Independent school launches A-level classes in R26m project


Mr Berlouis addressing parents, teachers and students at the ceremony yesterday

Forty five of them followed their secondary school education at the same school up to S5 class but the other five have joined from elsewhere.

The school has boosted its teaching staff, headed by mathematics teacher Yasmin Coopoosamy to cater for the additional level and made a total of eight, including five other Seychellois who are teaching English literature, history, business studies and geography, while a teacher from the UK is offering physics lessons, two Kenyans teach biology and chemistry and a Sri Lankan will take the students in computer studies.

The school’s board of directors chairman Radley Weber officially launched the A-level section whose buildings are a few minutes’ walk from English River district administration offices on one’s way to the National Assembly.

Its director Patrick Berlouis told Nation the school is increasing the number of streams to three and the new wing has 12 classrooms, two computer rooms, an art room and a general purpose hall.

The students’ type of uniform will be decided soon, he said.
Addressing parents, teachers and the students, Mr Berlouis said the school – which had only primary classes at the time – started secondary classes at Union Vale in 1995 “and now, 18 years later, we are in a position to offer A-level studies to students who have completed the International General Certificate of Secondary Education” and thanked the many people who have contributed to the realisation of the project.

The new A-level section of the Independent School

He said in 2009 the government agreed to lease to the school the plot of land where the new building stands.

Since then the board has worked to implement the development by preparing the technical studies, negotiating the financing and appointing the consultants and the contractor – Laxmanbhai.

Mr Berlouis said perhaps once the section becomes well established, “we can look at creating a linkage with the University of Seychelles in terms of preferred entry, and part-funding for scholarships”.

“This though, is for the future – but one must always aim high, just as we did to get our own A-level section.”