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Commonwealth Bank donates school supplies to Grand Bahama, Sweetings Cay and Bimini students
September 11, 2009
Commonwealth Bank donates school supplies to Grand Bahama, Sweetings Cay and Bimini students

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- In keeping with the bank's commitment to assist in developing the communities in which we live and conduct business, Commonwealth Bank is taking its corporate responsibility seriously by recognizing a need and giving back to the community in a big way by assisting Bahamian students with 'Back-2-School’ supplies.

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June 20, 2012
Catching up with: Government High School head boy Leonardis Moss

Learning to use his natural gifts of outspokenness and eloquence to represent his school and be the true reflection of his peers was something Leonardis Moss treasured most during his tenure as head boy of Government High School. The 17-year-old who graduated with a 3.10 grade point average said being a responsible and outgoing student was not new to him, but learning to take responsibility to another level and lead the student body was a new concept. Even so, he said he was up to the challenge and felt that his natural ability to adapt to situations and make the best out of what he has helped him reach a new pinnacle in his life. After tasting the fruit of effective leadership and learning the hard and meaningful lessons that come with a frontline position he hopes to have future opportunities to do it again.

Q. What do you think made you stand out among your peers?
A. I think it was the fact that I am a leader. I am responsible and outgoing. I do whatever is needed to get a job done. I don't procrastinate and I really work hard. I was leadership material even before I took up the mantle.

Q. What does it mean to you to be a leader?
A. A leader is someone who leads by example and by who they are as a person. To be a leader you must be able to fall back and let others shine. Be on call whenever someone needs assistance. You're not always required to say I'm leading or anything. It's about having a humble spirit as well. It's not about taking charge all the time. It's about helping others and guiding them to their full potential. You have to encourage, motivate and empower others to do their best and be the best example of what you mean for them to see and follow.
Q. What advice would you give other young men who wish to take up the mantle as head boy?
A. I would tell them to respect the title. They weren't given it for show. Your teachers and peers saw something in you that led them to want to elect you to the position, so it's up to you to live up to it as best you can. It's also important to be yourself and not let the title get to your head. Many people forget that they were given the title for who they were and having it is not an indication that you need to change, especially if it's negative. Let it draw out the best in you but be careful to continue being you and keeping the important things like family and schoolwork prioritized in your mind. You cannot forget your goals despite your responsibilities.

Q. How important is it to always have a goal in mind and not lose sight of it?
A. To me it means everything. No matter what comes your way, you have to have a plan so you know where you are headed. Life will throw you curve balls and if you forget why you are working so hard in the first place it's easy to give up. Even as head boy I was still focusing on leaving school and being who I would want to be. I want to be a pastry chef and even though I was busy with my responsibilities I made sure I got my Bahama Host certification, studied Spanish and family and consumer science so I could give myself an advantage when I left school. To me thinking ahead is key and with a goal you are able to plan and see your way no matter what.

Q. What is the best lesson you have learnt as head boy?
A. It definitely taught me how to balance things and to always be prepared. I had school and knew what I wanted to be when I grew up. I had church matters and home matters to think about but I knew that I had to make time for it all no matter if I wanted to or not. I learned how to just give my all and prioritize better. I learned how to definitely not lose sight of what I wanted in life and to always have goals. Nothing will get done if you don't plan. To be prepared is to be responsible I feel.

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June 17, 2011
James Catalyn is at it again with 'School Days'

James Catalyn and Friends are doing it again and this time they are presenting "School Days," a dramatic production that is bound to tickle your funny bone.  The play, written by comedic playwright legend James Catalyn, has only been staged once and if you missed it then here is your chance join the bandwagon the second time around for a five-night run at the Dundas Center for Performing Arts. The play which started on Tuesday, June 14 takes to the stage through Saturday, June 18, with 8 o'clock. nightly shows.
The play's director, Omar Williams, says  there is a lot that the public can look forward to with this production.
"It is a series of skits that come together to paint a picture of what life and school was like in the olden days. It is a play with a good message and touches on topics that most people can relate to and laugh about.  It focuses on many things from how children relate to one another, making friends, the stress put on teachers and parents, gossip and other topics. It will have you looking back on our society and seeing us as we are. We will be able to look at things that are good, and applaud and laugh at the bad while still knowing that maybe we should try to do something about it. This is a play that the whole family can enjoy and we hope to see a lot of people out."
The stellar cast for this new staging of "School Days" includes Stephanie Braynen, Sherrelle Duncombe, Juliet Holmes, Antoinette Knowles, Trevann Thompson, Veronica Toppin, Geovette Wells, Eric Adderley, Jevon Butler, Chigozie Ijeoma, Conrad Maycock, Jr., Lemorn Miller, Gareth Moss, Leslie Moss, Dwain Wallace and Matthew Wildgoose.
Williams describes the play as a must-see for the family as it's a timeless production that teens and adults will enjoy from start to finish. The Bahamian characterizations, dialect and the timely message sets this play apart from all others says the director.
"We have a stellar cast who are a great combination of the original cast from when the play was first staged and some newer members who have worked together so well that it just adds more intrigue to the production. You can expect to come out and just truly enjoy yourself. It  will be great to see how people will receive this comedy."
LaVonnia Thompson, 49, who loves attending these kinds of productions says she remembers seeing the original play in her youth and says she can't wait to attend this new staging.
"When I first went to see this play I was the youngest in the group and I remember how my mom and older sisters were telling me that I needed to pay attention so I wouldn't be like the students in the play when I go back to school. Now I am the parent and I am planning to take my kids, Cleandra (13), Travare (14) and Randin (16) to see the same thing.  It was hilarious to me back then and I don't think humor changes too much in the generations so I hope they enjoy it too.  It is so good to be able to laugh at yourself and have a good family outing that everyone can enjoy sometimes."
Jordan Minnis wasn't always a fan of plays but since seeing a few plays this season he is more than excited to attend this event.
"The latest I play I saw was "The Cabinet"  and I enjoyed it, especially the roles that Matthew Wildgoose and Chigozie Ijeoma played," said the 19-year-old.  "I am not the biggest play-goer but when I heard that this duo was in this play too and knew I had to attend this.  I am sure I will not be disappointed. Besides, James Catalyn's work is pretty funny.  I am excited to see it when it gets staged."
Tickets for the play are $20 and can be purchased at the Dundas Center for Performing Arts' ticket office.
SCHOOL DAYS
When:  Through Saturday, June 18
Where: The Dundas Center for Performing Arts
Time: 8 p.m.
Cost: $20
 
 
 
 
 

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TB Case Confirmed at St. Anne's School
November 05, 2010
TB Case Confirmed at St. Anne's School

A confirmed case of tuberculosis (TB) has led to widespread testing at St. Anne's School, The Nassau Guardian has confirmed.
A teacher at the Fox Hill school was diagnosed with the infectious disease last week, Health Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis said.

As a result, staff and students at the school were tested on Monday. Dr. Minnis said that after the case was confirmed at Doctors Hospital, the Ministry of Health was immediately informed.

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March 26, 2012
N.G.M. Major High School student wins National Spelling Bee

The 15th Annual Bahamas National Spelling Bee produced fierce competition amongst the 20 participants, but it was Long Island student Peloma Cartwright who took the first place prize.
The event was held at the Crown Ballroom in Atlantis yesterday.
Peloma, 11, of N.G.M. Major High School, said she was nervous during the competition, but chalked up her victory to fastidious preparation.
"I just tried to get the definitions; I learned all my rules and I had to concentrate and think the word through," she said.
Peloma went 27 rounds, winning with the word 'reparations'.
She went seven rounds with sixth grade student Dante Rolle, 11, of Walter Parker Primary School, Grand Bahama, but in the end it was the word 'iambist' that defeated him.
Peloma will represent The Bahamas at the Scripps National Spelling Bee Competition in Washington, D.C.
She will be accompanied by second place winner Dante, and third place winners Alexxus Francis, 11, of High Rock Primary School in Andros and Breann Rahming, 12, of Bahamas Academy.
Governor General Sir Arthur Foulkes wished the winner and participants great success.
"I know that the victor will be a fitting ambassador of The Bahamas, as she travels to Washington, D.C. to participate in the international competition," he said in his message.
Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham and Education Minister, Desmond Bannister shared similar sentiments in their messages.

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Club 1600 hosts 2nd annual back to school event
August 29, 2013
Club 1600 hosts 2nd annual back to school event

Dozens of students turned out for the second annual Neil Percentie Back to School event hosted by Toastmasters Club 1600 on Saturday, August 24, in Union Village...

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November 18, 2010
School primary school security guard arrested over student sex abuse claims

By AVA TURNQUEST

Tribune Staff Reporter

aturnquest@tribunemedia.net

ALLEGATIONS of sexual abuse at a primary school has led to government fears of incest and molestation on a wider scale in a local community.

The alarm bells rang after a security guard at Gambier Village Primary School was arrested over claims of sexual abuse by several students. He is now being questioned by police.

Education and social services officials fear there may be a wider problem of child abuse within the Gambier Village community after the investigation unearthed further claims of incest and sexual exploitation.

State minister for Social Development Loretta Butler-Turner said: "I have received a few reports ...

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February 26, 2013
Essay Competition launched for GB High School girls

Invited: All female high school students (grades 9-12) in Grand Bahama are invited to participate in this contest.

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March 08, 2013
Lyford Cay International School (LCIS) Sports Institute: Created to develop students' athletic abilities and supported by overwhelming generosity

NASSAU, Bahamas -- This Monday, Lyford Cay International School (LCIS) students took to the track at the impressive, new Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium of the Bahamas. LCIS students, excited to be given the opportunity to run on the "Track Of Champions", showed a marked improvement in their running techniques thanks to guidance from LCIS specialist  track coach, Ron Rogers,  given during regular PE classes. Track and Field is just one of the focus programs of the newly launched LCIS Sports Institute.
"We saw some impressive improvements during our Sports Day," said Athletic Director Craig Massey. "Technically our students have advanced. Relay exchanges, and starts and finishes were much more technically correct and our athletes were driven to push through their races. The elementary school student's rotation relays were well designed for learning the higher level skill that our athletes will be using on the track in just a few short years," he added.  
Following the success and growth of the Art and Performing Arts Institute model at LCIS, the school administration decided to implement a plan to further develop the students' athletic prowess and sporting abilities by introducing the LCIS Sports Institute. Athletics in the curriculum and co-curricular program is an integral part of the student's education.
At the 50th Anniversary Gala held in March 2012, the audience pledged over $260,000 for the Sports Institute during the Fund-A-Need portion of the Live Auction. Principal, Stacey Bobo, commented on the event, "The Fund-A-Need event was a real highlight of the Gala last year. Giving was at all levels, ranging from $20,000 to $100, with each donor's contribution recognized. Over 75 individuals participated, with 10 being our very own faculty and staff. It was a powerful moment, which exhibited the unwavering commitment our faculty and staff have for LCIS and her students. We are grateful to everyone who participated - parents, grandparents, corporate sponsors, community members and staff."

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Uriah McPhee Primary School celebrates Commonwealth Day
March 11, 2009
Uriah McPhee Primary School celebrates Commonwealth Day

Students of Uriah McPhee Primary School celebrated Commonwealth Day Monday. (BIS Photo/Raymond Bethel)Nassau, Bahamas – Employees of the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture joined the staff and students of Uriah McPhee Primary School as they celebrated Commonwealth Day Monday. Commonwealth Day is the annual celebration of the Commonwealth of nations held on the second Monday in March.

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January 25, 2012
Mary, Star of the Sea Catholic School wins Spelling Bee gold again

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- History has repeated itself as the Mary Star Stingrays have shone brightly in the nation's capital.  This is the third time in five years the Mighty Stingrays have won the Catholic Archdiocesan Spelling Bee. The victory was made even sweeter with the runner up also hailing from Mary, Star of the Sea Catholic School.  
The school's Spelling Bee Team: Ajhonae Wildgoose, Tonae Farquharson, Xavier Robinson Pateva Curtis along with their coach Mrs. Natalie Marrett and Principal, Mr. Robert Nabb travelled into New Providence this past Friday to participate in the Annual Archdiocesan Spelling Bee. The whole team was on the edge because they were going in as the defending champions.  Gabrielle Edwards brought the gold home to Grand Bahama last year.  They were reassured by their coach and principal that all that was required of them was to do their best.  
These students began their trek in September 2011 and worked right up until the final day of the final week. They had even studied with their second coach, Mrs. Shimoon Cambridge every day over the Christmas holidays.
The Catholic Archdiocesan Spelling Bee takes place every January in Nassau.  Every Catholic school in New Providence, Grand Bahama and Abaco sends three students to compete for the coveted title.  The competition is always fierce as the students battle it out over a day in the venerable Seton Hall at Xavier's College, Nassau.

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November 11, 2010
STUDENTS INJURED IN SCHOOL STABBINGS

TWO students were rushed to the hospital yesterday after being injured in the latest in a string of school stabbings.

The incident took place at around 8.45am at Doris Johnson High School on Prince Charles Drive.

Police reported that two 16-year-old students got into an argument that led to both of them being stabbed.

Details remain sketchy as officers said they are still investigating the incident. School officials failed to return calls for comment up to press time last night.

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September 07, 2011
R. M. Bailey Senior High School CLOSED Thursday and Friday

The Ministry of Education wishes to advise parents and guardians of students attending R. M. Bailey Senior High School that there will be no school on Thursday and Friday of this week in order to complete the demolition of the gym.

School will resume on Monday, 12th September, 2011. The Ministry regrets any inconvenience caused.

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August 28, 2010
Kemp Road Urban Renewal Back to school yields strong community support

By GENA GIBBS

KEMP Road children crowded the Church of God of Prophecy on Shirley Street on August 25 to collect their back-to-school packages and enjoy a free lunch with ice cream.

The children that participated in the Urban Renewal Summer Camp got first preference.

"We basically capped our summer programme with a back-to-school giveaway. We had an energetic, fun filled summer and now we are toning down and we're trying to get the kids to get serious and focus on going back to school," said Kolamae Pedican, manager for the Kemp Road Urban Renewal Centre.

"This year we had at least 110 children that participated in the camp. We have a limited staff at the centre so we ...

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Kemp Road Urban Renewal Back to school
August 27, 2010
Kemp Road Urban Renewal Back to school

Kemp Road children crowded the Church of God of Prophecy on Shirley Street August 25 to collect their Back to School packages and enjoy a free lunch with ice cream.

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March 26, 2013
High School Blaze 'work of an arsonist'

Eleuthera - Officials in North Eleuthera are urging residents to come forward with any information they might have after an arsonist set fire to a local high school early yesterday morning. The blaze, which occurred shortly before 4am, totally destroyed the library, physical education and social studies rooms at the...

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Nassau Village's back to school giveaway
August 31, 2010
Nassau Village's back to school giveaway

Hundreds of children collected packages at the back to school giveaway, held August 27 at the Nassau Village Urban Renewal Centre.

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Why a high school football coach suspended nearly every player on team
September 26, 2013
Why a high school football coach suspended nearly every player on team

A high school football coach in Utah is receiving national attention for making an extraordinary decision: he suspended nearly every player on the team...

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January 02, 2013
Reports of Alleged Rape of School Security Guard

Police are looking into reports of an alleged rape of a female security guard while on duty at a public school on Christmas night. Superintendent Paul Rolle, head of the Central Detective Unit (CDU), said he could not provide details on the matter, as he had not received an official report.

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March 07, 2011
Scotiabank High School Track Field Championships

Nassau, Bahamas - The Scotiabank National High School Track & Field Championships are here again! Scotiabank is once again a proud partner
with the BAAA as the Title Partner of this year's National High School Track
& Field Championships.

Building
on our existing partnership with the BAAA and ongoing support of youth
development and sports in The Bahamas, Scotiabank again confirms our commitment
to giving back to the young people within our community.

The
Nationals is a Scotiabank Bright Future initiative. The

Scotiabank
Bright Future Program is
our corporate giving and communication program ...

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October 14, 2010
(PHOTOS) Mary Star of the Sea Catholic School Celebrates 50 years

Freeport, Grand
Bahama - Past and present students of Mary, Star of the Sea Catholic
School celebrated last weekend with spectacular events. Former students
and teachers from over The Bahamas and the world came home to celebrate
with present students, teachers and parents at a Meet and Greet, a grand
Cocktail Party, a Church Service and a Beach Party.

The Franciscan nuns who were the first teachers at MSS came back to the
Bahamas for the celebration. Sister Eleanor Dunning, the first
Principal and Sister Marie deLourdes were two of three nuns who began
the school 50 years ago. They travelled with Sister Pauline, Sister
Anne Phelan, and Sister Francis from Clinton, Iowa...

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January 28, 2013
Learn about the Bahamas Environmental Steward Scholar Opportunity for High School Grads

Nassau, Bahamas -
Students, parents and Guidance Counselors, are invited to join the
Bahamas Reef Environment Educational Foundation (BREEF) and the Ministry
of Education to learn how students in the class of 2013 can have the
gap-year experience of a lifetime as a Bahamas Environmental Steward
Scholar (BESS). Interested persons are invited to attend a meeting at
6pm on Friday 1st February at the Ministry of Education's building on
Thompson Boulevard.

BESS is a year-long study and work experience
programme for motivated high school graduates with a keen interest in
the environment, conservation and sustainable systems. During the
2013-14 academic year, BESS students will attend the Island School at
Cape Eleuthera and engage in real-life conservation work with...

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January 07, 2012
Bahamas Prime Minister renames Red Bays Primary School on Andros Island

Prime Minister, The Honourable
Hubert Ingraham was among dignitaries who paid tribute to Reverend
Bertram A. Newton for forty years of teaching and leading the Red Bays
Primary School in Red Bays, Andros.  Prime Minister Ingraham officially
declared the school the Bertram A. Newton Primary on Friday, 6th
January, 2012 in a ceremony that brought together Androsians from all
walks of life to honour a man who ensured the education of the children
of the settlement.

The Prime Minister also presented Reverend
Newton with a wonderful surprise just three days prior to his
eighty-seventh birthday.  He told the outstanding educator that he had
reviewed his previous Queen's Birthday Honours and has recommended him
for a higher honour to be awarded in June 2012.

The Reverend
Newton was surprised and elated.  He told the audience

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April 08, 2011
Students found with handgun at school

Two male students of the Anatol Rogers High School on Faith Avenue are being questioned by police after they were found in possession of a handgun while at the school.
The incident comes amid growing concerns about the growing use of firearms, and the government’s efforts to deal with the issue via the setting up of a gun court.
The incident occurred yesterday, sometime around 3:00 p.m. The ages of the students are 15 and 16.

In a separate incident police recovered a handgun and ammunition yesterday. Sometime around 11:38 a.m., officers of the Mobile Division acting on information proceeded to Pressure Point Liquor Store, Tonique Williams-Darling Highway. They conducted a ...

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September 22, 2010
Deep Creek Middle School Alumni Excel at Home and Abroad

Deep Creek, The Bahamas

- Deep Creek Middle School (DCMS) alumni
continue to excel in their academic studies, achieving success both in The
Bahamas and in the U.S. Kaziah Rolle, a 2010 DCMS Alumna from Deep Creek, has
received a full scholarship valued at over $45,000 a year to attend the Westover
School for Girls in Connecticut.

2007 DCMS Alumna Chelsea Williams earned numerous awards
upon graduating from Preston H. Albury which include Deputy Head Girl Award, Prefect
Award, Senior Mistress Award and several outstanding recognitions in core
academic subjects. Miss Williams has received a full scholarship to attend the
College of The Bahamas where she is studying psychology...

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Lyford Cay International School achieves International Baccalaureate extended essay success
January 08, 2014
Lyford Cay International School achieves International Baccalaureate extended essay success

As part of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program, Lyford Cay International School (LCIS) students in Grades 11 and 12, complete an extended essay of 4,000 words...

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Special Needs School Hit By Fire
December 05, 2012
Special Needs School Hit By Fire

Distraught special needs educators are calling for immediate community intervention after their non-profit treatment centre was damaged by an electrical fire yesterday.

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January 07, 2012
Bahamas PM Ingraham renames Red Bays Primary School on Andros Island

Prime Minister, The Honourable
Hubert Ingraham was among dignitaries who paid tribute to Reverend
Bertram A. Newton for forty years of teaching and leading the Red Bays
Primary School in Red Bays, Andros.  Prime Minister Ingraham officially
declared the school the Bertram A. Newton Primary on Friday, 6th
January, 2012 in a ceremony that brought together Androsians from all
walks of life to honour a man who ensured the education of the children
of the settlement.

The Prime Minister also presented Reverend
Newton with a wonderful surprise just three days prior to his
eighty-seventh birthday.  He told the outstanding educator that he had
reviewed his previous Queen's Birthday Honours and has recommended him
for a higher honour to be awarded in June 2012.

The Reverend
Newton was surprised and elated.  He told the audience

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March 15, 2013
Ryan Pinder Applauds Students of Financial Services After-School Programme

Nassau, The Bahamas -  the Hon. Ryan
Pinder addressed the Bahamas Institute of Financial Services' (BIFS)
G12 programme participants. The G12 Financial Services Certificate
Programme's objective is to provide high school seniors with the
necessary skills and information for entry-level positions within the
Financial Services Sector. Over the past five years, this programme has
trained over 70 high school graduates and sparked their interest to seek
a long-term career within the sector.

Minister Pinder said,
"this programme sets the framework and fundamental principles for a
career in the financial services sector. I urge you students to take
advantage of this opportunity, as you participate in your summer
internships and graduate from the programme next week. It's important
that you appreciate the level of exposure and the opportunity that has
been provided; and apply the same level of commitment as you attend
tertiary institutions and throughout your careers.

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May 21, 2012
31st Annual Frank Pancho Rahming Primary School Track and Field Championship

Photo collage by BahamasAthletics.com

Nassau, Bahamas - The
Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture takes great pleasure in announcing
the 31st Annual Frank "Pancho" Rahming Primary School Track and Field
Championship, scheduled for Thursday, 24th May 2012, at 9:30 a.m., at
the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium, Queen Elizabeth Sports Centre.

This Championship which originated in
1981, has become a major annual track and field programme, hosting
numerous primary school athletes in eight (8) categories...

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