By: St. Clair Sazam Hull
(CHARLESTOWN NEVIS)- The teachers and students of the Maude Crosse Preparatory School, under its theme, ‘Stability, Creativity and Prosperity-Independence 30’ hosted its Independence program on the morning of Wednesday, September 18, 2013 at the Methodist Church in Charlestown.
The ceremony began with the invocation by Mrs. Trecia Daniel. This was followed by the National Anthem.
Ms. Jaedee Caines chaired the ceremony and gave the opening remarks. She told the gathering how delighted she was to be part of such a significant occasion. She stated that it is indeed a pleasure, to be here to share the occurrence with the school and she hoped that we would be entertained with the display of limitless talents in various forms.
The first item that was showcased was a song made popular by one of Nevis’ leading calypsonians ‘King Meeko’ some fourteen (14) years ago. The song entitled ‘Nevis Nice’ was done by the School’s Choir. After the rendition, they were given a rousing round of applause by those in attendance. The popularity of the song is such that it has been labeled as the ‘local National Anthem’.
Subsequently, following that song was the reciting of a poem by the students of Grade One.
Ms. Kerdis Clarke gave the feature address. She articulated the importance of Independence, and what it should mean to us as Nevisians. During her presentation she also humorously tested the knowledge of the students by asking them questions pertaining to Independence.
When she asked, if the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis gained their Independence in 1984 the children responded with a resounding “NO”. They were all confident, that 1983 was the year Independence was gained from Great Britain. In closing, the featured speaker thanked the School for allowing her the opportunity to participate in the ceremony.
Grade Six brought the curtains down with a dance to the song ‘Take de Oath’ by King Konris Maynard of St. Kitts.