COVID-19 Procedure Update
Due to measures taken to mitigate the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19), the House of Parliament is only allowing persons with an appointment to enter the Parliament building. School visits are also on hold until further notice.
Parliament of Sint Maarten School Visit
As we prepare for you and your students to have an enjoyable and educational visit to the House of Parliament here are some tips and resources to help you prepare for your visit.
Before you arrive:
Please review your confirmation email to make sure the details of your visit are correct.
Contact the school visit coordinator at 1721-5420812 if you have any questions.
Please allow for a minimum of 1.5 hours for your visit. House Rules
On the day of your visit:
If you are running late for your visit, please call the office at 1721-5420812 and notify the school visit coordinator accordingly.
Students, teachers and chaperones are expected to meet appropriate dress code requirements of Parliament. House Rules
Eating and drinking are not permitted inside of the Legislative Hall.
Preparation for reenactment meeting
Three topics of interest of which one topic will be selected for the reenactment meeting that will be done by the students.
The students will then experience a reenactment meeting of Parliament chaired by the President of Parliament.
In order to prepare for the students, kindly submit the following:
- The total number of students visiting
- Three topics of interest in which one topic will be selected for the reenactment meeting that will be done by the students.
- Names of 14 students who will play the role of Members of Parliament
- Names of seven students who will play the role of the Ministers
- The name of one student that will play the role of the Secretary-General of Parliament
The 14 students (14 Members of Parliament) are requested to prepare questions based on the topics of interest that will be submitted by the school. The seven students (seven Ministers) will also be requested to have knowledge and ideas on how issues or concerns being asked pertaining to the chosen topics can be resolved.
The school visit coordinator can be contacted should you require further clarity on the preparation of the students.
What to expect on the visit to the House of Parliament
Our staff will provide your students with an overview of the program outline of the visit.
A presentation will be given about the role of Parliament followed by a quiz session whereby; a small prize can be won.
The students will then experience a reenactment meeting of Parliament.
The students will have the opportunity to ask Members of Parliament who will be present questions about their role as a Member of Parliament. Questions should be prepared beforehand.
As we prepare the students for the tour, students will have the opportunity to have their handouts autographed by Members of Parliament that are present.
The Parliament Building is a working office building. Therefore, students or groups are requested to lower their voices during the tour of the building.
Once the tour is completed the students will be provided with a token of appreciation for visiting the Parliament of Sint Maarten and guided to the exit.
The Parliament of Sint Maarten Group Visit Request Form
We welcome your school, institution, association or foundation visit at the House of Parliament. Kindly fill out the below requested information. All requests should be submitted 3 weeks prior to your preferred date of your groups visit