Headstart pre-school celebrates 44 years of SVG’s Independence
PRINCIPAL LAVINIA FRANCIS and another teacher with some of the children of the Headstart Pre-School at La Vue Hotel
October 31, 2023

Headstart pre-school celebrates 44 years of SVG’s Independence

Headstart, a well-known pre-school, recently marked its 43rd year of independence in style. The school held a series of events that not only highlighted the significance of this milestone but also immersed the children in the rich local culture of St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG).

The festivities commenced with an eye-opening visit to the local vegetable market. Here, the children had the unique opportunity to connect with the community and experience an array of produce grown right in their neighborhood. From vibrant fruits to verdant vegetables, they indulged in a sensory journey through the region’s agricultural offerings.

TEACHERS AND PUPILS of the Headstart Pre-School at one of their Independence activities.

Adding a taste of local flavour to the celebration, the young ones engaged in a delightful taste test of indigenous fruits. This hands-on experience allowed them to appreciate the diverse and delicious bounty that the island has to offer. The children’s enthusiasm for this activity was palpable, making it a memorable part of the celebration.

One of the highlights of the celebration was the art exhibition titled “Inward Hunger,” graciously sponsored by Joyette and Peters. This exhibition showcased the talents of local artists whose paintings adorned the walls, leaving a lasting impression on both the young and old attendees. The children took the opportunity to express their opinions and appreciation to the generous host, Gary Peters.

On October 25, Headstart Preschool’s annual exhibition came into full swing, providing a platform for the students to showcase their creativity and ingenuity. The exhibits were diverse, ranging from mobiles and erupting volcanoes to intricate jewelry, artwork, and posters, each depicting a facet of Vincentian culture. This impressive display was a testament to the collaborative efforts of the children and their supportive parents.

Headstart’s commitment to fostering an “everything Vincy” awareness was evident throughout the celebration. The school plans to further enrich the children’s cultural education by organizing a day on a farm, where they can learn first hand about agriculture and the source of their local produce. Additionally, a visit to the petroglyphs will allow them to connect with the island’s indigenous history, making for a well-rounded cultural education.

Games like marbles, ground dodge, and more were enjoyed by the children, ensuring that the celebration was both fun and educational. These activities encourage the preservation of traditional games that hold historical and cultural significance.

Headstart’s 43rd-anniversary celebration was a resounding success, achieving its goal of immersing the children in the rich cultural tapestry of SVG. As the school looks forward to the future, it remains dedicated to fostering a deep appreciation for everything Vincy among its students, keeping the spirit of independence alive for generations to come.