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Good evening, everyone:

I have been away for a long time but note that all email and comment responses are now up-to-date so you can check your email/comment section.

 

I will try to post a Q & A at a later date since some of the questions asked fell into the same category and others may benefit.

 

I wish you well and belated New Year’s greetings.

 

Best regards,

 

Bajan Mom

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TERM 2 ENDS WEDNESDAY, MARCH 23, 2016

Good day, readers. The School Calendar for the School Year has been adjusted. So while the Ministry’s official school calendar states that the Term ends on Thursday for students, they have announced that that date is actually this WEDNESDAY, MARCH 23, 2016.

Have a blessed week ahead.

Thank you

Good evening, dear readers.

I just wanted to take a moment to thank all of you who have been faithfully reading, commenting and sending your queries and kind comments about how helpful this blog has been to you.

I also thank you for your patience and loyalty, since this busy mom has lessened the frequency of her blog posts. As I have said before, this is a labour of love freely given, but my family and my work need to be priority, I appreciate your understanding.

I wish you and your family a 2016 that is the fulfillment of your dreams, the happiness you deserve and I wish you strength and grace under pressure when Life challenges you. May God go with you.

Best wishes,

Bajan Mom

Dates for School Openings & Closings – Terms 2 & 3, 2016 (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.

 

JANUARY

Term 2 begins: Tuesday, January 5, 2016 (for students)

Wednesday, January 6, 2016 – NO SCHOOL – Official Launch for 50th Anniversary Independence Celebrations

Thursday, January 21, 2016 – NO SCHOOL – Errol Barrow Day

 

FEBRUARY

Dates for the different zones (TBD) – NAPSAC ZONAL PATSY CALLENDER CHAMPIONSHIP (Your child’s school may be closed)

 

MARCH

TBD – NAPSAC QUARTERFINALS (Check with your child’s school)

TBD– NAPSAC SEMIFINALS (Check with your child’s school)

TBD – NAPSAC FINALS (Check with your child’s school)

 

APRIL

Term 2 ends:  Wednesday, March 23, 2016 (for students)

Term 3 begins: Tuesday, April 12, 2016 (for students)

Thursday, April 28, 2016 – NO SCHOOL – National Heroes’ Day

 

MAY

Monday, May 2, 2016 – NO SCHOOL – May Day (observed)

Tuesday, May 3, 2016 – COMMON ENTRANCE EXAM – Public Secondary Schools will be closed.

Monday, May 16, 2016 -NO SCHOOL – Whit Monday

 

JULY

Term 3 ends: Thursday, June 30, 2016

9 WEEKS SUMMER HOLIDAY

Important Information for May 3rd, 2016 BSSEE (Common Entrance Examination)

Just in case you did not get the opportunity to attend the 11 plus Town Hall Meetings this year (the final meeting was this evening at 5pm at the St. Michael School), here are a few important points to note. Additional information is also available here

Examination: Time and Structure

The examination takes place on Tuesday, May 3, 2016.

It begins at 9:00 a.m. with the Essay, which takes approximately 30 minutes. The English paper begins around 9:40 a.m. and is for 1 hour and 20 minutes. It is in two parts. The first section is 70 questions worth 1 mark each. It mostly consists of multiple choice and underlining the correct answers. The second section consists of 15 questions worth two marks each. It is important that we as parents remind our children the importance of writing in complete sentences. It turns out that if your child has a correct one-word answer that the student will receive NO MARKS for that answer.

There will be a half-hour break for snacks (nothing too heavy to eat so the children can concentrate better), then there is the Mathematics paper, comprised of three sections. Part A = 20 questions for 1 mark each. These are basic knowledge and this is the simplest section. Part B measures the student’s ability to comprehend what he/she is doing. This “comprehension” section has 25 questions worth 2 marks each. Of course, this section is a little more challenging. Finally, Part C, the most challenging section, contains 10 questions worth 3 marks each. It measures the child’s ability to reason. Remind your child of the importance of showing his/her working in the columns provided. If the child has the wrong answer but the working makes sense, a mark or two may still be attained.

Early sitters and deferrals

In order for a child to sit the exam early (i.e. not 11-years old by August 31, 2016), that child needs to have maintained a score of 85% or above in both English and Maths for all three terms in Class 2 and all three terms in Class 3. Parents may receive an Early Sitters form from the school’s Principal.

Deferrals are allowed up to age 12, however, the student must be scoring less than 20% in English and Mathematics. Deferrals may also be considered if the student suffered prolonged illness, e.g. for over a month. Parents may receive a Deferral form from the school’s Principal.

Non-nationals

Non-nationals MUST have a student visa or be a citizen by descent. The cost for a student visa is $300. Note that if a student has been in Barbadian schools without a visa, for example for four years, ALL monies would need to be paid before the examination, i.e. $1,200.

Choice of School Forms

Please see https://bajanmom.wordpress.com/2014/01/18/barbados-secondary-school-entrance-examination-common-entrance-2014-town-hall-meeting-recap-partial-zoning-ranking-the-nations-schools/.

Also, the Ministry may make the forms available online this year. All forms are to be given to the Principal NOT the Ministry of Education.

Special Needs

“Special Request” forms are available if needed. Special need examples include:

Vision – request for examination papers with larger print (no medical report needed). Parents of students who are fully visually impaired must give early notice so that the exam can be prepared in Braille.

ADHD – child put in other room so he/she can focus better and is less of a distraction for other sitters.

Uncontrolled diabetes (if child has to eat every 30 minutes, e.g.) – put in separate room.

Dyslexia – extra 15 minutes per paper. Medical report required (psychological evaluation).

Problems with hands – writers can be provided but request should be made early in advance (6 months the latest). If a child breaks his/her hand close to the exam, an alternate exam will be administered once a doctor reports that the hand is sufficiently healed.

Results

Examination results are normally available in June.

Common Entrance Town Hall Meeting Dates – November 2015

Good evening, loyal readers. I apologise for being so late with the list this year but I am swamped and recovering from the flu. Keeping it short tonight. Here are the dates and locations for the town hall meetings for parents and guardians whose charges will be sitting the 2016 Barbados Secondary Schools’ Entrance Examination. All meetings begin at 5pm.

Thursday, November 19, 2015 – Cuthbert Moore Primary School, St. Helen, St. George; Bay Primary School, Bayville, St. Michael.

Saturday, November 21, 2015 – Blackman Gollop Primary, Staple Grove Christ Church; Wesley Hall Primary School, King Street, St. Michael

Sunday, November 22, 2015 – St. Lucy Primary, Trents, St. Lucy; St. George Primary, Constant, St. George.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015 – Western Light Church of the Nazarene, West Terrace, St. James; George Lamming Primary School, Flint Hall, St. Michael.

Thursday, November 26, 2015 – A. Dacosta Edwards Primary, Ermie Bourne Highway, Belleplaine, St. Andrew; Eden Lodge Primary School, Eden Lodge, St. Michael.

Saturday, November 28, 2015 – Princess Margaret Secondary School, Six Cross Roads, St. Philip; St. John’s Primary School, Glebe Land, St. John.

Thursday, December 3, 2015 – The St. Michael School, Martindales Road, St. Michael

Thank you and Happy New Year

 

Dear Readers,

A new year is upon us and I would like to take the time to thank you for your loyalty, comments, opinions and emails that have made this young blog a worthwhile effort. There is still much more growing to do and I look forward to taking that journey with you in 2015.

Attached is this blog’s 2014 report. In synopsis, 11,000 views from over 85 countries in the world, and I appreciate every one of you.

May your 2015 bring you all that you need and more.

Best regards,

Bajan Mom

 

 

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 11,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

 

 

An Opportunity for Returning Nationals: Barbados Network Consultation

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If you are considering resettling in Barbados and are currently in the island on holiday, you may want to check out the Barbados Network Consultation Conference. The conference takes place from August 5th – 7th, 2014 at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre located in Two Mile Hill St. Michael. Besides establishing linkages among Barbadian business persons and other Barbadians who live on the island and abroad, much information will be provided on the resettlement process.

According to the BNC’s programme, you may register daily from Tuesday, August 5th where programming takes place from 8:00 am – 5:30pm. The cost of registration for all three days is BD$100. You may find a copy of the registration form here. You may also register online here. You should note, however, that when you register online that all prices are quoted in US dollars.

There will be an opening ceremony, meet and greet, displays by local businesses, various lectures/panel discussions and Crop Over themed entertainment. The session that returning nationals may find particularly interesting is the one that takes place on Thursday, August 7, 2014, from 2:15 – 4:15pm. It is a two-part discussion. The first is Returning Home: Building Pathways to Resettlement, and the second is Building Connectivity Across Generations: Creating Pathways to Barbadian Status. It is an opportunity to get information on the resettlement process from senior officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Customs and Excise Department, Customs Brokers, Car Dealers and Shipping Associations as well as returning nationals who seek to improve the resettlement experience for others. Immigration officials and legal experts will also be present.

For further information, such as the cost of participating for one day only, you may email pmapp@foreign.gov.bb or call 246-431-2227.

 

 

 

 

Where Will You Take Your Child this Summer? Tyrol Cot & Heritage Village Summer Blast Reading Camp

Good morning! Again, I have been reading your emails and I appreciate the positive responses. There seems to be a consensus that I should post more often, and I do try, but it is not always possible to post with great frequency due to my other responsibilities. I encourage you to keep checking back daily. You, my faithful readers, are never forgotten, and your encouragement helps to keep this blog alive. I will keep my promise to tell you about more camps this morning by adding another to the list. The Tyrol Cot & Heritage Village Summer Blast Camp. From what I gather there is a reading camp and an action & adventure camp. The camp is usually situated at Tyrol Cot in Codrington Hill but there is an additional camp this year in Bank Hall. Tyrol Cot Camp Information may be found in the registration form above and also on their Facebook page. I have heard some encouraging things about this camp, so why not check it out? It is always good to have options. Have a blessed Sunday.

Where Will You Take Your Child This Summer?

Summer vacation is upon us and parents are looking for educational options for their children over the nine week holiday. There are several options available. Some options are whole-day and some half-day. There are opportunities to do sports, science and even some volunteering. Take a look at the list below and see what you will be doing with your child this summer.

 

Volunteering

Children and one of the cats at the RSPCA.

Children and one of the cats at the RSPCA.

Let us start with my personal favourite, volunteering! The RSPCA welcomes volunteers (from age 11 and up) during the summer vacation from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.. If you are interested in your child having this worthwhile experience, please call 426-3077.

National Summer Camp

The Ministry of Culture, Sports & Youth offers its annual summer camp option from July 14 – August 15, 2014. Those who are interested may collect registration forms from the schools listed in the file below or at the National Camps Registration Centre, Division of Youth, Sky Mall, Haggatt Hall, St. Michael. Opening hours are Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.. For more information you may call 621-2700.

 

Specialised camps

As one can see, there are specialised camps as well for campers who are 13 – 15 years old; an entrepreneurial camp sponsored by the Youth Entrepreneurship Scheme; a camp for children with special needs and a Science & Technology camp. The latter camp runs from July 14 – August 22, 2014. See above file for contact information.

A camp which was not aforementioned is an Information Technology Camp. This is for children who are aged 14 – 18. The programme, also known as ITS for Teens, runs from July 21 – August 29, 2014 at various resource centres nationwide. For more information contact the Community Development Department at 310-1700 or 310-1708.

 

If you have a summer programme you want everyone to know about, send an email to bajanmom@hotmail.com.