Mount Ta­bor show­case pride and in­dus­try

Daily Nation (Barbados) - - Entertainment -

Stu­dents, teach­ers, and par­ents of Mount Ta­bor Pri­mary School en­joyed A Taste of Bar­ba­dos all week long.

On Mon­day, stu­dents from ev­ery year level got a taste of sev­eral Bar­ba­dian dishes and sweet treats; they helped pre­pare conkies, co­conut and pump­kin punches, cas­sava pone, bread­fruit and salt fish, sugar cakes, [sweet potato] pud­ding and pickle sans souse.

In­fants A teacher Kelly Beck­les told Week­end Na­tion that the ob­jec­tive of the week-long event was to high­light all as­pects of Bar­ba­dian life and get all the stu­dents in­volved in the var­i­ous as­pects.

“It wasn’t only about aca­demics. We got those who were in­ter­ested in sports, in art, cre­ative writ­ing, mak­ing things like food and those in­ter­ested in show­cas­ing their tal­ents in drama and song in­volved, real­is­ing that chil­dren don’t just come to school for arith­metic and what we see at Com­mon En­trance. We are aware there are other as­pects to a child’s life.

“So, for me, when I thought about it, I won­dered how we could get each child in­volved so each one felt like though he/she were a part of the week. When you think about a per­son com­ing to visit Bar­ba­dos, you don’t want them to just get what they do from Eng­land or Amer­ica, you want them to get the authen­tic Ba­jan cul­ture.

“That’s why the pro­ject had a dis­play of our old-time things such as the stand­pipe and ra­dio. If a vis­i­tor had to come through here to­day, he or she would get a taste,” she said.

Class 3 pupil Kal­leah Est­wick’s paint­ing of the hori­zon at sunset was the most out­stand­ing art en­trant. She re­ceived prizes do­nated by the Bar­ba­dos Agri­cul­tural So­ci­ety and other busi­nesses. Beck­les noted that the Taste of Bar­ba­dos pro­ject brought “some­thing that we’re miss­ing a bit in Bar­ba­dos be­cause ev­ery­body is in their own ter­race and house and no­body is shar­ing food”.

She added: “This is what I think Ba­jans used to do all the time and come to­gether for. I did not do this on my own. There are five peo­ple on the com­mit­tee. It was a whole school ef­fort from man­age­ment right down, to the jan­i­tors, watch­man, par­ents. I asked my mummy to do the bread”.

Stu­dents played jacks, hop­scotch, and pitched mar­bles.

(GBM)

Mount Ta­bor stu­dents had so many dif­fer­ent dishes to choose from.

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