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A royal visit

Azaria Chase already has her eyes set on a career possibility. Inspector Cortez Callender, with a look of pride on his face.

Azaria Chase already has her eyes set on a career possibility. Inspector Cortez Callender, with a look of pride on his face.

The little ones at the Eden Lodge Nursery School were paid a royal visit today.

It came in the form of the Royal Barbados Police Force. It wasn’t their first visit to the school but it was the first to incorporate the theme for the school year, I Am A Bajan.

This year the school is focussing on things Barbadian. Speaking to Barbados TODAY at its Warrens St. Michael office this afternoon, teacher Shelly Leacock explained they were already busy planning for next term when they will concentrate of places of interest.

Currently though, the emphasis is on festivals and music — hence the band’s visit.

Today, the very enthusiastic tots received a first class lesson in music from the world renowned band. They learned about the different genres, including calypso, jazz, gospel and classical.

Princess Harewood learns about the trumpet.

Princess Harewood learns about the trumpet.

Additionally, they were made familiar with the various instruments used by band members, and one student, Jaheem Khan, showed much promise as a band conductor, so much so that some suggested Inspector Cortez Callender might now be a little on edge about being replaced.

Leacock said everyone had a great time this morning, stating that an invitation had already been extended to the officers to return, and by the looks on there faces she said she was reasonably sure they would indeed accept the invitation.

“I am pleased with how these children are performing. Music is helping with their confidence. I sat†there today like a proud mother hen smiling as the children got up and danced — they definitely enjoyed themselves. The hands-on experience you give these children is overwhelming; it is much more meaningful to get them involved and as they get older they will remember ‘I did this at nursery school’,” she said with a broad smile.

Activity continues at the school this month. On March 22 an in-house concert will be held and Carlos Cobham, Marissa Lindsay, Krystal Cummins-Beckles and 10-time Pic-O-De-Crop king Red Plastic Bag are expected to make appearances. (KC)

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