First Holy Cross Preschool Graduation

The pride in the air was almost palpable as staff, parents, friends, brothers and sisters watched the young graduates assemble. And they looked beautiful too - the girls in gorgeious dresses and boys in black pants and bow tie, all covered in a magnificent graduation gown and cap.
The ceremony, planned by the infant school staff, was wonderful. The children were well prepared and looked so confient - hard to belive they were the same children who joined us a year ago. They sang a song about how much they looked forward to going to primary school and accepted their diplomas proudly. After the ceremony, parents and children enjoyed a celebratory meal.

Pictures say so much more than words, so look forward to plenty more below.

But first I want to thank all those who have made this first year of preschool possible - the Anglican Diocese, the teachers, the parents and all the volunteers who donated their time, toys, books and money to make this happen. We belive that this preschool will have a huge impact on the community and the academic future of these children. PLEASE help us to keep the preschool thriving by supporting Holy Cross Anglican school - donate by sending a check to PO Box 59, San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize on online/check via the 501c3 registered Holy Cross Education Foundation. Contact to find out about donating supplies or volunteering.

Getting ready to march to the stage

Singing a song

Receiving certificates from Vice Principal Mrs Tasher

Just too cute

Softball Success

You wouldn't have thought it as our softball team headed for the district playoffs, but this was the first year that many of them had played softball. But here they were, two confident teams with wins already under their belt.

Coach Mr Brandon Bood, Manager Mr Carlos
Coba with the Holy Cross Boy's Softball Team

This is the first year Holy Cross has had a softball team and we owe our successful start to St Thomas Episcopal Church in Massachusetts, who generously donated us several large bags of uniforms, bats, balls and catchers gear last summer when they came as a volunteer team to the school. Also this year one of our new teachers - Mr Brandon Bood - is a very experienced softball coach and had previously coached a team who won the national finals.

So for many reasons we were very confident. Mr Bood and our sports teacher Mr Carlos Coba together did a great job of coaching the teams. It wasn't long before the local competitions started.

Both our teams did well.

Our girl's team played San Pedro Roman Catholic School, winning the match.

Girls team, ready for that fast ball

The boys had two teams to complete against. First up was Isla Bonita, winning 14-6. Next they faced San Pedro Roman Catholic School, winning 8-4.

Boy's team, waiting their turn

As often is the case, beating one obstacle just brings the next. Our team was eligible to play at the district level, facing all the other schools from the various areas in the Belize district. But if, and only if, we could raise $300 US in 5 days. Well, trusting in miracles and the generosity of the many who support us, I put out the appeal. And God had gone before us. I had asked St Thomas church, who had donated the equipment, and not only did they get my email which was sent to and address they almost never check anymore, but the Senior Youth Group at the church had already arranged a fundraiser for that weekend and were happy to support the team as part of it - WOW!

Our teams were thrilled to head off to the district level playoffs. For some, this was the first time they'd been of the island. For many, it was the first time they'd even seen a real softball field. But they didn't let the big city overwhelm them.

The boys started strong- winning against St Martin De Porres R.C. School 4-2.  The next game was tougher as they faced the previous district champions from Crooked Tree Government School. They started well and were leading 4-1 until a couple of simple mistakes lost our team the lead and their confidence. The game finished in a loss, but everyone agreed out team had done well.

The boys team took home two trophies - 2nd place in the Belize District Rural, and 2nd place in the Belize District.

The Girls had a tougher time, playing Buttonwood Bay Nazarene School, loosing 5-0 but still picking up the 2nd place trophy for the Belize District Rural Schools. Well done!

We'd like to take a moment to thank everyone who made this day possible - coaches, teachers, parents, volunteers, donors and staff. We now hold our heads up high thanks to your hard work.

We'd also like to ask for future support for our teams - especially for donations to help our teams go to the mainland for games.  Either send us a check, or email indicating you're available to ask when sporting needs come up. We also need donations of trophies to host inter-school tournaments at our school, as well as sporting equipment - especially shoes.

Holy Cross Girl's Softball Team

Holy Cross Boys Softball Team

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