Education

St. Thomas More Primary School choir captures Atlantis title
St. Thomas More Primary School choir captures Atlantis title

April 09, 2014

St. Thomas More Primary School's choir stole the show with their rendition of "The Myth of Atlantis" to capture the 2nd annual Books Bringing The Beats song competition for primary and junior school choirs...

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An educator who enjoys the profession
An educator who enjoys the profession

April 09, 2014

Troy Oliver has been an educator for over 30 years, and she's never imagined doing anything else...

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Lyford Cay Intl. School set to launch STEM Initiative
Lyford Cay Intl. School set to launch STEM Initiative

April 09, 2014

When grade six Bahamian students are discussing how to get mobile devices into the hands of school age children across The Bahamas, the impact of a school with a strong information and communications technology (ICT) curriculum becomes apparent...

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Educational Institute honors Anatol Rodgers teacher

April 09, 2014

Janelle Cambridge-Johnson, an instructor of high school hospitality classes at Anatol Rodgers High School was the 2014 recipient of the Lamp of Knowledge Award for Outstanding High School Teacher, presented by the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute (EI). Cambridge-Johnson received the award during the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) Legislative Action Summit in Washington, D.C., during the Stars of the Industry Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, April 1.
Cambridge-Johnson was nominated by her principal, Myrtle McPhee, who described her as "outstandingly passionate" about teaching and hospitality.
Cambridge-Johnson works closely with the Bahamas Hotel Association and local hotels to arrange internships and partnership opportunities. She has brought high-performing teams to EI's International Hospitality and Tourism Management Program (HTMP) Competition. She served as advisor to the Junior Hotelier Program, and has extended her teaching duties to the BahamaHost program through the Ministry of Tourism, in addition to preparing students for programs with the Caribbean Hotel Association and the Tourism Safety and Security Network. Her students have won numerous awards and scholarships under her guidance and encouragement. Cambridge-Johnson is the first high school teacher outside the United States to win the Lamp of Knowledge Award.

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Don't write yourself off

April 09, 2014

There is something which happens to a whole lot of people who are getting on in years which is indeed extremely sad to observe, and it's this. Many people who perhaps did not appear to achieve too much with their life in their early and middle years, start to get into a very negative, almost hopeless frame of mind as they approach their senior years, saying to themselves and others, my life is over, I'll never be able to achieve anything worthwhile with my life any more. To anyone who is perhaps in this frame of mind, whether young, middle aged, or in your senior years, I issue you the command contained in the title of today's article, don't write yourself off.
I don't care how big a failure you may have been in the past, or how old you may be, you can indeed still achieve some outstanding things with your life. All it really takes is the belief that you are a divinely created son or daughter of God, filled full of talents which will enable you to do great things with your life, regardless of your age or any other so-called difficulties you may perceive within yourself.
It is a fact, that so many people have achieved some of their greatest accomplishments in the latter part of their life, people like Dr. Maxwell Maltz who was in his late 60s when he began writing and had his best-selling book "Psycho-Cybernetics" published which sold in excess of 15 million copies, and became the definitive book on self-image psychology. Betty White is still doing fabulous work on stage and TV and she's in her 80s. I myself have never been busier in my whole life and am getting my radio series accepted for airing on new stations around the world week after week.
Of course, today's message is not just for those who are getting on in years. There are, I know, a whole lot of people who perhaps failed miserably at something, perhaps a business or a marriage failed ... so what! Today's a brand new day and yesterday is quite definitely over, so why should anyone allow the failures of the past to affect their present progress in any phase of their life. It just doesn't make any sense at all. No it doesn't!
So my friend, if you failed miserably in the past or if you're in your senior years, please I implore you, don't write yourself off for your spiritual father has some great things in store for you. So get up, get dressed, and simply get back in the race, as God quite definitely ordained you to be a winner. Yes he did.
o Think about it!

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Comets shine

April 09, 2014

The students and staff at Queen's College (QC) surpassed all expectations with the staging of their most recent production "Guys and Dolls", a musical following a series of "Runyonland" characters, inviting the audience to witness the twists and turns of their lives.
Patrons joined the cast just as Nathan Detroit (played by Hubert Gibson) appeared to be losing his grip on the "oldest established permanent floating craps game" in New York. In order to save himself and his reputation, Detroit made a bet with Sky Masterson (Tristen Ginter), wagering Masterson's success in wooing a local Salvation Army girl, Sarah Brown (Natalie Lester), and convincing her to accompany him on a date to Havana. Detroit's interest in Masterson's love pursuits did few favors for his own, and the audience watched as his 14-year engagement to Cabaret singer, Miss Adelaide (Lauren Thompson) took a hit due to his futile attempts at keeping her demands for marriage at bay. At the toss of a die, both characters, and those beyond the fourth wall jumped on a roller coaster of love, friendship and morality.
The Comets shone in their most recent production, with the dolls delivering scene-stealing performances. Lauren Thompson gave a phenomenal performance as the south Bronx Hot Box star, Miss Adelaide. In stark contrast, Natalie Lester gave playing Sarah Brown, the straight-laced missionary, her best shot; her efforts were not in vain, the actress had the entire audience in stitches over her rendition of a drunk Sarah Brown cavorting in Havana. Her let-loose dance was the proof everyone needed that one should never judge a book by its cover.
Credit also should be given to Ginter and Gibson, who played the perfect partners in comedy. The wonderful antics of Nicely-Nicely Johnson (Karrington McKenzie) and Benny Southstreet (Joel Sweeting) rounded off the comic experience with McKenzie's version of "Sit Down, You're Rockin' the Boat."
"Guys and Dolls" director, Gregory Deane, successfully brought New York's wonderfully electric atmosphere and Havana's exotic allure to the QC stage, with help from talented set designer, Peter Angole, and music composers Karel Coleby and Benjamin Davis.

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Attorney: unregulated development is a social justice issue
Attorney: unregulated development is a social justice issue

April 02, 2014

Ferreira calls on students to join the fight to preserve the Bahamas for their own grandchildren. The fight to protect the environment from the scourge of unregulated development is ultimately a struggle to defend the rights of each and every Bahamian, a top environmental attorney told C.V. Bethel students...

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Looking for the best and brightest
Looking for the best and brightest

April 02, 2014

The best and brightest graduating high school female students from throughout the country will convene in New Providence this week for the 36th Annual Eta Psi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated's Honour's Day Program, with one young lady walking away with the title of Most Outstanding High School Female Student in The Bahamas...

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Philanthropy broadening COB students' perspectives
Philanthropy broadening COB students' perspectives

April 02, 2014

Adrianna Knowles, a Ministry of Tourism Cacique Award Scholarship recipient at The College of The Bahamas (COB), traveled to New York last June to compete in a sustainable tourism competition; In fall 2013, Phylicia Romer and Myran Sands lived and studied in Mexico on a study abroad opportunity, made possible through the Santander Study Abroad scholarship...

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Discover Providence, discover the world
Discover Providence, discover the world

April 02, 2014

As students around the country prepare to wind down their school year, the principals at Providence School, one of the newest academic ventures in the country are excited about the new institution that promises to be an inclusive, creative and nurturing community, that will offer a challenging and project-based curriculum to preschool and primary school students, when it opens its doors in September.
Scores of parents with their children seeking admission, and dozens of educators in search of employment as well as Providence well-wishers attended a recent open house at the Rainforest Theatre in the Wyndham Nassau Resort where they were introduced to the institution's curricula and programs. Showcased were the plans for what is expected to be an energetic academic community where global education, character and service learning are expected to be paramount. It's a school at which educator and Head of School Shacantila Hall-Briggs hopes to create a more curious, creative, confident, considerate and engaged student.
Hall-Briggs told parents that there were perhaps few decisions more important than choosing the right school for their child, and asserted during the open house that choosing Providence School located on Tonique Williams-Darling Highway would ensure that their children start out on their path towards lifelong learning, building a strong character and a successful academic experience.
She said while core subjects like Mathematics, Language Arts, Social Sciences, and Religious Studies are fundamental to the tenets of the school, it was her belief that there is nothing extra about technology, world languages, fine arts, character and service education and health and wellness. She billed the co-curricular activities as vital parts of Providence's holistic approach to education.
She also told parents that Providence students would be given the tools to exceed academic standards, that Providence teachers would be offered the support to connect their students to a world beyond the halls of school and that parents of Providence students would be integral to every aspect of their child's education and development.
Bishop Simeon B. Hall, religious leader, former vice-principal of Prince Williams High School and chairman of the Providence Hall Foundation, moderated a six-member panel of professionals during the open house. Participating in the discussion were retired justice Rubie Nottage, former Supreme Court Justice and lecturer at The College of The Bahama; Father James Palacious, former rector at St. Matthew's Church and former lecturer at The College of The Bahamas; Arlene Nash-Ferguson, principal at Educulture and former principal at St. John's College; Philip Haven, Scotiabank manager and Bishop Victor Cooper, pastor at New Bethany Baptist Church and former president of the Primary Principals Association.
The panel members offered parents insight into the importance of family involvement in early childhood education, the critical role the church and the community play in childhood development, and the importance of investing in a child's educational future as well as best practices for financing a child's education.
Discussions also included embracing global languages and culture, methods to ensure that students are leaders in information and communication technology, the downfalls of traditional Bahamian educational philosophy and curricula, and how Bahamian students are faring at the regional and international levels and how to narrow any disparities.
The panel members stressed the importance of moving beyond traditional education and embracing character education and service learning, as well as the importance of disciplining children without damaging the spirits of children.
Noting that global-mindedness will be weaved into every learning experience at the Providence School, Sandiria Hall, said that in addition to teaching students both Spanish and Mandarin Chinese, that the school's program would incorporate field trips, annual international travel and co-curricular activities to complement the academic curriculum, and to transport Providence students beyond the brick and mortar classroom.
Chef Simeon Hall who highlighted the importance of promoting a healthy lifestyle and eating to children from an early age, showcased the school's unique lunch program which would be prepared under his guidance, with food from the school's on-site garden.
Students whose parents had already signed on for the Providence experience come September, wowed the audience with a fashion show displaying the school's formal uniform in blue and white gingham tops and navy sweaters and blazers. Other children adorned the informal uniforms -- kelly green, turquoise blue and sunkist orange polo tops with khaki bottoms. Adult models walked the catwalk displaying the teachers' and administrators' attire.
Providence School's philosophy is based on its core tenets of love, honor, integrity, charity and courage.
Parents or educators interested in joining the energetic Providence School where global education, character and service learning are paramount and are prepared to add to the school's efforts to develop future leaders can visit the school's website at www.theprovidenceschool.org or its Facebook page for more information.

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Woodcock Primary School students tour U.S. Coast Guard Cutter
Woodcock Primary School students tour U.S. Coast Guard Cutter

April 02, 2014

A class of fifth grade students at Woodcock Primary School got a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity recently when they were invited to participate in a tour onboard the visiting U.S. Coast Guard Cutter GANNET while it was docked at the Prince George Wharf...

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Family Island student makes history
Family Island student makes history

April 02, 2014

Taliah Cooper made history when she won the Jr. Minister of Tourism competition and became the first Family Islander to capture the coveted title...

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Take the label off

April 02, 2014

Joel Osteen gave a very enlightening talk on television recently when he was discussing a subject which I write about a whole lot, and that's the FACT, that how we see ourself in our Mind's Eye, contributes to how we actually perform on a daily basis...

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Languages unite the world
Languages unite the world

March 26, 2014

Despite English being the official language of The Bahamas, it is simply not enough. For the most part, the people that have only one language are sometimes at a disadvantage, especially with tourism being the country's number one industry...

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BTC iVolunteers bring joy to Governor's Harbour Primary School students
BTC iVolunteers bring joy to Governor's Harbour Primary School students

March 26, 2014

The students and faculty of Governor's Harbour Primary School in Eleuthera recently hosted a special assembly to thank Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) and the company's iVolunteer team for repairs made to two of the school's restrooms and one of its classrooms...

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The Bahamas High Commission and Commonwealth Secretariat launch the 2015 Education Good Practice Awards
The Bahamas High Commission and Commonwealth Secretariat launch the 2015 Education Good Practice Awards

March 26, 2014

The Commonwealth Education Good Practice Awards will be presented at the 19th Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers (CCEM) in Nassau, June 22-26, 2015...

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Students encouraged to consider cooperatives

March 26, 2014

Students from various schools around the country were encouraged during a recent two-day youth conclave to consider cooperatives as a viable business model and to take advantage of the opportunities the cooperative movement will afford them.
Through the conclave, it was hoped the students would be exposed to the idea of developing a business plan, provide them training on the roles and responsibilities of a board of directors and allow them to look at regulatory matters for school cooperatives.
The Department of Cooperatives Development with the Bahamas Cooperative League, hosted the conclave at the Sir. Harry C. Moore Library auditorium under the theme "Accelerating Wealth Creation through Cooperatives" in keeping with the 40th anniversary of the cooperative movement in The Bahamas.
Students from S.C. Bootle High School and Central Abaco High School in Abaco, Preston H. Albury High School in South Eleuthera and Old Bight High School in Cat Island were in attendance.
New Providence schools were represented with students from St. Anne's High School, Queen's College, C.C. Sweeting Senior School, C.R. Walker Senior School, Doris Johnson Senior School, Aquinas College, Jordan Prince Williams High, and T.A. Thompson Junior High School.
As a result of the conclave, a competition was launched amongst the various schools to develop a viable business plan for their respective schools with cash prizes to be offered and used as seed money to promote, sustain and/or encourage the further development of the various school cooperatives throughout the country.
Addressing the students was Frank Lam, an agribusiness professional with the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) in Miami, who spoke to the students on various topics including cooperatives entrepreneurship and youth in cooperative.
Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial Corporation (BAIC) Manager Lester Stuart and his team focused the students on developing a business plan towards school cooperatives. Cheryl Bowe-Moss, president of the Bahamas Cooperative League, spoke to the students on the role of the board of directors in the cooperative movement.
William Knowles, the financial controller of the Bahamas Cooperative League and Insurance Limited spoke on the role of the treasury and the importance of keeping accurate records.
Stephanie Missick-Jones, the general manager of the league, spoke to the students about the cooperative movement in The Bahamas from 1800 to the present date.
Impromptu presenters, Manuel Messina and Father B.J. Smith addressed the students and encouraged them to take advantage of the opportunities cooperative movement affords them.

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Enriching the cultural life of students

March 26, 2014

Following the successful launch of their "Sounds of the Stars" CD, Queen's College (QC) students and staff will again raise the curtain on another fabulous production -- this time they will bring the bright lights of 1950s New York and the exciting and enthralling musical tale of "Guys and Dolls" to the stage at the Geoffrey Brown Auditorium.
Set against the backdrop of prohibition, the story surrounds a group of "Runyonland" characters intent on holding the oldest established, permanent floating crap game in New York. But with the cops breathing down their necks and a cocktail of "gals" and bets adding to the stress, Nathan Detroit (played by Hubert Gibson) and his sidekicks Nicely-Nicely Johnson (Joel Sweeting) and Benny Southstreet (Karrington McKenzie) must come up with a plan that will ultimately save their reputations and their souls.
With music and lyrics originally by Frank Loesser and featuring sizzling and swinging hits such as "Sit Down, You're Rocking the Boat" and "Luck Be a Lady", the 80-strong cast promises to dazzle its audience.
Featured in the production along with Gibson, Sweeting and McKenzie will be Natalie Lester, David Allens and Tristen Glinter.
The musical takes to the stage March 27-29 at 7:30 p.m. nightly with a 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday at the school's auditorium on Village Road.
Gregory Deane, the head of modern languages department at QC who is also a QC alumnus and a veteran of the Dundas Centre for the Performing Arts stage, directs the play.
Deane was impressed by the overwhelming participation of male students, including some of the school's most decorated athletes who comprise more than half the cast. He said the student's singing, dancing and energy are what makes the show what it is -- a show about guys for guys that still appeals to everyone -- boys and girls, young and old.
QC is a school that believes in catering to a wide cross-section of young people throughout the community. As a fully comprehensive school operating under the Bahamas Conference of the Methodist Church, their interests lie not only in academic excellence, but also in raising well-rounded, courteous, spiritually grounded global citizens.
To that end, the school affords students the opportunity to participate in a number of activities and clubs, one of the most popular being the productions it stages under their Broadway Over Queen's banner.
"We are intentional about providing a holistic educational experience for our students and staff," said Shawn Turnquest, QC's vice-principal and head of high school. "Broadway Over Queen's aptly plays a role in fulfilling this ongoing mission. Patrons will see our students act, sing and dance, thereby showing their passion for the performing arts."
Turnquest said the students and staff embraced the challenge of staging a professionally produced musical, and in so doing, enriched the cultural life of not only the school, but hopefully the nation.
"For three days this week, families can choose wholesome, heartwarming entertainment. It is also educational, as it will build an appreciation for the study of drama," said Turnquest.
The musical "Guys and Dolls" first played on Broadway in 1950 and continued for many years. In 1997, the same musical was performed at the Dundas Center for the Performing Arts under the direction of former QC Principal Philip Cash. In that performance, Deane played the part of Benny Southstreet.
"As the highly-skilled director of this year's production, Mr. Deane has worked tirelessly to provide you with an experience that you will not soon forget," said Turnquest.
She commended the students who prepared for months to delight the audiences they expect to attract each evening.
"I must single out our extremely gifted, responsible and highly committed pianist, Grade 12 student Benjamin Davis. He has been simply amazing."
The head of high school said the "Guys and Dolls" production exemplifies the spirit of the Queen's College community that she said has an impassioned commitment to excel with grace in all endeavors.
"One of the very few things that drives me and consumes me and leaves me completely exhausted and happy is theater," said Deane. "I discovered that making people laugh and feel and think was a gift that I somehow inherited from my parents at a very early age. There is nothing I find more fulfilling."
Having abandoned his dreams of becoming a Broadway star, Deane said he has found that teaching at QC provides him with the opportunity to do everything in and out of the classroom that the stage would have allowed.
"Most of all, if I can somehow turn a new generation onto a different genre of music and expose them to a world of entertainment beyond the confines of their private world of iPod and iPhone isolation then my work will not have been in vain," said the production's director.
Tickets for the show are $15 adults and $10 students.

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It relaxes and frees

March 26, 2014

The world is full of a whole lot of people who could be classified as perpetual worriers, people who are forever worrying about their problems, even worrying about things which haven't even happened yet, but which they are forever anticipating might happen. Of course, by constantly worrying about what may or may not happen which could be detrimental to one's progress in life, a person actually attracts unfavorable conditions into their life. That's right, as I remind everyone again and again, the universe in which we presently live is governed by a set of universal laws, likewise with our individual life. One of these universal laws is the law of attraction which states "We attract toward us people, circumstances and events in accordance with our thinking." So, what we worry about eventually becomes a reality in our life.
So, how can we avoid falling into this deadly trap of getting uptight and worrying about what may happen in the future? Well, how I do it is by meditating and giving the whole matter, whatever it is to God. That's right, we all need to learn, that during times of stress, of uncertainty, we need to let go and let God handle the matter.
Now incidentally, to the spiritually immature people, this is not a method of refusing to deal with the matter, the problem ... .oh no, it's simply invoking the assistance of a higher power whom we know will indeed assist us in solving our problem with a wonderful creative solution. When we consistently do this, follow this sensible course of action, it will literally set us free. Yes indeed, as today's title puts it, it relaxes and frees.
As all of my regular readers will be aware of, one of my all-time favorite sayings is everything is in divine order. Yes it is! So, once we accept this spiritual concept, we will fully understand, that this line of sensible thinking applies at all times even when everything appears to be going terribly wrong in our lives. Everything really is in divine order. It's for our overall, ultimate good.
For example, sometimes we may be pursuing a course of action which may not be in our overall best interests. When this happens, perhaps something needs to go terribly wrong in order to awaken us to the dangers of the course we have chosen to pursue. So, this is what divine order is all about, and when we get this concept deeply imbedded in our consciousness, we'll fully understand, that it does indeed relax and free us, in no uncertain terms.
o Think about it!

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GGYA post steady annual growth
GGYA post steady annual growth

March 24, 2014

Registration in the Governor Generalís Youth Award picked up pace in 2013, finishing up three percent ahead of 2012 figures, according to data released during the Annual General Meeting (AGM) held over the weekend at Government House...

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