by Caciques Franklin and AJ
The day before parent’s weekend was exciting and hectic with all the work that had to be done for preparation. We had Art and Human Ecology classes where we were preparing for our final projects by collecting data and finishing our final proposal papers before the busy week ahead. The art gallery started to come together fast with all the hard work put in by every committee in the community; we bustled around trying to complete our assigned tasks. The decorations crew was busy painting waves, and cleanup crew completely cleared out the octagon where the show was put up. It turned out beautiful, the photos were posted all over the walls and paintings, sculptures, and drawings from students were put on podiums around the room. Students hung the jewelry made in art class on sea fans and final touches were put on to finalize the space. After our classes, everyone went out to explore near the marina and talked about the upcoming week, there was excitement and nerves, thinking about what our families would think about the newly improved students we’ve become. The countdown finally started, we were within 24 hours of seeing our families for the first time in 2 months.
by Caciques Ellen and Tyler
After a day full of belly butterflies and cleaning, forty-seven students carefully watched their watches, counting down the seconds to the arrival of their families. When the clock struck 4:45, the first screams erupted from girl’s dorm. The line of cars waiting to come in was surrounded by hopeful students and teary mother’s. Families were bombarded by the faculty paparazzi as more and more students sprinted out of their dorms to intercept their families after 2 long months. For the next few hours the campus was filled with bustling families, touring the campus and mingling around the art show, which was said to have been the best one ever. Before dinner we used every inch of the circle we could in an attempt to fit all the families. The night was dark except the two headlamps of the caciques; Ellen and Tyler. The night ended with an advisory dinner, which allowed us to mingle with our parents and attempt to catch up.
by Caciques Franklin and AJ
The day before parent’s weekend was exciting and hectic with all the work that had to be done for preparation. We had art and human ecology classes where we were preparing for our final projects by collecting data and finishing our final proposal papers before the busy week ahead. The art gallery started to come together fast with all the hard work put in by every committee in the community; we bustled around trying to complete our assigned tasks. The decorations crew was busy painting waves, and cleanup crew completely cleared out the octagon where the show was put up. It turned out beautiful, the photos were posted all over the walls and paintings, sculptures, and drawings from students were put on podiums around the room. Students hung the jewelry made in art class on sea fans and final touches were put on to finalize the space. After our classes, everyone went out to explore near the marina and talked about the upcoming week, there was excitement and nerves, thinking about what our families would think about the newly improved students we’ve become. The countdown finally started, we were within 24 hours of seeing our families for the first time in 2 months.
by Caciques Emily and Charlie
Last night was our Saturday night. We all met at the circle with swim gear under warm clothes, all anticipating a moonlit snorkel and a blazing fire. As we hopped on our beach cruisers without light from our headlamps, we took the bumpy loop road to High Rock. There was a lot of swerving along the way, with a few songs about falling into potholes and a couple of “Watch out!” exclamations. As all pulled up we started searching for firewood, so we could make a warm bonfire for after our chilly swim. We started up two bonfires- one out on the island rock, and another along the dead rock shore. Once the fires started to crackle one by one we all jumped off high rock, some of us with snorkels and some for fun. Others cozied up in warm clothes like fleeces and fuzzy hats and kept the fires going strong. With the light of a near full moon, we were able to snorkel without flashlights and free dive along the moons reflections on the ocean floor. Upon rubbing on the coral limestone rock, little bioluminuses would come out of hiding at glow bright. It was an adventurous Saturday night, one we will all remember with appreciation.
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by Human Ecology Fellow – Alicia Barlow
Grafting, budding, scion, rootstalk and upside down T graft are all words and phrases that are now part of the vocabulary of six students here at The Island School. One of the most unique and meaningful times of an Island School semester occurs when students embark on their 8-day kayak and Down Island Trips. As a Human Ecology teaching fellow this semester, I have stayed on campus to act as a mini-project advisor to those students who are participating in the academic portion of these rotations. During Human Eco class, students were split into groups and assigned a project theme to work with, and were expected to design and complete a project in a week and a half and then present their finished products to the remaining students on campus. During the first half of our rotations I worked with six students under the theme of “agriculture” as they attempted to bring the process of budding and grafting fruit trees to The Island School orchard.
These students had already visited a local farm during the agriculture segment of our Human Ecology curriculum, where a farmer – Edrin Symonette – introduced them to the concept of budding to produce fruit trees. As part of this mini-project, Harry, Annabelle, James, Hallie, John and Emily called Edrin and asked if we could return to his farm and receive a personal lesson on grafting from him. Continue reading
by Cacique Claire
Sitting in my solo spot on one of the most beautiful beaches in existence it seemed that the world was perfect. That was until I turned around and saw the pile of trash behind me that had washed up on the beach from Hurricane Irene. In my time in this spot, I had picked up a tiny fraction of the trash and put it into a pile. But, what good was it in a pile? It was organized, and parts of my spot looked neater, but I had done nothing more than transfer the trash to another spot. For the next forty-eight hours I continued to try to pile the trash. I found funny little things including many bottles and a strange little dog toy in the shape of a bear. As I walked away on day three I looked back. Now my spot looked clean of trash, only I knew that behind the bushes was a large pile of garbage I had hidden, but it was there.
I have been thinking of this a lot lately, this whole idea of where our waste goes. The reality of it is that when we throw away our garbage and it disappears into a truck it still sticks around, forever. Our guest artist today Barbra DeVries talked about how when you buy a drink in a bottle we have this idea of just owning the liquid, but we need to own the plastic bottle as well and realize that it will never really go away. When I walked into Barbra’s workshop Saturday, I was astounded. Continue reading
By Caciques Kate M. and Benji
Today, artist Barbara DeVries visited our art class and talked about her work with upcycling. She began by talking about her first time in Eleuthera when she walked down the beach and was immediately attracted to all the colorful specks on the beach. Although she initially thought all the color was beautiful, she then realized that it was plastic and that it should not be there. She was model and fashion designer all of her life- she mentioned a story about how she designed clothes for Calvin Klein and her clothes were worn by Kate Moss. That is why when she first saw the plastic she was drawn to its many different shapes, colors and textures, because of her background in the fashion industry. She believes that since plastic is so plentiful in our lives, why not make it beautiful? She organizes beach sweeps here on Eleuthera and involves the local community in artistically upcycling plastic. She showed us some of her pieces and it is inspiring to see how she incorporated beach plastic into so many different beautiful creations. Over the course of the next few days we’ll be working with her to create our own plastic creations. Many of us have viewed plastic in the past as just trash, but after having listened to Barbara DeVries many of us were able to view plastic in a new, artistic light.
by Cacique (…and NEW blog chore editor!) Annie Bryan
I was recently chosen to be on what we call “blog chores” here at school. I was so excited when I discovered I was the one who would be able to read other kids’ blogs, and share my ideas with them. I have always loved writing, so this opportunity was really exciting to me. Despite having to nag people to please turn their blogs in every day, the “chore” is a lot of fun and has helped me grow as a writer.
In our literature class this week, we have been assigned a speech. It only has to be one minute in length, but it must be memorized, and it is a speech about a place of importance here at The Island School. We were brainstorming in class, and were prompted to think about a specific place on campus where we had a significant memory. Once we thought of our special spots, we were to write a speech about them, and present the speech in that place on campus.
Personally, I chose the roof of the dining hall for my location. Though I don’t have a specific significant event that happened up there, I chose it because of all of the little memories I hold there. I have spend numerous meals, exploration times, and lazy Sunday afternoons relaxing up there with my friends- talking, laughing and enjoying the gorgeous view. Continue reading
by Caciques Tori Suslovitch and Tori O’Connor
All forty-eight of us are back on campus after kayak rotations and it’s great to have class with everyone again. A large chunk of time today was spent discussing possible Human Ecology final projects. Students walked around different classrooms and talked about problems, both atIslandSchooland at home, that are worth fixing. Project ideas ranged from creating a more local food environment at our sending schools to improving both our wind and solar energy consumption around The Island School campus. By the end of our three hour class every student felt confident in the topics they chose to tackle with both the rest of their group and their teacher advisor. It is incredibly exciting to start these projects and it will be very interesting to see how they will progress and see the positive differences that will be made to our community.
by Caciques Sam Saccomanno and Alex Spring
More Reflections on Kayak:
It was a beautiful day, one we hadn’t had in the past 3 days. It was our day to kayak all the way to Light House beach-one of the top ten prettiest beaches in the world. It was the ideal location for our 48 hour solo. None of the kids expected such a long day of kayaking. No one knew that we would be kayaking 15 miles from the morning to6 P.M.with a short 30 minute lunch break. It was definitely the most challenging day of my 8 day kayak trip, and probably one the most challenging days at The Island School in general. It was physically and mentally demanding, but turning the corner to see the stunning Light House beach was so rewarding. We all jumped out of our kayaks, enthusiastic to be on ground and out of the kayaks. Kids ran around screaming and dancing-happy to have made it. Because we arrived so late, we had to quickly move kayaks and set up camp and dinner. Later that night, we all ate a delicious pasta meal around the warm fire. We were all excited for the following solo days, happy to be on ground, and proud of our accomplishment. It is the challenges such as these that make the Island School experience so unique and life-changing.