School Philosophy

Mission Statement

  • Educating young minds to reach their full academic potential through a well-balanced programme of academics, arts and athletics as a means to stimulate the individual intellectually, physically and spiritually.


  • Providence School is governed by a Board of Trustees who have empowered a Board of Management to operate the School. Providence School is a Not for Profit Registered Charity under the Barbadian Tax Law.

Benefactor’s Message

Children are our greatest ambassadors. They are a true reflection of our beliefs and core values. These young minds represent the road map to the future. It is within this context, and through the assistance of so many within our community, that I began the exciting journey of creating Providence Elementary School and Providence Secondary School.

It has been an enriching and rewarding journey. They say we shape buildings so they can shape us. The various school buildings on Francia Plantation sit on a lush, scenic and historic landmark overlooking the picturesque St. George Valley. It is a perfect backdrop for shaping young, energetic minds.

Providence means “under the protective care of God or nature”. It is a fitting name that helps to define the school in terms of the tranquil setting of its learning environment and its strong underpinning of core values. Values shared by all of those who have helped make this school a reality.

It is my hope that Providence School becomes an integral part of Barbados community in offering young minds a place to learn, love and laugh….

Eugene Melnyk
Benefactor – Chairman of Trustees and Board of Management


Providence Elementary School adopted the Tribes philosophy of education because it complimented the school’s motto of “Teach me Goodness, Discipline and Knowledge” The following description of the Tribes Educational Philosophy is taken directly from the Tribes website:

Thousands of schools throughout the United States, Canada, Australia and other countries have become Tribes Learning Communities, safe and caring environments in which kids can do well! After years of “fix-it” programs focused on reducing student behavioral issues, conflict, absenteeism, poor achievement, etc., educators and parents now agree, creating a positive school or classroom environment is the most effective way to improve behavior and learning. The Tribes TLC process is the way to do it.

Students achieve because they:

  • feel included and appreciated by peers and teachers
  • are respected for their different abilities, cultures, gender, interests and dreams
  • are actively involved in their own learning
  • have positive expectations from others that they will succeed.

The clear purpose of the Tribes process is to assure the healthy development of every child so that each one has the knowledge, skills and resiliency to be successful in a rapidly changing world.

Tribes is a step-by-step process to achieve specific learning goals. Four agreements are honored:

  • attentive listening
  • appreciation/no put downs
  • mutual respect, and
  • the right to pass

Students learn a set of collaborative skills so they can work well together in long-term groups (tribes). The focus is on how to:

  • help each other work on tasks
  • set goals and solve problems
  • monitor and assess progress
  • celebrate achievements.

The learning of academic material and responsible behavior is assured because teachers utilize methods based upon compatible learning, multiple intelligences, cooperative learning and social development research. The teachers and administrators in a Tribes school or district also work together in supportive groups. They too enjoy the participatory democratic process and creative collegiality.