Photos: Countess Visits Academy Students

March 17, 2011

[Updated] This morning [Mar.17] the Countess of Wessex toured Dame Marjorie Bean Hope Academy where she met both students and faculty.

Princess Sophie Countess of Wessex at Dame Marjorie Bean Academy Bermuda Mar 17th 2011-1-6

The Countess was met by Principal Ms Dena Butterfield Lister and introduced to Dame Jennifer Smith, Minister of Education; Mr. Warren Jones, Permanent Secretary, Education; Mr. Joze Lopez, the school’s PTA President and Mr. Ifor Hughes, President of the school’s charity, Friends of Hope Academy before having a tour of the school.

Dame Marjorie Bean Hope Academy caters to students aged 4 – 19 with severe and profound disabilities and recognizes and supports the individual needs and talents of each student. The programme includes formalized instruction in language arts, reading, mathematics, language arts, functional living skills, development skills, communication skills, vocational training and skills in leisure and recreation.


As The Countess visited each of the classrooms to observe the children in their adapted curriculum, she chatted with the students who warmly interacted with her. Principal Dr. Dena Butterfield Lister told The Countess that the main focus of the school’s programme is to increase the students’ independence, academic and functional skill development so that they can have an enhanced quality of life and successfully integrate into the community.

The Countess visited the different classrooms and saw the activities the students were involved in including a cooking class, a class that was preparing a garden for the Agriculture Exhibition, a physical therapy room and a spa room for water therapy. As her motorcade left, young children at a nearby preschool gathered to greet and wave to the Countess who stopped to say hello.

Princess Sophie Countess of Wessex at Dame Marjorie Bean Academy Bermuda Mar 17th 2011-1-28

While the Countess was visiting Dame Marjorie Bean Hope Academy, her husband Prince Edward was visiting Somersfield Academy and meeting the Bermuda Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Council and Award programme participants. The couple had come from a tour of the Co-Educational Facility in Ferry Reach, after starting their morning off at The Centre on Angle Street, where ten young people were presented their Gold Awards they earned through the Duke of Edinburgh Awards in Bermuda.

The Royal Highnesses next travel to the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club in Hamilton, before visiting the Berkeley Institute this afternoon. In the evening, the Royal couple will join Premier Paula Cox at a reception at Camden in Paget.

This is first visit to Bermuda for the Countess of Wessex, and the third visit to Bermuda for The Earl of Wessex, having previously visited the island in 1992 and 2003. The Royal Couple is staying at Government House, and due to depart Bermuda tomorrow, heading to the Caribbean.

Photos by Only the Best, click to enlarge:

Read More About

Category: All, Community, News, News, Photos

Comments (4)

Trackback URL | Comments RSS Feed

  1. Wonderful says:

    Great – Looks like the kids really enjoyed their visit. Lovely pictures.

  2. parent says:

    Wonderful pictures. My son goes to Hope Academy, but unfortunately he is not in any of the pictures. It is wonderful to see the other students… but if you have any more photos, could you publish them too? :-)

    • bernews says:

      Sorry! We desperately tried to get to all the schools, and get as many of the kids in the pics as possible as we knew parents would like to have them as mementos, but obviously missed some.

      We uploaded all the “good pics”, but do have a handful more pics from Hope Academy that aren’t that great to be honest. If you want please feel free to email us a pic of your son, and we can dig through the pics we have and see if we maybe have one, and if we do can pass it on. Also don’t forget to check our friends at the Sun and RG, they might also have one.

      • parent says:

        Thanks so much!

        I’ve sent an email… crossing my fingers!