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Amelia Wilson, aged 8, holds a modern game chicken during Francis Patton Primary School’s Mini Agricultural Exhibition (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

Public primary schools held their own agricultural exhibitions yesterday after the annual show was cancelled.

The Ministry of Education encouraged the schools to host their own Ag Shows after Agricultural Exhibition Ltd, which organises the show, cancelled the 2022 show after a rise in Covid-19 cases last fall and winter halted efforts to organise the event.

Several primary schools brought produce, livestock and other exhibits to their fields and treated youngsters to their own small-scale exhibition.

Diallo Rabain, Minister of Education, and Arianna Parra, aged 8, at Francis Patton Primary School’s Mini Agricultural Exhibition (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

Francis Patton Primary School in Hamilton Parish saw staff and pupils bring in spring-themed exhibits such as miniature gardens and traditional Bermuda kites.

The youngsters also got to handle farm animals and were treated to a free hot dog lunch sponsored by the school’s PTA.

Todd Fox, the principal of Francis Patton, said: “To see the community synergise in order to make this event possible is great to see, and further highlights the positive things happening in the Bermuda public school system.”

Nikkisha Ming, the school’s social studies teacher who helped to organise the school’s exhibition, added: “It’s been a wonderful day — the children were full of excitement and everything has been running smoothly.

Ms Ming said: “I just want to thank the wonderful staff here.

“We have awesome parents at Francis Patton Primary and I especially thank our students here for actually bringing in exhibits and being willing to participate.”

Sole Benjamin shows off her artwork during Francis Patton Primary School’s Mini Agricultural Exhibition (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

St David’s Primary School had more than 100 agricultural exhibits and were visited by Tinée Furbert, the Minister of Social Development and Seniors, and George Dowling III, the Mayor of St George’s.

Youngsters were also treated to food stalls that sold snacks and hot dogs and finished the day off with a game of tug-o-war.

Gladstone Thompson, the school’s principal, said it was important for the pupils to experience the Ag Show because it was an annual tradition with important cultural ties.

He explained: “We are known to be a very strong cognitive school, but we want people to understand that we aim to be that balanced school.

“We want the children to engage in tradition, cognitive excellence and core subjects.”

Mr Thompson added: “The children had a wonderful time. We believe that the children have not missed the exhibit. They just had it on site.”

Pupils at St David's Primary School explore exhibits at the school’s Mini Agricultural Exhibition (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

Somerset Primary School, Paget Primary School and Victor Scott Primary in Pembroke also held their own miniature Ag Shows.

West Pembroke Primary School will hold its Ag Show on May 24.

Pupils at St David's Primary School explore exhibits at the school’s Mini Agricultural Exhibition (Photograph by Akil Simmons)
Pupils at St David's Primary School explore exhibits at the school’s Mini Agricultural Exhibition (Photograph by Akil Simmons)
Pupils at St David's Primary School explore exhibits at the school’s Mini Agricultural Exhibition (Photograph by Akil Simmons)
Pupils at St David's Primary School enjoy a miniature game of basketball at their school’s Mini Agricultural Exhibition (Photograph by Akil Simmons)
Pupils at St David's Primary School explore exhibits at the school’s Mini Agricultural Exhibition (Photograph by Akil Simmons)
Pupils at St David's Primary School explore exhibits at the school’s Mini Agricultural Exhibition (Photograph by Akil Simmons)
St David's Primary School hosts a Mini Agricultural Exhibition (Photograph by Akil Simmons)
Francis Patton Primary School hosts a Mini Agricultural Exhibition (Photograph by Akil Simmons)
Recycled artwork made by Francis Patton Primary School pupils on display at the school’s Mini Agricultural Exhibition (Photograph by Akil Simmons)
Flower displays at Francis Patton Primary School’s Mini Agricultural Exhibition (Photograph by Akil Simmons)
Recycled art made by Ara Allen, 5, for Francis Patton Primary School’s Mini Agricultural Exhibition (Photograph by Akil Simmons)
Cupcakes made by Andre Izaguirre, aged 5, for Francis Patton Primary School's Mini Agricultural Exhibition (Photograph by Akil Simmons)
Bermuda houses made by Francis Patton Primary School pupils on display at the school’s Mini Agricultural Exhibition (Photograph by Akil Simmons)
An art display at Victor Scott Primary School for the school’s Mini Agricultural Exhibition (Photograph supplied)
A cake made by Joseph Vieira, a Victor Scott Primary School pupil, for his school’s Mini Agricultural Exhibition (Photograph supplied)
A vegetable basket on display at Victor Scott Primary School’s Mini Agricultural Exhibition (Photograph supplied)
Recycled art on display at Paget Primary School for their Mini Agricultural Exhibition (Photograph supplied)
Recycled artwork at Paget Primary School's Mini Agricultural Exhibition (Photograph supplied)
A plant and flower display at Paget Primary School’s Mini Agricultural Exhibition (Photograph supplied)
A showcase of exhibits at Somerset Primary School’s Mini Agricultural Exhibition (Photograph supplied)

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Published April 29, 2022 at 7:39 am (Updated April 29, 2022 at 7:39 am)

Primary schools hold their own Ag Shows

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