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Handy young artists: from left, Eliza Steinhoff, Zooey de los Santos, Sarai Burgess and Madison Mwaura (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

Bermuda High School officially launched its Early Years Programme yesterday morning, providing a preschool experience for girls aged 3 and 4.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony took place outside Curling Cottage, which has been renovated to accommodate the programme.

Among the attendees were Michael Dunkley, the Premier, education minister Wayne Scott and shadow education minister Lovita Foggo, along with staff, students and trustees.

Head of school Linda Parker told guests how 18 young girls began their educational journey with the programme three weeks ago, and would eventually become the class of 2030.

“They are curious and ready to learn, and are being guided by two highly qualified teachers, Mrs Kathy Kawaley and Mrs Melissa Franklin,” she added.

The programme follows the curriculum of the UK Early Years Foundation Stage, along with elements of the International Primary Curriculum.

EYP encourages children to learn naturally through play, and aims to develop their self-awareness, confidence, curiosity, independence and their ability to express their opinions and feelings.

Children also take part in various specialist lessons, such as music, Spanish and dance, as well as games and activities.

Mr Dunkley said: “Education is the cornerstone of success in our life, and it is something that all of you young people should take hold of.

“You are very fortunate to be at one of our outstanding educational institutions. It is impressive to see the history of BHS continue.”

Bermuda High School is accepting applications for entry into EYP and Year 1 for 2017, 2018 and 2019.

For more information, call 278-3037 or e-mail admissions@bhs.bm.

Special guest: Sarai Burgess chats to Michael Dunkley, the Premier, during the official opening of the Early Years Programme at BHS (Photograph by Akil Simmons)