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IMG_5880Providenciales, 04 Feb 2016 – The reviews were all the rave for the 15 schools which participated in the 7th Annual Ministry of Education Science Fair sponsored by FortisTCI. Holy Family Academy entered in both the high school and primary school divisions and is always an impressive candidate in the show; this year the high school collected aluminum cans, melted them down and created jewelry, accessories and art.

Dr. Malcolm was wowed. “Okay we have so much waste on the side of the road, I believe we should start collecting our cans and take them to Holy Family Academy so that they canuse it and probably sell this grat product; I like what you did with the glitter.”

Finally, at least in recent years, a robot.

Maranatha Academy did not just present any old robot, theirs, called an Eco-droid would collect garbage and pointed to the future for keeping the TCI clean.

“The basic concept is that it will be autonomously controlled by an ultrasonic sensor that senses whatever is in front of it and with the arm attached would be able to pick it up and carry it to the nearest garbage via a GPS system.”

Beauty was top of mind for Clement Howell High and Community Christian Academy, both schools used a common plant to create the answer to acne, blemishes and younger, healthier skin.

CHHS used Aloe.

Dee to CHHS: Did you test this on any human being?
“Yes we did, here are the results. This is a day after using the product as you can see, her skin tone got brighter…
Dee to CHHS: Did you Photoshop that?
“No! (laughter) You can see, some of the blemishes from acne are gone.”

Community Christian used Neem.

“The Neem soap we have here can do many things, it helps acne by tightening the skin and making the pores smaller and can stop blemishes. If you turn it into gel, you can rub it on your skin.”

And as for best use of food… it had to be the primary schoolers of Oseta Jolly; forget about having to dispose of cups and plates after a party, you can now just eat them because of this group, they can be made of JELLO.

“Because we used gelatin, gelatin does not have a flavor but after it is refrigerated and is in water it gets just hard and it helps things to stand up. We used the JELLO for it to have flavor, and for it to smell nice.”

Spicy food is good, not just to the taste for so many… but now for the heart and it even cuts fat according to the International School.

“If you eat more spicy food, you get a process called thermogenesis which makes your cells hotter and burns energy, then you can lose weight and you can reduce the chance of getting a heart attack or stroke.”

A water quality test from HJ Robinson High, a recycling of sewer water by Precious Treasures, an experiment to test the potency of every day liquids by Enid Capron, how sea water can be used as energy by both Raymond Gardiner High and TCIPS and a propane and electricity free stove, just in time for hurricane season by Marjorie Basden High were among the contenders at the Science Fair which was held at the Gus Lightbourne Gym on Thursday; it is one of the finale highlights of Education Week in the country.

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Educational Aids Strengthen Learning Experience for Provo Students

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PROVIDENCIALES, Turks & Caicos Islands: Scores of students in Providenciales will benefit from back-to-school supplies donated by Sandals Foundation Ambassadors at Beaches Turks and Caicos resort, strengthening the instructional process in four schools at the start of the new school term.

More than 2,000 students from Ianthe Pratt, Enid Capron, Oseta Jolly and the Thelma Lightbourne Primary Schools were presented with a generous supply of educational materials including notebooks, pens, pencils, rulers, sharpeners, knapsacks, reading material, sports gear and musical instruments from members of the philanthropic arm of the family all-inclusive resort. While sharing the gratitude for the gifts received, the leaders at the various institutions lauded the efforts of the more than 20 volunteers on hand.

Neekimo King, Principal of the Ianthe Pratt Primary School shared, “Beaches Turks and Caicos and the Sandals Foundation over the years have adopted our institution as their own. These reading books will go a far way in increasing our library stock and improving literacy among the students while the physical education and the guidance counseling units have received lots of materials to bolster the learning experience for our students.”

Sophia Garland, Principal of the Enid Capron Primary School was equally elated as she expressed how beneficial resources will be for the teaching and learning process.

“These supplies, including the books, will definitely aid in increasing literacy amongst the students and the many teaching aids that we have been received will create an environment that is conducive for teaching and learning.”

In sharing with the schools, James McAnally, General Manager at Beaches resort noted, “Sandals Foundation and the resort remain committed to the development of the education of our children, the environment and the communities in which we operate. These four government operated primary schools were identified for these supplies to help in fostering their academic and extra-curricular growth.”

McAnally continued, “A big thank you to the Sandals Foundation Ambassadors who came out and helped with making these distributions possible.”

Vice principal of the Oseta Jolly Primary School, Diana Dean, also expressed gratitude noting, “With these tools, I am sure the students will be excited about learning and the teachers will be better equipped to deliver the lessons.”

The Sandals Foundation and Beaches Turks and Caicos Resort have long been supporters of education and community development in Turks and Caicos, donating to a number of schools and youth sports programmes. Since 2011, the organisations have been assisting students at Ianthe Pratt, Enid Capron Primary Schools and other schools across the islands in their holistic development by providing educational supplies and the opportunity for Sandals and Beaches resorts guests to meaningfully engage with the students through a weekly literacy enhancement programme, hosted in partnership with Island Routes Tours – Reading Road Trip.

 

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Header: Staff and students from the Enid Capron Primary School share a moment for the cameras with members of the Sandals Foundation team as the school received educational items from the Beaches Turks and Caicos and the Sandals Foundation.

Insert: James McAnally, General Manager, Beaches Turks and Caicos (front left) makes a presentation to members of the Ianthe Pratt Primary School recently with sporting gear and educational items looking on are members of the Sandals Foundation team, Sesame Street Character

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PRESS STATEMENT: MINISTRY OF EDUCATION

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#TurksandCaicos, January 27, 2023 – The Ministry responsible for Education confirms that a recent report of alleged sexual abuse was brought to the attention of authorities at a particular school. For the protection of the child, we will not divulge details of this matter. We do acknowledge that there were issues experienced which resulted in less than appropriate response to the incident.

 The Ministry is continuing its investigation of the incident, in its totality and has since requested a comprehensive report on the response from all involved. Several meetings, visits and discussions were held. The key is to ensure that the minor involved is afforded additional counselling and care and that other students within the institution are also afforded the relevant support needed. The Student Support Services has been active in coordinating this response which is currently in operation.

 As an immediate further action, the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) entities will convene and existing protocols will be reviewed and investigations conducted to determine the consistency of the response, exactly where the established protocols were not followed and the subsequent actions to be taken.

 The Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports and Social Services considers its responsibility for the Safeguarding of children of utmost importance. In so doing, the Ministry of Education has instituted a number of measures over the years to ensure that allegations of abuse to children in schools are treated with urgency. The creation of the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) was created to ensure that teachers, leaders, Social Workers, and Police can respond to allegations with the child’s safety and protection as the core consideration. Child safeguarding remains the Ministry’s primary concern.

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UB Statement: Portia M. Smith Building Under Assessment

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#The Bahamas, January 27, 2023 – In response to concerns expressed, University of The Bahamas released a notification on Thursday 26th January 2023 that effective immediately the Portia M. Smith Building at the Oakes Field Campus is closed until further notice as a precautionary measure.

Immediate steps have been taken to engage the Ministry of Environmental Health to conduct a thorough assessment of the building. In the interim, personnel assigned to Portia M. Smith have been instructed to work remotely to maintain the continuity of operations. A further communication will be issued once the assessment has been completed as we continue to provide timely updates.

Please be assured that the health, safety, and welfare of members of the University community and the general public are paramount and we are working with urgency to address this matter.

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