Gordon Greenidge Primary this week rang in its 20th anniversary celebrations, as Principal Angela Smith highlighted the successes of the institution over the past two decades.
Underscoring the “proud history of dedication and hard work” of the school’s staff, Smith noted that four went on to become principals, adding that in the short years of its existence it had three Barbados scholars and two exhibition winners.
Athlete and cricketer Deandra Dottin, junior calypsonian Young G and Miss World contestant Marielle O’necheye, were all former pupils, she said, even as she highlighted successes in creative arts, culinary arts and business.
In 2003, the Most Outstanding Male in the Barbados Secondary School Entrance Examination was a Gordon Greenidge student who went on to win a Barbados Scholarship in 2010; and in 2011, one of island’s top five Common Entrance students was also a pupil of the school.
“In this era when ‘boys are said to be in crisis’ and questions are raised about their performance, our school was highlighted as one in which male pupils were performing well.
“In 2007, a female student was the winner of the local segment of the Conde Nast Travel Magazine’s Essay Competition and her essay was also declared to be one of the top three in the Caribbean,” recapped the principal in the service at the Mount Zion’s Mission church.
She also outlined other landmarks including the preparation and utilisation by staff of a Strategic Plan, a school’s Discipline Plan Booklet and a Reading Plan Booklet.
“There has also been the opening of the G4S School and Community library, the introduction of technology to pupils of the Junior Department and the implementation of a Breakfast Programme. In addition there have been the introductions of an Annual PTA Week and an Annual Cub Scout Day,” said Smith.
Performing arts and the local and national levels, as well as Community Independence Parish Talent successes were to be applauded as well, she said, as she congratulated staff, the PTA and the extended community on the good relations that have developed and been fostered over the years.
In his address, Reverend Davis Browne of the River Road New Testament Church, had a few words of encouragement and advice for the students.
Utilising the theme 20 Not Out… And Still Going Strong, he told the students that using the acrostic STRONG – they must See their importance and value and seize opportunities as they arise; they should use their Time wisely; Research and study all the areas they could excel in; Obey those in authority while adhering to healthy principles and preserving themselves; to learn to say No to those things that could expose them to even and to remember God was their protector, creator and the one to whom they were accountable.
“Twenty Not Out and Still Scoring Strong demands that you live fulfilling lives; daily applying and executing all the rules of engagement mentioned above. These will help you to live enriched lives and to preserve a long legacy.
“[B]e encouraged to strive for excellence and note that despite the challenges or harsh realities that arise from season to season, you can make it by God’s grace and your determination. Stand STRONG wherever you go in life,” said Browne. (LB)