Students of the T. G. Glover Primary School participate in the ceremony commemorating the official opening of their school on Friday, January 27. (BIS Photo/Raymond Bethel).
Bahamas – On September 5, 2011, the doors of to the new T. Glover
Primary School welcomed over 400 students. This milestone was commemorated
during an official ceremony held at the new school campus on Friday,
January 27, 2012.
the Rt. Hon. Hubert Ingraham, said that he was ‘pleased’ to
participate in honouring this ‘son of Inagua.’
Grant Glover, a son of Inagua, was what we might call a natural-born
teacher. He began his teaching career as a Monitor, at the age
of 12. He came to be known and regarded as a dedicated educator committed
to the development of the whole child. He taught during a period in
our history when respect for authority and the value of obtaining a
good education was of paramount importance.”
added that due to the school’s large campus and small number of students,
he would await recommendations from the Department of Education to ‘populate’
the school with more children.
“I note that
the opening of this school permits us to close the Naomi Blatch Primary
School which will, like Willard Patton, become a pre-school for four-
year-old children. It is possible that those recommendations could
propose the amalgamation of the Mable Walker Primary School with T.G.
Glover and the conversion of Mable Walker into another pre-school for
four-year-old children. This would necessarily involve the busing
of children from the catchment area of the Mable Walker School.”
Glover to the character (Mark Thackery) played by Bahamian actor Sir
Sidney Poitier in the l967 film ‘To Sir, with Love’, Minister of
Education, Hon. T. Desmond Bannister, said that T. G. Glover took an
active role in the lives of his students by ‘influencing’ them for
Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Hubert A. Ingraham officially opens the new T. G. Glover Primary school during a ceremony held on Friday, January 27. (BIS Photo/Raymond Bethel)
their homes in order to establish a good rapport with their parents,
no doubt fostering better opportunities for parental involvement.”
was Minister of Works, the Hon. Neko Grant who gave an overview of the
construction of the school. “This school features an attractive and
very unique design which highlights the unusual topography of the land
on which it is built,” said Mr. Grant. “ The school is a concrete
reinforced structure of approximately 73,000 square feet, with a covered
pedestrian mall/stairway area that connects the structure’s two levels.
50 years, the late T. G. Glover dedicated his life to education, serving
as teacher and headmaster in a number of schools and as an administrator
at the Board of Education, which subsequently became the Ministry of
Education. Mr. Glover retired in l972. He and his wife, Lillith
had eight children. T. G. Glover died on September 5, l982.
The first institution
named for Mr. T.G. Glover was a junior high school. Subsequently,
with the closure of a number of small primary schools the name T.G.
Glover was attached to a primary school. Then during the 1990s,
several schools were amalgamated in order to upgrade and expand inner
city primary schools like the Woodcock and Albury Sayles Primary Schools,
which were made like new, and converted the Willard Patton into a preschool
for four-year-olds. The poorly constructed T.G. Glover School
was closed and its administrative and teaching staff and students temporarily
dispersed to different school campuses.
commenced in October 2006 and was to have been completed in March 2009
at a cost of some $10 million but due to several issues and changes,
the school was built at a cost of some $16 million. The current school
population consists 460 students (including students from the separate
campuses and 93 students of Naomi Blatch Primary School; seven administrators;
24 special teacher; 24 generalist teachers, three clerical workers;
four janitresses and four security officers. The school also has three
Pre-school units and a Special Education Unit.
Minister of Education, Hon. T. Desmond Bannister brings remarks during the official opening of the new T. G. Glover Primary School on Friday, January 27. (BIS Photo/Raymond Bethel)