Thursday 12 December, 2019

Fun facts about 5 Barbados secondary schools - Part 1

Rihanna and models at The Combermere School during the Fenty Launch video.

Rihanna and models at The Combermere School during the Fenty Launch video.

Many children sit The Barbados Secondary Schools Entrance Examination, commonly called the 11-plus exam, without knowing anything about the schools listed on their choice forms.

Therefore, we have decided that whether the 11-plus is changed in 2020 or not, we will share some facts about the schools for the next generation. Old scholars can comment and add to the facts.

Harrison College

Barbadian Alan Emtage who had a hand in the creation of the first online search engine ever – Archie, before Google, attended Harrison School. And it's Harrison College, only the Cave has an apostrophe s.

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Queen’s College

Barbados' two most powerful leaders are past scholars of Queen's College. Prime Minister Mia Mottley, and Governor-General Dame Sandra Mason carry the light. #FiatLux #FerturLux

The 2019 Soca Monarch King Michael ‘Mikey’ Mercer, who was has won almost every calypso crown ever in Barbados, came out of the QC family before he became part of the big feting family.

Unbelievably, Queen's College fourth and fifth form female students got skirts before the school finished building the pavilion. The pavilion is a sore spot for many persons who attended QC. Most past scholars would never have thought that the uniform change would come before a completed pavilion. The number of trees that died as girls petitioned year after year to get the change from tunics only until 6th Form...R.I.P.

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The Combermere School

Spend time in de breezeway or you could as well have never attended the University of Waterford.

Rihanna, Deejay Puffy and the late Prime Minister David Thompson attend this school. Rihanna even featured the school in her launch video for her clothing brand Fenty.

The Old Scholars of this institution are next level. It is said that they look out for other students and make sure that each Combermerian goes Up and On. Wear your armband.

P.S. The school is named after Lord Combermere.

The St. Michael School

It is not St. Michael’s School...no apostrophe s. It is The St. Michael School.

It is the new ‘IT’ school in Barbados amongst students sitting the 11-plus examination having snatched both the Boys and Girls championship titles at the Barbados Secondary Schools’ Athletics Championships in recent years – Go Cougars!

It was the first school in Barbados to host a night school sports event – GLOW Sports.

The Lodge School

Mac Fingall may no longer be teaching Physical Education there but his reputation lives on.

Boys who attended when it was just Lodge Boys would tell you about the coffin. If you know, you know.

It is the only public secondary school in the parish of St. John, right in between the sugar canes.

More schools coming.

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