On Thursday, November 28, 2019 the Carapichaima RC School hosted an open day all school project entitled ‘One Caribbean, One people’ to expose students to at least 20 Caribbean countries.
This project was spearheaded by acting School’s Principal 1, Shiva Harry and involved all levels and classes in the school.
Students were involved in the research, craft, art and displays on the day. The climate, food, clothing, nationality, music, language, festivals, tourism and culture of each country were highlighted.
Some of the countries on display were Grenada, Guyana, Puerto Rico, Antigua and Barbuda, US Virgin Islands, British Virgin Islands, St Martin, St Lucia, Guadeloupe, Dominican Republic, Cuba, Haiti, Bahamas, St Kitts, Montserrat, Martinique and Trinidad and Tobago.
Displays on each country were mounted and the entire school transformed into a Caribbean hub of activities where parents made time to visit each country and participate in the activities of the day.
Many dishes of each country were made; Jamaican dishes were quite an extravagance as an array of rasta pasta, saltfish and provisions, rice and peas, plantains, and jerk chicken wings being just a few.
Students, dressed in the colours of their designated country, ushered parents and other teachers around the display areas.
What was fascinating was that the entire school was exposed to this Caribbean family and students were able to embrace their identity as part of the Caribbean. The day ended with the school’s parang band entertaining the parents and students — Story and photo courtesy Rosemarie Siewnarine, teacher