There was singing, there was dancing and there certainly was laughter in St. Lucy today as the parish’s former lone secondary institution was renamed the Daryll Jordan Secondary School.
And even as the first former St. Lucy Secondary School teacher was toasted and honoured in the new and also renamed Ifill and Phillips Auditorium on the school premises, Minister of Education Ronald Jones spoke of turning the northern parish into an education hub.
Some of the first teachers and pupils from 1971 as well as several students from the class of 1980 were on hand to celebrate the moment, as Jordan himself recounted his 24 years as principal at the school.
Remarking that he considered teaching to be the greatest profession on earth, Jones congratulated Jordan on his contribution to the now former St. Lucy Secondary School. He thanked him for the service he had been able to provide in helping to shape so many young people from the north, also commenting on the fact that the performances of the students in steel pan, dance, song and drama were testimony to the excellence in many of today’s youth.
The education minister also told the audience that the presence of the Ignatius Byer formerly St. Clement’s Primary; the St. Lucy, Half Moon Forte and Selah Primary Schools and now the Daryll Jordan Secondary in the parish would help contribute as well to the education hub both he and St. Lucy MP Denis Kellman wanted for the area.
“I want to say that Mr Kellman is correct, we are seeking to make this part of St. Lucy an educational hub – a few primary schools in this area…, a secondary school right here as a beacon of education, and just across the road we are looking to establish extensions of the Barbados Community College, the Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic, and to provide an avenue where the University of the West Indies through its permanent facility here, or its open campus will be also able to utilise the space on land we are about to acquire right here at Nesfield. So you will find a total educational hub from nursery right through to tertiary in this little locale,” said Jones.
In his remarks, Kellman noted that Ezbon Ifill and Amoury Phillips would have both contributed greatly to the school, and Jordan, in his tenure would have helped to establish the basis for teachers and principals at schools like Alexandra, Ellerslie, Alleyne, Grantley Adams, St. James Secondary and several others.
He told Jordan how grateful the parish was for his talent and supervision, adding that he had left a legacy of which they could all be proud.
Jordan in turned thanked the ministry for the honour, regaling the audience with several stories from his tenure, while hailing the successes of the school in music, sports and other areas. (LB)
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