September 2018 saw the launch of the International Duke of Edinburgh award at Vijay International School.
The award, which is an internationally recognised qualification for efforts beyond the classroom in three areas; physical activity, service and skill development. Students must spend 1 hour per week, outside school hours, over a period of at least 3 months improving each of those areas. Finally, they must go on a 2 day camping expedition, trekking across the island. Upon completion of the course they will be awarded a certificate which is recognised internationally.
Approximately 30 students from years 10, 11 and 12 started their award journey towards the Bronze award with a team treasure hunt around Baie St Anne. Skills developed in the hunt included problem solving, physical fitness and ability to work on as a team.
Staff and students at VISP are extremely excited to start the award and we wish them luck with their future endeavours.
The Vijay International School, Praslin celebrated their 10 year anniversary in style last week with events held over two days on Friday 30th November and Saturday 1st December. The school opened in 2008 and has grown from 54 students to 250 in that time. The facilities have also grown over time with the addition of an A-Level centre, sports hall and most recently a new science lab. The school has also established an excellent reputations during it's 10 years for academic performance, drama and sporting success.
On the Friday 30th November, the school held an open morning with parents and invited guests offered guided tours of the school throughout the morning, led by post secondary students. Each Primary class was studying the culture and environment of a different country to tie in with World Geography Day. Meanwhile, in the Secondary section, parents saw science experiments, art projects and map making.
Later in the morning a ceremony was held to celebrate the successes of the first 10 years. Mrs Emilia Vidot, Chair of the school board of governors, spoke about how the school started, with a simple letter to Mr Martin Kennedy, then the ISS Head Teacher. This notion gained increasing interest from parents and when Mr V.J. Patel agreed to back the project financially it was the final piece of the puzzle needed to see the school come into being. Current VISP Head Teacher, Mark Howell, spoke about the achievements of the students and staff over 10 years, most notably the outstanding exam successes at both IGCSE and A-Level. Finally school patron, Mr Patel spoke of his joy at seeing the school succeed and gave some encouraging words for the future of VISP. During the ceremony, visitors were also treated to performances by the Early Childhood and Primary sections and an amazing solo performance by post secondary student Ella Louange. Finally the ceremony ended with the planting of a ceremonial tree to mark the first 10 years.
Saturday 1st December was then a celebration fun fair for children and their families, organised by the VISP parent teacher association. Despite the weather, the event was very well attended by the wider community and children enjoyed a wide variety of games and food stalls.
Students from VISP were once again celebrating this August when results day finally came around. The school has has cemented a reputation in recent years for outstanding IGCSE results whilst it's new A-Level centre, opened 3 years ago, has already produced some high quality outcomes too.
This year, IGCSE results at the school were once again excellent, building on the success of previous years. Overall 99% of exams were passed with 76% at C grade or above, both of those figures would be well above the average for a school in the UK. In particular, there were outstanding academic performances by Jan Bouchereau, Julius Bossy and Gaia Ugo Sala. These exceptional results mark yet another step forward for the school in terms of IGCSE success .
After the publication of their first A-Level results 12 months ago, the school was delighted that every student who wished to move into further education was able to move on to their first choice of university. That cohort has gone on to study in the UK, France, Canada, Malaysia and at the University of Seychelles in courses as diverse as Medicine and Software Engineering. This year, the school was delighted with results which were on a par with the previous year. Again, this will enable those students who wish to go to university to do so. In particular, Benny Boodna and Chloe Morel produced excellent results and will both now go on to study at university in the UK.
On Tuesday 4th December, a group of ten students were invited to visit the University of Seychelles. Upon arrival, we were given a talk from student services and from three lecturers from the fields of Law, Business and Social Sciences. The students were able to ask questions about entry requirements for the courses, fees and funding and general university life. We were then invited on a tour of the university campus and met with the president of the union who discussed the social side of university (something our students were really interested in!). During this time, we visited the Confucius Institute where we learnt lots about the Chinese language and culture, the ICT department, the Environmental Science laboratory and also the Research Centre.
It was a fascinating day and the students had a fantastic time taking part in a wide range of activities put on by the university. It really opened their eyes to the possibility of university and hopefully we'll see some of our pupils as future UniSey students!
Vijay International School Praslin
You are not born for yourself...but for the world
Vijay International School, Baie St Anne, Praslin, Seychelles