Thursday, November 12, 2015

Form 3 Academic Forum 2015

" A man's pride can be his downfall, and he needs to learn when to turn to others for support and guidance."  Bear Grylls

Choosing six or seven subjects out of a list of options is easy-but choosing the appropriate subjects (apart from the compulsory core subjects of Maths, English and French) can prove hectic at best and nightmarish at worst.  Thursday 3rd September and Friday 4th September, an Academic Forum was held at Keats College Boys Department library.  Targeting Form 3 students, it mainly aimed at providing the students with a clear insight of the various subject options which were available to them. 

Although most of these subjects are familiar to the students, it was very important to clear any preconceived prejudice or fear instilled in their minds regarding the subject and its syllabus content. 
As prospective Form 5 students, it was also quintessential to acquaint them with the challenge awaiting them.  The transition from form 3 level of studies to the level and scope of work expected of Form 4 students is often confusing and disheartening for learners.  The various subject specialists painstakingly paved the cognitive path of scaffolded learning engagingly, incidentally arousing interest in their respective subjects.  

The danger of students opting for a subject simply because their friend(s) do, also had to be circumvented. So, along with extensive and intensive information, students were also provided with the possible career paths opened up by each subject or field.  Students were then given an overview about which subjects were required as prerequisites at Form 5 level so that they could attempt A level studies in those fields.    

Mr. Nemchand was the Master of Ceremony for the event, punctuating each presentation with sound advice to the students. The following educators participated in the forum-offering highly personalised, dynamic and unfailingly impressive presentations, much to the keen interest of the congregated students:

Mr N. Caroopoonen: Physics
Often considered a tough subject, Physics was brought to the level of daily, practical reality while linking the world of assiduous inventions to the necessity of having a vision and dreams.  Students were given a preview of their expected academic achievement.

Mrs Mandarun: Art
Popular with students, the colourful world of Art splashed onto the students' mesmerised gazes as they looked upon previous works of their fellow students.  They were given clear insights into what would be expected of them both in terms of work to be produced and required materials.

Miss Mihilall: Agriculture
Expounding on the world of Agricultural Studies and its prime necessity in the Mauritian economy, the possibilities and scope of studying Agriculture was duly ploughed into students' minds with special emphasis on advanced and tertiary studies options. 

Mrs Beetum: Computer Science
The subject's high relevance to the present and future technological development of the country was firmly keyed to the students, making them aware of how what they would be studying already influences the world around them.  Examination requisites and future prospects were also indicated.

Mr. Durmah: Sociology
Discoursing on the study of Sociology, the students' were put at ease by a careful linking of what has already been done in lower secondary classes content-wise and the challenges awaiting them. Students' were also acquainted with syllabus and written examination details.

Mr. Doomun: Design
The subject's contents and qualifications required to take the subject were run through.  The students' were enlightened as to the expected workload. 

Mrs Pursun: French Literature
A usually rather popular choice among students, the presentation was an enchanting introduction to the magic world of French Literature by first depicting a few of the great literary masters and subtly directing the students into the potentials of studying human nature.  Care was taken to differentiate between the work completed in Forms 1-3 and the level expected in Form 4-5.  A glimpse into the examination was also demonstrated.

Mrs Belath: Food and Nutrition
Although not completely new for the students, the Food and Nutrition presentation sizzled the subject's relevance and importance at present- and later on should the students choose to opt for tertiary studies or job opportunities in this field. Hygiene requirements and the necessary equipment needed for the two-year study were run through.  Edible samples of students' own preparations were then distributed to the great appreciation of those present: a multi-flavoured evidence of the desirability of studying the subject.

Mr Kut: Chemistry
This exposé introduced the notion of Chemistry as a necessity to avoid the daily traps of  consumerism- as a stepping stone to imparting why knowledge of Chemistry as a subject is of prime importance.  The notion of experimentation was kindled with labels distributed to be analysed to the eager interest of the assembly, after which an insight of the formal examinations was given. 

Mr Rai: Additional Maths
Starting off by triggering the students' interest with a few algebraic problem-solving examples, the presentation convincingly shorn away the veils of fear associated to what is popularly termed a 'difficult' subject.  Presenting the subject as a fascinating challenge welding formulae-memorisation with sheer logic, students were taken through a brief overlook of the subject content and examinations requisites.   

Miss Noorah: Biology
The study of Biology was synthesised as the quintessential study of life itself, displaying the subject as vividly dynamic with a wide-reaching scope.  Examination components were duly highlighted and the video shown to the students successfully enthused them.

Mrs Gaungoo: Theology
A completely novel subject option for the students, the presentation connected Theology to the students' daily lives and glibly ran through the nature and components of the subject to be studied. 

Armed to the teeth with full knowledge of each and every subject option available to them, the form 3 students are well-prepared to make informed and intelligent choices.  On behalf of the whole staff, a hearty salute and a grand ovation to all the participating staff members who conceived, helped organise and present this most successful academic subject orientation forum. 

Article & images: Mrs. Nafeedah Koodaruth

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Malaysian Education Career Guidance

The representatives from University of Utara Malaysia (UUM) were at Keats College Library to offer a career guidance perspective to our students (Boys & Girls) with a view to enhance their career options.

The University of Utara Malaysia is a top ranked university and the largest management university in Malaysia. The courses available there produce well rounded graduates equipped with social, scholastic and humanistic qualities that will make you an invaluable asset to your country.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Junior Achievement Award - Prevocational Dept

Event:  Junior Achievement Award organized by the Prevocational Department.
Date:    Thursday, 9th July 2015
Venue:  Valentina - Boys' Dept.

It has been a great achievement for the Prevocational Educators to implement successfully programs proposed by the Junior Achievement Mascareignes  with students of Form I, II and III last year.  

And no such works are left unrecognized in Keats College.  For their guidance and support in completion of the programs  'Notre Quartier' and ' More than Money', Prevocational educators both from girls' and boys' department have been awarded a Certificate of Achievement on Thursday, 9th July 2015 at Valentina.

We're all proud to be members of Keats College.
Thanks to the Management and the Administration.

Article & Images: Ms. Sabrina Paul 




Sunday, July 12, 2015

Educational outing - Prevocational Department.

End of Second Term Educational outing organized by the Prevocational Department.
Date:                  Friday 3rd July 2015.
Places visited:    (1) Caudan Waterfront - Port-Louis
                           (2)  SSR  Botanical Garden - Pamplemousses.

We started the visit of the Caudan Waterfront in a relax atmosphere where there was an exhibition sales of the Rodrigues' Local craft products and our students were free to move around for thirty minutes.  Thirty minutes of wonderful adventures for the students to discover the daily lifes of what they usually hear about the Caudan Waterfront but for many of them  it was something new to see the Caudan decorated with colorful umbrellas.

Our next destination was Pamplemousses a much more educational visit paid to the SSR Botanical garden, students were brought there to recall about the historical events  and to connect themselves to the natural beauty of the garden. They discovered different paths bearing names of important personality, made a stop to admire the water lilies, then continued a long way before reaching the famous "Château de Mon Plaisir", "the medicinal corner", and "the old sugar mill".  

Both places visited were beneficial to the emotional and social development of our students.  A big thanks to the Management and the Administration for their support in the organization of this visit and to all prevocational staffs for their participation.

Article & Images: Ms. Sabrina Paul (Educator Prevocational Boys' Dept)






Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Keats College Winner of InnovEd 2015

On 2nd July 2015, Keats College was awarded the first prize in the Upper Secondary category of the InnovEd (Innovation for the Education Sector) competition. The Keatsian team shone out of 56 projects and 47 participating schools.

Students of Lower 6: L’Effronte Jonathan, David Leon, Presham Dhalapah, Moorghen Kessaven, Mahadoo Ashraj, Eldridge Larhubarbe and Damien Gungarun, under the mentorship of the college’s Design teachers, Mr. Vicky Ramdhun and Mr. Arshad Doomun, came up with the ground-breaking concept of an integrated laptop table and bag project. 

With the technological world racing at an alarming pace, business men, students and even the general public find it necessary at times to make inroads into the momentous load of work they have-within the short time frame at their disposal.  This laptop bag-cum-table offers the possibility of working comfortably wherever one is.  The portability of the device enhances its attractiveness as a viable alternative to the traditional laptop bag.

The award ceremony was held at the Octave Wiehé Auditorium, Réduit in the presence of Mrs. Leela Devi Dookun-Luchoomun (Minister of Education and Human Resources, Tertiary Education and Scientific Research) and Mr. Ram Prakash Nowbuth (Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Financial Services, Good Governance and Institutional Reforms) among others. 

The students each received cheques and gifts from the Mauritius Commercial Bank (which is the principal sponsor) as well as gifts and a certificate from the National Productivity and Competitiveness Council.  They were also awarded shields. 

This combined students-teachers effort clearly demonstrates the inexorable shaping of a bright future indeed for Keats College.  They have dared and they have won! Congratulations to the dynamic team! 

InnovEd is a project of the National Productivity and Competitiveness Council (NPCC) in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Human Resources, Tertiary Education and Scientific Research.  Its aim is to promote critical thinking, problem solving skills, creativity and innovation among students with a view to developing life-long, independent and pro-active learning tendencies. 

Article: Miss Nafeedah Khoodaruth
Images: Mr. Vicky Ramdhun 

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Founder's Day, Music Day & Prize Giving Day - Valentina Dept

“My prize is my work” Katharine Hepburn
On 3rd May 2015, Keats College celebrated its annual Music Day, Prize-Giving Day and Founders’ Day as joint events. The Prince Palace Hall, decorated by Mrs Mandarun and her team, was the venue for this important celebration.

Following a motivational testimony by Mr.Pillay Mulliah and students of lower and upper 6, the solemn prize-giving ceremony proceeded smoothly. Joy and pride radiated from prize-winners and their relatives as the students stepped on stage to receive their reward.

Solo and chorus songs interspersed the various prize-giving sessions. Among the musical items presented was Mr.Coopen’s vocal songs which were accompanied by an orchestra made-up by upper secondary students  and our school DJ Mr.Rajiv to the great delight of all those present.

Refreshments were served at the closure of the ceremony. “Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent” (Victor Hugo) – and on that day it was sheer joy and undiluted pride which were exuded with blazing fervor.

Article: Miss Nafeedah Khoodaruth
Images: Mr. Avish Ramgolam