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Schools across the Island held celebrations to commemorate Bermuda Day yesterday.

One such celebration was Purvis Primary School's ‘Bermuda Heritage Day Parade' — a miniature version of various Bermuda Day celebrations.

Students, faculty and family filled the school's assembly hall to watch a number of student performances which simulated the activities of Bermuda Day and included a brief history of each activity before it was performed.

Organiser Tracey Trott said: “Most of the time students go to the Heritage Day Parade but don't know the history — this offered them a chance to know more about Bermuda.”

Performances ranged from bikers, skaters and runners for the Bermuda Day Half-Marathon to their own Little Miss Paradise pageant.

The biggest applause was reserved for dancers, including Portuguese, hip hop, carnival and gombey routines. The performers received a standing ovation at the events end.

Ms Trott praised the students for being able to put the event together in only two weeks.

“They spent their lunch hours practicing, a lot was student directed with only teacher assistance,” she said.

“They thoroughly enjoyed the experience, this morning they were so excited they could barely contain themselves.”

Gilbert Primary School and Heron Bay Primary School held similar events to celebrate the day.

Purvis Primary Students participated in their own mini Heritage Day Parade yesterday afternoon in the school's gymnasium, as students were given a brief historical background on the different cultures of the Bermuda Day Parade. (Photo by Akil Simmons)
Purvis Primary Students participated in their own mini Heritage Day Parade yesterday afternoon in the school's gymnasium, as students were given a brief historical background on the different cultures of the Bermuda Day Parade. (Photo by Akil Simmons)
Purvis Primary Students participated in their own mini Heritage Day Parade yesterday afternoon in the school's gymnasium, as students were given a brief historical background on the different cultures of the Bermuda Day Parade. (Photo by Akil Simmons)
Zion Armstrong leads the carnival during the Purvis Primary Heritage Day Parade yesterday afternoon in the school's gymnasium, as students were given a brief historical background on the different cultures of the Bermuda Day Parade. (Photo by Akil Simmons)
Front- Nidia Camara leads the Portuguese Dancers during the Purvis Primary Heritage Day Parade yesterday afternoon in the school's gymnasium, as students were given a brief historical background on the different cultures of the Bermuda Day Parade. (Photo by Akil Simmons)
Zaria Smith portrays the role of Little Ms. Paradise during the Purvis Primary Heritage Day Parade yesterday afternoon in the school's gymnasium, as students were given a brief historical background on the different cultures of the Bermuda Day Parade. (Photo by Akil Simmons)
Gilbert Institute student Ngozi Robinson hula-hoops amongst classmates while celebrating Heritage Month with a day of traditional games. (Photo by Mark Tatem)
Gilbert Institute student Troy Washington plays hopscotch with classmates while celebrating Heritage Month with a day of traditional games. (Photo by Mark Tatem)

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Published May 24, 2014 at 9:00 am (Updated May 23, 2014 at 11:35 pm)

Schools explore Island’s heritage

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