Speightstown was full of youthful, jovial energy as the Ministry of Education held its first lunchtime concert for Education Month yesterday.
The event, which highlighted the talents of the island’s primary and secondary school students in music and drama, was held under the theme 50 and Beyond: Exploring Tomorrow’s Stars at the Speightstown Esplanade in St Peter.
Students from 16 schools in the north of the island delivered and entertained locals, tourists and fellow students.
The audience was captivated by the Frederick Smith Secondary steel pan orchestra’s execution of pop hits like Sorry by Justin Beiber and the soca flavour of My Rum by Gorg.
Not to be outdone, Ignatius Byer Primary School saluted the country’s golden jubilee with A Tribute to the Late Rt. Excellent Errol Walton Barrow and Let’s Celebrate, We are 50. Both songs were composed by music teacher Hugh Griffith and were well received by the audience, particularly the tag line “wash it down with a little mauby” from Let’s Celebrate, which highlighted Bajan delicacies.
Gordon Greenidge Primary School students took onlookers back in time to 1966 at the Garrison Savannah where the first Independence Day ceremony was held. They performed a dramatic, tongue-in-cheek piece about the island attaining its Independence from Great Britain, praising the late Father of Independence, Barrow, for this achievement.
Senior education officer Joy Knight-Lynch, who organized the concert, said its aim was to highlight the talent in Barbados’ educational system.
The lunchtime concerts will continue throughout the month, with the next one taking place at Sky Mall in Haggatt Hall onOctober 19.