More to education

Teacher George Browne (second left) gets his blood pressure checked at the BDF station by students Rashad Rowe and Kayla Brathwaite, while Private Algernon Vaughan keeps a close eye.
Teacher George Browne (second left) gets his blood pressure checked at the BDF station by students Rashad Rowe and Kayla Brathwaite, while Private Algernon Vaughan keeps a close eye.

Health, safety and career options were the focus of a showcase mounted by the Princess Margaret Secondary School this morning.

Principal Wayne Willock underscored the importance of education that might not come out of a classroom, noting that knowing about the community services was just as necessary as any direct class teaching.

“We believe that this activity is just as important as learning English, Maths or Social Studies. Home and Family Life Education is a fairly big endeavour nowadays in an effort towards positive behaviour management and allowing students to be aware of the fact that education and schooling is not just about books and chalk and paper.

“Today is an excellent opportunity to view and to take part in the activities,” he said, encouraging students to “ask as many questions as you want to”, while thanking the exhibitors for giving of their time and expertise to the school.

Some of the exhibitors were past students, like the joint Amaryllis Beach Resort and Crane Resort demonstration that saw General Manager of Amaryllis, Evan Gooding teaming up with Crane bartender Peter Lloyd and his intern, Grenadian Christopher Benjamin to present the students with healthy alternative juices.

Past students were also found at the Police booth where Assistant Superintendent Leon Blades and Constable Pauline Tudor gave the children tips on road safety, while the Fire Service provided the students with advice on careers available.

Willock said they had included a number of health career options as well and encouraged to explore the possibilities.

One such booth was the Career Development Institute, which gave students who wanted to know about nursing and other professions, much requested advice.

Other booths on display included the Barbados Cancer Society, the Barbados Family Planning Association, Tach Wellness Solutions, the Asthma Association, Sanitation Service Authority, ICBL, and the school’s own science department which showcased some of their agricultural displays.

Fruit juices, tamarinds, sour sop, sugar apple, thyme, parsley, were just a few of the items the school displayed or had on sale for the inquiring students.

Shortly before lunch, a zumba demonstration pulled several students into the hall to participate or spectate. (LB)

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