News from the club house
We are excited to announce:
Turks & Caicos National Museum Kids Club on Grand Turk is starting back up in January of 2019!!
!!The Club is FREE!!
When: The Kids Club will be held once a Month on a Saturday starting January 2019 – Exact Dates to follow
Where: Club will be held at the Science Building in the back of the Museum
Activities include art, crafts and mosaic projects that focus on the culture, nature, environment and history of the Turks & Caicos.
Please let us know if you would be interested in volunteering to assist occasionally with the Kids Club.
More information will follow in December as we finalize the plans and dates for the club!
Museum Living History Summer Camp
The Grace Bay Campus hosted its second annual living history summer camp, July 23rd to 27th. The 28 campers learnt the traditional arts of basket weaving from, net knitting and making of rag rugs. They even cooked outside. They visited the farm and saw chickens lay eggs, also saw goats and pigs. The bearing okra trees that they saw on the farm was a source of inspiration for their own okra tree-planting project. They were transported to the late 17th – early 18th century by a visit to Cheshire Hall Plantation followed by a lively and interactive presentation of the many traditional uses of plants. They also learnt traditional dance, much to their delight. Playing cricket in the afternoon was always highly anticipated. They learnt about the animals we share the island with and ways to coexist with them. The trip to Little Water Cay to visit the iguanas was exciting, especially since the Iguana mascot made a special appearance. It was a great week of learning and lots fun!
Click on Read More to see our Photo Gallery from the Camp.
By Amy Avenant
Environment Outreach Coordinator, DECR
We started the day with a turtle conservation and tagging information session hosted by DECR Environmental Officer Katharine Hart.
In light of our talk, we decided to clean up our beach to ensure the health of the lovely waters and creatures that call it home. A community member saw what we were doing and offered to take all 5 bags of trash to the landfill. Thank you sir!
After a well-earned lunch, we practiced our swimming skills learned from Ben on day 2 and had some recreational time.
By Amy Avenant
Environmental Outreach Coordinator, DECR
It was great fun today on EcoCamp Day 2. We boarded Reef Peepers for a boat ride (a first for some of us!) and snorkeling! We saw many little fish hanging about and one BIG fish too, a territorial barracuda.
After lunch, we learned to swim and improve our skills with Mr. Ben Strubenberg from the TCI Swimming Federation.
A huge thank you to Reef Peepers and Ben Strubenberg for the donation of their time and equipment!
By Amy Avenant
Environmental Outreach Coordinator, DECR
EcoCamp Day 1 on Grand Turk started with an ice breaker as we all got to know each other. Kids participated in a poster workshop to illustrate what the term “environment” means to them.
We explored the museum and learned about the coral reef and Mr. Glinton gave us a quick history lesson about the Molasses Reef Wreck.
After lunch we watched the BBC film Blue Planet: CoralSeas
Children’s Club took place in mid-November, just in time to make some lovely Thanksgiving frames and to learn how to play the rip-saw from Grand Turk’s own “Zues”.
All the children got a chance at trying to play the saw! The music was great and a fund time was had by all!
Summer Camp 2015 August 24-28, was a huge success! On the agenda numerous educational outings to keep our 8-12 year old campers smiling, inquiring and laughing as we started camp bright and early. With 4 days to see Grand Turk, the campers set out by foot, trolley and boat. First day they learned about our great Museum and Botanical and Cultural Garden guided by Bryan Naqq-Manco.
The next day, Mrs. Jill Beckingham opened her lovely home, Waterloo, for us to visit. The children learned about the house, which is 200 years old, and then enjoyed treats in the garden. Thank you also to Island Trams who transported the children to Waterloo and back!
Wednesday they were invited to the House of Assembly by Honourable Robert Hall, who is the Speaker of the House. The children learned all about the government of the Turks and Caicos Islands!
Thursday they walked along Front Street and met with numerous merchants. Unfortunately they didn’t have enough time to see all the merchants they had planned on visiting, but the kids learned a lot from Grand Turk Divers, Blue Water Divers, Turks Head Inn, Osprey Hotel, LIME and finished off with cookies from the Coral Café!
We had to postpone our annual Gibbs Cay outing due to weather, but we finally went on September 26 and had a great time! Thanks to Oasis Divers for taking us!
by Nikki Jennings
Children’s Club Coordinator
On December 13th the TCNM Children’s Club hosted Mr. Hartley Squires, who came to teach us nautical rope knots. We learned 6 knots, including the clove hitch for which Hartley especially made a wooden pylon so we could practice that knot. In the photographs you see Chelsea Been practicing her clove hitch.
We learned to do a perfect bowline, in which both ends are on the same side of the knot. Antranay shows us her skills.
Hartley also put together a cleat so we could practice our Cleat Hitches. Here Hartley is showing Andrew how to do the Cleat Hitch. As is usually the case, Andrew picked it up right away!
We finished the session with a talk about nautical safety, which is very dear to Hartley. He left us with the adage: Cats have nine lives, we only have one so let’s be smart about safety!
Knot tying was the last session of the year for the Children’s Club. The New Year should be exciting as we welcome a new Children’s Club Coordinator, Katharine Hart. We say good bye and thank you to Nikki Jennings who has enjoyed her time with the Club immensely and who can always to asked to come along on the day the kids go to Gibbs Cay!
We wish all current and former members of the Children’s Club and their families a very Merry Christmas and all the very best for the New Year.
By Nikki Jennings
Children’s Club Coordinator
The Museum Children’s Club is always looking for new ways we can explore and learn about our islands, our history, our culture and environment. Over the years we have studied the sand on our beaches, found and measured all the cannons on Grand Turk, made a model of Front Street and so much more. Recently I started to think that we hadn’t yet explored how our islands work. What exactly do they do in the courthouse or at the dock? How does the post office get our mail and do they really have pigs on the prison farm? With this in mind, the Children’s Club has embarked on a of series outings to find out how our island works.
Our first field trip in this series was to JAGS MacCartney International Airport on May 24th. Mr. Shivago Missick, the airport manager, took us on a very informative tour. First we were given a thorough briefing on how airport security works. Security officers taught us how they do body searches and we were allowed to see what our bags look like in the scanner. In the departure lounge we learned how important it is for the runway to stay clear of animals and how migrating birds can cause serious problems to the aircraft. This being the month of May, birds are foremost on the runway supervisor’s mind. From there we walked through the international arrivals building and learned what immigration officers do and we stopped at Caicos Express where Ms. Williams gave us a little talk about tickets and boarding passes.
Once we finished touring the airport Mr. Missick said with a big smile: “And now we are off to the most exciting part of the airport – the fire station.” Little did the children know what was in store for them. When we arrived at the fire station, which is all the way across on the other side of the runway from the terminal building, the entire staff of the fire station and two fire trucks were waiting for us.
Station Manager Charles Tipton explained to us exactly what they do if there is an emergency. We learned that no plane can land or take off if the fire station is not ready, and, if there is a fire in town and the team is off fighting a blaze, the airport is shut down for the time being. Then he pointed to the two fire trucks, explained how they work and asked if the children would like to ride in the truck! How could they resist? Thirteen children had a chance to ride the fire truck, with its siren wailing and warning lights flashing, and watch water shoot out the front nozzle. What could be more exciting than that!
You are not allowed to take photographs in any secure area of the airport, and so I was not able to take pictures of the children learning how to do body searches. But I really wanted to take a picture of the children with the fire fighters. So we stepped outside the gates and took a picture there. In the front is a fireman who very kindly accepted to put on all his gear for us, including the face mask and oxygen tank, and explained how it all worked.
Thank you to the entire staff of the airport and the fire station for having welcomed us so warmly. I am sure our visit will long be remembered. I’d also like to thank Etienne Leblanc of Caribbean Tours and Adventure for donating his bus and driver to make this excursion possible.
The Turks and Caicos National Museum Children’s Club is open to all the children of Grand Turk between the ages of 8 and 12. We usually meet on the 2nd Saturday of each month. For more information please call 946-2160.