From Nassau Bahamas, November 2016: Sister Annie Thompson receives National Honor

The National Sports Hall of Fame is one of the avenues commissioned by the Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture to demonstrate the nation’s appreciation for the past contributions made by athletes to the development of sport in our country.

“During Annie’s days at St. Francis grade school, she learned and got to love the game of basketball and also participated in track and field. It was here that her undying love for sports was developed…”  She joined the convent of Benedictine Sisters in Minnesota. “On returning to the Bahamas, Sister Annie’s zeal for the world of sports continued.  As Principal of St. Bede’s Primary school, Kemp Road, Sister Annie spent many hours preparing the students for track and field events and how to play the game of basketball.  She was instrumental in obtaining the basketball court on the grounds of St. Bede’s school.”

“Sister Annie Thompson excelled as an athlete but the Benedictine sister’s most noteworthy achievement was the development of basketball at the youth level. She was integral in the formation of the Catholic Primary School Basketball League, which continues to be the premier outlet for youth basketball.”

Sister Annie Thompson Honored With Renaming of School

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The Most Reverend Patrick Pinder, Catholic Archbishop of Nassau; Sister Annie Thompson, O.S.B, O.B.E., and Minister of Education, Science and Technology, the Hon. Jerome Fitzgerald. (BIS Photo/Peter Ramsay)

 

On May 7, 2015 the former St. Bede’s Catholic Primary School in Nassau, Bahamas was re-named the Sister Annie Thompson Preschool. Sister Annie, who is pictured above 2nd from left, has been a member of Saint Martin Monastery, Nassau, since 1962. The ceremony was held amidst dignitaries, family, friends and well-wishers who came to the campus to view the state-of-the-art preschool.

ceremony-participants-congratulate-sister-annie-who-is-pictured-2nd-from-leftPrime Minister Perry Christie officially renamed the school in recognition of all that Sister Annie has done for education in the Bahamas over many years.  Sister Annie had served for many years as Principal of St. Bede’s Roman Catholic School beginning in 1970.

The preschool was established in 2013 and has been extensively renovated by the Bahamian Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, in order to insure that it will provide the best education possible for the young students who will receive there an early foundation for academic learning. The Minister of Education, Jerome Fitzgerald, called it ‘The most modern and beautiful preschool in the Commonwealth of the Bahamas.”

sister-anniePrime Minister Christie spoke highly of Sister Annie, calling her a “woman of exceptional character” and thanking her for her contributions to the country through many disciplines. “You have used your life to the development of the human spirit and whether through music, sports or religion, you have tapped into the hearts and minds of so many of our citizens,” Christie said.

We congratulate Sister Annie and her community for their extensive and continuous contributions to the on-going education of so many students and adults on the islands of the Bahamas!

[quotes and information found in EdWorld Bahamas, May 2015, Vol. 1, Issue 3 and The Bahamas Weekly]