Preparing for life

When you attend school you are being educated towards an ultimate goal, and that is the preparation for life in the job market. In that light, the subjects you do in school and the effort you put into them matter.

Jeff Broomes, principal of the Parkinson Memorial School, told Barbados TODAY yesterday that this mindset was one which he wanted all of his students to adopt and practice.

He was speaking during a career showcase at The Pine, St Michael institution where students got the opportunity to learn about various careers while interacting and hearing the experiences of some of the people who work in them every day.

The showcase coincided with the school’s 53rd anniversary week of activity celebrations.

“We adults tend to forget our days in school,” Broomes said, “but it has never been lost on me that school could be a very boring place if you don’t have a reason for being there, and if you are not challenged.

“When you come to school you want to know what does doing history mean? What does doing biology mean? What does doing English literature mean? But we have to show children that these are a means towards an ultimate goal, and these are the core areas and electives you are going to need,” he said.

The principal noted that as schools prepared children for the world, they should be given a grounding and a focus, showing them that education “does not end here”. Again he emphasized that while at school students are being educated towards ultimate goals.

“It is all about a grounding and a focus. What I like about the career showcase most of all is the fact that children are given the opportunity to manipulate some of the equipment, whether it be using the cameras or even interacting with the audio-visual age section. I think that the teachers who were in the forefront of these areas must be commended,” said Broome.

Careers highlighted at the showcase included pastry making, policing, dentistry and dressmaking, among others.

 

Pastry chef Kim Jones (right) demonstrating to students the process of icing a cake.
Pastry chef Kim Jones (right) demonstrating to students the process of icing a cake.

Students being shown information

Sergeant A. Cumberbatch (left) of the Barbados Defence Force assisting student Ajani Turney with donning protective army gear.
Sergeant A. Cumberbatch (left) of the Barbados Defence Force assisting student Ajani Turney with donning protective army gear.

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