Located on a hill near the tip of the south coast and a stones throw from Oistins, the Christ Church Foundation School is one of Barbados' oldest schools.
After being established in 1809 the school has evolved from housing less than 50 students and catering mostly to boys to the thriving co-educational institution with about 1,000 students on its roll that it is today.
The large school compound, which is flanked by two playing fields, consists of 35 classrooms, 6 science laboratories, 2 computer labs, 2 music rooms, 3 art rooms, 2 home economics rooms, 1 electricity lab, 1 library, 1 commercial studies room, 1 text book room, 1 geography room, 1 language room, 2 technical drawing rooms, 1 woodwork room,1 metal work room, 1 guidance office, 2 staff rooms, 1 recently reconstructed assembly hall, and an administrative block which houses the administrative staff.
There is also a school canteen, double tennis courts and basketball court. There i also seating areas landscaped into the surroundings which provide a wonderful ambience for lunch and breaks.
At Foundation, students are prepared for the Secondary Examinations of the Caribbean Examinations Council (C.X.C.), and also for the Cambridge General Certificate of Examinations (G.C.E.) O Level examination in those subjects not yet being offered by C.X.C.
The curriculum includes:
» Religious Studies
» Social Studies
» Information Technology
» Integrated Science
» Metal Work
» Technical Drawing
» Electricity and Electronics
» Industrial Arts
» Principles of Business
» Principles of Accounts
» Food and Nutrition
» Clothing and Textiles
» Typewriting and Physical Education
All of these subjects are instructed by sixty fully trained and qualified teachers at Christ Church Foundation School.
Text books are provided by Government for an annual rental fee of $75.00 per student and each student is provided with his/her own stationery which is obtainable from the school's book room.
Petty fees of $15.00 per term or $45.00 per year are to be paid by each student within the first 4 weeks of each term.
In terms of public transportation, one can, if coming from the Bridgetown area take the Sam Lords Castle or Fairy Valley bus, and walk up the hill from Oistins. The Silver Hill minivans are also a viable option and the bus fare is $1 BDS. A school bus is also available on afternoons, which takes the Speightstown route.
But it is not all work and no play at Foundation, some of the extra-curricular activities available are boxing, swimming, cadets, environmental club, debating society and the Foundation newspaper.
Foundation is also known to produce many well known sons and daughters of the soil, for example, Barry Forde, known for cycling, Ryan Austin, for cricket and who could forget the soca queen Alison Hinds.
The school also hosts its annual track and field sports day, where five houses compete for the trophy. The houses are named after former principals which are Skeete (Yellow), Talma (Purple), Wellington (Red), Inniss (Blue) and Lynch (Green).
The best athletes from this event go on to represent the school at the annual interschool sports events at the National Stadium where they do commendably well. Foundation is also a formidable force in the interschool cricket compettions.
Anyone looking for a safe and fun environment for learning with reputable teachers can definitely find that at this Christ Church institution. For more information see www.foundationosa.org
Author: Brett Callaghan