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A look at old Barbados

From left: Infants A students Shaheim Leslie, Zaniyah Bovell and Nahshon Worrell show off their “ole time tings”.

Bajan culture and heritage were on full display this morning at the All Saints Primary as that northern school celebrated Independence.

Principal Keith Headley said the theme for the school was Things Barbadian and each class undertook a different interpretation and study of what that meant and spent time learning about old Barbados.

“We decided as a school that it was important for the children to become aware of their environment and … the history and culture of the country and those who have made a significant contribution,” he said, adding that it was important for children to understand how people made their living and how that contributed to the country’s growth and development.

Headley added that the projects undertaken by all of the classes saw teachers and students working closely together and even got parents involved, something they were hoping for to foster better and closer relationships. He said he was particularly proud of his teachers, who had worked extremely hard to cultivate those relations while getting students to understand more about Barbados.

The Reception students, who looked at Bajan drinks, brought in Mango Bay bartender Andr? Taylor and spent the day making golden apple juice and lemonade, with which the children assisted.

Teacher Cerrea Griffith explained that they spent the term learning about the different fruits and this morning was intended to give the children a practical understanding of how fruits could be made into juices.

Those from Infants A looked at “Ole Time Things”, with one class studying Errol Barrow, another the Mottley family and the third, the Adamses.

Teacher Larry Burnett’s class took the theme a bit further and parents donated old items like hot irons, oil lamps, coal ovens, mortar and pestle, jukking board, among others.

The two Special Unit classes were also among those taking the theme to heart. Coordinator Cynthia Boyce explained that her class, assisted by teachers Alicia Grosvenor and Troy Thorpe, looked at the various parishes in the island and some of the places of interest to be found there.

The other class brought the village to life, literally, with students dressed as characters ranging from the market vendor to the cane cutter, mauby seller and even King Dyal.

Teacher Stacey Briggs-Saunders said each activity they did helped with the understanding of village characters and village life. So in counting, with the help of teacher Valdesia Rock and parent volunteer Tamara Babb, they used marbles and learnt to pitch; in exercise classes they were taught to carry and balance buckets like mauby sellers and songs and poems were about cane cutters, among others. (LB)

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