Under the theme Creating Excellence: Defining Who You Are, The Alexandra School rewarded present and past students at its Annual Speech Day And Prize-Giving Ceremony on both their academic and sporting achievements.
Reflecting on the school’s improvement throughout the academic year 2014-2015, principal Orson Alleyne indicated it was a productive and rewarding one for the Queen’s Street, St Peter institution, and lauded the school for receiving an overall 70 per cent pass rate.
The school boasted an 89 per cent rate in mathematics and a significant improvement in English A at the Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) level, despite a decline in performancein internal examinations.
“We continue to establish what we here describe as the Alexandra brand. There is a need for sustained effort by both students
and staff if our desired goals are to be realize,” Alleyne said, adding that the school’s mission was to establish standards of behaviours, discipline and propel itself to the next level as an educational institution.
“We will be innovative; we will be visionary and prudent as we look forward to the future. Our aim therefore will be to create a learning community in which students are taught to appreciate the importance
of education and are provided the necessary skills, attitude and content to pursue success through high levels of achievements.”
Apart from its academic performance, Alexandra won 22 NIFCA awards and continued to be outstanding in cricket,
football and basketball, with several students being selected to represent Barbados.
Featured speaker attorney-at-law Raphael Saul, in keeping with the Speech Day theme, advised teachers, students and parents that they must be excellent individuals if they wanted to be successful, as the school you attended or the environment you lived didn’t depict who you really were.
“Excellence can’t be found,” Saul stated. “Excellence can only be achieved if excellence is created, and you never receive excellence until you commit yourself into being an excellent person. Everything that you want to achieve in live will be a product of the person that you are.
“You need to have a high standard. You can’t allow society, culture or friends to determine what your standard is.”
The attorney-at-law counselled students to eliminate fear from their lives and believe in God and themselves.
“You’ve got to believe in God and yourself . . . . The promise doesn’t come without the push. You just can’t believe God will do it, and not be willing to play too.”
Saul also encouraged the awardees to stand out and be a success story, and not a mere statistic.
The school’s Beacon Choir and drama group entertained the audience, which included former principal Jeff Broomes and past student West Indian fast bowler Kemar Roach.