To whom much is given, much is required.
This was the advice given to the new prefects at the Vauxhall Primary School.
This morning 41 prefects including the Head girl, Rasheeda Brathwaite, her Deputy, Tashawna Phillips and the Head Boy Joshua Padmore and his Deputy, Joshua Blackman were given their badges in the annual prefect installation ceremony.
Featured speaker at the event held at the Vauxhall, Christ Church school, Sandralene Howell, informed the new leaders that they must take their responsibilities seriously. She said that when they were selected for the roles of prefects their teachers would have seen potential in them which they believed could be developed and she appealed to them to utilise that potential.
“I want you to understand that you are beautiful, you are precious, you are worth something, you are not an idiot, you are not stupid, you are not a fool. You have potential inside of you, there is greatness inside of you. Many times when people look at you they do not see it because it may be just in a seed form. Because there is potential inside of you does not mean that you can do whatever you feel like when you feel like . . . there should be respect and responsibility.
“As prefects you are given some responsibility and you must understand that that responsibility is not to make you feel that you are better than all the other students but it is giving you the ability and opportunity to begin to use your ability and potential as leaders- there are leaders in some of you. We don’t know but maybe the next Prime Minister or you may be the head of some institution in Barbados that would affect the lives of so many. Remember you are given some responsibility . . . and make sure that as the leaders in your class that you are not the ones giving the most trouble,” she warned.
There was also advice for the parents; Howell told them to continue to encourage their children. She said some children may not be as “bright” as others academically but they may be some of the most helpful and caring children, “don’t throw them away, encourage them to be the best they can be and that will give them confidence,” she said.
Of the children selected to be prefects, 19 were boys and 22 were girls. After songs of praise and prayers for the students they diligently recited the prefect’s pledge. (KC)