At Mount Saint Agnes Academy, we have many things to be thankful for and to celebrate.
Early Learning Program & continuous curriculum
This 2015/16 school year saw the launch of MSA’s Early Learning Program (ELP) which was created to serve the needs of young children by offering rich learning experiences adapted to what is now known about growth needs for four and five-year-old children.
ELP nurtures the child in all phases of development – social, emotional, spiritual, and physical – sharing with the parents the responsibility for promoting sound growth. Christian principles are reinforced throughout ELP, strengthening self-image and promoting each child as one of God’s special people.
It is our aim at MSA that each student will develop a love for learning. The activities and experiences offered to our youngest students is based on the Reggio Emilia philosophy which centres on the principles of respect, responsibility, and community through exploration and discovery in a supportive and enriching environment based on the interests of the children through a self-guided curriculum.
This is the foundation with which our students begin their journey. MSA’s continuous curriculum offers our students the necessary challenges and growth opportunities amid a learning community dedicated to providing each individual students the best holistic educational experience.
In 2009, MSA implemented a curriculum change to better serve our learning community and we continue to see the benefit of adopting the Alberta Programs of Study. As a result, MSA students at all levels are being challenged in various ways.
Students approach learning through higher levels of questions and the communication of their understanding. Emphasis is placed on understanding the concept in depth and then applying this knowledge to several applications.
Our students are challenged to apply their knowledge to more sophisticated situations, rather than employ historical, “process-driven” techniques such as the memorisation of facts.
Students using the Alberta curriculum continue to rank among the best in the world. Our students who graduate with an Alberta high school diploma are proving year after year that they are entering their universities of choice both in North America and in the UK.
Our MSA family
We are grateful each day for our students, families, faculty, staff, alumni, Catholic diocese, and all of our MSA family who have contributed to enhancing MSA’s positive impact within Bermuda’s society.
Ours is a caring community that treats each individual child as a member of one large family. Students from a wide range of abilities, interests, backgrounds and faiths are given the opportunity to experience happiness and success as part of our family.
As principals, we are proud of the tradition, reputation, achievements, culture and spirit of our school, its students, teachers and parents, both past and present. Since 1890, Mount Saint Agnes Academy has dedicated itself to educating the whole student: mind, body and spirit.
We focus on the faith formations of each student in order to help them fully develop the use of their time, treasures and talents. MSA seeks to inspire students to emerge as lifelong learners motivated to pursue their passion and to contribute as members of our global community.
And, finally, we are grateful for the generous support of The Royal Gazette and sponsors for this newspaper supplement. Our students have worked diligently to write and produce their own content for this year’s MSA Messenger.
Sue Moench, ’72, principal
Margaret DiGiacomo, ’73, assistant principal