Atlantic Caribbean Union

ACUM’s Largest School Turns 100 Years Old

By Andrew Burrows

Under the theme “We’ve Come This Far by Faith” the Bahamas Academy school family and members of the South Bahamas Conference along with alumni and guests assembled on Sabbath, September 15, 2012, at the Hillview Seventh-day Adventist Church on the island of New Providence, the Bahamas to commence the school’s one hundredth year anniversary.
Pastor Peter Kerr, executive secretary of the Atlantic Caribbean Union (ACUM), brought greetings on behalf of Pastor Leonard Johnson, president of ACUM. Pastor Kerr noted that Bahamas Academy, which started in 1912, was the largest and oldest of all the educational institutions in ACUM and that it “stands out as a symbol of great pride and joy” for the church in the Bahamas.

During the program, a number of alumni reminisced about their stay at Bahamas Academy and through their accounts, the audience heard of the school’s journey from the Odd Fellows Building on Meeting Street to a basement in a building on Shirley Street, to Hawkins Hill, to Wulff Road, and recently to Marshall Road, the site of its new location and new school building.

Attending the event was Mr. Lionel Sands, Director of Education for the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. He brought remarks on behalf of the Hon. Jerome Fitzgerald, the Bahamas’ Minister of Education, Science and Technology. Mr. Sands said that the Bahamas government is privileged to have Bahamas Academy as a partner in the education of its young people. He remarked that it must have been divine foresight to place the school at its new location on Marshall Road in southern New Providence, as presently the south western district is the fastest growing area on the island.

Additionally, Pastor Paul A. Scavella, the president of the South Bahamas Conference and chairman of the Bahamas Academy School Board, gave the spiritual charge.

Owned and operated by the South Bahamas Conference, Bahamas Academy has three divisions: the early learning center, the elementary division, and the secondary division. According to the principal, Mr. Anthony Burrows, the school has a combined enrollment of 865 students.

Within the ACUM territory, Bahamas Academy is one of four schools operated by the various conferences and mission. The Grand Bahama Academy serves the North Bahamas Conference, the Turks and Caicos Islands Mission operates Maranatha Academy, and Cayman Academy serves the Cayman Islands Conference.