During the first day of school, The Island Academy enjoyed an inspiring presentation by artist and author Chris Emmanuel. Emmanuel reminded the students "Not to judge a book by its cover" and surprised the assembly with a treasure trove of useful items from an otherwise plain grocery package. He encouraged students to always do their best and sometimes take risks to try something new. Emmanuel built confidence and encouraged the students to rejoice in Back to School Time, as part of his "Secrets to Life," a weekly column in the Ambergris Today Newspaper.