Got TIPS or BREAKING NEWS? Please call 1-284-442-8000 direct/can also WhatsApp same number or Email ALL news to:newsvino@outlook.com;                               ads call 1-284-440-6666

BVI SDA Secondary School students empowered @ leadership forum

- under the theme ‘Empowering Girls/Boys for a Brighter Tomorrow’
Dr Michelle Martin presented on Mental Health and Depression. Photo: VINO
Ms Rochelle Lawrence of Pristine School of Ettiquette, left, during her session on etiquette and deportment. Photo: VINO
Ms Rochelle Lawrence of Pristine School of Ettiquette, left, during her session on etiquette and deportment. Photo: VINO
Secondary school students of the BVI Seventh-day Adventist School in Sea Cows Bay, Tortola, swapped their regular school uniforms for gold or red business attire on Thursday, January 30, 2020 as they were given a break from the usual class sessions to listen to a number of professionals deliver on how they could improve their personal and social development as emerging leaders. Photo: VINO
Secondary school students of the BVI Seventh-day Adventist School in Sea Cows Bay, Tortola, swapped their regular school uniforms for gold or red business attire on Thursday, January 30, 2020 as they were given a break from the usual class sessions to listen to a number of professionals deliver on how they could improve their personal and social development as emerging leaders. Photo: VINO
Youth mentor, musician and former school counsellor, Mr Jovan E. L. Cline spoke to the male students about ‘Positive Thinking and Meeting Your Goals’. Photo: VINO
Youth mentor, musician and former school counsellor, Mr Jovan E. L. Cline spoke to the male students about ‘Positive Thinking and Meeting Your Goals’. Photo: VINO
Stewardship Director, Pastor Hesketh Matthews during one of his presentations. Photo: VINO
Stewardship Director, Pastor Hesketh Matthews during one of his presentations. Photo: VINO
Students applaud the performance of one of their colleagues who sang. Photo: VINO
Students applaud the performance of one of their colleagues who sang. Photo: VINO
Students listen attentively to a presentation by one of the inmates of Her Majesty's Prison (HMP). Photo: VINO
Students listen attentively to a presentation by one of the inmates of Her Majesty's Prison (HMP). Photo: VINO
Students listen attentively to a presentation by one of the inmates of Her Majesty's Prison (HMP). Photo: VINO
Students listen attentively to a presentation by one of the inmates of Her Majesty's Prison (HMP). Photo: VINO
Students listen attentively to a presentation by one of the inmates of Her Majesty's Prison (HMP). Photo: VINO
Students listen attentively to a presentation by one of the inmates of Her Majesty's Prison (HMP). Photo: VINO
The students were also not shy to try balancing books on their heads while walking and sitting during a session on etiquette and deportment by Ms Rochelle Lawrence of Pristine School of Ettiquette. Photo: VINO
The students were also not shy to try balancing books on their heads while walking and sitting during a session on etiquette and deportment by Ms Rochelle Lawrence of Pristine School of Ettiquette. Photo: VINO
The students were not shy to try balancing books on their heads while walking and sitting during a session on etiquette and deportment by Ms Rochelle Lawrence of Pristine School of Ettiquette. Photo: VINO
The students were not shy to try balancing books on their heads while walking and sitting during a session on etiquette and deportment by Ms Rochelle Lawrence of Pristine School of Ettiquette. Photo: VINO
The girls were also given a surprise appearance by Mr Caribbean Yohance T. Smith, who serenaded the ecstatic young ladies in song. Photo: VINO
The girls were also given a surprise appearance by Mr Caribbean Yohance T. Smith, who serenaded the ecstatic young ladies in song. Photo: VINO
Principal of the BVI Seventh-day Adventist School, Mr Wade W Tobin said the school plans to make the leadership development event an annual one. Photo: VINO
Principal of the BVI Seventh-day Adventist School, Mr Wade W Tobin said the school plans to make the leadership development event an annual one. Photo: VINO
Secondary school students of the BVI Seventh-day Adventist School in Sea Cows Bay, Tortola, swapped their regular school uniforms for gold or red business attire on Thursday, January 30, 2020 as they were given a break from the usual class sessions to listen to a number of professionals deliver on how they could improve their personal and social development as emerging leaders. Photo: VINO
Secondary school students of the BVI Seventh-day Adventist School in Sea Cows Bay, Tortola, swapped their regular school uniforms for gold or red business attire on Thursday, January 30, 2020 as they were given a break from the usual class sessions to listen to a number of professionals deliver on how they could improve their personal and social development as emerging leaders. Photo: VINO
Secondary school students of the BVI Seventh-day Adventist School in Sea Cows Bay, Tortola, swapped their regular school uniforms for gold or red business attire on Thursday, January 30, 2020 as they were given a break from the usual class sessions to listen to a number of professionals deliver on how they could improve their personal and social development as emerging leaders. Photo: VINO
Secondary school students of the BVI Seventh-day Adventist School in Sea Cows Bay, Tortola, swapped their regular school uniforms for gold or red business attire on Thursday, January 30, 2020 as they were given a break from the usual class sessions to listen to a number of professionals deliver on how they could improve their personal and social development as emerging leaders. Photo: VINO
Secondary school students of the BVI Seventh-day Adventist School in Sea Cows Bay, Tortola, swapped their regular school uniforms for gold or red business attire on Thursday, January 30, 2020 as they were given a break from the usual class sessions to listen to a number of professionals deliver on how they could improve their personal and social development as emerging leaders. Photo: VINO
Secondary school students of the BVI Seventh-day Adventist School in Sea Cows Bay, Tortola, swapped their regular school uniforms for gold or red business attire on Thursday, January 30, 2020 as they were given a break from the usual class sessions to listen to a number of professionals deliver on how they could improve their personal and social development as emerging leaders. Photo: VINO
Secondary school students of the BVI Seventh-day Adventist School in Sea Cows Bay, Tortola, swapped their regular school uniforms for gold or red business attire on Thursday, January 30, 2020 as they were given a break from the usual class sessions to listen to a number of professionals deliver on how they could improve their personal and social development as emerging leaders. Photo: VINO
Secondary school students of the BVI Seventh-day Adventist School in Sea Cows Bay, Tortola, swapped their regular school uniforms for gold or red business attire on Thursday, January 30, 2020 as they were given a break from the usual class sessions to listen to a number of professionals deliver on how they could improve their personal and social development as emerging leaders. Photo: VINO
Secondary school students of the BVI Seventh-day Adventist School in Sea Cows Bay, Tortola, swapped their regular school uniforms for gold or red business attire on Thursday, January 30, 2020 as they were given a break from the usual class sessions to listen to a number of professionals deliver on how they could improve their personal and social development as emerging leaders. Photo: VINO
Secondary school students of the BVI Seventh-day Adventist School in Sea Cows Bay, Tortola, swapped their regular school uniforms for gold or red business attire on Thursday, January 30, 2020 as they were given a break from the usual class sessions to listen to a number of professionals deliver on how they could improve their personal and social development as emerging leaders. Photo: VINO
Secondary school students of the BVI Seventh-day Adventist School in Sea Cows Bay, Tortola, swapped their regular school uniforms for gold or red business attire on Thursday, January 30, 2020 as they were given a break from the usual class sessions to listen to a number of professionals deliver on how they could improve their personal and social development as emerging leaders. Photo: VINO
Secondary school students of the BVI Seventh-day Adventist School in Sea Cows Bay, Tortola, swapped their regular school uniforms for gold or red business attire on Thursday, January 30, 2020 as they were given a break from the usual class sessions to listen to a number of professionals deliver on how they could improve their personal and social development as emerging leaders. Photo: VINO
Secondary school students of the BVI Seventh-day Adventist School in Sea Cows Bay, Tortola, swapped their regular school uniforms for gold or red business attire on Thursday, January 30, 2020 as they were given a break from the usual class sessions to listen to a number of professionals deliver on how they could improve their personal and social development as emerging leaders. Photo: VINO
Secondary school students of the BVI Seventh-day Adventist School in Sea Cows Bay, Tortola, swapped their regular school uniforms for gold or red business attire on Thursday, January 30, 2020 as they were given a break from the usual class sessions to listen to a number of professionals deliver on how they could improve their personal and social development as emerging leaders. Photo: VINO
Secondary school students of the BVI Seventh-day Adventist School in Sea Cows Bay, Tortola, swapped their regular school uniforms for gold or red business attire on Thursday, January 30, 2020 as they were given a break from the usual class sessions to listen to a number of professionals deliver on how they could improve their personal and social development as emerging leaders. Photo: VINO
Secondary school students of the BVI Seventh-day Adventist School in Sea Cows Bay, Tortola, swapped their regular school uniforms for gold or red business attire on Thursday, January 30, 2020 as they were given a break from the usual class sessions to listen to a number of professionals deliver on how they could improve their personal and social development as emerging leaders. Photo: VINO
Secondary school students of the BVI Seventh-day Adventist School in Sea Cows Bay, Tortola, swapped their regular school uniforms for gold or red business attire on Thursday, January 30, 2020 as they were given a break from the usual class sessions to listen to a number of professionals deliver on how they could improve their personal and social development as emerging leaders. Photo: VINO
Secondary school students of the BVI Seventh-day Adventist School in Sea Cows Bay, Tortola, swapped their regular school uniforms for gold or red business attire on Thursday, January 30, 2020 as they were given a break from the usual class sessions to listen to a number of professionals deliver on how they could improve their personal and social development as emerging leaders. Photo: VINO
SEA COWS BAY, Tortola, VI- Secondary school students of the BVI Seventh-day Adventist School in Sea Cows Bay, Tortola, swapped their regular school uniforms for gold or red business attire on Thursday, January 30, 2020 as they were given a break from the usual class sessions to listen to a number of professionals deliver on how they could improve their personal and social development as emerging leaders.

The event was also dubbed ‘Bold & Gold’ as the boys, characterised as Bold, had their sessions separately from the girls, characterised as Gold.

Highlights

One of the highlights for the boys were talks done by officials and inmates of Her Majesty’s Prison, who spoke up against bullying and disrespecting fellow students and teachers, and urged the attentive students to value their education and avoid mixing with bad company.

One of the highlights for the girls was a session on 'Etiquette and Deportment' by Ms Rochelle Lawrence of Pristine School of Ettiquette.

Ms Lawrence had the students fully engaged and participating, including in walking and sitting gracefully and with proper posture.

The students were not shy to try balancing books on their heads while walking and sitting.

The girls were also given a surprise appearance by Mr Caribbean, Yohance T. Smith, who serenaded the ecstatic young ladies in song.

Empowering for a brighter tomorrow

According to Coordintor of the event, Ms Kaydene P. Walker, the main goal of the 2nd staging of the Boys and Girls Only Leadership Development session, is to improve the personal and social development of the students.

“As girls’ blossom into ladies, and boys’ develop into gentlemen, it is imperative that they are equipped with the skills and the knowledge of behaviours that will help them to behave in an acceptable manner. Thus the Bold and Gold programme is aimed to equip students with the skills and knowledge that will assist them in the development process."

The theme this year was “Empowering Girls/Boys for a Brighter Tomorrow”.

Ms Walker told Virgin Islands News Online this year the committee decided to focus on five key areas.

“Based on observations made, these issues were specifically chosen to better enlighten our girls and boys, to key personal and social issues that affect them as teenagers, as well as to instil and reinforce core values that we believe as an institution would make them more rounded as they develop and interact in society.”

Gold presenters

Among the presenters to the girls was poet and presenter for 284 Media, Ms Jovan K. Wilson, who did a moving presentation on the topic 'Body Image and Self Esteem'. Ms Wilson shared how she struggled with self-esteem until she discovered herself.

Dr Paula Trotman-Hastings spoke on 'Taking Care of me' (body care and personal hygiene), and Dr Michelle M. Martin of Therapy to Thrive presented on 'Mental Health and Depression'.

Ms Walker shared that during the final session with the girls, a few of them pointed out some topics they would be interested in hearing for the next staging, one of which included 'Nutrition and Exercise', “this will therefore be looked at for future events.”

Bold presenters

The boys began their session with Devotion by Pastor Jerome Bevans and were then given a presentation on the topic ‘Growing Up Male’ by Pastor Hesketh Matthews of St Croix.

Mr Matthews also had a ‘Stewardship Session’ with the boys, as the final presentation for the day.

Other presenters were youth mentor, musician and former school counsellor, Mr Jovan E. L. Cline, who spoke about ‘Positive Thinking and Meeting Your Goals’; and Mr. Henderson K. Tittle, who addressed the issue of ‘Drug Dealing’.

Event was birthed out of concerns by teachers

Ms Walker admitted that students were a little hesitant to participate in the programme at first, but they did however turn up in their gold and red outfits or accessories on the day of the event and were not disappointed.

“They were quite in tuned with the presentations, and participated as presenters interacted with them. Most students seemed to have really enjoyed the day’s presentation, and gave comments that it was a good day.”

Similar sentiments were shared by the school’s principal, Mr Wade W. Tobin.

“I think the day’s activity was very good. The children learnt a lot,” Mr Tobin told Virgin Islands News Online, adding that it was the second such event and the school plans to make it an annual one.

He disclosed that the event was birthed out of the concerns that teachers had with some of the attitudes and practices that they saw students displaying.

“And so we thought it was very important for students to be exposed to best practices as it relates to etiquette, respecting each other, and of course there are some life experiences that we want to expose our students to, such as the inmates from Her Majesty’s Prison coming and sharing their experiences. Those real life experiences are always critical to students’ development.”

Mr Tobin also mentioned this was the first time the school had the participation of Mr Hesketh Matthews, the Stewardship Director, “and so it was important for students to hear about stewardship.”

Appreciation was also directed to the teachers involved in pulling of “a well-executed programme” particularly the event coordinator Ms Kaydene P. Walker and Ms Shauna-Kay A. Miller.

7 Responses to “BVI SDA Secondary School students empowered @ leadership forum”

  • Cheers (05/02/2020, 16:32) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is exactly what the school children need at this time. All schools need to emulate this school. Kudos to all involved. the kids look sharp and beautiful in their business wear. Lets continue to build up our youths.
  • Eagle Eye (05/02/2020, 17:26) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
    Everything good except for pictures 9 and 10. Stop promoting the slave masters white man god please. Check Dr Ray Higins on youtube if you really want the truth.
    • wake up (05/02/2020, 23:30) Like (1) Dislike (3) Reply
      That's what caught my attention. I'm sick of it , teaching our children foolish beliefs and still promoting our colonizers as our superiors and Gods over us. The same bible that they read says that christ looks like a dark skin BLACK MAN . Rev. 1: 14-15. WAKE UP PEOPLE!
  • C student (05/02/2020, 17:33) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Nice mom
  • Sda gang (05/02/2020, 19:02) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Yesssss thats my schoolll!!!!!!
  • Mr. Entrepreneur (06/02/2020, 03:09) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Perfect timing. Our youths needs real life experience in things that can actually benefit from and help the
    In the long run. Discipline, Respect and the love for doing will have a positive impact on their lives. Congratulations to all who attend yet huge congratulations to those who made this possible.lets continue to positively support our youths
  • Island guy (06/02/2020, 08:26) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is an wonderful initiative bringing together SDA and non-SDA influencers who care about building a better Virgin Islands. Our children all across the Territory can benefit greatly from programmes like this.


Create a comment


Create a comment

Disclaimer: Virgin Islands News Online (VINO) welcomes your thoughts, feedback, views, bloggs and opinions. However, by posting a blogg you are agreeing to post comments or bloggs that are relevant to the topic, and that are not defamatory, liable, obscene, racist, abusive, sexist, anti-Semitic, threatening, hateful or an invasion of privacy. Violators may be excluded permanently from making contributions. Please view our declaimer above this article. We thank you in advance for complying with VINO's policy.

Weather


Follow Us On

Disclaimer: All comments posted on Virgin Islands News Online (VINO) are the sole views and opinions of the commentators and or bloggers and do not in anyway represent the views and opinions of the Board of Directors, Management and Staff of Virgin Islands News Online and its parent company.