|Shining Stars celebrates TCI culture|
|Thursday, 02 December 2010 09:56|
Shining Stars Preparatory School on Providenciales held a triple set of activities just before the First Term ends this school year to celebrate culture, nutrition and parents appreciation.
In an effort to expose the students to the different cultures that make up the Turks and Caicos Islands community, the staff and students put on a cultural show that wowed parents and left the kids beaming with pride.
“Overall, it was really, really beautiful,” said event coordinator Samantha Hosey. “Everybody enjoyed themselves.”
Among the highlights of the night was the original stage play, written by Hosey herself. “The main plot revolved around the importance of education,” she explained.
Other performances included lambada dance, some contemporary American dances, and local ones, such as the interpretation of the song “Time for me to look out for me” by TCI’s own Barbara Johnson.
School Principal Gloria Blake said that the importance of the cultural night was not only about dances or talents that students were performing, but also about being together as a community, a school and most of all “as a family.”
Sharing the spotlight were diverse dishes featured by each Caribbean country represented at the culture explosion. Among those served were ackee and salt fish from Jamaica, chicken souse and Johnny cake from TCI and curry and chicken from Guyana.
Along with the cultural celebration, the school celebrated the support of the parents with a special luncheon on Thursday, Nov. 18. According to school officials, it was their way of appreciating parents for their commitment to their child’s studies — a vision they share with the school.
Also highlighted during the month were healthy eating habits, which was enhanced by a tea party for the students.
Spearheaded by the Kindergarten Department, the whole school allotted one day to decorate tables and set up the healthy meals. All of the teachers were unanimous in saying that by teaching children healthy eating habits, they can be at a healthy weight.
They added that the eating habits children pick up when they are young will help them maintain a healthy lifestyle when they are adults. “By getting children to eat better and become more active, they can utilize their innate abilities to stay healthy, do better in the classroom and have a better chance to excel,” shared Blake.
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