Governor General Sir Elliott Belgrave, in his most recent school visit on Wednesday, was “overwhelmed” by the welcome he received from St Alban’s Primary pupils.
The Head of State lauded the entertainment package they offered, which came in the form of songs, and students acting out the Mighty Gabby’s hit Emmerton.
Sir Elliott then explained the history behind the folk song, informing the students that Emmerton was a district in St Michael comprising many homes, but in the 1970s the then Government installed a sewerage plant in the community, and a number of residents had to be relocated.
Principal Wendine Prince, in her remarks, stated the occasion on Wednesday would be forever etched in the minds of those in attendance and would certainly be chronicled as one of the historic events at St Alban’s Primary School.
“We –– the principal, staff, student body and the parent-teacher association –– deem it a particular honour and privilege to host the Head of State of our beloved nation,” she said.
Prince added that Sir Elliott’s visit was fitting and timely as Barbados was celebrating its 50th year of Independence.
In his address, the Governor General encouraged the pupils to respect themselves, their school and their teachers; and the teachers to continue striving for excellence, as the school was doing well.
“The students here should be obedient,” Sir Elliott said, explaining: “By being obedient means complying with lawful reasonable directions given by teachers.
“Respect your teachers by doing what you are told,” he added. “Well know that your teachers have responsibility to take care of you; and teachers must realize their responsibility to the students in doing the best they can.”
The Governor General also advised students to take away from illegal drugs, avoid the student using obscene language, and refrain from bringing weapons on to the school’s compound.
“Try to avoid bad company who might take you astray, and try not to become adults before you are adults. You cannot expect to make any meaningful advancement in life without first obtaining a good and valid education,” he also warned.