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Contact No.8

St Patrick Contact Newsletter mars 2018

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aLe temps passe et le sacristain voit défiler les curés. En tant que u revoir Thierry… sacristain, il se doit de s’adapter à tout individu car chacun est différent et a sa manière propre de fonctionner. Il dit avoir été marqué par la bonté et le pardon insatiable de Frère Claude. Celui-ci accueillait à bras ouverts des ex-détenus sur la paroisse malgré la réticence de certains. Le Frère Claude, lui, pensait qu’ils avaient droit à une nouvelle chance. Après dix-huit ans au service de la paroisse, Thierry Natchayan tire sa révérence. C’est à l’âge de 20 ans que Thierry prend la fonction de sacristain pour succéder à Guy Gaspard. Bien qu’il ait été pendant de longues années servant d’Autel c’est un métier qu’il découvre au fil des jours. A ses côtés, Steeve Mohun, le jardinier de la paroisse l’aide à trouver ses repères. Par ailleurs, de par sa rigueur et sa discipline, le curé d’alors, le père Antoine Law impressionne et marque Thierry au point d’influencer sa vie de jeune adulte. Bien inspiré, Thierry, selon ses dires, gagne en maturité et devient un jeune homme responsable. Cet emploi lui permet aussi de côtoyer des aînés. Thierry leur sera éternellement reconnaissant car il est d’avis que ceux de l’âge d’or sont habités d’une sagesse exemplaire. Il cite ici M. Malabar et tant d’autres envers qui il éprouve un profond respect. Plusieurs autres sont aujourd’hui décédés mais il ne les oublie pas à l’exemple de feu M. Meetoo qui personnifiait la discrétion et l’humilité. Thierry ne peut oublier Jean-Michel Mangalon, un formidable compagnon de route qui l’a amené à transcender ses limites et à découvrir qu’il a des forces. La disparition de cet ami demeure pour lui une perte inestimable. Pendant toutes ces années, Thierry a par-dessus tout apprécié les moments de solitude et de tête à tête avec Dieu. Cela est un privilège et c’est le plus beau cadeau que lui a offert son métier. Thierry souhaite à son successeur de réussir dans sa nouvelle entreprise et lui conseille de se montrer disponible et de faire preuve d’une grande empathie et de compréhension pour faire avancer la paroisse. Ont collaboré à cette édition : Père Patrick Fabien, Rodney Ah-Sane, Paul Chong, Marielle Dabeecharun, Marguerite Duval, Jacques Gentil, Carline How, Jean Claude Jeanine, Catherine L’Acariate, Annick Lafleur et Cindy Marco. Impression : Cathay Printing Ltd.

s in all ZEP schools, our main objective is to improve the pass rate at PSAC level (EX CPE) level and to decrease the rate of absenteeism of pupils and the indicators to assess the success of all schools are obviously the pass rate at PSAC level at the end of the academic year. We have had in the past, year in year out, an average dropout of about 30 to 35% of failures at National level and about 50 to 55% at ZEP level at the final CPE examination. It’s a very big concern when we see that after 6 or 7 years of continuous schooling some pupils coming out without even acquiring the least basic numeracy and literacy skills. Right at the start of every academic year in January we have an intake of pupils aged 5 years who get admitted to school in standard 1 (now Grade 1). Normally it’s an average of about 25 pupils per stream (class) and out of every 25 pupils who get admitted in Grade or Standard 1, there are always about 4, 5 or 6 pupils who have never been to pre-primary schools. Hence, in most cases, these pupils are devoid of any basic academic skills. We also have a few additional pupils who have learning difficulties and need constant individual attention. Hence, to resume we can say that out of every 25 pupils admitted in school every year in Grade or Standard 1 we will have 6 to 7 pupils with learning difficulties and if they are not properly handled, they will always lag behind in class. Moreover, they are promoted to Standard or Grade 2 the following year irrespective of the results they obtain at the final exams each year. It’s obvious that these pupils will encounter more difficulties as the program of work becomes more complex further on in Grades 3, 4, 5 and 6. What results can we, hence, expect from these learners at the end of their primary school program? To overcome these major discrepancies with a view to enhancing the learning process and improving the pass rate at school level at R. C. Nuckchady we tried something new. One of our major stakeholders amongst others is the St Patrick Parish with father EP Fabien at the head and his contribution and dedication in the field of education towards the poor and the needy is no news to those who have known him. We can say that Father Fabien has always shown his concern about the needy at our school and he is always omnipresent at school and in the community whenever he is needed. Being very well aware of the needs and realities of the school, he decided to come with a project in view to increase the pass rate at CPE/PSAC level. We are talking of the years 2013/14. The program of work consisted of taking charge of the slow learners of standards 1, 2 and 3 separately during school hours with a specific program of work tailor made to fit the pupils to help them to catch up and thus reintegrate the main stream anew. A resource person other than the class teacher was called upon to take charge of the 5-6 pupils who had learning difficulties in class and work with them in separate classrooms with a different curriculum and an adapted approach. We should mention that approval had to be sought from different concerned bodies of the Ministry before embarking in the program. Resource persons were selected from amongst retired Headmasters namely Mr. SAWOODRY Roger, Mrs. MALLET and Mrs. PERSAND who were the right persons at the right place. And today the success of the school is written on the walls. The pass rate of the school at the Primary School Achievement Certificate (PSAC) reached the summit of 73.3 % last year 2017, a result never achieved before. No words will be strong enough to express our thanks and gratitude to Father Fabien and the St Patrick Parish for their excellent initiatives taken some years ago. The school today is reaping the benefits. Of course credit goes also to the class teacher, Mrs. THUG who has left no stone unturned and spared no effort in achieving such immense results. Hats off to all. Rajen Jeetoo, Deputy Head Teacher R C Nuckchady government school 9

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