It was a Kadooment with a difference today at Cuthbert Moore Primary, as the school staged its inaugural Independence Carnival, ahead of this island’s 51st birthday on Thursday.
Decked out in colourful costumes, the students paraded around the St George learning institution, portraying various elements of Barbadian life.
The inaugural event was organized by Class 3 teacher Jemmel Griffith, who said the idea to stage a carnival in commemoration of the island’s attainment of political independence on November 30, 1966, came from the school’s Principal Ms. Alleyne.
“Some of the themes we had were the flowers of Barbados, cuisine, places of interest, national symbols and festivals. We looked at things Barbadian so that we are celebrating Barbados’ 51 years of independence in our own way,” Griffith said, adding that the aim was to educate the students about the various aspects of Barbadian culture.
“We even had cou cou and flying fish [the national dish of Barbados] as one of the presentations, so they will learn [various] aspects of Barbados,” she said.
Today, several parents turned out to support the students in the inaugural event which featured performances from ‘Mother Sally’ and the school’s tuk band.
At the end of the carnival, the students assembled in a Barbados formation.