Hope Town School’s Top 10 Activities for the 2011 – 2012 year:
Written by: Candace Key
31 Aug, 2012
1) Became the FIRST government school in the Caribbean to be awarded the prestigious certification of Green Flag Eco-School because of all the environmental activities the school has done for 30 years. Presented by the Ministry of Tourism and BREEF (Bahamas Reef Environmental Educational Foundation) who are the Bahamian sponsors for this United Nations Program schools all over the world vie for.
2) Enjoyed visits from the Governor General, Minister of Education and the American Embassy Charge de Affaires who spent Earth Day at our school taking part in activities with the students.
3) Summer Aberle, Gr. 3 student who won the 7-9 age category in the Commonwealth of the Bahamas Writers Competition, read her winning poem in November at Government House for the Awards Ceremony and was also a guest reader at the Hope Town Writers Read evening.
4) Hot off the press are this year’s winners in the Commonwealth of the Bahamas national writing competition — our Samara Cole won the middle age category with her creative short story, Bessie Lowe placed second in the younger category and Summer Aberle placed third and Ethan Adderley placing in the Top 10. Also in the mid-age category Robin Jeantil, Joey Gale and Eloise Albury all placed in the Top 10 Awardees.
5) Our Head Girl, Lilly Higgs, placed fourteenth in the Top 20 Finalists out of 115 top Grade 6 students throughout the Bahamas in the Bahamas Primary School Student of the Year Competition.
6) Grade 1 student, Luke Prosa , placed third in the Abaco District Grade 1 Spelling Bee and Jasmin Aberle won a third place trophy in the Grade 2 District Spelling Bee.
7) The school placed second in the Annual Perry Cooke Memorial All Abaco School’s Swim Meet . In June during the National Swim Meet held in Nassau each year, sisters Stella and Lilly Higgs were placed on the All Bahamas Scholastic Swim Awards having maintained a 3.5 grade point average throughout the year. Stella won 2 Silver Medals at the National Meet and Lilly won 3 Gold Medals at this meet.
8) Seven students were honoured in Nassau at the Minister of Education’s Literacy and Numeracy National Award Ceremony for placing at the very highest levels nationally on the Literacy and Numeracy exams given annually. Madisyn Cole, Samara Cole, Charlie Cash and Eloise Albury each won an award. Lilly Higgs, Stella Higgs and Joey Gale each won an award in both Literacy and Numeracy.
9) Student leaders Charlie Cash and Lilly Higgs along with Principal Candace Key, were invited to be among 96 top achieving student leaders in the Bahamas to have the thrill of lunching with Prince Harry during his historic visit to Nassau celebrating the Queen’s Silver Jubilee of reign. We were also proud of our former Bahamas Primary School Student of the Year, Anna Albury who spoke on behalf of the thousands of students present at the rally and sat on the stage and chatted with Prince Harry for hours, making several US morning shows, newspapers and every paper in England.
10) We are very excited about the new Media Centre built for the school by a generous American home owner. It was necessary to add space for the growing school and now it will house our computers and library and still provide us with a multi-use facility. We are very grateful.