A day out with the dolphins

Our day started with very rainy weather. We were worried that we may have to cancel our swim with the dolphins but luckily, it stopped raining and the sun came out. We did have to stand in a rain storm for a few minutes first though!

When we arrived at Dolphin Discovery, we learned about how to protect the coral reefs. The education staff, Juan and Maria, explained that there are five ways that we can protect the coral reefs:

  1. We must not throw garbage in the ocean as they can harm dolphins, turtles and other marine life.
  2. You should not drop your anchor near the coral reefs. Always anchor on the sand.
  3. Do not touch or take any pieces of the reef.
  4. When you go to a shop that sells coral, you should not purchase any.
  5. When you visit a hotel, ask if it is a conservation supporting hotel.

Doing all of these things can protect our coral reef biomes.

When we had a tour of the area, we were introduced to Hippo, the alpha male (a bull) and we also saw a female dolphin, (a cow) Gracia. She was pregnant and being examined by the marine vets. They had to make sure that both she and the calf were ok.

After our talk, we got changed and went for a swim with the dolphins! We were all a little scared and nervous but when we got in the water, we realised that it was a lot of fun as the dolphins were playful and gentle. The trainer talked to us about the dolphin’s teeth, fins, eyes and tail and explained that they are social animals.

We have learned how to classify living things in zoology, so we knew how to classify the dolphins. They were part of the animal kingdom, the phylum chordata, the class of mammal, the order of cetcea (whale or dolphin), the family delphinidiae (small toothed whale), the genus tursiops (heavy bodied with a truncated beak) and the species, T. Trunchatus (common bottle nosed dolphin of North Atlantic and Mediterranean).

I had the job of taking photographs and videos of everyone while everyone swam in the water. Below are some of my photographs for you to see.

We all had a great day! The staff were so friendly and interesting and they knew a lot about how to protect the ocean and take care of marine mammals. We are now looking forward to learning more about our coral reef biome and more about dolphins at school.

Thank you to all of the staff…and the dolphins!

Written by Alejandro

Holiday Recap: Stop and Shop 2015

Looking through these pictures, during a major winter storm in Chicago, IL, I realize how lucky we are to spend our holidays in such an incredible environment. This year’s Stop and Shop was one of the best ever! Between the many artistically talented vendors, the island’s best Santa Claus, and the yummy barbecue, a perfect holiday outing was had by all. A big thank you to all the staff and parents who helped make this day a success. Enjoy the photos below.

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Holiday Recap: Thanksgiving 2015

As usual, CHMS Thanksgiving Day celebrations exceed expectations. Each class contributed a song, poem, even a play, to the morning community circle, with the theme of gratitude. Both Elementary classrooms worked throughout the week preparing for the Thanksgiving feast. This is an amazing day, enjoyed by all, teachers and students alike. A big thank you to all the parents for their contributions to make memories for our community.
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It’s library time!

On Tuesday at nine o’clock, the Upper Elementary class and the third year Lower Elementary class went on a field trip to the Public Library in Road Town. Miss Kata, Ms. Chantelle, Ms. Danielle and Ms. Elizabeth drove us there. We went to the library because we had been working very hard in our library at school. It was a special treat.

When we got to the library we went upstairs and we were greeted by Ms. Stoutt, the librarian. She showed us to all of the different rooms. She showed us to the Adult Unit, the Junior Unit, the West Indies Unit and the Periodicals Unit and she told us how to work and use the books.

Next, the librarians took us to the Junior Unit. They gave us folders for a treasure hunt. In the folder it had a butterfly and on the butterfly it had four titles for four books. The first person who found the four books won a water bottle. We had to use the Dewey Decimal System to find the books. We knew how to do this! Stormi, Noe and Alejandro won the competition.

After we visited the public library, we went to a bakery and ate yummy banana bread.  We waited for Ms. Danielle and Ms. Chantelle and we got in their cars and drove back to school. It was a great day.

Written by Sebastian and Noe.

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Happy Hamster Trip

It was a hot but happy morning when we decided to buy a hamster for the Upper Elementary classroom. We went to B.V.I Pet Supplies in two cars, with Ms.Kata and Ms.Chantelle.

When we stepped into the shop, we saw a lot of hamsters ,fish and birds.We wanted to buy a hamster because they were quiet, small and cute. Then we saw an adorable baby hamster sitting down eating a carrot and we just had to buy her. We bought her and we called her Pumpkin. We are saving up our Free Dress Friday money to pay for her.

She is a feisty little hamster. She has escaped a few times. She escaped out of her ball when the lid wasn’t screwed  on properly and she escaped out of her cage by biting through the tape. Once, when I brought her home, it took a while to find her after she escaped, but eventually she turned up in the play room!

She is ginger on the top and white on the bottom, with little strands of black hair on her back. She likes to eat carrots, grapes and apple slices.

It is our job to take care of her and this is how we do it. Each week our zoologist feeds her. We clean her cage together and we let her run free in her ball, because she needs her exercise  just like us.

We are happy to have animals in our classrooms because animals have actually been on planet Earth longer than humans, so we need to show them respect. We even used to be animals a long time ago, so we should try to keep that in mind!

Written by Grace Fudge

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End of term fundraiser fun

We were recently lucky enough to have a fabulous team of Montessori Mummies organising a wonderful day out for our families. It was a fun filled day of fashion shows, arts, crafts and games. Thank you so much to all of the parent volunteers for organising a great end of year event. The teachers here at CHMS are incredibly grateful to have such supportive parents and such an incredible Montessori family! Happy summer everybody!

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Arts Fair 2015

A wonderful day was had by all for the annual Arts Fair. The children wowed us all with songs, musical performances, poems and beautiful art work. From the Creche, to the Casa, to the Elementary, it was clear to see that the children had been working so hard on their projects. The creche children created some lovely abstract art work and models, the Casa children learned about various types of art such as landscapes, portraits and sculptures and the Elementary children worked on various art techniques including clothing design, photography and BVI cultural art. Here are a few arty photographs of a very colourful day…

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