The Local Government District Council of Green Turtle Cay has been busy serving the community that elected them this past June. A budget cut has seriously affected the council’s ability to start and complete projects, but it has not stopped them from getting things done – even if it means rolling up their sleeves to assist with tasks like mowing or cleaning public places.
Hope Town School held a wine & cheese fundraiser on April 17. A focus of the fundraiser was the book the schoolchildren wrote and illustrated: “Up Cycles to School.” A great crowd turned out to the Hope Town Harbour Lodge to enjoy an evening browsing auction items, interacting with the students and socializing over a glass of wine.
Friends of the Environment’s Abaco Science Fair 2013 took place on Nov. 22 at New Vision Ministries. This year’s theme was: “Human Impact on the Marine Environment.”
The annual Abaco College Fair, held under the banner "Paving the way for a brighter tomorrow," was held on November 19 at the Agape Christian School's Grace Gym. All of the local high schools, including Moores Island and Mary E Albury of Man O War, were invited. Hundreds of senior students turned up to take advantage of the fair and receive information and guidance to assist them in making decisions about the next stage of their career. Grade 12 students were invited for the first part of the morning and were followed by Grades 11 and 10.
Abaco Central High School’s first PTA meeting of the year took place in the evening of October 4. It was a long meeting that covered many topics. Among the topic discussed was the election of the PTA board members. It was a matriarchal meeting with mostly mothers attending, so this year the Parents Teachers Association will be represented mainly by women since only one man, the President, Pastor Jason Quashie, will sit on the PTA board. Pastor Quashie who could not attend had charged last year’s President, Soluke Innocent, to offer his nomination.
Six new teachers and a new Vice-Principal, Shirley Krezel, will bring new blood and energy to Abaco Central High School for the year 2013-14, but Ricardo Ferguson is still at the helm, committed to lead the ship with new concepts and a firm hand. The Principal’s goals for the new school year are to continue improving the academic performance by increasing the strides made last year as well as to provide more support in vocational areas. Two new subjects are being introduced for the time being in that field: carpentry and pastry baking.
It all started out by Man-O-War Primary School’s teachers introducing the idea of Eco-Schools Bahamas and the Green Flag. The students all thought it was a great idea to do our part to take better care of our environment. Throughout the year the entire school worked together to become an Eco-School. Looking back, President of the School’s Eco-Committee said it is really special to recognize that each student was dedicated to this goal.
It is time again for high school students to start thinking about their future after graduation. The Annual Abaco College Fair, organized by the Department of Education, was the event to help make up their mind about further studies and careers. Representatives from fifteen colleges and universities were on call that day to give the students brochures, answer their questions and talk to them about the programs offered in the college they represented. They also discussed the possibilities of scholarships.
A meeting was held at the Abaco Central High School on November 14 to announce the launch of the RENEW Programme which is scheduled to begin within the next two or three weeks. Coordinator of the program, W/Sgt. 2483 Jocelyn Smith, is very excited about the inauguration of this program which she has been working on organizing for the past year. Officer Smith explained that the program has been designed to address the problems of at risk students and to provide counseling, community work and rehabilitation for those students on suspension from the school.
There are 93 Interact members on Abaco split between two high schools. Interact Club, a youth branch of Rotary Club, is geared towards community service. Every new school year the members must be repined as new members replace those who graduate. On September 24 and 26 the two clubs were visited by Rotarians to oversee the pinning ceremony.