In a continuous effort to promote a culture of excellence, the principal, Rev’d Lenworth Sterling, annually coordinates the ‘Principal’s Repast’ to award, commend and highlight the top achievers who have obtained status as either Honor Roll Awardee, Principal’s Distinction Club Member, or Merit Club Member at the end of the first semester. These top achievers are not only academic but they are also involved in extracurricular activities to help foster within themselves a well-rounded and dynamic individual.
This year’s programme integrated teachers, managers, parents, and students. Mrs. Donna Hines- Williams, Grade 11 Coordinator, was the Moderator of Ceremonies. Rev’d Dougal Alexander served as the Motivational Speaker, Vice Principal, Mr. Sheldon Thomas, who oversees programmes in the school, gave the welcome and introductions, and students also helped with the ushering and distribution of programmes and in offering the opening prayer. Other teachers assisted with the pinning of badges and distribution of trophies. The event started at 11:30 a.m and continued through to 2:30 p.m.
Principal, Rev’d Lenworth Sterling, first addressed the audience communicating clearly what it really means to be a part of this function. In brief, to be on the Principal’s Honor Roll, a student a grade 7-9 student must achieve a cumulative average of at least 70%, and a grades 10-11 Principal’s Honour Roll student must achieve a cumulative average of at least 65%. To be inducted in the Principal’s Distinction Club, a grade 7-9 student must obtain a cumulative average of 80% and a grades 10-11 student must obtain an overall average of 75%. To be inducted in the Principal’s Merit Club, a lower school student must achieve an overall average of 90% and an upper school student must achieve an overall average of 86%. In no category should an Awardee receive a grade below 60% and only one subject can be below 70%.
The principal also reminded students and, parents especially, that a criteria for graduation is not just academic excellence. Therefore, he encouraged the students to not only strive to be excellent academics and be amongst one of the top achievers at the Principal’s Repast, but also strive to be involved in the school in the form of extracurricular activities. Excellence must also be seen in participating in competitions, in uniform groups and activities in clubs and societies.
Students were also encouraged to have consistent diligence because it will be even more admirable if they are a part of the function next year, and new members are also included.
The audience was further motivated and inspired by Rev’d. Dougald Alexander who served as the event’s Motivational Speaker. Mr. Alexander is a Methodist Pastor, married with two (2) children and teaches sixth form Sociology and Caribbean Studies with 100% pass rate. He is also a Health and Family Life Education (HFLE) teacher.
Mr. Alexander’s message was centered on living ‘LIFE.’ With living LIFE, there is Love, Involvement, Faith, and Everlasting impact. With love, life becomes more meaningful; especially with God’s love. Mr. Alexander encouraged the students to be involved in school. The parents were also implored to be involved in their child’s life to manifest morale support, discipline and overall help to create a well-rounded child.
He made reference to Usain Bolt’s parents’ involvement in Bolt’s life and the successes and benefits it yields, not only for the child but parents as well. With all the positive elements and actions in alignment, one should have faith that things will eventually manifest itself in tangible forms of success and goodness. The audience was reminded that “heights by great men reached and kept were not attained by sudden flight, but they, while their companions slept, were toiling through the night”. If we work hard and focus on achieving our goals, we must learn to have faith that things will work out in our favor and our efforts will not go in vain.
Finally, students were encouraged to have an everlasting impact. Students, parents were made to reflect on the question “what are you doing for the school, the community, your children, your parents to create a change, to leave a legacy, to make an impression, to have an impact?” In conclusion, the audience was encouraged to live LIFE: love, involvement, faith and everlasting impact.
After such food for thought, the audience was invited to lunch. Ms. Jenna Waite did the blessing of the meal. Harding’s Catering Service provided the lunch, a three-course meal.
After lunch, the Recognition and Pinning Ceremony of the Merit, Distinction and Honor Roll members was conducted. Mrs. Marsha-Grant Palmer, Ms. M. Peart and Ms. J. Cross assisted with the distribution of trophies and pins for the top achievers. A total of fifty-nine (59) students were awarded:
The programme was closed off with the singing of the national anthem and later group photos and camaraderie. Along with the principal, Mrs. Donna Hinds-William, Ms. Molissa Peart and other managers were crucial in the coordination of the success of the Principal’s Repast.
Mrs. Marsha Grant-Palmer, HOD, Modern Languages and English Department with some of the awardees