As I walked the halls of Holy Cross School I took photos of many everyday events that may not make dramatic stories of their own but together make up the day to day life of the school, that slow and steady wonder of educating young minds to become capable adults. So enjoy a look back at January with me.
First up, the students were very happy to be back after their three week Christmas break.
We said farewell to former graduate Johnny, who had returned to Holy Cross for three months to teach in our computer lab while Mr Aaron completed his teacher training.
Then it was down to the serious business of learning.
And more learning.
And even high tech learning. Here Standard 5 research the characteristics of leaves from various groups of plants.
And then there’s even more learning and reading in the library, under the expert guidance of Estrella our librarian.
I love the wonderful models the students make. These ones are individual projects showing the reef. So colorful!
We also held a spelling bee, selecting the students to represent Holy Cross in the inter-schools competition.
But it’s not all classroom learning, keeping active is important too. Here we have Mr Aaron coaching the school softball team.
And then we have our volunteers. We are incredibly blessed to have a wonderful group of volunteers who support our classroom teachers. Here are some of those volunteers, who come in three days a week to work 1:1 with the students who need a little extra help.
And here’s some visiting vets from Saga Humane Society, teaching students about caring for their cats and dogs.
And St Luke’s Episcopal from Durham, North Carolina who held a church service. There is no Anglican Church on the island so this is a wonderful chance for Episcopalians/Anglicans to enjoy communion together.
More than Futbol returned, giving a week of teaching great life skills using the fun game of soccer. Their visit is a highlight for many students.
And we welcomed back our faithful dentists, who do a very important job of taking care of our children’s teeth.
Not all our volunteers are expats – some parents serve faithfully in the sewing center, learning a great skill and enjoying the company of other women.
And then of course there’s still more learning…