On 11th June 2019, SBSA seized upon an opportunity made possible by SeyCCAT (Seychelles' Conservation and Climate Adaptation Trust), which made available the services of Dr. Zimbroff, a professor from Lincoln University, USA.
Dr. Zimbroff , having extensive experience with hosting 3-day start-up workshops and making a case for entrepreneurship modules in the formal education curriculum, was in Seychelles on the 11th June 2019 and held an afternoon workshop with SBSA students, all volunteers, around fifteen in number.
The afternoon allowed for a stripped-down version of a 3-day training workshop, where students were exposed to the most meaningful components of early stage entrepreneurship within the set time frame.
The aim of the workshop was to expose business-minded youth to an innovative approach to business model creation and market research, and to leave the students with a foundational knowledge of the components required for early-stage entrepreneurship and the concepts to move their business ideas forward.
Miss Dorea Madeleine (a participant from BMA1B): “It was very interesting, I learned new things. It helped us to put our thoughts in order and how to put them down on paper. It made us think about what we actually want, which ideas are better than others, to plan and find solutions to problems, in short how to move from a problem to a solution with the end goal being to get to the customers. Dr. Zimbroff was very friendly, open and interactive, and not at all formal, Surprisingly, we used pen and paper rather than relying on computers, for the occasion.”
On 3rd May, SBSA held a Work Ethics Seminar, an event prompted and inspired by an ever-changing Seychelles in which many of our upcoming graduates will join the world of work as early as the end of this year. More than just establishing a means to an immediate financial end, they need to find their bearings as to what legal framework will support them in that life, how they can and should interact with these new environments on a day-to-day basis, in the context of envisioning a long term future for themselves professionally and privately.
Board members Mr. Joel de Commarmond and Mrs. Dinaz van der Lans whole-heartedly stepped in to deliver addresses drawing from their rich professional experience. Work ethics ranges from the legal to the savoir-vivre to what really not to do, in order to go for, quoting Mr. Decommarmond: ‘Where do you see yourself in ten years, twenty years from now?’. All third year students were present at the event, and the media was there to cover.
Mrs. Aumeeruddy, Director of Industrial Relations at the Ministry of Employment, Immigration & Civil Status, made a presentation on employment laws, showing it is essential to protecting worker’s rights, ensuring fairness, and creating a level playing field for workers of all origins and walks of life alike. Its various instruments were each highlighted and briefly elaborated, their relevance to work ethics being that they formalize and regulate many of the basic aspects of working life, thus inhibiting unethical behavior from the legal angle.
Mrs. Dinaz van der Lans, Head of Customer Service at Barclays Bank, was happy to explain to the students what are the dos and don’ts in a service industry, quoting from many real life examples at Barclays but all the way delivering the notion that professional behavior and attitude will precede one’s reputation. In doing so she really connected with the audience.
Mr Decommarmond, Human Resources Manager at Air Seychelles, equally banked on his career experience and enlightened the audience with a number of anecdotes at Air Seychelles, indicating different work places do have different standards but that there is a red line to follow, and that correct ethical behavior will stand anyone’s career in good stead.
Last but not least two former students of SBSA, Ms. Maria Solin (Deputy Director at SBSA) and Mr. Dwight Stravens (2008-2010 cohort of SBSA), Chief Procurement Officer at the Ministry of Finance, honored the seminar with two very interesting testimonials.
The event was wrapped up with interviews by the media, and refreshments offered to all participants.
They walk away.
They came to us, district school still written all over them, with their short-term wants and needs still being the order of the day, not quite realising they had embarked on the voyage of life.
And now they walk away.
Being with us was their first distinction. They developed further. Intellectually, wading through text books and being geared towards independence. Emotionally, at a time in their lives when the book of adulthood is thrown at them, when they need all the guidance and support and are expected to function throughout, nevertheless.
They walk away and it is a new beginning.
We nurtured them, we trained them, corrected them, admonished them, and felt like parents to them for a short while.
Saying goodbye is dying a little.
As they succeed, the pain we endure is a glowing one, one filled with pride and expectation on their behalf, hoping we gave them the edge to live a good life.
It has been a privilege to serve them, and we do not just see them off sailing into the sunset.
It is very much a sunrise.
Thank you, dear graduates, we do not forget you.
Volleyball competitions were organised on Friday 15 March 2019 where students were able to form year level groups to compete against each other. There was participation from both boys’ and girls’ teams and of course supporters in abundance to cheer on the different teams.
This activity was organised by the Learner Council 2019 and they are to be commended for such a great initiative.
True team spirit and camaraderie was evident among all students that Friday afternoon and the SBSA student body are to be commended on their endeavour to make their academy a great place to be.
We are proud to announce official Programme Validation of our two Diploma Programmes: Diploma in Business Management and Administration and Diploma in Accounting and Finance. This validation, made by the Seychelles Qualifications Authority (SQA), is valid for 5 years and accords the two programmes national recognition, at Level 5 on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF). SBSA is definitely proud of one more achievement.
Thank you to all lecturers and Programme Leaders who worked hard to make this a success!
Diploma in Accounting and Finance
Diploma in Business Management and Administration
On the occasion of International Men's Day, the SBSA ladies, as they do annually, gave some special treatment to the male members of staff. In view that we are in exam time, all men were relieved from exam invigilation by a female colleague. This was followed mid-morning by a special breakfast organised by the ladies during which songs and poems were dedicated to the male members of staff.
This year's theme for International Men's Day is “Positive Male Role Models” and the SBSA ladies wanted to highlight the fact that we have some positive role models on our team; men who are helping to mould the young men at the academy, teaching them about the values, character and responsibilities of being a man, and who are doing so with an optimism and dedication that is to be commended. SBSA men are really appreciated, not only by the students, but also by the other staff members for their dedication and support through the working day.
Happy International Men’s Day 2018 to them all and to all our male students!
As part of our annual calendar activities, SBSA hosts its 2018 Recruitment Fair. This is the time when students who are about to complete their studies are given the opportunity to learn about the various prospects that are currently available to them. Different organisations participate giving students the opportunity to learn about the diferent jobs available to them and undertsand how to go about applying for these posts. Companies also get a chance to meet the prospective graduates whom they will soon be employing.
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After emerging as a strong contender in the' Moman Kreativite', the participants went out to give yet another impressive performance.
As one of the SBSA students' well-loved saying goes ‘At SBSA we mean Business!’ We did live up to that reputation and our academy was awarded the tiltle of Overall winner of the 2018 Moman Kreativite competition.
A very big thank you to all those who have participated, supported the team and helped to prepare them for the various perfornances.
In Business Communication, students are prepared to face the world of work through different real-life situations and simulations. These past two days some students have been undergoing mock-interviews where they not only had to dress for the situation but had to answer real-life questions and submit all appropriate documents.
A group of students from the academy spent their first day of mid-semester break not at home resting but at the Central Bank of Seychelles where a whole day of presentations was organised for them. The students were able to attend sessions related to the economy, statistics, Macro Prudential Supervision, role of the currency section, statement of profit or loss, the Digital Payment initiative for youth, Financial Instrument for CBS, among others. Once again heartfelt thanks to CBS for their continued support of SBSA and the development of our students.
The students of the academy will as of October 2018 start wearing their new uniform. This gives them a more professional look and certainly depicts the academy as the Professional Centre that it is, portraying the students as trainees getting ready to fit into the business world!
A one day session was conducted with 8 members of staff from STC with the aim of helping them in their Communication Skills at work. The session was conducted by the Director, Mrs Josianne Bristol, and all participants agreed that they found it very beneficial and look forward to applying all the skills and knowledge acquired in their jobs.
SBSA once again participated in the annual Kanmtole and Romans competitions on Saturday 6 October, held at the ICCS. The academy was rated in 1st place for Romans and 2nd place for Kanmtole. Congratulations to the participants!
SIF Public Speaking competition winners
Congratulations on winning first prize in the Public Speaking competition organised by the SIF on the occasion of international biodiversity day.
Special congratulations to Annisa Jolicoeur for winning the prize for Best Speaker in the competition.
On Tuesday 15 May 2018 SBSA Management, staff and students gathered in the Unisey Theatre to hold a special ceremony to commemorate the International Families day which this year was celebrated under the theme “Families and Inclusive Societies”.
At the Seychelles Business Studies Academy (SBSA) the decision was made to celebrate this important day in view that all at the academy refer to themselves as The SBSA Family and what better day to celebrate their love and unity as a family than on the International Day of Families.
In saying a few words to launch the celebration, SBSA Director, Mrs Josianne Bristol, emphasized the fact that SBSA staff and students are able to celebrate this day together in the knowledge that they share a special bond and that everyone at the academy means a lot to each other. She called upon everyone to keep that fact in mind and to always treat each other with the love and respect owed to each family member.
Mrs Bristol also urged students to remember the importance of their own family members at home and to always love and honour their parents, to love and support their siblings and to love and understand each and every member of their extended family, like they do at SBSA.
During the ceremony, which was attended by a representative from the Family Affairs Department of the Ministry of Family Affairs, there was a special mass presided over by Father John from the Plaisance Parish, followed by Gospel songs with the support of a member of Christ Embassy, a group that has held Bible Study sessions with SBSA students in the past. Then groups of SBSA students recited poems, performed songs and demonstrated a small sketch all around the theme of family.
At the end of the ceremony students congregated in their specific tutor groups to share a small breakfast and words of encouragement with each other before continuing with normal classes for the day.
After a few days of intense campaigning by candidates, and some self-appointed campaign teams, on Thursday 15 March 2018 SBSA held its first election to appoint a Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson for the Student Council. Standing up for the position of Chairperson were Jean-Claude Solin, Darius Padayachy and Lance Henri and for the position of Vice-Chairperson were Ellis Chang-Pen-Tive and Kenny Bastienne.
All candidates were excellent orators and presented their case with lots of conviction. They showed deep insight into what the posts entail and what would be expected of them and demonstrated some excellent presentation and communication skills.
All 5 candidates brought some excellent arguments as to why they should be voted into the positions, ideas which we expect the Council to take on-board and implement as, despite not having been elected as Chairperson or Vice-Chairperson, all are still members of the 2018 Student Council.
The culmination of an exciting afternoon saw Lance Henri winning most votes and appointed as the Council Chairperson and his counterpart as Vice-Chairperson is Kenny Bastienne.
The Management, staff and students of SBSA would like to congratulate Lance and Kenny and we wish them all the best in delivering their duties and taking the 2018 Student Council to the next level!
On Saturday 9 December the Seychelles National Youth Council held its annual Positive Youth Image Award ceremony. Nominee for SBSA was Neryl Fanchette while Vanessa Joubert and Andria Auguste were nominated by their respective districts.
Neryl was also awarded a second prize after being chosen among the best five candidates and from there the judges that evening awarded points after which she also received the best overall prize as the youth who has demonstrated a positive image to other youths in Seychelles.
We would like to convey our congratulations tom all 3 award recipients, and especially to Neryl, for their achievements.
Congratulations also to Kelly Mathiot who was the holder of the overall Positive Youth Image Award from 2016.
SBSA Past Graduates receive their Diploma from the University of Seychelles, The Guy Morel Institute
These graduates from SBSA opted to undertake further studies in ACCA Diploma in Accounting and Business and have successfully completed the first level of the programme.
It is great to see that our past graduates continue to make us proud and we wish them all the best in their studies.
Moman Kreativite Competitions
SBSA as usual participated in the annual Moman Kreativite Competitions and results were as follows:
Song : 4th position
Drama : 3rd position
Story-telling : 1st Position
Dance : 1st position
Overall position : 2nd
Kelly Mathiot also won the prize for best actress! Congratulations Kelly and all students who participated in the competitions!
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Kanmtole and Romans Competitions
As usual SBSA participated in the Kanmtole and Romans competitions and once again we made it through to the finals. The final competitions took place on Friday 4 August and SBSA was awarded 1 st place in the “Romans”, 2 nd place in “Polka” and 1 st place in “Dozado”. This year SBSA also came out in joint 1 st position overall, alongside STA.
Congratulations to our participants and those who worked with them to make this a success!
Signing of MOU with Barclays Bank
In its bid to forge further relationships with the Business community, SBSA signed a second MOU on 5th July 2017, this time with Barclays Bank Seychelles. As stipulated in the MOU, SBSA will deliver blended face-to face and online training sessions and assessments to all year 3 students, ensuring that students are provided with the required skills to access employment or self-employment upon completion of their studies. The ReadyToWork programme, which SBSA will duly offer to all 3rd year students, comprises of 4 business related modules: Work Skills, People Skills, Money Skills and entrepreneurial Skills. Graduated of 2016 were the first batch to undertake studies in these four modules and obtained their certificates during the graduation ceremony in March 2017. The next group of students will start the ReadyToWork programme in July 2017.
National Constitution Day Debate
For the second year running a team of 4 students participated in the National constitution Day Debate. Participants were Kelly Mathiot, Jill Julienne, Anissa Jolicoeur and Elson Thngalam.
Our first opponent in the elimination round was the Seychelles Institute of Teacher Education (SITE) and we managed to win the round with Kelly being nominated as overall ‘Best Orator’ for that round. We once again faced SITE in the semi-finals and managed to make it into the finals against the School of A’Level Studies. SBSA came out in second place overall for the debate competition. Congratulations to the debate team!
National Schools Athletics Championships
The annual National Schools Athletics Championships held on Sunday 18 June 2017 was a great success for the academy. SBSA has in the past done well enough to reach up to second position but this year saw a complete turn of when the academy left the Stad Linite clutching 4 cups!
Cup No 1: To the best girls’ team at our level in the championships! Natasha Chetty even placed a new record in the High Jump!
Cup No 2: For winning the most gold medals at our level!
Cup No 3: Highest total points earned thus placing us in first place overall at Professional Centre level!
Cup No 4: Best supporters! Staff and students were there on the day to lend all their support and certainly enjoyed all their singing and dancing despite the heat! All in all 18 th June 2017 was a memorable day for the SBSA family. Congratulations to all our athletes and supporters.