The directors and teachers at Branch Lutheran Schools of Haiti candidly answered what they were up to in the summertime in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Director Boursiquot shared: “Firstly, for the children, the summertime represents a moment of respite; they are always happy after a long period of study to go on vacation. For teachers, this represents a “phew”. With vacation, it’s rest and time for other things, like visiting with family. For me as Director, it represents a reset, the charges are deposited for a short time, [then] time to take stock and time for major calculations for the new year."
Director Yvette in Smyrne shared that “the summer represents a moment of rest [for the children], some of them were always tired during the school time”.
Play is equally important as rest: the boys at Branch Schools are usually found kicking a soccer ball around, for hours lost in their own goal-keeping and trick-playing. The girls prefer mostly board games.
Rest and restoration was the resounding answer given for all. Consequently, the Branch Schools leaders are now refreshed and ready to tackle the new school year. Summer sessions were held to keep the children engaged and connected. Director Boursiquot confirmed: “This started August 7th.”
Director Jeanot stated that after the teachers' summer break, they get ready for the upcoming year with a seminar. Director Boursiquot detailed that during the training seminar, held by the Branch Schools Academic Dean, teachers prepare the course book and review classroom strategies.
It’s an exciting time at Branch Schools! The bustle of school is ringing with energy and drive after a restorative break for all throughout the summer.
Branch Lutheran Schools of Haiti, Inc.