Friday, October 16, is Teachers??? Professional Day, and principals and teachers have been encouraged to plan activities for their own self-development as part of Education Month 2015.??There will be no school on that day.

Teachers at All Saint???s Primary School will meet at Lucky Horseshoe in Warrens, St. Michael, for a discussion on Work Ethics, beginning at 9:00 a.m.

It will be delivered by Deputy Chief Education Officer (Ag), Joy Adamson, who will look at issues related to dress code, conduct at work and how to address correspondence to the Education Ministry.

Frederick Smith Secondary will host a staff awards ceremony at Divi Southwinds, St. Lawrence Main Road, Christ Church, from 9:00 a.m.??

At Grantley Adams Memorial School, teachers will play host to Attorney-at-law, Cecil McCarthy and Principal Personnel Officer in the Ministry of Education, Stephanie Charles-Soverall. They will speak on Teachers and The Law and Pension, Retirement Gratuity and Leave in the Public Service, respectively, at the Blackmans, St. Joseph institution, at 9:00 a.m.

Staff at Springer Memorial Secondary will journey to Barbados Beach Club, Maxwell Coast Road, Christ Church, for a discussion on Fostering and Developing Relationships With Our Children. It will be presented by Dean of the Faculty of Humanities, University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, Dr. Jennifer Obidah, at 9:00 a.m.

First Aid And You will be the topic under the microscope when Alleyne School teachers meet at the Sugar Cane Club, Maynards, St. Peter, at 9:00 a.m.??Representatives of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Barbados will examine Health and Safety in School, and will seek to empower and assist them in being proficient enough to render aid in the event that it becomes necessary.

Christ Church Girls??? School will look at a similar topic when teachers meet at Accra Beach Hotel, Rockley, at 9:00 a.m. Nurse and tutor at the Barbados Community College, Maxine Lashley, addressing the theme: The Right Response Is the Best Response, will outline responses for dealing with children who present with sickle cell, lupus, epilepsy, nose bleed, and a wound, among other things.

Paramedic with the Barbados Red Cross, Wayne Payne, will demonstrate first aid techniques and show how to recognise and treat injuries, while Guardian General Insurance agent, Jamal Lyder will look at Insurance and the School.

Government Hill Nursery School teachers will also examine matters related to first aid when they venture to the St. John Ambulance Brigade on Bay Street for basic knowledge and skills. Afterwards, they will enjoy lunch at the Brown Sugar restaurant, also in Bay Street.

Teachers at St. John???s Primary will spend the day from 9:00 a.m. at the Crane Beach Resort, St. Philip, where they will learn stress management techniques from gym instructor and teacher, Steve Codrington, and how to deal with stress from psychologist, Marcus Lashley.

Two schools, Thelma Berry Nursery and Vauxhall Primary, will come together for a bus tour of the island that will take them from Vauxhall at 9:30 a.m. to places of interest such as St. Nicholas Abbey, Bathsheba and St. John???s Parish Church. The first stop will be around 10:00 a.m. at the Monument at Payne???s Bay, St. James, the memorial site for those who lost their lives in the Cubana air crash in 1976.

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