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Schools close at 12:30 pm tommorow

Good evening, readers.

The Ministry of Education has issued a statement indicating that, due to Union meetings, all schools will be closed tomorrow, Friday, April 22, 2016 at 12:30 pm.

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.

CALENDAR UPDATE – NAPSAC & BSSEE (Common Entrance)

Good evening readers. Please see this link  for calendar updates in regards to NAPSAC and the Common Entrance Examination.

Barbados Secondary School Entrance Examination (Common Entrance) 2015 – Secondary Schools Ranking and Percentages

This year’s BSSEE will take place on Tuesday, May 5, 2015. I have been getting questions about percentages to get into certain secondary schools. This list is incomplete (no statistics for Alma Parris, Darryl Jordan Secondary or. Grantley Adams Memorial) but here is what has been accumulated thus far from different sources. Out of zone requirements are in bold print. Also notice that the rankings are slightly different from what was obtained from last year’s town hall meetings.

1. Harrison College (90-95%; 95%+) – Zone 2

1. Queen’s College (90-95%; 95%+) – Zone 1

3. St. Michael School (85-90%; 90%+) – Zone 3

4. Combermere School (80-85%; 85%+) – Zone 2

4. Christ Church Foundation School (80-85%; 85%+) – Zone 3

6. Lodge School (70-80%; 80%+) – Zone 3

6. Alexandra (70-80%; 80%+) – Zone 1

8. Deighton Griffith (65-75%; 75%+) – Zone 3

9. Alleyne School ( 60-70%; 70&+) – Zone 2

10. Coleridge & Parry (55-65%; 65%+) – Zone 1

11. Graydon Sealy ( 50-60%;  60%+) – Zone 3

11. Lester Vaughn ( 50-60%;  60%+) – Zone 2

13. Ellerslie (45-55%; 55%+) – Zone 1

14. Springer Memorial (50%+) – All Zones

14. St. Leonard’s Boys’ (50%+) – All Zones

16) Frederick Smith Secondary (30-40%; 40%+) – Zone 1

17) Parksinson Memorial (25-40%; 40%+) – Zone 2

17) Princess Margaret Secondary (25-40%; 40%+) – Zone 3

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

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.

Buying Bajan: Mood Buddy

It had been my intention to do a week of features of local products, however, life got in the way. Instead, I will intersperse a few articles about local entrepreneurs in between as many articles as I can muster this month.

 
First up this week is the Mood Buddy. I was first introduced to this concept at the recent BMEX exhibition. Young entrepreneur, Vanetta Loncke very patiently explained the concept to me and my three very intrigued children.

 

Mood Buddy Display

 

My first reaction to the small figurines was that they were reminiscent of the Littlest Pet Shop and similar brands, however, Vanetta’s product offers a little more. The 27-year old mother of two and recent graduate of the Barbados Community College’s Graphic Art programme, explained that the key ring and its accompanying figure are intended to be unique, fun and collectible. The figures on the key rings are meant to be customisable, reflecting the moods of their 6 to 13-year old girls, the product’s target market. The Mood Buddy, as its name suggests, is expected to be a constant companion and reflection of the inner thoughts of its owner.

 
Vanetta Loncke - Mood BuddyThere are varying attachments available to mirror a child’s mood, but also different characters to reflect individual personalities. According to Vanetta, they are:

 
Punk Rock Ahri, who is very bold and always speaks her mind,
Free Spirited Laney, who is very friendly, bubbly and always looking for fun, and
Marine Love Nami, who loves the beach and all marine life, and is very easy going and laid back.

 
The Mood Buddy should be available for sale around August at the Art Hub, and eventually at other retail stores. Vanetta also envisions an app which would allow the digital customisation of the product.

 
The Mood Buddy is creative, local, and captures the imagination of children and Vanetta is an avid advocate for her creation. I look forward to seeing the progress of this young entrepreneur and the success of the locally-produced Mood Buddy.

 

Where Will You Take Your Child This Weekend?

Concert ticket no number

 

This is late notice, but better late than never. Here is something you can check out today at Anne Johnson Auditorium, St. Gabriel’s School, just off Purity Bakeries in Lower Collymore Rock, St. Michael.

It is a classical concert with a twist. Even better, it is for a worthy cause, to raise funds for young musicians pursuing their dreams to study music overseas. In the midst of beautiful traditional pieces by composers such as Bach, Brahms, Mozart and Tchaikovsky, rendered on various instruments such as the piano, clarinet, saxophone, flute and violin, there will be vocal pieces of non-classical origin and even rhythm poetry.

The young musicians themselves, Erica Ellis and Jaron Boyce will perform, as well as several guest artistes including the multi-talented and prolific Roger Gittens and the Cecilian Chorale.

Although tickets are on sale, feel free to pay at the door. Adult tickets are $15.00 and children $10.00.

Last weekend I took my 11 year old to a Royal Barbados Police Force Band concert and she completely enjoyed their wide repertoire, from classical, to Broadway tunes, to folk songs to calypso. Music appreciation is a crucial part of any child’s well-rounded development, so why not take your child to a concert today?

 

“Where Will You Be Taking Your Child This Weekend?” is a weekly feature of suggestions of places to go in Barbados that is appropriate family fare. Check back every Thursday and see where you will take your child over the weekend.

 

 

 

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.

 

Where Will You Take Your Child Update

Dear Readers,

I have read your emails. I apologise for no feature last week due to technical difficulties and a busy schedule. To make it up to you, look out for a special feature later today called: “Where Will You Take Your Child This Summer?” with information on summer camps.

I wish you a most blessed day.

Best regards,

Bajan Mom