Like many other schools around the island, students at the Parkinson Memorial Secondary School donned their national colours and had a fun-filled day of entertainment and other activities as the Pine-based institution staged a cultural extravaganza.
Principal of the school Ian Holder said today’s event was the culmination of a week of activities which were both educational and fun-filled.
“We try to make sure our students are given a broad understanding of independence, so we have had quizzes about the history of Barbados, question-and-answer sessions between students and teachers, and teachers also would have told students about the traditional games they played. Every year we have a theme for our activities, and this time we focused on sugar cane and its role in Barbados’ development.”
Holder said students were also exposed to traditional Barbadian foods and the children taking the CXC Food and Nutrition exam this year displayed some of their work as well, “since this time of the year coincides with when they are preparing for their exams.” Other examples of the students’ handiwork were on show in the school hall, including a jamoon wine prepared by the Science Department, and poems, artwork and Barbadian sayings.
Entertainers Mikey, Mr Blood, Marzville and Gozzy performed during the day, along with the Darryl Jordan Secondary School Steel Orchestra, the Executive band featuring students from the St Leonard’s Boys Secondary School, and Parkinson students also displayed their musical and drama skills. The thirteen hopefuls for the upcoming 2018-2019 Mr and Miss Parkinson School Pageant also made their first appearance on stage. (DH)