School Symposium

November 7th, 2018

One of the ways to help students grow academically is to accord them with a platform where they could easily and freely share their deep insights particular disciplines. One such platform is the symposium. This term St. Al’s organized an internal symposium to allow students showcase and share their knowledge on various subjects. The students were given opportunities to either participate in various disciplines individually or in groups. For those who chose to participate as individuals, they had to do written exams especially in Chemistry and Mathematics. These subjects were also carefully selected to reflect areas of struggles for majority of students within the school. Each class nominated up to ten students to participate in the written exams competitions. For those who chose to work in groups, their teamwork, strengths and synergy was put to test especially in generating information to be shared with the larger plenary. This ensured that presentation and communication skills of the students were also tested. The teachers set and marked the exams for the day and the ranking of students was done by a panel. The energy and excitement levels for the day were extremely high. The best students and groups in various disciplines were duly rewarded. Generally from the feedback received from the students, they were very impressed with the initiative. For many of them, it accorded them very rare and special opportunity to share with others their strengths in individual subjects as opposed to the normal ranking system which gives cumulative results for all subjects. For example, a student who is exceptionally gifted in Biology had a chance to shine on the day! This way, the event ensued that students who normally do well in individual subjects but never gets the recognition had a day to be proud of and cherish. It also helped in cementing class team works and cohesion since no class wished to be left behind thus encouraging healthy competition. At personal level, the event also gave shy students a chance to build their confidence form their strong subject points. As a way of fostering academic excellence, students who excelled on the day were rewarded by scholastic material such as scientific calculators, mathematical sets, school bags, school shoes, sports shoes, mathematical log tables, bibles, and snacks for the day among other things.