The Bahamas Primary School Student of the Year Foundation has officially begun its search for its 2016 Student of the Year.
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.
A two- day session on Sea Cucumbers, Starfish and Urchins heralded a series of six exciting classroom and field research courses- two in June, two in July and two in August- offered by Friends of the Environment to older high school students. The Summer courses, which started on June 20, consisted of mornings classroom documentation on the proposed topic and was followed by afternoon field trips, most of them taking place as close to town as Eastern Shores and Great Cistern or as far as Cross Harbour, Long Beach, Casuarina Point and Snake Cay. Mangrove habitats and creeks were the favourite exploration areas.
The registration for the Drill Core after-school program will be held for all grades 4 to 6 at Central Abaco Primary School (Private schools have been invited to join) on that campus on Wednesday, 16 January 2013 at 3:30pm.
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.
Eric Cork, the energetic founder of Rap, Rhythm & Rhyme: Rebuilding the Writing Foundation, visited Abaco for the second time in four years. He provided a mesmerizing workshop experience for primary and high schools students.
Fire was the theme of the evening on November 2 at Forest Heights Academy. The annual event celebrating Guy Fawkes attempt to blow up the House of Lords in 1605 was again enacted at Forest Heights Academy. Following the traditional English celebration of the gunpowder plot, fire crackers, bon fire, fireworks and six “guys” ready to be burnt were set in the far field at the edge of the high school lawn. The event was held three days ahead of time, but at a more convenient date as it fell on a Friday.
In May, 2012, seven students from Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada volunteered for five weeks with the Every Child Counts School in Marsh Harbour. The five students were recent social work graduates; two were on academic student placements in Early Childhood Studies. Here are their reflections on ECC and Abaco.