Premier Attends Latest GREAT Graduations

May 23, 2014

Yesterday [May 22] Premier Michael Dunkley attended the latest round our GREAT graduations at Somerset and West End Primary schools.

The public will recall that the GREAT Elementary School pilot programme was re-introduced this past January. The programme is designed for P5 and P6 students and consists of six 30- to 45-minute lessons. The goal of the programme is to help students practice developing positive solutions and appropriate decision making when faced with tough decisions.

The Premier said, “I was honoured to attend a special joint assembly at Somerset Primary to celebrate the G.R.E.A.T graduations for the students of Somerset and West End Primary Schools. The students gave testimonials on how they enjoyed participating in group discussions and role playing as they learned to communicate messages clearly, control their anger and to respect others.

“GREAT continues our efforts to introduce effective strategies to impress upon the youngest members of our community that there are better alternatives to gang violence and anti-social behaviour. At its core, GREAT is designed to do two things; build positive relationships between students and the Bermuda Police Service, and it also provides our children with solutions and appropriate decision making skills. We are pleased to do whatever we can to prepare our youth for the tools to make positive lifestyle choices and to make valuable contributions to this community.”

One special feature of the curriculum is the activity about bullying behaviors. This activity uses a pervasive and realistic problem to prompt student discussion and the development of positive solutions.

To date, the pilot programme has been rolled out in the following schools:

  • Elliot Primary
  • Gilbert Institute
  • Harrington Sound Primary
  • Paget Primary
  • Prospect Primary
  • Somerset Primary
  • Victor Scott Primary
  • West End Primary

Over 200 students have participated in the G.R.E.A.T programme during this school year.

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  1. el says:

    mikes making his point and presence felt immediately hmmmm… verrrrryyyygooooodd mikkeeee.. visiting schools certainly gives a warm fuzzy feeling to getting back to the roots of this country its “PEOPLE” starting with the children… Mr. Cannonier did not pay visits to schools and retirement homes, and remember EB had Thursday bag lunches, let the competition begin to see who can be the best person they possible can be doing good and mikeee lets wash that mouth out with soap and water no more ‘cursing the people” we are watching, hope you will accept others as your responsibility not just those you know, Bermudians as a collective need to be considered in any decision making process we are the stake holders… nice photo op before parliament, nice touch..

    • Steve Biko says:

      In back of his mind he”s saying(They’re just wasting their F#*%ing time!!
      Mic check

  2. watchfuleyes says:

    Craig may not have visited schools but he certainly was in the paper every minute shaking hands, greeting and kissing people. All that a does not a priemer make, because behind all that hand shaking, he was up to mischief for which the whole party will have to pay for. He had advisors, where were they? what advice did they give him? So Dunkley is out and about trying to look like he cares about the people of Bermuda? He still has to clean up the mess he has inherited by his Ministers underhanded deeds, and if he doesn’t, he doesn’t stand a chance.

  3. the truth says:

    goo dunk! xx

  4. the truth says:

    goo dunk! he is what we need as a country

  5. Ian says:

    Soooo ironic. This guy is the leader of a party that would endorse allowing children from priveleged expat households (that dont need extra household income) to compete for summer jobs with the same kids hes hugging and kissing at Somerset and West End Primary.

  6. Xaxa says:

    Nice that the children are hugging their premier.I guess they are not caught up in the things that divide us. We could all learn a thing or two from them. AWESOME KIDS!!!!

  7. somuchless says:

    Did dunk give out free milk? Just checking cause I hope I didn’t miss it.

  8. Come On Man says:

    you all are lost this photo op was scheduled way before CC’s resignation..