Education Minister Jacobs congratulates Oranje School on Book Week


PHILIPSBURG – Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport Silveria Jacobs congratulated Oranje School on its 29th annual Book Week.

Pupils of the Oranje School showed their newly gained knowledge of this year’s theme: “The Body System” all week through readings, demonstrations, songs, dances and various arts and crafts.

The Book Week culminated with a parade that started at the Oranje School, led by two youth drum bands, progressed down Front Street, made its way in front of the Government Administration Building, where several classes displayed their dances, songs and posters before turning on to Back Street and back to Oranje School.

Minister Jacobs said that this is a great example of “Education on the Move” initiated by a school, which she is proud to highlight. She encouraged all schools to take the initiative to show correlation between learning, and the curriculum while demonstrating learning in creative ways.

“It was a pleasure to see our students so engaged and enthused about reading and learning.

Kudos to the school management, the Book Week committee, staff, parents, for all the hard work that went into creating a stimulating learning environment and stimulating excited learners,” Minister Jacobs stated.

Minister Jacobs also mentioned that she is looking forward to more examples from other schools showing how they are stimulating students, which can be communicated to the general public. She also hopes that many have kept their pledge to drop everything and read at least once per week.

Parents are encouraged to spend time reading and bonding with their children. Several reading programs occur weekly at the Philipsburg Jubilee Library.