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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.

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

A Christmas Message

Anthony Burrows
This is the season of the year when most individuals will take some time to reflect on the birth of Jesus Christ. Churches will be filled with people, tables will be filled with food and houses will be filled with presents.

We at Bahamas Academy wish to encourage you to give thanks for the many blessings that came your way during the course of 2010. Some of you did not get a flat tire, others did not experience sickness of any kind and still others did not lose any family members.

Isn’t God a good God? And for those who went through some discomfort, God is still good. He is still love and He still wants only what is best for each of us.

Our first term’s grades have reflected that there is a lot of room for improvement in some cases. Others will be thankful for having made it through with a “C” average and still others will be ecstatic at having made the Honour Roll or Principal’s list.

As you enjoy the Christmas break, take some time to give thanks. Take some time to help someone in need. Take some time to prepare yourself to be ready for that time when Jesus will come, not as a Baby in Bethlehem but as conquering King of Kings and as our Lord and Saviour.

On behalf of my wife and children, I take this opportunity to wish each worker, parent, student and all of our well wishers, a happy holiday season and a spirit filled new year. May the God of Heaven continue to shower His blessings upon each of you as you seek to do His will in 2011.

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!

Bahamas Academy Praise Report

Anthony Burrows
The 2009 - 2010 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.

In the B.J.C. category, our school’s overall performance shows that the percentage of A-C passes was 69%. Our top achievers in this category are as follows: Earl Thomas – 6As, 1C; Santeche Knowles – 3As, 1B, 3Cs; Daniel Bostwick – 2As, 4 Bs, 1C; and Brandan Toote – 6 As.

Our B.G.C.S.E students are to be commended for maintaining a 70% A-C pass rate. We congratulate our top achievers for this year all of whom came from grade eleven: Danielle Deveaux – 6As, 1C; Luvonne Wilson – 3As, 2Bs, 1C; Chrishanna Reid – 1A, 1B, 4Cs; Shantel Romer – 2As, 4Bs; Kanisha Louis – 3As, 1B, 2Cs; and Omarinique Davis – 2As, 1B, 3Cs. 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 school yard 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 August 30, 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.