Commonwealth Day was celebrated in grand style at Angels Academy on March 13, and students of the school took the lead in entertaining the guests with their lively performances during a special assembly.
During the welcome address, Barbara Johnson informed the audience that there are 53 Commonwealth countries, and that The Bahamas is among them.
Following the welcome address the pre-kindergarten and kindergarten performers chose a Bahamian theme, and showcased the pink flamingo as the national bird and the blue marlin as the national fish found throughout our islands. Students also demonstrated true Bahamian culture with the rhythmic dances of heel and toe, the Quadrille and conch style.
Then under the direction of Music Teacher Stacey Adderley, Grade 1 students participated in a Bollywood Dance to represent India.
Great Britain came to life with London Bridge is Falling Down and a Renaissance Dance by the students of Grades 2 and 3. Next, Grade 4 students brought the Caribbean flair of Jamaica as they recited a poem called No Likkle Twang and sang Bob Marley’s Three Little Birds.
To represent Guyana, students of Grades 5 & 6 recited the words from the National Anthem of the Republic of Guyana and a poem entitled: “I am a Guyanese.”
The ceremony ended with a Spanish presentation by all students with the assistance of Eva Adderley, Spanish teacher. On behalf of the Department of Education Senior Officer Ruth Smith commended the students and teachers on the performances noting that the Guyanese and Jamaican performances in particular took her mind back to previous visits to those countries.
Miss Barbara closed out the ceremony in prayer, and invited guests to sample the delicious native dishes of countries that had been represented in the program.