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IMG_1800 Students jump from High Rock  during morning exercise. 

The island of Eluthera is full of wonders. Yesterday, we were given the opportunity to explore this adventurous place. Many people got up early to meditate at seven in the morning, while most enjoyed the rare opportunity to sleep in. The hundreds of beaches around the island attracted many of the Island School students during their time off. Going to the beach, finishing laundry and completing an essay were some of the many things juggled on the day off.  In our free day we relaxed, discovered new things and prepared for the upcoming academic schedule.


Students visit Fourth Hole Beach to snorkel and relax on the sand.

Owen’s Day (cacique number 1):

Like many others, I tried to take advantage of the opportunity to sleep in, but of course that did not go as planned. The students who either woke up to say goodbye to Nathan (a student who had to leave early in the morning), or woke up to go to meditation made enough noise to prevent me from sleeping, which worked out in the end considering how quickly the day went by. After relaxing with some friends outside the dorm, we made our way to the marina store to enjoy some air conditioning and to do some laundry. After returning to school for lunch, I hung out with new friends and listened to some good music while writing a personal essay about our newfound connection to the land here on Eleuthera. After dinner it was off to night classes and then into our dorms until bedtime. I look forward to exploring the island more with the free days that we will be given in the weeks to come.


The Island School provides bikes to students to facilitate in our discovery of the island.

Mary Margaret’s Day (cacique number 2):

The girl’s dorm was up and about at around 6:50. Many girls ran to meditation in the morning while others took advantage of the sleep-in day. Later on, many students biked off to the various beaches while others stayed on campus to complete the essay that was assigned. Because everyone’s day was different, I will take this time to explain mine. First order of the day was the essay. Once completed, I went to Sunset Beach (a beach near the Marina). After swimming for a while, we decided to move on to a more adventurous destination. We went to Fourth Hole Beach. It is a secluded beach that looks incredibly close to a dream-like vacation destination. It was amazing. Despite my sunburned face, this day was easily one of my favorite Island School memories yet. Yesterday Island School students biked around the island of Eleuthera creating only one of the many amazing memories yet to come.

Cacique Update July 23, 2012

by Emily Rand [slideshow]

Only 12 days left! As we start to near the end of our 6-week experience here at the Island School, we are beginning to realize that sadly this will mean leaving each other and the memories we have made here. Yesterday we said goodbye to half of our group as they embarked on their second kayak trip, though slightly longer—a three day journey instead of two. Unfortunately it rained and thundered nearly all day, pausing only for a couple hours, so the 12 of us who stayed back are hoping our fellow kayakers are alive and well. Yesterday, after bidding farewell to the group, the rest of us stayed back and began work on our Legacy project—a tradition of The Island School; essentially a project that we do towards the end of our experience that incorporates the work and creativity of each of us. Aaron, from CEI, has been working on creating a channel that carries the waste from the fish being researched in CEI to the ocean. This waterway, joining the mangroves and ocean together, is crucial for filtering out the excrement of the fish while simultaneously carrying in fresh salt water to hydrate the mangrove trees. The channel, however, is not in ideal condition, with nearly all of its wall buried in the sand. Together, we uncovered the rock-encrusted wall, and took turns loading conch shells from the midden pile on Girls Dorm Beach onto the sides, so as to prevent the sand from caving in. Although it was pouring rain, it actually turned out to be a lot of fun, and we felt really accomplished with what we had done. However because we did not want to steal all of the fun away from the rest of the group, half of the wall is still awaiting the toils of the other 12 who will be returning tomorrow. Speaking of tomorrow, we have a sleep in yay (and no morning exercise)!! Well got to go but that’s it for now!!

Cacique Update July 22, 2012

[slideshow] From Caciques Isaac and Tristan

With the conclusion of the final academic week we have begun preparing for the Monster Run-Swim that will take place in a little over a week. Two days ago we were driven out to High Rock where we jumped into the ocean and swam a half mile to a beach where we climbed out and ran to No-Name harbor. We continued running and swimming all the way back to The Island School for a total of about five miles. On Friday night everyone was invited to a party at the Maxeys’ house. We were fed incredible food and had a chance to hang out and given a break from work. When we returned to The Island School we had a dance party in the boathouse for at least an hour and a half. It was so much fun but also exhausting. Today the first of two groups of kayakers will leave campus for a two night trip. The second night of the trip they will have their 24 hour solo to get to know themselves a little better. When they return on Tuesday the second trip will head out the next day.

A Glimpse into Ooids and Food

Here are a few photos from the past couple days of Summer Term as the students learned more about food and had a lesson about ooids at the sandbar. Enjoy! [slideshow]

Cacique Update July 13, 2012

Hello parental units of the wonderful children here at the Island School summer term. My name is Weston Albury and I am writing to tell you all about being cacique yesterday. I was picked by Lizzy Redd on our three day down island trip from Cape Eleuthera to Harbor Island (Briland) and Spanish wells. We drove all the way to Briland on our first day while stopping at the Glass Window Bridge. We were there during Bahamian Independence and got to walk around through all the food vendors and celebration. After that we drove to Preachers Cave and set up our camp site. We explored the caves and listened to Gabe tell us about the Lucayan Indians being buried there and also about how the Eleutheran Adventurers used this cave as their meeting place. The next day we went to Spanish Wells and explored the difference in tourism between Briland and Spanish Wells. we learned a lot just from walking into stores and talking to the locals about their home. The next night we camped on the beach at an old Club Med property. It was creepy to see how this place was left in ruins and how stuff was still there and people just left it. Gabe told us that there is still someone that gets paid to keep up the land in case someone wants to buy it and make another resort out of it. The next morning we woke up to rain and had a really fun time taking our tents down in while getting poured on. We finally got in the van with everybody wet and sandy and drove to a local bakery. I had a cinnamon roll for the first time in way too long and it was delicious. We then went to a different bakery, one that was geared more toward the tourists and experienced their delicious sweets. We were then asked to compare the two bakeries. The differences were huge and I'm sure you will hear all about this on your phone times. [slideshow]