Mount Tabor showcase pride and industry
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.
Mount Tabor students had so many different dishes to choose from.