BHS Settles Into New Environment LK Hewlett Story Updated: September 7th 2015 at 4:12 pm
Students of the Basseterre High School were shepherded off to their new classroom spaces this morning (Sept 7) as the school resumes a full time teaching schedule. Several parents attended the school’s first general assembly held at the Zion Moravian Church and escorted children to the makeshift classroom forms at the Warner Park, Methodist Church Hall (Old Boys School), Washington Archibald High School, AVEC, Premier Dental Center offices and Zion Church Hall. New principal Ron Collins told the students that being at separate locations from each other did not make the BHS any less of a unit and school family. He encouraged the children to hunker down and do their school work despite the less than perfect learning environment and circumstances. They were warned against loitering after school and wearing their uniforms in a disorderly fashion. There would be added security at all the venues, Collins informed, speaking to complaints received during previous school terms about high schoolers “liming” at Port Zante. “When school is concluded at the days’ end, please go home and take off the uniform, take a rest and get ready for the next day,” he said. The students were reminded that they are attending a school that has a remarkable track record for excellence even in the face of upheaval. The BHS received the highest number of subject passes for the second consecutive year with 86.26% at the recent May/June CSEC exams. “We make a commitment to you the students this term, that for us, you come first. We have made a commitment to continue the legacy of excellence and we are ready to take Basseterre High to the next level.” Collins told The Observer he expected the new arrangement to have its challenges, especially in the initial stages. “I do expect that it will be a challenging time but our main concern is getting the classes going and getting the full contact time.” The BHS will begin school at 8:30 am and finish at 3:45pm daily. The school’s management asked parents to partner with the school to ensure students turned up to school, completed their assignments and put in the necessary work at home to obtain the highest grades. Light preparatory construction work was still being done on the Zion Church Hall where the Learning support classes will be held. Minister of Education Hon. Shawn Richards attended the assembly and then viewed the progress of the work. He said he hoped it would not be much longer before those students would be able to occupy that venue.