HOPE PRESBYTERIAN PRESCHOOL
School Name: Hope Presbyterian Preschool
School Address: La Loma Luz Boulevard, Santa Elena, Cayo District
School Head Teacher: Mrs. Ruth Elena Sierra
School Contact Number: 610- 8472
Office Working Hours Monday and Fridays: 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon and 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Number of Teaching staff: 3 – 2 Teachers, 1 Auxiliary Staff
Teacher and Auxiliary staff Names: Dorla Oneida Hill and Mrs. Sagrario Ku – Auxiliary staff
Last School year enrollment: 23 boys and 27 girls
Grade level offered at Hope Preschool – Level 1 (3 years old)
Level 2 (4 years old)
Hope Presbyterian Preschool
To Guide, Prepare and to Motivate students to Glorify God and to impact society with Excellence. To model and teach Christian values and morals
To provide the child with sufficient knowledge to function in society
To lead the child in the development of skills, attitudes, character and conduct that pleases God and serve his/her fellowman.
Hope Presbyterian Preschool in Santa Elena Town, Cayo District opened its doors in September 5, 2005.The Management of Presbyterian Church Schools through the then General Manager Rev. Rafael Ku had submitted a letter to the Ministry of Education dated October 4th, 2004 with intent of establishing a Preschool. However, it was until in August 22, 2007 that Hope Preschool received an official response letter stating that a provisional license had been approved, this after 2 years of operating approval of the ESTABLISHMENT.
The church believes that for a nation to be strong, it needs strong families. Our society is quickly deteriorating and falling apart because of a lack of spiritual and moral values. We believe we can make a difference in the lives of the children and consequently in the society. A survey to establish the preschool was done by the Church. Many parents in the surrounding community expressed their willingness to send their children and support financially the preschool with their fees.
In 2008 the government of Belize through the Ministry of Education started to pay the Head teacher salary. Now presently both teachers received their salaries through the ministry of education. Praise God for that blessing.
From 2005 to 2007 the preschool had only morning session gathered at the back of the church in the Sunday school class. We started with 12 students and 2 teachers, Mrs. Ruth Sierra as Head Teacher, and Mrs. Sagri Ku as assistant teacher.
Our preschool presently has grown and developed physically, academically, spiritually and socially with the help of God and under the leadership of Head Teacher Mrs. Ruth Sierra. Today the preschool has an enrolment of 50 students. Hope Presbyterian Preschool has its’ preschool functioning to its fullest with 2 teachers and one assistant teacher.
Hope Presbyterian Preschool has a total of 50 students for this year 2019-2020.
The preschool is not attached to no primary school at the present time since we don’t have no primary school at the moment. Since the school has been growing for the past 6 years. There is a great need to be thinking of a primary school.
The school works under the Presbyterian Church Schools in Belize. We have 2 classes with Level 1 and Level 2. Morning and afternoon is being offered by Hope Preschool.
The Preschool is a two story building but just the first floor is being used, the second floor we have the idea of creating third classroom in the near future, with an office adjacent to the second floor.
Special features of the School and its challenges
Due to the pandemic the school had to open a side door for more flexibility to receive the children in the morning and the afternoon.
We have installed 3 more wash hands stations. One in the entrance, both classrooms have and each bathroom have one fully functioning.
The challenges that we been having for the past six years now is that the school is growing every year and the classes are not that big enough to cater for the large number of students that register, the reason why we need to have a level 2 in the morning and in the afternoon. We are praying for additional funds to start our preschool in the church land and to cater to more students with bigger classrooms.
Another great challenge at the school is that we are right in front of the main highway. We want to build an additional side gate to cater for parents to drop and pick up their children better.
Why Hope Preschool is your best choice:
Hope Preschool located in Santa Elena town. It is a solid Christian School balancing the spiritual and the academics. Throughout the fifteen years of service students have graduated and continued to further their education in different colleges. We know that these children were well prepared to be good and responsible citizen that will impact society.
Why you should choose Hope Preschool:
Hope Presbyterian Preschool considers it a privilege to care for your child. We are honored that you have chosen us to participate in your child’s first formal learning experience and we take that responsibility very seriously. In addition to providing an excellent learning environment, it is our goal to meet your child’s needs socially, emotionally, physically and spiritually.
We are proud of our preschool teachers for their love to God and their love for the children. It is the appropriate age to teach them Christian principles and to provide a solid foundation for future learning. Preschool is a combination of learning and play. The curriculum introduces an integrated approach in learning in a fun way. The classroom experience also helps children learn to follow rules, play together, share toys, and listen to the teacher.
We believe that together the preschool and the home will enhance your child’s learning experience. Our goal is for Hope Presbyterian Preschool to be a pleasant, safe, friendly place for each child. The happiness and well-being of each child is of utmost importance and we will endeavor to provide each of them with a positive self-image and a strong beginning toward independence and future learning.