(EMU) – St. Kitts, November, 10, 2015: Under the theme, ‘Creating and Maintaining a Culture of Excellence through Service,’ The Basseterre High School conducted its Professional Development Day 2015. The seminar was conducted on Monday 9th November, at the N.E.M.A. Conference Room. During his remarks Deputy Chief Education Officer, Daryl Lloyd asserted, “This theme truly captures the recipe for success. Excellence by definition references a quality that surpasses ordinary standards, a culture encompasses a way of life. In this context it refers to the day- to-day running and the corresponding atmosphere created at the Basseterre High School.”
He went on to state that, “A service that is indeed an intangible commodity, as it relates to teaching, Service refers to the delivery of a sound education. Therefore the teachers of the Basseterre High School this year are attempting to brainstorm ways in which they can elevate the standard of the day to day running and the corresponding atmosphere created at the Basseterre High School."
In stating how important and timely this Professional Development day is, not only to management and staff, but students as well, Principal, Ron Collins specified, “Teaching students today in preparation for a future that is already here. Our professional development day seeks to better prepare us to teach for tomorrow, today with a sense of urgency and excitement. We are particularly keen to share and discuss approaches that will have significant impact on learners’ engagements in education at our school.” He reassured the staff and members present that, “Today we encourage and we challenge our teachers to create and maintain a culture of excellence. The role of education is to nurture every student’s potential and to create strong culturally inclusive and responsive educational pathways.”
The management and staff were involved in various training and developmental sessions throughout the day from various facilitators in the areas of expertise that ranged from, Effective Measurement and Testing, Student Engagement for learning and Life, Effective Management of Student Conduct and Behaviour and Educational Leadership-Roles and Responsibilities. In attendance, alongside the management and staff of the School were past and present education officials. Mr. Stanley Knight, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Justice and Legal Affairs, Attorney General’s Office and Communication. Mr. Daryl Lloyd;Deputy Chief Education Officer, Mrs. Amanda Edmeade, Education Officer, Mr. Ron Dublin Collins Principal at the B.H.S. and Mr. Walwyn Chiverton, President of the Parent Teachers Association.