BHS Officially Launch Early Years Programme

September 30, 2016

The Bermuda High School [BHS] officially launched its Early Years Programme [EYP], with Premier Michael Dunkley, Minister of Education Wayne Scott and Shadow Minister of Education Lovita Foggo in attendance for the ribbon cutting.

Staff, Students, and Trustees also attended the Opening in front of Curling Cottage, which was completely renovated to provide a nurturing location for EYP.

Head of School, Linda Parker, welcomed guests and told how three weeks ago, 18 little girls started their educational journey at BHS, and will eventually become the class of 2030.

“They are curious and ready to learn, and are being guided by two highly qualified teachers, Mrs. Kathy Kawaley and Mrs. Melissa Franklin,” she said.

“The EYP is a natural extension of our existing programmes, giving the 3 and 4 years old enrolled a pre-school experience that will prepare them for Year 1 in a fun and dynamic environment, in the nurturing environment of Curling Cottage. We are delighted to welcome the girls at the start of their educational journey.”

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Mrs. Kawaley, Lead EYP Teacher, who brings 40 years of educational experience to BHS, took officials on a tour of the newly refurbished Curling Cottage to explain this new programme and how the focus in the EYP is on play-based inquiry.

The BHS EYP accepts girls in the year that they are 4 years old and follows the curriculum of the UK Early Years Foundation Stage, along with elements of the International Primary Curriculum, which is in place throughout the whole Primary department.

EYP is designed to encourage children to learn naturally, through play. By developing self-awareness, confidence, curiosity, independence and the ability to express their opinions and feelings, students are enabled and empowered to become life-long learners, the school said.

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In addition, children also take part in a variety of Specialist lessons [Music, Spanish, PE, and Dance], which are taught by skilled Specialist teachers through a variety of age-appropriate games and activities.

Premier Dunkley said, “It is impressive to see the history of BHS continue. Education is the cornerstone of success in our life, and it is something that all of you young people should grasp and take hold of. You are very fortunate to be at one of our outstanding educational institutions.

“Take every opportunity to take everything from your teachers. We’re honoured to be here to see that there is still a commitment to education that is taking place throughout the island in the public and private education system. To Mrs. Parker, thank you for your commitment and dedication.”

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The students performed an original song for the Opening, after which they were all very pleased to show off the indoor and outdoor classrooms; even posing with the Premier and the Minister of Education behind an outdoor Perspex painting board decorated with their handprints.

BHS is accepting applications for entry into EYP and Year 1 for 2017, 2018 and 2019. For more information contact Director of Admissions and Inclusion, Mrs. Kurte Loescher on 278-3037 or admissions@bhs.bm.

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