Smooth sailing for students

It appeared there was a smooth start to the new school term for thousands of children who made their way to the classrooms today – some entering new classes at their old schools and others beginning their journey at new places of learning.

When a Barbados TODAY team visited the Fairchild Street and Princess Alice Bus Terminals shortly after 8 a.m., there were hardly any students there, suggesting that most students were either already at school or on their way.

A handful of secondary school students were spotted at the River Bus Terminal while some bus stops across the island were dotted with pupils patiently waiting for their transportation.

Along sections of the island’s roadways, Transport Board buses, mini vans and ZR vans could be seen transporting dozens of students.

Parents of primary school children who spoke with Barbados TODAY said they started their preparation for the new school term early, to avoid leaving anything to chance. They also said they had left home early to avoid being stuck in traffic.

When our news team visited the Deacons Primary School, anxious parents could be seen still on the compound as the children took part in morning devotions inside the school.

Some parents at the Deacons Primary School this morning as their wards begin the new school term.
Some parents at the Deacons Primary School this morning as their wards begin the new school term.
Marilyn Gill and her mother Jackie Yearwood.
Marilyn Gill and her mother Jackie Yearwood.
Some of the pupils at the Deacons Primary School.
Some of the pupils at the Deacons Primary School.

Cheryl Small, who took her three grandchildren there this morning, said her daughter started the back-to-school preparation as soon as the children went on holiday about 10 weeks ago.

“Because over the 10 weeks she was buying things every week, her burden wasn’t hard. She finished on time and it wasn’t too hard on her pocket,” said Small, who lives within walking distance of the school.

Paulette Forde said she also did shopping early, but admitted the preparation was hectic and tiring. She told Barbados TODAY she was hoping her children would continue to work hard and give of their best this school year.

Another parent, Yvette Octave, reported that it was “easy” getting to the school, adding that “there was no traffic”.

Principal of the Deacons Primary School Jennifer Jordan told Barbados TODAY she expected the students to settle in their new classes during the first week.

She disclosed that the focus this term would be on reading.

“We are going to have a Literacy Week and we are going to get very aggressive with reading,” said the principal, who took up the post in January this year.

Meantime, St Peter resident Shenika Bayley who had to travel on public transportation to take her son to a St Michael school said she had no trouble making her way there.

“The vans were not an issue. We left this morning about 7:30 and we got here just after 8,” she said.

Over at the St Michael School, students were at devotions when a Barbados TODAY team showed up. They were subsequently brought up-to-date about the work done at the school during the summer vacation, and new pupils were informed of the emergency plans at that educational institution.

St Michael School students listening attentively as they began the new school term this morning.
St Michael School students listening attentively as they began the new school term this morning.

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