Academics

AHS debate what?

Form 2H students wowed their Math Teachers on Friday October 17th when they faced each other in a round of debate on two Math Topics. The debates were organized by Mathematics Teachers Ms. LaTouche and Mr. John and judged by Mr. Gaspard. Eight (8) teams faced each other debating on the moots: 1) Be it resolved that a Square is a Rectangle and 2) Be it resolved that all quadrilaterals are polygons. The debates attracted members of the Anglican High school’s debate team and other teachers as well.

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Mr. Gaspard, the head judge was very pleased with the points each team used to argue for and against the moots and shared how very proud he was of the debaters. Mr. John also shared how pleased he was with the amount of effort the students put into their presentations. The debates, he said, “were used to round up the topic of polygons and give the students an exciting way to strengthen what they had learned.”

The students also shared how exciting it was for them to be a part of their first debate. Although many of them were nervous, in the end they enjoyed the activity very much and are already talking about a round two. The members of the AHS Debate team were also happy to see the debates happen and hoped that something similar could be done in Form 3 and 4 as well.

The AHS Debate team prepares for their third match against Bishop’s college on Monday Oct 20th after successfully winning their two previous matches. Now that they have seen that their are future debaters to take over when they step down, maybe they will be even more encouraged to leave a legacy for the upcoming students.

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Midterm Mark Reading: Tears or Joy?

There’s a lot going on in the Grenada today. cleaning up and battling Chikungunya and preparing in case of Ebola seem high on the priority list but for AHS students, the one thing on their minds is the assembly on Monday ¬†morning October 20th. The results coming from that assembly will also decide how they spend their midterm break coming up later this week; whether it’s celebrating with friends at 5s1’s Ms. Tanteen Fashion Show, the beach or stuck at home with no TV or internet. On Monday therefore, the assembly hall will be packed with students anxious to hear how they performed during the first half of the term; this is the Mark Reading Assembly.

Due to the fact that we use continuous assessment, students are usually constantly studying and practicing in order to accumulate passing grades in all subjects. Mark Reading is the time when students are given the chance evaluate their performances for the first part of the term so that they can find their weak subjects and improve themselves with the help of teachers before they enter the exam hall at the end of the term.DSCN0620

“Mark reading is a time where you find your average scores, know what you need help in and find the resources to better yourself. Its a time that makes you realize if all the time you spend either fooling around or studying really benefited you.”
A form 4 student”
For some students Mark reading is an important stop on the road towards the end of term exams especially since as our teacher remind us, it makes up 40% of our overall grade. Still though, there are some students who don’t seem bothered with it at all for one reason or the other.
“Hmm.. I always did well in my mark reading and don’t really pay much attention to it. Its the End of Term exams.. that’s when everyone is studying”
Anonymous Form 2 student.

Even with the mixed reactions, it is encouraged that students do not make “monkey jokes” around this time. Instead of studying, students are often found roaming around or sitting in class talking and disturbing other classes.

We as Anglican High School Young Ladies however must all keep our standards high and must always strive for the best of the best. Mark Reading may not be seen as important as End of Term exams however it still plays a big part in our grades. I, as a Creative Writing student encourage all students not to be absent minded and to keep the grade average above 60%. A school Master once told us: “Dont strive for just 60%. You will be striving for that 60% and that alone. Strive for 100% Leave space for mistakes, everyone is bound for mistakes.”

Happy studying!