Update from our Dean - Barbados
By Emily | Feb 6, 2020 |
Dear A+ Families and Friends, We have finished a fun week in Barbados and are now off to the surprise port…St. Martin! It will be a short sail with our arrival planned for the 8th of February. Barbados was a great island to explore and the local people were so welcoming to our school. Walker’s Reserve was an amazing example of how industry can be both economically productive and environmentally friendly.
Students were able to see for themselves the incredible work and thought that goes into the transformation of a sand quarry into a productive food forest. Our knowledgeable guides explained the importance of making the sandy soil fertile, the careful selection of plants, and the immense task of water resource management.
On Monday, we participated in a Barbadian government initiative called “We Gatherin’”. One of their projects is to plant 1 million trees over the course of a year. Many of these trees are being planted in a new botanical garden that is currently being developed. It is in the early stages and we were fortunate enough to be given the opportunity to help. The students worked hard planting fruit trees, and it will be a neat experience to travel back in future years and see how their hard work contributed to the beautiful garden. The Barbadian Prime Minister Mia Motley sent her thanks for our help with a representative who met us at the service learning project.
In the upcoming port St. Martin, a former teacher of A+ World Academy has kindly arranged for us to visit a local school and use their facilities for labs and internet. She currently teaches a World Cultures class, so our students will be presenting to her class about the different cultures they have experienced so far over the school year, including the ship culture onboard. Their basketball team has also offered to scrimmage us. Unfortunately, I can’t figure out how to have any basketball practices onboard, so we’ll be going into the game cold. The students will tell you I’m a little bit competitive, maybe a bit more than a little bit. In any case, I’m sure it will be a fun experience for both schools.
Before closing, just a reminder to all families that the NYC Parent Port is swiftly approaching, which means that all students need to have proper paperwork for entering the United States. If your student requires an ESTA, please email me a scanned copy of it so we can have it filed onboard.
Thank you always for your support!
Emily J. Waugh
Dean of School