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Whether you are interested in learning about the Roman Empire, the history of candy, Fifa or even disco music, Saltus Grammar has you covered.

Four years ago, teachers came up with the idea of the Saltus History Fair, at which each Year Eight student picks a topic of their interest to research and showcase.

The project is a skill-based course that allows the students to produce a piece of work for display. Anna Ridgeway, the schools' enrichment coordinator, said: “We also focus on a lot of Bermuda history, particularly black Bermudian history — producing a local history project every year.”

Speaking to The Royal Gazette at the event on Wednesday, Ms Ridgeway stressed the importance of local history and its incorporation into the syllabus through methods like field trips, stating that the students are “thoroughly engaged” in the programme.

Subjects on display included the history of fashion, the Roman Empire, candy, Fifa, disco music, space, the European Union and more.

Ajani Lee, 13, is a Bermuda national cricketer and did his project on the history of Cup Match.

He said: “I chose to do Cup Match because I love cricket and it is a very important part of our culture. It is a great holiday and tourists can celebrate with us.

“While making my project I learnt about emancipation day and the abolition of slavery, things that many people don't know about.” Koa Goodchild, 13, based her project on the history of dance because of her love for the art, having danced at United Dance Productions since the age of six.

The evolution of practising medicine was also on display by Kathleen Brown, 13, who chose the topic for her project in honour of her favourite TV show, Grey's Anatomy.

The displays were judged by the Deputy Governor of Bermuda Ginny Ferson, president of the Bermuda Historical Museum Andrew Bermingham, treasurer of the Bermuda Historical Society Martin Brewer, coordinator of the Bermuda Historical Society Lyn Vaughan and author, historian and vice-president of the Bermuda Historical Society John Cox. Winners for the top three projects will be announced next week.

Roger Goodchild, is the proud dad of Saltus student, Koa Goodchild, displaying her History of Dance project at the Saltus Year 8 History Fair (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)
Ajani Lee, 13, student at Saltus displays his History of Cup Match project at the Saltus Year 8 History Fair (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)
Kathleen Brown, 13, student at Saltus displays her' The evolution of Practicing Medicine' project at the Saltus Year 8 History Fair (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)
Show and tell: Ywione Darrell, 13, a student at Saltus made a handcrafted war tank to help tell the story of his “History of Modern Day Weaponry” project at the Year 8 History Fair. Right, Kathleen Brown, 13, displays her “The Evolution of Practising Medicine” exhibition
Jonah Davidson, 13, student at Saltus takes a flight through The History of Space at the Saltus Year 8 History Fair (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)
X'Aôachela Robinson, 13, student at Saltus was the trending topic with her History of Fashion display at the Saltus Year 8 History Fair (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

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Published June 25, 2016 at 9:00 am (Updated June 25, 2016 at 2:59 pm)

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