The school offers a rich mix of enrichment activities. Children may choose to take one of these activities each day, Monday through Thursday. We trust that these activities, which are normally scheduled between 3.00pm and 4.00pm, will help to enhance your child’s education.
Instructor(s): Hope Armstrong
AHope Armstrong likes to spin, flip, climb and be upside down. No she isn’t a gymnast or a circus performer, she is an aerial artist.
She has taught the art out of her studio in Peronne Plaza, Hastings, Christ Church, for the past year. Hope was born in Trinidad, but grew up in Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates) for ten years with her mum and sisters. “My mother is Barbadian, so I’ve been a frequent visitor to the island,” she said. “I love Barbados so much that I decided to make it my home four years ago. Growing up in three different countries was actually pretty cool. I had my family in Trinidad and those in Abu Dhabi so it was nice to visit them every year.”
The 21-year-old, who attended the American International School of Abu Dhabi, is certified in aerial arts and is also a personal trainer. “I was certified in Florida at the National Personal Training Institute for personal training and I got my silk certificate in Virginia Beach with Aerotek Aerial Movement,” she said. “I remember watching a movie when I was about nine years old and seeing aerial hammock and instantly wanting to learn how to do it. I had no clue where I could learn something like that so I forgot about it until a couple years ago when I saw someone in Trinidad offering classes. Two months later I was on my way to the United States to get certified, and as soon as I got home I started teaching classes!”
Instructor(s): Ms Elayne Hosford
Elayne is the director of Art Splash Barbados in Hastings.
ArtSplash is a fun and creative art class for children. Every term we focus on a new and exciting theme such as music, pop art, nature, under the sea, the circus among many other topics. We cover painting, drawing, print-making, 3-d work, and much more. In this club, students will learn about colour, form, shading, perspective and design, all in a fun and creative environment. ArtSplash is FUN!
Bow Bender Archery
Instructor(s): Mr Robert Hurley and Mr Michael Gooding
Mr Hurley is the President of the BowBenders Archery Club and a Barbados National Archery Judge. Mr Michael Gooding is the 2010 and the 2011 Barbados Outdoor National Masters Champion. Mr Richard Gooding is the 2011 Barbados Indoor and Outdoor National Junior Champion.
This activity will take place at the Kendal Sporting Club. The course will cover bow types and construction, the history of the bow and archer, and ancillary equipment and of course, shooting.
Instructor(s): Kelvin Daniel
Former Rapid(30 mins) and Blitz(5 mins chess champion) of Barbados, many times national finalist. Have represented Barbados 3 times at World chess Olympiad.
Chess coach for 20 years. Coach at Garrison Secondary where current national Under 20 champion was.
Vice President Barbados Chess Federation responsible for Tournaments
International Arbiter ( Has been arbiter twice at World chess Olympiad)
New students will be introduced to the game of chess. They will learn through practical play, how to move pieces, the rules of the game and how to complete a game. A brief history of chess will also be looked at. Students will also learn how to record a game.
Students who already know how to play will partake in lessons to improve their skills. The solving of problems will be used to improve their analytic abilities. A study of the three basic parts of a game(opening, middle game and end game), will be made to improve their understanding of the game.
Groups will be split initially by age and then by skill level.
Instructor(s): Roger Broomes
Cricket coach with 11 years experience. Coach of Northern Cricket Academy which caters to youth from the Northern Parishes of the Island. Also a coach of the Kiddy Cricket Program which is organize by the West Indies Cricket Board.
Holder of a Child Protection Certificate for Sports
Philosophy: Using Sports to Educate and Prepare children for Life, helping them have Fun, Teaching Technical Skills, Striving to Win and Accepting the Result.
t’s with pleasure and excitement that we are pleased to offer coaching sessions that can cater to the needs of young cricketers; whether they are beginners or very experienced players.
Our sessions will be an opportunity for the young cricketers to have fun while learning and developing a love for this great game of cricket. They will also have the opportunity to broaden their skill base.
These skills range from technical (batting, bowling, fielding), physical (running, coordination, balance), mental (decision making), tactical (applying tactics), leadership (captaincy, responsibility) social (playing and training with others) emotional (being able to sympathise with ones feelings).
Whilst all this might sound quite complex, it is what most of us do every day of our lives as parents, teachers, employers and employees – we coach! As a coach we have the chance to impact on the lives of young people in a very significant and positive way.
Whether looking to learn the game or take it to the next level the Northern Academy Youth will give your children the confidence and the skills to succeed!
Instructor(s): Mr. Roger Broomes
Roger Broomes is a Field Hockey coach with 21 years experience. Coach of Avengers Field Hockey Club where a number of current national players ply their skill.
Former Vice President Barbados Hockey Federation
Former International Umpire and National Player
Holder of a Child Protection Certificate for Sports
Coaching Philosophy: Using Sports to Educate and Prepare children for Life, helping them have Fun, Teaching Technical Skills, Striving to Win and Accepting the Result.
Welcome! We are very pleased and excited to offer coaching sessions that can cater to the needs of field hockey players; whether they are beginners or very experienced players.
Our sessions will be an opportunity for the young athlete to be introduced to the sport of field hockey and current field hockey players to refine their individual skills and add advanced techniques to their game.
All skill levels are welcome and will benefit from the small groups, individualized training and high coach to player ratio. Players will be divided into skill groups and given instruction based on their skill level.
Our goal is to improve your children’s field hockey skills in a Fun, welcoming atmosphere. Whether looking to learn the game or take it to the next level the Northern Academy Youth will give your children the confidence and the skills to succeed!
Instructor(s): Mr. Mark Byfield
Mark played football for Nottingham Forest as a junior, then semi-professionally with Eastwood Town (Nottingham). In Barbados, Mr Byfield plays for Paradise in the Masters Football League. Mr Byfield has been coaching youth soccer (boys and girls) for eight years. He helped set up the Youth Development Programme for Abbey Grange Football Club (Leeds) where 30 boys and girls trained, some of whom now play professionally.
Let the game be the teacher! The emphasis is on fun and enjoyment. Practices consist of fun games to develop balance; kicking; running with ball and scoring plenty of goals. The sessions are designed to make participants socially interact with one another as well as promoting confidence and decision-making. Each session tries to build on the previous session with each topic lasting between 4 and 5 sessions. And of course tailored football matches to suit age and ability.
Instructor(s): Stefan Van den Bossche
Guitarist Stefan Van den Bossche was born in Brussels, Belgium. He studied at the Halewijn Jazz Academy in Antwerp and performed at several European jazz festivals, as well as in countless jazz clubs. He toured several European countries with popular band Scenes In The City. Stefan also acted as musical director of the Cotton Club, a jazz revue in Brussels. He moved to Barbados in 1995 and quickly became a household name on the Barbados music scene through collaborations with Andre Woodvine, Arturo Tappin, Square One and several other Bajan musicians. Stefan was featured with Andre Woodvine in the 2000 BET on Jazz channel's production 'Jazz in the Sun', playing a custom-made 8-string guitar. His unique style and technique has been featured extensively in concerts and festivals around Barbados. In 1998 Stefan was invited to join the faculty of the Barbados Community College Music program where his extensive knowledge of jazz theory and performance have been an invaluable asset to music students. Over the years he has taught classes on guitar, music reading and improvisation and also leads two ensembles: the Jazz ensemble and the Guitar ensemble.
- the guitar: characteristics and tuning
- notes on 1st, 2nd string, etc.
- basic chords (open triads)
- playing a chord chart
- open position playing
- musical symbols
- introduction to music reading
- strumming rhythms
- one guitar study
- barre chords
- using the 4th finger
- music reading on guitar
- fingerstyle guitar
- the blues scale
- movable power chords
- the major scale
- popular guitar rhythms
- one guitar study
- one guitar piece
- fretted position playing
- 4-part chords
- guitar rhythms
- pentatonic major and minor scales
- harmonic minor scale
- movable triads
- chord arpeggios
- improvisation basics
- two guitar pieces
Instructor(s): Wayne Quintyne
Motivation, determination and discipline are key elements in the successful pursuit of any endeavor. At UMAA we provide the environment, encouragement and instruction needed to cultivate these qualities in our students and the results have been astounding!
The benefits of our programs cannot be overstated. Children ranging from ages 3 to 13 years of age are learning important life skills through our Lil’ Dragons & Young Dragons martial art programs. They are developing self-confidence through their ability to overcome obstacles in training, while learning conflict resolution skills which develops their self-control and their ability to overcome negative peer pressure. The discipline and concentration developed through the practice of martial arts will also help your child develop good work and study habits, and have been proven to assist in the improvement of academic grades. These skills are learnt in an environment that encourages socialization through cooperation and teamwork.
Instructor(s): Mr. Alan Burke and Mr. Adrian Howard
Alan is a multiple international and national surfing champion. He was awarded a bronze medal in the 1998 World Surfing Championships held in Portugal. Alan has been teaching surfing since 1993. He has coached all the current successful juniors, including the 2009 under 12 Barbados National Champion, the 2010 and 2011 under 21 Barbados Champion and the under 16 National Champion, the Barbados Junior Surfing Club under 12, under 14 and under 18 Champion, Joshua Burke.
Surfers are coached on all aspects of learning to surf and information provided is determined by the students’ ability and progress. Classes are conducted in waves no bigger than 3ft. Very beginners are taken through basic steps and points of safety on the beach prior to entering the water. Surfboards used are designed for safety and for fast progress. Our priorities are safety, fun, and learn!
Instructor(s): Advantage Tennis Services (Damien Applewhaite and Duncan Evanson)
We are a tennis coaching company with over 10 years coaching experience. We pride ourselves on providing patient and professional coaching to help you reach your personal tennis goals - whether fitness or technical improvement. With internationally qualified coaches we cater to both juniors and adults of all levels, from beginners to intermediates, through to advanced players. ATS is affiliated with some of the biggest tennis institutions on the island such as Sandy Lane Resort, Fairmont Group and Ocean View Tennis Club.
The ATS Tennis School, which is located on the western part of the island, currently has 70 kids registered, including some of Barbados’ top Under 10 players, along with adult clinics.
Damien Applewhaite (left) is the Senior Partner and Head Coach of Advantage Tennis Services and is the only Level 3 Tennis Coach in the Eastern Caribbean. He was born in Barbados, and has represented Barbados at Junior level and is a 5-time Davis Cup member. Damien has been coaching for 10 years, and in his time coaching he has worked abroad in Denmark, England and South America. This has allowed him to work with all types and standards of players, from beginners, club players, to county standard through to international players. Duncan Evanson (right) is a Partner in Advantage Tennis Services. Barbadian by birth, he has represented Barbados at the junior level, having achieved an ITF world ranking in under 18. Duncan has been coaching tennis for 9 years and worked as Senior Assistant to Sydney Lopez at the Ocean View Tennis Club for 3 years. Duncan is the youngest ITF Level 2 Tennis Coach on the island, and is currently the Captain of Barbados’ Junior Davis Cup (Under 16 boys) Team for the 2nd year.
For children who will be introduced to the game of tennis through generic ball skills. These will include: balance, movement, co-ordination and general dexterity exercises introduced through fun games and skills exercises. They will be introduced to the basic strokes needed to play the game. The sessions will also cover basic racket skills and basic strokes. The emphasis is on developing FUNdamental movement, ball skills, skill learning and above all else, FUN!