(CHARLESTOWN, NEVIS)- Under the theme, ‘Dream! Believe! Achieve!’, five students of the St. James Primary School took the spotlight on Tuesday, July 7, 2015 for the school’s annual graduation ceremony.
The ceremony was held at the Eden Brown Church of God under the esteemed patronage of Ms. Monique Browne.
The event began with the invocation by Pastor Stanton Adams and the National Anthem was rendered by Nangela Semple.
The ceremony was chaired by Ms. Lanisa Burke. Ms. Burke said that she was honored to chair the impressive graduation ceremony. She used the opportunity to congratulate the graduating class and the teachers who had worked hard to ensure another successful school year.
Ms. Daniele Wallace, principal of the school delivered the principal’s report. She gave a comprehensive overview of the school year 2014-2015 where it highlighted achievements made by the school. She saluted the only female graduant, Annique Jeffers for her outstanding performance at the Inter Primary Sports Championship meet by placing first in all of her races and capturing the most points at the event.
She also congratulated Malik Browne who place top in the school for Test of Standards. To the graduating class, the principle wished them well and she advised them to always do their best.
Ms. Wallace also commended her staff for their hard work and dedication.
Education Officer, Mrs. Ilena Mills, in her brief remarks congratulated the graduants. Mrs. Mill told the graduating class that they must have a vision of where they want to go. “Strategize and work hard to get the job done, never lose hope and stay focus,” she told the class.
She continued, “It takes courage to believe in yourself; be determine and aim for the price”.
Mrs. Mills also encouraged the graduants to think positive at all times and to use their time wisely. Through perseverance, she said, dreams can become a reality.
She concluded, “It is my dream that you do well at the secondary level.”
The featured address was delivered by Mr. Craig David. Mr. David told the graduants to dream big and once they believe it, they would achieve it. He also encouraged the parents to show support to their children and to make their education, top priority.
“Be role models; encourage them to do their best. Ensure they get the help they need and encourage them to read a lot”, he stated.
Mr. David told the parents to have high expectations for their children and always take time out to listen.
The valedictorian speech was delivered by Malik Browne. He wished his fellow classmates well. In his speech he told them to shoot for the moon and if they missed they would land among the stars.
A parent, Ms. Jessie Phillip, gave the parents remarks.
The distribution and certificate of prizes was done by the patron. The graduating class also presented bouquets and boutonnieres to their parents.
The graduation ceremony saw entertainment in poems and songs by students of the school and the graduating class. Mr. Keithly Brandy also contributed to the event with a musical rendition.
The ceremony came to a close with the lighting of candles and a recessional.
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