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

Power of Prayer

On entering the courtyard of the Elementary Division of Bahamas Academy on Wednesday, April 6, 2011, students, teachers, and parents were greeted with the sound of worship music and a banner that proclaimed “God Rules!”

The sight of children, parents, and staff eagerly forming a line to write their heartfelt concerns and hopes to be placed in the Prayer Box was a sure sign that this day was a special one. A staff member reported that as the school body assembled for the official start of the ‘Day of Prayer’, she overheard one student tell her friend, “I’m afraid to pray”. To this her friend replied, “All you have to do is talk to God like you talk to me.” These words were echoed throughout the day in various forms. A skit portrayed what happens when one prays to the heavenly Father.

The service ended with a season of prayer led by Pastor Al Powell, Sabbath School and personal ministries director of the Atlantic Caribbean Union. Children partnered with a friend and prayed for each other’s concerns and needs.

Covered on the outside in white and draped in purple within, the Prayer Room was a sanctuary to which students and parents came throughout the day to have a pastor pray just for them or to have a solitary moment with The Master. The singing of hymns of adoration and prayer said by two parents brought the Spiritfilled day to a close.

While the elementary students were engaging in their prayer activities, the little ones and their teachers at the Early Learning Centre were also talking to Jesus and learning about prayer through vivid slide presentations and posters. Their theme was “More Prayer, More Power.” ‘These events, I believe,” said Pastor Powell, “brought the children to understand the power of prayer, the necessity to pray, and how easy it is to approach God. It is exciting to see the changes happening with teachers, parents, and students!”

Article By: Alerine Damastus

Baptism At Bahamas Academy

On March 7, 2011, the eager students of Bahamas Academy Elementary, filed into the school’s gym to witness their fellow classmates’ baptisms.

After the fall week of prayer, conducted in October 2010, Pastors Danny Major and Lynden Williams worked with a group of students who showed great interest in accepting Jesus as their Lord and Saviour. From that group, seven students expressed their readiness for baptism.

Celebrating this occasion with the students were the officers of the South Bahamas Conference, the Director of Education, and the parents of the candidates.

Mr. Burrows, principal of Bahamas Academy, brought brief remarks and presented each baptismal candidate with a Bible. Wilfred Ferguson of Grade 6 Mamby introduced the speaker, Pastor Paul Scavella, chairman of the School Board and president of the South Bahamas Conference. The Bahamas Academy Elementary School Choir’s rendition of the song, ‘Let My Life Praise You’ was simply breathtaking.

The baptismal service was solemn. The parents of the candidates witnessed their children seal their decision for Christ as they were baptized by Pastor Scavella. Inevitably, there were glimpses of teary-eyed onlookers as they rejoiced with these students who decided to make Jesus Lord and Savior of their lives.

At Bahamas Academy, we strive for excellence in everything we do; however, our priority is to lead boys and girls to a personal knowledge of Jesus, their Saviour. We thank God for our students who continue to let us know that our labours are not in vain.