CedarBridge Academy Honours Three Women

March 12, 2020

Cedarbridge Academy staged a tree planting yesterday [March 11] in order to mark International Women’s Day, honouring three women “who have made significant contributions to the school.”

The planting took place in accord with Vision 2020’s goal of planting 2,020 trees by the end of the year.

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CedarBridge Deputy Principal Kalreta Conyers-Steede relayed remarks on behalf of Acting Principal Kenneth Caesar, who was unable to attend, saying, “I apologize for my absence today.

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“CedarBridge Academy has been a landmark of Bermuda society since 1997.

“When this school was established, many people were called to come and work at Bermuda’s newest senior school.

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“Amongst the calling were three outstanding women who devoted countless hours to CBA. There is a saying ‘no nation can rise higher than it women,’ and it is true; CedarBridge would not have made it this far without the individual contributions of Mrs. Kalmar Richards, Ms. Rosemary Matthews and Mrs. Devina Butterfield.

“The trees planted today will act as a symbol of all you have done for the young people of a Bermuda. I pray these trees will grow strong and tall like all of you.”

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A spokesperson said, “All three of the honourees had served the school for many years, from its inception in 1997. Mrs. Kalmar Richards began at CedarBridge as one of the three Deputy Principals and within a few years took over as Principal, until assuming the post of Commissioner for Education.

“Ms. Rosemary Mathews began teaching at CedarBridge at its inception and within a few years took on the post of Deputy Principal for almost two decades. She has remained as a key volunteer resource since her retirement a few years ago.

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“Mrs. Devina Butterfield has served as administrator at CedarBridge from the start and continues to do so. Her role and commitment to the school is seen as invaluable by the staff.

“Glenn Fubler offered a few remarks on behalf of Bermuda Climate Action Network [Bermuda CAN] on the implications of planting trees and its impact on the environment. He also pointed out to students the importance of retaining an attitude of gratitude and taking the opportunity to express appreciation for their island, their families, and their teachers.

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“The tree planting was facilitated by Bermuda National Trust horticulturalist Myles Darrell, who also represents Bermuda CAN. Myles has been collaborating closely for some time with CedarBridge’s environmental science teacher Ms. Melanie Burrows, who coordinated the ceremony.”

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