Schools a-sprucing up!
With just about two weeks to go before the summer holiday ends, everyone is looking to the start of the new school term. And before children can make their way to their new classes to meet new teachers and friends, parent-teacher associations, old scholars associations and school staff have been hard at work ensuring the institutions are spruced up before the new groups enter.
All across the island today –– and will continue throughout the week –– lawns were being manicured, walls painted, and buildings power-washed, desks cleared and cleaned, and so on, to ensure schools are in a state of readiness, come September 8.
When a Barbados TODAY team visited Eagle Hall Primary this afternoon, the school was abuzz with activity. Young volunteers like Danielle Pilgrim and Stephaney Forte-Pilgrim were cleaning several classroom windows as their grandmother Kathy-Anne Pilgrim industriously mopped the floors.
Downstairs, Winston Bacchus, a friend to the Bridge Gap, St Michael school was busy constructing a new sink for the infants department, as others trimmed and pruned trees, cleaned louvres and paved the driveway.
Principal Orlando Jones told Barbados TODAY that although the official school term was set to commence on September 8, this week’s cleaning was to ensure the building was readied when teachers were back at work this coming Monday.
“So, for this week, all the janitors will be cleaning and making sure everything is tidy. We started cleaning majorly from Friday last week and, more or less, we have been working around the clock. We still have a bit of time left for the grass to be cut, both in front and behind the school. We have more tiling to do in the Special Unit, but more or less we are ready.
“The education officer passed this morning to check the readiness of the school and he too agreed that we are ready for the reopening of the school in two weeks for the children, and under a week for the teachers,” the principal divulged.
Over at Hillaby Turners Hall Primary in Farmers, St Thomas, staff were equally as busy readying the school.
Outgoing headteacher Charles Hinds and senior teacher Andrea Henry were at the time of Barbados TODAY’S visit ensuring timetables were prepared for the start of the new term. Hinds, who will be headed to St Lucy Primary to lead that school, was confident that when the new principal came to Hillaby Turners Hall Primary there would be a smooth transition because of its preparedness.