Wednesday, April 15, 2015

AlphamAx Academy students in English Speeling Bee Competition

AlphaMax Academy students will be participating in the Spelling Bee Competition at 5pm on Saturday 18th April, 2015, at Congreshal.
Tamia Hoppie 2014 Champion Queen Bee

Lower Level:      Jonathan Persaud
                            Ava Hussain

Middle Level:     Isabella Sughrue
                            Shemaiah Johnson
                            Sheetal Anroedh
                            Sheray Sporkslede

                            Joanna Daher
                            Archana Mangal

                            Chevay Despo
                           Alonzo Ferdinand

High School:       Kevin Loh
                            Adrian Persaud
AlphaMax Academy 2014 speeling bee team members.

IELTS Examination on 23-25 April

The IELTS Examination will take place at the AlphaMax Academy from April 23 to 25.

The IELTS  session is scheduled as follows:

-       23rd April –
                   IELTS speaking at 2:30 p.m. to 5:10 p.m. approx. (8 candidates)

-       24th April – IELTS speaking from 9 a.m. to 12 m (8 candidates)

      IELTS speaking from 1:30 p.m. to 4:50 p.m. (9 candidates)

-       25th April – IELTS written session from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. (25 candidates) All candidates must show up at 12 noon.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

PTA Meetings and Long Weekend Break

Parent-Teachers’ Meetings:

There has been a change of the scheduled dates for the Long Week-End Break & the PTA Meetings this term due to Thursday, 19th February (Chinese New Year) being declared a public holiday by the Government.

Parents you are therefore, cordially invited to attend the PTA meeting on the respective dates stated below. We look forward to your presence and active participation.

Tuesday, 17th February at 6.00 pm - Lower and Middle school.

Tuesday, 24th February at 6.00 pm - High school and GAC.

Long Weekend Break:

To coincide with the Chinese New Year National holiday on Thursday 19th, we will have our long weekend break on Friday 20th February to Sunday 22nd February.

NOTE:  School resumes on Monday, 23rd February, 2015.

Assembly at AlphaMax Academy

Alphamax Academy is one of the few schools in Suriname which has an Assembly every day. When I came to this school in 2014 I found Assembly unusual because in my last school we didn't have Assembly.
AlphaMax students, teachers and distinguished guests

I was told that the purpose of Assembly at Alphamax was to get the students together, so that they could focus their thoughts and feelings on positive ideals. The school wanted students to concentrate on the purpose of schoolwork and to approach the day's  activities in a organized fashion.

Every morning in Alphamax Academy all students gather  in the Assembly hall. Assembly begins at 7:15 am and usually takes about 15 minutes. We begin with two prayers. Then we sing a hymn, say an Affirmation and also sing another hymn. The Affirmation that we say at Assembly is also said at the end of our school day.
Winning AlphaMax Spelling Bee team 2014

Sometimes the director of the deputy director speaks to us about something important, or some topic to inspire us. He also makes announcements. On Mondays and Fridays, we also sing the national anthem before Assembly is dismissed. At Christmas time we sing Christmas songs instead of the usual hymns.

Being at Assembly has helped me to appreciate the importance of silence, the value of singing and the power of affirmations. 

Nomi Vriesde
Grade 9 -AlphaMax Academy

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Carinlangs Director Dr. Morroy on STVS tonight Sunday January 24th at 7.30 pm

Dr. Morroy, Dean/Director of Varinlangs will be on STVS tonight on the program "In the Spotlight".

Carinlangs and University of Guyana sign MOU

Dr. Morroy will be talking about the achievements of Carinlangs, the upcoming visit of the University of Guyana staff to second mark the Carinlangs action research poster exhibition and future plans for the institution.

Do tell your friends and others interested in the BA Tesol program.

A second batch of the one-year capstone program is scheduled to begin on April 13.

Carinlangs is a teaching institution based in Suriname. It is conducting programs to give students the opportunity to work world wide as teachers of English to speakers of other languages.

Carinlangs offers part time courses for the BA TESOL and MA TESOL at the AlphaMax educational complex -18-24 Stanvastastraat , Parimaribo, Suriname

The Carinlang Mission
Celebrating Suriname's excellence in education, linguistic wealth and cultural diversity Carinlanga aims to be the leading institution in the Caribbean promoting the teaching of English to other speakers.Our graduates will be equipped with the most practical teaching techniques as well as having an extremely wide exposure to cultural experiences.

Friday, January 16, 2015

E-Learning as effective as traditional medical training

LONDON (Reuters) - Millions more students worldwide could train as doctors and nurses using electronic learning, which is just as effective as traditional medical training, a review commissioned by the World Health Organization has found.

Researchers at Imperial College London who conducted the review said on Monday that wider use of e-learning might help make up for a global shortfall of 7.2 million health workers identified in a recent WHO report.

Josip Car, who led the study, said that the use of electronic media and devices in education - already used by many universities and workplaces to allow "distance learning" to support campus- or office-based teaching - could enable greater access to education, especially in poorer countries where the need for health professionals is greatest.

He said the barriers were mostly in access to computers and Internet connections.

Car's team carried out a systematic review of 108 existing studies to assess the effectiveness of e-learning for undergraduate health professional education.

They also conducted separate analyses looking at online learning, requiring an internet connection, and offline learning, delivered using CD-ROMs or USB sticks, for example.

They found that students gain knowledge and skills through online and offline eLearning as well as or better than they do through traditional teaching.

(Reporting by Kate Kelland; Editing by Kevin Liffey)

Indian Americans dominate US Science Fair

As many as 73 Indian-Americans figure among 300 high school seniors named semifinalists in the , America’s oldest and most prestigious pre-college science and math competition.

Each semifinalist receives a $1,000 award from the Intel Foundation with an additional $1,000 going to his or her school, resulting in $600,000 in total semifinalist awards.
Semifinalists were selected from more than 1,800 entrants hailing from 460 high schools in 41 states, Puerto Rico, and five American and international high schools overseas.

On Jan 21, 40 of the 300 semifinalists will be named Intel Science Talent Search finalists. Finalists will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, DC from March 5-11, where they will compete for more than $1 million in awards.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

AlphaMax mentioned in GAC Newsletter

AlphaMax Academy was mentioned in GAC's newsletter to its 150 Pathway Universities across the world.
The item is reproduced below.
AlphaMax GAC graduate achieves a first for Suriname: A perfect GAC GPA of 4.0
June 28, 2014: Dux of AlphaMax Academy, Reann Kersenhout, has achieved a GAC GPA of 4.0 and the honour of being the first GAC student in Suriname to gain a perfect score. According to Sean Taylor, Principal of AlphaMax Academy, Reann’s achievements are not only academic.
Reann -Graduation 2014
“We are proud of Reann. … On Republic Day in February, she presented a gift from the school to the National Memorial collection and gave an inspiring speech on the occasion of Suriname’s memorial to Nelson Mandela,” he said.
Reann and most of her fellow GAC graduates are planning to take a gap year and start university in September 2015.
Reann playing the steel pan with Pan Master Kenton Wyatt
Note: One member of Reann's class Michael Grauwde is at the University of West Virginia joining his brother Gabriel, another GAC graduate from AlphaMAx Academy. Gabriel is in his third year at University.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The Value of an Hour by John Assaraf- AlphaMax's Message for 16th Day of Christmas.

For the last seven years I have given the following essay by John Assaraf to my  GAC students so that they can reflect on the value of time and how they use it.
As we head to the end of the year and we think about what we have achieved I think it is  useful to read this.
This is our post for the 16th Day of Christmas.
Milton Drepaul
AlphaMax Academy
Selina from Nativity Play 2013

When I was 21 years-old, a gentleman asked me what I thought the value of an hour was. I honestly did not know how to answer the question. He went on to teach me one of the most valuable lessons I have ever learned.

He suggested that the value of an hour was priceless. This confused me some, so this is what he said to me.

“If you invest one hour each day in understanding yourself and your environment better, you will accumulate nine 40-hour weeks over the course of a year!”

Yikes! As you can imagine I was blown away when he put it to me that way.

Nine 40-hour weeks? This seemed impossible until I did the math. 365 days, times one hour each is…yup, nine 40-hour weeks!

He went on to ask me how good I could get at something if I did it all day, every day for just over 2 months. Well, you already know the answer to that.

I thought I could be awesome!

He went on to tell me that over the course of just five years, I would have invested the equivalent of 1,825 hours of focus on whatever I desired to accomplish my life.

Imagine for a minute, how good you can become at anything that you did one hour a day for the next year. How fit could you get? How much more in love would you get and give? How much more money could you earn?

Let me suggest that one hour is a small price to pay in comparison to the payoff. Just one hour a day may be the razor’s edge you need to really get the results you want in your life.

For me, the decision was easy. I have been studying human potential and the mind for over 20 years. Each time I think I’m getting a good handle on it, I am gently reminded of how much there is to observe and learn.

Is getting what you want worth an hour a day? I certainly hope so.

I still manage to set aside my hour to read motivational stories or listen to inspirational people. They are the fuel for my mind and it keeps me learning and yearning for more.

Please adopt an hour a day for yourself! Pick one area of your life that you want to improve and commit the next 90 days to that one thing.

I assure you that the results you achieve will be well worth the decision! And remember…you can’t take out of life more than you put in.


Monday, December 15, 2014

Renzo Tjon A Joe--riding forward to greater success.

AlphaMax Academy sends out advent greeting for the 15 December

Last year our talented swimmer Renzo Tjon A Joe ( ranked number 7 in the world in the 50m) gave a sterling performance as Herod in the school's unique version of the Nativity .

Renzo has moved from success to success. He became a professional swimmer for Auburn ( one of the leading teams in the US); he won silver and bronze .
Renzo Riding in the Desert 2014
Renzo as Herod
medals in the Carifta, Central American and Caribbean Games and the recent Doha World Junior Championships.

He continues to  break the national records in his events.

Here is Renzo--riding a camel in the Sahara desert.
We salute him and his achievements. This year we remember fondly your powerful acting performance which earned you a standing ovation.

Nativity Play 2013

"I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old, familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet
The words repeat
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!"
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow