Friday 28th March, Basseterre – St. Kitts & NevisThe Queen’s Baton Relay, which precedes the start of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, stopped at Beach Allen Primary School on Friday morning as it toured St. Kitts. The baton which contains a message from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, began it’s journey at Buckingham Palace and will visit all 54 countries of the British Commonwealth.
The baton was received by the Minister of Education Hon. Nigel Carty from Ms. Lisa Pistana – Chief Education Officer, he in turn handed the baton onto the school’s principal Mrs. Emilita Warner-Paul. The baton was then paraded round the campus by children from each grade
Having completed relay around the school, Minister Carty, gave some brief remarks and reminded students that they were now a part of history. Mrs. Warner-Paul also gave remarks and pointed out that Beach Allen was twinned with a primary school in North Berwick in Scotland. The Team Leader of the Commonwealth Queen’s Baton Relay Louis Rosa also addressed the school and commended them for the welcome they had been given and for their participation.Head of the Local Olympic Committee Mr. Alphonso Bridgewater addressed the school and commended them for narrowly missing out on first place in last week’s Inter-Primary School Championships. He went onto remind them that many of the Federation’s great sportsmen and women came from Basseterre and encouraged them not to give up.
There will be more on Beach Allen’s cultural partnership with the school in North Berwick in subsequent posts.