PenDragon - the official magazine of Lyford Cay International School PenDragon Vol 5, Spring 2019 - Page 12

Lyford Cay International School 3,080 Facebook Followers @lyfordschool 1,864 Tweets on Twitter @LCIS_Dragons 25,570 Likes on Our Photos Lyford Cay International School 1,611 Views on Vimeo #LCIS #GoDragons “ I B accreditation brought openness and ability to interact in the global educational marketplace in new ways.” Guidelines for accreditation also meant a lot of expectations. Alessandra Holowesko who was Chair of the Board, a Board Member and parent from 2002-2018 reflects on the school’s continued and continuing efforts to reach its highest potential with academics, a diverse student body, systems and facilities. “We knew that LCIS could be a national resource, and that we were going to have to evolve and institutionalize.” She continues, “During accreditation visits, [the team] kept hearing that we lacked policies and strategic pillars, so we set about creating and annotating our policies, and writing a strategic plan. There were some tough periods, because change, by definition, is challenging even if you know it’s the right thing. I’m hopeful that time period ushered an era of positive change, and that it help set the school on a launching pad to bigger and greater things.” With these improvements, the parents of students who did not have the income or inclination to send their children to overseas schools now had a viable option for their children. There was only one issue: persistent space constraints. Former headmistress Mrs Campbell reflects that as far back as the 80s, the school was affected by business growth when hotels were being developed in Cable Beach. ”People liked the small classes, but we didn’t have the small classes in every grade. You could be as high as the sky with your education, but if you don’t have facilities to give it to them with, they’re not going to get it.” Lieblich remembers limited facilities affecting the school’s potential in his day as well. “I could see right away that the facilities that we had at Lyford Cay were a wonderful environment for primary school, but if we’re really going to be serious about secondary school, we were going to have to build a proper secondary school facility.” A committed group of parents and corporate partners donated a large single-integrated Apple computer and IT internet system and the former school hall was converted to a facility to house classes for the upper grades. The school also expanded its sports regimen and added programmes and academic classes to retain local talent until it was time for college. This included formalising an agreement with the Catholic Bishop of the Bahamas to rent space for school sports teams to utilise the St Paul’s Church grounds, the building of a 25m swimming pool and the clearing of land adjacent to the pool to put in a first class field for all sports. Vlasov is also excited about the school’s evolution continuing in the present day, noting the additional resources and space of the new campus: “When you have a proper campus as we will have, it’ll make this a lot easier to really develop proper varsity teams.” The theme of growth still influences LCIS today. The school continues its journey to meet the growing needs of a student body and community of locals and expatriates who are attracted to the school because of its reputation for continuous evolution and commitment to excellence. LCIS has earned its way, through several extremely thorough vetting processes, to international recognition, achieving the most with its little footprint. In doing so it may have lost some of its improvisational charm and a pet goat or two. However, strength has remained as the footing of the constant ambition to give students in The Bahamas an education that can stand up to their peers around the world. And the buildings, including those at the new state of the art Upper School campus, still remain pink. 12 Every year on #InternationalDay, we celebrate the diversity of our community by recognising the 41 countries represented on our campus. Prime Minister Minnis spoke at the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Upper School campus on 29 March. Co-curriculars like #GGYA challenge students physically and mentally while they explore The Bahamas on foot, bicycle or kayak. During #FoundersDay, we honoured Mrs Dala Smith for 30 years of service, Mrs Rose Taylor for 20 years, Ms Veronica Ferguson for 15 years and Mrs Shanika Smith (not pictured) for 10 years. Our Design Lab gives students the chance to explore questions and solutions through our unique problem-solving curriculum. #STEAM On #GlobalPlayDay, we celebrate #InternationalMindedness by participating in sports and games from around the world. Our Preschool students participate in the #LearnToSwim programme, giving them confidence in the water at 18 months old! In February, students performed in the musical, Annie . Congratulations to the performers, staff and parents for this rousing success. Students in Grades 1–8 take the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) to allow teachers to assess their learning and reinforce core skills. Congratulations to the #ClassOf2019. These grads got into some of the best universities in the world. #Stanford, #MIT, #Yale and #Georgetown. Congratulations to Delaney Mizell (Grade 8, Left) for winning four medals in swimming at the #CARIFTA games this year. Our Senior Boys, Senior Girls and Junior Boys Football teams won #BAISS championships and Nationals in only our second year in the league.