Like Barbados, The St Elizabeth Primary School in St Joseph is observing its 50th birthday this year and yesterday students and staff celebrated with an honourable guest.
Governor General Sir Elliott Belgrave visited the institution yesterday where he received a memorable welcoming ceremony comprised of dance, poetry and song presented by students.
In his usual style, Sir Elliott left the students with words of wisdom, advice and encouragement. The head of state urged the young ones to make their school days the best days of their lives and not to be distracted by getting involved in adult related activities.
“You must be disciplined. Your ambition must be reasonable. You must set yourself goals that are attainable and seek to achieve them. Madam principal, there is much work to be done in this school so don’t sit back and think that you are celebrating 50 years and you need to relax; there is plenty of work to be done,” Sir Elliott said.
The head of state noted in his remarks that he enjoyed all of the performances the students delivered. However, he indicated that he was especially impressed with a dramatic piece titled The Reenactment of the Queen’s visit to the School.
Principal Ingrid Prescod in her remarks thanked Sir Elliot for his visit and gave him a comprehensive insight of the school’s history.
She said the school was officially opened by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on February 15, 1966 and has thus far had 11 principals.
Prescod also boasted, that St Elizabeth was the only school in Barbados where the students’ uniform comprised the national colours and were privileged to be based in a rural area with a beautiful scenery.
She said though small in number, over the years, St Elizabeth has produced a number of outstanding Barbadian citizens that have excelled academically and professionally.