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Students from Kindergarten to High School were dressed and ready today, September 9, to start this new academic year, and the educators at the various levels of the public education sector were ready to greet their students.
BVI Platinum News stopped by the public schools in Road Town to see how this new school year was commencing.
At the Enid Scatliffe Pre-Primary School, it was a red-carpet welcome for the parents and students, as they walked down a red carpet flanked by balloons and signs. Parents and students were all smiles as educators stood along the way greeting them.
The photo opportunity was a sentimental touch for the first day students, who took the first opportunity to have their memories preserved at the balloon decorated gate, where a teacher stood snapping photos of their approach.
At the far end of the carpet, Principal Valerie Charles-Welsh served as the main photographer.
As she snapped photos of a parent and their child on their first day at preschool, Mrs. Charles-Welsh remarked that she was happy to spend the day greeting the parent and students. She further noted that this was a way to set the stage for a great school year.
Over at the neighbouring Althea Scatliffe Primary School, Principal Marietta Flax-Headley was met in the middle of a rousing singing session of the school’s assembly.
She told BVI Platinum News that this is expected to be a great year for the students, teachers and parents of the Althea Scatliffe Primary School.
“We are not doing average this school year, we are going to do awesome; that’s our overall theme,” the Principal said.
“We are still going to be using the Ministry of Education’s theme, which is to encourage and to empower, but for us at Althea Scatliffe we have decided that it wouldn’t be an average year. It is going to be an awesome year,” Mrs. Flax-Headley added.
In an interview with Principal of the Elmore Stoutt High School, Vanessa Garraway, she explained that the central assembly was organized as a means of emphasizing that there is only one Elmore Stoutt High School, even though the students are on different campuses.
“Today we are having a general assembly with both junior and senior schools. While there are two separate campuses, we still need to have our students understand we are one school and we want them to be exposed to the staff of both campuses. So, we thought it fit to bring them here so they can again understand its two campuses, one school,” the Principal said.
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As a young boy ,I attended the capoons bay primary school where Elmore Stout was the principal. He was known then as Boss and he was a serious and rough principal. However, if we are talking about the same person I guess he must have earned the honor for the school to be named after him.