By: St. Clair Sazam Hull
(CHARLESTOWN NEVIS)-The Charlestown Primary School held its Independence Patriotic Programme at the school’s auditorium, on the morning of Thursday, September 18, 2014.
The ceremony began with the invocation. This was followed by the National Anthem.
Chairperson of the ceremony, Ms. Verna Grant who also serves as a tutor at the school, gave the opening remarks. Ms. Grant told the gathering that we have made great strides over the past thirty-one years and we must continue to pursue even higher heights. She also stated that those before us who worked tirelessly, to ensure that we are an independent nation should always be commended.
All the classes of the school participated in various items. The students of Kindergarten performed a song entitled ‘Lord While for All Mankind We Pray’. The students of Grade one recited a poem entitled ‘Little Nevis’. The students of Grade 2 and 3 also did presentations while Grade 4 and 5 performed King Meeko popular song ‘Nevis Nice’. A skit was done by the students of Grade 6.
Former Police Commissioner, Mr. Calvin Fahie, gave the feature address. He lauded the institution for the punctuality of the programme, noting that most and many things that happen on the island normally get off to a late start. He also claimed that it is of paramount importance, that we the people understand the true meaning of Independence and realize it is not just a ten letter word.
Fahie highlighted the value of self-discipline, claiming that it is almost impossible for one to be successful if discipline is not exercised. In closing, he warned the children to stay focused and to respect their teachers as well as their peers.
At the end of the ceremony, Principal of the institution, Ms. Latoya Jeffers indicated that she was pleased with the performances of the students. She also lauded the staff for making the event a success.