More than reading
Literacy is about more than just being able
to read books.
That was what the staff of the Gordon
Greenidge Primary School set out to prove, and,
according to principal Angela Smith, they have.
The school recently held Literacy Week
with a host of activities to get its pupils
involved in everything from storytelling to
drama presentations, to book reports – even
Smith said: “What I liked about it is that you
could see that the parents helped the children,
and that was good: to have the parents on board
as well. So not only did the parents come in and
read, but they also helped the children to prepare
“Overall,” she added, “it went well. Especially
the projects the children had to prepare on
Barbadian writers, they were all excellently done.
“We had the penmanship part of the
programme, and that too was well done, and the
education officer came in and addressed
The principal mentioned that the incorporation
of technology into the week added a bit of
excitement for the children, whose parents
allowed them to bring their iPads, tablets, even
cellphones to school to display and show how
important it was to think of all these gadgets in
terms of how they could contribute to literacy
Asked about perhaps extending the programme
to other schools, Smith admitted they had not
really considered it, since others also had their
own literacy celebrations.
Smith said the only reason the school’s own
came later than the rest was because Literacy
Day was actually within the first week of school,
and Gordon Greenidge Primary had made the
decision to hold off and allow for more indepth
planning of its events before hosting them
At the end, she said, they rewarded the
children for good work in areas like writing,
poetry, oration, drama and art.
“Some got buttons awarding them for their
success, and others got certificates. I think we
achieved our objective really, which was to
sensitize the children as to the current means of
literacy, rather than thinking of literacy as being
just able to read and write.
“I believe we achieved that main objective,
which I think broadened their horizon, their
understanding that literacy is much wider than
that. Based on that, I am happy; and the parents
and children were involved, which was good.
“And we also got different community
participants like the Ministry [of Education], Cicely
Spencer-Cross and others,” said Smith.
Having wrapped up all the events for literacy,
the Gordon Greenidge Primary principal will now
look to Education Month –– Poetry And
Reading Day, for which her pupils are
eagerly preparing. (LB)