Classes disrupted again at Combermere

The problem-plagued Combermere Secondary School had to be evacuated yet again this morning after students began falling ill.

When a Barbados TODAY news team arrived at the school, an ambulance was seen entering the premises. Several parents had already arrived at the institution to collect their charges.

Sources at the school said that there was a “bad smell”, while the President of the Barbados Secondary Teachers Union, Mary Redman, said she’s been informed there was a possible gas leak.

Redman said the union remains committed to working with the authorities towards a resolution of the matter. (CM)


29 Responses to Classes disrupted again at Combermere

  1. Precious Gem
    Precious Gem February 21, 2017 at 1:38 pm

    Wait these people crazy why they don’t move those children altogether

  2. Sheldine Dyall
    Sheldine Dyall February 21, 2017 at 1:41 pm

    There’s a problem that cannot be solve .Move the children oit.

  3. Lilian Lloyd
    Lilian Lloyd February 21, 2017 at 1:53 pm


  4. Roane Magloire
    Roane Magloire February 21, 2017 at 2:32 pm

    Is this for true?

  5. Ernesta Catlyn February 21, 2017 at 2:40 pm

    Mr Vere Parris, the ambulance came to take the children to their routine dental appointments etc. Mr Jones, surely now you will file an official police report regarding this ongoing sabotage

  6. Alex Alleyne February 21, 2017 at 3:09 pm

    Minister Jones waiting until someone fall over DEAD, then to call in the POLICE.

  7. Kim A. Jones
    Kim A. Jones February 21, 2017 at 3:13 pm

    Wait… evacuate? I confused… cause I still at work ALL NOW

  8. Mika February 21, 2017 at 3:14 pm

    I’m confused. I’m at work at Combermere School all now. Evacuated when? People need to get their facts straight before they print and the public needs to check before commenting….

  9. S Wal. February 21, 2017 at 3:38 pm

    Ladies and gentlemen boys and girls,

    We may be looking at this the wrong way . For instance what does government do before a school is erected in an area to make sure our kids stay safe in their environment . (testing to soil) point 1
    Point 2
    is the area check again for factories that release toxic fumes or may be suit for transportation to and from school.
    I used to go to a no. of schools here in barbados and i could not believe some of the smells we would be smellin during a class time. for example one could smell gutter water for the whole day.
    then wibisco in the after noon which was good but made you hungry.

    i said that to say this people an area changes since the 1800s they need to revisit all schools and do some sort of recon to see what this is doing to our kids.

  10. Donild Trimp February 21, 2017 at 3:55 pm

    This is now a comedy.

    I feel sorry for these kids.

  11. A Proud Combermerian February 21, 2017 at 4:34 pm

    The school was not evacuated. Why don’t the Press do some proper investigative work or intelligence gathering first and realise the problem was situated in the Belle ???

    Look just remember Foes in Plenty we shall meet, hearts Courageous scorn defeat, so we press with eager feet. UP AND ON! UP AND ON!!!

    • harry turnover February 21, 2017 at 7:26 pm

      UP AND ON ! right on bro..from another PROUD COMBERMERIAN

  12. A Proud Combermerian February 21, 2017 at 4:38 pm

    Also note … that after the problem was identified in the Belle area and NPC were fixing the issue, operations were returned to normal in exactly 10 mins.

    Enough said.

  13. kathy-Ann Clarke February 21, 2017 at 4:41 pm

    Again, I know Mr. Jones talking about sabotage, so it this still so? What do we call this, close the school and get the children educated at another location, it can’t hurt to close down the building.
    Sorry for all the past Cawmere people, but it needs shutting down, and carry out a thorough investigation.

  14. Alex Alleyne February 21, 2017 at 4:47 pm

    HC or QC ,things would have been done fix. But this is only “CAWMERE” that has fallen from grace.

  15. Bajan February 21, 2017 at 5:31 pm

    This school needs an exorcism.

  16. Ernesta Catlyn February 21, 2017 at 6:51 pm

    Yes Kim and Mika you are still at school but was the ambulance called for sick children; was there any truth to the story.

  17. Mika February 21, 2017 at 7:22 pm

    I know there was a sick child and I am not negating what you are saying. My concern is that before all facts were vetted, verified and validated, we have a news article and breaking news stating that the school was being evacuated.

  18. June February 21, 2017 at 7:28 pm

    Perhaps some co-worker in here were not ‘paying attention’. LOL

  19. Mikey February 21, 2017 at 7:52 pm


  20. Old Scholar February 21, 2017 at 8:22 pm

    Mike you are right about one thing. The journalists need to conduct proper investigative work then validate and verify the information before shooting at the hip. Also they must always be transparency.

    Again be fair and transparent.

  21. Combermerian and Proud. February 21, 2017 at 8:30 pm

    Why the hell those persons with an Agenda don’t stop causing more disruption in the school. Go about their merry way.
    There was no evacuation, yes there was a smell of gas coming from the direction of the Belle. Ask those by the forest, off school grounds what issues they created today.
    HC has a constant smell in the area, you don’t hear that in the news.
    Shut the school and send the students where??? No where can accommodate all approx.1100 students.

  22. Tony Waterman February 21, 2017 at 8:46 pm

    Over and over and over, i have brought up things that PROBABLY contributing to the Problems that Cawmers has been experiencing, and this is a Classic example of one of the type of things that i have mentioned LOng ago.
    Now Today’s Problem was Short Liuved, and should have NEVER been reported on, until the FACTS were known, but this one eminated in The Belle and drifted down to the school, same as when the Furniture Factory was across the Road from the School, and the Factory in the Turning that used to Vent some time of Fumes to the air, which travelled down to Comberemers School. People don’t seem to Realise YET how Bad the AIR QUALITY is In Barbados, with No One Containing any of these Chemicals. like Car and Furniture Paint and Lacquer Fumes etc.

    @S Wal!!!!! you asked and Said!!! “We may be looking at this the wrong way . For instance what does government do before a school is erected in an area to make sure our kids stay safe in their environment . (testing to soil) point 1”

    I am Not aware of what is done Today, but i can assure you that there was Nothing wrong with That Property when that School was erected there, that was a part of Waterford Plantation, and the Only Thing ever there was “SUGAR CANE” and how do i know this, i grew up in Spooners Hill, and then Moved to Bush Hall Rd Spooners Hill, and that was my Stomping Ground for Stealing Soft Cane, along with Codrington Plantation across the Street, if ther was something wrong with Land it would have Showed up much earlier than 61 years later. that school was erected there around 1955, and was Populated in 1958, and I was in the FIRST Cohort to Populate that School, prior to that we were housed in the Huts and Buildings at St.Ann Fort the Garrison (1955-1958) i left Waterford in 1961. ( I walked to school every Morning)
    I still Lay on my Veranda ans listen to the Cropover Functions at the Stadium, every July/August When i am HOME

    To all my Aluminus:-
    Up and ON, and Keep the Flame Burning Brightly ever.

    we are 3/4 of that T50 Team, Up and On

    • A Proud Combermerian February 21, 2017 at 11:44 pm

      Well said Tony. Especially where you said: Now Today’s Problem was Short Lived, and should have NEVER been reported on, until the FACTS were known, but this one emanated in The Belle and drifted down to the school

      It is as though the powers at be have believes in promoting bad press about the school and not taking due diligence to be conduct a professional job.

      I hope that the same way they want press results that they acknowledge the fact that 6 Combermerians were in the Barbados Cricket Team. I hope they acknowledge the fact one of the top European Chefs is a Combermerian. I hope they acknowledge the fact that the school achieves at least 8 – 10 scholarships every year in Music, Sports and the Arts.

      I hope that they acknowledge the good and give praise where it is due and stop looking for negative.

      Lives are in the making here, hearts are in the waking here. Up and On, Up and On.


  23. Tony Waterman February 21, 2017 at 8:53 pm

    My Only Concern about that Building (Combernmere School) is if there is stiill an ASBESTOS Roof on it, that was the roofing of Chioce in that era (The Pine and Grazettes Housing Areas, and the SHEDS at the Bridgetown Port, including the Sugar Bond also had Asbestos Roofing which only has a 25 Year Life Span.

    (keep in mind that Combermer has been there for about 61 years)
    if that roof is the Original Roof that could be a part of the School problem.

    Also there are TOO Many Functions now being held in the Major Noot Hall, this could be over exerting the sewer System, this system was NEVER Intended to be used in this Manner.

    FOOD FOR THOUGHT i hope.

  24. J.G. February 21, 2017 at 10:54 pm

    Can anyone say if there are pidgeons living on the school compound and if any part of the school has a ceiling. If there are pidgeons on the compound they could be living (nesting) in the ceiling (all they need is a small breach in the ceiling). Any dead ones along with their droppings would produce a musty obnoxious odour. If this is not the case then it would be interesting to find out if the same set of students and the same set of teachers are falling ill.

  25. J.G. February 21, 2017 at 10:59 pm

    Having read Tony Waterman’s comments, I respectfully withdraw my comments.

  26. Rowan Barnett February 22, 2017 at 10:42 am

    I am the parent of a third former of the Combermere School and I don’t think that some of you postulating and pontificating on this issue full understand how my stomach hurts when I think abiut the rollercoaster ride my child’s education is taking. I am not affluent or rich so the possibility of transfer to another school is seriously hindered. Who will represent the interest of our children. Wasn’t the mantra of the MOE a couple years ago “Each one Matters”. Doesn’t my child matter?


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