The Hurricanes got off to an amazing start!
Amina Forbes placed 2nd in the U18 Girls High Jump.D’Arjha Davis placed 2nd in the U14 Girls 100m.
Julian Brown made the ‘B’ finals in the U20 Boys 400m.Jada Clarke just missed out on the U14 Girls 100m ‘B’ finals.
Kimani Miller placed 12th (20) in the U20 Boys Long Jump.
Gabby Moran and Trent Strachan placed middle of the pack in their respective 1500m races.
It was a long day and exciting day. There are over 600 students athletes from the family islands participating along with New Providence’s student athlete representation.
We look forward to more strong performances!
Silent Auction Packages, 03 March 2017
Silent Auction Packages, 03 March 2017. Download flyer here
Watch our Grade 12 students explain the English IOC exam and what they learned from it!
Watch our Grade 12 students explain the English IOC exam and what they learned from it!
Students in Action - Students Sailing!
Paul de Souza won the Star Sailors League “Best of the Best” Junior Laser Radial event, Cochise Burrows was third and Matteo Alliata was fourth. In the Optimist event, Tristan Eldon won.
The laser race starts at 2:21:30, and the Optimist race starts at 6:08:00. There is also an interview with Paul towards the beginning of the video.
Paul and Tristan will be out of school the week of the 12-16 December, as they are travelling to New Zealand to compete in the ISAF Youth World Championships.
Check out our Swim Day, 2016/17!
Check out our Swim Day, 2016/17! Watch video here.
Click here to watch the Hurricane Matthew update from Mr. Stitch
Click here to watch the Hurricane Matthew update from Mr. Stitch
Welcome to the 2016/17 school year!
Welcome to the 2016/17 school year!
Hear from our Principal ,Mr. Stitch. Click here
We welcome all students from Preschool to Grade 12 joining our Houses system!
In 2016/17 we welcome all students from Preschool to Grade 12 joining our Houses system! Taino, Lucayan, Arawak and Carib; Watch out, the competition is heating up!
Alternative Pathway to IB Diploma
Alternative Pathway to IB Diploma (click to Learn more)
IB Program Presentation Videos
IB Program Presentation Videos (view here)
Move our All School Track and Field day
Owing to the inclement weather predicted for today (14th Jan) and tomorrow (15th Jan) it has been decided to move our All School Track and Field day to Tuesday 19th January. This means tomorrow, Friday, will be Day 2, Monday Day 3 and Tuesday Day 0.
St Andrew's School Reunion
March 12th, 2016
St Andrew’s School Reunion
Celebration for Alumni & Friends
Join us on November, 25th between 3-5pm at the School Hall for the Eco Expo! more info
The Coffee shop
The Coffee shop will open on Tuesday October 13 at 7:30 am to 10:30 am and reopen after lunch at 2:30 to 4:30 pm daily. The School Shop will be at the original location as we transition to the new location. After the mid-term break both the coffee shop and the school shop will be open daily. The Coffee Shop will be open to our Parents, teachers and Year 13 students tomorrow. We ask that you use the door facing the Hall to enter the Coffee Shop. We look forward to seeing you there. Enjoy the long holiday weekend!
A massive thank you to all those that have donated goods
Dear members of the St Andrew’s Community,
A massive thank you to all those that have donated goods for the relief effort. The school will continue to collect until at least the mid term break. Student leaders are busily taking an inventory of what we have received and are discussing ways in which we can make sure the goods get to those in need.
St Andrew’s is also supporting the Super Value Stamp Drive. Further information will be forwarded to you about this drive. Students can bring any Super Value stamps into school and deposit in the collection box in the main office.
We are starting to research possible long term recovery projects. Student leaders are engaged in this research at the moment. We hope to have a project identified prior to St Andrew’s Day. If you wish to donate cash to this future project please feel free to do so. All money collected will be held in recovery account and will be used towards supporting the project.
St Andrew’s School
The children of the Caldwell Banker Lightbourn Realty Family are working together
The children of the Caldwell Banker Lightbourn Realty Family are working together (Read more)
Submit your name ideas for our new coffee/school shop
Dear Parents, Teachers and Students,
Please visit the school’s main office today and submit your name ideas for our new coffee/school shop. We are so excited to hear what you think.
Forms will be available and can be dropped in the box at the main school office. This competition is open to students, teachers, and parents in the SAS community.
Winners will receive fabulous prizes! Please note the deadline is Friday October 16th, 2015. We look forward to all of your suggestions.
Relief and recovery efforts for victims of the recent hurricane
Dear members of the St. Andrew’s community,
A large group of members of the St. Andrew’s community met this afternoon to discuss relief and recovery efforts for victims of the recent hurricane. The school will focus on two main initiatives.
Firstly, for the immediate relief of the communities affected, we will be collecting specific listed items from Tuesday morning (more details to follow).
Secondly, the school will also focus on a specific long term community recovery project. The school is presently identifying this project and we will be sharing details with you shortly.
St Andrew’s School
St. Andrew's Sharks scuba dive club
20 members of the St. Andrew’s Sharks scuba dive club tried diving at Stuart Cove’s Dive Bahamas on Saturday 26th September. As this film shows, they had a fantastic time and many are now going on to take the PADI Open Water course. The next trial dive is on 7th November. Contact Mr. McKenzie at school for all St Andrew’s Sharks questions! view video
ZNS features St. Andrew's School, Back to School 2015/16
ZNS features St. Andrew’s School, Back to School 2015/16 (watch video)
STAS Reopens - Message from Mr. Stitch
STAS Reopens – Message from Mr. Stitch (Click here to view)
PTA Newsletter - September 2015 =
PTA Newsletter – September 2015 (Click here to view)
Student create sleeping mats as part of the school's CAS program (Click to read full article)
Student create sleeping mats as part of the school’s CAS program (Click to read full article)
Congratulations to our IB graduates!
Congratulations to our IB graduates!
Fundraising Summer BBQ
Congratulations to everyone who performed at the National Arts Festival 2015!
Jessica Boxerman's Run Day 2015
See Jessica Boxerman’s Run Day 2015 video!
Speech given by Kirquenique A. Rolle
If you missed the scholarship reception you can read the speech given by Kirquenique A. Rolle here.
Hear from our Middle School Head Boy and Head Girl
Hear from our Middle School Head Boy, Mikhail Bethell and Head Girl, Ali Mittens; Middle School Awards Ceremony Speech
Nicholas Knowles role as Head Boy
Nicholas Knowles reflects on his role as Head Boy in 2013/14 and presently as an IB Student; Upper School Awards Ceremony
St Andrew’s School Continues to Emphasize Educational Innovation and Student Achievement
St Andrew’s School, The International School of The Bahamas, has long been a leader in the educational landscape of The Bahamas. We believe that by attending our School, your child is guaranteed a world-class education in a safe, student centered environment. SAS is home to students from 35 different nationalities. Given our long-standing history as a Bahamian institution, we have a proven track record of delivering results for our students, families, and the community at large.
Robert Stitch, the new Principal at St Andrew’s, plans to develop and implement 5 pillars to success. The 5 pillars of success include:
- Curricular Innovation and Integration: The first pillar focuses on improving the school at the fundamental level. This includes improving the curriculum at its core: content, skills, connections, and language; understanding and articulating the International Baccalaureate values and integrating them into the school; and creating vertical integration from Pre-Reception thru Yr 13.
- Staff Development and Advancement: The second pillar focuses on ongoing and targeted Professional Development with a view to further improve student outcomes. This also includes fine tuning professional appraisals to ensure that our faculty stays on the cutting edge of their professional practice.
- Emphasizing and Improving the Pastoral System: The third pillar ensures that the code of conduct remains consistent, the role of the homeroom teacher is enhanced, and that students experiencing any difficulty are provided support.
- School-Wide cas Programme: The fourth pillar reviews the school’s extra-curricular focus. Community, Action, Service (cas) will be developed to make connections with local organisations and provide ongoing charitable support through time and donations.
- School Development: The fifth pillar considers the priorities of funds and school wide development ensuring that any expenditure improves all teaching and learning in a meaningful way.
“I am thrilled to be back in The Bahamas as Principal of St Andrew’s School. My focus is to build on the excellent foundations that already make SAS a very good school. I believe through academic excellence, outstanding extra-curricular programmes, and a commitment to community service our students can make the world a better place. ” – Robert Stitch, St Andrew’s Principal
Mr. Robert Stitch, the new Principal at St Andrew’s, has a long history working with students and the community. His passion for curriculum development has ensured that schools make a difference. Mr. Stitch taught at Queen’s College, Nassau for six years. Additionally he has taught at state and technology colleges in the UK. His last post was the Vice Principal at West Island School, one of the most successful international schools in Southeast Asia. While he was offered two other principal posts, he chose St Andrew’s School due to his love of The Bahamas and the firm belief that he can move SAS to the next level.
About St Andrew’s School
Founded in 1948, St Andrew’s School has been a leader in education in The Bahamas, with SAS being the first school in The Bahamas to be accredited with the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO), the Council of International Schools (CIS), the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). Additionally SAS has earned the prestigious Green Flag status. SAS is the only school in Nassau to hold this award.
For more information, please contact St Andrew’s School at the following
Telephone: +1 (242) 677 7800
An evening in celebration of the arts
A concert celebrating the achievements of St. Andrew’s School students in the Arts!
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 15TH, 2014 – 7PM – ST. ANDREW’S SCHOOL HALL
Reading List Yr 12 & 13
Yr 12 & 13 Summer reading lists
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Reading List Yr 10 & 11
Yr 10 & 11 Summer reading lists
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Reading List Yr 7-8-9
Yr 7,8,9 Summer reading lists
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Summer BBQ – Hot Dogs, Cotton Candy, Popcorn! There will be Food, Beer and Wine, Music, Games and Activities. BBQ Dinner Tickets: CHICKEN or RIBS $20.00 pre-purchase with PTA
Friday May 30, 5pm – 9pm.
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The Friday performance of Grease is sold out and there will be no sales at the door.
The Friday performance of Grease is sold out and there will be no sales at the door.
News flash of the Primary School Basketball Team
Congratulations to the Primary School Basketball Team for making it into the Championships on Monday, March 3. The team will play the best of 3 games against Carlton Francis; the first game was won on Tuesday.
GEF Small Grants Programme
In June of 2013 St Andrew’s was the recipient of a $50 000 Grant from the GEF Small Grants Programme. The project aims to reduce the environmental footprint of St. Andrew’s School by reducing the amount of electricity and water consumed, as well as the amount of solid waste generated by the school.
2014 CIS/NEASC ACCREDITATION UPDATE
As many of you know, our school community has been working feverishly on the Accreditation Self-Study Report. These areas of self-study range from Curriculum, Governance, Health and Safety, Faculty, Operational Systems and Guiding Statements.
The Self-Study Report is sent mid-February to the chosen Accreditation Team. The Team then visits and reviews our school at the end of March (March 29th) to assist us in becoming a better school.
We will continue to keep the school community apprised of our progress accordingly, as we prepare for the visit.
Mr. Peter Wilson,
Steering Committee Chair
Parent Education Session
Join the Heads of Primary and Secondary and
the Deans for an evening presentation about the
pastoral care of St Andrew’s students from age
2 1/2 to 18 1/2.
SAS Vision & Mission Statements, IB Mission and
Learning Profiles, Code of Conduct / Essential
Agreements, Home & School Partnership, Second Step
Programme, Students Make Mistakes.
Marathon Bahamas 2013
Congratulations to Christopher Rahming who placed first in the under 20 age group for the half marathon that he ran for the second year as he participated in the Marathon Bahamas 2013. Christopher has a bright future ahead of him in distance running, and he is commended for his excellent results!
Christopher Rahming Year 9, 1st Under 20 age group
Half Marathon in 1:49.47
Christopher Rahming Year 9, Mitchell Blacquire and Sean Waller Year 8
“These girls would have won first place if there had been a girl’s high school category” Peter Wilson SAS Director of Athletics.
Marathon Bahamas 2013 was in aid of the Cancer Society, Sister Sister Support Group, Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation, Bahamas Breast Cancer Initiative and Cancer Association of Grand Bahama. St Andrew’s was well represented by students, faculty and alumni at both the marathon, half marathon and the 5K race/walk that was held last weekend.
Bahamas Financial Services Board (BFSB) Speech Competition
Our St Andrew’s students continue to surprise us and make us proud with both their successes and their big hearts. Year 12 student, Nathan Cates, recently won the Bahamas Financial Services Board (BFSB) speech competition and was rewarded with a new laptop for himself and a $500 gift certificate to Bahamas Business Solutions – congratulations Nathan!
Although most success stories would end there, Nathan, and the other students in his Year 12 IB Business and Management class, took it one step further and voted to donate the gift certificate to the Seahorse Institute to help them recuperate from their recent fire. Seeing this amazing demonstration of selflessness, St Andrew’s decided to match this donation, and on Tuesday December 18th, a short ceremony was held at the St Andrew’s Kirk (where the Seahorse Inst. has been temporarily housed) to formally hand over the $1,000 donation. Dr. Michelle Major, Clinical Director of the Seahorse Institute, “This brought tears to my eyes! This is so amazing and a true representation of how beautiful the souls of our youth are!”
Our Hurricanes Make Us Proud!
The past few months have been busy ones for all our Hurricanes! We have so many reasons to be proud as they’ve shone in competitions, community service, and other achievements – both large and small.
Paul de Souza (Year 8) has been making huge waves in the world of sailing locally and internationally as he captured the title of Bahamas National Champion at the Bahamas Laser Junior National Championships, Tribune Junior Athlete of the Week, and most recently as Junior World Champion in the Under 15 World Sunfish Championships.
Zachary Pierre (Year 8) and the lovely “Libby” were champions of the Training Jumper Division at the ESP Fall II Event in Wellington, Florida. Zachary is on his way to realizing his dream of becoming the first Bahamian Olympic equestrian.
77 members of our school community participated in the Stride for Life Walkathon to benefit the Cancer Society of the Bahamas. Pippa Cole (faculty), Emma Van Wynen (Year 9), Alaina Sweeting (Year 7) and Brandon Halkitis (Year 7) all placed second in their age categories. Our school as a whole also won the Group Participation Award!
Pedroneke Clarke (Year 10) recently graduated from the Centrevillle Urban Renewal computer class. One of only two students under the age of 17, Pedroneke received her certificate in the presence of the Prime Minister Perry Christie, and is now equipped with computer skills we are sure will serve her well.
Also, Nathan Cates and Matt Collins (both in Year 12) were finalists in the Bahamas Financial Services Board Essay & Speech Competition. Nathan won the competition, receiving a new laptop for himself and a $500 certificate for the school!
Our students participate in so many activities that we are constantly reminded of their stellar performances outside the classroom. We hope you will let us know if you hear of a student achievement.
Bahamas Primary School Student of the Year Awards
Our own Year 6 student, Luke Carey, was recently named 1st Runner Up at the Bahamas Primary School Student of the Year Awards! Yvette Simms, Head of Primary, commented, “we are extremely proud of Luke. He is a true example of an IB PYP student!”
Luke joined St Andrew’s as a Pre-Reception student and has remained with us for the duration of his Primary education. Throughout his time here, he has consistently maintained attitudes, actions and academic standards that place him in the category of an exemplary student. Luke is, and has been, completely committed to learning and demonstrating high standards in all aspects of academic expectations. Because of his consistent commitment to and love for learning, he can be counted on to frequently exceed expectations and was enrolled in the school’s Enrichment Programme.
Attitudes and actions are central to learning at St. Andrew’s School. Luke is without doubt a student who embodies the characteristics described through the IB Learner Profile. St. Andrew’s students strive to be inquirers, thinkers, communicators and risk-takers who are knowledgeable, principled, caring, open-minded, balanced and reflective individuals who use their strengths to work independently and with others to positively impact themselves, each other, the school and community.
Luke’s strength of character translates to positive actions both within and outside of the school. He is currently a Junior School House Captain, a position that requires strong leadership skills and the ability to act as a role model to other students. He is a member of the Theatre Club, Guitar Group as well as the Junior School Choir.
Outside of school, Luke is involved in a variety of church and community activities. He is a shining example of an outstanding primary school student and an outstanding Bahamian.
Meet the Faculty Newcomers!
We have ten new faculty members joining us this year and we’re excited to welcome them to our St Andrew’s School family! We’ve enjoyed getting to know a little bit about them and hope you will too. Read on to learn more about the happy new faces you’ll see on campus.
Hola a todos! My name is Anna Moffat and I have just arrived from London to teach Primary Spanish here at St Andrews. I am really excited about getting the younger students enthused about the Spanish language and the Hispanic World. I have been teaching in the UK for the past 3 years and previously worked in Valencia, Spain (where I worked for the Americas’ Cup Yacht Race) and Honduras (where I volunteered in a Bilingual school). Apart from my interest in everything Hispanic, in my spare time I love to travel, cook, read, discover all different types of music, swim and sail when I can. My family is actually from the Caribbean and I am really happy to be living back in this part of the world. I look forward to meeting you all – Hasta Pronto.
My name is Sarah-Jane Green and I am very excited to be the new Dean of Juniors. I will also be supporting the teaching of mathematics enabling me to meet lots of the Junior School children throughout the course of each week. I have most recently been working in Madrid, Spain but have been teaching internationally for the last eleven years. In fact I met my husband Spencer Green (Year 6 teacher) whilst teaching in Moscow! We both love to travel and are looking forward to exploring the region – especially the islands of the Bahamas. I am keen to be involved in the school Eco group and have always been heavily involved in school productions – a true thespian at heart! I look forward to meeting you all over the course of the next few weeks, please come and say hello!
My name is Spencer Green. I will be teaching in Year 6 and will be Head of Arawak House for the Primary School. I like to travel (with my wife!) and the Bahamas is now the sixth country in which I have worked. I am a keen artist and photographer and I am especially interested in taking photographs of the natural world and drawing on my computer. I am looking forward to diving and snorkelling in these beautiful clear waters (and ultimately taking some underwater shots!) I look forward to meeting you all soon.
Hello, my name is Emily Waugh, and I’m the new Pre-School teacher. I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood from Auburn University. I have taught Pre-School and Reception in the States (South Florida and Charleston, SC) for the past four years. I’m from Freeport, Grand Bahama, and I am happy to return ‘home’ to the Islands. I grew up doing competitive cheerleading and, after many years of participating myself, turned to coaching. I coached a high school team for the past four years and am looking forward to starting with the cheerleading program here at St Andrew’s.
Hello, my name is Claire Pitts. Although I originally come from the UK, I have been teaching abroad for the past 13 years in places such as Dubai, Malaysia, Germany and Boston, Massachusetts. All of my family are currently in the South West of England in Exeter, which is a lovely part of the UK to live, being near the coast. When I taught in Dubai I learned to dive which I enjoy doing a great deal and the Bahamas is a perfect place to dive! Back in the UK, I enjoy spending time with my nieces. My youngest niece has discovered cake baking so I have spent many hours trying new recipes this summer! I joined St Andrew’s last January, and assisted in the Primary School with curriculum development. I am looking forward to being back in the classroom teaching Year 5 this year.
Hi, my name is Ruth James, and this year I’ll be working as Year 1 Coordinator. I am excited to be back at St Andrews having previously taught Year 5. Last year, I took a year off and volunteered with the Bahamas Down’s Syndrome Association as a Speech and Language Therapist, as well as being a class mum for my daughter Lily’s class. Originally from Durham in the North East of England, I have worked as a Speech and Language Therapist and/or teacher in the UK, Singapore, the Cayman Islands and Switzerland with students from 3 to 18 years of age. In my spare time I love to read and go to the beach. I also follow my favourite football team Sunderland, not easy when my husband and daughter support Newcastle United!
I’m Maggie Hess, and I have enjoyed teaching music for the past thirty-two years, and I’m very excited to be the new Primary Music teacher at St Andrew’s. I am coming from Singapore, where I taught Music in the Primary Years Programme for United World College of Southeast Asia in Singapore for the past six years. Prior to that I taught Music and Choir throughout the United States, and was honoured as Teacher of the Year in both Colorado and Michigan. I hold a Master’s degree from Central Michigan University, and am a certified Primary Years Programme educator. I’m passionate about all kinds of music, but I have a special love for Vocal Jazz and World Music. My most recent passion is Bahamian music and I hope that everyone will continue to introduce me to the music of the Bahamas. I have two musical, grown sons, and a lovely daughter-in-law but my family also includes the thousands of young people that I have had the privilege of teaching throughout the years. At the top of that list will now be this beautiful, new “garden” of children at St Andrew’s. I also enjoys warm tropical breezes, lots of sunshine, and friendly people, and I’m thrilled to say that I’m now living here in Nassau.
My name is Tanya Mohamed-Coyle and you might recognize me because I’m the wife of P.E. teacher, Yiorgo Coyle. I am currently covering a maternity leave in the Secondary English Department, and will be at St Andrew’s until December. I am originally from Toronto, Canada where I completed my Undergraduate degree before heading to Glasgow, Scotland to study Education for a year. I love to read and work with young people. My personal time as of lately has been devoted to my 5 month year old daughter and the joys of being a new Mum!
My name is Katherine Langford and I am the new Year 3 teacher. I feel very fortunate to have joined St Andrew’s School and I’m looking forward to a wonderful year ahead. I was born and raised in Ontario, Canada and our home overlooked the St-Lawrence River and New York State. I went to university in upper New York state and taught for 4 years in Virginia. I then moved to Singapore where I taught for 4 years and enjoyed many different cultures. I love to travel and have visited many beautiful places like Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Cambodia and much of Europe. When I really need to relax and balance my life, I like being outside in nature, having warm sand between my toes, or enjoying a good movie with a big bag of popcorn. I am really looking forward to this new adventure in the Bahamas and eating more seafood!
My name is Susan Tilney, and I am thrilled about joining the St Andrew’s School team. As the PYP Coordinator, I will be working closely will all members of staff throughout the school – the Pre-School to Year 6 teachers and students in particular. I was brought up in Norwich, UK and I return regularly to spend time with my family there. Following my Bachelor’s degree studies, I taught in the UK for 6 years and have since worked in International Schools in Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, New Zealand and Dubai. I am a keen golfer, and I enjoy choral singing and travelling. I look forward to meeting parents and to working together with the entire school community.
St Andrew’s 2020 – New Strategic Plan Unveiled
St Andrew’s Celebrates a New Era; Outlines 5 Main Goals Through 2020
NASSAU, Bahamas (Friday, May 18th, 2012) – Dr. Glenn Canterford, the Principal of St Andrew’s School, recently unveiled the key points of the School’s new Strategic Plan to parents, teachers, faculty and alumni during an evening cocktail reception. Held on the premises of the Palm Cay Development, the School’s Community Partner, the cocktail reception was attended by over 150 members of the community, and was widely considered a great success.
Thanks to the generosity of the greater St Andrew’s community, the cocktail reception, and its accompanying silent auction, raised a total of $17,439.00 to benefit the highly-valued St Andrew’s School Scholarship Programme.
The new Strategic Plan outlines five main goals for the School through the year 2020 and was compiled through the collaborative efforts of every constituency within the school over a 6-month period. The five titled goals capture the essence of the policies and actions required within each module: “Mission Inspires Action”, “Beyond the Classroom”, “Truly International”, “Excellence In Teaching”, and “Ready for the Future”. A hard copy of the Strategic Plan is available from the St. Andrew’s School Main Office, or via the website at www.standrewsbahamas.com.
Dr. Glenn Canterford said he was pleased with the evening’s event, “It was wonderful to see so many faculty and staff, parents, alumni, and friends of the School enjoying themselves together; we are all eager to begin the work to achieve our goals on behalf of the students and parents. We’re headed in a remarkable direction at St Andrew’s, and it’s a course we have chosen together.”
The School’s Development Officer, Nicole Knowles, expressed her thanks to the many sponsors. “It turned out to be a lovely evening that brought our St. Andrew’s family together and proved to be a fitting way to mark an exciting new era here at the School! So many people and local businesses contributed to the silent auction, as well as the event itself, that we are truly grateful; their generous sponsorship and support was very much appreciated.”
St Andrew’s School was founded in 1948 by a group of parents wishing to prepare their children for an education abroad, and since that time, the school has remained true to its roots, providing a high-quality, international education to students from over 30 different nations. Current enrolment is at 810 students, with a faculty to student ratio of 1:10. 65% of its students are Bahamian, with the remaining 35% being international.
Guests mingle at the St Andrew’s School Strategic Plan Launch Event held at the Palm Cay clubhouse.
Dr. Glenn Canterford, St Andrew’s School Principal; Mr. Richard Browning, CEO of Palm Cay Developers Ltd.; and Mr. Leroy Archer, Chairman of the Board of Directors of St Andrew’s School.
St Andrew’s Year 5 Students Work to Make A Difference
Friday, March 23rd, 2012 (Nassau, Bahamas) – In their recent studies on World Wide Aid, St Andrew’s Year 5 students were asked to help those in need by donating not only their money, but their time and their talents. Jessica Frisina, Year 5 Teacher, commented, “It was extremely moving to witness these children in action – their hearts are so filled with love and generosity!”
Students got creative with their Community Service and engaged in a wide range of activities, including: teaching swimming, working at a soup kitchen, helping at a home for children or the aged, and working with the Red Cross.
Ashleigh Heastie volunteered at the Bilney Lane Childen’s Home, bringing games and art supplies, and said of her experience, “it was scary at first but then I was excited. It has made me grateful for all the love and support that I get from my family and friends and I appreciate my brother and sister even more!”
Liam Burrows and Juwan Willie donated their time and sports talents, and along with Coach Peter Wilson, taught children at the Stapleton School for disabled students some baseball skills. Juwan said, “Liam and I had not experienced children with mental disabilities before so we nervously approached the activities, but within a few minutes we realised that they were just like us and we became good friends. We loved the atmosphere of the school, and the students!”
Madison Martinborough’s activity was inspired by the fact that, “a lot of people don’t realize that 60% of Bahamians can’t swim, and living on an island we’re putting a lot of people in danger of drowning.” So on Thursdays, Madison volunteers her time to teach swimming to children from Government Schools. “I found that most of them are terrified of the water and need help to improve.”
Julia Van Wynen hosted two bake sales and raised $111.25 to put toward a Blairwood Academy Scholarship Fund. Julia hopes that “this fund will continue to grow with the support of other people in the community because we all deserve an education.”
A creative and thoughtful service project was undertaken by Angel Cleare who crocheted hats for infants in the Intensive Care Unit. Angel said, “I focused on infants that really need help because if I help sick infants get better then I will have made a long-term difference.”
Cameron Burrows read a story about a boy whose family could no longer take care of him, and decided to volunteer at the Emergency Children Hostel. Cameron “took cookies for them and volunteered [his] time.” He said, “I enjoyed giving back to the community and I asked if I could volunteer my time every holiday.”
Nicholas Colclough and Nathan Heastie combined their love of baseball with helping others to raise money for the Ranfurly Home for Children. The boys found sponsors who pledged either a fixed amount or an amount dependent on their performance in their baseball games, such as number of base hits batted or strikes pitched. Nicholas raised $1,259.00 which he was proud to present to Mr. Alex Roberts of the Ranfurly Home, and Nathan decided to continue his fundraising for the remainder of the season and will donate his contribution in May.
World Wide Aid was a Unit of Inquiry in these Year 5 students’ Primary Years Programme curriculum. Each Unit of Inquiry is substantial, in-depth, and extends over several weeks, requiring a high level of involvement from students. The International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme is concerned with the development of the whole child, both in the classroom and in the outside world.
Madison Martinborough, St Andrew’s Year 5 student, teaches Government School students to swim.
Year 5 student, Julia Van Wynen at Blairwood Academy.
Liam Burrows and Juwan Willie, St Andrew’s Year 5 students, with the students of the Stapleton School for the disabled.
Angel Cleare, Year 5 student, donating her crocheted hats for the Intensive Care Unit infants.
Nicholas Colclough, St Andrew’s Year 5 student, plays baseball during one of his sponsored games.
St Andrew's Cheerleaders Perform at Battle Atlantis!
Wow! Our students are making us proud in lots of different ways!
For the second consecutive year, our St Andrew’s School Cheerleaders performed at the Atlantis Paradise Island Resort during the Battle 4 Atlantis, a pre-season basketball tournament featuring well-known college teams from across the United States! Our St Andrew’s Cheerleading Programme is an extracurricular activity currently offered for two age groups: the Primary School Team for Years 2 through 6, and the Middle School Team for Years 7 and 8. Coach Jen Roach has led many different cheer programmes here at St Andrew’s for over eight years, and this year is assisted by Jessica Waugh (Year 4 teacher) and Tiffany Saunders (Middle School teacher). Our Cheer teams perform at House events, school carnivals, inter-school sporting events, assemblies, pep rallies, and throughout our island community sharing our school spirit wherever they go! Coach Roach said, “Last year I contacted Atlantis about the possibility of the kids sitting on the side-lines for two games they were hosting, and instead we were offered the opportunity to perform at halftime! Over twenty girls performed at both games in a routine to “Shake A Tail Feather.” This year, with many more games to fill, the teams split and did two different routines: the Primary to “You Can’t Stop the Beat,” and the Middle School to “On the Floor.”
We have teamed with gymnasts from the local clubs – last year both the Bahamas Gynastics Parents Booster Club (BGPBC) and Nassau Nastics supplied gymnasts, and this year Nassau Nastics, along with two independent gymnasts, performed to very receptive audiences. Atlantis’ Michele Wiltshire, VP of Special Events, has made a commitment to a long term relationship with our kids and giving us opportunities to perform, as well as sponsoring cheer clinics in conjunction with Cheer Bahamas and the International Cheer Union.”
St Andrew's School Discovery Club Awarded Two New Badges!
At the December bi-annual Badge Ceremony hosted by the Bahamas National Trust (BNT), our St Andrew’s School Discovery Club members were awarded both the Environment Badge and the National Parks Badge! We were especially proud as we were the only school, out of ten represented, to have completed two badges already this year! The Director of Education at the BNT said, “St Andrew’s is the envy of the pack. [Another school] has accosted me about your impressive list of completed badges, wanting to be able to achieve the same.” Mrs. Rolle, faculty volunteer for the Discovery Club, said, “I wish to congratulate all of our members on the successful completion of their badges. I am very proud of you all!”
Seussical Jr. the Musical, a Great Success!
This year’s Secondary School production, Seussical Jr., was a huge success and made all of us here at St Andrew’s proud! Based on the works of Dr. Seuss, Seussical followed the journey of Horton the Elephant on his quest to save the Whos. The production was a colourful and fun voyage that showcased our students’ acting, singing, and dancing talents, and amazed audiences during its three-night run! Performances took place November 30 December 2, 2011, and our actors played to full houses each night! Over 70 students and members of faculty were involved in making this musical happen a true St Andrew’s team effort. While you eagerly await the next Secondary School production, enjoy these photos from Seussical Jr.