GAC course of 2015 – Michelle Chow, Angelique Doorson, Chayenne Flohr, Jamiel Habieb, Joy Jones, Daniel Kolf, Alain Soekhlal & Tianshu Zhang. During this last year, the eight of us became so close with each other. We became one big team, including our instructor, Mr. Milton Drepaul, and our other teachers like Mr. Leroy Marshall, Mr. Emile Krak, Mrs. Sharon Hoppie and Mr. Sean Taylor.
GAC 2015 AlphaMax Academy

In order to complete this course, we needed to do several  tests and assignments for each level. The assignments consisted of PowerPoint presentations, research papers and reports. For a science research report, we went on an environmental field trip to the Anton De Kom University of Suriname. To complete the other assignments, we needed to do a lot of research online.

I think, at some point, we underestimated this course. The reason why is that we thought it was not difficult. It was a lot of work, because a lot of research was needed to do the reports. A research process does not last an hour, but several days or even weeks. This was the point where most of us struggled a lot. One problem we all had was procrastination.

I want to advise all the future GAC students to take this course seriously. Don’t put things off. For example, if you have got an assignment to do belief start today. Don’t start a day before the due day. Stay dedicated, focused and positive. There is a time for fun, and a time for seriousness. If it is time to be serious, be serious! Be open-minded, and do not fear to learn. You all can do it. Have belief in yourself and your actions. Don’t look at others, but start by yourself. You all are the leaders of tomorrow!
Chayenne Flohr--Alphamax Academy and GAC 2015 Graduate.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

My good friend and fellow GAC student Alain Soekhlal

Alain Soekhlal  is one of 2015 graduates from the AlphaMax Academy.  He will be reciving both the AlphaMax Advanced Diploma and the Global Assessment Certificate from ACT Education Solutions in Australia. 
Alain is a good student. He was` ranked second in our GAC class group. He is also a good friend. Alain is like a brother to me;we have known each other for over four years now. 
During our last school year here at the AlphaMaxAcademy we did the very testing GAC course to prepare ourselves for university academic work.We studied together and we did most of our homework together. This is also a reason why we became so close to each other. Alain's first big dream is to become a great Architect. His second  dream is to become a famous Equestrian.
Alain is now going to study at the SCAD University (Savannah Collage of Art and Design). This is a University in Georgia where he is going to study to become an Architect  Alain is looking forward to studyinging in the United States and he feels  his dreams will come true there.
Alain is now a member of Club Neuteraal. Club Neuteraal is club in Suriname where Equestrians can come and practice horse riding. Thy also compete in competitions in Suriname and also out of Suriname. Alain went to different countries to represent Suriname at horse jumping compositions.
Alain & I on our GAC Science Field Trip

Alain on Dakota-one of his horses

Even though we are both going to study in different places, we will still remain brothers. Our last year here at the AlphaMax Academy taught us that friendship is very important. Good friends are always there for each other and that is what Alain and I have. During our GAC course we were always supporting each other and pushing each other to do our best.
Friends who will push you to your limit are the ones you should keep!
Jamiel Habieb-AlphaMax and GAC 2015 Graduate.

Ambassador Subrashini's remarks on garlanding of Tagore's bust- AlphaMax Academy

In a short but moving ceremony the ICC and the AlphaMax community honored Rabindranath Tagore by garlanding his bust in the school compound.

Students and staff did school assembly around the bust. The school's anthem prayer " Where the head is held  high " - a poem from Tagore's Gitangali was said. Two hymns were sung then the bust was garlanded by Ambassador of India in Suriname Ms. Subrashini, Senior teachers, Members of ICC and the youngest students in the school.
Ambassador Subrashini of India

Mr. Taylor, Mr. Drepaul, Mr. Kraak, other teachers, staff and students.
A very good morning to all of you.
Once again I am happy to be here to celebrate Rabindranath Tagore’s 154th birth anniversary in the esteemed institution of Alpha Max Academy.

We all know Tagore as a great poet, playwright and educationist. Tagore’s belief in scientific knowledge and his concept of humanism which transcended nationalism and patriotism into universal brotherhood makes him a visionary who anticipated the global village in which we live today.

His thoughts on these issues are of great relevance even today and I quote “  to accept the truth of our own age it will be necessary to establish a new education on the basis, not of nationalism but of a wider relationship of humanity”.

He believed that education should be comprehensive to teach us different aspects of life including the mundane and the spiritual. As a visionary his views on environment and women’s rights make him relevant to our existence today. Strong sense of aesthetics, freedom and dignity of human beings were some of the themes of his works.
Tagore saw the world as a vast give-and-take of ideas and innovations. He insisted that “whatever we understand and enjoy in human products instantly becomes ours, wherever they might have their origin.” He went on to proclaim, “I am proud of my humanity when I can acknowledge the poets and artists of other countries as my own. Let me feel with unalloyed gladness that all the great glories of man are mine.” The importance of such ideas has not diminished in the divisive world in which we now live.

It is imperative that we deliberate on these modern thoughts and ideas of Tagore and derive benefits to better our lives Thank you.