Education

Scotiabank Sponsors High School Track Field Championships
Scotiabank Sponsors High School Track & Field Championships

March 02, 2015

Scotiabank is proud to announce its sponsorship of the National High School Track & Field Championships scheduled for March 4th through 7th at the national stadium. The bank officially confirmed its partnership with the National Sports Authority of The Bahamas as a Co-Title Sponsor...

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Education Minister announces Plans to Improve Education Sector
Education Minister announces Plans to Improve Education Sector

March 02, 2015

Education, Science and Technology Minister the Hon. Jerome Fitzgerald outlined new intervention strategies that the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology...

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Int'l Publication Chronicles Highlights of COB's 40-Year History

March 02, 2015

A respected research publication that chronicles the evolution of the nation’s premier tertiary education institution has been released, tracing the historical highlights of The College of The Bahamas...

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Templeton World Charity Foundation Officials Tour Pompey Museum

February 27, 2015

This month, officials from Templeton World Charity Foundation toured the Wade in the Water: the Peter Mowell, the Last Slave Ship in The Bahamas exhibition at the newly restored Pompey Museum...

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Government to Open Public Service College
Government to Open Public Service College

February 26, 2015

The Government is about to establish a Public Service College in a move to further equip Public Servants with the tools to move the country forward...

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The Providence School honors star pupils

February 25, 2015

Honor roll and star students at The Providence School were recognized in a unique way -- they were showcased during the school's student body's production of "Sunrise@Providence," their version of The Counsellors Ltd. show "Bahamas@Sunrise".
Eighteen members of the school's student body from first through fourth grade recorded grade point averages (GPA) higher than 3.00 through the Christmas term. Star students who not only excelled academically, but displayed good character traits were also honored.
"The students are doing very well and I'm proud of them," said The Providence School's Head of School Shacantila Hall-Briggs of the student academic performance at one of the country's newest institutions.
During the "Sunrise@Providence" production that was recorded and played for parents, the students acted as news anchors and reporters and delivered the news about stories that fell under their beat and shot at different locations around the school located on the Tonique Williams-Darling Highway.
The head of school said producing the show helped the students with their
production skills and their ability to deliver in front of a crowd.
"We were trying for the kids to not just memorize everything. We wanted to showcase their incredible reading skills, because we did have some kids that came to us as non-readers and really reading below level. And nothing was watered down for them. We allowed them to write and edit, and they were able to do that. And they had to research their sections, so there was a Mandarin reporter, a Spanish reporter, someone who reported on language, right on down to sports. And we tried to incorporate as much of the subject learning in it so the children could then deliver it," said Hall-Briggs.
From concept through to the final product, the students did it all, including producing commercials and onsite reporting.
"They literally did everything. The students depicted the adult members from Hall-Briggs herself to their teachers. There was no adult present in the whole production. And then we incorporated our honor roll and star students into it," she said.
The concept for the production came to the students after a penmanship class, and their reporter's club wanting to do a term in review and speak to what was to come with the start of the 2015 semester. Hall-Briggs encouraged the students to do the show this year during which the outstanding students could be recognized.
With five weeks to the Easter break, the head of school said she and her staff would be working hard with the student to ensure that all of their students are named to the honor roll.
The Providence School has begun to accept applications for the new school year. They will also hold open houses on Saturday, February 28 and Saturday, March 28 from 10 a.m. to 12-noon. The school can also be called for appointments for registration at 698-6701/2.

The Providence School Honor Roll students through the Christmas term

K5
Denika Rolle -- 4.00

Grade 1
Erin McPhee -- 3.67
Nathan Moxey -- 4.00
Perez Lightbourne -- 3.33
Ryjha Ward -- 3.77
Takiha Rolle -- 3.55
Tamouya Joseph -- 3.11
Jaden Clarke -- 3.22

Grade 2
Jonathan Miller -- 3.78
Kaizer Briggs -- 4.00
Kamari Lockhart -- 3.89

Grade 3
Dymonde Lundy -- 3.30
Nasir Williams -- 3.30

Grade 4
Maquel Connolly -- 3.45
Selia Duncombe -- 3.10
Jaden Duncombe
Dina Poitier -- 3.09
Rycheed Ward -- 3.43

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Four awarded Tara Xavier Hepburn Foundation scholarships

February 25, 2015

Four new students have been awarded the Tara Xavier Foundation Scholarship for the 2014-2017 school years bringing the number of scholarship recipients up to 26 since the inception of the scholarship program in 2007.
Receiving scholarships were former T.A. Thompson Junior School student Ralph Sealy, former C.H. Reeves Junior School student Shania Lewis, former H.O. Nash Junior School student Nastacia Turnquest and Monique Chandler of the TARA Project and St. John's College.
The four new recipients will all matriculate at St. John's College where they will join -- twelfth grade students Edwin Greenslade, Amanda Fowler and Jewel Sturrup; eleventh grade students Quentinn Moreice Forbes and Eleanore Simmons.
TARA Scholars enrolled at St. Anne's School include eleventh grade students Jeffon Stubbs and Delmonica Brown.
The Tara Xavier Hepburn Foundation scholarship which is for three years, tenth through twelfth grades, covers full tuition and the cost of books for recipients at the cost of approximately $5,000 per year per student.
The scholarship is open to graduates of government junior schools and students of St. John's College and St. Anne's School who have successfully completed grade nine, and tenable at St. John's College and St. Anne's School.
In order to be considered for a scholarship, applicants must be nominated by their school, attain at least a 3.00 grade point average, have demonstrated leadership ability and/or community involvement; be of good moral character and successfully pass a minimum of five BJC subjects which must include English and Mathematics with a grade of "C" or better. Applicants also may be required to attend an interview.
The Tara Xavier Hepburn Foundation was launched on December 29, 2006 to celebrate the life of Hepburn, an exceptional young Bahamian who died at the age of 30 while studying law, after having completed a psychology degree. Out of pain and grief and trying to cope with the loss, Hepburn's family decided to keep Tara's memory alive through scholarship for students in high school.
The Foundation is funded largely through donation.

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Clean sports takes center stage

February 25, 2015

A new, national art and essay competition demonstrated students' deep appreciation and understanding of the concept of clean sports.
Approximately 59 entries from 13 schools vied for a top spot in the Bahamas Anti-Doping Commission (BADC) inaugural contest with top spots won by Queen's College student Ari Brathwaite (essay senior); St. Anne's School student Bernique Pople (essay junior) and St. Francis de Sales' Brad Cooper (essay elementary).
With one photo entry entered into the competition, Lyford Cay International School's Caterina Leam was assured of the win in the elementary division.
In the art division of the competition, the top awards were carted off by St. George's High School student Thaddia Simms (art senior); St. John's College's Amy Burrows (art junior) and Queens College's Caldon Whyms (art elementary).
The award ceremony was held at the National Art Gallery Friday evening.
In the essay competition, New Providence dominated with 19 entries. Another eight essays came from Grand Bahama and one from Abaco.
Grand Bahama monopolized the art contest with 27 entries, completely overshadowing the three entries that came from New Providence.
There was only one entry in the photography category.
First, second and third place winners were declared at the elementary (five to 10-years old), junior (11 to 13) and senior (14 to 18) levels.
"We wanted to stimulate them to exercise their creative process in interpreting the concept of clean sports," said Roscow Davies, the BADC's member responsible for education and training.
Established in 2009, by an act of Parliament, the BADC works to prevent cheating and doping in all sports in The Bahamas.
"In a world where many athletes take performance enhancing substances to gain an unfair advantage over others ... we want young people to understand this whole sense of competing fairly," said Davies.
He called the collective response from the schools in New Providence and Grand Bahama "encouraging."
For BADC Chairman, Dr. Jerome Lightbourne, education equals prevention. Education, he said, should start at a very young age.
"We live in a world where people try to do whatever they can to come first," said Dr. Lightbourne.
"We as parents and coaches put a sense of added performance in our children and athletes by enticing them to take extra vitamins and supplements. That's actually the beginning because it instills in these children and these athletes' minds at a very young age that they need to take something else to win."
Fortunately, athletes from The Bahamas have never tested positive on an international level, although there have been some positive doping results locally.
Speaking to the caliber of work submitted, BADC member and Olympian, Pauline Davis-Thompson said "the future looks very bright."
"We have some very talented young people in this country," she said. "Continue to hone your craft."
The BADC intends to host a second awards ceremony in Grand Bahama to honor the winners hailing from the nation's second city.

Winners' circle
Essay Elementary
1st place Brad Cooper Jr. (St. Francis de Sales)
2nd place Michael Massey (Lyford Cay International School)
3rd place Sierra Blair (Kingsway Academy)

Essay Junior
1st place Bernique Pople (St. Anne's School)
2nd place Angel Knowles (Temple Christian High School)
3rd place Kristaleah Hall (Sunland Baptist Academy)

Essay Senior
1st place Ari Brathwaite (Queen's College)
2nd place Lauryn Daxon (Queen's College)
3rd place Latario Smith (Temple Christian High School)

Photo Elementary
1st place Caterina Leam
(Lyford Cay International School)

Art Elementary
1st place Caldon Whyms (Queen's College),
2nd place Leander Newton (Sunland Baptist Academy)

Art Junior
1st place Amy Burrows (St. John's College)
2nd place Jaynell Rahming (St. John's College)
3rd Alyssa Turnquest (Mary Star Catholic Academy)

Art Senior
1st place Thaddia Simms (St. George's High School)
2nd place Aaron Minnis (St. George's High School)
3rd place Joshua Burrows (St. George's High School)
Honorable Mention: Franklyn Deveaux (St. George's High School)

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The joy of helping others

February 25, 2015

There's no doubt about it, there is absolute truth contained in the title of today's article "The joy of helping others" -- it's very real. Yes it is. Let me give you a couple of examples from my own life. Many years ago, I was introduced to W. Clement Stone at a seminar in Chicago and got a couple of his books, which I read enthusiastically from cover to cover. He concentrated a lot of effort at that time in assisting inmates at penal institutions in the United States (U.S.) to be rehabilitated so that they could return to society and once again become productive members of the community. This awakened a burning desire within me to do likewise in The Bahamas.
So when I returned to Nassau from Chicago, I immediately contacted the local penal institution administrator and offered to facilitate motivational seminars for inmates who were about to be released from prison in the next three to six months. Each Saturday I would go to the prison and conduct seminars from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. The seminars were very effective, and many years later I got a letter from one of these former inmates who is now a very successful businessman in the U.S. stating that it was what I had taught him in prison which contributed greatly to the successful businessman he had become. Believe me, this letter, which I treasure greatly brought tears to my eyes.
Here's another example: A few years ago someone attended an open seminar I facilitated in Nassau who was blind. I noticed something special in him and mentored him for quite some time. I later leaned that he was blind as the result of being shot during a failed attempt to rob a bank. Today, this person has become a really great motivational speaker who is mentoring troubled youth to endeavor to make sure that they don't get involved in crime like he did many years ago.
His first book "The Fight of My Life is Wrapped up in My Father Book 1" has just been published and is available through Amazon.com. In the introduction to the book, he mentions the fact that he's grateful to me for my mentoring. His name is Drexel Deal. I highly recommend his book, particularly for troubled youth.
Yes my friend, there's no doubt about it, the joy of helping others is very real. Believe me for I receive this joy every day of my life as I inspire and motivate people through this article and through The Reilly Institute website which can be accessed at www.dpaulreilly.com.
Now my friend, I want you to experience the joy of helping others. So today's the day for you to think deeply about how exactly you can assist others, the less fortunate in your community in some constructive way. Believe me, you most definitely will not regret it, and neither will the people whom you help.

o Think about it!
Visit my website at: www.dpaulreilly.com.
Listen to "Time to Think" the radio program on STAR 106.5 FM at 8:55 a.m. & 6:20 p.m.

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ZAMAR Fuels New Opportunities For Country with Certification

February 23, 2015

Move set to boost confidence in local expertise as International Clients demand more...

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S. C. McPherson Junior High paid courtesy call on Governor General Dame Marguerite Pindling

February 21, 2015

Students and teachers of S.C. McPherson Junior High School made a courtesy call on Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling, Governor General, on Monday, February 16...

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Walter Parker Primary School in Freeport,Grand Bahama, paid a courtesy call on Her Excellency Dame Magueritte Pindling

February 21, 2015

Walter Parker Primary School paid a courtesy call on Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling...

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Leveraging the Strategic Advantages of Captives to Address Today's Top Business Issues
Leveraging the Strategic Advantages of Captives to Address Today's Top Business Issues

February 20, 2015

The 2015 Captive Insurance Companies Association (CICA) International Conference is being hosted under the theme “Captives: The Strategic Advantage”. The annual event, scheduled for March 8-10 at the Loews Royal Pacific in Orlando, Florida, boasts an agenda packed with educational sessions tailored to help businesses leverage the strategic advantages of captives to address key business trends...

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Education director 'not up to task', says union chief
Education director 'not up to task', says union chief

February 19, 2015

BAHAMAS Union of Teachers President Belinda Wilson yesterday called for Education Director Lionel Sands to “do the honourable thing and move on” from his post...

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Bahamian Attorney General to earn Barry University Distinguished Alumi Award
Bahamian Attorney General to earn Barry University Distinguished Alumi Award

February 18, 2015

Barry University will honor Bahamian Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs Sen., the Hon. Z.C. Allyson Maynard Gibson with its Distinguished Alumni Award..

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Much to be proud of

February 18, 2015

Stepping onto the national stage and being recognized as one of the students with the best overall performance in the Bahamas Junior Certificate (BJC) exams was a moment Nastacia Turnquest describes as "surreal", but one she was happy to have experienced.
The former H.O. Nash Junior High School student recorded nine "A" grades in the 2014 junior national examinations -- English, religion, general science, mathematics, health science, art, craft, technical drawing and social studies. She had the best overall performance in government schools, the best result in craft and the best result on New Providence.
"I was very pleased and proud of myself," said Nastacia, 15, who is now a student at St. John's College. "And I'm grateful to everyone who helped me prepare for the exams because it was a lot of work."
For Nastacia who celebrated her birthday on Valentine's Day, her academic journey she says is still young, as she now embarks on a course of study to sit the senior Bahamas General Certificate of Secondary Examinations (BGCSE) and she knows the work will only get harder, but says she's up to the challenge.
The daughter of Theresa (a Religion teacher) and Noel Turnquest says her mother has always instilled in her the value of an education and learning.
"She would always tell me that an education is going to pay off in the end, and that I needed to learn how to study for myself because I won't always have people to help me. She always says I should learn how to learn and to learn as much as I can while in school because when I get out there, it will be the real world," she said.
"Having an education helps you to better yourself in life," she said. "And when you get it you have to ensure that you apply all the knowledge that you've gained from different persons."
While she's not certain career-wise as yet where she's headed, the tenth grade student says when she envisions her future she sees one in which she's successful. She also said it is up to God what he wants her to do.
Nastacia who graduated H.O. Nash with a 3.65 cumulative grade point average (GPA) and was named salutatorian of the class was also awarded the Tara Xavier Hepburn Foundation scholarship, which allows her to attend St. John's College for the final three years of high school, and covers full tuition and the cost of books.
The scholarship is for three years for tenth through twelfth grades at the cost of approximately $5,000 per year per student. In 2014, the Foundation had awarded scholarships to 21 students at the cost of just over $100,000.
According to Nastacia, had she not received the scholarship she probably would not have been afforded a private school education for her senior years.
"I was very excited to be awarded the scholarship. I was happy to know that they gave me the opportunity," she said.
The scholarship is open to graduates of government junior schools and students of St. John's College and St. Anne's School who have successfully completed grade nine, and tenable at St. John's College and St. Anne's School.
In order to be considered for a scholarship, applicants must be nominated by their school, attain at least a 3.00 grade point average, have demonstrated leadership ability and/or community involvement; be of good moral character and successfully pass a minimum of five BJC subjects which must include English and Mathematics with a grade of "C" or better. Applicants also may be required to attend an interview.
The Tara Xavier Hepburn Foundation was launched on December 29, 2006 to celebrate the life of Hepburn, an exceptional young Bahamian who died at the age of 30 while studying law, after having completed a psychology degree. Out of pain and grief and trying to cope with the loss, Hepburn's family decided to keep Tara's memory alive through scholarship for students in high school.
Now at St. John's College, Nastacia said she has adjusted to the school, and is now adjusting the to the BGCSE course of study. She's happy she's holding her own. At the end of the Christmas semester she had recorded an 87.3 percent out of 100 percent, and ranked sixth out of 103 students.
While Nastacia says she's focused on her academics and knows the importance of her education, she says she also knows that academics do not make the whole person, and that they have to be compassionate and social-minded as well. And Nastacia has a social calendar that keeps her busy. She's a member of her school's soccer team, a member of the National Dance School of The Bahamas, a member of the Junior Writers of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, and the Technical Cadet Corps.
An average day for her she says is busy, with her hitting the books and doing homework and studying after practices and club meetings.
And while she continues on her quest for academic excellence to graduate high school the way she did junior school, before heading to college, she said her advice to her peers is to stay focused, as whatever they put their minds to, she said they could do it.

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Innovative and creative ways to use language

February 18, 2015

C.R. Walker High School students were able to discover innovative and exciting ways to use language as a vehicle of thought, creativity, reflection, learning and self-expression during a visit from American poet, author and motivational speaker, Omekongo Dibinga of UPstander International.
Through his work, Dibinga who describes himself as an up-stander as opposed to a bystander, inspires people -- in particular, youth populations to take a stand when they witness an injustice. His 1,000,000 Youth Campaign has impacted more than 100,000 young people worldwide.
During Dibinga's recent five-day workshop which focused on poetry and spoken word, over 50 students comprising grades 10 through 12, also learned to use language as a tool for personal growth, social interaction and addressing social issues faced within their communities.
Under the Poet-In-Residence Program with the motto, 'Think before you speak. Write before you fight,' Dibinga's workshop focused on building cultural and community pride through the use of poetry and the spoken word.
In a show of appreciation for the program, the students gave Dibinga a taste of authentic Bahamian culture through the presentation of a Junkanoo rushout.
Dibinga concluded his visit with a performance titled "Power of the Spoken Word" at Bahamas Harvest Church at which United States Embassy Acting Deputy Chief of Mission Neda Brown, Pastor Mario Moxey of Bahamas Harvest Church, C.R. Walker Principal Nicola McKay were in attendance. During the evening, many of the students who participated in the program took to the stage to give performances through their creative use of the spoken word that expressed their feelings and views on a myriad of issues. Dibinga and local poet Leshea "Sapphire" Jones closed out the evening with performances from a selection of their own classic poems.

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Crooked Island High School students lauded

February 18, 2015

Crooked Island High School principal, Maegan Colebrooke, is a believer in students always striving to improve themselves, which she says is always a move in the right direction. And she is constantly reminding the student populace at her school of this.
"If they're a 3.75 grade point average (GPA) student and dropping back to 3.5, that's not good, but if they're a struggling student with a 2.00 average and they improve to 2.50, that I tell them is good, because life is about growth," said Colebrooke.
The school recently celebrated the accomplishments of its 25-strong student population with a leadership installation and honor roll ceremony, during which 22 of the students walked away with medals for their grade point average improvement between Christmas 2013 and Christmas 2014.
Two students, Don Daxon Jr., a ninth grade student, and Shellico Moxey Jr., an eighth grade student, were honored for their Principal's List accomplishments (GPA of 3.50 and above.)
Seven students were honored for making the honor roll (students with a GPA between 3.00 and 3.49) during the Christmas 2014 term -- Shellico Moxey Jr. and Meleena Carrol (Grade 8); Don Daxon Jr. (Grade 9); Lezlee Bain (Grade 10); Eltesha McKinney, Denzel Daxon and Wilson Scavella (Grade 11).
Creselle Rose, a twelfth grade student who distinguished herself during the month of January was chosen by teachers as the student of the month.
Because she reflected the values of the school, which include cooperation, discipline, Godliness, respect, self-esteem, integrity, dedication and hard work, Hudelle Moss, a ninth grade student, received the Mightiest Eagle Award for the Christmas Term 2014. She was also the student who demonstrated the most improvement academically, improving her GPA from 2.00 to 2.50.
Colebrooke, who is in her third year as principal at the institution, said being able to honor so many of the students showed that the systems the school's administration and teachers put in place was effective, and that the team was working together to accomplish the goal.
"We're making strides in the right direction," she said.
Parents who played an active role in the ceremony, by pinning their children with their awards, were reminded by the principal that their children needed to be refocused when they weren't at school, and should be able to complete homework assignments and prepare for national examinations. She stressed to the parents, the importance of their children maintaining the standard of excellence and not regressing.
Reverend Dr. Errol Farquharson, a retired acting commissioner of police who spoke at the ceremony, encouraged the students to continue to pursue excellence and to work hard. He impressed upon them the importance of putting the past behind them and pressing toward the mark, which he said for them should be success.
Eleventh grade student Denzel Daxon who spoke on behalf of his peers told the school administration and their parents that they know that as students that they are the most important element in the school. He told parents that when they give to the school, they are supporting their children; and that when they attend functions they know that they believe in their children.
"When parents attend PTA meetings, work on committees and attend conferences with our administration and teachers, we know that you care about us," he said. "When you do the right thing to ensure that we get the best education, we know that you are interested in us."

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Governor's Harbour Primary School captures Eleuthera Jr. Junkanoo title

February 18, 2015

With the funding and support of its sponsor, Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC), Governor's Harbour Primary School was able to take first place in the Eleuthera Junior Junkanoo Parade's Primary School Division. The colorful bunch who swept lead banner and choreography and placed second in music, dazzled spectators on the Queen's Highway with the theme "Treasures of the Sea."
"We are elated for the children about their win," said Eldri Ferguson-Mackey, BTC vice-president of marketing. "We know that the students, their parents, and teachers put in a great amount of work to make the occasion truly spectacular."
BTC's relationship with the school goes far beyond sponsorship of Junior Junkanoo, with Governor's Harbour Primary being one of the schools selected for the company's Adopt-a-School program. BTC has been involved with the school for nearly a year now, having "adopted" the school in March 2014.

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GGYA participants stroke toward gold

February 18, 2015

Ten participants paddled into Governor General's Youth Award (GGYA) history following a successful four-day kayaking adventure last Thursday, when they circumnavigated New Providence covering nine miles a day.
Seven students from Lyford Cay International School (LCIS) and three from Lucayan International School (LIS) in Grand Bahama, became the first participants of the GGYA to complete the gold-qualifying kayaking expedition. Three teachers accompanied the students, and a rescue vessel remained on standby during the adventurous journey.
The sea was calm, and the sky overcast, as the group pushed off from Montagu Beach around 8 a.m. Thursday. Throughout the trip they remained visible from shore.
The kayaking adventure was a journey for which they were well equipped. The group completed two practices -- one in New Providence, the second in Grand Bahama.
"The first practice involved one full day of kayaking from Lyford Cay around Simm's Point to the south end of Clifton Heritage Park," said David Mindorff, LCIS head of secondary school and academics. "We then did two days of work together as a team in Clifton Heritage Park cutting a bird watching trail, clearing stumps in an area planned for a petting zoo and rebuilding a stone wall."
For the second practice, the LCIS students travelled to Freeport, to team up with LIS. Over the course of several days, they paddled around the canal, got stuck on mud flats, searched for an elusive blue hole, explored a mangrove swamp, got soaked by enormous wave and generally had an exciting time.
Their plan for the actual journey circumnavigating New Providence had them covering approximately nine miles a day, according to Mindorff. On one of the days in Grand Bahama they completed 20 so Mindorff and the GGYA participants were confident that nine miles a day was a reasonable day's work.
The group made camp at various coastal sites around New Providence. The trip wrapped up Sunday at Montagu Beach, a day earlier than planned.
"They did very well," said GGYA executive director, Denise Mortimer. "The only difficulty were the seven-foot waves around Cable Beach between Baha Mar and Goodman's Bay, and when they tried to go through the harbor, they were stopped and waited at the Hilton Beach for us to get clearance. Otherwise a great experience for all," she said.
The Gold Award takes a minimum of 12 months for Silver recipients working in three cornerstones areas -- service, skill and physical recreation. Participants must complete an adventurous journey spanning four days and three nights.
"Our first kayaking gold qualifying expedition demonstrates that there are other types of adventurous exploration available to our participants. This is a dynamic program," said Mortimer.
She said that units had kayaked before, but never for the entire duration of an adventurous journey. Other units are free to do something similar, however, participants would have to underwrite their own costs. Thanks to a partnership between the GGYA and the Ministry of Youth, Sports & Culture, the youth program is able to attract more participants across the length and breadth of The Bahamas.
Looking back to the start of their expedition, it took around 45 minutes for the group to prepare their boats and cargo, and review safety instructions.
Zoe Brown, 16, from LCIS utilized the time to calm her nerves and rationalize the benefits of the journey. Prior to setting out she admitted to being nervous, but she said she hoped the experience would make her a better kayaker and that she would make new friends.
She wasn't the only one a wee bit apprehensive heading out. LCIS student Michael Mindorff for whom sibling rivalry was a powerful motivator, had said he was nervous about the weather and the waves, as they had discovered that as they planned that things changed from day-to-day.
"My older brother did his Gold Award and I can't let him outdo me. My younger brother is doing Bronze this year. It's a family thing," he said. "My teacher told me we will be very proud of ourselves if we can complete this. I am looking forward to the feeling of success."
The thought of soaking wet clothes, tired muscles and aching ligaments didn't faze Luke Brown of LCIS as he prepared to head out.
"I'm a rower and have two years doing that, so I think I can handle this kayak trip. I love the water, love to be on the water with my friends," said the 16-year-old.
He felt that the typical hiking expedition, synonymous with GGYA, was tougher than kayaking.
"Out on the water it's cooler and I can splash water on my face to cool down. I love it," said Brown. "I'm going to be pretty proud of myself when I finish."

The students who
paddled to success
Matthieu Boeuf
Jett Brookes
Zoe Brown
Gabrielle Hollaender
Tiera Ndlovu
Michael Mindorff
Luke Pyfrom
Jose Renteria
Jana Ward
Benjamin Willoch
The leaders
David Mindorff
Ian Brooke
Sylvia Bateman

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