Schools and Home school students using the Accelerated Christian Education program will gather for their South Pacific ACE Student Convention at the University of the South Pacific at Laucala Bay from December 9 to December 14.
This is the first time ever for the South Pacific ACE student convention to be held in Fiji.
The convention is run by Southern Cross Educational Enterprises (SCEE) which is a non-profit company based in Brisbane, Australia.
SCEE operates its ministry by contract with Accelerated Christian Education (A.C.E.) Ministries in Nashville, Tennessee in the USA. A.C.E. are the authors and publishers of the curriculum used from teaching the ABCs all the way through to graduation at year 12.
The core of curriculum needs especially in literacy and numeracy is provided in self instructional materials that the students consume on an individual basis.
Students are diagnosed and placed on curriculum consistent with their ability and then have the privilege to move through the materials consistent with their abilities.
The students must master the materials in each unit before they progress to the next unit.
As part of the educational program offered by A.C.E. is the student convention, which is a competition predominantly for secondary school students. The students have over 140 different events to choose from in eight different categories.
The categories are Academics, Art, Craft, Athletics, Platform, Music Vocal, Music Instrumental, and Photography. Students prepare their items during the school year when they come to the event they compete against their fellow student during the week.
Students begin the journey at a regional level during the year and if they are placed 1st- 6th in an event in their local region they then qualify to compete in that event at a South Pacific level.
They would also qualify for an International ACE Student Convention which is held in the USA each year.
The next International Student Convention will be held in Missouri, USA next March and the student gathered at the USP next week will all be working hard to qualify to represent their country and school at that International event which is usually attended by about 2000 student from about 20 different countries.
These student conventions began in the USA in the early 1970s and are now held in 40 different locations around the World each year.
The purpose of these conventions is to offer an opportunity for young people to develop the God given gifts and abilities.
We aim to strive for and set a standard of excellence in everything. We also offer competition within the framework of Christian Character and promote school spirit and excitement about Christian Education.
We refer to the ACE Student Convention as a "3D Event". An event where students can discover their gifts and abilities, and an event where we pray that they will be challenged to dedicate their gifts and abilities the furtherance of the Good News of Eternal Life through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Each evening we will be holding an evening rally to show case the talents of the best of the students, have a time of singing and fun, promotional info and interviews.
There will some awards presented and the opportunity to listen to the preaching of God's Word by four young men who are graduates of the program.
Rallies will be held at the Vodaphone Arena, free of charge, from 6.40pm to 9pm, from December 9 to December 13. On December 14, pre-rally at 8.40am followed by the awards ceremony at 9am.
* Roy Savage Dip.T.,B.Ed is the Manager - Schools' Services Department, Southern Cross Educational Enterprises.