Monthly Archives: December 2014

Dates for School Openings & Closings – Terms 2 & 3, 2015 (Barbados)

Here are some important dates to remember for the rest of the school year. This page will be modified as new information emerges. Please note that additional dates to consider such as Sports Days will vary from school to school. Bank holidays shown in red.


Term 2 begins: Tuesday, January 6, 2015 (for students)

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 – NO SCHOOL – Errol Barrow Day


Tuesday, February 24, 2015 – NAPSAC ZONAL PATSY CALLENDER CHAMPIONSHIP (Your child’s school may be closed)


Wednesday, March 11, 2015 – NAPSAC QUARTERFINALS (Check with your child’s school)

Tuesday, March 17, 2015 – NAPSAC SEMIFINALS (Check with your child’s school)

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 – NAPSAC FINALS (Check with your child’s school)


Term 2 ends: Wednesday, April 1, 2015 (for students)

Term 3 begins: Tuesday, April 21, 2015 (for students)

Tuesday, April 28, 2015 – NO SCHOOL – National Heroes’ Day


Friday, May 1, 2015 – NO SCHOOL – May Day

Tuesday, May 5, 2015 – COMMON ENTRANCE EXAM – Public Secondary Schools will be closed.

Monday, May 25, 2015 -NO SCHOOL – Whit Monday


Term 3 ends: Thursday, July 2, 2015



2015 BSSEE (Common Entrance) Town Hall Meetings

It is that time of year again, when parents all over the island of Barbados are given an opportunity to be educated about the Barbados Secondary School Entrance Examination (BSSEE) and to ask for any clarification they need from Education Officers who are au fait with the process. This opportunity takes the form of town hall meetings, which occur island-wide during the months of December and January. If you would like to get an idea of issues that are addressed, click here.

For further information on dates and locations of the meeting, please see the schedule below as was issued by the Ministry of Education, Science, Technology & Innovation. All meetings convene at 5:00 p.m.

BSSEE Town Hall Meetings 2015

The next meetings will be in January. They are:

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

DaCosta Edwards Primary School

Eden Lodge Primary School

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Princess Margaret Secondary School

Wesley Hall Primary School

Sunday, January 11, 2015

St. John’s Primary School

St. Joseph Primary School

Toy Stores in Barbados



I had been working on a comparative analysis of supermarkets in Barbados for some time but I became so busy that I could not follow up on all of the stores as I would like, and at this time of year, so many changes may have occurred that I may have to question the currency of my research. It is quite possible that I may have to start afresh in 2015.

Still, I owe you something after my lengthy hiatus, so in keeping with the season, I thought I would list a few stores in Barbados where you can purchase toys for the little ones.

There are a number of stores in Bridgetown that sell toys, especially at this time of year, even if toys are not their specialty or regular items on their inventories. If you want a one-stop shop for toys in Town, however, a number of people seem to have been gravitating towards Tasha’s Wonderland on the First Floor of Cave Shepherd, Broad Street.

Personally, I prefer to shop outside of the City, and there are a number of options out there. First on my list is Deanna Dash’s Toy Shop, conveniently located in Sky Mall, Haggatt Hall, St. Michael. There is a Lower Bay Street, Bridgetown location as well. It is not a large store, but it definitely has variety.

Toyriffic in Sheraton Mall, Christ Church has a wide assortment of toys as well, though some patrons have complained that it is a bit pricey. Krackerjack Kidz in Limegrove Lifestyle Centre, Holetown, St. James is another pricey yet viable alternative.

I am sure there are more so feel free to share your favourite toy store in Barbados. Who knows, you may be able to help some other moms looking for that perfect gift for their offspring this holiday.

Email update

Dear readers,

Thank you for your emails and I apologise for the delay in my responses. I have just completed answering the last of the backlog from the last couple of months so you may check your email for my answers to your questions. If you have any follow-up questions, please feel free to ask.

The majority of questions this time around have been in regards to doctor recommendations. Please note that questions about doctor recommendations will be answered privately and will not be published for the protection of the doctors themselves. (View this link)

Thank you again for reading and I wish you and yours all the best for the season.

Best regards,

Bajan Mom