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#401135 - 02/26/11 04:07 PM NEW HIGH SCHOOL HOLDS OPEN DAY
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Belize High School is less than a year old, but is today holding its second annual open day at the University of the West Indies Campus where it is temporarily situated. The new high school was opened in September of last year and from the start, the institution is setting a new standard for high schools in the country. All lessons are conducted using some of the most innovative technology available. High School Principal Leticia Eck says that their second open day is geared at introducing primary school students to what the school has to offer.

Leticia Eck – Principal, Belize High School

“We are definitely showcasing our smart board technology something very new in education; a tool in education that helps with greater interactivity and greater collaboration within the classroom. We also have some of our kids showcasing the Rosetta Stone as well. We have a few displays, not as many because it is more showing the kids what the technology based curriculum is all about. Of course these are some of the things we want our incoming students to be aware of because we are open to the public and we want everybody to know what we are all about."

Dalila Ical - Reporter How has it been working, the high school approach to this high school system with these students?

Leticia Eck – Principal, Belize High School

“I think it is going very well, the kids are very excited. Our new generation of students they are so comfortable with technology, even more than us adults. They have adapted very well. There may be a few little glitches, trying to get the kids off face book and things like that but that’s part of it and we’re all excited about it.”

There are currently forty three students enrolled in the high school. They are divided into two first form classes and one second form class. The school operates as a private institution. Students pay tuition of two hundred and fifty dollars per month, a two thousand dollar bond and other activity fees. Even though it may sound expensive, Principal Eck says the school has been receiving a favorable response from the community.

Leticia Eck – Principal, Belize High School

“We have been getting very good responses from the public, we’ve had quite a lot of interest. We did not intend to have a second form but we had quite a lot of interest and we did have to open a second form where we did get many transfer students. It is a parental effort, it started by parents and it is being run by parents.”

The school administration is currently accepting applications until March 31st.

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#401139 - 02/26/11 04:12 PM Re: NEW HIGH SCHOOL HOLDS OPEN DAY [Re: Marty]
Marty Offline

Belize High School attracts potential students with tech savvy programs

The Belize High School opened its doors at the University of the West Indies Campus last September and has had a successful first year. The novelty is that the private school has implemented an interactive technology based teaching system, which the principal, Leticia Eck, says has produced impressive results. Today the school had an open day, with the hope of attracting potential students to its tech savvy programs. They were especially proud of their language program and a teaching tool called the Smart Board. Eck told News Five, it’s first to be introduced to local students.

Leticia Eck, Principal, Belize High School

Leticia Eck

“Today is our second annual open day and we’re here to showcase what Belize High School has to offer to incoming students for the next school year. We want to show them the technological tools that we are using at the moment and to showcase basically what B.H.S. has to offer and how different education can be once you integrate technology into the daily classroom.”

Delahnie Bain

“And it’s focused on two very impressive parts of your teaching system. Could you speak about those?”

Leticia Eck

“Yes, we have introduced the Smart Board technology, which is very, very new. This is the first time it’s being offer to Belizean students and I think that in itself is pioneering efforts on our part. We need to expose our students to what is out there, we need to put them on par with technology. The world is moving at a fast rate in technology and our students will be going out there to study and we want to prepare them for that as well. So, Smart Board Technology is one of the tools that we have introduced. It’s a white interactive blackboard that has moved away from the regular chalkboard, has moved away from just the plain whiteboard. This is an interactive whiteboard and there is so much that it can offer that it increases collaboration and interactivity in the classroom; both teachers and students. We also have our language program; it’s technology based as well. We use the Rosetta Stone, which means that it increases that immersion of the language where the students can actually sit behind their laptops and using the features that it offers, they can actually talk and listen at the same time rather than just sitting in a classroom and listening to grammar and work with that. It certainly caters for greater immersion in the classroom itself.”

In its first year, Belize High School had an enrollment of forty-three students in two first forms and one second form class. Eck says they hope to keep the student population small for effective teaching.

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