Ivy,, St. Michael
The St. Giles’ Nursery School, “The Beacon on the Hill”, is located on a historic site in the Ivy, St. Michael. As a coeducational institution, the school caters to students in the 3-4 age range.
The school was officially opened on Wednesday, October 31st, 2007, by the Minister of Education, Youth Affairs and Culture, at the time, the Honourable Anthony Wood. After admitting some seventy-five (75) students on a phased-in basis, over a period of three weeks, the final group of fifteen students was admitted on Monday 7th January 2008, bringing the student population to ninety (90). The school’s inaugural Principal is Mrs. Yvette Greenidge.
The main building of the school formally housed the St. Giles’ Girls School and in later years, the St. Giles’ Senior School. Research indicates that many prominent Barbadians would have graced this site with their presence either as head teachers or students. Among these were Herbert Adams, father of the late Grantley Adams, Mr. William Byer, father of the late Ignatius Byer and Mr. Charles Wilkie Cumberbatch, who all served as head teachers. Mrs. Wendy Griffith-Watson, former Chief Education Officer, Mrs. Catherine Blackman, former Early Childhood Education Officer, Mr. Anthony Branch, former Financial Advisor, Sagicor Life and the late Mr. John Lovell, former Methodist Preacher were students.
In commemoration of the St. Giles’ Nursery School’s 10th Anniversary, a time capsule was launched in October 2017 on the grounds of the school.
“GROWING AND WORKING TOGETHER”
Our Mission Statement
“To partner with parents and the wider community, to ensure that the students of the St. Giles’ Nursery school receive maximum quality early childhood education, by embracing developmentally appropriate practices in an atmosphere of trust, security, love and respect”.
Father bless our Nursery School
Bless each person who enters here,
Help us to grow and work each day,
Together, shining all the way.
Bless our schoolmates oh so dear
Let us or lessons learn with care
May all the members of our staff
Patiently guide us to your path.
Help us to love and care for all
Help us to heed your loving call
Let our deeds be bold in your sight,
and St. Giles be a beacon bright.