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DCMS's Zachary Carey Accepted to Perkiomen School

DCMS and The Island School would like to congratulate DCMS grade 9 student Zachary Carey of Tarpum Bay on his recent acceptance to Perkiomen School in Pennsylvania. Zach will attend the school next year as a boarder for grades 9-12, joining fellow DCMS alumna Megan Sweeting (DCMS'11). "Zach has been an incredible contributor to academics, the school community, and the greater community of South Eleuthera. He will add a lot to their school and will soak up all the opportunities he is offered while he is away," said Dr. Joanna Paul, Director of Education. Zach is a member of the Eco-Club, Early Act Service Club, Founder of the Spanish Club, and an avid SCUBA diver. Here he can be seen as the Plastic Bag Monster while advocating for plastic reduction efforts at a workshop on Harbour Island.

Zachary Carey (middle)

Summer Term Orientation Begins – A South Eleuthera Road Trip!

This summer, the Summer Term students will be writing blogs about their experience, but while they are busy in orientation, the summer term faculty will do their best to summarize the students’ daily life! Hello from Eleuthera!

The students are quickly getting familiar with The Island School and all of the components of their Summer Term experience. This week, the students are busy orienting themselves with our kayak program, through a day-long kayak trip around the Cape, the SCUBA program, with three days of certification and training under the water, and our Down-Island program, with a daylong road trip around South Eleuthera.

Yesterday marked the first day of orientation and 11 students and three faculty headed north to Rock Sound for the term’s first South Eleuthera Road Trip – SERT – to experience the island aside from our campus. Later this summer, students will embark on a 4-day Down-Island journey, a vital part of The Island School experience. Through their trip up and down the island, students are introduced to the geography and culture of Eleuthera while understanding how much the those landscapes can teach the students about themselves and where they are. In addition, students will begin to understand the tourism industry on Eleuthera by visiting larger settlements to gain even more perspective of life on the island.

First stop on the SERT: the Banyan tree! Students had time to explore the area surrounding the Banyan tree before settling down for reflection, observation, and sketching what they saw. The group gathered to share ideas and drawings of the tree.At the Rock Sound Market nearby the Banyan tree, the SERT group searched the aisles for the most local and the more foreign foods they could find. After the 15-minute market hunt, they shared what they found and related their findings to the concept of local foods, waste, and the relationship between consuming food and the impact on the environment. For example, students were surprised that almost all the food on Eleuthera has to be shipped in from the United States. The students will understand more about local foods during their next few week in their Food Systems unit.

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The group then stopped at Rock Sound’s Ocean Hole for a lesson about ocean holes and for a quick dip in this 600-foot deep, landlocked, brackish body of water.

After cooling off in the Ocean Hole and breaking for lunch, the 11 students and faculty met up for class beside the Ocean Hole. Students read their peers’ written work about their sense of place assigned the night before. The idea of a sense of place is one of the pillars of The Island School.  Through this experience, students gain a better understanding of where they are, where they stand in relationship to the place, and how their relationship with a place may change over time.  Students were asked to choose a place with which they have a relationship, describe how that place evokes emotions, and include a description of how they came to know the place. Here's an excerpt from a student's reflection:

I found a place where my head poked out of the forest, and posed for my parents’ camera. That picture is my reminder of this memory, and it takes me back ever time I look at it.  And that is how I have come to know where I live. Exploration, on my own, with friends, or with my family, I find something new every time I walk outside. The hours I spend outside every day continue to educate me on the place where I live. I spend many hours quietly sitting in a tree, hunting, patiently waiting for something to happen. I may spend, and have spent, hours where the only company is the quiet machinations of nature. What amazes me every time, despite my attempts to ignore it, is the power of the imagination to affect what we see and hear. In the morning, with the cloaking darkness shrinking back into the crevasses of the forest, and the hopeful anticipation of game, the shadows morph into life like figures that seem to defy the laws of physics.

During orientation this week, each student will experience kayaking, a SERT, and SCUBA, so stay tuned for updates from our kayak trips and our SCUBA training!

SEEP Opens 2nd Emergency Operation Center in South Eleuthera

20130521_175840 Last week, members of The Island School were present at the opening of SEEP's (South Eleuthera Emergency Partners) second Emergency Operation Center (EOC) in South Eleuthera. SEEP is a "community-led organization that serves and enriches the communities of South Eleuthera by providing fire and medical transport services, as well as community outreach programs." The vision of SEEP is to create "safer communities by establishing a network of emergency operation centers that provide essential community services. This will lead to community growth, as well as economic development which will continue to benefit future generations."

According to an article on the opening, published in The Eleutheran, members of the South Eleuthera communities, as well as some as far north as James' Cistern "came out to celebrate the official commissioning of the new center and to witness the handing over ceremony for the Fire Truck--to the Royal Bahamas Police Force...The new Weymss Bight EOC facility will provide under-served communities in the surrounding South Eleuthera area with emergency fire, ambulance vehicles and operations space. This new facility will also eliminate twenty-five minutes from the driving time necessary to reach the surrounding South Eleuthera communities from the present EOC facility located in Tarpum Bay, according to [Shaun] Ingraham", CEO and Founder of One Eleuthera Foundation. Ingraham went on to tell The Eleutheran that the "long-term goal for the site is to make the EOC multi-functional to include several other community programs...including farmer's markets, shared craft workshop facilities and a community meeting space".

South Eleuthera Kids Camp

[slideshow] Summer fun continues with our own local South Eleuthera Kids Camp. This week we had 13 students from Green Castle and Deep Creek join us for five days of fun and adventure. This group dove right in to the marine ecosystems on their first morning exercise exploring the reef inhabitants of our local wreck. Over the course of the week the group challenged themselves and conquered fears as they jumped off the docks, high rock and ocean hole. A highlight for the group was the day they learned about aquaculture and took a trip out to our off-shore Cobia cage.

Over the course of the week the campers not only lived a sustainable lifestyle, but they also learned hands-on about ways in which people can live more sustainably in the Bahamas. During an introduction to Aquaponics students were asked to critically think about the future of food security and sustainability in the Bahamas. The group was also very enthusiastic to learn about the Lionfish invasion and ways in which to capture and eat them.

The week finished up with a down island trip to the Rock Sound caves and picnic at ocean hole, where all enjoyed a tamarind cup to keep them cool through the journey!

Student comments about the camp:

My time here at The Island School was a special experience I did things at The Island School that some people cannot do. My counselors were amazing, my counselors names are Sarah, Tiffany, Tegan, Troy and Bengi. I had a lot of fun at The Island School, I went at the cage, High Rock, the current cut, the sand bar, the ship wrecked, ocean hole and the caves. I will like to come back to The Island School. It was a great opportunity I had lot of fun.

-Waydrick Anderson

My time here at The Island School was great because I got an opportunity that nobody could have. We went swimming and did fun stuff like going to the cage and jumping off high rock. The counselors were great and I will like to thank Tegan, Sarah, Tiffany, Benjamin, and Troy for teaching me so well and it was a good opportunity.

-South Eleuthera Kids Camper

A View of South Eleuthera from Space!

The Huffington Post released a number of amazing photos taken by the International Space Station (ISS). One of the photos they released is of our home in South Eleuthera! Scroll to the bottom of the article to see the southern part of the beautiful island of Eleuthera from space. Thanks Bekah Klarr (S'04) for bringing this photo to our attention!