St Lawrence Primary School temporarily closed

The ongoing sewage woes along the south coast have forced the closure of The St Lawrence Primary School located at St Lawrence Gap, Christ Church.

In a statement issued today by the Ministry of Education, Chief Education Officer Karen Best however announced that Class Four pupils who are preparing to sit the Barbados Secondary Schools’ Entrance Examination in May will be accommodated at the Arthur Smith Primary School at Pleasant Hall Land, St. Matthias, Christ Church.

Best advised parents and guardians of Class Four pupils to report to the Arthur Smith Primary in the morning with their children or wards, where she will brief them on the situation along with school principal Andrea Cheltenham.

Meanwhile, students from Class Three and under will remain at home until the Ministry of Education has finalized alternative arrangements.

Mrs Best said that the decision to temporarily close St Lawrence Primary School was a precautionary measure taken on the advice of the Ministry of Health on Saturday, as a result of a sewage spill on the school’s premises.

23 Responses to St Lawrence Primary School temporarily closed

  1. Ronald Yarde February 25, 2018 at 4:37 pm

    I don’t think it wise to send the children closer to the problem
    due to the fact that the sewage is moving down to that general area. If anything send the children away from the problem not into the heart of it.

  2. lswiltshire February 25, 2018 at 5:39 pm

    The St Lawrence Primary School is NOT located at St Lawrence Gap, Christ Church.

  3. Alan Hannah February 25, 2018 at 7:38 pm

    Have you seen outside the lanterns mall today, they have lifted the manhole cover to allow raw sewage to cover the road with up to 2/3inches deep, what next very concerned tourist, now school closing who next Tapas,KFC and businesses in the Lantern Mall

  4. luther thorne February 26, 2018 at 2:13 am

    Oh Shirt
    Uh mean
    Oh Sewage
    Cow Itch last week at Blackman Gollop – School Closed
    Now St.. Lawrence
    Goverment to Blame.

  5. Ralph W Talma February 26, 2018 at 2:36 am

    Oh no, one of my old schools. What the hell is gone wrong to B’dos, are we so leaderless? @iswiltshire. What do you mean ‘not located’, when I went there as a very little boy, it was located in St Lawrence Gap.

  6. Just observing February 26, 2018 at 6:10 am

    The school is located on the St. Lawrence main road.. Wet patches all around the school for the last few years and they blaming it on high tide.

  7. Ralph W Talma February 26, 2018 at 6:22 am

    @Just observing. My dear chap/lady, modern parlance I am afraid. When I was there in the 50s the school was opposite the Gap and was described then as being in St Lawrence Gap. Even the Police Station some 100 plus yards down the road towards the Swamp was described as such.

    • gsmiley February 26, 2018 at 1:59 pm

      Ralph Talma are you sure you know where the school is?

      The school has always been located on St Lawrence Main Road.

      The only ppl who described the location as St. Lawrence Gap were those who didnt know better.

      Not sure if you were one of those.

  8. Bajan First February 26, 2018 at 8:25 am

    The school is located along the St. Lawrence Main Road and has always been there! Not surprised that it has been affected by the ongoing sewage crisis on the South Coast. The school is just above sea level. I witnessed a sewage well being dug at the school many years ago and after going down about five feet the guys found themselves working in water, which got higher at high tide! During the rainy season the swamp came up to just a few feet off the back step of what was then referred to as the Infant Block. One could walk a few feet from the steps and catch fish for your fish bowl /bottle! It was through the grace of God that no lives were lost in the swamp during the school day; there was no fence separating the swamp from the school!

  9. archy perch February 26, 2018 at 9:02 am

    It amazing that the former BLP administration, that built the sewage project some twenty years ago amidst all the then highlighted problems and lawsuits from residents, now wash their hands clean of it and point their dirty BLP fingers at the DLP government. The project started wrong then and was destined to encounter the current problems of system overload. The BLP big-heads did not listen then, but all their dentures are showing now as critics of the present government. Politricks at play by the masters of trickery and deception. Even Satan could not do it better.

  10. Sue Donym February 26, 2018 at 11:46 am

    Is this an admission that a solution to the sewage problem will not be had in the short term? It must be nice to receive paychecks as usual despite the incompetence that will now keep hundreds of children out of school indefinitely.

  11. Sue Donym February 26, 2018 at 11:52 am

    Shouldn’t we be issuing our own advisories, rather than waiting for others to possibly give incorrect or incomplete information? Should we not let people know what to do to safeguard themselves or what do do if they come into contact with…
    Bad enough having to roll up vehicle windows from stench and splash, but what about the people who live and work here – including the ones that have paid to holiday here.
    The official silence is offensive!

  12. A Boyce February 26, 2018 at 11:58 am

    Why is it that every issue is treated as a party problem? Archy Perch should tell himself that the system has been functioning for a number of years. There were hotels and businesses built or expanded since the initial plant was done, and the relevant maintenance nor adjustment to accommodate this was not carried out.
    It has been said that a problem was reported in 2014, but nothing was done. I think it is so petty to be blaming the last administration for an existing problem, when they are in no position to rectify it.
    People have got to be mature and stop with the stupid partisan behaviour.

  13. Helicopter(8P) February 26, 2018 at 12:21 pm

    Barbados has long ago endulged in the practice of listening to the words of a polititian or lawyer with priority, rather than to technologist, scientist and medical practicioners. The sewarage system was badly designed and managed through its operational life span. The dayly and monthly logs should have been showing intake and discharge values and settling durations along with pH balances of discharge, this is the correct procedures of a sewerage (municipal) treatment plant.Flow rates should have been monitored and differentials analysed.

  14. Helicopter(8P) February 26, 2018 at 12:27 pm

    Notices should be assigned by the Government Information Service on roads leading into the affected areas notifying “Vehicles should be decontaminated with disinfectants within coming into surface water contact”!! Pressure washing is also advised!

    • Belfast February 26, 2018 at 10:50 pm

      Funny that the BWA ,as far as I know still has a restriction on the washing of motors cars using hoses.
      But what a pity that no Ministerial offices are located on the South Coast. You will never see MP1, 2 ,3 OR 4 diving through the Sewer Strip on Highway 7.

  15. Spikes February 26, 2018 at 1:15 pm

    Barbados is not the only place that has sewage running in the streets. We have it in Fort Lauderdale , in London ,in Timbuktu and all over the world .Bajans ,stop the complaining ,let the chrildren go to school and play up in the sewage ,we all did before This is now our new normal MAY GOD Help us

  16. seagul February 26, 2018 at 1:55 pm

    I think some people are always going to be considered wrong because they are opinionated. I’ll speak on a topic in a different way. I’m a far cry from political correct because I don’t really care what the political views are. This party partisan behaviour always highlights the agenda it comes with. The pettiness keeps progress down in the barrel.

  17. luther thorne February 26, 2018 at 5:01 pm

    When Mia get in
    People who archy pussy representing as a BOT will get lock to arse up

  18. Nick February 26, 2018 at 5:28 pm

    archy perch has a severe case of stockholm syndrome. He obviously needs help ASAP.

  19. Belfast February 26, 2018 at 10:42 pm

    As a nation we should hang our heads in shame. And especially so after President Trump’s graphic description of African, and by extension, Caribbean countries. Trump’s description also aptly applies to many of our leaders.

  20. luther thorne February 27, 2018 at 3:11 am

    But you know archy and dem things that appear are ROBOTS – BOTS for short. Not real people thinking people but programmed BOTS to spread DEMS nonsense on the BLOGS and any forum
    You would notice that comments hold the same line. This is dishonest and similar to the approach by the Russians.

    DEMS have always engaged in questionable tactics
    How Barbados continues to vote for them is a puzzle.
    Most who vote for them are suffering from EBES

  21. Helicopter(8P) February 28, 2018 at 4:40 pm

    I’m here wondering how the old community and families of Rockly, Rockly Golf Course, Marine Gardens, Worthing, are existing at this time remembering the summer school days I would venture from the upper valley in St.George and go Accra beach and meet my school buddies there who were from the surrounding area. I wish you well South Coast!


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