Saint Ignatius Evening High School in Cayo - The school of a second chance Print E-mail
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Thursday, 05 June 2014 00:00

For the first time in the history of the Saint Ignatius High School in Santa Elena Town, in the Cayo District, a joint graduation will be held this coming June 7, 2014 at the Octavia Waight Center Convention Hall, bringing together both the day and night divisions. Those 42 graduates from the evening and night time classes had an opportunity to celebrate their achievement on Friday night of last week at the Saint Ignatius High School.

Present for the celebratory occasion last Friday were members of the Board of Directors, Manager of Schools as well as prominent members of the Cayo Community. Director of the comprehensive programs of the evening school time at Saint Ignatius, Cynthia Ellis, described it as “…a time of appreciation and achievement, we can be proud and confident that we have strong visionaries and leaders for Belize.”

Past students at the evening division at Saint Ignatius, such as talented singer Carolina Bonilla, who is now taking international business and environmental science at Galen University, encouraged the students to surpass their obstacles, saying “I am proud of you, because I was here with you.”

A one minute moment of silence was observed on Friday for educator Luis Basilio Frutos, who died a few years ago, and had been the pioneer of the evening division at Saint Ignatius High School.

The evening division at Saint Ignatius High School in Santa Elena Town is a school of ‘a second chance,’ where adults come in and engage in a comprehensive curriculum to earn their certificates. Students learn Spanish, Math, English, Integrated Science and Social Studies from trained and dedicated teachers, who sometimes come from remote places just to offer classes. As a Roman Catholic Institution, students at the Saint Ignatius High School evening division also partake in spiritual development and do community service.

“These students have worked very hard, as young adults they have shown innovative leadership and distinctiveness in certain skill, in the area of business, in the area of sports, in the area of construction…and they are really very strong and very encouraging in terms of the future of Belize,” says Cyntia Ellis, who herself brings a wealth of knowledge in networking and the development of human capital.