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St. Bartholomew's Anglican School

St. Bartholomew's Anglican School was founded in 1868. This one-story building served the entire Queenstown Community in promoting the academic and spiritual development of the villagers.

The ingluence of the church was great, and as such, most of the teachers recruited were anglicans who molded the students into the type of indoctrination which existed at that time. The school served not onlythe residents of Queenstown, but also the outlying areas of Alliance to Aberdeen.

History has recorded that the first Headmistress was Maria- a women of strength and purpose whose odeas were consistent with that of excellence. Her second in command was Rosalind Parkinson - married Benjamin, mother of Fr. Neil Benjamin who died recently.

Amoung the teachers of the early 1900's was Miss May Barbury, grand daughter of Mr. Edward Barbury, purchased the Queenstown Village. The motto of the school was "A place for everything and everything in its place". The learning activities emphasized the 3 - R's -Reading, Writing and Arthmetic, Needlework, other crafts, gardening, and music were also included in the curriculum. Activities for physical development included physical training exercises, and children involvement in cricket and rounders.

The school has produced renowned students such as doctors. lawyers, engineers, teachers, nurses, skilled craftsmen, and other categories of workers, who have given baluable service to this community and the wider community, Guyana.

So dynamic was the school's influence in pursuit of scholastic achievement, that grew in numbers over the years, and with resultant congestion. The upper floor was constructed under the supervision of Mr. Amos Ellis, also known as Lute Dot - father of our musician, Nibart Ellis.

Head Teachers who served here were Messrs. Jones, David, E.J. Farley, Joseph Borse, Edward Rambarran, George Carryl, John Baycho, Norman Bumbury, W. Garret, George Byrne, Randolph Job, Jarry Dyal and others. But it is noteworthy to mention that Mr. Randolph Job has left a footprint in the sands of time when, in 1975 with the support of the community, he enclosed the basement of the upper flat. This project was proved necessary to provide accommodation for the increased school population. the school was built to accommodate 300 students, but had an enrollment of 500. After dual control was abolished in 1976, the school was renamed Queenstown Primary School.

In 1977 the community High School at Anna Regina was established, and pupils were tjen transferred after the age of 12 years. With the decline in numbers, this school which caters for just one village has reduced its status to Grade C, for a number of years.

Our program of work prepares students for the level os SSEL. we have attained passes at senior and Junior Secondary Schools. This building, tjpigh it has served the community for over one century, still stands erect and presents a transformation of which we are all proud today. Thanks to our overseas community members and other friends who have contributed to this transformation project.

I wish to congratulate the self-helpers and all members of the community who have helped in the exercise, particularly when I recall that this building was actually condemned for use two years ago. the motto of this school is "We strive to attai the goal".

Let us all work towards continued of the Queenstown Community.

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