Bahamas Academy Welcomes Its New Principal

T. Milton Lewis
T. Milton Lewis is one of nine children born to Mr. and Mrs. Joseph B. Lewis in New Providence Bahamas. He attended the Oakes Field Primary School and graduated from Bahamas Academy in 1972.

In 1978 he graduated with a B.Ed. in Secondary Education from West Indies College in Mandeville, Jamaica now Northern Caribbean University and taught at Cooper’s Town High School in Abaco. After four years of teaching he became principal of Rolleville All-Age School in Exuma. Mr. Lewis spent sixteen years of his career on the Family Islands. Before returning to Nassau he completed a Master’s Degree in School Administration and Supervision from Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan in 1993.

After serving as a principal in five primary schools in Nassau, he was promoted to District Education Officer for the Southeastern District in 2012. This concluded a thirty year stint as a principal.

In addition to working in primary schools, Mr. Lewis lectured at Sojourner Douglas College and at the Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (B.T.V.I.). Having an interest in public speaking and leadership, Mr. Lewis Joined the Cable Beach West Toastmasters Club 6796, where he served as President on three occasions. In 1993 he served as the Chairman of the 1st Annual Crooked Island, Acklins and Long Cay Community Awareness Week. In the education arena, he served as President of the Primary Principals’ Association for six years.

In religion he served as a Sabbath School Superintendent and an Elder in the Johnson Park Seventh-day Adventist Church. Youth work is his passion; he served as a Pathfinder Director for many years.

Apart from giving back to his students and parents Mr. Lewis was a member of the Bahamas Plays and Film Control Board.

Mr. Lewis does not have any claim to fame, save that he served his beloved Bahama Land well for more than 37 years in the noblest profession-teaching.

In 1985, he married Verna Lewis nee Curtis of Moss Town, Exuma and together they have two daughters, Takara and Tameka.

A Praise Report

Anthony Burrows
The 2011-2012 school year is history, and the results from the B.J.C. and B.G.C.S.E external exams are in. We at Bahamas Academy are proud of the performance of our students. It should be noted that because the majority of our seniors were successful in passing three to five subjects with an A-C grade when they were in the 11th grade, they only took between three and four subjects in this year's sitting. However they are leaving high school with a total of at least eight subjects.

In the B.J.C. category, our school's overall performance shows that the percentage of AC passes was 60.26%. Our top achievers in this category are as follows: Raven Hanna - 5A's, 2B's; Aaron Davis - 4A's, 1B, 1C; and Hasheen Lockhart - 1A, 5B's, 1C.

Our B.G.C.S.E students are to be commended for a 56.51% A-C pass rate. We congratulate our top achievers for this year all of whom came from grade eleven: Brendan Toote - 2A's, 3B's, 4C's; Jo'Paul Scavella 1A, 4B's, 4C's; and Lyndee Bowe - 3A's, 2B's, and 3C's. In total, there were 18 eleventh graders who sat four or more B.G.C.S.E. subjects and passed them with grades of A-C.

We give Almighty God thanks and praise for what He has done for us. We thank all of the teachers who worked so hard both during and outside of school hours to assist all of our students in their quest for success. To our parents we say congratulations. The many hours spent waiting in the schoolyard and dropping off and picking up were not in vain.

As a Seventh-day Adventist school, we are grateful that the subject with the best performance was Religious Knowledge (B.G.C.S.E.) with an overall A-C pass rate of 96%. To our returning students, I challenge you to strive for excellence. From the moment the bell rings on September 3, begin to study hard, work hard, pray at all times, and let the banner of Bahamas Academy continue to be raised high for all to see.

Message From An Alumnus

Approximately thirteen years ago, I entered Bahamas Academy of Seventh-day Adventists. With great anticipation I entered the "big kid" school with my two older siblings. From the onset, the atmosphere exuded warmth and Christian fellowship.

Making friends at school was not difficult for me because many of the students attended my church. We found ourselves in all forms of uplifting activities because spiritual emphasis was a major part of school life. The teachers ensured that there were more than enough activities at school to keep us positively grounded. The many chapel exercises, weeks of spiritual emphasis and religious clubs have played an important role in the development of hundreds of students. Many of us have left the halls of the academy with leadership skills that will make us effective contributors to our church and the wider community.

Teachers, despite being poorly compensated for the arduous task they dedicate themselves to, have given abundantly of their resources and knowledge in order to steer us in the right direction. I proudly represent hundreds of students who have been the recipients of many acts of kindness and unreserved extensions of God's grace through our teachers at Bahamas Academy.

Permit me to share an experience with you of how the integration of faith and learning is at the core of our existence at this noble institution. You see, our teachers help us to understand that knowledge should not only reside within us. Instead, it must be shared. I distinctly recall last year, when the Class of 2012 and I banded together to give out health and lifestyle books throughout the Claridge and Wulff Road community on Adventist Book Day.

We got together at seven o'clock in the morning, prayed and began to distribute magazines to parents as they dropped off their children. With the assistance of our teachers, we fearlessly gave literature to everyone in our reach. The public buses did not pose a hindrance as commuters gladly accepted the knowledge that we were willing to share. A short while later, we converged on the school campus and excitedly shared our experience. What I found most gratifying was the manner in which our students answered the questions that were posed to them during the literature distribution! They answered intelligently and drew accurate biblical references.

That morning, we handed out over 500 magazines! This is just one of the many ways in which Bahamas Academy's students engage in evangelistic activities. Our hope is that the seeds planted, have taken roots and will one day emerge; ready to learn more about Christ and the health message.

Academic life also takes center stage at Bahamas Academy. Through God's grace and the support of teachers and parents, many students have obtained five and more passes in the Bahamas General Certificate of Secondary Examination (BGCSE) in the eleventh grade! Last year, I was successful in nine subjects! Any school that has the balance of educating the mental, physical and spiritual powers along with the philosophy of restoring in its students, the image of God, is on the right path. Bahamas Academy has proven this over the years.

It is not my intention to communicate that there are no challenges at this prestigious school. Many we have, but we have learned to cast all our cares on Him (1 Peter 5:7). God has piloted this institution for 100 years, and I have no doubt that our successes were all possible because He strengthened us (Philippians 4:13).

To all those students currently enrolled and those whose parents will be enrolling them in the future, I wish you academic and spiritual excellence. To the staff and administration of Bahamas Academy, may you continue to fulfill your mandate and mission from God; that is to assist in the molding of young lives and pointing them to Christ our risen Saviour. May God continue to bless Bahamas Academy!

From Mahala Moxey, Bahams Academy Head Girl (Class of 2011/2012)

2012 BAISS Spelling Bee

Bahamas Academy shines once again. The annual BAISS (Bahamas Association of Independent Secondary Schools) Spelling Bee competition was held February 2, 2012. Two students entered from Bahamas Academy: Celesta Stuart (grade 6) and Breann Rahming (grade 7).

The school family is pleased to announce that Bahamas Academy not only dominated the competition but came away with top honors. Breann Rahming did a remarkable job by placing first after thirty-one (31) grueling rounds of competition, where she spelt her winning word, “Malice”. Seems simple? Not in the least. After some very difficult words she was blessed to enjoy her smooth victory. She battled the competition through nineteen rounds with her competitor before she was declared CHAMPION.

We are indeed proud of her two coaches, Ms. Tameka Mamby and Mrs. Pamela Sullivan, for working tirelessly with both girls. We also congratulate their parents as they too were coaches ensuring that the girls studied, ate, rested, and completed all other assignments.

On March 25, 2012, Breann will represent the private schools of New Providence in the National Spelling Bee Competition.

Congrats again Bahamas Academy, and continue to allow God to guide and lead.

Article By: Marie Rolle

Bahamas Academy Continue To Excel

Anthony Burrows
Although our country continues the struggle with low performances in the BGCSE and BJC examinations, we can praise the Holy Spirit for guiding our students through the school year. Our dedicated teachers gave unreservedly of themselves and their time to ensure the students’ success. Our parents also went the extra mile in some instances to provide the needed help for their children.

Our BGCSE and BJC results reflect that our students are doing well generally. However, we are not satisfied until every child succeeds. This year our results show:

B. J. C. A - C passes 56% and A - D passes 77%

Our top three students are:

Asha Lewis 6 A's & 1 B
Tramayne Knowles 5 A's & 2 B's
Rhondi Gordon 4 A's & 3 B's

B.G.C.S.E. A - C passes 63% and A - D passes 85%

Our top three students are:

Mahala Moxey 6 A's, 1 B & 2 C's
Nykyleo Collie 1 A, 2 B's & 3 C's
Garth Jackson 3 B's & 3 C's

We congratulate all our successful students and encourage those who did not earn passing grades to use this coming school year as another opportunity to improve their performance. Remember that "you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you" (Phil. 4:13). May you have a wonderful and productive year whether you go to college or return to us in September