Graydon Sealy was literally saluted this morning at the Garrison Secondary School.
Past and present students and staff gathered at the school for the official renaming to the Graydon Sealy Secondary School and the man himself was saluted with a Guard of Honour from members of the School’s Cadet Corp.
Flanked by the Prime Minister of Barbados, Freundel Student, there was much fanfare for the man who was described by many as a pioneer who contributed significantly to Barbados with his outstanding work in education.
The beautiful precision of drills was just a little of what was in store for the man who led the school for 15 year. Awaiting his entry, the school’s steel pan orchestra played a medley of classics from calypsonian Gabby as the packed the hall sat anxiously to see the presence of their dearly beloved principal.
There was heavenly rendition in song by student, Cherish Breedy, as well a hymn, prayers and an especially passionate recital of the school song. A special dramatic presentation called, What’s In A Name, by the school drama group added to the laughter that consumed the Paddock Road St. Michael school as many people recounted encounters and some infamous experiences they had with the now 93 year old.
Today was a wonderful day for Garrisonians as many hugged, laughed and talked with others they had not seen in a long time. On the other hand, it was a particularly happy occasion for one member of the Sealy family, daughter Ruth.
Now a resident in Mississippi in the United States, she flew in just for the occasion and told Barbados TODAY that while she is overjoyed for the honour conferred on her father she is even happier to spend time with him.
She described him as a strict man, but loving and very caring. As she laughed, she said there were times when growing up she wished he was not a principal because, how he was with the children at the school was the he was when he was at home.
“When we were growing we also said we would never be teachers, you work for long hours and for no pay, now I am a teacher and my sister (Paula) is as well, who would believe. We saw the love that he had for teaching, and the commitment and that maybe was our reason for entering teaching but we are grateful”. (KC)