This morning I am pleased to lay the 2013/2014 Annual Report for the Bermuda College as required by the Bermuda College Act, 1974.
While this is an important exercise in accountability, it is also an opportunity to share with Honourable Members the continued progress that Bermuda College is making, despite the difficult economic circumstances that the College, Government, other quangos, and the wider public are currently working under.
Under the Bermuda College Act, its Board of Governors provides general management and administrative leadership to the College. The President and staff of the Bermuda College are responsible for bringing the goals, direction and approved policies of the Board into action. These undertakings are reflected in the annual report and will be supported by the audited financial statements, which will be tabled at a later date.
Mr. Speaker, The Bermuda National Library is pleased to announce the launch of Tutor.com, a new online resource for students of all ages.
Mr. Speaker, Whether you just need a little hint to get unstuck or you need someone to explain the concept a bit slower, Tutor.com can help. Anyone with a library card can log into the website at www.bnl.bm and connect with an expert tutor for a 20 minute session. No appointment is needed and tutors are available from 3 p.m. – 11 p.m., every day, even on most holidays!
Mr. Speaker, We all know that sometimes it can be difficult for students to get the type of support they need to be successful in school. It is not just the job of the students, but also the parents, the school and the entire community. We are delighted to be able to offer this service to the community through the Bermuda National Library.
This afternoon, the Department of Child and Family Services hosted their 11th Annual Young Citizen Awards Ceremony and Luncheon at the Fairmont Southampton. Today's ceremony coincided with the United Nations Universal Day of the Child.
Awards were presented to students from public and private schools who demonstrate exemplary citizenship. This year 41 students from primary, middle and high schools received awards from the Minister of Community, Culture and Sports, the Hon. R. Wayne Scott, JP, MP and according to Minister Scott, it was, "A fitting opportunity to recognize these students who at young age already understand that in order for our country to succeed, we need citizens, young and old, to share in helping each other to be the best we can be. These students are among the best and most sincere in their commitment to helping others."