Last week we were transported back in time as Ryesha Higgs and Dancescapes, came to Provo Primary to dance for us. Ryesha graduated from Provo Primary in 2008 and as she performed her dance, we remembered vividly, the talented little girl, who so enjoyed singing, music and dance and performing on stage while she was with us. It was truly wonderful to witness the now graceful young woman on the same stage, following her passion for the arts.
As a final celebration of our ‘Turtle Week’, here is a short video selection of the fantastic activities and experiences that the children across the school engaged in during the week, with a special thanks everyone who helped. We feel very fortunate that our children’s learning was enhanced by so many community supporters. Please enjoy all the wonderful photos.
Years 5 and 6 were very fortunate to work alongside Lempen Puppet Theatre Company last week when they visited Provo Primary. To support our environmental focus on ‘Turtles’, Lempen Theatre Puppet experts Daniel and Liz ensured that our students Design and Technology skills would be put to the test. Listening to the story of ‘Fisherman Joe and the Three Brothers’ set the scene for our very own moving turtle puppets!
A HUGE thank you to local artist Lucie Winton-Stubbs, from Diftwood Studios, for coming in to help create these beautiful paintings together with our Year 3 and 4 children. What a multitude of skills and techniques were taught as she carefully took them through the process step-by-step. I think you will agree that she encouraged oodles of artistic flair and talent to be creatively released onto the canvas. Aren’t they wonderful?! Look closely and you will see lots of individual details – just like their creators, there are many similarities and yet they are unique in their design!
Our Year 4 Flamingo class quite literally dived into the world of the sea turtle, joining Jackie Walker from Amanyara Nature Discovery Centre, and Amy Avenant and Katharine Hart from DEMA at Coral Gardens for an educational visit to witness first-hand how sea turtles are tagged in the TCI.
‘Turtle Week’ was a busy, fun and turtley exciting week in KS2. We are very grateful to Miss Katharine and Mrs. Amy from DEMA and Miss Jackie from Amanyara Nature Discovery Centre for sharing their vast knowledge and for creating such a wonderful collection of fun and exciting turtle activities!
“I felt the turtle activities were really fun and made me really happy,” said BD.
“I learnt that leatherbacks have collapsible lungs so that they can dive deep,” commented ED.
“I enjoyed Turtle Week because it raises awareness of the turtle situation, especially here in the T.C.I.,” added JW.
We started ‘Turtle Week’ first thing Monday morning with a superbly informative talk by Miss Katharine Hart (DEMA) about the current situation of turtles in the world, their life cycle and the different species. Then after break the children in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 took part in a round-robin of activities on the benches and field with Miss Katharine, Mrs. Amy (DEMA) and Miss Jackie (Amanyara.)
Has our ‘Turtle Week’ at Provo Primary inspired you to find out more about sea turtles in the Turks and Caicos Islands? If so, then perhaps you may like to relax in a hammock, or on the beach, and read through some wonderful articles from our locally produced magazine – The Times of the Islands.
Keeping Tabs on Turtles – Beach profile monitoring for marine turtle nesting areas.
Turtle Travels Unraveled – “Stay at home” turtles are valuable to boosting local populations.
Mother Sea Turtle – A look at the importance of turtles to the Tainos as food and myth.
A Promising Prognosis -Tackling TCI’s turtle fishery.
Thank you to The Times of the Islands team for collating and passing these on to us.
Last Saturday morning saw Provo Primary school take part in the Spring Inter-Island U12 tag rugby competition. With tag rugby being such a popular sport on the island and interest from all schools at an all-time high, it was no surprise that Provo Primary could enter two teams: Provo Thunder and Provo Hurricanes.
With competition at such a level, Provo Thunder and Hurricanes instantly realised that they had to use all the skills they have mastered during tag rugby club as well as a strong sense of team work and communication. Both teams played exceptionally well against really well-organised and disciplined teams
Not creating litter and being part of a beach clean-up is a powerful way in which we can make a difference to our wildlife’s well-being here in the TCI.
Help us ensure that rubbish at the park and on the beach doesn’t find its way into the ocean!
Buy your tickets at Provo Primary and you will receive a child ticket free with every adult ticket purchased. Adults Tickets $10 / Children $5.
We encourage our families to take this fantastic opportunity of going to the first-ever live TCFAF Puppet Theatre performances at Brayton Hall on Saturday. Performances are at both 2PM and 6PM.
We are looking forward to having Liz and Daniel from the Lempen Puppet Theatre Company joining us tomorrow to do a puppet workshop with our Year 5 and 6 students.
(Ticket offer open to Provo Primary families only)
Last term each of our School Council members participated in a First Aid Course devised especially for children, by the British Red Cross. Book donations and the purchase of library resources were also bought and presented to the Public Library. Find out more about these two projects and do check out some of the photo to see our wonderful School Councillors at work!
It is ‘Turtle Week’ next week at Provo Primary School and it is going to be a fun-filled educational and conversational exploration into the world of Turtles here in Turks and Caicos. Find out more in our ‘Turtle Week’ Newsletter.
A wide variety of activities are planned, many of which will be led by community volunteers and supporters. These include a turtle puppet workshop with the Lempen Puppet Theatre Company; presentations and workshops with local environmental experts from DEMA and the Amanyara Nature Discovery Centre; a first-hand experience of tagging a turtle at Coral Gardens; the creation of an acrylic painiting under the guidance of local artist Lucie Winton Stubbs and a viewing of phenomenal turtle photography by David Gallardo and Sean Brady. We would like to thank all of these people in advance for sharing their time and expertise with us. Their contributions, together with our teachers plans, will help make our ‘Turtle Week’ turtley amazing!
Provo Performing Arts School’s Easter Camp was a brilliant success. Take a look at their amazing Justin Bieber’s ‘What Do You Mean’ video that they created, in association with Eyespice Photography. Throughout the project, the students explored and developed their knowledge and skills in choreography, dance, directing, acting, singing, voiceovers, costumes and make-up. Well done to all of the performers and to director, Niki, too. What fantastic talent all round… it certainly looked like it was lots of fun too!
Do you love to dance and perform… do you wish you had been in this video? Provo Performing Arts School is affiliated to Provo Primary School and classes run daily after school. Take a look at the Provo Performing Arts schedule for this term classes and look out for future Camp activities.
A big thank you to Year 4 for teaching everyone in assembly on Friday about why we celebrate Commonwealth Day.
The Commonwealth is a family of 53 nations and are home to two billion plus citizens of all faiths and ethnicity – over half of whom are 25 or under. Member countries span all continents and oceans from Africa to Asia, the Americas, Australasia, the Caribbean, Europe and bases in Antarctica.
Most of the countries in the Commonwealth were once ruled by Britain, but today many other countries with different cultures, languages and faiths now want to be part of the Commonwealth. As an Overseas UK Territory, the Turks and Caicos is part of the Commonwealth and we have a public holiday every year.
Click on to find out more about the Commonwealth and Commonwealth Day and visit www.youngcommonwealth.org/ together with your child.
Monday 14th – Friday 18th – Keeping Healthy Week – The Enjoyment of Sports
With the majority of the school participating in various sporting events this week, our focus for this term’s Keeping Healthy Week is ‘The Enjoyment of Sports’. We encourage families to talk about sports and how these play an integral part of life at home and at school. What types of sports interest people in your family? What sporting activities do you participate in together as a family? What sporting events do you like to watch?
See detail of all of our planned school events below…
Are you looking to keep your children busy and active during the Easter break? We have two camps to recommend that may interest you. Click on the links to see times and prices:
- Provo Primary Easter Camp (Ages 18 months to 7 years) at Provo Primary School.
- BWI Collegiate Sports Camp (Ages 8-13) at the BWI Collegiate with Mr Fielding.
Provo Primary Camp will offer fun and exciting Themed Activities while The BWI Collegiate Sports Camp will offer a valuable opportunity for children to gain a range of different sporting experiences outside of Provo Primary School.
Please note that payment must be made for these camps via the IsleHelp App or POS in the office by WEDNESDAY 16th MARCH. Unfortunately drop in payments cannot be accepted as there will be nobody in the office over Easter to receive payment.
We look forward to welcoming parents and friends of Provo Primary School to join us for our fantastic Education Week Showcases on Friday. Find out all the details in our Showcase Booklet.
Each class has a variety of activity stations set up for you to engage in and the children are all very much looking forward to sharing and explaining their learning with you!
EYFS – Toddlers – Kindergarten @ 8:30 – 9:30 AM
Learn more about how STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) learning is incorporated into our Early Years Curriculum.
KS1/2 1 – 6 @ 2:15 – 2:50 PM
Explore how children learn through Topic-based learning, taking them on adventures back in time and around the world!
During our showcases, we encourage you to visit different classrooms around the school and not just the one that your child is currently in. We feel this will allow you to gain a greater sense of how our hands-on approach to STEM and Topic-based learning develops and enhances children’s skills as they progress through the school.
This year’s theme song for Education Week 2016 is written by Clement Howell High School Music Department and performed by the staff and students of the schools. Well done to all involved! Here are the lyrics if you would like to sing along.
During the week, schools will host a myriad of activities all over the country and the general public is encouraged to join in unity with educators across the country in support of the theme. Here at Provo Primary we will have a variety of activities sprinkled throughout the week. With World Book Day celebrations on Thursday 3rd including visits from British West Indies Collegiate student storytellers and our ‘Open House’ showcases on ‘STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) Learning in the Early Years’ and ‘Topic-Based Learning in Year 1-6’ on Friday 4th, we are set for a busy week ahead.
Provo Primary PTA Family Skate Night
Friday 19th February, 2016
@ Graceway Sports Centre between 6 – 8 pm
Concessions available Puck Shooting Contest Prizes
* $10.00 for skaters;
* $5.00 for non-skaters;
* And it is free for non-skaters under three.
We’d love to see as many families as possible out on the rink! We will also have a dance floor set up for those that just want to run around/boogie on down!
Feel free to pass along to friends at other primary schools – the more the merrier!
Looking forward to a very fun night!
If you have extra pairs of skates you can bring for others to borrow, that would be great, as we’ve gotten inquiries from those that don’t have any.
Wearing flip flops (island appropriate stage props!), but still otherwise dressed in his winter suit, he spent the morning sitting and speaking joyfully to each and every one of our children! Christmas wishes were whispered to Santa and in return a special book gift received.
Thank you, once again Santa for stopping by, creating lots of smiles and memories. And also to everyone who helped make this tradition a highlight to our end of term activities.
The festive season at Provo Primary continued on Thursday with our annual Christmas Lunch. To celebrate this occasion, the children made festive hats and place mats. It’s always lovely to see the unique creative creations that each class, and every child comes up with.
A big thank you to Robin and his staff at ‘Pizza, Pizza’ for all of your hard work cooking our delicious feast, and for cooking our school lunches every day throughout the year.
On Saturday 5th December Provo Primary for fortunate enough to be invited to participate in the annual TCIRFU TAG rugby competition for all the schools on the island. This term the children in Years 1-6 have been developing their TAG Rugby skills with Mr. George, together with Courtney Tinkler from the TCIRFU. A big thank you to Courtney for all the fantastic help and resources she has provided. The children have all enjoyed this tremendously. We would like to take this opportunity to thank the TCIRFU for offering this support to our school programme.
Provo Primary were able to field two teams in the competition, comprised of children from Year 3 – 6 – Provo Primary Ospreys and Provo Primary Pelicans. Both teams played well throughout the tournament with both reaching the finals for a fantastic head to head game.
Year 6 recently received an invitation from the Turks and Caicos Hotel and Tourism Association, which requested their participation in their Hello Tourist initiative. The Hello Tourist scheme aims to make children more aware of the tourism industry here in the TCI by giving insight into the variety of job opportunities that this growing sector offers; why tourism is important to our islands economy and financial well-being and the need for excellent customer service in order to further promote the facilities and resources accessible here on island.
Accepting the invitation ensured that on the 23rd November all members of Year 6 would be treated like a tourist for the day, in order to gain a better understanding of the hotel and tourism industry. With their passports in hand, Year 6 embarked upon a fun-filled and educational day!