By:St. Clair Sazam Hull
(CHARLESTOWN NEVIS)- The Charlestown Secondary School held its Independence Patriotic Program on Thursday, September 15, 2016 at the Netball Complex, under the Independence theme “Promoting Prosperity through Sustainability and National Unity”.
The event started with the Invocation which was followed by the National Anthem
The scripture reading was done by Lauren Lawrence and a dance was performed by tutor of the school Mrs. Lestrade.
Chairperson of the ceremony, Mr. Cheslin Maloney, who is a student at the Nevis Sixth Form College, gave the opening remarks. He indicated that he was honoured to welcome everyone to the Independence Patriotic Program. Maloney pointed out that on Monday the Federation will celebrate thirty-three (33) years of Independence, thirty-three years of recognized freedom from British colonialism.
He told the gathering that he was recently speaking to his grandmother about the quality of living and standard of life in her day. He pointed out that it is a stark contrast between now and then because his grandmother told him, that one could have lingered for hours in the road without fear of being run over by a moving metal box. He continued, “People used sunlight to complete their daily task and moonlight was valued for nightly recreation such as ‘jumbie’ stories and so forth”.
Maloney also noted that thirty-three years after gaining our Independence, we no longer crawl but we stand on our feet and our country has one of the highest literacy rates in the world. In closing, he stated that we have to show our appreciation to the individuals who crafted and shaped our nation.
Principal of the school, Mr. Edson Elliott also gave some remarks. He told the parents that it was a pleasure to have them in attendance. The Principal stated that they are encouraged to promote prosperity through sustainability and national unity. However, we have to be aware of all the national heroes who would have helped to build our country of St. Kitts and Nevis. Mr. Elliott concluded by saying that after thirty-three years, we must look at the foundation and realize that we have a solid foundation. He said that the students of the school must now build on that foundation, so that the structure of St. Kitts and Nevis will continue to be solid.
Ms. Zahnela Claxton delivered the feature address. She told the gathering that while she was attending college, citizens of the United States of America always showed patriotism when their anthem was playing or their flag was been raised. She noted that it is the same joy she feels whenever the anthem of St. Kitts and Nevis is being played or the flag is being raised. Claxton was of the view that every national of St. Kitts and Nevis should feel the same way.
Ms. Claxton stated that our Cricket franchise, the St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots should remind us to be patriotic whenever we hear the word, ‘patriot’. She pointed out that when our Constitution was written and when our National Anthem was penned by Mr. Kenrick Georges, a nation was bound together with a common destiny. Ms. Claxton pointed out that we ought to ensure that our actions do not have a negative impact on the future. She said as Michael Jackson correctly stated, “I am starting with the man in the mirror, I am asking him to change his ways”. She encouraged all to go about the right way in all one’s doings.
A poem was recited by first form student Leandra Webbe.
The vote of thanks was given by Karrissa Webbe.