Family First Schools Mon, 07 Aug 2017 12:27:55 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 Schools gain recognition from US body Sat, 17 Sep 2016 17:02:54 +0000 By reaching the “highest professional standards”, the Family First Group of Schools in Warwick and Southampton has earned recognition from a prestigious American accreditation organisation.

After a five-year process, the Chattertots Discovery Zone and the Chattertots Preschool were accredited by the National Association of the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) in Washington DC.

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CBIS “Goes To The Olympics” Thu, 25 Aug 2016 11:45:59 +0000 Continue Reading]]> For the month of June, the Chatmore British International School “went to the Olympics” as part of their International Early, Primary and Middle Years Curriculum, which consists of students ranging from ages of 18 months to 15 years old.

A spokesperson said, “Students were exposed to the history, symbols and events of the Olympics, researching international and local Olympians, as well as experienced gymnastics at the Bermuda Gymnastics Association gym, and training in some of the track and field events with local trainer Tony Bean.

“They were also able to meet and chat with former Bermuda Olympian, Brian Wellman who shared about his experiences as an elite triple-jumper.” ....Click here for more

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Brothers 1st Live Performance Together In 20 Years Mon, 01 Aug 2016 11:56:36 +0000 Continue Reading]]> Bermuda’s gospel music fans are in for a live concert explosion during Heritage Month, when brothers Jerome and Marvin Stovell take the stage for their first-ever performance together as solo artists.

Also known as Jae Jerome and Geneman, the two will host the ‘Brother 2 Brother’ Gospel Event, with two shows on Saturday, May 7th, at Better Covenant Christian Fellowship, on the corner of King and Reid Streets in Hamilton – one at 6:30pm, with the finale at 9pm.

This concert marks the first time the popular duo will take the stage together since performing in the mid 1990s as Destiny.

The show will feature original music from their recent recordings – Jae Jerome’s ‘Inner Man’ EP [Extended Play], and Geneman’s ‘Arise’ EP.

In a Bermuda Real interview, Jerome Stovell noted ‘Inner Man” is a “real solo project”, as he wrote and recorded all of the songs, composed all the music arrangements, performed lead and background vocals, and produced most of the EP.

“As a songwriter, I never stop writing, I’ve been writing this newer material for the past two to three years,” said Mr Stovell.

“From song selection through to the completed project, ‘Inner Man’ took just over a year. It’s a time-intensive process, as I write, arrange, and perform all the music and vocals (except for a couple of featured musicians/vocalists), record and produce all of the material.”

‘Inner Man’ is the first of two EPs which will ultimately be released as a full album by the end of 2016. It is described as Gospel Fusion, featuring “a smooth blend of R&B, Pop, Jazz, and Reggae”. It is the end product of many years of performing and producing music with family, and other group members spanning decades.

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In love with Irish dancing Mon, 01 Aug 2016 11:49:50 +0000 Continue Reading]]> Jim Mueller’s reason for taking an Irish dance class wasn’t very deep, he wanted to meet girls.

His plan worked better than he’d hoped. Not only did he meet his future wife, Lauren Crowe-Mueller, he fell in love with the dance itself.

“I was in my early twenties and had never taken a dance lesson in my life before that,” he said. “But I found I had a natural talent for it.”

The 47-year-old and his wife run an Irish dance school in Portland, Oregon and travel the world judging competitions.

The dance takes different forms: festival dancing, the old style of dancing known as Sean nós, and modern step dancing. Mr Mueller teaches the modern form.

The Bermuda Islands Pipe Band brought him to the island to expand the repertoire of its group of highland dancers.

“One of the things we worked on was taking their knowledge of highland dancing and adapting that technique to the Irish dancing,” he said. “While the two dance forms are closely related, there are some fundamental differences.”

Although there’s only a subtle difference between the way the feet and legs are turned, Irish dancers keep their arms straight by their sides; highland dancers move their arms more.

For a lark, some of Mr Mueller’s 16 students here tried to teach him Scottish moves.

“They ambushed me,” he laughed. “I couldn’t do it. I was terrible. That gave me more respect for my students, because they have picked up Irish dancing very quickly. They probably learnt four months’ worth of teaching in a very short amount of time.”

The dance teacher won several championships before he stopped competing. He and his wife travel to Ireland regularly to watch their students in competition.

The trips have also given him the chance to explore his cultural heritage; his mother’s family are from Donegal and Kildare.

“My wife and I found out she was pregnant with our first child a few hours before catching a flight to Ireland to compete in the world championships,” he said. “We found her name, Maren, in a gift shop at the end of Killarney in County Kerry.”

Their nine-year-old son also has an Irish name, Aidan.

“They both dance,” Mr Mueller said proudly. “Hopefully, one day I’ll be able to retire with a cold drink in my hand and let them take over.”

Marisa Stones, dance director of the BIPB, said one of the biggest misconceptions was that you had to be Irish or Scottish to do the dancing.

“People ask me that all the time,” she said. “It doesn’t matter who you are. Anyone can do it.”

The Muellers opened the first certified Irish dancing school in Hawaii. They’re looking forward to seeing a programme start up in Bermuda.

“I’d love to come back,” he said. “It’s really beautiful here. I think the next time I come I’ll bring my family.”

•Contact BIPB on or 297-1805.

Written by Jessie Moniz Hardy
The Royal Gazette

Schools Gain Recognition From US Body Sat, 16 Jul 2016 14:56:29 +0000 Continue Reading]]> By reaching the “highest professional standards”, the Family First Group of Schools in Warwick and Southampton has earned recognition from a prestigious American accreditation organisation.

After a five-year process, the Chattertots Discovery Zone and the Chattertots Preschool were accredited by the National Association of the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) in Washington DC.

“This is a monumental achievement for our team and Bermuda,” said director Angela Fubler. “We partnered with and piloted the international process with NAEYC.

“It took five years to accomplish and we’re proud to have demonstrated our commitment to reaching the highest professional standards by achieving NAEYC recognition.

“NAEYC recognition lets families in our community know that we are committed to providing children with the best care and early learning experiences.”

The schools’ mission is “to provide a high quality, language rich preschool environment where children, 18 months to five years, can play, socialise and communicate with each other and adults in a meaningful and productive manner that fosters a nurturing and safe learning environment and prepares young children and their families for success in education.”

To earn NAEYC International Recognition, the Chattertots Discovery Zone and the Chatterbox Preschool went through an extensive self-study process, measuring the programme and its services against the ten NAEYC early childhood programme standards and more than 400 related criteria.

The programme received NAEYC International Recognition after a site visit by NAEYC assessors to ensure that the programme met each of the ten programme standards.

• For more information e-mail (18 months to three years) or (three years to five years).
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Book to celebrate island’s unique dialect Tue, 10 May 2016 14:39:56 +0000 Continue Reading]]> Two Bermudians who have been researching the charms, intricacies and origins of the Bermudian dialect will see their work published in a book being sponsored by the Ministry of Community and Cultural Affairs.

Linguist and speech therapist Brittani Fubler and Rosemary Hall, who is completing a PhD on the subject at Oxford University, will both contribute to the book which is expected to be published in 2018.

Ms Hall told The Royal Gazette: “We are both doing individual and joint research. Because it is very academic we want to make it more accessible to the general public and so we are hoping to include some history about Bermuda, the dialect, personal stories and photos — we are just celebrating our culture with a focus on our dialect.

“The fieldwork involves making recordings with Bermudians and it is a great way of getting oral history. We are getting amazing stories from the Thirties and Forties.” Ms Fubler added: “And those are just as important as our study on the dialect.

“We are hoping to get some prominent Bermuda icons in there as well as ‘nana’ and ‘papa’ from around the corner and we would like to include some children as well because they are important. We are both really excited.”

Ms Fubler and Ms Hall hosted two events dedicated to Bermudian dialect last week, sponsored jointly by Community and Cultural Affairs and the Bermuda Historical Society — a lecture and an open discussion.

One of the main topics of discussion was dealing with the “misconception” that using a dialect is wrong.

Ms Hall explained: “We were trying to help combat some negative attitudes about the accent. We talked about switching accents between different situations, which is normal but a lot of people we spoke to in our interviews said they are worried it doesn’t sound proper, they are ashamed of their accent or try not to use it. We were trying to stress that the dialect is unique and it is something to be proud of.

“In linguistics, which is the science of language, we see all dialects as equally grammatical and by that we mean there is internal structure. It means communication succeeds so changing word order from standard English is grammatical and is fine. In professional settings and in education it is important that everybody has access to the dialect of English that we come to identify as being standard but it is not objectively any better than any other dialect of English. In one way it is not unique, there are regional dialects around the world. I think sometimes Bermudians think they are speaking incorrectly when standard English dialect is actually the minority — only about one per cent of English speakers use it.”

Some classic Bermudian sayings were discussed in the forum as well as some new additions. Ms Fubler recalled: “Someone brought up ‘I talk to her’ which means we are dating though people don’t really use it much anymore. There are some ingrained ones like ‘ace boy’ which are not going anywhere and a more recent word that was mentioned — ‘wassy’ which means intoxicated.”

Ms Fubler and Ms Hall would like to hear from anyone who is interested in getting involved in the book.

Anyone interested can get in touch by e-mailing or or calling 504-6398

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Bermudian Physio Chairs Meeting In Barbados Thu, 05 May 2016 14:44:15 +0000 Continue Reading]]> Bermudian physiotherapist Andrea Cann recently chaired the annual General Meeting for the North America Caribbean Region [NACR] of the World Confederation for Physical Therapy [WCPT] in Bridgetown, Barbados.

The meeting, held on April 28 and April 29, was attended by 21 physiotherapists representing 11 of the 14 member organizations within the region, which included the Chair of the Bermuda Physiotherapy Association, Tanaeya Burch.

Tanaeya Burch, Chair of the Bermuda Physiotherapy Association, & Andrea Cann, Chair of the North America Caribbean Region for Physical Therapy:


Also in attendance was the Vice President of the WCPT, Dr. Margot Skinner. The NACR consists of Member Organizations from The Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, Canada, Curaçao, Guatemala, Guyana, Jamaica, Panama, Puerto Rico, St. Lucia, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, and the United States.

Haiti was represented as an observer country working to join the WCPT.

This is the second time that a physiotherapist from Bermuda has been the Chair of the NACR since its formation in 1991.

Mrs. Burch and Ms. Cann in Barbados with Lareto, one of the WCPT mascots for the 2017 WCPT Scientific Congress in South Africa:


Its goals include representing the Physiotherapy profession within the region; advocating for greater recognition of the profession throughout the region; and promoting and assisting in the development and maintenance of high standards in physiotherapy practice, education, leadership, and research.

Additional goals include fostering communication and sharing of information among countries of the NACR; collaborating with other like-minded regional and national organizations; and facilitating policy development within governmental and regional agencies.

Delegates of the 2016 NACR General Meeting in Barbados:


Ms. Cann said, “The vision of the North America Caribbean Region is that physiotherapists will be autonomous practitioners who are educated at the post-baccalaureate level and guided by ethics, values, principles of professionalism, lifelong learning and evidence-based practice for the diagnosis of, interventions for, and prevention of impairments, functional limitations, and disabilities related to movement, function and health; and who are leaders in health and social development sectors.”

The NACR meets annually to discuss and collaborate on the business and issues within the region. The WCPT holds its General Meetings every 4 years with a scientific congress every 2 years. The last General meeting and Congress was last year in Singapore and the next congress will be in July 2017 in Cape Town, South Africa.

For more information about the WCPT visit the website. Bermuda is slated to host the 2021 NACR General Meeting.

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Making waves: row, row, row your gig Mon, 04 Apr 2016 14:45:57 +0000 Continue Reading]]> rglogo1

Paula Wight thought gig rowing looked so easy on Facebook.

Then she tried it.

The first time the 52-year-old went out with the Bermuda Pilot Gig Club she became hopelessly muddled.

“The coach was saying to push with my hands and feet, while leaning back and keeping my oar in the right place,” she said. “I thought, ‘I can’t do all these things at the same time!’”

It took five rowing trips before she got it.

“Everyone was so supportive,” she said. “Because gig boat rowing is so new to Bermuda everyone was starting out.”

She’s now preparing for the World Pilot Gig Championships. She and 30 club members will head to the Isles of Scilly for the competition in May.

Jill Parlee said everyone was a little disbelieving when coach Steve Lock suggested they compete.

“He has been talking about the world championships from the beginning,” the 30-year-old said. “We’ll be Bermuda’s first team to go and it will be exciting. Most of the people competing will be from Britain. We will be one of four international teams taking part.”

There are two female crews and one male crew representing Bermuda at the annual event.

They practise daily, at 8am and 6.30pm, out of of East End Mini Yacht Club. Membership is $100; people can do three test rows before deciding whether to join. Shervon De Leon, 37, said it’s been a challenge getting men involved.

“I’ve been working to get the number of men up since I joined last June,” he said. “It’s a matter of commitment as men are so busy.”

Ms Parlee fell in love with gig rowing the first time she tried it last summer.

“It gets you outdoors on the water,” she said. “And it’s great exercise.”

Their hope is to train in rougher waters in the days to come. The championships are held in open ocean, not in protected harbours.

“That is the most fun,” said Ms Parlee. “It can be challenging because your oar has to find water.

“That’s hard sometimes when you are up on one side because of the chop but then it comes and you are low to the water. The choppier the better as it makes it challenging.”

She admitted that some rowers did get seasick on particularly rough outings.

Club member Susannah Cole finds rowing very calming.

“There are no electronics or other distractions,” she said.

“To row well you have to get into a rhythm.

“As soon as I was finished my first row, I knew that was exactly the break that my mind and body needed to feel good.”

Cynthia Millett said there were other challenges to the sport besides the rowing.

“You don’t just get in the boat and row away,” she said.

“It has to be dressed up when you start, and dressed down when you finish.

“To dress it up you have to put in the seats, stretchers, ropes and steering mechanism. Then you have to put in the pins for the oars. Then it has to be moved from where it sits into the water.”

On one occasion, everyone was in the gig before they realised something was wrong.

“There was seven of us and no one could figure out that the oars were missing,” Ms Wight laughed.

“We’d left them in the shed. Luckily, we hadn’t left the dock. We had to get out again, unlock the shed and get the oars.”

Pilot gig rowing stems from the days when crews would row out to an incoming ship to guide it to shore.

The first crew that reached the ship, got the job.

This was common in Bermuda until the 1930s when government started paying a branch pilot to do the job.

Ms Millett’s great uncle, Jed Lambe, was a pilot before the days of boat engines.

“It is nice to be carrying that on,” she said.

Club organiser Mr Lawrence Bird said one of their biggest challenges was fundraising, first to buy the gigs and then to get the team to Britain.

As part of that, the group is hosting a wine tasting at Discovery Wines from 5.30pm to 7.30pm on Friday.

Tickets, $50, are available from or on 705-4908.

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Born Communicators Tue, 02 Feb 2016 15:21:59 +0000 Continue Reading]]> This dynamic and interactive Born Communicators Conference will celebrate children
as successful communicators and explore highly effective early language and
communication practice from across the UK and internationally. The Conference will
consider the concept of ‘learning readiness’ in relation to early communication from
a range of diverse perspectives, providing delegates with a rich collection of practical
and exciting ideas for improving early communication and language in their setting

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