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By Pier Simons

Do you know the Cedar Bridge Academy’s mission statement? Or maybe the school’s Motto? How many can state it when asked?

During this accreditation process, those are just two important items students will have to know.

The accreditation process is important to the future of Cedar Bridge Academy (CBA). The school wants the purpose of the accreditation process at CBA to show the quality of learning and display high standards in relationship to the educational standards throughout the world. This involves having to be evaluated on twelve standards. The twelve standards focus on our mission, finances and all other aspects of education as it relates to our school. The process encompasses all aspects of life at CBA and it is a very significant process which displays where the school is standing as an institution, with respect to the Middle States Accreditation Process

The advantages of accreditation is that an accredited school is held in higher esteem than a non-accredited school.  Mrs. Anderson, the health teacher and a member of the accreditation committee states “When students go off to college or university, the colleges will be looking at them and Cedar Bridge Academy. They will see that it is an accredited school with the potential of meeting higher standards. The accreditation process is performed approximately every seven to nine years.”

“For the accreditation process to work, quite a bit of work has to be done,” Consultant, Ms. Rosemary Matthews stated. “It is a unique and time consuming process that that requires a team of 12 chairpersons and three coordinators and the principal.”

The coordinators include Mrs. Joanne Anderson, Mr. Neville Zuill and Ms. Rosemary Matthews. They are required to meet and investigate the entire running of the school. Ms. Matthews said, “She finds this process to be quite different then when she was on the committee in 2007 with Dr. Jackson.

“This process consists of various surveys that must be completed per standard. The surveys are prepared for the students, teachers, parents and community personal. Also, the surveys end up taking a trip out into the community asking parents, businesses and sports people’s point of view as well. Any individual from outside Cedar Bridge Academy who is working with the school will get to do a survey and will receive feedback.

Ms. Matthews explained that based on the feedback, the school looks at the responses and sees what needs to be enhanced. If the responses are negative, the committee sits down and discusses how it can be changed and if they are good, how we can make further progress. These questions are answered by the chairpersons and the coordinators. Each standard has specific standards and the accreditation team is looking for specific indicators.

The accreditation team is a group of people from overseas who visit the school from April 10th -13th. There will be a leader and three other persons. They will interview all CBA personnel and students to ensure all information received is correct. The assessors can stop students anywhere around the school and ask a variety of questions, one of which could be “What’s the school motto?”

The students can play a major role in this process. “Always have your game on and be students of excellence,” Matthews said.  “When students take the surveys, take it very seriously and approach it with confidence. When you are asked to participate in an interview with one of the assessors, be very honest and act with integrity.”

“If the assessors are dubious about the responses they receive during the interview, they will have a discussion with the chairperson of that specific committee. Keep in mind, you want our school to gain re-accreditation,” she said.

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CedarBridge Academy, situated in Devonshire Parish, opened in September 1997.  CedarBridge, Bermuda’s largest school, is 290,000 square feet on 19 acres of land.

Our purpose-built school provides the best facilities available in Bermuda.  It enables our students to participate in a wide range of educational experiences.  The school is comprised of three zones.

In the South Terrace you will find general classrooms, tutorial rooms and computer laboratories.

In the Central Administration area you will find the Library and Student Support Resource Room (SSRR), Ruth Seaton James Centre for the Performing Arts, Nurse’s office, Student Services and Administrative Offices.

In the North Court you will find the Fine Arts facilities (drama, dance, music, and visual arts); the Design and Technology area (motors, electronics, video and photography studios, ); the gymnasium and weight room; science laboratories; business studies rooms, cookery and textiles rooms; personal care/cosmetology and the cafeteria.

Published on Jun 27, 2015

On June 26th, the class of 2015 held its graduation to complete the final step of high school. To end the school year with high expectations I created a graduation video that reflected on the best times the class of 2015 had. I introduced the first ever aerial shots of CBA to create visuals that no one has ever seen before. I focused mainly on creating a reflective tone as the video progressed to familiarize students of their surroundings of where these best moments took place. I also interviewed 3 students to express their thoughts on how their experiences at CBA were like. Finally I created a montage of video clips submitted to me by the class of 2015, of numerous highlights of our years at CBA.

I would like to thank Mrs Richards and the Class of 2015 for incorporating all of your clips to help create this project and I wish every graduate of the class of 2015 good luck.

All aerial footage by: Visual Appeal

CedarBridge Academy, situated in Devonshire Parish, opened in September 1997. CedarBridge, Bermuda’s largest school, is 290,000 square feet on 19 acres of land.

There are over 137 staff members, which include teachers and all support personnel.  The average class size is 25 students and an advisory team manages students.  This advisory team consists of the advisor and students (1:16 ratio), an Educational Therapist, a Counselor and a Deputy Principal.  There are 3 Deputy Principals and one Principal at CedarBridge Academy.

The Principal:
Mrs. Kalmar Y. Richards: krichards@cedarbridge.doe.bm

The Deputies:
Mr. Timothy Sousa:  tsousa@cedarbridge.doe.bm
Mr. Chris Swan:  cbswan@cedarbridge.doe.bm
Ms. Kalreta Conyers-Steede: kconyers-steede@cedarbridge.doe.bm

Contact Information:

CedarBridge Academy
#1 CedarBridge Lane
Devonshire DV 02
Bermuda
Phone: 441-296-5665
Fax: 441-296-5555

Teachers at CedarBridge Academy (CBA) are employees of the Department of Education assigned to CedarBridge Academy.  The Department is responsible for securing the work permit for non-Bermudian teachers. These teachers are also responsible for securing their own living accommodations.

Individuals entering Bermuda to take up residence are generally liable on arrival for custom duties of between 10% and 35% of the value of goods imported with the exception of their own clothing and most books.

Daily Structure

Please consult your Year Head to determine the structure of advisory, which will consist of Assembly, STARR, Character Education, Math Problem Solving and Advisory Team Building. Lunch is from 1:04 to 1:50 pm

Your schedule will include five instructional periods a day, one advisory, one prep period, one mandatory common planning period and one lunch period. All teachers must participate in one lunch duty per week.

Teachers are expected to participate in a co-curricular activity or tutorials, a school committee and attend a monthly staff and department meeting.  There are numerous activities and events during the school year and participation is very much welcomed.

Technology Overview

The school is technologically well equipped and is furnished with over 500 computers and peripheral devices.  The computer network comprises of several servers, providing email, archiving, printing, administrative, CD-ROM, and the internet.  There are several fully equipped teaching labs:

  • ¨Library Labs book through the Librarian
  • ¨Two Business Studies Labs
  • ¨One Electronic Music Lab
  • ¨One Reading Lab
  • ¨One Photo lab

Each lab is equipped with 20-25 computers, and a printer.  All labs are networked providing access to all servers.  The Business, Music, Photography and Reading labs support those specific programmes.

Each classroom is outfitted with two networked computers, and each teacher is provided with a laptop computer.  Teachers use their laptops as an instructional and planning tool.  They also maintain an electronic grade book, and take attendance electronically.  Additionally, each department is equipped with LCD and overhead projectors, VCR’s and TV/Monitors.

Many teachers have become Google Teachers. Google is also the network used for lesson planning and other data gathering activities.

All users have access to the network from all points of the campus.  Students have an exclusive drive space for work storage, while teachers access the curriculum drive for all teaching resources pertinent to their department.