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QC awarded Lighthouse certification

Queen’s College is the first school in the English-speaking Caribbean to be awarded the Lighthouse certification by FranklinCovey, making it one of 503 schools across the globe that share the recognition.

To be recognized as a Lighthouse school, schools must be able to demonstrate notable success in the application of the FranklinCovey Education’s Leader In Me model.

The program is based on a bestselling book “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” by Dr. Stephen Covey, and was first offered to schools in the United States.

According to the Leader In Me website, the criteria for schools to be named a Lighthouse school include: ongoing leadership learning and development for staff and administration; the teaching of leadership principles to students through lessons, integrated approaches and staff modeling; demonstrated student abilities to think critically about and apply leadership principles, and the demonstration of student leadership through a variety of roles and innovations within the school.

“Certification is awarded following an intense examination by external assessors from the FranklinCovey Foundation,” Queen’s College Principal Andrea Gibson said in a press release.

“When certification is awarded it is as a result of external recognition of internal transformation.

“In March 2019, a team of Covey assessors visited the campus and carried out an examination on the measurable evidence within the school’s internal transformation.

“Assessors met with students, staff, administrators and parents to examine the evidence that “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” and the Leader In Me had been implemented effectively, resulting in the culture of the school being transformed for students and staff alike.”

Queen’s College’s Head of Counseling Vivian Brown led the efforts to obtain the Lighthouse certification, which often takes several years. Speaking yesterday at a ceremony in recognition of the certification, Gibson said the process of achieving the certification was a nine-year journey that began in 2010. She said she was informed of the school’s success in its quest to become a Lighthouse school in April of this year.

Following the ceremony, Queen’s College recognized the accomplishment with the unveiling of a mural on the campus, as well as a lighthouse statue in honor of its new certification.

Rachel Knowles

Staff Reporter at The Nassau Guardian
Rachel joined The Nassau Guardian in January 2019. Rachel covers national issues.
Education: Virginia in Charlottesville, BA in Foreign Affairs and Spanish
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