Have no regrets.
That was the advice of member of the Princess Margaret Secondary’s board of management, John Goddard, as he addressed the school’s second annual Incentive Awards Scheme.
“I hope that these incentives will serve to motivate not only you, but other students of Princess Margaret to give of their best in whatever they go to do. Your school life is important to you and I want to encourage you to make the most of it. There should be no need for regret after you have left this place,” he said in a few words to the children.
Several students were recognised for punctuality and performance in classes, receiving 80 per cent or more in subjects. Prizes included vouchers from Chefette Restaurants and KFC. It was noted that there were 73 students awarded for punctuality in Term 2, a number that increased this term.
Additionally, 11 students received awards for gaining passes of 80 per cent or more in three subjects; three students had passes in four subjects, and for the first time a student, Nicola Gilkes of Form 1-P scored 80 per cent and above in all eight subjects she took this year.
A male and female student in each year were recognised for attendance, while forms in the respective year groups were likewise awarded for the fewest number of absences.
School partner the Barbados Public Workers Cooperative Credit Union awarded students for participation in the Thrift Club, which encouraged pupils to save; and the school gave prizes to students who participated in its $20 Challenge and in areas like hairdressing and aesthetics.
Featured address speaker Samuel Rouse encouraged the students to foster good relations with each other. He said too many young people, in the advances of technology, were losing the ability to relate socially.
The Head of Computer Science Department at the Barbados Community College told students: “We have to deal with the breakdown in social skills and this is a fall out from technology. We know that technology is something awesome, something massive and we would not be able to make the strides that we have; but one of the fall outs is that students are lacking those social skills.”
Electronic devices had their place, he noted, encouraging them to interact so as to develop the necessary social skills, adding too that there was a break in norms and values that needed to be repaired. (LB)