September 2010

Open And Ready To Go

Anthony Burrows
Ready, set, go! The air was filled with excitement. The teachers were anxious to get started. The students were nervous, unsure of what to expect. It was Monday, August 30, 2010, and everyone was looking to see who had grown over the summer, who would be returning, and who would be placed in which homeroom.

Bahamas Academy opened its doors to 860 students who were eager to get on with the 2010-11 school year. Joining us this year in our technical and vocational department is Mr. Christopher Johnson. Returning to us in our Science department at the secondary division is Mr. Stephen McBean. Mrs. Juliette Sands returned to the elementary division as one of our 2nd grade teachers, and Mrs. Valarie Griffin and Mrs. Michelle Joseph were reassigned to the Early Learning Center. Mrs. Patrice Bethel also joined us in our Food Services Department.

Our theme for this school year is “Pursuing Success With Christ As Our Guide”. It is our prayer that as we place our hands in the hand of the Master, our expectations of success will be realized in the life of each student and teacher. The challenges will be there, financial and otherwise, but we serve a big God who has promised to supply all of our needs. Therefore, we will forge ahead, trusting Him to be our Jehovah Jireh.

We are proud of the accomplishments of our students who did well in both the B.J.C (Bahamas Junior Certificate of Education) and B.G.C.S.E. (Bahamas General Certificate of Secondary Education) examinations this past year. As a result of their success, a number of them have opted out of their twelfth-grade year and have moved onto college. To them we say, great work and keep it up.

We extend our congratulations to Mrs. Valarie Poitier and Mr. Ocknel Orelhomme both of whom experienced marital bliss in separate ceremonies over the summer vacation.

Our students will receive a different experience this year as we will be reintroducing our annual yearbook and launching our new school management software known as Renweb. Parents will be able to go online and see their child’s progress in real time. Report card days will become optional for some.

We are presently in the process of upgrading our website. Parents will be able to apply online. Everyone will be able to go online and see everything related to Bahamas Academy from anywhere that they can access the internet.

Also, in the elementary division, teachers began the 3-year implementation process of the Adventist literacy program, Pathways. Pathways: A Journey to Excellence through Literacy is an integrated language arts program which includes reading, writing, phonics, spelling, word study, comprehension and study skills, grammar, vocabulary, and handwriting. Its philosophy is that students should not only learn how to read, but also to enjoy reading, writing, and learning. All students deserve to be in a school setting that provides optimum opportunity to become passionate learners, readers, and writers.

The first instructional component being implemented is the guided reading component. In guided reading, small groups of students with similar proficiencies read together. Within this setting, students have opportunities to learn and use problem-solving strategies while reading to construct meaning, figure out unknown words, untangle sentence structure, and learn new concepts. Guided reading books and/or leveled readers will be used.

This year promises to be one of praise and thanks as we look forward to spending our last year on Wulff Road. Construction is in the advanced state of completion, and we are on target to move in during the summer of 2011. The next phase will be the landscaping and furniture. God has been good to Bahamas Academy, and we will be forever grateful for the commitment and dedication of our parents, church members, the government of the Bahamas, and the wider community for their gifts, positive support, and prayers. Take some time to drive by and view the progress made to date. Praise God from whom all blessings flow!